Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk

By Dr. James Dobson

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 Jan 18, 2020
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Be encouraged and uplifted to build your family upon enduring truths that are built upon God's word. Whether it's marriage tips or how to raise your sons and daughters, Dr. Dobson and his guests will help you build a stronger marriage and family.

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God’s Wisdom for Raising Children - Part 1
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In the 1950s, the family structure was parent-centered. But since the 1970s, the family structure has been child-centered. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson and his guest, John Rosemond, explain how this change in focus has been a disaster. The author of Parenting by The Book: Biblical Wisdom for Raising Your Child, Rosemond throws frazzled parents a lifeline, encouraging them to return to a biblical method for raising and disciplining their kids that both instills respect and inspires obedience. Indeed, Rosemond cites studies that reveal that the happiest kids are the ones who are well-behaved.
Jan 27, 2022
Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, Kathy Barnette and Dr. Ben Carson share how they did not let their environment and adversities define their lives. Despite the struggles and hardships each faced, neither felt they were a victim. Today, Dr. Carson is a retired neurosurgeon and political activist, and Barnette is running for a seat in the U.S Senate in the state of Pennsylvania. Both are convinced that America is the greatest nation that ever existed.
Jan 26, 2022
Jesus Followers - Part 2
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, Anne Graham Lotz and her daughter, Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright, underscore the influence of Christian parents and grandparents who model their love for God. Especially in a world which is so hostile to biblical truth. In the latter years of Billy and Ruth Graham’s lives, their eyesight failed them. But their love for God’s Word was so strong, they drew spiritual strength from hearing the Bible read aloud, and reading Scripture printed out in giant typeface.
Jan 25, 2022
Jesus Followers - Part 1
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If Christian parents want to ensure that their children walk in the ways of the Lord, it’s not enough to just take them to church. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Anne Graham Lotz and her daughter, Rachel-Ruth Lotz Wright, urge believing parents to be intentional about sharing Christ with their children. The co-authors of Jesus Followers explain that the key to disciplining your kids is to model a vibrant relationship with Christ. When they see you in regular prayer and Bible study, that’s when Christianity becomes contagious. And that’s what will inspire the next generation to enthusiastically grasp the baton of faith and finish their own race.
Jan 24, 2022
Standing Strong for Life - Part 2
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Tragically, chemical abortions now represent 50 percent of all abortions performed in the U.S. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. William Lile, a Christian obstetrician and gynecologist, documents 2,500 successful abortion pill reversals through AbortionPillReversal.com. Each baby saved is a precious victory against the abortion industry. Dr. Lile explains that those who support abortion are clearly going against God’s design. Not surprisingly, they’re attacking the babies created in the very image of God.
Jan 21, 2022
Standing Strong for Life - Part 1
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As an obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. William Lile has performed blood transfusions on babies in the womb as early as 18 weeks gestation. Not to mention operating on the heart of a 22-week-old baby in utero, when that vital organ is just the size of a grape! On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Lile asks the logical question, "If I’m providing medical care, doesn’t that qualify the developing baby as my patient? It sure does! And if he’s my patient, then he’s a person, no matter how small." The scientific evidence that life begins at conception has become inescapable.
Jan 20, 2022
All Life is Sacred
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Because Christene Jackman felt estranged from her alcoholic father, she moved out at age 17 and married the first boy who paid attention to her. Not surprisingly, that relationship dissolved in divorce, and when her new relationship resulted in her being pregnant again, Christene got an abortion despite her unsettling conscience. On today’s edition of Family Talk, she shares the remarkable story of her conversion to Christ and God’s restoration. Cort Langeland, who produced Christine’s album entitled "The Choice," urges all Christians to move beyond understandable outrage over abortion toward gracious outreach and empathy to those who made that regrettable decision.
Jan 19, 2022
The Path Out of Loneliness - Part 2
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Loneliness has reached epidemic proportions. We have lost the art of connection and relationship, and it’s hurting us. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton and his guest, Dr. Mark Mayfield, continue discussing Mark’s book The Path Out of Loneliness. He reveals that we can trace the pain of loneliness back to original sin, which separated our first parents, Adam and Eve, from our Creator. Thankfully, God’s sovereign plan to redeem us through Christ’s death is the key to our restored relationship with Him. Indeed, our Heavenly Father has not only relentlessly pursued a relationship with us, but He wants us to be Heaven’s salve in a wounded world of broken people.
Jan 18, 2022
The Path Out of Loneliness - Part 1
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Mother Teresa once said, "The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved." Indeed, 54% of people surveyed feel like no one knows them well, while 36% said they don’t feel like they have anyone to turn to. On today’s edition of Family Talk, licensed counselor Dr. Mark Mayfield confides that at his lowest point years ago, he kept himself busy to avoid his growing anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts, which were driven by painful loneliness. In a world where we are increasingly isolated by the pandemic and the lack of connection caused by technology, Dr. Mayfield points to authentic fellowship with our Creator and purposeful engagement with friends and family as the true answer.
Jan 17, 2022
Breaking the Silence
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Pastor Duane Miller was forced to take a sabbatical for three years when a virus damaged his vocal cords, prohibiting him from talking above a whisper. Throughout his illness, he felt as though someone’s hand was around his neck. On today’s edition of Family Talk, you will hear the moment when God restored Duane’s voice, which was captured in an audio recording of him teaching a Sunday School class. Ironically, he had just read Psalm 103:4-5 which says, "God redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion." After three years in the pit, God crowned Miller with compassion, prompting him to say three words with his revitalized voice: "Thank you, Lord!"
Jan 14, 2022
Mom Fog - Part 2
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As a mom, do you ever feel like you're in a fog? Are you having difficulty completing thoughts or tasks? On today’s edition of Family Talk, Hannah Keeley discusses her book entitled Mom Fog: 8 Steps to Overcoming Mom Fatigue Syndrome. This mother of seven and licensed behavioral therapist urges moms to change their focus. Hannah believes that you should not blame your mess on your genes or your reactive tendencies. Cross-examine your negative thoughts by holding them up to the cross of Christ.
Jan 13, 2022
Mom Fog - Part 1
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Hannah Keeley, the mother of seven, was out of shape and deeply in debt. One night while cooking mac and cheese for her kids, the electric company cut her power off for lack of payment. But as Psalm 30 says, weeping may last for the night but joy comes in the morning. On today’s edition of Family Talk, the author of Mom Fog: 8 Steps to Overcoming Mom Fatigue Syndrome shares her miraculous turnaround after she made a decision to trust God and practice simple action steps with faith and discipline.
Jan 12, 2022
Shared Hope: Rescuing Children from Sex Trafficking
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When Congresswoman Linda Smith traveled into the brothel district of Mumbai, India on a fact-finding mission, she was horrified by the brutal reality she encountered there. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Linda shares that she quit her political career to found Shared Hope International. Her goal? To help and heal those who have been exploited or are enslaved, and to assist people in identifying individuals in their communities who are trapped in the dark web of trafficking.
Jan 11, 2022
The Faith of Mike Pompeo
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a devout Christian and a man whose life has been defined by public service, shares the story of his conversion to Christ as a young cadet at West Point. Not surprisingly, Pompeo became a champion of religious liberty and, during his time at the State Department, he even helped to create the Unalienable Rights Commission concerning international human rights matters. In this exclusive one-on-one interview with Dr. Tim Clinton, Mike recalls that one of the highlights from his time as Secretary of State was negotiating the release of three Christians from North Korea in 2018. Secretary Pompeo reveals his distaste for the secular line of thinking that predominates today’s politics. Despite that reality, he is confident that we can once again restore the vision that America is a “light on a hill.”
Jan 10, 2022
From Poverty to PhD - Part 2
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Carol Swain shares that she came to Christ in her late forties as a university professor. Clinging to Jeremiah 1:5 which says, “Before I formed you in your mother's womb, I knew you,” her new-found faith put her at odds with the liberal faculty and students. The author of Abduction: How Liberalism Steals Our Children's Hearts And Minds, Dr. Swain sounds an Amber Alert for the souls of America's youth.
Jan 07, 2022
From Poverty to PhD - Part 1
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Growing up in a two-room shack in rural Virginia, Dr. Carol Swain lived without indoor plumbing and dropped out of school after eighth grade. Despite enduring a short-lived marriage at 16, the crib death of her daughter, and several suicide attempts, the Lord had a plan for her life. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Carol shares that she learned the answer to King David’s question of God found in Psalm 8:4 — “What is mankind that You are mindful of them?” The Lord created Carol in His image, gifting her with inherent intelligence to earn her Ph.D. and become a national Christian thought leader.
Jan 06, 2022
March for Life
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Despite the fact that our mainstream society has continually celebrated and lauded abortion as a normal part of life, there’s reason for hope! On today’s edition of Family Talk, Jeanne (JEAN-ee) Mancini, President of March for Life, says that 60% of Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortions and the Supreme Court seems open to overturn Roe v Wade. Thankfully, Gen Z has become the pre-born baby’s biggest advocate. The 3D-sonogram pictures of these preborn children, created in the image of God have revealed their humanity. Indeed, the theme of this year’s March for Life, slated for January 21st, is "Equality Begins in the Womb."
Jan 05, 2022
Screens and Teens - Part 2
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When one family committed to two tech-free days a week, their 8-year-old son was thrilled that his father had time to teach him how to play baseball. And his mother had time to bake cookies with him. The boy gushed, “Our family is normal again. And I got my Daddy back!” On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson talks with Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced Cook), author of Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World on the ever-evolving relationship between teenagers and screen time. Parents, if you want your teen to develop character and self-discipline, demonstrate that the smartphone is a tool, not a toy.
Jan 04, 2022
Screens and Teens - Part 1
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For many teens, their smartphones have become their best friend and safety blanket. According to research, 56% of teens associate the absence of their cell phone with at least one of these three emotions: loneliness, feeling upset or anxious. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced Cook), author of Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World, urges parents to set reasonable limits for their children and to remember that it’s not their phone; it’s their parents’ phone. Insist on regular phone blackouts. Encourage your teen to engage with you, have a meaningful conversation inside the home, play board games, do a jigsaw puzzle, read a physical book, or shoot hoops with a sibling.
Jan 03, 2022
We've Never Been This Way Before
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Like the Israelites on the edge of the Jordan River, it seems like we are all having to grapple with some of the most challenging moments in our lives, especially in these unprecedented days. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. R.T. Kendall discusses his book We’ve Never Been This Way Before: Trusting God in Unprecedented Times. He draws from Joshua 3:4, reminding us that we need unrivaled faith to navigate the waters of a pandemic, division, and cultural upheaval. When we plead with God for His guidance, He will provide strength and comfort.
