Dennis Rainey

Dennis Rainey cofounded FamilyLife®, a ministry of Cru®. Since the organization began in 1976 through 2017, Dennis’ leadership enabled FamilyLife to grow into a dynamic and vital ministry in more than 109 countries around the world helping families discover the joy God intended for their relationships with God, spouse, and kids.

Dennis has authored or co-authored more than 35 books, including best-selling Moments Together for Couples and Staying Close and has received two Golden Medallion Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. In addition, he served as the senior editor of the HomeBuilders Couples Series®, which has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 47 languages.

A powerful and effective communicator, Dennis hosted the nationally-syndicated radio program FamilyLife Today® through early 2019 on more than 1,300 radio outlets in all 50 states. During his tenure on the program, FamilyLife Today was recipient of the National Religious Broadcasters Radio Program of the Year Award three times. Dennis serves on the Board of Directors of Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dennis and Barbara have been married since 1972 and love laughing with their six children and growing number of grandchildren. In his spare time, Dennis enjoys helping Barbara in their garden, reading great books, and pursuing his passions for hunting and fishing. They live near Little Rock, Arkansas and continue to serve with Cru, FamilyLife’s parent organization.

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What keeps you from having deep, meaningful communication with your spouse? View Show Notes →
Would you like to know what a protective brother sounds like? Well just keep on listening. View Show Notes →
Raising mission-minded children is not easy in today's self-absorbed culture. But it IS possible. View Show Notes →
Not too long ago, I was asked a thought-provoking question: "What are the cornerstones of a strong family?" View Show Notes →
Every person getting married needs to be prepared for some adjustments. View Show Notes →
Every married couple must be careful not to drift apart. View Show Notes →
In your family relationships, is your tounge more like an ice pick or a paint brush? View Show Notes →
How does your family celebrate Easter? View Show Notes →
Jesus asked His followers, "Who do people say that I am?" Who is Jesus? View Show Notes →
Has your family forgotten what Easter's all about? View Show Notes →
Do you know what you believe about God? I mean what you REALLY believe about Him? View Show Notes →
It's really easy for a teenager's schedule to get way out of control. View Show Notes →
If you are in the habit of telling lies, you may start to notice your children doing the same thing. View Show Notes →
There are times in your life when you need to change the direction you're going. View Show Notes →
Teach your children that rules and boundaries exist, not to restrict us, but also to protect us. View Show Notes →
People who claim that small things don't bother them have never slept in a room with a herd mosquitos! View Show Notes →
This weekend, you have a unique chance to make some lasting memories with your children. View Show Notes →
I think there's something today that's become a lost art...it's manners. View Show Notes →
I know it's hard to believe, but every parent makes mistakes. View Show Notes →
Husbands, when we're impatient, romance can go right out the window. View Show Notes →
Why is it that couples that pray together are more likely to stay together? View Show Notes →
We all need at least one person to be perfectly honest with us. View Show Notes →
You may not believe this, but your child has the potential to be a great leader. View Show Notes →
No one would ever sell their child. Or would they? View Show Notes →
When the opportunity to sin presents itself, you and I need to turn and run. View Show Notes →
Will your child bend to the winds of peer pressure or will they stand firm? View Show Notes →
Raising children can be difficult. That's why every parent needs to be quick to pray. View Show Notes →
Now come on, be honest. What really makes you angry? View Show Notes →
It's amazing how many different roles a parent plays in the life of his child. View Show Notes →
What do you enjoy most about being a parent? View Show Notes →
The first step to being forgiven is to admit you are wrong. View Show Notes →
How was conflict and anger dealt with in your home? Did you get it out in the open or did you stuff it? View Show Notes →
It IS possible for a single parent to raise a Godly child. View Show Notes →
I like what Jonathan Swift wrote back in 1699. He said, "Vision is the art of seeing the invisible. View Show Notes →
If you're a single parent, do your spiritual batteries need recharging? View Show Notes →
Some people believe that fasting is something they used to do in Bible times, but it's not for Christians today. I disagree. View Show Notes →
Some people believe that fasting is something they used to do in Bible times, but it's not for Christians today. I disagree. View Show Notes →
Would you like to know how you as a parent can teach your children to tell the truth? View Show Notes →
As we train our young people, what's more important, job skills or character? View Show Notes →
How did you feel the moment you were engaged to be married? View Show Notes →
Every married couple needs to create a safe and secure love nest in their home. View Show Notes →
What types of dates did you and your spouse go on before you married? View Show Notes →
Here's a scary thought. Your home should become a teenage hangout. View Show Notes →
Have you read any good books with your children lately? View Show Notes →
You don't keep score against your own teamates. View Show Notes →
When was the last time you shared your faith? View Show Notes →
There's something every husband and wife can do to make decision making a lot easier for their family. View Show Notes →
From time to time, I think every parent worries that they're being too strict. View Show Notes →
Sometimes the pressure in life builds to the point that we feel like we're about to burst! View Show Notes →
Many singles fear, "I may never get married!!" View Show Notes →
So... can you laugh at yourself in a blended family? Laughter just might be the stress-relief you need. View Show Notes →
Debt can seriously hamper a family's future. View Show Notes →
In the race of life, are you on track to cross the finish line? View Show Notes →
When people look at your marriage, are they seeing the love of God? View Show Notes →
It's really easy for a teenager's schedule to get way out of control. View Show Notes →
What guides all those little decisions that you make every day? View Show Notes →
Have you seen any good bumper stickers lately? View Show Notes →
It's possible to live with someone, without truly knowing them. View Show Notes →
One of the most difficult things we do is make decisions. View Show Notes →
