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As an impressionable boy, Danny Silk witnessed his mother consecutively invite at least 30 men to live with them. Her poor example contributed to a crisis of confidence in his eventual marriage, as he came to believe that love and fear equally inhabit all relationships—but he learned one ultimately casts out the other.…
 
Raised by a passive single mom, Danny Silk learned to be passive as a young adult. His wife, Sheri, was raised with six brothers and became a dominant personality, learning to yell and get angry in order to be heard. It became a combustible mix for the first 12 years of the Silk's marriage. As with many couples, Danny had a deep need to be respecte…
 
For young children, love is spelled "T-I-M-E," so without a father in the home it can be traumatic. John Smithbaker, founder of "Fathers in the Field," experienced the forgiveness of Christ at the age of 40, and was empowered to forgive his earthly father for abandoning him as a child. His Christ-centered mentoring ministry urges the Church to play…
 
When John Smithbaker was born, his father had already abandoned the family and, tragically, had wanted John to be aborted. That "father wound" caused John to seek his self-worth in athletics and other ultimately empty pursuits. It’s an all-too-common story. But Smithbaker’s organization, "Fathers in the Field," is helping by finding Christian men t…
 
Jesus was the ultimate man's man, a rugged carpenter with calloused hands who drove the money changers out of the Temple with a whip! Yet, He also empowered women, which would have been seen by the men in His day as radical and countercultural. Dr. Tim Clinton and Max Davis, co-authors of Take It Back: Reclaiming Biblical Masculinity, talk about me…
 
Hollywood and the popular culture typically portray fathers as toxic buffoons. In response to such unfair and harmful mischaracterizations, Dr. Tim Clinton and Max Davis, co-authors of Take It Back: Reclaiming Biblical Masculinity, present research that underscores the crucial contributions made by strong, godly dads. For instance, 76% of teen girl…
 
Christians around the world celebrated Christ's resurrection this past weekend. It's the event that gives our faith meaning and propels us forward with the hope of heaven. Today on Family Talk, Dr. Dobson sits down with Dr. Robert Jeffress to discuss his book A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths About Your Eternal Home and to tackle difficul…
 
Listen to these sobering words from 1 Corinthians 15:17—"If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins." As we look foward to Easter weekend, scholar Gary Habermas, author of, The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, reminds us that our wonderful Savior revealed Himself to a doubting Thomas, and to his persecutor Pa…
 
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. Rabbi Jason Sobel, author of Mysteries of the Messiah, explains that it was because they understood that they could never …
 
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. Rabbi Jason Sobel, author of Mysteries of the Messiah: Unveiling Divine…
 
In honor of the late evangelist Luis Palau, who went home to Heaven earlier this month, Dr. James Dobson continues his conversation with Dr. Palau, in which they offer biblical advice for wives in loveless marriages. Isaiah 54:5 says, "Your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name." God has not called us to be happy but rather obedient, …
 
The late evangelist Luis Palau, who has been called "the Billy Graham of Latin America," went to be with the Lord on March 11 of this year. On today's broadcast, Dr. James Dobson opens with a special tribute to the life work and impact of Dr. Palau, and then plays a classic interview they had previously recorded together. It was in that conversatio…
 
The late Chuck Colson, former Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon and founder of Prison Fellowship, was often asked, "How can I grow closer to God?" Chuck’s answer was simple. As Jeremiah 22:16 records, when believers defend the cause of the poor and needy, that’s how we can come to know God intimately. As you are serving the powerless, you …
 
There is no better antidote to the dangerous lust for power than to serve others. That’s the contention of the late Chuck Colson, former Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon and founder of Prison Fellowship. He learned that whether we are serving our spouse and children, those in the workplace or in our church, our service has the potential t…
 
The late Chuck Colson, former Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon, knew firsthand what it meant to have a problem with abusing power. But after he was sent to prison, he was no longer enamored by "earthly kings." Colson's life was radically transformed by "the power of the King of Kings living in us and the eternal values of God, which are s…
 
When Pastor Jonathan Pitts took his wife, Wynter, into his arms for their anniversary dance, he had no idea that within a month she’d unexpectedly die at the age of 38. The former executive director of Dr. Tony Evan’s ministry, "The Urban Alternative," he shares how he and his four grieving daughters found comfort through singing their favorite hym…
 
Are you grieving the loss of a loved one and wondering if anything will ever be safe or certain again? Pastor Jonathan Pitts, whose wife, Wynter, died unexpectedly in 2018, shares his darkest days of grief with breathtaking vulnerability. He and his four daughters found strength and hope in the Lord, comfort in their church community, and courage i…
 
All too often, the number of "likes" received on Instagram is what determines a teen’s self-worth. It's no wonder then, that 38% of young girls in the U.S. today have a diagnosable anxiety disorder. Patti Garibay, founder of American Heritage Girls (AHG), a Christian scout-type leadership development program, urges parents to prioritize their daugh…
 
