25 Years of Radio: Dennis and Barbara Rainey

From the FamilyLife Today vault, hear classic moments from Dennis and Barbara Rainey over the last 25 years.

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A Practical Guide to Culture

Today's youth are bombarded by information, yet they lack the tools to discern and navigate the cultural waters. John Stonestreet believes kids need to rely on their parents to help them distinguish lies from truth, and learn how to think critically. Stonestreet reminds listeners, we aren't the fi...

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Resolving Conflict

Sometimes the way to peace is through conflict. Christian counselor Lou Priolo encourages listeners not to shy away from conflict, but to face it head on, knowing that's the only way we can finally gain resolution and peace. Lou Priolo opens the Scriptures to Ephesians 4 to understand the benefits o...

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25 Years of Radio: Dennis and Barbara Rainey

From the FamilyLife Today vault, hear classic moments from Dennis and Barbara Rainey over the last 25 years....

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The First Thanksgiving

Pilgrims. Who were they, really? Tracy McKenzie, professor of history at Wheaton College, and Barbara Rainey take us back to the 1600s to the village of Scrooby, the birthplace of a sect of the Puritans called the Pilgrims. It was here, they tell us, that the Pilgrims first planned their exodus from...

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25 Years of Radio: Influential Voices

From the FamilyLife Today vault, hear classic content from some influential guests over the last 25 years....

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True Identity

Becoming a teenager is a big transition because so many new experiences are on the horizon. John Majors shares that the first thing a newbie teen is likely to question is his identity. Parents can help their sons and daughters by pointing them to Scripture to instill a strong gender identity. As t...

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I Kissed Dating Goodbye: Revisited

Joshua Harris, author of the popular book, "I Kissed Dating Goodbye," tells how the book forever defined him as a single man. Now a husband and father of three, Harris takes a second look at some of his earlier assumptions and considers how he would say things differently if given the opportunity....

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Live Smart

All parents want their children to live smart, but how do they teach that value? Dan Dumas tells why the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. He shares his burden to see kids head in the right direction and find their purpose, which begins by teaching them to live a life of surrender. Dumas also ...

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Grace Based Discipline

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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Total Family Makeover

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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Dad

When a man becomes a dad he does not fully grasp both the immense challenge and rewards. Author and speaker Dennis Rainey shares how a dad must win as a manager, minister and model for his his family. ...

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Do Your Children Believe?

Terence Chatmon's wife, Wanda, brought up her concern that their children weren't prepared to defend their faith after high school. So Chatmon sought to develop a plan to help his family come to love and serve Christ always but in generations to come. Find out how Chatmon introduced this plan to his...

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Good Mood, Bad Mood

What is bipolar disorder? Dr. Charles Hodges explains the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder. Hodges recalls the first time he ever met someone who was bipolar, and Bob Lepine talks about his own father, who struggled with this diagnosis. Dr. Hodges also explains the difference between depressio...

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You Are Not Alone

Tom and Dena Yohe never heard of cutting until their daughter, Renee, started doing it at 12 years of age. Gradually, other behaviors surfaced including suicidal tendencies. Find out how Tom and Dena handled parenting a prodigal and what they did to keep their marriage strong....

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25 Years of Radio: A Mother's Role

From the FamilyLife Today vault, hear classic content on motherhood and parenting from featured guest experts over the last 25 years....

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25 Years of Radio: Raising Godly Kids

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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Raising Grateful Kids

Kristen Welch tells how she and her husband nipped their child's entitlement mentality in the bud. Kristen gives seven reasons parents overindulge their children, which results in kids who feel entitled....

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Is God Anti-Gay?

When Pastor Sam Allberry accepted Christ in his twenties, he assumed God would remove his same-sex desires through prayer. But Allberry knows that God is committed to his good, even if the struggle remains. Allberry reminds believers that marriage only points to the ultimate marriage we have with Je...

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Parenting

Paul David Tripp talks honestly about parenting children with the love, wisdom, and mercy only God can provide. Tripp reminds parents the law has no power to change the heart. Only grace can do that. Tripp also understands parents' desire to get their kids to behave, and encourages parents to see th...

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Relentless Parenting

Pastor Brian Haynes and his wife, Angela, explain what it means to relentlessly pursue your teen's heart. Brian and Angela remind parents that their teens are not adults. This means your teens are not in charge at home, and they still need you to set up some guidelines and non-negotiables, like goin...