Why does it seem that commitment in marriage is so rare today? View Show Notes →
Nobody wants it, but everyone either has it...or will have it. I'm talking about suffering. View Show Notes →
Your family may be more important than you realize. View Show Notes →
Parents, do you really know your children's friends? View Show Notes →
Do your children have a Hollywood's view of alcohol abuse, or a realistic one? View Show Notes →
Your kids may grow up to be just like you. Is that an encouraging thought or a sobering one? View Show Notes →
Mind if I get on my soap box for a minute? It has to do with the word "commitment". View Show Notes →
New Year's resolution: Read through the Bible in a year. Dennis Rainey, Bob Lepine, Jen Wilkin, Barbara Rainey, and Don Whitney offer some coaching on effective ways to dig into God's word. View Show Notes →
Do any of your New Year's Resolutions include improving your marriage? View Show Notes →
How has your life changed since you were married? View Show Notes →
If you're a dad, there are some "little eyes" watching every move that you make. View Show Notes →
Does the thought of sharing your faith with others make you kinda weak in the knees? View Show Notes →
Do you know what direction your children are headed? View Show Notes →
In the midst of all your family's Christmas activities, whatever you do, don't forget Christ. View Show Notes →
Who is really in control of your life? Is it you? Or is it Jesus Christ? View Show Notes →
As Christmas approaches, let me ask you a question? What's the best gift you've ever received? View Show Notes →
Don't let The Grinch visit your home this Christmas. View Show Notes →
Sometimes, a friend can be a real life saver. View Show Notes →
For anyone who regrets an abortion in their past, there is forgiveness and RELIEF in Christ. View Show Notes →
You could be used to help keep a troubled marriage together. View Show Notes →
Have you given your spouse complete access to your life? View Show Notes →
Adjusting to a step family is not easy. It takes time to really feel like family again. View Show Notes →
What do you enjoy most about your marriage? View Show Notes →
When it comes to holiday activities, simplicity is a beautiful thing. View Show Notes →
Do you want to lower stress this Christmas? Set a budget. View Show Notes →
What Christmas memories stand out in your mind? View Show Notes →
Now let's be honest, what activities take over your schedule during the holidays? View Show Notes →
How can you minimize stress this holiday season? View Show Notes →
Let me ask you a question. Are you open enough to allow another person to confront you? View Show Notes →
As a parent, have you ever wondered if your child was lying to you? View Show Notes →
If you're married to someone who abuses alcohol, do you know what to do? View Show Notes →
If you could trade your child for another one ... would you? View Show Notes →
What keeps you from having deep, meaningful communication with your spouse? View Show Notes →
Today, Don't settle for left overs. View Show Notes →
Did you know God wants you to give thanks...no matter what? View Show Notes →
Thanksgiving is a great day to build meaningful family traditions. View Show Notes →
At our house, we celebrate Thanksgiving with five kernels of corn. View Show Notes →
OK, tough question. How healthy is the food you consume? View Show Notes →
Do you realize just how important you are to your family? View Show Notes →
When your children complain, they're missing a chance to be thankful. View Show Notes →
Why do you think more married couples don't pray together? View Show Notes →
Would you ever consider starting a fire in your own home? View Show Notes →
Have you ever compared your marriage to a business partnership? View Show Notes →
What do you want your child to accomplish in life? View Show Notes →
A picture is worth a thousand words. But could it be that words of praise are worth a thousand pictures? View Show Notes →
You and your mate are not exactly alike. Know what? That's a good thing. View Show Notes →
Have you ever thought of your spouse as a gift? View Show Notes →
Is your spouse a confident decision maker? View Show Notes →
Is the competition for your spouse finished, or could someone else win his heart? View Show Notes →
Are you too busy for your own good? View Show Notes →
What is your attitude about divorce? View Show Notes →
When is the last time you thanked your spouse for something he or she does well? View Show Notes →
I think there are some moms that deserve a special award today. View Show Notes →
Men, are you ready to grow...down? View Show Notes →
Is the Bible a collection of nice stories? Or is it something even greater? View Show Notes →
In marriage, we need to heed the advice of an old song. View Show Notes →
How do you handle your child when he gets angry? View Show Notes →
What acts of kindness do you demonstrate for your spouse? View Show Notes →
When I grow up I wanna be ... a baby!? View Show Notes →
Would you be honest with me? In your marriage, are you controlling debt, or is debt controlling you? View Show Notes →
What will you do when you retire? View Show Notes →
My guess is that you either need one, or you can be one. What am I talking about? Keep listening. View Show Notes →
You were sincere when you said your marriage vows, did you mean them? View Show Notes →
If your child is going through a rough time; PLEASE, please, don't give up on him! View Show Notes →
Is your marriage ready for the golden years? View Show Notes →
What are you doing to build your mate's self esteem? View Show Notes →
There's a right way, and a wrong way to teach your children. View Show Notes →
Why is it that some men just don't act like men? View Show Notes →
How does your spouse show love to you? View Show Notes →
Did you know that a husband is to love and lead his wife just like Christ loved and led the church? View Show Notes →
Do you know what role a husband and a wife are to play in marriage? View Show Notes →
God has guidelines for structure within a marriage. Do you know what they are? View Show Notes →
Are you aware that the Bible spells out clearly God's design for marriage? View Show Notes →
Men, are you doing the sideways shuffle? View Show Notes →
Can your young child understand spiritual concepts? View Show Notes →
Men, do you have a secret mistress? View Show Notes →
How important is a local church to the health of your marriage? View Show Notes →
Are your teenagers striving for excellence, or are they settling in for mediocrity? View Show Notes →
How important is it for a Christian couple to pray together every day? View Show Notes →
People who claim that small things don't bother them have never slept in a room with a herd mosquitos! View Show Notes →
What's the best advice you've ever given to another person? View Show Notes →
I think that apathy represents one of the greatest threats to a marriage. View Show Notes →
Why is it that couples that pray together are more likely to stay together? View Show Notes →
