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Jesus: The Reason We Celebrate

November 27, 2012
Are you tired of reindeer, snowmen, and Santas dominating your Christmas holidays? Would you like a simple way to focus on the real reason we celebrate Christmas? If so, we might just have the answer. Barbara Rainey explains how Adorenaments® — seven names of Christ from the passages of Luke and Isaiah, shaped into beautiful ornaments, can help you reflect on the true nature of Christ our King as they hang on your tree, wreath, or gifts this Christmas.

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A growing to-do list can keep us distracted during the holidays. The spiritual aspect of the season oftentimes gets overshadowed as we bake, shop and decorate ourselves to exhaustion. But let’s not forget the real reason we celebrate — the birth of Jesus Christ. Barbara Rainey talks about the latest tool for keeping Christ front and center of your celebrations —  Adorenaments®, a beautiful set of seven names of Christ that will remind you of who, and why, we worship each December.Download Transcript
November 26, 2012
Keith and Kristyn Getty talk about their music and the need to reflect Christ's work on the Cross in the hymns that they write.Download Transcript
November 23, 2012
Dennis Rainey talks with Irish composers and artists, Keith and Kristyn Getty, the talent behind the popular hymns "In Christ Alone" and "Speak Oh Lord". Find out why they're on a mission to revive the art of hymnody for a new generation.Download Transcript
November 22, 2012
Has God ever let you down? Jerry Sittser lost his wife, mother and daughter in a tragic accident that left him wondering, "Why?" Then a friend challenged him with the thought, "Why not?" Rethinking his expectations about life and Christianity, Jerry came to realize that God didn't promise him a pain-free life, but promised instead to be with him in his loss and suffering.Download Transcript
November 21, 2012
Dying to yourself probably isn’t at the top of your list of things you need to do today. But it should be. Michael and Hayley DiMarco talk about the life we can find when we die to our own desires and allow God to lead. Hayley recalls how shopping, and the search for more stuff, became her idol and landed her $20,000 in debt after college. She explains how worshiping God and taking a year-long shopping sabbatical shifted her focus and brought her to a healthier, holier place.Download Transcript
November 20, 2012
Have you taken up your cross lately? Authors Michael and Hayley DiMarco recall times when they’ve had to die to themselves in order to bring life to their marriage. They assure listeners that it’s okay if they find they’re at the end of themselves because they’ll find something more valuable — the abundant life that Christ has promised.Download Transcript
November 19, 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.Download Transcript
November 16, 2012
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
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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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