With a disregard for absolute truth in today’s culture, it has become essential that Christian families spend consistent time immersed in God’s Word. Pastor Michael Youssef, author of Hope for This Present Crisis, grew up under a socialist dictatorship and yearned to one day breathe America’s “air of freedom” inspired by its Christian heritage. Now…
 
Because mainstream America is no longer committed to biblical truth, our society is unraveling before our eyes. From our embrace of sexual immorality to socialistic policies, the ripple effect is spreading. World-renowned pastor, Dr. Michael Youssef, author of Hope for This Present Crisis, urges pastors to return to an orthodox, biblical Christiani…
 
When "menopausal misery" hits, women can experience hot flashes, headaches, anxiety and sometimes even deep depression. In this part 2 discussion, the late author Jean Lush explains that as a woman’s menstrual cycle ceases, her body changes and she will often lack energy, be on edge, and can have frequent, exhausting mood changes. Lush counsels hus…
 
If you are a woman in your late 30's or early 40's, you may be experiencing a sense of general uneasiness, low self-worth and possibly even a withdrawal from some of the activities you once enjoyed. The late author Jean Lush had a good explanation: you likely could be premenopausal. In addition to any necessary medical treatment, she assures you th…
 
In 2021, having the old "birds and bees" conversation with your kids is no longer sufficient. In this age of smartphones, you'll also need to talk with your teen about the dangerous world of sexting and pornography. David Eaton, founder of Axis, urges parents to consider giving their teens a Gabb cell phone, which can only call, text without pictur…
 
When moms feel broken and burdened by feelings of inadequacy, Heidi St. John, author of Bible Verses for Moms, reminds us that God's strength is made perfect in our weakness. Heidi's book provides Scriptural counsel on 80 alphabetical topics ranging from depression and discipline to weariness and worry. She urges women to network with other Christi…
 
Between the isolation of COVID-19 and the craziness in our culture, moms today can feel disconnected and overwhelmed. Heidi St. John, author of Becoming MomStrong, reminds mothers to get into God's Word, because we can't pass along to our kids what we don't possess ourselves. While the world has attempted to hijack motherhood and relegate it to lit…
 
Has learning become a burdensome chore for your children—and an ongoing frustration for you as a parent, as well? In today's edition of Family Talk, Cheri Fuller, author of Motivating Your Kids from Crayons to Careers, reminds parents that their own curiosity about the world around them can be infectious. She suggests engaging with your kids about …
 
Young children have a God-inspired curiosity about the world around them, typically prompting a flood of questions. But with parents busier than ever, the danger is that we either ignore these questions or belittle them. Cheri Fuller, author of Motivating Your Kids from Crayons to Careers, urges parents to affirm their child's desire to learn—and, …
 
Fern Nichols was at her wit's end, trying to deal with a rebellious, wayward son. Though in despair because of Ty's worldly choices, she stayed on her knees in prayer for him. A former teacher and founder of Moms in Prayer International, Fern understood the power of Deuteronomy 3:22, which declares, "Do not be afraid; the Lord your God Himself will…
 
Some people feel constricted by God's rules, fearful that they'll be missing out on living the "good life." But in this Part 2 edition, humorist Ken Davis draws from his personal experience as a pilot in explaining that unless he abides by and respects the rules of aviation, he can't expect a successful flight. Similarly, a man wedded to his compas…
 
When Christian humorist Ken Davis was in high school, it was painfully obvious that he didn’t fit in, especially with the "popular" kids. By his own description, he had the hand-eye coordination of a carp. But after excelling at public speaking, he learned that he could live with having nothing to prove because his value as a person was forever est…
 
On today's edition of Family Talk, Dr. Erwin Lutzer, author of We Will Not Be Silenced: Responding Courageously to Our Culture's Assault on Christianity, continues his discussion with Dr. Tim Clinton about how the secular left wants to advance "cultural Marxism" in America. A key component is the sexualization of children through the public schools…
 
The secular left doesn’t believe that America can be repaired. Instead, they say it must be destroyed and then replaced. But with what? We know that they are sympathetic to a "cultural Marxism" which would curb free speech, increase government control, destroy the nuclear family, and be hostile toward Christianity. But Dr. Erwin Lutzer, author of W…
 
Is the family becoming an endangered species? It is in some of America's inner cities. According to the National Vital Statistics Report, published by the CDC, in 2015 over 70% of African-American children were born out of wedlock. Of the remaining 30%, half will likely lose their fathers to divorce or abandonment. Former NFL player Steve Fitzhugh'…
 
Many of today's parents have been misled by the culture into believing that their job is to produce the next Mozart or champion athlete, and have lost sight of the idea that the family is God's workshop for building men and women of character. Author John Rosemond explains why parents should limit TV and excessive toys, and focus on instilling resp…
 