Dec 31, 2021
Mysteries of the Messiah - Part 2
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If you’ve ever rung up too much on your credit card and could only afford to pay the minimum amount, then you’ve experienced firsthand the reason that Jews of the Old Testament felt compelled to offer regular sacrifices to God. On today’s Family Talk, Rabbi Jason Sobel, author of Mysteries of the Messiah, explains that the Jews continued to give sacrifices for atonement because they understood that they could never cover the full cost of their sin. But when Jesus died on the cross, He wiped the slate clean by paying all of our sin debts in full. Amazingly, He credits His righteousness to our account!
Dec 30, 2021
Mysteries of the Messiah - Part 1
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In Matthew 13:52, Jesus said, "Every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of Heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old." Sadly, many Christians fail to grasp the Old Testament foreshadowing of Christ. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Rabbi Jason Sobel, author of Mysteries of the Messiah, invites believers to stop settling for just half of our spiritual inheritance, because everything in the Old Testament ultimately points to Jesus.
Dec 29, 2021
Grandparents and Their Vital Role - Part 2
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Christian grandparents are the missing puzzle piece in the discipleship of their grandkids. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Larry Fowler, founder of the Legacy Coalition, urges grandparents to develop biblically-focused relationships with their grandchildren. Dr. Dobson noted, "An inheritance is what you give someone, but a legacy is what you build in someone." Grandparents, what legacy are you placing in your grandchildren?
Dec 28, 2021
Grandparents and Their Vital Role - Part 1
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According to research, 3 out of 4 Christian grandparents take on a cultural view of grandparenting rather than a biblical view. When Larry Fowler asked a group of people at a conference how many of them had ever heard a sermon on grandparenting, only three raised their hands. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson sits down with Larry Fowler, founder of the Legacy Coalition, to discuss the great need for grandparents to be involved in their grandchildren’s lives. The most important thing a grandparent can do is live out his or her spiritual walk and testimony. In a rapidly changing society, grandparents are essential!
Dec 27, 2021
Holiday Traditions: Dr. Dobson and Dr. Clinton Share Their Favorite Christmas Memories
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On today’s Christmas Eve edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson and co-host Dr. Tim Clinton share cherished Christmas memories. Dr. Tim Clinton recalls how touched neighbors were when their family rang the doorbell, sang Christmas carols, and delivered fruit baskets on Christmas Eve, while Dr. Dobson remembers how inviting a widow from church, Mamie, was the highlight of the Dobson’s Christmas Eve celebration one special year. She spent hours sharing photo albums and treasured memories of her time with her late husband, with whom she served as missionary in the Virgin Islands. In the midst of all the festivities, don’t lose sight of reaching out to others in the name of Christ to bless them.
Dec 24, 2021
Delayed Delivery: A Christmas Story read by Dr. Dobson
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Seven days before Christmas, on a cold, snowy late afternoon, a widow named Stella received a surprise delivery. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson reads a story from his book entitled A Family Christmas. Snuggle up with a blanket and listen to this heartwarming tale about love, loss, and hope, read by the familiar, comforting voice of Family Talk’s host and founder. Christmas should to be full of joy and wonder, no matter how old you are.
Dec 23, 2021
Live to Forgive: A Family Story of Pain and Redemption
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Jason Romano always had a passion for sports, an interest he shared with his father and grandfather. He turned that passion into a dream career at ESPN, producing SportsCenter and Monday Night Football. But sadly, Jason couldn’t always share his "love of the game" with his father, whose alcoholism was a constant source of anguish and shame for the entire family. On today’s edition of Family Talk, the author of Live to Forgive says the four steps toward forgiveness are to feel the pain, evaluate the trauma, transform the wound, and forgive the abuser. In Matthew chapter 18, Jesus commands us to forgive. If we don’t, we hurt ourselves more than our offender.
Dec 22, 2021
Plugged In: Teaching Your Children to Be Media Savvy
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Is your family honoring God with their media choices? Bob Waliszewski, former director of PluggedIn.com for over twenty-seven years, joins Dr. James Dobson to discuss what to look out for with today’s movies, TV programs, video games and more. His experience reveals that parents can’t realistically hope their kids will make wise choices on their own when they’re faced with peer pressure and tempted to consume media that celebrates worldly, sinful behavior.
Dec 21, 2021
Reignite: How to Bring Joy Back into Your Life for Enduring Faith
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Twelve years ago, when doctors told Pastor Jack Graham that they might not have removed all of his prostate cancer, he sank into a dark night of depression. Graham, the author of Reignite: Fresh Focus for an Enduring Faith, shares that he felt then as if he’d been hit by a Mack truck and left in a ditch. Citing Moses and Elijah, as well as Lincoln and Churchill, all of whom battled depression, Graham explains that the key to finding your way through darkness is to saturate your mind with the truth of Scripture.
Dec 20, 2021
Children at Risk: An Update with Gary Bauer - Part 2
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In their 1990 best-seller Children at Risk, Dr. James Dobson and Gary Bauer, President of American Values, warned readers that there was a "civil war of values" being waged, and a generation of children was the prize to be awarded to the victor. Thirty-one years later, the battle for the hearts and minds of our children has only intensified. On today’s edition of Family Talk, hear these two family advocates discuss how we can still win this fight.
Dec 17, 2021
Children at Risk: An Update with Gary Bauer - Part 1
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Abraham Lincoln once said, "The philosophy of the classroom in one generation is the philosophy of the government in the next." Sadly, in light of the godless curriculum that is being taught in public schools and universities, only 6% of millennials have a biblical worldview. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson and Gary Bauer, President of American Values, revisit their 1990 best-seller Children at Risk, and discuss how its content was a prophetic message to our society, even today. The question is raised, "How can America be preserved if a rising generation is rejecting the very idea that there is a God who was the author of our liberty?"
Dec 16, 2021
You're Not Enough (And That's Okay)
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Today’s young women have been deceived. They’ve been told, especially by social media influencers, that the key to happiness is self-love. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Allie B. Stuckey, author of You’re Not Enough (And That’s Okay), reveals that her time feeding from the lie of self-empowerment left her battling anorexia, bulimia, and shame. Once you exchange the god of self with the God of Scripture, you’ll experience a Heaven-sent sacrificial love that will remove your narcissism.
Dec 15, 2021
American Marxism - Part 2
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, Mark Levin, author of American Marxism, describes the stark differences between Marxism and our founding fathers’ vision for America: repression vs. engagement; compliance vs. speech; conformity vs. independence; and subjugation vs. liberty. These are not mere policy disputes, and consequently, the individual, the nuclear family, and our Judeo-Christian heritage are in the crosshairs. We’re long overdue for patriots to speak out.
Dec 14, 2021
American Marxism - Part 1
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The reach of Marxist ideology has spread into our country’s education system and its corporations, media and government. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Mark Levin, author of American Marxism, tells Dr. James Dobson that this God-hating, individual-despising worldview is often cloaked in deceptive labels such as "progressivism." In addition to advocating for homeschooling and school choice, Levin warns parents against sending children to colleges that indoctrinate them to hate America and its precious Judeo-Christian heritage.
Dec 13, 2021
Revival Rising - Part 2
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Through the unconditional love of a horse and the mercy of God, Kim Meeder’s hope was restored after tragically losing her parents at the tender age of nine. On today’s edition of Family Talk, learn how Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon pairs rescued horses with thousands of hurting kids for the glory of Christ. Listen to the emotional story of how God used Kim to save a drowning man, as she reminds us of the importance of sharing Christ with unbelievers before they perish spiritually.
Dec 10, 2021
Revival Rising - Part 1
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At 9 years of age, Kim Meeder tragically became an orphan in the blink of an eye. On today’s edition of Family Talk, discover how she found indescribable solace in the presence of her new horse and learned that God loves her unconditionally. As an adult, God led Kim to replicate the Christian healing she experienced by founding Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Bend, Oregon, where she pairs rescued horses with broken children.
Dec 09, 2021
Absolute Truth for Our Times
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The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said, "We're seeing our country being disassembled." From the culture calling good evil and evil good, to the continuous denial of God by many in leadership, it can be hard to bear for Christians who love this country. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann explains that America, like Israel in Isaiah chapter 22, is being punished for rejecting God. We need to follow King Josiah’s example found in Second Kings 22, when he rediscovered God’s Word and urged the nation to repent. This could be the greatest moment for America as we herald the second coming of the Messiah.
Dec 08, 2021
The Jesus Who Surprises - Part 2
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When Jesus walked this earth, He was full of surprises. Remember when He surprised Cleopas and his friend who were grieving His death on the road to Emmaus? On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dee Brestin, the author of The Jesus Who Surprises: Opening Our Eyes to His Presence in All of Life and Scripture, says that sometimes our troubles can blind us to the fact that Jesus is just three feet away.
Dec 07, 2021
The Jesus Who Surprises - Part 1
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When Dee Brestin was grieving the death of her husband of 39 years and feeling abandoned, she was reminded of the moment when she was attempting to nurse her colicky baby son. After kicking and crying for 10 minutes, he finally calmed down and latched on. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dee says that, like the colicky baby, there’s no reason for us to throw a fit. God is with us.
Dec 06, 2021
Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement is Hijacking the Gospel - Part 2
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"Wokeness" is a modern-day heresy which is incompatible with Christianity, according to theologian Dr. Owen Strachan, author of Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement Is Hijacking the Gospel. While its divisive rhetoric employs some biblical vocabulary and concepts, it is indeed an alternative religion, both in its methods and outcome. A potent blend of racism, moral relativism, and grievance, "wokeness" undermines the unifying work of the Holy Spirit. It is, therefore, anti-gospel, and Dr. Strachan offers a strategy to oppose it.
Dec 03, 2021
Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement is Hijacking the Gospel - Part 1
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Theologian Dr. Owen Strachan joins Dr. James Dobson to discuss "Critical Race Theory" (CRT) and how it does not align with Christian beliefs. They discuss Dr. Strachan’s new book, Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement is Hijacking the Gospel, and peel back the layers of this misguided movement, its origins, and how the Bible contradicts it by teaching that we are all one family in God’s Kingdom.
Dec 02, 2021
Let’s Talk: Conversation Starters for Dads & Daughters
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Many teenage girls and women wish they had a better relationship with their dads. But fathers are often hesitant to talk with their daughters about things that really matter, as if they’d rather do nothing at all than do it wrong. Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield, author of Let’s Talk: Conversation Starters for Dads and Daughters, shares with co-host Dr. Tim Clinton about how dads can begin to have meaningful conversations with their daughters. Girls tend to figure things out and feel valued as they can talk it through. Dr. Watson Canfield provides easy ways for dads to facilitate discussion and dive into their daughters’ struggles, hurts, fears, and hopes.