Why is it so important to pray every day with your mate? View Show Notes →
Talking is easy, right? Making sounds while moving our mouths to form words. But there's a lot more to good communication. View Show Notes →
Being a mom is a huge assignment. Sometimes you just don't know where to turn for help. View Show Notes →
Forgivness is a choice - not an emotion. View Show Notes →
Why did you get married? View Show Notes →
O.K. Word association: First word "Vulnerable"...second word? "prayer? View Show Notes →
Men, is your prayer conduit clogged with sin? View Show Notes →
When your phone rings, and it's your wife...do you answer? View Show Notes →
Wondering how to get intimate with your spouse tonight? View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey gives a message at a local prison, and some of the men catch the vision. Also, hear from Pete Leonard who wants to bestow dignity and worth to former prisoners. View Show Notes →
Have you ever had to face a "hopeless" situation? View Show Notes →
Our church surveys indicate that 75 percent of parents pray for their children, and only 35 percent pray with their children. View Show Notes →
Some of the most spiritually intimate times a husband and wife share happen on their knees. View Show Notes →
As a Christian, you believe in the power of prayer, right? But how often do you pray for your child's future spouse? View Show Notes →
Do your words ever cut like a knife? View Show Notes →
As parents, how much do we want God? How much do our children really love Him and fear Him? View Show Notes →
Let me ask you a question. Who does your child imitate? Who's his hero? View Show Notes →
Whether you know it or not, your home is being invaded. View Show Notes →
We take courses in speech, debate, how to read, and how to write, but most of us have never been trained in how to listen. View Show Notes →
Now tell the truth. Why did you get married? Seriously. Was it for sex? Romance? Security? To have children? Why did you get married? View Show Notes →
Sometimes, we need to ask our teenagers some tough, penetrating questions. View Show Notes →
Ever feel like your marriage has slipped off into a ditch? View Show Notes →
How do you get your children to do their chores? View Show Notes →
Let me ask you a question. If I walked into your house today, would I be able to tell what your family really believes? View Show Notes →
For my wife, Barbara, and me, adventure has always spelled romance. View Show Notes →
Do you spend your Labor Day holiday working or resting? View Show Notes →
Now, when I say the word "patriarch," you probably picture an old man with a white beard. But men, I want you to picture yourself. View Show Notes →
If you grew up with a workaholic parent, be careful you don't swing too far in the other direction. View Show Notes →
Okay, dads, listen up. Do you know how to lead your family with vision? View Show Notes →
Did your kids ever give you something you could never throw away? View Show Notes →
What types of things are you spending your time collecting? View Show Notes →
Are you modeling character for your children in the little things? View Show Notes →
Sometimes the simple things in life can be the best teachers. View Show Notes →
Ask any photographer, they'll tell you-one thing is essential for great photos: FOCUS. View Show Notes →
What does it mean to be isolated? View Show Notes →
Let me ask you a personal question. Are things in your bedroom getting a little routine? Maybe it's time to re-fire the desire. View Show Notes →
We all need someone to help us see danger before we stumble into it. View Show Notes →
Men, we often need to give things up in order to truly show love to our wives. View Show Notes →
What do you do when your child rolls his eyes at you and announces, "Whatever!"? View Show Notes →
To whom are you accountable? View Show Notes →
Is laughter encouraged or extinguished in your home? View Show Notes →
Could your marriage use a little romance right now? View Show Notes →
Once the children leave home, your life IS going to be different. Trust me. View Show Notes →
Every person getting married needs to be prepared for some adjustments. View Show Notes →
How do you lead family devotions with a house full of wiggle worms? View Show Notes →
This weekend, you have a unique chance to make some lasting memories with your children. View Show Notes →
Let me ask you a question. What do you think your last words would be, if you knew they'd be your last? View Show Notes →
Are you teaching your children about the rich legacy of your family? View Show Notes →
Does it feel good to you, to give something to another person? View Show Notes →
Now, I'm no seamstress, but I'm about to tell you how your marriage is like sewing a dress from a pattern." View Show Notes →
When it comes to a child's behavior, some of it is rebellion, but some of it is just plain childishness. View Show Notes →
Do you trust your young child to spend the night at a friend's house? View Show Notes →
Men, did you know there is romantic power when you use gentle words to speak to your wives? View Show Notes →
No matter how good your marriage is, I'll bet you could use a little more romance. View Show Notes →
When every direction seems confusing, how do you know where to go? View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey, Sam Allberry, Tony Evans, Jen Wilkin, and Gary Thomas outline some life habits with eternal significance. View Show Notes →
Single-parents are used to making independent decisions. But what happens if they get married, and a stepparent enters the picture? View Show Notes →
The beautiful people on TV and the movies don't look quite as good up close. View Show Notes →
Are your children prepared for peer pressure? View Show Notes →
Men, if you're like me, you may need a little practical help at loving your wife creatively and romantically. View Show Notes →
Are you married to someone from a different culture? Is that stressful? View Show Notes →
It should go without saying...slowing down and taking a break from the hectic pace of life is more than just a luxury. View Show Notes →
Do you think its really possible to understand the mind of a teenager? View Show Notes →
Do you ever give "preference" to your spouse? View Show Notes →
In your house, does the word "no" really mean..."no"? View Show Notes →
On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate the romance in your marriage? View Show Notes →
You're about to hear the positive effect that a father had on his now, grown up daughter. View Show Notes →
I want to encourage you, not to wait too long to tell your dad that you love him. View Show Notes →
When's the last time you told your father, "thank you"? View Show Notes →
What are the memories that you have of your father? View Show Notes →
Do you understand your dad, and where he came from? View Show Notes →
Ah, yes, it's spring time, love is in the air, and more than just a few of you are making wedding plans! View Show Notes →
