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Dave and Ann Wilson

Embracing the Truth

July 3, 2018

Paul said that it was the kindness of God that leads to repentance. Caleb Kaltenbach can vouch for that. Caleb talks about what it was like growing up with a mom and dad who divorced each other because they realized they were both gay. He also explains how his attempt to prove the Bible was false actually started him on a walk of faith, and eventually led him into the pastorate.

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Every family is messy. Caleb Kaltenbach's is no exception. Caleb reflects on growing up with a mom and dad who divorced when he was 2 upon discovering they were each gay. Caleb's mother shared a home with her partner for 22 years, and his father stayed in the closet until Caleb was in college. Caleb offers unique insight on how the gay community perceives Christians.
July 2, 2018
Robbie and Sabrina McDonald, both widowed before they met and now married to each other for three years, talk about the challenges of blending a family. Sabrina, who brought two young children into the marriage, and Robbie, who has a married son and a teen son, talk about the adjustments they've had to make as they grappled with grief, marriage, and parenting now as a blended family.
June 29, 2018
Ron Deal, stepfamily expert and director of FamilyLife Blended, joins Robbie and Sabrina McDonald to talk about their blended family three years after saying "I Do." Robbie and Sabrina, both widowed before they met, tell how the relationships between Robbie and her two young children, and Sabrina and his two older children, have progressed. Sabrina shares how their grief for their first spouses has evolved, and tells what happened to make her realize she needed to let go of the memories, not only for herself, but for her children.
June 28, 2018
Are you an anxious person? Psychologist Matthew Stanford talks about complexities of anxiety disorders, which include panic disorders, separation anxiety, and OCD disorder. Stanford tells how a person can know if they need to see a psychologist, and explains how God has put a system in us that is fight or flight. If a tiger walked in the room we would express anxiety, but to a person with an anxiety disorder, that stress is ongoing, even when the tiger isn't there. Stanford coaches parents whose son or daughter might have a mental disorder on how to proceed. 
June 27, 2018
Matthew Stanford, author of the book, "Grace for the Afflicted," talks about the silent epidemic of depression that is sweeping across the U.S., affecting 45 million people, many of whom get no treatment. Medication is often over prescribed, and mental health issues have been turned over to the world, when clergy could be a real help to the hurting if they were trained. Stanford shares his concerns about children being treated for ADHD, and encourages those struggling with depression to seek out a faith-based, ethical psychologist.
June 26, 2018
Matthew Stanford, CEO of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston, Texas, believes if Christians want to help those struggling with mental disorders, they have to understand what they are. Stanford explains we are all broken to some degree due to original sin, and we need to treat those affected by mental illness with the same compassion and respect as those battling cancer or any other illness. Mental disorders are a combination of biology and environment, like prenatal care, and those with them have the same spiritual needs as anyone else.
June 25, 2018
You were meant to bloom! Businessman Jack Alexander, a former recipient of an Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award, reminds us that God can and will provide all our needs especially if we put Him first in our lives. Just as Jesus fed the 5,000 by taking the bread, looking toward heaven, and blessing it, we also can consecrate what we have by offering our all to the Lord, whether that be our tithe, our children, or our talents.
June 22, 2018
Businessman Jack Alexander believes that each person always has something to give, if not financially, then through their time and talents. Alexander, who grew up in a family where resources were scarce, tells how he came to faith in Christ in Australia while he was on a business trip, and how believing in the God of abundance changed his life. Alexander cautions listeners to avoid capacity killers like debt, porn, drugs and alcohol and to lean into God, who sees a forest in one tiny seed.
June 21, 2018
Jonathan and Wynter Pitts want their four daughters not to be afraid of the world. That's why they are grounding them in the truth of God's Word. The Pitts realize that if their girls believe the Bible is true and live it out, they will be marginalized by the world. So they are preparing them to suffer by teaching them to lean on the Holy Spirit. They share how their parents modeled a love and enthusiasm for sharing the gospel with others, and what they are doing as a family to do the same.
June 20, 2018
Jonathan and Wynter Pitts know what it's like to raise girls. They have four of them! How do they nurture their relationships? Jonathan admits that he loves including the girls in his world, whether he's at work or going to Home Depot. Wynter, on the other hand, most likes to enjoy time with them snuggling on the couch. Either way, the Pitts encourage parents to get to know their children's personalities and preferences so they can best encourage their interests and talents.
June 19, 2018
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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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