Long ago, the culture stopped listening to Grandma and her timeless wisdom for raising children. So today, we tend to focus too much on accomplishments, instead of prioritizing character development. John Rosemond, author of A Family of Value, talks about parental discipline, strengthening marriage, and creating a stable family by emphasizing the "…
 
If you’re feeling trapped in a difficult or emotionally disconnected marriage, Dr. Sharon May of the Safe Haven Counseling Center has some good advice. First, recognize the argument cycles that you get stuck in. Second, take responsibility for the ways you react. Third, instead of becoming angry or shutting down, show kindness. And fourth, truly li…
 
Married couples naturally long to feel connected, appreciated, vulnerable and intimate with each other. But the painful reality for many is that their difficult and emotionally-disconnected marriages have left them feeling uncertain, defensive, and self-protective. Licensed marriage counselor Dr. Sharon May reveals how to transition from viewing yo…
 
Sadly, many churches today fail to address the reality of the afterlife. But we know from Scripture that Heaven and hell are as real as day and night. Anne Graham Lotz, author of Heaven: My Father's House, shares that for those who have confessed their sin and trusted Christ as their Savior, Heaven is the ultimate promise fulfilled. Just as a mothe…
 
Whether it’s reflecting on the loss of a loved one, or trying to explain why there are so many deaths on TV news, it is essential that parents equip their kids to cope by giving them the assurance of Heaven. Otherwise, contemplating the end of life can be a terrifying thing. In her beautifully illustrated book, Heaven: God’s Promise for Me, Anne Gr…
 
Many people casually believe that marriage should be a 50/50 proposition. But they’re wrong. Because that would be describing a performance-based marriage, where a husband and wife are always keeping score. Bob Lepine, author of Love Like You Mean It, cautions that we simply need to serve each other, instead of asking, "Did he or she pull their wei…
 
Contrary to the claims of pop culture, love is not singularly emotional, or even necessarily romantic. Biblically speaking, the cornerstone of marital love is an unflinching commitment to one’s spouse and a Christ-like posture of self-sacrifice. In Bob Lepine’s new book, Love Like You Mean It (based on 1 Corinthians 13), he explains that patience, …
 
Despite the fact that President Joe Biden has signed pro-abortion executive orders, God has been moving through the passage of "Heartbeat Bills" in 10 states (If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected against being aborted). On this edition of Family Talk, guest Janet Porter, author of A Heartbeat Away, says “what was once impossible is now…
 
The premise of the "Heartbeat Bill" is simple: If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected against being aborted. Janet Porter’s work on behalf of the unborn over the past decade has resulted in 10 states passing Heartbeat Bills into law, and they’re gaining in popularity. According to public opinion research from The Barna Group, 7 in 10 Ame…
 
Many women today grapple with low self-esteem and self-confidence issues. Mary Crowley, author of Women Who Win, has a simple message for them: "You are designed for fulfillment. God has a plan for your life." If women uphold the twin goals of honoring God and serving others, Mary is convinced they will experience success in their family and busine…
 
With the election of President Joe Biden, the temptation for conservatives might be to withdraw, pull the sheets over our heads, and ask God to wake us up in four years. But Christian talk show host Janet Parshall urges us to stay rooted in the Bible, remain engaged in the culture as Christ prescribes in John 17, and fervently pray and intercede fo…
 
In his February newsletter entitled, "Where Do We Go from Here?," Dr. James Dobson underscores his frustration that the U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped the issue of election integrity, and that both Georgia Senate seats were won by leftist Democrats in that state’s January runoff election. As a result, Americans will be burdened with a radical agend…
 
Last year, 100,000 high school students with special needs were honored guests at a special prom called, "A Night to Shine." Today, we talk with the creative vision behind that special night: Heisman Trophy winner, former NFL Quarterback and New York Mets baseball player Tim Tebow. His new children's book, Bronco and Friends: A Party to Remember, i…
 
When Jesus walked the earth, He was full of surprises. He most certainly surprised Cleopas and his friend who were grieving Jesus’ death as they walked on the road to Emmaus. Dee Brestin, author of The Jesus Who Surprises: Opening Our Eyes to His Presence in All of Life and Scripture, is today's guest, and she notes that our focus on worldly troubl…
 
Dee Brestin was grieving the death of her husband of 39 years and feeling abandoned when she was reminded of a significant moment while attempting to nurse her colicky baby boy. After kicking and crying for ten minutes, he would finally calm down and latch on. Dee realized that, like her colicky baby, there's no reason for any of us to throw a fit—…
 
Raised by communist parents, David Horowitz was once a strong voice for the American Left in the 1960s. But after awakening to the evil it was doing, this Jewish writer went on to embrace American exceptionalism birthed from Protestant Christianity. Horowitz, author of Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America, explains that the real reason…
 
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