Every married couple needs to face the decision. "When do we start having children?" View Show Notes →
MS magazine once said, "Marriage is the only war where you sleep with the enemy." View Show Notes →
One of the most important ways you can show that you love your spouse is by growing closer to God. View Show Notes →
We've all heard that opposites attract. But did you ever wonder why? View Show Notes →
Why is it so important to be accountable to a friend? View Show Notes →
Parenting can be tough, and when you encounter problems, where do you turn for help? View Show Notes →
It's easy to have the wrong perspective of small, annoying circumstances. View Show Notes →
It has many men hooked, but it's not a drug. It destroys families, day in and day out. I'm talking about...pornography. View Show Notes →
If you put off honoring your parents, eventually it will be too late. View Show Notes →
When should you start introducing your child to God? View Show Notes →
What do you appreciate most about your mom? View Show Notes →
Difficult decisions are never fun. But they can become less difficult if you really know what you believe. View Show Notes →
Today is Memorial Day. And I want you to know, Memorial Day is more than just a bank holiday. View Show Notes →
Okay! Time for a pop quiz! Are you ready? Please list the Ten Commandments. View Show Notes →
You and your spouse got married because you had so much in common, didn't you? Ever wonder what happened? View Show Notes →
Who do you think has the most important occupation in our country? View Show Notes →
Children play hide and seek as a game. Adults can play hide and seek out of fear. View Show Notes →
How are you doing at Honoring Your Parents? You know, it IS one of the 10 commandments. View Show Notes →
My mom's death was no surprise, but you know what? I still miss her. View Show Notes →
Are the pressures in your life the same as they were ten, or even 20 years ago? Think about it. View Show Notes →
What do your children or grandchildren know about their ancestors? View Show Notes →
When is the last time you encouraged a worn - out mom? View Show Notes →
What does it mean to honor your father and mother? View Show Notes →
Do you ever have trouble coming up with a good gift for Mother's Day? View Show Notes →
The greeting card industry might look forward to Mother's Day even more than our moms do. View Show Notes →
Do you know the history of Mother's Day? View Show Notes →
When you were a child growing up, what did you think your mom deserved on Mother's Day? View Show Notes →
As Mother's Day approaches, I'd like you to think about some of the ways you can tangibly honor your mom for what she's given to you. View Show Notes →
Are you honest....with God? View Show Notes →
I have a question for you. Are your roots deep enough to withstand the storms of life? View Show Notes →
Simply because your child outgrows their fireproof pajamas, doesn't mean they outgrow their need for affection. View Show Notes →
Have you ever felt like your prayer life with your spouse is just "dead in the water"? View Show Notes →
How often should children be allowed to complain? View Show Notes →
Your wife needs to feel safe and secure with her husband. View Show Notes →
How should a parent handle sibling rivalry? View Show Notes →
Some people like to plan. For others, just the THOUGHT of planning gives them a serious headache! View Show Notes →
Part of growing a spiritually strong family is being willing to admit to your kids when you're wrong. View Show Notes →
Would you like to know the top ten ways that a husband can show love to his wife? View Show Notes →
It holds true in all of life, especially the family: If you prove to be faithful in little things, you'll be trusted with more. View Show Notes →
Young people need your involvment in their lives. View Show Notes →
All of us Christian parents share a common fear-that we'll have a prodigal child. View Show Notes →
I'm convinced that great marriages are rooted in self-denial. View Show Notes →
What kind of boundaries are you challenging your children to keep with the opposite sex? View Show Notes →
How does your family celebrate Easter? View Show Notes →
If we truly believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, our lives should show it. View Show Notes →
Jesus asked His followers, "Who do people say that I am?" Who is Jesus? View Show Notes →
Do your children know why we celebrate Easter? View Show Notes →
Does your family know what Easter is all about? View Show Notes →
Has your family forgotten what Easter's all about? View Show Notes →
It's so easy to forget....Parenting is a Process... View Show Notes →
What do you have that could be of benefit to others? View Show Notes →
Come on now, be honest, has it ever felt to you like you're failing as a parent? View Show Notes →
You could brighten someone's day just by making a simple telephone call. View Show Notes →
When I was growing up ... my mom was part of a spy network. View Show Notes →
What are the silver bullet issues in your home? View Show Notes →
Parents, whatever you do, do SOMETHING to teach your children about the Resurrection. View Show Notes →
When it comes to getting married, I hope you're not settling for second best. View Show Notes →
Bob Lepine, Dennis Rainey, Winfred Neely, Jeff and Debbie Schreve, and Tim Challies explain how they entrust their children to the Lord's care. View Show Notes →
Are you showing your mate acceptance when they succeed and they fail? View Show Notes →
Have you ever heard the phrase "Do as I say, not as I do?" View Show Notes →
My wife, Barbara, and I have a monument to adolescence upstairs in our home. View Show Notes →
What advice would you give to others about living in a blended family? View Show Notes →
Have you ever had more work to do than time to do it in? View Show Notes →
What strategy do you have in disciplining your children? Do you even have a strategy? View Show Notes →
It's easy for teenagers to master the art of sarcasm. View Show Notes →
What are the most important things your parents taught you? View Show Notes →
Sometimes, children save their most hurtful words for those closest to them. View Show Notes →
Are you a perfect parent? Yeah, is there such a thing? View Show Notes →
How do you know that you married the right person? View Show Notes →
Doesn't it sometimes feel like God just isn't listening? View Show Notes →
When was the last time you made your spouse break out in a big smile? View Show Notes →
Let me tell you, one of the toughest jobs in life, is that of a stepparent. View Show Notes →
Imagine what it might have been like that day by the lake almost 2000 years ago. What if Jesus had asked YOU to be one of His twelve disciples? View Show Notes →
Prayer is so much more than a wish list at a candy store. View Show Notes →
Like fruit, the words we use with others can be either sweet and refreshing, OR rotten and disgusting. View Show Notes →
