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Marriage and Your Children

July 17, 2018

Josh Mulvihill, the executive director of Renewanation, reminds parents that children learn what marriage is by watching them. Mulvihill shares how his own parents, who served as CRU staff for 37 years, modeled what a life and marriage following Jesus looked like. By doing so, they trained the next generation, just like he's doing with his own kids. Parents must start early teaching and modeling a biblical view of marriage for their children.

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The Bible has plenty to say to your kids about sex and marriage, says author Josh Mulvihill. In Genesis 2:24, God defines marriage and gives the purpose and meaning of sex and gender; Ephesians 5:22 is a great launching point to talk about servant leadership and roles; and Proverbs 5 captures a father having "the talk" with his son. Mulvihill also shares preventative measures parents need to consider in order to protect their children from early exposure to porn.
July 16, 2018
Dr. Winfred Neely, senior pastor of Judson Baptist Church in Oak Park, Illinois, recounts how anxious and afraid he and his wife were when their son, Sterling, came down with malaria while they served as missionaries in Africa. They prayed and released their son to the Lord, and soon the Lord restored their son's health. Neely explains how fervent prayer works to bring us peace.
July 13, 2018
Dr. Winfred Neely, a professor at Moody Bible Institute, shares biblical wisdom for dealing with stress and worry. Neely recalls how his mother found strength to navigate through her worries by leaning into the Scriptures. Neely, an admitted boundary pusher as a kid, remembers the day when a fellow soldier in the Army shared the gospel, and how that moment eventually led him to attend Bible college, and later accept the call to do God's work in Africa.
July 12, 2018
Who are you pouring into? Authors and professors Barbara Neumann and Dr. Sue Edwards describe what organic mentoring is: a natural, less contrived relationship where one woman listens, encourages, and builds up the other. Neumann and Edwards remind mentors that young women don't really want "the Bible answer woman," but rather a trusted friend who will share her own life stories.
July 11, 2018
Think you'd like to be a mentor? Then why don't you start with coffee. Seminary professors Barbara Neumann and Dr. Sue Edwards encourage women to be attentive to the mentoring opportunities around them, and to forget the idea that mentoring has to be structured. They remind women that reaching a younger generation means they'll need to enter the world of millennials.
July 10, 2018
Wanted: Women who are willing to listen, love, and mentor younger women. No experience required. Barbara Neumann and Dr. Sue Edwards, professors at Dallas Theological Seminary, tell how they came to faith through the friendship and influence of older women. Barbara and Sue encourage women to forget everything they thought they knew about mentoring in order to minister to a younger generation.
July 9, 2018
Author Tom Gilson, senior editor of The Stream, coaches parents on how to address gender issues, and homosexuality and marriage with their teens. Gilson teaches teens how to respond as they are faced with cultural trigger points. Gilson covers topics like intolerance and hate, civil rights, Jesus' take on marriage, and the definition of love.
July 6, 2018
No one likes to be marginalized. But if you follow Christ in this post-modern culture, you will be. Tom Gilson, author of the book, "Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents' Guide to Discussing Homosexuality with Teens," reminds us that there's an incessant onslaught against God and against truth today. Moms and dads need to have critical conversations with their kids about spiritual and cultural issues so they will know how to respond when questioned about their faith and values.
July 5, 2018
When Caleb Kaltenbach told his mom and dad—who had divorced when he was 2 because they discovered they were each gay—of his desire to attend Bible college, they weren't happy about it. Now a pastor, Caleb recalls the first time his mother came to hear one of his sermons when he was a young pastoral intern, much to the angst of the elders. Caleb shares how his parents eventually embraced Christ.
July 4, 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.
July 3, 2018
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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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