Dec 01, 2021
The Latest on Court Cases Impacting Our Religious Freedom - Part 2
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, Kelly Shackelford, President of First Liberty Institute, sounds the alarm on “court packing,” which is one party loading the judiciary with justices whom they think will side with their agenda. If the judiciary simply rubber-stamps the whims of the legislative branch, America will inevitably plummet toward communism. Find out how to get involved and defend your religious rights before it is too late.
Nov 30, 2021
The Latest on Court Cases Impacting Our Religious Freedom - Part 1
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Religious liberty has been at the heart of many judicial cases in recent years, both at the state level and in the federal judiciary. That trend came front and center in 2021. On today’s edition of Family Talk, attorney Kelly Shackelford, President of First Liberty Institute, shares the latest examples of his organization fighting for the rights and beliefs of churches during the COVID pandemic and beyond. If those who are hoping to remove religion from the public square are able to remove our "first freedom," all our rights are in jeopardy!
Nov 29, 2021
A Biblical Template for Judgment: The Shaking of Nations
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Before ancient Israel met its final judgment, God sent prophetic signs to warn the Jewish people to return to their Creator. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger, declares that the Lord is using the identical template of harbingers on American soil, calling us to return to Him in repentance. Beginning with 9/11 to the redefinition of marriage and the emergence of COVID-19, God is shaking us to our core. Will we ever repent? Now, while in a breath-taking freefall, we’ve not only called evil good, but the culture delights in cancelling God's people.
Nov 26, 2021
Welcome to Our Table
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Sadly, the art of hospitality is mostly lost in today’s busy world. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson invites his wife and daughter into the studio to discuss the finer points of gracious hosting. Shirley and Danae Dobson, co-authors of Welcome to Our Table, discuss the importance of hospitality and breaking bread together. They point to Romans 12:13, which says, "Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality." As you open your home and heart over a home-cooked meal, you are extending the love and comfort of your family which might even change a life. Whether it’s on Thanksgiving Day or just a typical Friday, your guests will experience God’s love through you. Thankfully, fancy silverware is not required.
Nov 25, 2021
An Attitude of Gratitude
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For a Christian, Thanksgiving should be a lot more than just food, family, and football. On today’s special edition of Family Talk, Pastor Chuck Swindoll, in a timeless sermon on the topic gratitude, reflects on Psalm 103, in which King David thanks God for pardoning his sin, redeeming his life from the pit, and crowning him with love and compassion. The hymn "It Is Well with My Soul" reveals why we are so grateful. "My sin, not in part but the whole; Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more; Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!" That’s true redemption indeed!
Nov 24, 2021
Rise Up: The Dalton Risner Story - Part 2
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When Kansas State All-American offensive lineman Dalton Risner was asked by a prospective NFL team what his priorities would be as a professional football player, he responded, "Jesus Christ, family, and football," in that order. On today’s edition of Family Talk, the star athlete, who has found a home with the Denver Broncos, says that he puts his faith over fear. He even has some of his favorite Bible verses tattooed on his arms, including Psalm 37:5, which says, "Commit your way to the Lord." Risner’s desire is to use the NFL platform to spread God’s Word through love and kindness.
Nov 23, 2021
Rise Up: The Dalton Risner Story - Part 1
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At six feet, five inches tall and weighing 300 plus pounds, there’s a reason why Denver Broncos offensive lineman Dalton Risner is called "Moose." On today’s edition of Family Talk, listeners will get a sneak peek into the self-discipline that enabled this 26-year-old Christian to make it in the NFL. His life verse is First Peter 4:10, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace." The author of an inspirational children’s book entitled Rise Up, Dalton credits Jesus, along with his college coach, and his tough-as-nails dad for his success.
Nov 22, 2021
The Joys and Challenges of Adoption - Part 2
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Did you know that every year, over 20,000 youth between the ages of 18 and 21 leave the foster care system without finding a forever home? Sadly, there are more than 400,000 kids in foster care in the U.S., waiting to find a family. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Dobson sits down with Billy Jack and Anne Barrett, as well as J.R. and Reyna Keller, who tell how God has honored their sacrificial willingness to open their homes. Reyna shared that when she asked her sixteen-year-old son about what he’s learned while adjusting to a new younger sibling, he replied, "Love is a choice and an action." Indeed, it takes years of unconditional, Christ-like love for these wounded foster care kids to move forward from their painful pasts.
Nov 19, 2021
Thriving As A Blended Family - Part 2
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The dynamics of being a stepparent can be tricky. A new stepdad or stepmom in the home can often be a reminder that a child’s biological mom or dad is absent. On today’s Family Talk, Ron Deal, author of the best-selling book, The Smart Stepfamily, explains that there are two keys to successful step-parenting. First, connect with the child to let him know you are understanding of his emotions concerning the turmoil. Second, do not attempt to "erase and replace" the biological parent. Like God, who lovingly and patiently pursues all of us, stepparents should do the same with their stepchildren.
Nov 17, 2021
Thriving As A Blended Family - Part 1
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Did you know that 40% of parents raising children under the age of 18 are members of stepfamilies? Some might even say the non-traditional family is the new traditional family. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Ron Deal, author of Preparing to Blend: The Couple’s Guide to Becoming A Smart Stepfamily, contends that combining families does not have to be like oil and water. He encourages parents to be empathetic with their step kids.
Nov 16, 2021
Faith Before Politics
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When Ronald Reagan campaigned for President of the United States, he said, "I believe this country hungers and thirsts for a spiritual revival." Nothing could be more accurate today. On today’s edition of Family Talk, guest speaker Bob Vander Plaats, President of the Iowa-based public policy organization, The Family Leader, urges citizens to engage the Body of Christ and anchor it with prayer. Bob encourages pastors to be boldly biblical and culturally relevant from the pulpit. Only then, as Hebrews 2:1 teaches us, will the church and its people be empowered to stand firm in their knowledge of truth and boldly proclaim it.
Nov 15, 2021
Focus on the Future: The Importance of the Family
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America is a wounded nation. On one hand, we’ve endured a year unlike any other with the pandemic, the ensuing shutdowns, and racial tension. On the other, the skyrocketing rates of fatherlessness, divorce, and anxiety leave us desperate for answers. On today’s Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton, author of Focus on the Future, gives his prescription for a bold tomorrow. His advice? Your family, faith and voice matter now more than ever. The future is bright, the victories are destined, and great things await the faithful who prepare. Dr. Clinton encourages everyone to practice their faith in public and model Christ-like behavior in and outside the home.
Nov 12, 2021
One on One with Bill Gaither - Part 2
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Gospel music pioneer Bill Gaither has been recognized with many accolades, including his induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He has also been awarded over 100 gold and platinum records, plus eight Grammys. However, on today’s edition of Family Talk, this former English teacher reveals to Dr. James Dobson that his passion is to teach the next generation some key lessons. He just happens to do it through music and storytelling. His words of wisdom to Dr. Dobson include: be generous; act responsibly; have compassion; make memories; encourage others; and, most of all, love God.
Nov 11, 2021
One on One with Bill Gaither - Part 1
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Music. It’s an art form and an instrument of expression that has been used throughout the ages to release praise, share deep emotions, and heal the soul. It affects everyone differently but is consistently influential. On today’s special program, Dr. James Dobson visits with gospel music legend Bill Gaither about what inspired him to write over 700 worship songs, including "Because He Lives," "The King Is Coming," and "He Touched Me."
Nov 10, 2021
Domestic Violence and the Trauma in Its Wake - Part 2
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When a military veteran grapples with post-traumatic stress disorder, we empathize. But do we feel the same for the person who endures PTSD as a result of domestic violence or physical abuse? On today’s Family Talk, Dr. Shannae (SHAWN-ay) Anderson explains that, similar to Joseph, whom we learned from Scripture was thrown into a pit and sold into slavery, our past experiences shape who we are. Dr. Anderson encourages listeners that what Satan means for evil, God can redeem for your good. Through Christian counseling, the Lord can heal your emotional trauma.
Nov 09, 2021
Domestic Violence and the Trauma in Its Wake - Part 1
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Tragically, during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a noted increase in domestic violence in the U.S. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton and clinical psychologist, Dr. Shannae (SHAWN-ay) Anderson reveal that the ongoing isolation has compounded spousal abuse. In order to survive, victims often experience dissociation, in which the mind essentially separates from the body. The helplessness and powerlessness that the victim feels at the hands of their abuser is often unspeakable terror. Dr. Anderson reveals the means necessary for a survivor to regain their voice and feel safe again.
Nov 08, 2021
The Family Doctor Speaks: The Truth about Life - Part 2
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Today, some pro-life advocates believe that abortion is okay if the woman has been victimized by rape or incest. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Robert Jackson, Jr., author of The Family Doctor Speaks: The Truth About Life, declares that it is morally wrong to kill an unborn child for the misdeed of one of the parents. Unborn children are all created in the image of God! Dr. Jackson’s wife, Carlotta, joins the conversation and shares how their two special-needs children teach them how to be more like Christ.
Nov 05, 2021
The Family Doctor Speaks: The Truth about Life - Part 1
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While Dr. Robert Jackson, Jr. was a second-year medical resident, he was asked to administer a drug to induce premature labor for a woman who was carrying a special needs baby in order to abort the pregnancy. He refused, but another doctor did so, prompting the woman to deliver a 22-week-old infant. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Jackson recounts that the patient’s little baby, born alive, was wrapped in a cold, wet towel, and abandoned to die in a metal basin. Since that horrific moment, Dr. Jackson has been a passionate and staunch pro-life defender of the child in the womb.
Nov 04, 2021
America's Porndemic - Part 2
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Perhaps you yourself, or someone you know are one of the 40 million Americans who regularly visit Internet porn sites. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Jim Cress, a certified sex addiction therapist, explains to Dr. Tim Clinton that while viewing porn, you’re short circuiting the God-designed pleasurable reactions in your body that were intended to bond you to your spouse. Instead, you’re bonding to an illusion. But, there is hope! Galatians 5:1 says, "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." By confessing your sin and through much prayer, you can be rid of this addiction. In some situations, professional counseling is required and is ministered with successful results. People can and do get their lives back and are freed of the sinful shackles that bind!
Nov 03, 2021
America's Porndemic - Part 1
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Did you know that 68% of church-going men view porn on a regular basis and that more than half of American divorces involve a spouse’s use of pornography? On today’s edition of Family Talk, Jim Cress, a certified sex addiction therapist, explains that porn is crack cocaine to the soul. When people are bored or stressed, they self-medicate with pornography and its instant rush of pleasure, but often feel shame afterwards. In 2 Corinthians 10:4, the Apostle Paul urges us to demolish strongholds through divine power. That includes the stronghold of porn.
