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Dave and Ann Wilson

Trusting God in Adversity

April 23, 2020

FamilyLife COO Chris Herndon and his wife, Mary, remember God's goodness as they reflect on Mary's diagnosis of a brain tumor in 2017. Almost a year later, their son, Charlie, was diagnosed with MRSA, a type of staph infection that is untreatable by many types of antibiotics. After 23 days in the hospital and with his condition worsening, Charlie was transported to a children's hospital in Cincinnati where he spent another 30 days. By God's grace there was a breakthrough, and his recovery is now documented in medical journals.

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The chicks have flown the nest. Now what? Author Dave Harvey believes that when young adults leave home, it reveals what a couple has built throughout their marriage. Of course, there will be some adjustments as responsibilities shift and couples rediscover each other. A husband and wife may even realize that they're living as strangers, and their spiritual walk is on life support. Harvey reminds couples to get help if needed and stir up the fires that once were flames. It's never too late to build a marriage that's great! 
April 22, 2020
When your spouse is in a season of suffering, how do you help them? Author and pastor Dave Harvey reminds us that how we respond to suffering says a lot about our understanding of marriage. Harvey encourages husbands and wives to really listen to their spouse's struggles, and then ask questions, rather than try to fix them. Harvey shares the story of one couple who walked through a challenging circumstance and then saw God work in a most unexpected way.  
April 21, 2020
Dave Harvey, author of "I Still Do," talks about the circles of influence that make up each one of us. In the center is the heart, which is the wellspring of our worship and motivations. Surrounding that is our embodied soul wrapped in flesh. Another circle is our social systems, like families, which influence who we are. Everyone has a context, and once a husband or wife understands what their spouse's context is, they'll love and understand each other better.  
April 20, 2020
Our culture is experiencing a loneliness epidemic. Author Kelly Needham offers one solution—build thriving friendships. But our relationships with friends can sometimes be tricky. Do we have a right view of friendship? It starts with a solid relationship with Christ. It's only then we're able to truly love and encourage others. Kelly answers some of your best questions about friendship.
April 17, 2020
Kelly Needham, author and wife of musician Jimmy Needham, talks about the benefit of being real in our friendships. She remembers an instance when a friend shared difficult words, and instead of fully listening, Kelly preached at her. Another time she avoided a friend she didn't want to face. We've all been there. The Scriptures remind us to speak the truth in love if we want our friendships to have deep roots. 
April 16, 2020
Kelly Needham, author of the book, "Friend-ish," talks about the valuable role friendship plays in our lives. All friendships aren't created equal, however. Sometimes what drives a friendship is a person's longing for importance or popularity. Christian friendship should rise above this, especially since believers share a common mission—to glorify God.
April 15, 2020
Dr. John Piper joins hosts Dave and Ann Wilson and co-host Bob Lepine for part two of their discussion of Coronavirus and Christ. Piper explains why a feeling of fear and lost-ness is foreign to a culture normally self-sufficient in our abundance. Be stunned out of the slumbers of unbelief, Piper pleads, and into the glory and sufficiency of Christ. Learn practical wisdom on things like how to leverage this unprecedented opportunity, why every day is a fight for faith, how parents can help kids through this, and how although we will all eventually draw our final breath, Easter informs us of the best news of all—that because of Christ's resurrection, resurrection will ultimately happen for every person who believes! 
April 14, 2020
Hosts Dave and Ann Wilson and co-host Bob Lepine join Dr. John Piper to discuss his new and timely book, Coronavirus and Christ. Sometimes called "Mr. Joy" because of his life message of finding joy in Jesus and in the sovereignty of God, Dr. Piper says it's time to rid ourselves of our sentimental views of God. He unpacks with profound wisdom the core questions related to how God can be good in the midst of such suffering, including how God is using the coronavirus to awaken us from the slumber of our own sin, as well as the glorious purposes that God is achieving in the world through this.
April 13, 2020
Why did Jesus go to the cross? Renowned author and pastor John Piper says there's an explanation for Christ's actions, and it's love. Using the life of Paul as an illustration, Piper explains what living in the hope of the resurrection looks like.
April 10, 2020
Best-selling author and church history professor Jerry Sittser gives us a peek into the lives and marriages of the early Christians who were an influence for good in the Roman culture. How did they do that? Early Christians valued marriage and children, unlike their Roman contemporaries who divorced at will and practiced abortion and infanticide. Early Christ followers also upheld their vows of faithfulness, and even took in abandoned babies left to die. Christians also had a strong sexual ethic, and valued the lives of all, including singles, widows, and orphans.
April 9, 2020
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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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