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Dave and Ann Wilson

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

December 12, 2013
Is decorating your tree with Santas, snowmen and elves getting a little humdrum? While cute, none of those reflect what the Christmas season truly is all about. For over 20 years Barbara Rainey wanted to adorn her home at Christmas in a way that focused on Christ, but couldn't find much in the stores to help her. So she got busy and created her own decorations that would reflect her faith. Barbara talks about her new resources, Adore Hymns and Adorenaments, while Ace Collins reveals the meaning behind God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

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Christmas carols get us in the holiday mood. But don't you yearn to know more about these beloved songs? In an effort to draw us back to a Christ-centered Christmas, Barbara Rainey designed a set of unique Christmas ornaments featuring some of her favorite Christmas hymns. On the back of each ornament is a short explanation of the origin of the hymn and its author. Author Ace Collins also tells us about one of his favorite carols, O Holy Night. 
December 11, 2013
Do you prefer the ease of a artificial tree? Or the aroma of a real one? No matter your preference, both are beautiful once they're decorated. Wanting to proclaim Christ during the holiday season, Barbara Rainey tells how she came up with the idea of "Adore Hymns," a set of Christmas ornaments designed to help us display and more deeply enjoy our favorite Christmas hymns. Joining her is author Ace Collins to tell us a little bit about the history of the Christmas tree. 
December 10, 2013
Barbara Rainey has finally combined two of her favorite things:  Christmas carols and ornaments to create "Adore Hymns," a set of eight wooden ornaments embossed with some of the world's most memorable Christmas hymns. Wanting to focus more on the spiritual aspect of the Christmas season, Barbara tells how she designed these ornaments so that families could learn of the rich history of these traditional carols while decorating the tree. Author Ace Collins joins in too, explaining the origin of some of these hymns.   
December 9, 2013
What's in a name?  When the name is that of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ, the name means a lot! Dennis Rainey continues exploring the meaning behind the many names, particularly the royal names, of Christ.
December 6, 2013
Americans have no king. Perhaps that's why we don't grasp the unique nature of kingship. Dennis Rainey expounds on the one true King, Jesus Christ, and explains the meaning of His names and the power He and He alone possesses.
December 5, 2013
Christmas traditions are as unique as the families that practice them. Barbara Rainey recalls how eager her children, now grown, once were to open their presents, and two of her kids, Laura and Samuel, talk about the deliberate way the Rainey family opened gifts. Barbara and Tracey Eyster, Creator and Editor of, share their excitement for FamilyLife's resource, Adorenaments, and tell how parents can use them to teach their children the names of Christ.
December 4, 2013
The Christmas holidays don't always go smoothly. But no matter. Christ is still present, bearing our burdens and drawing us back to the real reason for our celebration. Barbara Rainey recalls one particularly cold Christmas with holiday guests that had all the family members coming down with cabin fever, and Dennis fondly recalls the gag gifts his family used to exchange. Barbara, along with Tracey Eyster, Creator and Editor of, share some creative ways for families to keep the focus on Christ during the holidays.
December 3, 2013
Christmas memories are some of the sweetest remembrances we have. Barbara Rainey reminisces about the Christmases of her youth, and her mother, dropping in by phone, surprises her with a few memories of her own. Barbara shares what it was like in the Rainey home with six children helping her decorate, and tells what led her to create Christmas ornaments that focus on Christ. Also chiming in on the Rainey Christmas experience are Rainey daughters, Rebecca and Laura.
December 2, 2013
"Everything done outside God's will is wasted."  Dr. Duane Litfin continues his exposition on Pslam 127, reminding us to invest our lives in God's work.  Hear him explain the transition in verse three that mystifies some scholars.
November 29, 2013
Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living".  Many people avoid examining their own lives out of fear that they'll find it empty.  Dr. Duane Litfin, former president of Wheaton College, gives an exposition on Psalm 127 recommending it as a tool to help us examine our own lives.
November 28, 2013
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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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