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Mastering the Money Basics

Are your spending habits becoming a debt habit? Christian financial expert Ron Blue shares four biblical principles for building a healthy financial foundation for your family. Ron also talks to parents and students alike about the benefits of paying for college as you go rather than relying on stu...

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Reaching Your Prodigal

Pastor Phil Waldrep coaches parents of prodigals with practical steps they can take to minimize the risk of their child becoming a prodigal. He also encourages parents that ultimately they are not responsible for the bad decisions of their children....

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With All Due Respect

You want your teens to respect you. But do you respect them? Nina Roesner and Debbie Hitchcock, both mothers who work for Greater Impact Ministries, talk about the importance of appropriately communicating with your teen....

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Rebuilding a Safe House

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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How You Always Meant to Parent

What is your goal as a parent? Author Brian Housman knows parents, like coaches, want to win at the end of the day, but what does that look like? For some parents it's obedience, but Housman encourages parents to shoot for a bigger goal—to see their children's hearts transformed into Christlikene...

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Passport2Identity™

FamilyLife staff members John Majors and Michelle Hill talk about Passport2Identity™, a new resource created to answer the most pressing questions young men and women have about life's issues....

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Raising Boys the Zeller Way

Steve and Lorri Zeller reminisce about their childhood and fondly recall their days spent as high school sweethearts. Dating eventually led to marriage and then to raising a family of their own. The Zellers recall the challenges and successes of raising their three boys, who would all eventually go ...

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Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

Pediatrician and mother of six Meg Meeker talks about the powerful influence of fathers and the necessity of providing appropriate boundaries for their daughters. Meg fondly remembers her own father's attempts to protect her, and exhorts parents to affirm a daughter's character rather than her perfo...

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Parenting by Design

Chris and Michelle Groff recall the night friends awakened them at 2:30 a.m. to tell them their son had broken into their car. Shocked and confused by their son's behavior and revealed drug abuse, the Groffs realigned their priorities as a family. The Groffs share what they learned while their son w...

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A Guide to Biblical Manhood

Can sports be a healthy part of a young man's development? Sure! But only to an extent. Randy Stinson tells how his sports-loving family opted out of baseball for 18 months in order to stretch themselves in other ways: through mission trips and other gospel outreaches. Randy talks about the importan...

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The Season of Gratitude

November is the month for thankfulness. But it shouldn't stop there. Barbara Rainey encourages listeners to practice thankfulness all year long. Barbara recalls how she and Dennis prompted their own children to be thankful by initiating mealtime prayers, learning Scripture songs, and writing thank y...

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Screens and Teens

How is screen time affecting your kids? Youth expert Dr. Kathy Koch examines how technology is shaping the way our kids think. We're seeing some children interacting with screens more than their parents, says Koch, and some teens are even becoming addicted to the internet or video games. Koch encour...

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What's Best for Children

Pediatricians Dr. Den Trumbull and Dr. Michelle Cretella give parents sound advice for settling down little ones at bedtime. They also talk about the effects of screen time on children, and together they give moms and dads some sound advice for preparing their sons and daughters for adolescence....

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Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family

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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The Hidden Traps of Adolescence

Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk to parents about raising children with a spiritual game plan. ...

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Parenting With Kingdom Purpose

How are you molding your children spiritually? Ken Hemphill, former President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, talks about raising children who are spiritually grounded. Find out what the real key is to raising godly children on today's broadcast. Ken also points out the characteristic...

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The Deadly Traps of Adolescence

Traps are devices designed to catch something unaware. Satan also has his traps, and these sometimes go unnoticed by the teens they are disguised to harm. Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the deadly traps that can harm our teens and leave them wounded the rest of their lives. ...

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The Person Called You

Each person has been put here for a purpose. Unfortunately, many of us don't know what that purpose is. Bill Hendricks, president of the Giftedness Center, a consulting firm specializing in career guidance, offers some practical advice for discovering your passion. Hendricks also tells what you can...

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The Pastor's Kid

Pastors’ kids are just like other kids. But the environment they're in is more intense. Barnabas Piper, son of beloved pastor and author John Piper, talks about the pressure and challenges he’s experienced being a pastor’s kid....

