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Fun, engaging conversations about what it takes to build stronger, healthier marriage and family relationships. Join hosts Dave and Ann Wilson with FamilyLife Today® veteran cohost Bob Lepine for new episodes every weekday.

Fun, engaging conversations about what it takes to build stronger, healthier marriage and family relationships. Join hosts Dave and Ann Wilson with FamilyLife Today® veteran cohost Bob Lepine for new episodes every weekday.


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Family Life


Fun, engaging conversations about what it takes to build stronger, healthier marriage and family relationships. Join hosts Dave and Ann Wilson with FamilyLife Today® veteran cohost Bob Lepine for new episodes every weekday.




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Faith Isn’t a Formula

What makes some young adults resilient in the faith, while others walk away completely? Pastor Mark Matlock and researcher David Kinnaman talk about the five characteristics and practices of resilient Christians: experiencing Jesus; forging meaningful, intergenerational relationships; developing cultural discernment; training for vocational discipleship; and engaging in counter-cultural mission. Show Notes and Resources Take your marriage from good to great with these free resources....


Following Jesus in a New Babylon

How are our kids actually living out their faith in a post-Christian world? David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock, authors of "Faith for Exiles," explain the difference between the four types of spiritual exiles: "nomads" or lapsed Christians, habitual church goers, prodigals who have left the faith behind, and resilient disciples-those with a vibrant and robust faith. Together they remind parents of the correlation between parents who are on fire for the Lord with a vibrant faith and kids who...


How Are Screens Influencing Us?

Authors David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock talk about the challenges youth face spiritually as they navigate all the opposing views and opinions of the spiritual Babylon we're living in. Kinnaman, who has been with Barna Research Group for 25 years, explains that the gap between Christians and non-Christians is growing, and our youth face a large chasm from which to interpret their faith. With the constant drizzle of news and information, they are feeling more anxiety and fear. Together...


Love Is Tenacious and Committed

Dave and Ann Wilson interview Bob Lepine about the qualities of biblical love from 1 Corinthians 13. Love is more than a feeling, and there really is a kind of love that "never fails." But how can a spouse bear and endure all things when things feel unbearable? How can a person believe all things when his/her spouse is deceitful? And how can we avoid enabling wrong behavior, including physical and emotional abuse, as we pursue a marriage that goes the distance? Show Notes and...


Love Is Virtuous and Honest

Bob Lepine along with hosts Dave and Ann Wilson continue their discussion of agape love found in 1 Corinthians 13, a passage that reveals the most common cracks found in marriage relationships. What exactly does it mean to "rejoice in the truth," and why is it so vital to a relationship? What do you do if your spouse isn't interested in pursuing a virtuous and honest relationship? And how should you approach your spouse with areas where you've been deceitful in the past? Show Notes and...


Love Is Humble

Favorite love songs can capture the heart and stick in the mind for decades. But they don't usually capture God's definition of real love. FamilyLife Today hosts Dave and Ann Wilson sit down with Bob Lepine to discuss 1 Corinthians 13:4 on why humility is such a key feature of biblical love. The kind of love that forms the foundation of a Christ-centered marriage. A love that is so counter-cultural, the early church actually invented a new word for it. Learn how to get a PhD in this kind of...


The Joy of Being a Grandparent

There are magical, special feelings that come with being a grandparent. The fun of learning what your grandchildren will call you (papa, mimi, "G-daddy"). Inviting your grandkids for sleepovers. Reading books slowly and not skipping words like you did as a young parent. Connecting with each grandchild uniquely, and leaving a spiritual legacy for when you are gone. Mary Larmoyeux, author of the book "One-of-a-Kind Grandparent Connection," explains the lasting value of grandparents. Show...


Ideas for Connecting With Your Grandkids

God has designed faith to be passed down from generation to generation. Mary Larmoyeux shares her wisdom as "Nana" on how to make connections with grandchildren. A grandparent, Mary explains, knows how fast time goes by and why it's therefore so natural for grandparents to slow things down and enjoy every moment. Grandparents see things from a different perspective than when they were in the thick of the busy, day-to-day life of parenting. Show Notes and Resources Take your marriage from...


Consistency Is Key

Pastor Sam Crabtree, a father of two daughters and six grandchildren, offers parents practical help for raising young children. Crabtree explains why boundaries are good and tells parents that if they set rules they don't enforce, it teaches children to disregard what they're saying. Crabtree reminds parents that issues only get bigger once the kids are older, so they need to address the issues as soon as they see them. Show Notes and Resources Bonus discussion with Pastor Sam Crabtree on...


