FamilyLife Today® Podcast

Staring Down Discouragement

with Dave Wilson | June 23, 2009
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Hardship often leads to discouragement. Today Dave Wilson, a pastor at Kensington Community Church in Michigan and chaplain of the Detroit Lions, talks about the economic climate facing the state of Michigan, and tells those affected by the economy to take courage and to trust in God’s faithfulness.

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  • Hardship often leads to discouragement. Today Dave Wilson, a pastor at Kensington Community Church in Michigan and chaplain of the Detroit Lions, talks about the economic climate facing the state of Michigan, and tells those affected by the economy to take courage and to trust in God’s faithfulness.

  • 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.

Hardship often leads to discouragement.

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Staring Down Discouragement

With Dave Wilson
June 23, 2009
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Bob:  Goodness…


Dennis:  Self control.  It’s the fruit that grows.  It means that as you spend time with Christ and you build your life from him and he makes you into his man or his woman then that fruit is a part of your life.  That builds a marriage.  That builds a family.  It doesn’t make you perfect.  It’s not like the fruit pops out instantly.  Mature fruit takes time.  Every marriage needs that whether you’re in an economic hardship or whether you’re going through a tough time in your marriage and family.  Every person needs that commitment to Christ.  Dave I’m thrilled your on the team of speaking at the Weekend to Remember.  You and Ann are great friends.

Dave Wilson:  We love it.


Dennis:  I have a feeling Bob even though there is a bit a cloud over Detroit right now we have several people wanting to join Kensington Community Church because of Dave Wilson.

Bob:  I think this is one of the seasons when all of us have a heightened awareness of our need for biblical community.  We need one another to point each other in the right direction and to make sure our thinking is on target so that we can sharpen iron together and so that we can walk through adversity in this shared community.

Dave you’ve shared that one of the things you’ve done at the church is to have folks go through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University material so that folks can be thinking rightly about their money now and in to the future. 

We have recommended for years that people get a copy of Larry Burkett’s Family Financial Workbook.  It’s a tool that’s designed to give families the worksheets that they need to help get their financial house in order to begin applying biblical principles to their finances.

You can go to our web site and there is information available there about the Family Financial Workbook.  Again the web site is  You can also call to request a copy of the workbook.  Our toll free number is 1 800 FLTODAY and order it over the phone.  That’s 1 800 358-6329.  That’s 1 800 “F”as in family “L” as in life and then the word TODAY. 

I think these are also times when it’s good to mediate on what the Scriptures teach about where God is in the midst of adversity.  Dennis, you gave a message to our staff not long ago on Psalm 34.   Providing encouragement, hope and help in the midst of trials and tribulations.  David knew something about experiencing trials in his life and learning how to rely on God in the midst of those trials.  We have that message on CD and we’d like to make it available to our listeners this month if you’re able to support the ministry of FamilyLife Today with a donation of any amount.  And let me just say we do appreciate those of you who have been generous in providing financial support for this ministry during these difficult economic times.

When you make a donation of any amount this month either on line at or by calling 1-800-FLTODAY make sure to request a copy of this CD message from Dennis.  It is called Trials and Tribulations Finding Encouragement Hope and Help in Psalm 34. 

If you’re making your donation online at just type the word “trials” in the key code box that you find on the donation form so that we’ll know to send you a copy of this CD or call toll-free 1 800 FLTODAY.  That’s 1 800 358-6329.  Make your donation over the phone and just ask for a copy of the message on trials by Dennis or the message from Psalm 34.  We’re happy to send it out to you and we so much appreciate your financial faithfulness and your support of this ministry. 

Now tomorrow we’re going to introduce you to Robert Rogers and you’re going to hear a compelling story of a man who faced a loss more significant than any financial loss.  We’ll hear his story tomorrow.  I hope you can be back with us for that.

I want to thank our engineer today Keith Lynch and our entire broadcast production team on behalf of our host Dennis Rainey I’m Bob Lepine.  We will see you tomorrow for another edition of FamilyLife Today.

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