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Cleaning House

Do you feel more like the household maid than the queen of her castle? When Kay Wills Wyma asked her son to clean his room and he replied that it was her job, she knew something had to change. Kay and her husband began a 12-month experiment with their five children, introducing a new chore each mo...

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Experience God as Your Provider

Would you loved ones know what to do if you passed away? For many of us, the answer would be no. Generosity guru and former widower Brian Kluth talks about the necessity of putting all your vital information in one place for your family members....

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Your Marriage Matters

You're marriage is good, right? But how intentional are you about the legacy you and your wife are leaving with your marriage? Dennis Rainey shares of the importance of leaving a godly legacy to your family....

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College Life 101

Packing for college? Don't forget to tuck away some wisdom in that suitcase. Ben Burns, director of Grad Guides, talks to graduates and their parents about making the transition from high school to college. Burns covers the pitfalls of starting over with new people and new places and gives advice fo...

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Just a Minute

Each word you speak takes root for good or bad in the hearts of those who hear it. Be careful what you sow. Wess Stafford, Compassion International President and author of the book, "Just a Minute," asks listeners to choose their words and actions wisely, especially when interacting with children, w...

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The Secret Life of a Fool

Former prodigal Andrew Palau knows what it's like to walk far away from God and then to return. Andrew helps listeners understand the mind of the prodigal....

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Aggressive Girls

Are your sons fair game for the girls? Dennis Rainey addresses the very real problem of sexually aggressive girls. Rainey explains that, due to the rise of absent fathers today, many young women are looking for their emotional gas tanks to be filled by young men, and doing whatever it takes to get ...

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Help Wanted: Moms Raising Daughters

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The New Passport to Purity

Join us as we roll out the red carpet for the release of the all new Passport2Purity®, a resource that will help you guide your son or daughter through the challenges of puberty. Since its inception 14 years ago, parents have been using this tool to fashion a memorable get-away weekend for their pr...

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Never Walk Away

Pastor Crawford Loritts talks about the power of leaving a godly legacy. ...

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Be the Mom

Mom, has cleaning, cooking and changing diapers all day lost its luster? While your daily “to-do” list may seem trivial to you at times, it doesn’t mean it’s not of vital importance. Today, Mother of two, Tracey Eyster, creator and editor of MomLifeToday.com, reminds mothers that what they ...

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What I Want My Children to Know

Our children learn what it means to be God's man or woman from us. They do what they see us doing. But wouldn't it be great if we could explain what it means as well? Pastor Todd Wagner came up with a simple explanation of manhood and womanhood so that he could teach his children. Wagner teaches on ...

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Love Renewed: Lance and Jess Miller

Jess and Lance were young Christians. Away from home on an evangelistic outreach, they each found comfort, and a new friend, in each other. But the friendship soon turned into a romantic attachment. Lance and Jess tell how they went from being bright-eyes youthful missionaries to just another coupl...

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Mansfield's Manly Men

What are the marks of a manly man? Best-selling author Stephen Mansfield explores the world of manly men and what makes them great. Stephen recalls the night he was welcomed into manhood, and shares a few of the principles that define a man, including #1: manly men do manly things. ...

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The Love Dare for Parents

Some days it's easy to love your kids. Other days prove more challenging. That's why parents need to intentionally seek out ways to encourage, teach and bless our children daily. To help with this, brothers Stephen and Alex Kendrick, best known for their films, "Courageous" and "Fireproof", talk to...

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Leaving a Legacy of Destiny

It's easy to spot today’s problems--disintegration of the family, divorce, crime, and loss of core values like integrity and trust. What’s more difficult is to find solutions to these issues. Pastor and author Crawford Loritts’ two-pronged solution is both simple and novel. First, live out ...

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The Heart of Anger for Teens

What should you do about your teen's anger? Lou Priolo, director of the Center for Biblical Counseling at Eastwood Presbyterian Church, helps parents understand and deal with their teens' anger. ...

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College Bound

Dennis Rainey talks with Thomas Shaw, vice president of student services at Moody Bible Institute, about the need for parents to coach their kids as they make the big step toward the college of their choice. ...

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The Joy of a Big Family

Dennis Rainey, a father of six, talks with parents of 12, Bill and Pam Mutz, about the joy and challenges of raising a large family. ...

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Understanding Aggressive Girls

More and more parents are expressing concern about the number of young women actively pursuing their sons. Dennis Rainey sheds some light on this new phenomenon and coaches parents on what to do when they see it happening. ...

