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Dave and Ann Wilson

A Family on a Mission

September 5, 2019

What does it mean to live on mission? Shelly Wildman believes that if parents want kids who are on fire for the Lord, they must have a committed relationship with Christ themselves. Parents must show their kids that they are there to walk through their faith struggles and be available to talk through those harder, deeper issues in our culture. Also joining in the discussion is Dave and Ann Wilson's son, Cody.

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Shelly Wildman, author of the book, "First Ask Why," talks about the guiding parenting principles she used to help her focus on the most important things. Wildman and her husband wanted to parent their three girls well, but they also wanted to know why they were doing what they were doing. For Wildman, that meant not just raising her kids to pursue the American dream, but to live lives on purpose and for God. Wildman explains God's purpose for the family.
September 4, 2019
Pastor Rob Green, author of the book, "Tying the Knot," talks about the goal of premarital counseling: to help engaged couples see what marriage looks like when Jesus is at the center. When counseling, Green talks about red flags, like being spiritually mismatched, pornography, and relational baggage (like past abuse or a child from a previous relationship). A man or woman has to ask themselves whether or not they will extend grace to their intended and bear their burden. Green also talks about the green lights: a firm faith and dependence on Christ, a willingness to continually learn about one another, and involvement in a local church.
September 3, 2019
Rob Green, a pastor of counseling at Faith Church, talks about the importance of premarital counseling. As Green walks couples through the counseling process, he talks to them about the difference between role and expectation. Some things a husband is commanded to do, like living with his wife in an understanding way and continually learning about her. But other things, like taking out the trash or mowing the lawn, varies from couple to couple. Green reminds couples to talk about their expectations and to focus building their marriage on Christ.
September 2, 2019
Nancy Guthrie, author of "What Every Child Should Know About Prayer," recalls a season in her parenting when she realized she was worrying a lot more than praying. She fed her fears and allowed her train of thought to take her to the worst possible outcome. She realized her desires needed to be shaped by the Word of God. So many times parents' prayers revolve around asking God to give their child an appetite for the Word, but using the Scriptures to pray helps parents pray for even deeper things.
August 30, 2019
When teaching kids to pray, Nancy Guthrie admits that thank you's dominate, and requests follow. Guthrie's desire is to see children grounded in the Scriptures and practicing real prayer. This requires that children understand who God is, which will help them move into prayers of confession--an aspect often missing in most family prayer times. Kids follow what we do more than what we say. If we want our kids to have an intimate relationship with God, we need to model that. 
August 29, 2019
Christian counselor Jonathan Holmes talks about the challenges of counseling a spouse experiencing emotional or physical abuse. He also tackles the problem of dwindling desire in marriage, and asserts that intimacy problems are typically spiritual problems and symptomatic of deeper issues. He also shares how he would counsel a couple experiencing spiritual differences.
August 28, 2019
Jonathan Holmes, the founder and executive director of Fieldstone Counseling, tackles common problems couples face today, like infidelity and pornography. He also talks about the importance of forgiveness and the necessity of rebuilding trust.
August 27, 2019
Jonathan Holmes, pastor of counseling at Parkside Church and author of the book, "Counsel for Couples," gives practical advice for finding a good Christian counselor. Holmes talks about the characteristics a good counselor should possess, and reminds listeners that, just like Jesus, a biblical counselor is called to speak the truth in love and build up the body of Christ. As Christians, however, we all can walk beside someone in their crisis, even if we don't have all the answers.
August 26, 2019
Director Alex Kendrick and actor Cameron Arnett talk about the Kendrick brothers' latest film, "Overcomer," a movie about identity.
August 23, 2019
Stepmoms bear a unique burden, and they often neglect their own care. Melanie Anthony offers hope for balance in the midst of the burden.
August 22, 2019
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FamilyLife Today® is a weekday podcast featuring fun, engaging conversations that help families grow together with Jesus while pursuing the relationships that matter most.

About Dave and Ann Wilson

Dave and Ann Wilson are co-hosts of FamilyLife Today©, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program.

Dave and Ann have been married for more than 40 years and have spent the last 35 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® since 1993, and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country.

Dave and Ann helped plant Kensington Community Church in Detroit, Michigan where they served together in ministry for more than three decades, wrapping up their time at Kensington in 2020.

The Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released books Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019) and No Perfect Parents (Zondervan, 2021).

Dave is a graduate of the International School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. A Ball State University Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dave served the Detroit Lions as Chaplain for thirty-three years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active with Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small group leader, and mentor to countless women.

The Wilsons live in the Detroit area. They have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody, three daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.

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