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Dave and Ann Wilson

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August 7, 2015
Are you wishing summer could last just a few more weeks? Barbara Rainey reminds parents that their kids could be headed into challenging circumstances in the coming school year. With mom and dad's help, however, kids can be ready to face whatever comes their way. Babara Rainey answers questions about aggressive girls, back-to-school shopping, phone usage, social media, and parental involvement in school.

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It's that time of year again! Will your children be prepared? Barbara Rainey, a mother of six and grandmother to many more, encourages parents to prepare their children for school, not just by buying them new shoes or backpacks, but also by teaching them how to respond should someone bully them. Parents don't know what challenges their children might face during the semesters ahead, but they can always be proactive with their children by covering the basics.
August 6, 2015
As a grandparent, what are you doing to build into the lives of your grandchildren? Mary Larmoyeux and Nancy Downing, grandparents themselves, have collaborated to help you be intentional in this special relationship. Even if you live far away from your grandkids, Mary and Nancy have suggestions that will help you stay connected with the next generation of your family.
August 5, 2015
Make a new friend and call me in the morning. That might be a prescription for aging well, according to Dr. John Dunlop, a geriatrics physician. Dunlop reminds us that healthy relationships are vital if we are going to live long and age well. Most people become less independent as they age, so Dunlop encourages patients to consider that when selling the family home or relocating to a better climate. Dunlop also explains the importance of a living will and gives basic steps you can take to remain physically healthy.
August 4, 2015
Are you aging well? Dr. John Dunlop, a doctor of geriatrics in Connecticut, explains what it means to age well in all spheres of life--physical, mental, social, financial and emotional. While mounting losses make it more difficult to think about the blessings we do have, Dr. Dunlop advises patients to focus on the Lord and all He has already done.
August 3, 2015
It's time we get real with God about sex. John Freeman, president of Harvest USA, a ministry that helps those dealing with sexual brokenness, recalls his past struggles—first with sexual abuse and then with same-sex attraction. John shares how he found deliverance through God's people as well as God's Word. John offers advice to parents whose sons and daughters may be dealing with sexual sin.
July 31, 2015
Comedian Michael Jr. has a strict discipline to his comedy routine. It must be clean enough that he could say it behind a pulpit, and yet it must be funny enough it could be said in a club. Michael shares how he came to Christ.
July 30, 2015
Rosaria Butterfield believed her personal experience told her the truth about something. But as she studied the Bible, she began to see God’s truth as bigger than her own. Rosaria recalls her first time sitting under the teaching of her friend, pastor Ken Smith, at a Presbyterian church and realizing through John 7:17 that she could pray that she would will to do God’s will. Over time she began asking God if he could make a woman like her a godly woman. Rosaria talks about the day she surrendered to Christ and what she gained, and gave up, as a result.
July 29, 2015
How might another’s life change if you offered them the gift of hospitality? Former English professor and lesbian, Rosaria Butterfield, defines hospitality as bringing in the stranger, even going out and finding the stranger if you have to. Rosaria tells how her life and worldview began to change when a pastor and his wife befriended her and invited her into their home. As she began to feel loved and accepted, she began to be more open to the truths of God found in the Scriptures.
July 28, 2015
Rosaria Butterfield’s life wasn’t typical. An English professor at Syracruse University, Rosaria was a full-fledged feminist and lesbian bent on exposing a sector she believed was out to threaten her freedoms, the religious right. Rosaria recalls how she viewed Christians back then, when she was a respected leader in the LGBT community. But then a surprising letter came her way that would introduce her to pastor Ken Smith and his wife, Floy. Rosaria talks about her developing friendship with this couple, and what they did to welcome her and reconsider her views about God.
July 27, 2015
Guy and Angie Penrod tell the story of their courtship and marriage, and the joys of raising eight kids.
July 24, 2015
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About FamilyLife Today®

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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