Nov 02, 2021
Running to Win
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The Bible says that we are to run with endurance the race set before us and keep our eyes on Christ. On today’s edition of Family Talk, past decathlete Mark Anderson shares his testimony of how his success on the track pushed him into a sinful life but how God drastically interrupted that life and delivered him.
Nov 01, 2021
The Vulnerability of Girls: Protecting the Ones We Love - Part 2
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Not only was sex God’s idea, but He designed it to help bond the husband and wife for a lifetime. Tragically, today’s mainstream media presents it as the moral equivalent of sharing a cup of coffee. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson sits down with Drs. Joe McIlhaney and Freda McKissic-Bush to discuss their book, Girls Uncovered: New Research on What America's Sexual Culture Does to Young Women. They identify the lies of "safe sex," and the fallacy that abortion is a woman’s choice. They go on to offer hope and a path to healing for those who have fallen into these traps of deception.
Oct 29, 2021
The Vulnerability of Girls: Protecting the Ones We Love - Part 1
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Sadly, too many women believe the lie that they can have pre-marital sex without consequences. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Drs. Joe McIlhaney and Freda McKissic-Bush declare that our Western culture is the first society in history that has entirely abandoned the biblical role of protecting the sexuality of its young women. We are leaving girls and young women uncovered and unprotected before all of the evil forces that surround them. The result? Unplanned pregnancies, a record number of sexually transmitted infections, and spiritually wayward adults. Our guests explain the harms of cohabitation, the threats of sexually transmitted infections, and why culture has normalized promiscuity.
Oct 28, 2021
She is Yours
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As Christian parents, we have two primary responsibilities. The first is to evangelize our kids, revealing God’s character through word and deed. The second, as our children’s stewards, is to prayerfully release them back to the Lord. On today’s program, Dr. James Dobson presents one of his favorite interviews from the Family Talk archives, a conversation he had with Jonathan and Wynter Pitts, just one year before Wynter’s sudden passing. Together they examine the Pitts’ book, She is Yours, which encourages moms and dads to breathe a sigh of relief because God is in control of their daughters’ lives. Abba is the one Who protects them, and He is the one Who will guide their future.
Oct 27, 2021
Life Without Limbs - Part 2
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Because Nick Vujicic (VOO-yi-chich) was born without arms or legs, he often struggled with God about his purpose in life. On today’s edition of Family Talk, the author of Life Without Limits, echoes the Apostle Paul who wrote "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." The married 38-year-old evangelist with four children came to Christ at age 15, after depression and a suicide attempt. Nick proclaims, "When you don't get a miracle, you can still be a miracle for someone else."
Oct 26, 2021
Life Without Limbs - Part 1
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Have you ever felt as though your prayers were bouncing off the ceiling? On today’s edition of Family Talk, Nick Vujicic (VOO-yi-chich), author of Life Without Limits, can totally relate! After he was born without arms or legs, he begged God for a miracle so he could look like every other boy. His depression led to a suicide attempt at age 10. But, as a teen, the Lord revealed to Nick through John 9:3, that he was born this way, "so that the works of God might be displayed in him." Indeed, the 38-year-old evangelist has led one million people to Christ since 2005!
Oct 25, 2021
Crisis Point: Youth Suicide – Addressing Our Kids Mental Well-Being - Part 2
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Suicide is always a permanent solution to a temporary problem. As teens try to navigate their way through the emotional struggles that often come with adolescence, the option of ending it all might seem attractive. On today’s Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton and Jennifer Cisney-Ellers, a professional counselor and crisis response trainer, urge moms and dads to listen attentively to their children. Parents, don't hesitate to ask, "Are you thinking about hurting yourself?" Contrary to the old wives' tale that discussing suicide triggers the act, talking about it actually saves lives.
Oct 22, 2021
Crisis Point: Youth Suicide – Addressing Our Kids Mental Well-Being - Part 1
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Between mask mandates and social distancing, the CDC claims the COVID pandemic has led to a dramatic increase in adolescent suicide attempts. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton and Jennifer Cisney-Ellers, a professional counselor and crisis response trainer, explain that due to the pandemic, many youths experienced tremendous loss of experiences and opportunities they will never get back. Dr. Clinton and Cisney-Ellers urge Christian parents to be attuned to their teens’ mental and emotional well-being, and watch out for emotional disconnect. If needed, parents can also consider strategies such as home education and limited use of smartphones and social media.
Oct 21, 2021
Preventing Teen Suicide: Kids in Crisis
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For various reasons, adolescence can be emotionally difficult for teenagers. Lack of self-worth can sometimes lead to the tragedy of suicide. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson and Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors, alert parents to the warning signs in their teens’ behavior and recommend how best to respond. The key is to connect; talk with your son or daughter, communicate your unconditional love and get the help that he or she needs.
Oct 20, 2021
Sexuality and Singles - Part 2
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In today's culture, people mock the idea of abstinence. If you spend five minutes watching television or reading through some of the lyrics to the nation's most popular songs, you will find that many actors and artists place little value on purity and instead promote promiscuity. On today’s edition of Family Talk, the late Elisabeth Elliot emphasizes the value of purity, and explains why she has made it part of her life's mission to help other people see the beauty of God's design for sexuality.
Oct 19, 2021
Sexuality and Singles - Part 1
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, the late Elisabeth Elliot, author of Passion and Purity, claims that too many self-professing Christian singles are having premarital sex. While they profess Jesus to be their Savior, they have rejected the authority of His Lordship. Despite the fact that First Corinthians 6:18 says, "Flee sexual immorality," some Christian singles feel it's optional whether they obey or not. Elliot insists that if you want to be Christ's disciple, then you must give up your rights, take up your cross, and follow Him.
Oct 18, 2021
Be Anxious for Nothing: The Anxiety Reset
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Did you know that, according to the American Psychological Association, 25% of Americans experienced an anxiety disorder over the past year? On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Gregory Jantz, author of The Anxiety Reset, analyze the avenues of anxiety and its treatment. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." Dr. Jantz poses the question, "What do I need to do today to build that sound mind?"
Oct 15, 2021
Biblical Romance: Sharing Body and Soul - Part 2
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, Pastor Tommy Nelson continues his sermon on biblical romance from the Song of Solomon. In chapter two, verse fifteen, he explains that the reference to the "little foxes that spoil the vineyard" is a warning about potential problems that could damage a courtship. Preventative measures to protect the relationship include listening attentively, resolving conflicts, avoiding premarital sex, and forgiving the other person like God forgives us.
Oct 14, 2021
Biblical Romance: The Design for Intimacy - Part 1
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Tommy Nelson is the senior pastor of Denton Bible Church, located in Denton, Texas. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Education and received his Master in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is a best-selling author of several books including, A Life Well Lived, The Book of Romance, The Big Picture, and Walking on Water. Tommy and his wife, Teresa, live in Texas and have two adult sons.
Oct 13, 2021
Let's Talk about What's Right with America - Part 2
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On today’s Family Talk, former U.S. Congressman Bob McEwen joins Dr. Dobson in-studio to discuss what is right about America today. In a time of deep wounds and division within our culture, McEwen exhorts Americans, especially Christians, to be aware of our unique place in history. As President John Adams stated, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” A passionate advocate for homeschooling, McEwen underscores the importance of teaching our kids to fear God, love America, and honor their parents. Only then can we preserve this last and greatest hope on earth. United we stand; divided we fall.
Oct 12, 2021
Let’s Talk about What’s Right with America - Part 1
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, former U.S. Congressman and Dobson Institute advisory board member Bob McEwen declares that there were two great events in world history. First, Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice by dying on the cross for our sins. And second, on July 4, 1776, America was born as an independent nation. Despite the obvious lines of division that exist in our country today, we must remain faithful to the principles that built this great nation. It was founded in liberty and has become a lighthouse to the world for the gospel and for truth.
Oct 11, 2021
An Honest Conversation about Breast Cancer Awareness
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In December 2020, Shaunti Feldhahn was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. Having just written a 60-day devotional entitled Find Joy, she learned the importance of personally practicing gratitude. On today’s Family Talk, Shaunti explains when she was gripped by raw fear over yet another biopsy, she thanked God for the advance of medicine. She was also genuinely grateful for and energized by the presence of her friends who reached out. Shaunti’s trial affirmed God’s goodness and faithfulness in her life.
Oct 08, 2021
Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Hope, Healing and the Power of an Open Heart - Part 2
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When Pastor Jentezen (pronounced JEN-sen) Franklin’s eldest daughter eloped, he felt in his flesh that, “the wrath of man would produce the righteousness of God. But it never does!” On today’s edition of Family Talk, the author of Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt urges us to love like Christ. Whether your adult child has rejected your values or you’ve been betrayed by a friend, it is never lowering your standards to love them. Like the Prodigal Son’s father exemplified, love will never fail.
Oct 07, 2021
Love Like You've Never Been Hurt - Hope, Healing and the Power of an Open Heart - Part 1
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Jentezen (pronounced JEN-sen) Franklin, a “preacher's kid,” went down the wrong path in high school like so many youngsters do. After hearing a sermon from a Trinidad missionary, he started his adult walk with the Lord. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Dobson and Franklin, a pastor in Gainesville, Georgia, discuss the power that God’s love has to transform hearts, heal brokenness in the face of crisis, and bring restoration.
Oct 06, 2021
Helping Your Child Develop a Healthy Self-Esteem - Part 2
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Does your son or daughter have low self-esteem? Would you recognize what it looks like? On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Gary Sibcy, a clinical psychologist, warns that a teen’s emotional pain can lead to sleeplessness, irritability, and social isolation. Parents need to remember that kids spell “love,” T-I-M-E. It is important to invest just 15 minutes a day in your relationship with each of your children by doing something they enjoy.
Oct 05, 2021
Helping Your Child Develop a Healthy Self-Esteem - Part 1
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton interviews Dr. Gary Sibcy. The two urge parents to help their children develop a healthy self-esteem by showing them how to manage the childhood stresses of teasing, peer pressure, and rejection as they grow up. As you lovingly encourage your kids to rely on Christ, they can develop a sound, true view of God and themselves.
Oct 04, 2021
Becoming the Couple You Long to Be - Part 2
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As children, we often listened to fairy tales in which it was Prince Charming’s job to sweep the heroine off her feet and "live happily ever after." But what happens if the prince fails? On today’s edition of Family Talk, Rhonda Stoppe (pronounced STOP-ee), Christian author of The Marriage Mentor, says the key to a successful marriage is to find your worth in Christ first. Our prayer should echo Psalm 139. "Search me, O God, and know my heart. Know my anxious thoughts and see if there's any wicked way in me."