The Importance of Discipline

Pastor Sam Crabtree, author of "Parenting With Loving Correction," helps young couples understand the importance of loving discipline in their children's lives. Crabtree emphasizes that parents must mean what they say and be consistent with the boundaries they set. He also explains why disciplining a child with loving correction will gain a child's heart in the long run. Show Notes and Resources Bonus discussion with Pastor Sam Crabtree on "parenting with loving correction."...


It’s Not About the Money

Do you and your spouse fight about money? Do you avoid the topic altogether to dodge a conflict? How do you stack up to other couples in this area? Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn share discoveries from their research from interviewing thousands of couples and reveal the gender trends behind it all. Believe it or not, both spouses are usually trying to avoid going over a financial cliff - they're just fearing very different cliffs. Show Notes and Resources Take the "Love and Money Assessment."...


When One Spouse Is a Saver and the Other a Spender

Jeff Feldhahn is frugal with money, but his wife Shaunti has no problem spending freely. "FamilyLife Today" hosts Dave and Ann Wilson share this same saver/spender dynamic. Listen as these couples unpack both sides of this equation with real-life marriage examples every couple will relate to. Discover the most common underlying values driving these behaviors as reflected by data-driven research with thousands of couples. Show Notes and Resources Take the "Love and Money Assessment."...


Why Couples Struggle to Talk About Money

Dave and Ann Wilson talk to Jeff and Shaunti Feldhahn about why couples so often fight about money in marriage. Why would one spouse avoid paying bills until they're delinquent? Why would the other pull Amazon packages off the porch before their spouse sees it? Based on interviews with thousands of couples, the Feldhahns shed light on this and explain why just having conversations about money is the most stressful (but important) part. Show Notes and Resources Take the "Love and Money...


Communication: Be Willing to Go There

If you want to connect with your teens, you have to be available. That's the advice of author Jeffrey Dean. Dean gives parents some practical advice for effectively communicating with their kids. Parents can begin by talking to their kids about the things they like to do or are interested in. Parents can then branch out to more difficult topics. Dean encourages parents to look for opportunities, like driving them to school or dinnertime, to have great conversations. Show Notes and...


A Parent’s Influence

Teen expert Jeffrey Dean knows that moms and dads each have something unique to bring to the table when it comes to raising spiritually healthy kids. According to Dean, each child is looking for authenticity. They want to know if Christianity connects to the real world. Dean tells moms and dads how they can help their kids know that God's Word is still applicable today. Show Notes and Resources Find resources from this podcast at...


The Marks of a Successful Teen

Jeffrey Dean, author of the book, "Raising Successful Teens," knows that raising a successful teen is less about perfection and more about pursuit. Encouraging your kids to make good grades, get into a good college, and marry well is fine, but Dean says parents should have a bigger goal than that. Dean believes parents should be intentional about raising kids who love the Lord above all else. To see that happen, parents have to recalibrate their definition of success. Step one for parents is...


The Risk of Rejection

College pastor Shelby Abbott talks about dating and why the important parts should not happen digitally, including asking for a date. Abbott encourages parents to teach their daughters early on how a boy should treat them by talking to them about dating expectations and even taking them on daddy/daughter dates. As they grow to understand Jesus' love for them, they'll have that example to refer to when they decide who they will date. Show Notes and Resources Find resources from this podcast...


Dating in the 21st Century

Author and campus minister Shelby Abbott reminds us that Scripture calls us to something greater and healthier in our relationships with the opposite sex. It calls us to love through self-sacrifice, communication, service, and patience. How does this apply in the dating phase? Shelby, now married, shares his own dating history and talks about how technology has changed the dating game. Show Notes and Resources Find resources from this podcast at...


Hope When Evil Is Under Your Own Roof

How can Jennifer Greenberg, a trained opera singer, still sing and find joy despite growing up with a father who was physically and sexually abusive? Or a mom who enabled the abuse? Or a pastor who didn't offer protection and help, but only reinforced her worst fears? Listen as hosts Dave and Ann Wilson, with Bob Lepine, uncover the source of Jennifer's defiant belief in a God who never leaves nor forsakes you, but One who knows our suffering first-hand. Show Notes and Resources Find...


Abused but Not Forsaken

Bob Lepine, with hosts Dave and Ann Wilson, sit down with Jennifer Greenberg, author of the book "Not Forsaken," as she tells her story of growing up with a father who was teaching Sunday School at church while at the same time being physically, sexually, and emotionally abusive at home. Jennifer would have nightmares about being raped, and expected to die before turning 21. Hear the chilling details of the moment her father actually confessed out loud, "You're gonna have to accept that I'm...