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Approaching Marriage

October 9, 2013
Divorce has a dramatic impact on the lives of children.  But how does it affect a person's approach to marriage as an adult?  Jen Abbas and Elizabeth Marquardt, both adult children of divorce, talk about how how their parents' divorce affected their thoughts about marriage and family.

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'Divorce not only dramatically affects the couple involved, but also their children. That's according to authors Elizabeth Marquardt and Jen Abbas, both adult children of divorce.  Elizabeth and Jen talk about the emotional reality of divorce for children.
October 8, 2013
Elizabeth Marquardt, director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values, and Jen Abbas, author of the book Generation Ex, tell about their experience growing up without both a mother and a father in the home.
October 7, 2013
Sometimes, chasing your dreams leads you right to where you belong.  Such is the story line of Russ Rice and director Brad Silverman’s new film, “Grace Unplugged.” Russ and Brad talk about the making of the film, and Grace Trey, played by AJ Michalka, a young woman in the movie who leaves home seeking the stardom she’s always dreamed of.  Yet with each rung of the ladder she climbs, Grace feels more and more pressure to compromise her values. Will she reject her faith, or rediscover it? Grace Unplugged opens in theaters October 4.
October 4, 2013
Are your kids hitchhiking on your faith? Michael and Hayley DiMarco talk to parents about helping their children develop their own walk with God, rather than just mimicking them spiritually. Haley recalls a time when she believed in God, but chose to do as she pleased anyway. With hell most likely her future, she figured she might as well have fun. It wasn’t until later when a young man shared Christ with her, that she truly began to “own it.”  Similarly, Michael tells how his pick and choose faith left him lacking until a brush with the law had him re-examining what his life and faith were all about.
October 3, 2013
God can use anyone for His purposes. Especially the imperfect. Mike Howerton points to the life of Jonah, a man who knew God had a call on His life, but who ran in the opposite direction. God redirected His steps by putting Jonah in the belly of the whale.  Mike tells of a time when he tried to do life on his own as well, but shares how God lead him in a different direction, despite his past junk, reminding us that we can’t out-sin God’s grace.
October 2, 2013
Are you cooperating with God’s sanctification in your life? Mike Howerton reminds us that no matter how messy our lives have been, God is in the process of restoring and transforming us into something beautiful for His glory.  But in order to discern God’s call, we must be willing to spend time in the Scriptures and be obedient to His promptings.  Mike encourages those who desire to know God’s will to get quiet in His presence, invite God’s spirit into their lives, take a personal inventory, identify their dreams and finally, set some goals.
October 1, 2013
Our lives can get messy. But fortunately, God loves using messy people. Author Mike Howerton tells Dennis Rainey how his life began to change after he told the Lord in earnest that he’d like to be His.  Although the clouds didn’t part and he didn’t hear God audibly, He knew that God had a plan for his life and that God would use him.  Mike talks about hearing God speak, and shares a story about a time when a unknown woman called him in the middle of the night asking for prayer for her comatose husband.  Mike’s obedience would add another soul to God’s heavenly ranks.
September 30, 2013
What does life look like when faith is all you have? Dennis Rainey welcomes Jim Leininger into the studio to talk about the release of his new movie, “Alone Yet Not Alone,” a film based on a true story about two young sisters during the French and Indian War who are taken captive by hostile natives. While waiting for their rescue, the girls are comforted by the words of a family hymn, Alone Yet Not Alone. But when the girls are suddenly and cruelly separated, their faith is stretched even further.
September 27, 2013
Is the purpose of marriage to be happy and fulfilled, or is there something more? Pastor John Piper proposes that the purpose of marriage is first and foremost to glorify God.
September 26, 2013
What can we learn from a king who had it all? Plenty! Lydia Brownback opens the book of Proverbs, a book mostly attributed to King Solomon, to find day-to-day wisdom for the modern-day woman.  Lydia shares what Proverbs teaches about fearing the Lord, controlling our emotions and honoring God with our sexuality.
September 25, 2013
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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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