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What a Boy Needs

July 12, 2019

Trail Life USA CEO Mark Hancock talks about the differences between boys and girls and the need to have boy-specific activities in scouting. Trail Life USA, he explains, is a boy-focused scouting organization that gives boys plenty of outdoor activities to challenge them and call out their inner competitor.

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Mark Hancock is the CEO of Trail Life USA, a scouting program for boys with a Christian focus. He talks about the need for boys to develop a healthy sense of self and how they are falling behind girls in almost every single way, as they struggle with the true measure of manhood. Inspired by risk and competition, boys need lots of physical activity to engage the brain, something Trail Life USA is trying to instill.
July 11, 2019
Authors Aaron and Jennifer Smith believed from day one that God had called them together, but the difficulties in their first few years had them wondering if they might have been mistaken. Despite their early challenges, they believed they were joined together for a mission, and they remind us to invest in the kingdom of God, starting in our own families.
July 10, 2019
Authors Aaron and Jennifer Smith tell how they found themselves at odds with one another when intimacy issues made it impossible to consummate their marriage. Aaron turned to porn in frustration, and Jennifer battled her own grief and anger. Hear how Aaron found freedom from pornography and how Jennifer learned to be his ally in the effort.
July 9, 2019
Aaron and Jennifer Smith knew that marriage would have its challenges, but they had no idea the depth of those challenges or how long they would last. The Smiths talk about their early struggles with sexual intimacy and their decision to persevere through the difficulties, even if nothing changed.
July 8, 2019
Katherine Clark was a busy mom with a long to-do list that included Friday mornings at the playground. But, on one particular Friday, the arc of her life was redirected by an accidental blow to her neck from a playful 9-year-old boy. In an instant, she was paralyzed and immobile. That began Katherine's two year journey of fear, faith, acceptance, and healing from total paralysis.
July 5, 2019
Author Jackie Hill Perry, a wife and mother of two, talks about her former life as a practicing homosexual. Perry reminds us that homosexuality is a verb, not a noun, and that ultimately we are all sinners saved by grace, each bearing the image of a living God. The devil and the flesh will tell you that because you are tempted you aren't a believer, but even Jesus was tempted. The question isn't why you're tempted, but when. We have to be honest about our sin, and bring it into the light. Perry advises parents on what to do if their child is gay.
July 4, 2019
Jackie Hill Perry, author of "Gay Girl, Good God," remembers the first time her friendship with another girl became sexual and what she enjoyed about her homosexual identity. Despite her gay lifestyle, Perry sensed that God was actively pursuing her. In 2008, Jackie felt God speaking to her heart. For the first time, she saw all her sin rightly and believed that the wages of sin really was death. She knew she couldn't stop sinning on her own, but she knew God could help her. From that point on, Perry tells how her life slowly began to change.
July 3, 2019
Writer and poet Jackie Hill Perry reflects on her youth and the circumstances that influenced her to consciously rebel against her upbringing and her God. Perry was 17 when she first decided to act on her feelings and experience homosexual relationships. After "coming out" to her mother, Perry couldn't shake the feeling that God was relentlessly pursuing her. Now a born-again Christian, wife, and a mother of two, Perry tells how God is renewing her mind and her marriage.
July 2, 2019
Ronnie Tyler may have been in love with her husband, Lamar, but as a strong, self-confident woman, she wasn't that interested in his help with raising her two children from a previous relationship. Ron Deal explores the complex nuances of blended relationships.
July 1, 2019
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want." For Heath Adamson, Psalm 23 is more than a familiar verse. Heath's journey to those pastures of God's care included detours through parental abuse and neglect, drug addiction, and even homelessness. Kim Anthony explores the riches of God's Word through Psalm 23 with Heath Adamson.
June 28, 2019
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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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