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Finding God in the Stories of Loss

November 16, 2012
In the midst of deepest suffering, where is God and why doesn’t He deliver us and answer our prayers? Perhaps the answer to that question lies in the nature of the prayers themselves. Author Jerry Sittser and Ron Deal, who have both dealt with unexpected loss of loved ones, talk frankly about finding their place in God’s story.

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God has redeemed the past. God will be with us in the future. For many Christians, the last place they think to live is in the here and now. They imagine that re-marriage will solve their problems and bring them happiness. Jerry Sittser and Ron Deal remind us that our most pressing business right now is what God has brought into our lives today. Be assured, God will give us grace for our tomorrows.Download Transcript
November 15, 2012
Throughout history, men and women of God who have achieved notable accomplishments have shared a common characteristic: a steely resolve to put aside all pain, suffering, and setbacks in pursuit of what God has called them to. Jerry Sittser talks about the years he focused on raising his children as a single dad, and the turn of events that led him to consider courtship and eventually, re-marriage.Download Transcript
November 14, 2012
As we live our lives, we are writing a story. The best stories include challenges and adversities. Years after the death of his wife, mother and daughter, Jerry Sittser discusses how God uses suffering to write his story.Download Transcript
November 13, 2012
If suffering is so integral to human sanctification, why do we, as humans fear and avoid it? Jerry Sittser discusses the role of suffering in our spiritual formation.Download Transcript
November 12, 2012
After nearly a decade of service, Navy Seal Adam Brown said goodbye to his wife and family, departing for what he expected to be his final mission. It was truly his final mission. But Adam was on two missions. One for the US military, and the other was a mission from God. A riveting story of heroism, sacrifice and redemption, as told by his widow, Kelly Brown.Download Transcript
November 9, 2012
Adam Brown had already overcome a drug addiction and trouble with the law. He joined the military and became an elite Navy Seal. But that, says his widow, Kelly Brown, was just the beginning of his adversity. He later overcame what, for anyone else, would have been career ending injuries. He adapted and continued thrive as a leader in the Navy Seals.Download Transcript
November 8, 2012
For awhile her life lacked direction. But now that she was back home in Arkansas, life was looking up. Kelly Brown, widow of Navy Seal, Adam Brown, talks about meeting Adam, a daring young man with a sparkle in his eye and a bent towards living in the extreme, when she was 21. They fell hard and fast. But alcohol and drugs almost ruined their relationship before it started. Hear her tell about their rocky romance and how she eventually became “Mrs. Adam Brown.”Download Transcript
November 7, 2012
Judy Starr’s emotional affair was strong, but was her commitment to her husband stronger? Judy Starr tells listeners the steps she took to close the door on her emotional affair. Despite her deep connection to the sea captain, ultimately Judy found that her commitment to her husband and to her God was stronger.Download Transcript
November 6, 2012
A long-time missionary couple, an exotic locale, and a handsome sea captain: the recipe for disaster? Missionary Judy Starr found herself enticed to leave her marriage for a handsome sea captain. It was unthinkable, but it happened while she and her husband were ministering in the Caribbean and she began an emotional affair with another man.Download Transcript
November 5, 2012
Do you remember "that girl"? No, not the one on late-night reruns. The fun and flirty one that used to take extra care to look cute. The one that would go out of her way to please the man she loved — "that girl" you used to be before you got married and had children. Heidi St. John talks about the importance of cultivating "that girl" for your husband. Heidi also reminisces about her grandmother, whose love and adoration for her husband never diminished throughout 75 years of marriage.Download Transcript
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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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