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Lessons From a High School Dropout

A father's impression on his children lasts a lifetime. Texas A&M chaplain Rick Rigsby, author of the book Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout, tells Dennis Rainey about his father, Roger Marion Rigsby, and the lesson of kindness he learned from him. ...

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Debt-Proof Your Kids

Dennis Rainey talks with author Mary Hunt, an expert in money management and a contributing editor at Woman's Day magazine, about teaching your children financial responsibility....

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A Biblical Approach to Family Planning

Dennis Rainey talks with Dr. Bill Cutrer, an OB-GYN and Professor of Christian Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and Dr. Mark Povich, an advocate of Natural Family Planning who practices family medicine in Michigan, about the spiritual issues men and women need to ...

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Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations

Everyone expects teens to rebel in some way, but Alex and Brett have started a rebellion of a different kind. Dennis Rainey talks with brothers Alex and Brett Harris, authors of the book Do Hard Things, about why they are sounding the call for teens to rise up and make a difference in the world arou...

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Re-Create: Building a Culture in Your Home Stronger Than the Culture Destroying Your Kids

How do we keep the culture from swallowing up our kids? Dennis Rainey talks with Teen Mania President Ron Luce about the pervading culture that's luring our kids away from their faith....

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Twenty-five Ways to Cure Sibling Rivalry

Dennis Rainey delves into the topic of sibling rivalry and offers some solutions....

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Teaching Teens to Follow the Rules

Dennis Rainey tells parents about the benefits of healthy boundaries as he or she raises a teen to follow the rules....

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Finding Help for Your Troubled Teen

What do you do with a teen who's out of control? For George and Livia Dunklin, Heartlight Ministry, a residential facility for crisis teens, was their answer to prayer. ...

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So You're about to be a Teenager

Dennis Rainey talks with a panel of young adults about the issues they faced during the much-anticipated teen years....

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Barbara Rainey on Gratitude

Barbara explains what you can do to cultivate a heart of gratefulness....

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Growing Together in Gratitude

Barbara Rainey talks to parents about training children in gratefulness not only by their example, but through storytelling. ...

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The Mission-Minded Family

Hear how a family of nine is reaching out to the lost across the globe and learn how parents can get their family excited about being a part of the Great Commission. ...

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Get Outta My Face

Long-time school guidance counselor Rick Horne helps parents better understand their teens....

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Parenting Heart to Heart

Dennis Rainey talks with Family Ministries director Reb Bradley about building better relationships with your kids....

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College Ready

Pastors Robert Lewis and John Bryson talk to upcoming college students about making the most of their college years....

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Hooked

Drs. Freda Bush and Joe McIlhaney explain how the brain is the most important sex organ....

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Understanding Your Child's Bent

Tim and Darcy Kimmel talk to parents about tuning in to their children to discover who they are and how they're wired. ...

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The Profound Power of a Legacy

What kind of legacy will you leave someday?  We all leave a legacy behind, either for good or bad.  Dennis Rainey talks about three points related to leaving a legacy:  it's not about you, but God, sin's mark on each legacy, and the steps of faith and sacrifice that make up each legacy....

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Talking Smack

Glenn Williams encourages parents to talk honestly to their school age children about the danger of drugs. ...

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Growing Together in Courage

Barbara Rainey talks about the amazing power of courage through stories of real people being courageous. ...

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The Protectors

Whether done in a school yard or online, it hurts to be bullied. Paul Coughlin explains how to help a child who's being bullied....

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Start Your Family

Isn't it time you started your family? If you've been dodging those questions from family and friends, then join us when Steve and Candice Watters, authors of the book Start Your Family, recall their early years of marriage and the fears and anxieties that led them to postpone starting a family rig...

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Raising Unselfish Children

Are you raising your children to be mirrors or windows? Manners of the Heart founder and author Jill Rigby explains how emphasizing self-esteem over service encourages a child's natural selfishness. Listen in as Jill tells parents how to raise children who think of others instead....

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Your Kids at Risk

One of the country's leading experts on teens' and children's health, Dr. Meg Meeker, exposes shocking facts and statistics about sexually transmitted diseases. Meeker, who practices pediatric and adolescent medicine, exhorts parents not to gloss over the dangers of teenage sex, but to encourage abs...

