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The Beauty of Liturgy

August 16, 2019

Author Douglas Kaine McKelvey shares how we can practice the presence of Christ through the use of liturgical prayers, not just in church, but in our homes. In his book, "Every Moment Holy," McKelvey offers liturgical prayers for all occasions, like going on a trip, stargazing, gardening, or moving into a new home. He tells why practicing the presence of God is always a good idea. 

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Douglas Kaine McKelvey, author of "Every Moment Holy," talks about his introduction to the Book of Common Prayer and how it changed his thinking about structured prayer. McKelvey explains the meaning of liturgy, and gives an example by reading the liturgy he wrote for the family grieving the loss of a pet. McKelvey explains how reading liturgical pieces like the Lord's prayer can help us think prayerfully and help us process God's truth. He also explains how the Holy Spirit can be just as present in a liturgical prayer as in a spontaneous prayer. 
August 15, 2019
Kyle Idleman, a teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church, talks about applying Hebrews to our relationships, especially marriage. There are seasons of difficulty in marriage, and it takes perseverance and faith to press through the hard times. Husbands often lean toward the grand gestures that get noticed and affirmed, but it's the daily acts of service that make a big difference. Idleman lists some of the obstacles, like indifference, that can tank a relationship.
August 14, 2019
Pastor Kyle Idleman, author of the book, "Don't Give Up," based on Hebrews 12, talks about the value of persevering under trial. So many people are ready to give up, but Idleman encourages the fainthearted to replace the lies they believe with the promises of God.
August 13, 2019
Are you struggling and want to give up? Don't do it! Best-selling author and pastor Kyle Idleman is convinced that what most people need to hear are the words, "Don't give up." While many believe what they need is comfort, what they really need is courage, and there's a big difference. Our self-talk must always be rooted in Christ. Time and again in Scripture we see believers persevering in the face of trials, and Idleman reminds us that we can too. 
August 12, 2019
Author Shelby Abbott reminds listeners that the gospel has solutions for everyday pressures because the gospel is a bottomless pit of grace. The life of Christ is the answer to all our struggles, but it can be difficult to see when you are surrounded by life's pressures. Abbott tells of a time when the pain from a herniated disc had him scrambling to understand the character of God. Ten years later, he still deals with pain, but leans into God and His grace to face the day to day.
August 9, 2019
Campus minister Shelby Abbott, author of the book, "Pressure Points," talks realistically about some of the stressors students face in today's culture. While stress is a natural part of college life, social media can even make it worse as a student sees in real time what everyone else is doing. To combat stress, especially as a freshman, Abbott recommends students get plugged into a student ministry, like Cru or Navigators, right away. This way the students avoid isolation and find spiritual encouragement as well. Abbott also addresses the stress of discerning God's will.
August 8, 2019
Would you like your son to have the same junior high or high school experience you had? Inevitably our kids will step in pot holes along the way to maturity, and Gary Chapman and Clarence Shuler want to help. Together these authors of "Choose Greatness," talk honestly to young teens about the challenges they'll face in adolescence and will show them how and why to avoid some of the hazards, like smoking, drinking, and drugs. 
August 7, 2019
If you could be a teen again, what would you do differently? Gary Chapman and Clarence Shuler, authors of the book, "Choose Greatness," talk about teaching young men to seek knowledge through education, learn from other adults vs. peers, discover the truth about God, and other wise steps. Hear them discuss some of the biggest challenges teens face, like the temptation to not apply themselves or drop out of school, and the consequences of those decisions. 
August 6, 2019
Authors Gary Chapman and Clarence Shuler tell about the unique mentoring relationship they began when Shuler was a teen. Together they talk about the 11 wise decisions young men must make in order to live a great life such as: seeking wisdom from parents and trusted adults, making technology work for you, respecting girls and women, and being sexually responsible. 
August 5, 2019
Stepcouples hope and pray they can have peaceful relations with their former spouses, and it is possible. But for some couples, no matter how much they try, the venom and vitriol of the former spouse drowns out all reason and compromise. Rodney and Lisa Webb share their difficult blended journey, as counselor and therapist Helen Wheeler and blended family expert Ron Deal speak wisdom.
August 2, 2019
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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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