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Dave and Ann Wilson

Reflecting on 26 Years

February 28, 2019

Dennis and Barbara Rainey reflect on more than 25 years of ministry through FamilyLife Today. Three of the Raineys' children, Samuel, Rebecca, and Laura, call in to pay tribute to their parents. We'll also hear feedback from listeners on the impact of their ministry.

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Pastor Dave Wilson and his wife, Ann, who are longtime FamilyLife speakers, talk about all they've learned from watching the Raineys, especially as they walked through trials. The Raineys tell what kept them going through the hardships, like Barbara's heart issues, a son's diagnosis of MS, and losing a grandchild. Dave and Ann also answer Dennis' favorite question: What is the most courageous thing you've ever done?
February 27, 2019
There's great value in remembering where you've come from. Dave and Ann share what the Raineys have taught them about marriage through their example, as well as their teaching. Ann's biggest takeaway from the Rainey's life is a great marriage is one that puts the marriage before the children. She shares how they've tried to put that principle into practice. Dave tells what he's learned about making your spouse your main disciple.
February 26, 2019
Dave and Ann Wilson talk to Dennis and Barbara Rainey about what they've learned about marriage through the years. The Wilsons, who joined FamilyLife's speaker team more than 30 years ago and serve at Kensington Church in Detroit, talk about attending a Weekend to Remember marriage getaway just two weeks before their wedding. Together they share how Dennis and Barbara have mentored them throughout the seasons of life.
February 25, 2019
Dennis and Barbara Rainey believe that children are meant to be received with joy, intentionally raised and then released. Although releasing typically happens after high school, it actually begins bit by bit when children are babies, beginning with feeding and dressing themselves, starting school, and getting their first job. The Raineys remind us that a parent’s assignment is to receive their arrow, aim them high, and release them.
February 22, 2019
Dennis and Barbara Rainey believe parents should give their children a sense of mission as it relates to Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” To do this, parents must first evaluate whether they are living for Christ. It’s only then that they can help their children identify their gifts and help them think through how they might serve Christ.
February 21, 2019
Dave and Ann Wilson, parents of three grown children, want couples to know that when they draw closer to God, they will become closer to their spouses emotionally and sexually. Ann, who has led a bible study for the wives of the Detroit Lions for 30+ years, remembers one time when she encouraged a wife to surprise her husband on their anniversary by treating herself to some new lingerie. The wife later revealed that it was the best night of their relationship. The Wilsons tell how past sexual experiences can affect a husband or wife's current sex life.
February 20, 2019
Pastor Dave Wilson and his wife, Ann, talk with Dennis and Barbara Rainey about marital conflict. The Wilsons admit that they had a lot to learn about conflict when they got married. Ann's family background included loud fights, which was a far contrast from Dave, who learned at an early age not to rock the boat. Together they share what they've learned over the years about the finer points of conflict.
February 19, 2019
Dave and Ann Wilson, authors of the book, "Vertical Marriage," look back on a turning point in their marriage. They had two children, Dave was starting a church, and he served as a chaplain for the Detroit Lions. Ministry demands occupied all of his time and Ann was feeling the strain of his absence. Dave takes us back to his big wake up call, and together they share what they did to get their marriage back on track.
February 18, 2019
Kristen Jenson, the founder of a website dedicated to helping parents empower their kids to reject pornography, talks to parents about the dangers of porn. Jenson has written a book called, "Good Pictures, Bad Pictures," and reminds parents that age seven is the average age of exposure. Through her book, Jenson helps parents teach children what porn is and what children should do when they encounter it.
February 15, 2019
Pornography is an epidemic in our country. Kristen Jenson, author of the Good Pictures, Bad Pictures series of read-aloud books, joins Dennis Rainey to talk about porn-proofing your children. Jenson remembers a phone call she received from a desperate mom whose teen had been sexually molesting his younger siblings after viewing porn. Jenson wanted to help so she created a book that parents can read to their children to warn them about the dangers of porn.
February 14, 2019
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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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