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Pastors Dave Harvey and Paul Gilbert address the weighty topic of rebellion and expand the idea of a prodigal to include not only our children, but anyone who's straying. They remind us that we are all are born wayward and need God's grace and forgiveness. Harvey and Gilbert give wise advice on lovi...

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For Joni Tada, God has used more than four decades of confinement to a wheelchair to refine her character. And four decades of marriage to Ken has refined them into an exquisite portrait of God's fully sufficient grace....

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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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When your prodigal comes home, loving him the way God does will help parents keep their perspective. Rob Parsons, author of Bringing Home the Prodigals, gives parents good advice for loving their children the way God does when their prayers are finally answered....

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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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Does your life feel as if it's spinning out of control? Today on the broadcast, author and pastor Tommy Nelson searches the book of Ecclesiastes to learn more about God's hand in the affairs of men....

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Tommy Nelson gives couples advice about handling money and in-laws after marriage....

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