When was the last time you shared your faith? View Show Notes →
There's something every husband and wife can do to make decision making a lot easier for their family. View Show Notes →
In marriage, what does it mean to do your fair share? View Show Notes →
Have you noticed, life just isn't fair sometimes? View Show Notes →
The first step to being forgiven is to admit you are wrong. View Show Notes →
Not too long ago, I was asked a thought-provoking question: "What are the cornerstones of a strong family?" View Show Notes →
Some people call it the school of hard knocks, but I call it the University of Adversity. View Show Notes →
Debt can seriously hamper a family's future. View Show Notes →
When it comes to conflict in your marriage, one of you is an aggressive fighter and the other tries to avoid arguing. Am I right? View Show Notes →
For my wife, Barbara, and me, adventure has always spelled romance. View Show Notes →
You know, there's almost nothing that kills romance in a marriage faster than a boring bedroom. View Show Notes →
If you want the delicious fruit of romantic love in your marriage, then you'd better watch out for anything that may be "nipping your love in the bud." View Show Notes →
Here's a scary thought. Your home should become a teenage hangout. View Show Notes →
No matter how good your marriage is, I'll bet you could use a little more romance. View Show Notes →
Okay, guys, Valentine's Day is a week from tomorrow. Now tell me the truth. How are you going to show her you love her? View Show Notes →
It's tragic, but true. Many married couples feel completely alone and isolated, even from each other. But there IS hope! View Show Notes →
We take courses in speech, debate, how to read, and how to write, but most of us have never been trained in how to listen. View Show Notes →
Now, when I say the word "patriarch," you probably picture an old man with a white beard. But men, I want you to picture yourself. View Show Notes →
Mind if I get on my soap box for a minute? It has to do with the word "commitment". View Show Notes →
How do you get your children to do their chores? View Show Notes →
How do you decide where to send your child to school? View Show Notes →
Do you know what's truly romantic in marriage? It's covennant commitment. View Show Notes →
Did you know that television is one of your fiercest competitors as you seek to establish a family? View Show Notes →
Men, are you truly getting to know your children? View Show Notes →
Parents, do you really know your children's friends? View Show Notes →
I've got a question for you. Can you give a child too much affection? View Show Notes →
Most parents of pre-adolesents don't realize that just around the bend are some severe rapids. View Show Notes →
If you're engaged and want to be married, what's your motivation? View Show Notes →
When you get stuck in traffic, are you more likely to give thanks...or complain? View Show Notes →
Okay, ladies. It's your turn to do some mentoring. When did you last invest some time in a younger woman? View Show Notes →
Are you modeling character for your children in the little things? View Show Notes →
The phrase "No Fear" isn't just a popular sports slogan. It also describes perfect love. View Show Notes →
Men, did you know there is romantic power when you use gentle words to speak to your wives? View Show Notes →
It's time for a Mom Check. Ready? How tidy is your house right now? View Show Notes →
Okay men, when is the last time you told your wife you loved her? View Show Notes →
Do you love your spouse for what they do for you, or for who they are? View Show Notes →
Men, are you communicating love to your wives? View Show Notes →
Whether it's alcohol, drugs, food, or sex, any addiction is first and foremost a spiritual problem. View Show Notes →
As a parent, do you have any goals? View Show Notes →
Now tell the truth. Why did you get married? Seriously. Was it for sex? Romance? Security? To have children? Why did you get married? View Show Notes →
Besides making New Year's resolutions, what are some other ways you can look ahead and be purposeful about your life this coming year? View Show Notes →
Let me ask you a question. Do your children know they're travelers? View Show Notes →
Raising mission-minded children is not easy in today's self-absorbed culture. But it IS possible. View Show Notes →
As a Christian, you believe in the power of prayer, right?But how often do you pray for your child's future spouse? View Show Notes →
We all need someone to help us see danger before we stumble into it. View Show Notes →
In the midst of all your family's Christmas activities, whatever you do, don't forget Christ. View Show Notes →
In your family, do traditions serve people?Or do people serve traditions? View Show Notes →
When is the last time you had a good laugh with your family? View Show Notes →
What's the most meaningful gift you could give your spouse? View Show Notes →
Now, I'm no seamstress, but I'm about to tell you how your marriage is like sewing a dress from a pattern." View Show Notes →
When Jesus Christ is our Master, as Dr. Ray Stedman once said, "The ship won't sink and the storm won't last forever. View Show Notes →
Let me ask you a question.If I walked into your house today, would I be able to tell what your family really believes? View Show Notes →
Are you married to someone from a different culture?Is that stressful? View Show Notes →
Is there such a thing as Absolute Truth? View Show Notes →
Are your child's activities for their benefit, or for yours? View Show Notes →
One of the hardest things for a parent to say to a child is, "I was wrong." View Show Notes →
If you're a parent, I have a question for you.Are you living by the same standards that you've set for your children? View Show Notes →
If you're married, what does your mate need from you more than anything else?Do you really know? View Show Notes →
I have a question for every guy listening.When did you become a man? View Show Notes →
As a parent, you could be the source of your child's anger. View Show Notes →
Okay, parents, listen up.What would you do if your teenager came home from school with a ring in his nose and his hair was dyed orange? View Show Notes →
Okay, who wants a better marriage?Do you?Good. View Show Notes →
If you're a follower of Jesus Christ, sharing your faith with others...isn't optional. View Show Notes →
You probably have your own ingenious ways to dispose of yesterday's Thanksgiving turkey. It's a great day to ask ourselves, are we giving our families leftovers? Not leftover food, but leftovers of our time and energy. View Show Notes →
Are encouraging words a part of your daily vocabulary? View Show Notes →
Thanksgiving is a great day to build meaningful family traditions. View Show Notes →
Okay.Think about this one...What are the three hardest words to say to another person?I'll bet you can't guess. View Show Notes →
On the spiritual fitness spectrum, are you closer to a body-builder or a couch potato? View Show Notes →