Oct 01, 2021
Becoming the Couple You Long to Be - Part 1
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Ecclesiastes 9:9 says, "Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of your life." That’s easier said than done! On today’s edition of Family Talk, Rhonda Stoppe (pronounced STOP-ee), Christian author of The Marriage Mentor: Becoming the Couple You Long to Be, explains how things can go wrong. For example, unmet expectations can breed resentment and unforgiveness. She urges husbands and wives to seek God’s affirmation first and spend time with older married couples who can provide godly mentorship.
Sep 30, 2021
Turning the Tables: Greg Laurie Interviews Dr. James Dobson
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Did you know that Dr. Dobson loves to fish, fry tacos with his wife, Shirley, and watch football? Or that when Shirley first approached Dr. Dobson on their college campus, she said, "Hi, legs!"? On this edition of Family Talk, evangelist Greg Laurie turns the tables and interviews America’s beloved Christian psychologist. Hear about the challenges Dr. Dobson overcame in life and how he became successful by depending solely on God.
Sep 29, 2021
God’s Design for You - Part 2
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, Valorie Burton, Christian author of Happy Women Live Better, recommends three things to feel content, whatever the circumstances. First, ask yourself what was the best part about each day. Second, it’s important to remember to play; have fun with your children, play with your pets, or dance with your spouse. Whatever you do, experience joy. Third, smile! God designed our bodies so when we smile, it triggers the release of serotonin and endorphins to our brains. Amazingly, our Creator wired us to feel okay, even in the midst of hardship.
Sep 28, 2021
God’s Design for You - Part 1
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Traditional psychology can help people who are struggling with depression or anxiety, among other problems. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Valorie Burton, Christian author of Happy Women Live Better, explains that positive psychology is the study of what happens when things go right. People who are content have a greater ability to deal with adversity. It’s important to remember that God wants you to experience joy. His Word declares, “Laughter is good medicine,” and “The joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Sep 27, 2021
Back to School with Dr. James Dobson
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When Dr. Tim Clinton was on a plane headed to Colorado Springs to appear on Family Talk, he felt a nudge in his spirit from the Lord that the vast knowledge and wisdom of Dr. Dobson needed to be shared through an educational program. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Clinton reveals that the result of that inspiration was the creation of the James C. Dobson Center at Liberty University. Online students can take 8-week courses based on Dr. Dobson’s 43 years of teaching and 8,000 broadcasts, all while working toward a master in counseling or selecting one of the family-focused minors that the center offers.
Sep 24, 2021
Homeschooling Today - Part 2
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Too many parents are under the impression that education is simply reading, writing, and arithmetic. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Heidi and Jay St. John, who have homeschooled their seven kids, declare that education is never neutral! The founders of Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center insist that there is always a worldview being taught. In Luke 6:40, Jesus said, "Everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher." That is why Heidi wants to equip her kids with a biblical worldview, so they know why they believe what they believe.
Sep 23, 2021
Homeschooling Today - Part 1
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According to the Washington Post, the number of children being homeschooled in the U.S. has nearly tripled since 2019. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Heidi and Jay St. John, who have homeschooled their seven kids and founded Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center, share three keys to a successful schooling model: flexibility, the one-on-one tutorial model, and a vision of Christian discipleship. The results? On average, kids that are homeschooled test three grade levels higher than their public school peers.
Sep 22, 2021
American Marxism - Part 2
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, Mark Levin, author of American Marxism, describes the stark differences between Marxism and our founding fathers’ vision for America: repression vs. engagement; compliance vs. speech; conformity vs. independence; and subjugation vs. liberty. These are not mere policy disputes, and consequently, the individual, the nuclear family, and our Judeo-Christian heritage are in the crosshairs. We’re long overdue for patriots to speak out.
Sep 21, 2021
American Marxism - Part 1
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The reach of Marxist ideology has spread into our country’s education, corporations, media, and government. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Mark Levin, author of American Marxism, tells Dr. James Dobson that this God-hating, individual-despising worldview is often cloaked in deceptive labels such as “progressivism.” In addition to advocating for homeschooling and school choice, Levin warns parents against sending children to colleges that indoctrinate them to hate America and its precious Judeo-Christian heritage.
Sep 20, 2021
A Moral Crisis in Medicine: An Obstetrician Takes a Stand for Life
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In 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed an egregious bill into law that forces pro-life doctors and nurses to violate their consciences and advocate for the murder of babies in the womb. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Robert Lawler, a Christian obstetrician and gynecologist, explains why he refuses to comply. Despite possible penalties, he states that he took the Hippocratic oath to "first do no harm" to either one of his two patients—the pregnant woman and her developing baby. Thankfully, a federal judge has issued an injunction against this pro-abortion law which targets pre-born babies and religious liberty.
Sep 17, 2021
The Significance of the Texas Heartbeat Law - Part 2
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Psalm 139: 13-14 reads, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." On today's edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson and Janet Porter, founder of Faith2Action, continue discussing the new Texas Heartbeat Law and what it means for the pro-life movement. Porter’s firm belief is that if a heartbeat is detected, the baby should be protected. Thanks to the recent passage of the law, once cardiac activity is detected in a pre-born child, abortion is now prohibited in the state of Texas.
Sep 16, 2021
The Significance of the Texas Heartbeat Law - Part 1
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In the late hours of September 1st, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the Texas Heartbeat Law, legislation that prohibits abortion after a heartbeat is detected. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson and Janet Porter, founder of Faith2Action, examine this historic moment and consider what it means for the future.
Sep 15, 2021
Grandparents and Their Vital Role - Part 2
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Christian grandparents are the missing puzzle piece in the discipleship of their grandkids. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Larry Fowler, founder of the Legacy Coalition, urges grandparents to develop biblically-focused relationships with their grandchildren. Dr. Dobson noted, “An inheritance is what you give someone, but a legacy is what you build in someone.” Grandparents, what legacy are you placing in your grandchildren?
Sep 14, 2021
Grandparents and Their Vital Role - Part 1
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According to research, 3 out of 4 Christian grandparents take on a cultural view of grandparenting rather than a biblical view. When Larry Fowler asked a group of people at a conference how many of them had ever heard a sermon on grandparenting, only three raised their hands. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson sits down with Larry Fowler, founder of the Legacy Coalition, to discuss the great need for grandparents to be involved in their grandchildren’s lives. The most important thing a grandparent can do is live out his or her spiritual walk and testimony. In a rapidly changing society, grandparents are essential!
Sep 13, 2021
Grandparenting Teens: Leaving a Legacy of Hope - Part 2
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When grandchildren become teenagers, grandparents have a tendency to disengage, no matter how close they were with their grandchildren beforehand. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Mark Gregston, author of Grandparenting Teens: Leaving a Legacy of Hope, encourages grandparents to do the opposite, saying this is the time for them to press in, not check out. Rather than being concerned about what’s coming out of their teenage grandchild’s mouth, they should be listening to his or her heart.
Sep 10, 2021
Grandparenting Teens: Leaving a Legacy of Hope - Part 1
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If you’re a grandparent, your primary focus should not be what you leave in your grandchildren’s bank accounts, but rather, what you have deposited in their hearts. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton sits down with Mark Gregston to talk about his new book, Grandparenting Teens: Leaving a Legacy of Hope. Mark explains that grandparents can and should be one of the greatest resources for providing stability and Christian discipleship in a teenager's life.
Sep 09, 2021
The Kids are Gone: Now What? - Part 2
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How does a marriage shift from being child-focused to partner-focused, and how does communication change when the children leave home? In what ways can you keep fun and friendship in your relationship? On today’s classic edition of Family Talk, Dr. Dobson and guests, Dave and Claudia Arp, continue their discussion about the challenges couples face after their kids have flown the coop.
Sep 08, 2021
The Kids are Gone: Now What? - Part 1
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When the last child leaves home, a new phase of marriage begins. But many couples struggle to adjust to this different and often sad time in their lives together. In a classic broadcast today on Family Talk, Dr. Dobson interviews Dave and Claudia Arp, and discusses eight challenges couples face in the "empty-nesters" stage.
Sep 07, 2021
A Champion for Christ: The Zach Ertz Story
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In the midst of his parents’ separation, sports became an outlet for Zach Ertz, who was eventually drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles as a tight end in 2013. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton sits down with Zach to discuss his journey to the Eagles. Following a last-minute play during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Zach became a foe to some fans. From an earthly perspective, that was one of the worst weeks of Zach’s life, but from an eternal perspective, it was the best thing that ever happened, as it led him to spiritual revival and brotherhood.
Sep 06, 2021
Live to Forgive: A Family Story of Pain and Redemption
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Jason Romano always had a passion for sports, an interest he shared with his father and grandfather. He turned that passion into a dream career at ESPN, producing SportsCenter and Monday Night Football. But sadly, Jason couldn’t always share his "love of the game" with his father, whose alcoholism was a constant source of anguish and shame for the entire family. On today’s edition of Family Talk, the author of Live to Forgive says the four steps toward forgiveness are to feel the pain, evaluate the trauma, transform the wound, and forgive the abuser. In Matthew chapter 18, Jesus commands us to forgive. If we don’t, we hurt ourselves more than our offender.
Sep 03, 2021
Kids and Bullying
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Kids who are overweight, unattractive, not athletic, or perhaps different in some way are often the target of merciless bullying by their peers at school. Bullying can take on many different forms. Sometimes it’s rejection or verbal jabs, while other times it can become physical, leading to black eyes and bloody noses. No matter what type, bullying results in pain and trauma for the recipient. On today’s classic edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson has a candid and emotional discussion with several children who have faced bullying. He reminds them that God thinks each one is of equal worth because He created them in His image.
Sep 02, 2021
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity from a Christian Perspective - Part 2
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We live in an age of increasingly pervasive artificial intelligence, including Virtual Reality and the porn industry’s many disturbing applications. When paired with a materialistic worldview, artificial intelligence can leave us more isolated and lonely. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Jason Thacker, author of The Age of AI, addresses the Christian moral responsibility and accountability to our Creator. We’re called to love God and our neighbors as we love ourselves, and we’re created for physical community, not digital.
