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Thankful Family Life, Part 1

November 6, 2014
Hard to believe it's that time again! Time for Barbara Rainey's official and most favorite holiday, Thanksgiving! Join us for a special look back at Thanksgivings past and present at the Rainey house.

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Would you like your children to be more grateful?  Barbara Rainey tells what she did to try and cultivate a heart of gratitude in her children.  Barbara also explains why we struggle to be grateful for God's blessings.
November 5, 2014
It's Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the Thanksgiving celebration is about to begin. Pilgrims adorned in black hats and buckles are about to sit down to a bountiful feast with their new friends, the Wampanoag Indians. Before them is a table decked with turkeys, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie... This is the Thanksgiving we all imagine, but is this what really happened? History professor Tracy McKenzie and Barbara Rainey take us on a fascinating journey through history to shed light on the real first Thanksgiving and the somewhat curious people we call the Pilgrims.
November 4, 2014
Pilgrims. Who were they, really? Tracy McKenzie, professor of history at Wheaton College, along with Barbara Rainey, take us back to the 1600's to the village of Scrooby, the birthplace of a sect of the Puritans called the Pilgrims. It was here, they tell us, that the Pilgrims first planned their exodus from England into Holland, and eventually, Massachusetts. Find out more about these people and their incredible journey.
November 3, 2014
What qualities should you look for in a spouse? Dan Chun, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Honolulu, reminisces about his own failed marriage, and tells how he approached love and marriage differently the second time around. Chun walks us through the High C's of good mate selection:  Choice, Character, Chemistry, Competency, Culture, Commitment and Communication.
October 31, 2014
Dreaming of your future spouse? Pastor Dan Chun encourages singles to closely observe the person they're dating and invites them to ask some key questions. Once infatuated, or in the weird zone as he calls it, it's hard to judge a person's character accurately. Chun advises singles to take their time to really get to know their boyfriend or girlfriend. Preparing properly for marriage, Chun reminds, will increase your chance of success in marriage.
October 30, 2014
Why do I care so much about me?  If we were honest, most of us would love to be great in a kingdom of our own making, says biblical counselor Ed Welch. Christ, however, has a better idea. Jesus experienced rejection continually, but that didn't keep him from loving and serving others. If we are to follow Christ's example then, we must learn to love other people more than we want to be loved by them.
October 29, 2014
God knows and loves you. But do you know Him? Christian counselor Ed Welch believes most of us care too much about what others think of us. While we're all affected by the disapproval of others, we don't need to be owned by it. When others are ruling us, they become the center of our lives, which eventually leads us to idolatry. The only real solution for taking down idols, Welch says, is to know and love the one true God.
October 28, 2014
Our desire to be loved runs deep. Biblical counselor Ed Welch explains that our desire for love isn't evil, but that in some instances we want it too much; so much so, in fact, that we can be controlled by what others think. During adolescence we call this peer pressure, but we all struggle with it throughout our lives. Welch explains that we're either going to trust God and what He says about us, or we're going to trust in other people and seek out the approval and protection they can give.
October 27, 2014
Some habits are hard to break. Clarence Shuler talks about his past struggles with pornography. Exposed to illicit images when he was young, Shuler tells how he tried to shake off the habit, especially during his seminary studies and the ministry that followed. He explains that it wasn't until he exposed his sin to the light and confessed his addiction to others that he found deliverance from this enslaving habit.
October 24, 2014
In the midst of incredible success as the Indianapolis Colts head coach, Tony Dungy experienced heart-wrenching loss when his teenage son, James, committed suicide.  Hear how the family survived the loss and what he leans on to see him through.
October 22, 2014
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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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