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Cohabitation: The New Norm

March 19, 2012
Does living together reap the same benefits as marriage? Glenn Stanton, the director for Family Formation at Focus on the Family, doesn't think so. In fact, Stanton, who's done extensive research on this topic, tells why cohabitation almost guarantees divorce due to lack of commitment and relational ambiguity. Stanton goes on to explain why cohabitation is a relationship on a man's terms while marriage is a relationship on a woman's terms.

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Research shows that one-third of American women have had an abortion. But little hope is offered to those who need healing — until now. Jon and Andy Erwin, along with actress Rachel Hendrix, join Dennis Rainey to talk about their new release October Baby, a movie about a teen who learns that not only was she adopted but is a survivor of a failed abortion. The movie celebrates the journey of forgiveness and restoration and will be released in theaters March 23.Download Transcript
March 16, 2012
"Abortion" and "survivor". Those words seem diametrically opposed, but they are joined together in the dramatic movie, October Baby, releasing in theaters March 23. Jon Erwin, producer of the movie, tells the story of 19-year-old Hannah, whose life is upended when she learns that she is adopted and the survivor of a failed abortion. Also joining Jon in the studio is October Baby lead actress, Rachel Hendrix, who plays Hannah.Download Transcript
March 15, 2012
Each word you speak takes root for good or bad in the hearts of those who hear it. Be careful what you sow. Wess Stafford, Compassion International President and author of the book, Just a Minute, asks listeners to choose their words and actions wisely, especially when interacting with children, who are easily influenced.Download Transcript
March 14, 2012
One word can sometimes make or break a person. Compassion International President, Wess Stafford, swaps stories with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine about who in their lives influenced them for good or bad. Stafford tells how Tony Dungy, Adolf Hitler and others were shaped for life by key persons around them.Download Transcript
March 13, 2012
Children are like wet cement. The time to impress their hearts for good is when they're small. Wess Stafford, president of Compassion International, tells how easy it is to be a positive influence in the life of a child by just taking time to notice and talk to those children God has placed around you.Download Transcript
March 12, 2012
Will college wreck your faith? For many it does, but it doesn't have to. Former campus minister, Ben Burns, coaches high school seniors on how to find spiritual success in college.Download Transcript
March 9, 2012
Packing for college? Don't forget to tuck away some wisdom in that suitcase. Ben Burns, director of Grad Guides, talks to graduates and their parents about making the transition from high school to college. Burns covers the pitfalls of starting over with new people and new places and gives advice for staying grounded in your faith.Download Transcript
March 8, 2012
In order to be successful in marriage, a couple must be able to forgive each other often. But the only way to do that is to have a solid grasp of God's great forgiveness of us through Christ. Voddie Baucham shares a message on forgiveness based on Ephesians 4.Download Transcript
March 7, 2012
Dennis and Barbara Rainey tell about recent life "storms" they've experienced, both literal and figurative. They share important lessons they've learned in the midst of storms.Download Transcript
March 6, 2012
Experience the sights and sounds of the Love Like You Mean It cruise. Jim and Carol Shores portray in a skit a support group for the romantically challenged. Also, Matthew West performs an improvisational song and Gary Thomas gives a message about intimacy all from the recent cruise.Download Transcript
March 5, 2012
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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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