Sep 01, 2021
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity from a Christian Perspective - Part 1
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When you consider artificial intelligence, you may think about self-driving cars, voice automated responses from your smart speaker, Facebook bots sending you ads based upon your search queries, or virtual reality experiences provided by an Oculus VR headset. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Jason Thacker, a scholar in philosophy, ethics, and public theology, discusses with Dr. Tim Clinton his new book, The Age of AI. Thacker counsels Christians against the extremes of unbridled excitement or fear in this new high-tech frontier. The biblical worldview is clear: as humans, God created us in His own image. Artificial intelligence is simply a tool and will never match the value of a human being.
Aug 31, 2021
Quiet Times For Busy Parents
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Have you found it challenging to balance the demands of marriage and family, while still having devotional time with the Lord? On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James and Shirley Dobson discuss their best-selling book, Night Light for Parents, an easy devotional for parents to read every night. Each passage has a high-impact short story, and offers questions that will prompt great conversation, and conclude with a brief prayer. Today, listen to one of America’s favorite couples share personal stories of their own family life, and how a commitment to God and to each other can bolster your marriage too.
Aug 30, 2021
I Can’t Believe You Just Said That! Biblical Wisdom for Taming Your Child’s Tongue - Part 2
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, Ginger Hubbard, author of I Can't Believe You Just Said That!, continues her conversation with Dr. Tim Clinton. Ginger offers a 3-step plan for parenting and discipline. First, ask your child heart-probing questions to identify his or her "old self." Second, discourage that behavior. And third, urge him or her to honor God by "putting on" the right behavior. Consider Ephesians 4:22-24, "Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; and put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."
Aug 27, 2021
I Can’t Believe You Just Said That! Biblical Wisdom for Taming Your Child’s Tongue - Part 1
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As Christian parents, we want our kids to behave and be obedient. But we shouldn't want them to act that way solely out of fear of punishment. Today on Family Talk, Ginger Hubbard, author of I Can’t Believe You Just Said That!, explains that our children’s actions and behavior stem from the ongoing transformation of their hearts, as they begin their individual relationship with Jesus. As parents, we can use God’s Word to teach our children which behaviors and actions are sinful, and which ones are pleasing to the Lord.
Aug 26, 2021
Heaven is Our Home - Part 2
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The differences between Heaven and Hell are stark. On today’s Family Talk, Anne Graham Lotz explains that Hell is described as a fire, a place of intense thirst and torment. By contrast, Heaven has the river of life, a place where our thirst will be quenched. In the darkness of Hell, people will endure pain and be forever separated from their Creator. In the light of Heaven, we will worship Jesus in comfort, forever united with our Savior. Don’t keep the Good News to yourself! Invite others to accept Christ’s invitation to dwell in Heaven as their eternal home.
Aug 25, 2021
Heaven is Our Home - Part 1
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The Apostle Paul wrote, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love Him." On today's edition of Family Talk, evangelist Anne Graham Lotz reminds us that Heaven is a prepared destiny that Jesus will fill with wonderful colors, food, and music. In addition, Heaven is a perfect destiny—devoid of sin, suffering, and sickness! Jesus will personally wipe away every tear from our eyes.
Aug 24, 2021
Saturate USA: A Call for Evangelism in Every Town
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Did you know that only three percent of Christians feel comfortable sharing their faith, according to pollster George Barna? On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson sits down with Scott Baller of Saturate USA to discuss a God-sized vision to reach all 120 million U.S. households with the gospel by 2027. Through Scott’s ministry, you or your congregation can request "saturation packs," which contain information on your local church, along with a DVD on who Jesus is, and even gospel tracts to encourage thousands of households in your zip code.
Aug 23, 2021
Rescued by the Hand of God
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In 1993, missionaries Dave and Barb Anderson were flying to Alaska after evangelizing in a remote region in the Russian far east, when their small aircraft suddenly lost power and crashed into the Bering Sea. Despite hitting the water at 90 miles per hour, the plane remained intact, allowing everyone on board to escape. Within 45 seconds, it sank, leaving the survivors in 36-degree cold water with 5-foot-high swells. On today’s edition of Family Talk, the couple recounts the dramatic story of surviving their plane crash. Providentially, the team was spotted and helicopters were sent. Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Jesus rescued them.
Aug 20, 2021
Encouraging Enterprising Moms - Part 2
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Carrie Wilkerson was over $100,000 in debt and 145 pounds overweight. Because she had been inattentive to details in her business and with her health, both had gotten out of control. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson and Ms. Wilkerson, the author of The Barefoot Executive, discuss how she paid off every dime within two years by working at home and dropped down to a healthy weight by practicing discipline. Her counsel? Brainstorm a home business with your God-given skill sets instead of chasing other people’s dreams.
Aug 19, 2021
Encouraging Enterprising Moms - Part 1
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Carrie Wilkerson experienced a conflict that mothers often face. With two newly-adopted preschoolers, she felt conflicted, or "mom-flicted," about going back to a traditional "9 to 5" job and leaving her kids in daycare. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson sits down with Carrie, author of The Barefoot Executive, to discuss how she managed to stay home with her kids and earn valuable income by using her laptop. She learned how to use her God-given skill sets and make money during their nap time and nighttime.
Aug 18, 2021
Gambling in America: A Growing Crisis of Greed, Addiction, and Loss - Part 2
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People who delve into gambling sometimes find it’s a seductive path fraught with greed and compulsion. Those same people often struggle with depression or anxiety. In turn, alcohol and drug use can manifest with the gambler as a form of coping. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson talks with Kristen Haflett, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in gambling addictions. They discuss how 87% of gambling addicts who seek recovery can "fall off the wagon." While the odds are against them, with God, recovery is possible.
Aug 17, 2021
Gambling in America: A Growing Crisis of Greed, Addiction, and Loss - Part 1
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Ten million Americans are crippled by their gambling addiction. Whether they waste their money in the casinos, on lottery tickets, or with online sports betting, it’s a social cancer that is rapidly spreading to the next generation. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson sits down with Kristen Haflett, a licensed social worker who specializes in gambling addictions. They are joined by Ryan Dobson, Dr. Dobson’s son, who adds his insight on addiction and families in peril. Together, they examine how this $255-billion-per-year industry preys upon the least fortunate by exploiting one of man’s most common sins, the love of money.
Aug 16, 2021
You're Not Enough (And That's Okay)
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Today’s young women have been deceived. They’ve been told, especially by social media influencers, that the key to happiness is self-love. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Allie B. Stuckey, author of You’re Not Enough (And That’s Okay), reveals that her time feeding from the lie of self-empowerment left her battling anorexia, bulimia, and shame. Once you exchange the god of self with the God of Scripture, you’ll experience a Heaven-sent sacrificial love that will remove your narcissism.
Aug 13, 2021
Resentment: Cancer of the Emotions
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When people hurt us, our sinful instinct is to hurt them back. But on today’s edition of Family Talk, the late Dr. Arch Hart says, "Forgiveness is giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me." The former dean of the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary warns that if we don’t forgive, we foolishly allow resentment to fester. And resentment is a cancer of the emotions that can destroy us! The key to forgiving someone is to remember God’s unfathomable forgiveness of our own sin.
Aug 12, 2021
Abortion Monster: The Trial of Kermit Gosnell
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For 30 years, convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell operated as a licensed doctor and abortion provider, running a clinic in West Philadelphia that was nothing short of a house of horrors. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson sits down with filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, the couple behind the 2017 movie entitled Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer. They discuss the heart behind the film and the impact it is making in our society. Not surprisingly, the mainstream media refused to report on the Gosnell investigation at the time.
Aug 11, 2021
Children at Risk: An Update with Gary Bauer - Part 2
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In their 1990 best-seller Children at Risk, Dr. James Dobson and Gary Bauer, President of American Values, warned readers that there was a "civil war of values" being waged, and a generation of children was the prize to be awarded to the victor. Thirty-one years later, the battle for the hearts and minds of our children has only intensified. On today’s edition of Family Talk, hear these two family advocates discuss how we can still win this fight.
Aug 10, 2021
Children at Risk: An Update with Gary Bauer - Part 1
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Abraham Lincoln once said, "The philosophy of the classroom in one generation is the philosophy of the government in the next." Sadly, in light of the godless curriculum that is being taught in public schools and universities, only 6% of millennials have a biblical worldview. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson and Gary Bauer, President of American Values, revisit their 1990 best-seller Children at Risk, and discuss how its content was a prophetic message to our society, even today. The question is raised, "How can America be preserved if a rising generation is rejecting the very idea that there is a God who was the author of our liberty?"
Aug 09, 2021
The Bible Recap: Falling in Love with God’s Word
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Despite an early introduction to Christianity, Tara-Leigh Cobble confesses that she wasted years passing through life on the second-hand information about the Bible she’d gleaned from others. After she was challenged to read through the Bible cover to cover, her life was transformed as she sought God’s character on each page. On today’s edition of Family Talk, the author of The Bible Recap reveals that daily Bible reading is not some box for a Christian to check. It’s our air to breathe and it’s our source of joy. Now is the time to end biblical illiteracy in the church.
Aug 06, 2021
Living with the Strong-Willed Child - Part 3
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Christian parents instinctively know that they’re in a battle with Satan himself for the souls of their children. But the parents of strong-willed children grapple with that spiritual reality more dramatically. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson visits for a third day with three mothers who fasted and prayed and disciplined until they saw victory. Lizz Walker, a 17-year-old, confessed, "I've spent all of my life being strong-willed and wanting to win a battle." God told her, "I want you to be strong-willed for Me!"
Aug 05, 2021
Living with the Strong-Willed Child - Part 2
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If one of your kids seems hard-wired to be more combative and challenging of your authority, don't get discouraged. There is hope! On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson talks with three mothers who candidly share the frustrations and challenges of parenting their "tough as nails" children. You’ll hear unflinching stories, and you may see some of yourself or your own experiences as a parent in these illustrations that demonstrate the battle of wills. In their despair, these moms learned to lean hard on the Lord.
Aug 04, 2021
Living with the Strong-Willed Child - Part 1
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Contrary to the misguided worldly wisdom that claims each child is born as a blank slate, Dr. James Dobson contends that God gives every boy and girl a unique personality. Some children have enough defiance to equal 10 of their peers. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Dobson, author of The New Strong-Willed Child, talks to a panel of three formerly exhausted mothers who struggled with their strong-willed children. While they each administered a healthy dose of love, discipline, and prayer, the Lord rewarded their patience and tears with well-adjusted adult children.
Aug 03, 2021
The Chosen: A TV Series for Such a Time as This
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When it comes to most dramatizations about Jesus, Christian filmmaker Dallas Jenkins believes that our Messiah seems overly formal and emotionally distant. On today’s edition of Family Talk, he explains that the key to the successful production of The Chosen series is that Jesus is warm, engaging, and unvarnished. He’s someone you would want to follow! The writers imagine culturally accurate backstories to characters which make the Biblical narratives come alive. No wonder The Chosen has been viewed by nearly 200 million people in 50 languages!
