Scott Kedersha, author of "Ready or Knot," talks about financial differences a man and a woman bring into a marriage. Kedersha remembers the debt he brought into his marriage while his wife, Kristin, had none. The way they handled money lead to significant challenges, which is why he encourages couples considering marriage to ask some hard financial questions, like "What is your financial picture?"
Author Scott Kedersha walks us through a few of the questions couples should ask before getting married. According to Kedersha, one of the biggest issues for couples is dealing with differences. When we're married to someone who's different, it helps us become more like Christ. He reminds us that the things that drive you crazy now become so much less important down the road.
Are you and your sweetheart on the same page spiritually? Scott Kedersha, director of marriage ministry at Watermark Community Church, tells why it's important to talk about your faith with your fiancé' before tying the knot. Who do they say Jesus is? How do I know if they're really a believer? If you and your spouse aren't spiritually aligned, it's not a good match, no matter what else lines up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Jen Wilkin says, as we raise our kids, the words we train them to use in our home can help them to share the gospel as kids and later as adults. She shares steps parents can use to train their children in the way they should speak.
Christians are called to be salt and light. Are we succeeding? Author and pastor Scott Sauls believes it's time for believers to do a better job helping our friends and neighbors see the real Jesus in us. There are two commandments that summarize the Bible and our calling: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. There's no way you can love God without loving people. We can't ignore those who are hurting around us. Ask the Lord what you can do.
Non-Christians often give Christians a bad rap. Do we deserve it? Pastor Scott Sauls talks about becoming the kind of Christians who are irresistible to the world. Sauls admits a lot of damage has been done in the name of Christ, and it's time we changed that. Doing so, however, will require us to boast more about Jesus and what He has done for us. Christians will need to exude the aroma of Christ by loving our enemies and responding to their insults with gentleness, and welcoming the lonely and lost into our homes and churches.
Jesus commands His followers to be great neighbors. Are we? Scott Sauls, author of "Irresistible Faith," talks about what it would look like to live so compellingly and lovingly in our cities and nations that, if we were removed, people would miss us terribly. To truly be salt and light, Christians must think first how to bless others, rather than how we can protect what we have. The starting place must be abiding in Jesus and assuming His likeness.
When sin is crouching at our door, how do we overcome it? Pastor Alex Kendrick shares the six stages of spiritual death that accompany unrepentance, as he talks straight to men about living out our roles as spiritual leaders.