Focusing Christmas on Christ

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Ready or not, here they come! The holidays, that is. Barbara Rainey and her daughter Laura Rainey Dries tell how they plan on preparing their homes, and their hearts, for Christmas. Rainey and Dries discuss fun ideas to help keep the holidays meaningful, and keep Christ at the center of your family...

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Thanksgiving is about gathering together to remember God's many blessings. Barbara Rainey and Tracy Lane talk about what they do on a typical Thanksgiving holiday. Rainey and Lane also remind listeners that it's not about favorite recipes but rather about getting people together to enjoy and remembe...

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Author and mother of two Karis Kimmel Murray explains that grace is giving something not necessarily deserved. Just like God, who often gives us what we need over what we like, parents are tasked with extending grace to their children. Murray illustrates what it's like to let grace define your relat...

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Do you feel like you're being graded for how your kids turn out? Author Melissa Spoelstra reminds parents they are not their children's report card, and if they measure their parenting by their children's behavior it will lead to disappointment and discouragement. Instead of worrying about how their...

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From the FamilyLife Today vault, hear classic content on romance, conflict resolution, parenting and other core topics from featured guest experts over the last 25 years....

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Ideas for Celebrating Easter

Barbara Rainey reminds us of Jesus' commandment to remember His death, not just His birth. With that in mind, Rainey believes Christians should make a big deal out of Easter. She gives some easy, fun ideas to keep Christ's death, burial and resurrection at the forefront of their Easter celebrations....

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Christians are often accused of being intolerant, but did you know that God is intolerant too? Best-selling author and speaker Josh McDowell talks about the beauty of intolerance. McDowell exposes the myth of tolerance and reminds us that there are all kinds of things we shouldn't be tolerant of lik...

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Joshua Straub recalls the day when he learned of his parents' separation, and tells how he learned to break those negative patterns in his own family. Straub talks to parents about the four walls that build an emotionally safe home for your family....

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Human beings are hardwired for seeking awe, says author and pastor Paul David Tripp, so the awe of God should be our central motivation in all we do. However, we easily forget God and let other things, like money or self, take His place. It even affects our children. Paul reminds parents to point th...

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Pastor Crawford Loritts reminds us that real faith isn't just optimism, but confidence in a holy God. Crawford distinguishes faith from presumption, and reminds us that God isn't obligated to do everything we ask. Faith says to God, "I believe You no matter what."...

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Kara Powell talks to parents about modeling grace to their kids. Kara explains that if our faith is only about behaviors then it's no wonder our youth are wandering. She also encourages parents to provide opportunities for their kids to interact with people from all age groups, and not to be alarmed...

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When it comes to your home, is God in charge? Author Michelle Anthony tells how her and her husband's fairy tale began to unravel on their honeymoon. Children then added a new layer of difficulty. How then does a family become spiritually and emotionally strong? Anthony reminds us that being healthy...

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We all know Deuteronomy 6 commands us to "teach our children about God" but we are also commanded to adorn our homes with physical evidence of the Word of God. How do we cut through the social noise at Christmastime and proclaim the name of the one who owns this holiday? Barbara Rainey reveals an e...

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Americans have no king. Perhaps that’s why we don’t grasp the true nature of kingship. Dennis Rainey reminds us of the glorious characteristics of our true king, Jesus Christ, by explaining the meaning of His names and the power that He alone possesses. ...

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Christmas is certainly one of the most popular holidays here in the United States. It is also a holiday that is uniquely Christian. In this series, Verner Communication President Brenda Verner, a nationally known media analyst, offers listeners some practical tips for keeping the focus on Christ th...

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