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Depression: Encouragement for the Journey - II

July 28, 2020

Are you overwhelmed by your career and endless list of tasks? Do you feel overworked and burned out? Today on Family Talk, Pastor Tommy Nelson warns how that anxiety and stress can devolve into full-blown depression. Dr. Dobson explains that this deep despair impacts a lot of ministers in particular, while Pastor Nelson reveals what he was thinking and feeling during those dark days. Don’t miss what those struggling with depression can do to find help and healing.

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Millions of Americans suffer with some form of mental illness, and that number is steadily growing each year. On this classic edition of Family Talk, Pastor Tommy Nelson opens up to Dr. Dobson about his difficult journey battling depression. Pastor Nelson points out that his demanding schedule and growing stress levels led to an emotional overload and burnout. Discover how he restored his mental health.
July 27, 2020
Do you sometimes find it hard to pray or feel as if you aren’t hearing God’s reply? On this edition of Family Talk, Dr. Bruce Wilkinson unpacks the ways unforgiveness can block our communication with our Heavenly Father. Through his message delivered at the National Day of Prayer in 2016, Dr. Wilkinson addresses the prevalent issue of unforgiveness in the church, and identifies what believers can do to restore their relationship with God.
July 24, 2020
Christian musician, Matt Hammitt, had a prominent career as the lead singer of Sanctus Real. Sadly, his constant time on the road caused problems at home. Today on Family Talk, he explains to Dr. Tim Clinton how his decision to over-prioritize work damaged his marriage and faith. Hear what he did to reconcile those conflicts and about his desire to help other families find healing.
July 23, 2020
In the closing words of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he challenged Christian men to be strong and stand firm in their faith. On this edition of Family Talk, Retired Lt. General Jerry Boykin talks about our call to be warriors for Jesus. He gives various examples from his time in the military where his bold testimony led to displays of God’s faithfulness. Hear what we must do to win the spiritual battle set before us.
July 22, 2020
Adversity in life can sometimes cause our faith to be shaken. On today’s Family Talk broadcast, Dr. Dobson sits down with the President of Harvest Prayer Ministries, Dave Butts. Dave opens up about his battle with a rare form of cancer, from which he wasn’t expected to recover. Through this difficult journey, Dave reveals what he learned about fervent prayer and the peace of God.
July 21, 2020
With Judeo-Christian values under siege across America, believers must make their voices heard at the polls this November. Today on Family Talk, Dr. Dobson is joined by two representatives from a new voter mobilization effort called the Jonathan Project. Rick Scarborough and Corbin Casteel discuss their efforts to equip and inform the church, to make God-honoring decisions at the ballot box. Hear why Christians play a pivotal role in the 2020 Election.
July 20, 2020
One of the chief responsibilities of every parent is to cultivate their children’s understanding of God’s Word. Today on Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton sits down with Glenn Ransom, founder of the ministry Bible in Stories. The two discuss the lack of intentional spiritual growth in the average Christian home.  Glenn also talks about the interactive family devotional he’s created, that encourages moms and dads to read the Bible with their kids. It’s an important discussion you’ll want to listen to.
July 17, 2020
What advice does the Bible offer for those who are dating or pursuing marriage? On this edition of Family Talk, Pastor Alistair Begg concludes his helpful message concerning the search for a godly spouse. He continues explaining why a person’s authentic relationship with Jesus is the most significant attribute in a prospective mate. Hear what qualities are important in a future husband or wife.  
July 16, 2020
Dating in this fast-paced culture is more often focused on superficial qualities, instead of lifelong virtues. Today on Family Talk, Pastor Alistair Begg gives sound biblical advice to young people searching for a godly spouse. He shares practical lessons from his own courtship experience, and unpacks a few key characteristics young women should look for in a potential husband. 
July 15, 2020
The late Dr. D. James Kennedy was a faithful evangelical warrior until his death in 2007. Today’s Family Talk broadcast revisits Dr. Dobson’s somber yet uplifting comments that he delivered at Dr. Kennedy’s memorial service. Dr. Dobson shared his admiration for, and friendship with this godly leader, before reflecting on Dr. Kennedy’s legacy. Dr. Dobson also challenged the next generation to boldly stand for righteousness like Dr. Kennedy did. 
July 14, 2020
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About Family Talk

Family Talk is a Christian non-profit organization located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded in 2010 by Dr. James Dobson, the ministry promotes and teaches biblical principles that support marriage, family, and child-development. Since its inception, Family Talk has served millions of families with broadcasts, monthly newsletters, feature articles, videos, blogs, books and other resources available on demand via its website, mobile apps, and social media platforms.


The Dr. James Dobson Family Institute (JDFI) is a Christian non-profit organization located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded initially as Family Talk in 2010 by Dr. James Dobson, the ministry promotes and teaches biblical principles that support marriage, family, and child-development. Since its inception, Family Talk has served families with broadcasts, monthly newsletters, feature articles, videos, blogs, books, and other resources available on demand via its website, mobile apps, and social media platforms. In 2017, the ministry rebranded under JDFI to expand its four core ministry divisions consisting of Family Talk, the Dobson Policy and Education Centers, and the Dobson Digital Library.


Dr. Dobson's flagship program, "Family Talk," is aired on more than 1,300 terrestrial radio outlets and numerous digital channels that reach millions of people each month.

About Dr. James Dobson

Dr. James Dobson is the Founder and President of Family Talk, a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, "Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk." He is the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family, including The New Dare to Discipline, Love for a Lifetime, Life on the Edge, Love Must Be Tough, The New Strong-Willed Child, When God Doesn't Make Sense, Bringing Up Boys, Marriage Under Fire, Bringing Up Girls, Head Over Heels and, most recently, Your Legacy: The Greatest Gift.


Dr. Dobson served as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles for 17 years. He has been active in governmental affairs and has advised five U.S. presidents on family matters. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development. He holds 17 honorary doctoral degrees, and was inducted in 2008 into The National Radio Hall of Fame. Dr. Dobson recently received the following awards: Winston Churchill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Faith & Freedom Coalition (2017), Daniel Award from AZ Christian University (2016), and the Defender of Life Award from the Justice Foundation (2015).


Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley and they have two grown children, Danae and Ryan, and two grandchildren. The Dobsons reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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