It's sad but true.All of us have been affected, either directly or indirectly, by divorce. View Show Notes →
Were your spirits ever lifted up by something someone said to you? View Show Notes →
What does playing a violin and raising children have in common? View Show Notes →
Now, I'm no musician, but I do know enough to know that if two people aren't singing together, it sounds...horrible. View Show Notes →
What you're about to hear is one sure-fire way to be ... lonely. View Show Notes →
You're going to be tempted not to believe this, but purity is alive and well today. View Show Notes →
I've noticed that for newlyweds, reality often begins ... before the honeymoon ends. View Show Notes →
I don't mean to sound alarming, but your days are numbered! View Show Notes →
When life throws you a curve, will your marriage come apart, or will it become stronger? View Show Notes →
Only teenagers face peer pressure, right? View Show Notes →
I've got an interesting question for you.When you were a child, did you ever try to pull the wool over your parents' eyes? View Show Notes →
Mom!Dad!You're on duty...Your mission is simple: protect your children. View Show Notes →
Go to any construction site in this city, and I guarantee you every single one of them will have a set of blueprints somewhere on the site.Blueprints. View Show Notes →
How do you decide that your child is too busy? View Show Notes →
We in America value individuality.But is that good for a marriage? View Show Notes →
Did you know there's more than one way to have an affair? View Show Notes →
Are you and your family looking for a good church to attend?I've got some advice for you. View Show Notes →
Do you and your family fear God? View Show Notes →
The only people who feel no stress ... are dead. View Show Notes →
Training soldiers and training children have a lot in common. View Show Notes →
In your family, is Sunday more a "day of rest," or a "day of stress"? View Show Notes →
The world calls it "cheating," but God calls it...ADULTERY. View Show Notes →
How tight are the bonds between you and your child? View Show Notes →
What comes to your mind when I say the word "isolation"? View Show Notes →
Did you know there's a lion after you, and that he wants to eat you alive? View Show Notes →
Some of the most difficult relational tensions can take place within the context of a blended family. View Show Notes →
Do you know what the "big three" sources of temptation are? They're the world, our selfishness, and the Devil. View Show Notes →
Do you respect your spouse? Does your spouse respect you? View Show Notes →
If you want a happy marriage, why don't you spend a little more time thinking about your spouse. View Show Notes →
Did you know that you can make a big difference in the success of a younger couple's marriage? View Show Notes →
Are you and your mate headed for the same goal line? View Show Notes →
Think about it. Are you and your spouse friends? View Show Notes →
At some point, we all have to let our children go. View Show Notes →
It's sad when a husband or wife forgets the vow that they made to love in sickness and in health. View Show Notes →
Have you wasted time with your children recently? View Show Notes →
Your children need to know that you'll protect them no matter what. View Show Notes →
Does your child mean it when he says, "I'm sorry"? View Show Notes →
You and your spouse don't always have to leave your home to go on a date. View Show Notes →
Did you ever realize that your words could help others reach their goals? View Show Notes →
When is the last time you came right out and said the words, "I love you" to your children? View Show Notes →
Come on now, be honest, has it ever felt to you like you're failing as a parent? View Show Notes →
Did you know it's tough to be a fake -- at home. View Show Notes →
Do you have a close friend that you can lean on? View Show Notes →
Are the items scheduled in your daily planner the most important things in your life? View Show Notes →
Would you like to know a sure-fire way to make your marriage successful? View Show Notes →
Allowing friendships with people of the opposite sex to go too far is like mixing baking soda with vinegar. There WILL be a reaction. View Show Notes →
You've heard it said before, but it's worth repeating: if your children don't feel accepted at home, they'll look for acceptance somewhere else. View Show Notes →
Want to teach your child an important lesson? This new school year is a great time to do it. View Show Notes →
A marriage is about more than just a chapel, a dress, and a photographer. View Show Notes →
Can a child really study and listen to music all the time? You may be surprised at the answer. View Show Notes →
Let me tell you, one of the toughest jobs in life, is that of a stepparent. View Show Notes →
Would you and your spouse ever consider adopting a child? View Show Notes →
Raising a child is more than a tough job. It's also a privilege. View Show Notes →
Has the romance in your marriage begun to cool? View Show Notes →
Would you like to know how to have a stable home? View Show Notes →
What does it take to launch your kids well? Dennis Rainey, Alex Chediak, and Michelle Hill cover the value of independence, friendship, time management, faith, good friends, and ramen noodles. View Show Notes →
Who "wears the pants" in your family, the husband or the wife? View Show Notes →
When I was growing up ... my mom was part of a spy network. View Show Notes →
Have you ever felt...rejected? View Show Notes →
Yep, did you hear that, it's time to head back to school. View Show Notes →
I've got a question for you. Is your child a hard worker? View Show Notes →
Now think with me for a moment. 200 years from now, what kind of legacy will your descendants have? View Show Notes →
Did your kids ever give you something you could never throw away? View Show Notes →
If we could fast forward to the end of your life -- would you be bitter, or better? View Show Notes →
OK, listen up. Have you been "thumped" recently? View Show Notes →
Sometimes the simple things in life can be the best teachers. View Show Notes →
Do you carry grudges from the past? View Show Notes →
Is there a point where a bad marriage is beyond help? View Show Notes →
Men, are you tough? Or are you tender? View Show Notes →
Have you ever wasted a little time with your children? View Show Notes →
How seriously do you take your marriage vows? View Show Notes →
What are you teaching your children -- spiritually? View Show Notes →
How has your life changed since you were married? View Show Notes →
If you're a dad, there are some "little eyes" watching every move that you make. View Show Notes →
There's a word that you should never use in your marriage. Do you know what that word is? View Show Notes →
Are you a person who could help doctors stop the bleeding? View Show Notes →
What's the best advice you've ever given to another person? View Show Notes →
How do you know that you married the right person? View Show Notes →
