Monday, July 25, 2011

Joe White @ Focus On The Family 7/25/11 :: Cross Centered Marriage

Focus On The Family has Joe White in for his imploring that couples have a cross centered marriage. Though he and his wife have been married over 40 years, he admits he still learns things everyday when it comes to marriage.

Joe has been heading up Kanakuk Kamps in the Missouri Ozarks (think Branson, MO) for many years mentoring youth, but in this message he wants to bring our attention to the idea of a cross centered marriage. A cross centered marriage is mindful of the servitude and sacrificial nature of Christ, and applying that attitude to your spouse. In the message he tells a story about his brother who provided a kidney to his wife when hers were failing and she lay dying in the hospital.
He also informs that he has partnered with the National Institute of Marriage supported by Dr. Gary Smalley, also located in Branson, MO as a facility for helping couples that are struggling. He reports that the institute has a 94% success rate, resulting in couples leaving there committed to their own marriage. Joe shares a little activity lesson that Smalley had shared with him that concerned a married couple being intentional about encouraging each other.
The DNA of Relationships (Smalley Franchise Products)Hidden Keys of a Loving, Lasting MarriageLove Is A DecisionFrom Anger to Intimacy: How Forgiveness Can Transform Your Marriage

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Robert Barnes on FocusOnTheFamily 7/19/2011 - Parenting Teens

Robert Barnes  in a discussion on the radio program, Focus on the Family, gives some great tips in handling things like dating, parties, and empowering your teen to make good decisions. He notes that today's teens aren't like the people of that age group 100 years ago in which there wasn't so much a 'teen' category. In that day, teens were basically in a quick transition to adult-hood, already incorporated into work tasks and even getting married. But today, the teen phase that we endure has many challenges that Robert gives insight on.
Preparing Your Child for DatingWinning the Heart of Your StepchildWho's In Charge Here?
Part 1

Part 2

Monday, July 11, 2011

Media page added

Check out the Media page (see tabs above), newly added! The idea behind it is to have a spot for collecting inspirational video clips, music videos, and such all in one spot. If there are avenues for purchasing the items I'll try to link that as well to make it easy for you to secure it for your own collection of Positive motivators.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Max McLean performs Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Interviewed on Focus on the Family

      Just a quick note to suggest the reading or listening to "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis as well as "Surprised by Joy." This referral comes by way of Max McLean who is performing The Screwtape Letters in play format, and tickets for thus can be purchased here: Screwtape OnStage

These works of Lewis are fabulously in your face, perhaps before in your face was a trend. Keep in mind the age of these works as you consume them, and I think you may, like me, respect and admire them all the more.  Lewis has an amazing way of describing the work of Evil's influence on man, a very down to earth practical way.
The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a ToastThe Screwtape LettersThe Screwtape Letters - Special Illustrated EditionThe Screwtape Letters (The C.S. Lewis Signature Classics)Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life
And on Audio:
The Screwtape Letters: First Ever Full-cast Dramatization of the Diabolical Classic (Radio Theatre)The Screwtape LettersScrewtape Letters CdsC.S. Lewis: The Signature Classics Audio Collection: The Problem of Pain, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, Mere Christianity

The Screwtape Letters (The C.S. Lewis Signature Classics)

Interview with Max McLean, talking with Focus on the Family.