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Letters to Lovers

Dennis Rainey sits down with Tom and Jeannie Elliff, parents of four children and nineteen grandchildren, to talk about marriage and parenting....

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Grace-Based Parenting

Tim Kimmel, founder and executive director of Family Matters, a ministry known for its work in educating, equipping and encouraging families, encourages parents to treat their children the way God treats His children - with grace....

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The Homebuilders Parenting Revolution

Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the HomeBuilders parenting studies available to couples through FamilyLife. ...

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The Rainey's Answer Your Questions about Marriage and Parenting

Dennis and Barbara Rainey answer your questions about parenting....

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Just in Case I Can't Be There

Every father intends to have a heart-to-heart talk with his sons about the important things of life. Dennis Rainey talks with Dr. Ron Mehl, a pastor, father, and author of the book Just in Case I Can't Be There, about passing on a legacy of truth to the next generation. Mehl, who battled cancer for ...

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When Good Kids Make Bad Choices

Does good parenting produce good kids and bad parenting produce bad kids? "Not necessarily," says Christian counselor Elyse Fitzpatrick, author of the book When Good Kids Make Bad Choices. ...

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Virtuous Reality

Vicki Courtney, founder of Virtuous Reality Ministries, tells Dennis Rainey how the culture and her upbringing influenced her toward feminism and how her grandparents' persistence eventually led her back to church and to a personal relationship with Christ....

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Battle Cry for a Generation

There's a battle being waged for the soul of your teen. Are you ready to fight? Dennis Rainey talks with Teen Mania founder, Ron Luce, about a teen's bill of rights....

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Dirty Dancing at the Prom

Author Barbara Curtis tells about the challenges that teens face today in the average American high school....

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Say Goodbye to Whining

Is there any way to stop children’s whining? Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, authors of the book Say Goodbye to Whining, tell parents how to discourage their children from whining....

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Teen Advisors

What does it take for a teen to be popular today? Richard and Dee Dee Stephens, founders of Teen Advisors, a mentoring program for teens, join Dennis Rainey and various teens to find out. ...

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Raising Kids for True Greatness

Tim Kimmel, Executive Director of Family Matters and author of the book Raising Kids for True Greatness, asks parents to consider whether or not they are raising their children for true greatness and influence or whether they're raising them to live a life marked by comfort and ease....

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Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World

Sean McDowell, son of best-selling author Josh McDowell and author of the best-selling book Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, talks with Dennis Rainey about the huge relational and emotional gap facing teens today. Hear how to encourage your teen to turn his or her faith into truth and practica...

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Living Your Legacy

Crawford Loritts, pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia, explains four characteristics of excellent leaders....

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Mom, sex is NO big deal!

Dennis Rainey talks with Christian counselor Sharon Hersh, author of the book "Mom, sex is NO big deal!", about shaping your daughter's sexual identity. ...

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Genesis of a Legacy

What kind of legacy are you leaving to your children? In this series Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham talks to Dennis Rainey about the importance of leaving a spiritual legacy to your children....

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So You Want to be a Teenager?

Grab a paddle and hang onto your hat! Dennis and Barbara Rainey, along with son, Samuel, and daughter, Rebecca, talk about riding the rapids of adolescence with your teens. ...

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Not-So-Stupid Parents

Michael and Hayley DiMarco, bestselling authors of numerous books, including Not-So-Stupid Parents, and founders of "Hungry Planet", talk to Dennis Rainey about the 10 things parents unknowingly do that embarrass their kids....

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Run With the Bulls Without Getting Trampled

Dr. Tim Irwin, a Managing Partner of IrwinInc - Psychologists to Business and author of the book Run With the Bulls Without Getting Trampled, talks with Dennis Rainey about training our sons and daughters to excel in the workplace....

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Winning the Drug War at Home

Authors Melody Carlson and Kathy Pride share the emotional stories of their son's battle with drugs. ...

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Best of 2007

All this week on "FamilyLife Today", we'll hear this year's best broadcasts of 2007....

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For Parents Only

Dennis Rainey talks to Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa Rice, authors of For Parents Only, a revealing new parenting book that tells what's on the minds and hearts of teens today. ...

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Anchoring Your Family in Christ

How can you anchor your family to Christ for years after you’re gone? Best-selling author Steve Farrar encourages men to depend on God to help them sacrificially lead and love their families. As Steve reminds us, one man with vision can influence his family for generations to come. ...

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