FamilyLife Today® Podcast

Family: Our Views and Values

with Jefferson Bethke | December 13, 2021
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A person's view of family is one of THE most important things in life. Jefferson Bethke offers intriguing historical, cultural, and Biblical context to family and why it is so valuable.

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  • Dave and Ann Wilson

    Dave and Ann Wilson are hosts of FamilyLife Today®, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program. Dave and Ann have been married for more than 38 years and have spent the last 33 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway since 1993 and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country. Cofounders of Kensington Church—a national, multicampus church that hosts more than 14,000 visitors every weekend—the Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released book Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019). Dave is a graduate of the International School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. A Ball State University Hall of Fame quarterback, Dave served the Detroit Lions as chaplain for 33 years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active alongside Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small-group leader, and mentor to countless wives of professional athletes. The Wilsons live in the Detroit area. They have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody, three daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.

A person’s view of family is one of THE most important things in life. Jefferson Bethke offers intriguing historical, cultural, and Biblical context to family and why it is so valuable.

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Family: Our Views and Values

With Jefferson Bethke
December 13, 2021
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Bob: I think all of us, at a visceral level, understand the importance, the significance, the power of a family in our lives. Especially at this time of year, we think about family and just how significant it is. When we begin to get our arms around that, and understand that, we can begin to be more purposeful and intentional about strengthening and building into our own family.

That’s what we’re all about, here at FamilyLife; and that’s what’s at the heart of Jefferson Bethke’s new book, Take Back Your Family. It’s a book we’re recommending. We have it in our FamilyLife Today Resource Center. You can order it from us online, or you can call 1-800-FL-TODAY. If you’re looking for a book that will help you refocus and reprioritize your family/to put your family where it belongs by God’s design, get a copy of the book, Take Back Your Family, by Jefferson Bethke. Go to to order your copy, or call 1-800-FL-TODAY; 1-800-358-6329; that’s 1-800-“F” as in family, “L” as in life, and then the word, “TODAY.”

You know, when we start to get our heads and hearts wrapped around God’s grand design for marriage and for family, we begin to see God’s purposes more clearly. We begin to see where the power to change the world resides: it’s not in a political office somewhere; it’s not in a corporate boardroom; the power to change the world resides in your home, in your marriage, in your family. At FamilyLife, our mission is to effectively develop godly marriages and families. We believe godly marriages and families are the most significant element, by God’s design, to change the world.

We are so grateful for those of you who share that conviction with us and those of you who express your support for what we’re doing through your financial gifts. The month of December, as we’ve told you, is a significant month for ministries like ours. As much as 40 percent of the revenue we need to operate in the year ahead will come in during this month. We have a great opportunity, here, in December for FamilyLife Today listeners to see your giving multiplied. We’ve had some friends of the ministry, who have gotten together and agreed that they will match every donation given in December, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1.5 million.

Now, that’s a steep hill for us to climb; but we’re asking FamilyLife Today listeners: “Will you be as generous as you can be?—knowing that, whatever gift you give, it’s going to be doubled; because of this matching gift opportunity.” To say, “Thank you for your gift,” we’d like to send you a copy of the new devotional from the book of Psalms by Dane Ortlund. He was a guest recently on FamilyLife Today. His book is called In the Lord I Take Refuge: 150 Devotions from Psalms. His book is our thank-you gift when you make a yearend donation and allow that donation to be matched, dollar for dollar. If you can, go online at today; or call 1-800-FL-TODAY; make as generous a donation as possible. We just want to say, “Thank you,” in advance, for your ongoing support of this ministry. We appreciate you.


And we hope you can join us, again, tomorrow when Jefferson Bethke will be here again to help us dig a little deeper into what God had in mind when He created the family in the first place.

On behalf of our hosts, Dave and Ann Wilson, I’m Bob Lepine. We will see you back next time for another edition of FamilyLife Today.

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