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Love Renewed: Barry and Pam Abell, Part 2

March 29, 2013
Money can't buy happiness.  Hear the compelling story of Barry and Pam Abell, an upscale couple who seemingly had it all, until they gave it all up for a rich relationship with Christ and each other.

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To those who knew them, they had it all - wealth, beauty, and a model family.  But what others didn't know is that they were miserable.  Barry and Pam Abell, directors of Campus Crusade's Executive Ministries, tell how raising children and the pace of a busy career almost split them apart.Download Transcript
March 28, 2013
Arriving home from Bible study, Angela got the call every parent dreads. Her son, Christopher, was in jail, busted for selling drugs. Could this be the answer to her prayers? Christopher  and his mother, Angela, talk about his time in prison, the shock of finding out he was HIV positive, and the way God slowly and patiently drew Christopher to the only one who could rescue him now, Jesus Christ.  Hear what Christopher is doing now, and what his plans are for the future.Download Transcript 
March 27, 2013
While Christopher Yuan turned to his gay friends and, eventually, drugs for happiness, Angela, his mother, turned to God. Praying in earnest for her son’s salvation, Angela tells how her heart and attitude began to change toward Christopher. Standing on God’s promises, she and her husband prayed that God would do whatever it took to bring Christopher to Himself.  Expelled from dental school and furious at his parents, Christopher tells how he became more involved with selling and using drugs, only to find himself in prison facing 10 years to life.Download Transcript 
March 26, 2013
Sometimes getting from here to there isn’t a direct shot. Often the road God takes us on has unexpected twists and turns. Christopher Yuan, a professor at Moody Bible Institute, reflects back to the day when he finally “came out” to his parents and drove resolutely away, ready to fully embrace the gay lifestyle he knew back at University of Kentucky where he was a dental student. In despair, his mother, Angela, tells how she turned to a God she’d only heard about to find peace, joy, and hope for her family.Download Transcript 
March 25, 2013
Parenting a prodigal isn’t easy. Dennis Mansfield knows. His son, Nate, started experimenting with marijuana as a teen and eventually became addicted to heroin in his twenties. Dennis talks about his hopes and love for his son, despite his rebellion and eventual incarceration.  Praying jail time would turn him around, Dennis continued to encourage his son after his release, and is thankful for the time he spent with Nate before he was found dead from an adverse drug reaction that killed him in his sleep at the age of 27.Download Transcript
March 22, 2013
There are defining moments in every life. Dennis Mansfield, an executive film producer and father of three, talks about his spiritual journey, his marriage and his children, particularly his oldest son, Nate. Dennis talks openly about Nate’s early drug use, his spiral downward into the drug culture, including his run-in with the law, and his attempts with his wife to help their prodigal son.Download Transcript
March 21, 2013
After Ryan Bomberger’s birth mother was raped, she could easily have chosen abortion…but Ryan and his nine siblings are glad she didn’t. Tune in for this incredible story of life giving redemption in the face of incredible hardship.Download Transcript
March 18, 2013
The death of someone we love is an unwelcome reality, but how do we continue to live and function in a worldly realm when someone who has impacted us so deeply is no longer with us? Join us as Dr. Michael Easley eulogizes his friend and mentor Dr. Howard Hendricks, and unpacks the Gospel truth of our coming resurrection.Download Transcript  
March 15, 2013
Plenty of well known people receive flowery eulogies from the famous and powerful, but far fewer receive parting words of genuine love and and affirmation from their children. Dr Howard Hendricks was one of those fortunate men who received both. Join us as we celebrate a life lived to the glory of God, as recounted by his children.Download Transcript 
March 14, 2013
Some of the greatest lessons of life come through parenting. Michael and Sharon Dennehey, the parents of 12 children, nine of whom are adopted, have spent much time in life’s classroom and reflect on what adoption has taught them. The Denneheys remind listeners that as believers, we’ve all been adopted by God, and that expanding their family through adoption hasn’t depleted the love they have to give, but has enlarged it.  Download Transcript
March 13, 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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