Aug 02, 2021
Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement is Hijacking the Gospel - Part 2
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"Wokeness" is a modern-day heresy which is incompatible with Christianity, according to theologian Dr. Owen Strachan, author of Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement Is Hijacking the Gospel. While its divisive rhetoric employs some biblical vocabulary and concepts, it is indeed an alternative religion, both in its methods and outcome. A potent blend of racism, moral relativism, and grievance, "wokeness" undermines the unifying work of the Holy Spirit. It is, therefore, anti-gospel, and Dr. Strachan offers a strategy to oppose it.
Jul 30, 2021
Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement is Hijacking the Gospel - Part 1
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Theologian Dr. Owen Strachan joins Dr. James Dobson to discuss "Critical Race Theory" (CRT) and how it does not align with Christian beliefs. They discuss Dr. Strachan’s new book, Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement is Hijacking the Gospel, and peel back the layers of this misguided movement, its origins, and how the Bible contradicts it by teaching that we are all one family in God’s Kingdom.
Jul 29, 2021
Overcoming Alcoholism
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Many people struggle with alcohol and other addictions, but very few actually receive any form of treatment. Bob and Pauline Bartosch, authors of Overcomers Outreach: Bridge to Recovery, reveal to Dr. James Dobson that Bob was dependent on alcohol and Pauline relied on valium. Ultimately, both found hope and healing in the Lord, as well as support communities in Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. Out of their experience, they founded Overcomers Outreach, a Christ-centered addiction support group.
Jul 28, 2021
Paula Faris: Called Out to Prioritize Faith Over Career
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Paula Faris was at the height of her career as a co-anchor of Good Morning America. But when this high-profile journalist felt called by God to walk away from her job because she was sacrificing her family and her health, she was gripped by fear. She had bought into society's false premise that our worth is related to our work. The author of Called Out, Faris explains that in the span of just a few months, she endured several tragedies and learned that the calling of every Christian is to love our Lord and other people. That’s the true source of our identity, she says, not our vocation.
Jul 27, 2021
The War on Children
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Day by day, our kids are inundated with the depravity of this world, and it seems to be getting worse. Dr. James Dobson shares from his June newsletter, reflecting on the increasing war against children and the battle for their minds and spirits. He expresses his grave concern for our culture and raises the alarm so that a twisted society does not dictate the lives of future generations. Also featured are excerpts of a sermon from Pastor John MacArthur, illustrating not only culture’s slide into godlessness, but also its ultimate accountability to God.
Jul 26, 2021
Reignite: How to Bring Joy Back into Your Life for Enduring Faith
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Twelve years ago, when doctors told Pastor Jack Graham that they might not have removed all of his prostate cancer, he sank into a dark night of depression. Graham, the author of Reignite: Fresh Focus for an Enduring Faith, shares that he felt then as if he’d been hit by a Mack truck and left in a ditch. Citing Moses and Elijah, as well as Lincoln and Churchill, all of whom battled depression, Graham explains that the key to finding your way through darkness is to saturate your mind with the truth of Scripture.
Jul 23, 2021
Bonhoeffer: A Hero Then and Now - Part 2
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While Dietrich Bonhoeffer is known as the courageous German pastor who spoke out against the evil of Adolf Hitler, he also became a spy who sought to assassinate the dictator. He wrote, "We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself." In this Part 2 edition, Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, describes Bonhoeffer as an obedient disciple of Jesus Christ who understood that the believer is called to die to self and trust God in every circumstance.
Jul 22, 2021
Bonhoeffer: A Hero Then and Now - Part 1
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During the regime of Adolf Hitler, a brave German pastor named Dietrich Bonhoeffer declared, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, highlights the moral courage of this man who knowingly risked his life to condemn Germany’s maniacal dictator. God is still calling Christians to speak out against evil going on today.
Jul 21, 2021
What Now? How to Move into Your Next Season
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Are you currently in a season of stagnation? Mark Jobe, author of What Now? How to Move into Your Next Season, is the lead pastor at New Life Community Church in Chicago. He says that when we’re feeling stuck and overwhelmed, seeking a fresh encounter with God will allow us to receive a new perspective. Just as the Lord took Joseph through crisis and pain, molding his character and preparing him for his calling, God is continually shaping and building us too.
Jul 20, 2021
Children: A Heritage from the Lord
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Psalm 127:3 says, "Children are a heritage from the Lord." But Dr. Michael Youssef, founder of Leading the Way Ministries, insists that verse 1 provides essential context: "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain." When God is at the center of the family, He will grow, bless, guide, and protect it. Seek always His direction and your children are likely to emulate you into their adult years.
Jul 19, 2021
A Challenge to Pastors - Part 2
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There are 350,000 churches in America. But are there even 40,000 pastors who fear God and are willing to speak the truth? Dr. Jim Garlow, author of This Precarious Moment, does not believe there are. That’s why he asserts that God has raised up laymen such as psychologist, Dr. James Dobson, football coach and founder of Promise Keepers, Bill McCartney, and public servants such as Dr. Ben Carson, to say what pastors should have been saying all along.
Jul 16, 2021
A Challenge to Pastors - Part 1
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Too often, pastors hesitate to preach against abortion and the radical homosexual agenda. The Bible speaks clearly on both issues, so why the hesitation? Dr. Jim Garlow, former pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego, asserts that pastors run into the pitfall of wanting to be loved by everyone in their pews. But as he points out, "If you're going to preach the truth, you cannot be liked by everybody in your congregation."
Jul 15, 2021
Let’s Talk: Conversation Starters for Dads & Daughters
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Many teenage girls and women wish they had a better relationship with their dads. But fathers are often hesitant to talk with their daughters about things that really matter, as if they’d rather do nothing at all than do it wrong. Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield, author of Let’s Talk: Conversation Starters for Dads and Daughters, shares with co-host Dr. Tim Clinton about how dads can begin to have meaningful conversations with their daughters. Girls tend to figure things out and feel valued as they can talk it through. Dr. Watson Canfield provides easy ways for dads to facilitate discussion and dive into their daughters’ struggles, hurts, fears, and hopes.
Jul 14, 2021
The Powerful Influence of a Wife - Part 2
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In this Part 2 edition, Cindi McMenamin, author of When a Woman Inspires Her Husband, along with her husband, Hugh, share how a Christian wife can be the ultimate encourager to her husband in and outside the home. She should help him look good, refrain from criticizing him in public, encourage him privately and elevate him in front of others. When a wife shows her husband that kind of unconditional Christ-like love, their marriage will be transformed!
Jul 13, 2021
The Powerful Influence of a Wife - Part 1
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Christian wives are often misled by contemporary culture’s false expectations of their husbands. Cindi McMenamin, author of When a Woman Inspires Her Husband, shares two pieces of advice with Dr. James Dobson. First, she says a wife needs to look to God to be the primary One to meet her emotional needs. And second, she should become her husband’s biggest cheerleader, giving him the respect he desires. When she follows that biblical model, as Cindi’s husband, Hugh, confirms in this thoughtful roundtable discussion, her husband will become the man she needs him to be.
Jul 12, 2021
Becoming a Wingman for Life: Today's Promise Keepers
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From flying 45 missions into Iraq as an Air Force pilot and helping the Dallas Cowboys win the Superbowl three times as defensive tackle, Chad Hennings learned one thing: every man needs a wingman. God did not create us to stand alone but to be in transparent fellowship with our Creator and with other men in the body of Christ. That’s why Hennings urges every Christian man to push the reset button by attending the Promise Keepers conference later this month in Arlington, TX.
Jul 09, 2021
Moms Raising Sons to Be Men - Part 2
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When her 6-year-old son, Brandon, had to be life-flighted to the hospital after a severe seizure, Rhonda Stoppe (pronounced STOP-ee), author of Moms Raising Sons to Be Men, was ready to walk away from the faith when God didn’t heal him. But the Lord reminded her of Scripture that says, "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God and Christ Jesus concerning you." Just as the Lord sent the bear and the lion to prepare David to defeat Goliath, she believes that God used Brandon’s medical issues as a way for him to spend time at home watching their worship team practice, igniting his interest in music. Brandon went on to become a worship leader in Riverside, CA.
Jul 08, 2021
Moms Raising Sons to Be Men - Part 1
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On today’s edition of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, Rhonda Stoppe (pronounced STOP-ee), author of Moms Raising Sons to Be Men, warns "it is possible for a mother to deny a boy his manhood as he grows up." And if she does, Stoppe says he’ll become a mama's boy, and will still be sitting on the couch when he’s 40 years old. Especially as a boy enters puberty, he needs to answer to his father, or, if a dad is not in the picture, then a godly man who will affirm him in his masculinity.
Jul 07, 2021
America is a Christian Nation
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Contrary to the false claims of today’s secularists, America is a Christian nation, as the Supreme Court declared in 1892. Indeed, 52 out of the 55 signers of the Constitution were evangelical believers. For example, Benjamin Rush not only said, "I rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins," but also stated that the Constitution "is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament." Today's guest, Dr. Robert Jeffress, points to Psalm 33:12 which says, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."
Jul 06, 2021
America's Enduring Legacy of Hope
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On today’s edition of Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, and as we celebrate Independence Day weekend, Dr. James Dobson sits down with Dr. William Bennett to discuss our country’s extraordinary history and read excerpts from his 3-volume series, America: The Last Best Hope. They touch on stirring examples of American exceptionalism and warn that this great experiment in liberty and democracy is not a foregone conclusion. It is well worth defending!
Jul 05, 2021
Protecting Your Child in a Dark Culture - Part 2
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Today, like never before, Christian parents are battling the culture over competing worldviews. And the ultimate prize in this battle is our children! That’s why Rebecca Hagelin wrote 30 Ways in 30 Days to Strengthen Your Family. Sadly, 90% of kids who go online will at some point view pornography, and a recent report has revealed that 20% of teens are sending nude photos by text. Rebecca says it’s time to practice "deliberate parenting." God wants you to protect your kids’ innocence and empower them to make wise, righteous choices.
Jul 02, 2021
Protecting Your Child in a Dark Culture - Part 1
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When Rebecca Hagelin took her 13-year-old daughter, Kristen, for a sports physical, the female pediatrician insisted that she have a private chat with the youngster. Rebecca, the author of 30 Ways in 30 Days to Strengthen Your Family, was matter of fact, declaring, "She's a minor. I'm her mother, and I'm staying!" When the doctor told Kristen, just "do what's comfortable for you" sexually, Rebecca explained that her daughter understood that sex is only for marriage. The lesson? God gave your kids to you, Mom and Dad. Never give away your authority!