What are you doing to protect your family? View Show Notes →
If your family were a garden, would it be full of flowers, or weeds? View Show Notes →
Is Sunday any different from the other days of the week for you and your family? View Show Notes →
It's amazing how many different roles a parent plays in the life of his child. View Show Notes →
Do you have a list of things you are teaching your children? View Show Notes →
OK, tough question. How healthy is the food you consume? View Show Notes →
Do you realize just how important you are to your family? View Show Notes →
Sometimes, a friend can be a real life saver. View Show Notes →
When was the last time you made your spouse break out in a big smile? View Show Notes →
How important is it for a Christian couple to pray together every day? View Show Notes →
Have you ever heard the phrase "Do as I say, not as I do?" View Show Notes →
Did you know God wants you to give thanks...no matter what? View Show Notes →
It's hard to be angry when God's Holy Spirit is controlling your life. View Show Notes →
Have you given your spouse complete access to your life? View Show Notes →
Adjusting to a step family is not easy. It takes time to really feel like family again. View Show Notes →
What do you enjoy most about your marriage? View Show Notes →
Do you pray for your children? View Show Notes →
Imagine what it might have been like that day by the lake almost 2000 years ago. What if Jesus had asked YOU to be one of His twelve disciples? View Show Notes →
If you could trade your child for another one ... would you? View Show Notes →
What do you enjoy most about being a parent? View Show Notes →
What keeps you from having deep, meaningful communication with your spouse? View Show Notes →
Being a parent should cause you to stop thinking about yourself. View Show Notes →
Why do you think more married couples don't pray together? View Show Notes →
How was conflict and anger dealt with in your home? Did you get it out in the open or did you stuff it? View Show Notes →
The greatest way I can build our country is to help my family grow in faith. View Show Notes →
You don't keep score against your own teamates. View Show Notes →
Have you ever compared your marriage to a business partnership? View Show Notes →
What do you want your child to accomplish in life? View Show Notes →
A picture is worth a thousand words. But could it be that words of praise are worth a thousand pictures? View Show Notes →
I have a question for you. Are your roots deep enough to withstand the storms of life? View Show Notes →
Have you ever thought of your spouse as a gift? View Show Notes →
Is your spouse a confident decision maker? View Show Notes →
What acts of kindness do you demonstrate for your spouse? View Show Notes →
Are you too busy for your own good? View Show Notes →
What strategy do you have in disciplining your children? Do you even have a strategy? View Show Notes →
It IS possible for a single parent to raise a Godly child. View Show Notes →
What is your attitude about divorce? View Show Notes →
When is the last time you thanked your spouse for something he or she does well? View Show Notes →
You're about to hear the positive effect that a father had on his now-grownup daughter. View Show Notes →
I want to encourage you, not to wait too long to tell your dad that you love him. View Show Notes →
When's the last time you told your father, "thank you"? View Show Notes →
What are the memories that you have of your father? View Show Notes →
Do you understand your dad, and where he came from? View Show Notes →
Have you ever had to face a "hopeless" situation? View Show Notes →
What do your children or grandchildren know about their ancestors? View Show Notes →
Have you read any good books with your children lately? View Show Notes →
In marriage, we need to heed the advice of an old song. View Show Notes →
How do you handle your child when he gets angry? View Show Notes →
Are you a perfect parent? Yeah, is there such a thing? View Show Notes →
Have you taught your teenager what he or she needs to know about sex? View Show Notes →
Would you be honest with me? In your marriage, are you controlling debt, or is debt controlling you? View Show Notes →
Every family needs the anticipation, experiences, and memories of a well-planned vacation. View Show Notes →
Today is Memorial Day. And I want you to know, Memorial Day is more than just a bank holiday. View Show Notes →
What will you do when you retire? View Show Notes →
There's a right way, and a wrong way to teach your children. View Show Notes →
Is the competition for your spouse finished, or could someone else win his heart? View Show Notes →
Why is it that some men just don't act like men? View Show Notes →
Are there times in your marriage when you just don't feel like forgiving your spouse? View Show Notes →
My guess is that you either need one, or you can be one. What am I talking about? Keep listening. View Show Notes →
You were sincere when you said your marriage vows, did you mean them? View Show Notes →
If your child is going through a rough time; PLEASE, please, don't give up on him! View Show Notes →
Is your marriage ready for the golden years? View Show Notes →
What are you doing to build your mate's self esteem? View Show Notes →
What does your daughter want to be when she grows up? View Show Notes →
She's made millions of dollars, she's adored by millions of fans, but she still misses her mom. View Show Notes →
Being a mother is one of the highest callings any woman could ever have. View Show Notes →
Have you thought that someday, you may need to take care of your mother? View Show Notes →
Have you written a letter to your mom recently to tell her how much she means to you? View Show Notes →
How does your spouse show love to you? View Show Notes →
Even as adults, some people are still afraid to go into the attic. View Show Notes →
Can your young child understand spiritual concepts? View Show Notes →
What does it mean to be isolated? View Show Notes →
From time to time, I think every parent worries that they're being too strict. View Show Notes →
Did you know that a husband is to love and lead his wife just like Christ loved and led the church? View Show Notes →
Do you know what role a husband and a wife are to play in marriage? View Show Notes →
God has guidelines for structure within a marriage. Do you know what they are? View Show Notes →
Are you aware that the Bible spells out clearly God's design for marriage? View Show Notes →
(Pressure Sound Effects, "Warning! Warning!") Sometimes the pressure in life builds to the point that we feel like we're about to burst! View Show Notes →
How does your family celebrate Easter? View Show Notes →
I like what Jonathan Swift wrote back in 1699. He said, "Vision is the art of seeing the invisible. View Show Notes →
What comes to your mind when you hear the term puberty? View Show Notes →
Do you want to know how to improve the spiritual climate of our country? View Show Notes →
