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What Christmas Says To The World

December 25, 2019

Because Jesus came to earth, believers have identity and purpose. Dave Wilson explains the ways Jesus' birth affects every aspect of our lives.

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Keith and Kristyn Getty talk about writing hymns and how they've incorporated hymns into their home with their children.
December 24, 2019
Keith and Kristyn Getty talk about the spiritual practice of singing.  They also tell the story of their courtship and the beginning of their working relationship.
December 23, 2019
Adoption hasn't been an easy journey for the Douglass family. Judy Douglass, a mother of three and the author of "When You Love a Prodigal," shares the realities of raising a rebellious child. Judy explains that she and her husband, Steve, fostered Josh for a number of years before feeling led to adopt him. While they knew it wasn't going to be easy, they assumed their love and attention would be enough. As Josh got older, he became involved with drugs and alcohol. Judy shares how she continues to be amazed at God's continued work in Josh's life.  
December 20, 2019
Judy Douglass, the founder and host of the online community Prayer for Prodigals, tells how she and her husband, Steve, came to foster and then adopt a 12-year-old boy named Josh. She was already the contented mother of two girls when she sensed God was going to give them another child. Judy miscarried and several years passed, but she couldn't forget God's words to her years earlier. Judy shares how Josh first entered their lives through the foster system and tells how their home life turned upside down once he became part of their family. 
December 19, 2019
Steve Argue, a faculty member at Fuller Seminary, tells parents how they can help their kids transition in life. In past generations, you became an adult when you reached certain milestones, like getting married, working full-time, or moving away from home. Now it varies from person-to-person. Parents can help their kids navigate their way forward relationally, vocationally, and spiritually by asking key questions and staying involved. 
December 18, 2019
How can you help your kids move into adult life? Steve Argue, co-author of "Growing With," notes that most young adults today are embracing a theology that tells them "God wants me to be happy," and He will show up for them when needed. The reason they've adopted this idea is because  that's what has been modeled to them by their parents. But in college and real life, they find that ideology doesn't work. Not everything in life turns out as planned. Argue tells parents what to do when their child doubts their faith, and shows parents the different stages in the young adult journey.
December 17, 2019
Parenting teens and young adults can feel both complicated and challenging. Dr. Steve Argue, an Applied Research Strategist at the Fuller Youth Institute, empowers parents with three new strategies to help their young people have better connections with their family, faith, and world. Argue reminds us that it takes longer for young people to grow up these days compared to generations past.
December 16, 2019
When the people in your family hurt you the most, what do you do? Gary Thomas, author of "When to Walk Away," explains that if a family member enjoys tearing you down and destroying the relationship, then it may be time to walk away. You can't fix your family of origin, but you do have the perfect opportunity to build a new legacy and a new family. We need to protect our family members from evil, and if that means limiting our time with those who are destructive, even at holidays, then so be it. Don't let a toxic person distract you from what God has called you to do. 
December 13, 2019
Is your spouse mentally and emotionally draining you? Author Gary Thomas explains that when a spouse is controlling or has a murderous spirit, it might be necessary, in some circumstances, to walk away. Thomas reminds us that a person who is anti-God eventually becomes anti-us. If a man or woman is intentionally destroying those around them but wants to stay in the relationship, it might be because they want to preserve their platform for abuse. Sometimes separation or divorce can be a tool to remove the abusive behavior. Thomas contrasts a toxic marriage from a difficult marriage. 
December 12, 2019
Sometimes it's best to just walk away. That's what best-selling author and pastor Gary Thomas wants you to know when facing toxic people. Thomas remembers learning this lesson after a particular blog post he wrote became popular. One woman made it her mission to discredit him and his family, any chance she could. After trying his best to appease the disgruntled woman, a friend of Gary's suggested he read the book of Luke and count how many times Jesus walked away. To Gary's amazement, Jesus walked away from people 41 times in the gospels. Thomas defines what a toxic person does, and explains the best way to deal with them.
December 11, 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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