Jul 01, 2021
Finding My Way Home
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John Houston was just 11 years old when his parents not only divorced but abandoned him and his 16-year-old brother. Miraculously, they stayed in school, kept a roof over their heads, and supported themselves by mowing lawns. The author of Finding My Way Home, John was devastated when his mother committed suicide a decade later. After years of running from his pain, he finally put his trust in Christ. Today, he realizes that our Heavenly Father wants to shower us with His love.
Jun 30, 2021
A Journey of Widowhood and Grief - Part 2
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When Pastor Adrian Rogers died, he left behind Joyce, his bride of 54 years. As she grappled with grief, Psalm 63:3-4 helped her focus on God. "Because Your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus, I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name." Years later, on Valentine’s Day, Joyce, the author of Grace for the Widow: A Journey Through the Fog of Loss, invited 14 widows over for dinner to share special memories about their husbands. Healing flowed through their joyful tears.
Jun 29, 2021
A Journey of Widowhood and Grief - Part 1
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After 54 years of marriage, Adrian Rogers, founder of "Love Worth Finding Ministries," died in 2005, leaving behind Joyce, his grieving widow. But she found great comfort in Isaiah 43:2 which says, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you through the rivers, they shall not overflow you." The author of Grace for the Widow: A Journey Through the Fog of Loss, Joyce wrote her version of Psalm 23 as part of her healing process. In part, it says, "The Lord is my bridegroom, and my husband, I shall not lack love and companionship."
Jun 28, 2021
The Post-Covid Church: Stronger, but Different
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Satan used the COVID virus in an attempt to shut down every church, making God’s people fearful. That’s the contention of Sean Feucht, author of Brazen: Be a Voice, Not an Echo. The post-COVID church is suffering from an identity crisis and we cannot allow the virus to intimidate us from worshiping God.
Jun 25, 2021
Hurting Kids and How the Church Should Respond - Part 2
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Christian parents are understandably worried about how the world is poisoning their teens. But Chap Clark, author of Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teens, says the single greatest gift you can give the young adults under your roof is to intentionally climb into their world each day. And do it without an agenda. It’s revolutionary! Your actions will trump your words. Clark also points out that the family that prays together, plays together, and eats together is the one that stays together.
Jun 24, 2021
Hurting Kids and How the Church Should Respond - Part 1
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Our culture says the key to well-adjusted teens is to get them plugged into the right peer group. Chap Clark, author of Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teens, disagrees by saying, "Two kids in a mud puddle cannot clean each other up." The truth is that young people crave their parents' guidance. Surprisingly though, when the Bible addresses child discipline, 90% of the time the reference is to train your children like a coach. Only 10% of the time does God call parents to correctively punish. Think about that.
Jun 23, 2021
Nothing Wasted: How God Heals Our Broken Past - Part 2
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Sadly, too many Christians waffle between trusting in God and trusting in themselves. The prophet Elijah's question to the Israelites on Mount Carmel is equally applicable to us today. He asked, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him." Kasey Van Norman, author of Nothing Wasted: God Uses the Stuff You Wouldn’t, urges us not to waver between the truth and a lie.
Jun 22, 2021
Nothing Wasted: How God Heals Our Broken Past - Part 1
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Kasey Van Norman experienced a difficult childhood, infidelity in her marriage, and a battle with cancer. The author of Nothing Wasted: God Uses the Stuff You Wouldn't, Kasey believes that God has used her rocky road of regret and loss. Indeed, He prepares our hearts through pain. Kasey points to Elijah, the depressed prophet, for whom God sent ravens to feed him daily. The Lord prepared Elijah for that victorious "fire ball confrontation" with King Ahab's false god, Baal. In the same way, God can use your private pain for His glory.
Jun 21, 2021
God's Model for Fatherhood
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Renowned author and Christian apologist, Josh McDowell, joins Dr. James Dobson to discuss his book, The Father Connection. Despite being raised by an abusive, alcoholic father, Josh eventually discovered his Heavenly Father's gentle and everlasting love for him. Josh forgave his dad, and ultimately led him to Christ. In this inspirational pre-Father's Day broadcast, he reminds us that children are molded by their father's model of daily, faithful consistency in the little things.
Jun 18, 2021
Fathers and Sons: Getting Back to the Basics - Part 2
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In this Part 2 edition, Dr. James Dobson and Dr. Tim Clinton talk about America’s epidemic rise in fatherlessness and the desperate need for dads to be present in their kid’s lives. Clinton explains that a solid relationship with a father can empower children, especially boys, to effectively navigate harmful peer pressure. Dobson and Clinton emphasize that a man’s career ambitions must never outrank building emotionally close relationships with his children as he disciples them in the Lord.
Jun 17, 2021
Fathers and Sons: Getting Back to the Basics - Part 1
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Dr. James Dobson sits down with Dr. Tim Clinton to discuss the importance of fathers in the lives of their children. Years ago, as a young father, Tim risked losing his own kids as he tried to build a career and impact the world. But after hearing Dr. Dobson on the radio challenging fathers to be present for their kids, Clinton was convicted to reassess his priorities. Reducing his travels and speaking commitments, he was able to treasure the quality time spent with his kids and his wife.
Jun 16, 2021
Billy Graham: The Man I Knew - Part 2
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On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton and Greg Laurie continue their conversation about Greg’s new book, Billy Graham: The Man I Knew. As Rev. Graham’s ministry continued to grow, he saw a pressing need for his "crusades," and invited a young pastor, Greg Laurie, to write relevant sermon illustrations that Billy could use to reach a younger generation. Spending significant time together, Laurie saw that Graham was the same man in private as he was in public: down-to-earth, humble, and approachable. Whether talking to world leaders, celebrities, or common folks, Billy Graham never compromised the gospel.
Jun 15, 2021
Billy Graham: The Man I Knew - Part 1
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Like David, whom God plucked from obscurity as a lowly shepherd, Billy Graham was a country boy who grew up milking cows when the Lord chose him to preach the gospel and further His kingdom. Pastor Greg Laurie, author of Billy Graham: The Man I Knew, shares the story of how Billy Graham came to Christ and eventually became America’s best-known evangelist and Christian ambassador to the world. Reverend Graham once told Laurie, "I don't think I'm a very good preacher. But I think God has given me the gift of giving the invitation."
Jun 14, 2021
Plugged In: Teaching Your Children To Be Media Savvy
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Is your family honoring God with its media choices? Bob Waliszewski, former director of PluggedIn.com, joins Dr. James Dobson to discuss what to look out for in today’s media culture. His experience revealed that children need the guidance of parents to make wise choices, especially when they’re faced with peer pressure and are tempted to consume media that glorifies worldly, sinful behavior.
Jun 11, 2021
God's Plan for the Overwhelmed Mom - Part 2
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Are you an overwhelmed mom? Sarah Parshall Perry, author of Mommy Needs a Raise Because Quitting Is Not an Option can relate! In this Part 2 edition, she continues her candid and colorful conversation with host Dr. James Dobson. Despite having two sons with autism spectrum disorder and a strong-willed daughter, Sarah’s wildly unrealistic aspirations as a super mom and homemaker were causing her to become a nervous wreck. Now she focuses completely on loving the Lord and her kids.
Jun 10, 2021
God's Plan for the Overwhelmed Mom - Part 1
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After establishing a successful career as an attorney, Sarah Parshall Perry and her husband had three children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum. Called by God to stay at home to raise her children, Sarah wondered whether simply ensuring that her kids were fed and dressed was all she could do. So, sporting the proverbial messy ponytail and dirty yoga pants, she authored Mommy Needs a Raise Because Quitting Is Not an Option, in which she encourages Christian moms to seek God and embrace humility and forgiveness.
Jun 09, 2021
Fighting for Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World - Part 2
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Dehumanization of a category of people always precedes injustice and violence, whether it was slaves in 19th century America, Jews during World War II, or preborn babies in the womb today. Lila Rose, author of Fighting for Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World, calls on Christians to take a stand for the RE-humanization of these precious souls that God has created in His own image. Abortion sells the lie that the child in the womb is less than human, despite the biological evidence to the contrary.
Jun 08, 2021
Fighting for Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World - Part 1
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At the age of 15, Lila Rose founded Live Action, a pro-life ministry powerhouse known for its undercover exposés of Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. With nearly 3 million followers of Live Action on Facebook, the author of Fighting for Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World reveals that she was inspired by her hero, author Corrie ten Boom, whose Dutch family risked their own lives to hide Jews from the Nazis during the Second World War.
Jun 07, 2021
Help for Stressed-Out Moms
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Mothers continue to be under-appreciated and undervalued in our culture. But when her husband is guilty of this himself, his wife can feel even more neglected, and this will often lead to depression. Rob and Dianne Parsons, co-authors of The 60 Minute Mother, underscore the importance of mothers being vulnerable with one another and admitting that their family lives aren’t perfect. This is when stressed-out moms can best discover the grace and guidance of God and only then do they find the appreciation they deserve in life’s simple moments.
Jun 04, 2021
Children of Divorce - Part 2
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90% of children from divorced homes suffer from an acute sense of shock. And one-third of kids fear abandonment by the remaining parent. Compounding this, 37% of children are even more unhappy five years after the divorce than they had been at 18 months. Time clearly doesn't heal all wounds. Dr. Arch Hart, author of Helping Children Survive Divorce, declares that divorce, after a relationship has been established and the nuclear family has been forged, is actually more damaging to a child than the death of a parent.
Jun 03, 2021
Children of Divorce - Part 1
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While divorce is painful for the couple, it can haunt the children caught in the middle for a lifetime. Author of Helping Children Survive Divorce, Dr. Arch Hart, was traumatized at the age of 12 when his parents divorced. As a therapist, he first advises parents to be honest with their kids about why they’re divorcing. Second, parents should seek healing quickly since it’s difficult to give kids First Aid when you’re bleeding yourself. Third, invite kids to talk about their emotions. Arch encourages those in the midst of a divorce to make great effort to maintain as much normalcy as possible for the children’s sake.
Jun 02, 2021
Beyond Black Hawk Down - Part 2
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As Christians, we should be profoundly grateful for our spiritual freedom that came at the price of Christ’s blood. Similarly, as American citizens, we should be grateful each Memorial Day for our physical freedom which came at the price of American soldiers’ blood. Black Hawk Down hero Jeff Struecker, author of The Road to Unafraid, explains that soldiers are willing to run through bullets to protect their fellow soldiers. They do this in order to uphold something much bigger than themselves. Our freedom is not free. It came at a great price indeed.
Jun 01, 2021