What can Snoopy, the Peanuts cartoon character teach you about marriage? View Show Notes →
There's a disease spreading rapidly across our country. The disease is called "Pseudo Listening". View Show Notes →
In your opinion, are the morals in our society improving or declining? View Show Notes →
How important is a local church to the health of your marriage? View Show Notes →
On a 1 to 10 scale, 10 being excellent, how's your communication going with your spouse? View Show Notes →
In your marriage, is it ever possible that you could feel alone? View Show Notes →
Could it be possible that marriage is like a game of football? View Show Notes →
What one piece of advice would you give a blended family couple? View Show Notes →
How do you react when a crisis strikes your family? View Show Notes →
If you're married, be honest with me. Is your career more important to you than your family? View Show Notes →
Do your words ever cut like a knife? View Show Notes →
Are your teenagers striving for excellence, or are they settling in for mediocrity? View Show Notes →
Now I want you to be honest with me, are you enjoying being a parent? View Show Notes →
Dads, what kind of role model are you -- for your DAUGHTER? View Show Notes →
If you're married, was it easy for you to make the transition from single to married? View Show Notes →
If you're a single parent, do your spiritual batteries need recharging? View Show Notes →
Single-parents are used to making independent decisions. But what happens if they get married, and a stepparent enters the picture? View Show Notes →
Are weeds taking control of your life? View Show Notes →
When your children encounter difficulties, are you ready to step in and help? View Show Notes →
How prominent is television in your home? View Show Notes →
What do you think is the greatest threat to the family today? View Show Notes →
Mom, dad, do you talk about spiritual matters with your children? View Show Notes →
I want you to think for a moment how it makes you feel when someone gives you a compliment. View Show Notes →
Does it feel good to you, to give something to another person? View Show Notes →
Have you ever asked the question, "where is God in the middle of my pain and suffering"? View Show Notes →
What do you do when your children have a nightmare? View Show Notes →
Can you help your children feel good about themselves? View Show Notes →
Do you find it difficult to say "I'm sorry"? View Show Notes →
How are you doing at Honoring Your Parents? You know, it IS one of the 10 commandments. View Show Notes →
Would you like to know how you as a parent can teach your children to tell the truth? View Show Notes →
As we train our young people, what's more important, job skills or character? View Show Notes →
This might be a tough question to answer, but, how healthy is your marriage? View Show Notes →
When life begins to totally unravel, how can you keep things in balance? View Show Notes →
What could you do to offer friendship and support to a military family? View Show Notes →
What advice would you give to others about living in a blended family? View Show Notes →
Have you considered X-ing the X-Box? View Show Notes →
Life is busy, and it's easy to let your relationship with your parents drift. View Show Notes →
So... can you laugh at yourself in a blended family? Laughter just might be the stress-relief you need. View Show Notes →
How do you make, a memory? View Show Notes →
The home is the best place for a child to learn ... about God. View Show Notes →
Have you heard about the father and son who race together...the father pushing his son in a wheelchair? View Show Notes →
Men, you need to be careful that the tire of your marriage doesn't suffer a slow leak. View Show Notes →
This Valentine's Day, let me tell you about a love relationship that began a long, long time ago. View Show Notes →
It's really easy for a teenager's schedule to get way out of control. View Show Notes →
Let's be honest. With your job, your kids, and your church demanding your time, it's hard to make time for romance. View Show Notes →
When thinking of your spouse, is the glass half empty? Or half full? View Show Notes →
So, are YOU ready for Prime Time? View Show Notes →
Did you know that spiritual growth is a command of Scripture? View Show Notes →
When you think about retirement, how do you envision it? View Show Notes →
True generosity gives...even when it hurts. View Show Notes →
There's a tough truth for blended families: When a single mom or dad marries, it's a gain for them and (initially) a loss for their children. View Show Notes →
Men, the next generation of boys needs our attention. View Show Notes →
What guides all those little decisions that you make every day? View Show Notes →
What could you do today to make your spouse laugh? View Show Notes →
It's possible to live with someone, without truly knowing them. View Show Notes →
One of the most difficult things we do is make decisions. View Show Notes →
Why does it seem that commitment in marriage is so rare today? View Show Notes →
Nobody wants it, but everyone either has it...or will have it. I'm talking about suffering. View Show Notes →
Your family may be more important than you realize. View Show Notes →
Does your child have a deep sense of mission today? View Show Notes →
Husbands, when we're impatient, romance can go right out the window. View Show Notes →
Could a story that's been taught to generations of English students be wrong? View Show Notes →
Watch out. Teenagers know how to divide and conquer. View Show Notes →
Do you want to be all that you can be? Try being a parent. View Show Notes →
Memories turn a house into a home. View Show Notes →
Do your children have a Hollywood's view of alcohol abuse, or a realistic one? View Show Notes →
Your kids may grow up to be just like you. Is that an encouraging thought or a sobering one? View Show Notes →
Today...let's be very practical about marriage. View Show Notes →
Are you becoming a better friend to your spouse? View Show Notes →
God has created each person for a very special purpose. View Show Notes →
What do a pair of scissors and your marriage have in common? View Show Notes →
Does absence makes the heart grow fonder? Or does it tempt the heart to wander? View Show Notes →
Is your child prepared to face the challenges of adolescence? View Show Notes →
What's the difference between a contract and a covennant? View Show Notes →
As a parent, do you have any goals? View Show Notes →
Who are you listening to? Dennis Rainey explains that all of life is one long process of asking and answering the question, "Who am I going to believe?" View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey, John Piper, Melissa Spoelstra, and Hannah Anderson give their perspective on how to best honor the Sabbath and keep it holy. View Show Notes →
Paul David Tripp and Dennis Rainey help pastors reflect and make sure ministry has not become more important than God or their families. View Show Notes →