Dennis and Barbara Rainey

Dennis and Barbara Rainey cofounded FamilyLife®, a ministry of Cru®. Their 43+ years of leadership enabled FamilyLife to grow into a dynamic and vital ministry in more than 109 countries. Together they have spoken at over 150 Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways and authored or co-authored more than 35 books, including best-selling Moments Together for Couples, Staying Close, A Symphony in the Dark, and Barbara’s most recent, Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife.

A dynamic communicator, Dennis was the original host of the nationally-syndicated FamilyLife Today® radio program. During his tenure on the program, FamilyLife Today was recipient of the National Religious Broadcasters Radio Program of the Year Award three times. Dennis has also spoken for Promise Keepers stadium events, YPO University Fellowship Forum, and FamilyLife’s I Still Do® arena events. He has testified on family issues before Congress and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs as an ambassador for marriages and families.

After faithfully serving alongside Dennis both in ministry and at home, Barbara launched a new endeavor called Ever Thine Home® in 2011. This line of home décor with interactive content helps families express faith at home in a way that is both biblical and beautiful.

Dennis and Barbara have been married since 1972 and love laughing with their six children and impressive number of grandchildren. They live near Little Rock, Arkansas and continue to serve with Cru, FamilyLife’s parent organization.

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Hear what Dennis and Barbara Rainey have learned over 40 years in ministry. They share valuable lessons learned sometimes through success but more often through failure. View Show Notes →
How do you prepare for the holidays? Dennis and Barbara Rainey are passionate about celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Together they share fun ways they've done that, and tell how you can too. View Show Notes →
Christmas will be here soon, and Dennis and Barbara Rainey share fun, simple ideas to help you get ready spiritually. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey remind us how important it is to give thanks to God for all His blessings-- always. Hear suggestions of how to keep thankfulness at the center of your Thanksgiving celebration. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey reflect on more than 25 years of ministry through FamilyLife Today. Listeners chime in on how they've been blessed by both the Raineys and the radio program. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey reflect on more than 25 years of ministry through FamilyLife Today. Three of the Raineys' children, Samuel, Rebecca, and Laura, call in to pay tribute to their parents. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey believe that children are meant to be received with joy, intentionally raised and then released. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey believe parents should give their children a sense of mission as it relates to Ephesians 2:10. To do this, parents must first evaluate whether they are living for Christ. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the increasing need for parents to talk to their children about sex and sexual identity. View Show Notes →
Do your children know who they are in Christ? Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about a parent's key assignment: to raise children with a spiritual identity View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about identity, one of the four pillars of parenting. The Raineys stress the importance of teaching children what to do with their emotions. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey, together with David Robbins and his wife, Meg, answer more tough questions from listeners such as: How do I introduce technology to my kids? What should I say to my adopted kids? View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey team up with David Robbins and his wife, Meg, to answer questions from listeners such as: How do I encourage my teens to make good decisions? How do I handle sibling rivalry? View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey remind us what Jesus said when he spoke about the greatest commandment to "Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself." A parent's assignment is to demonstrate for their children how to respond to the love of God. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about some skills children need to learn while they live at home. Hear about some of the mishaps in the Rainey home as Dennis and Barbara tried to teach their six children these skills. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey encourage moms and dads to be intentional in their parenting, being especially careful to demonstrate unconditional love and grace as they pursue their children's hearts. View Show Notes →
In our culture, names don't have a lot of meaning, but in biblical times they did. God reveals who He is by telling us his names, like Emmanuel - God with us. View Show Notes →
Christmas is a special time of year. Barbara Rainey joins her husband, Dennis, to talk about the Advent season and what you can do to make the holidays more meaningful. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey recall the events that led to Barbara's inspirational product line called Ever Thine Home. They share how the idea for Ever Thine Home began to germinate at a planning retreat. View Show Notes →
Hollywood and fairy tales tell us that marriage means "Happily Ever After." But as Dennis and Barbara Rainey, and Jim and Carol Shores explain, there's much more to marriage than a catchy tagline. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey know that parenting is hard work. That's why they encourage parents not to try to parent alone, but to be in community with other parents. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey remind us to carefully consider what kind of person they want their children to become and how they can cultivate those character qualities. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the character traits needed to be a good parent. The first thing moms and dads need is to be growing in their relationship with the Lord and their reliance on Him. View Show Notes →
Fern Nichols and Dennis and Barbara Rainey help parents evaluate their kids' level of busyness, and consider the priority of family time. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey spent 28 years parenting their six now grown children. The Raineys gladly share their wisdom about what they learned over the years regarding what every child needs. View Show Notes →
Mom and Dad: Do you know what your parental assignment is? Dennis and Barbara Rainey list the top 10 things each child needs to be healthy, happy, and whole. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the joys and hard work of parenting. Dennis shares a heartwarming story from when his daughter Deborah was a teenager. View Show Notes →
Is your teen prepared for adulthood? Dennis and Barbara Rainey identify four key areas of a child's life that parents must strive to develop before launching them into the big, wide world. View Show Notes →
What should you do when your adult child is in a crisis? How much advice and help do you give? Dennis and Barbara Rainey tell parents what they need as they relate to their adult children in crisis. View Show Notes →
How do you relate to your adult children once they've said, "I do"? Dennis and Barbara Rainey offer some wise counsel for maintaining healthy and vital relationships with your children after they've married. View Show Notes →
Parenting young adults can be tricky. Dennis and Barbara Rainey, parents of six adult children, give sound advice for relating to your grown children. View Show Notes →
It isn't easy watching your sons and daughters go from dependent children to independent adults. Dennis and Barbara Rainey tell parents how to relate to their children after they've left the nest. View Show Notes →
You'll have a relationship with your children throughout their lives, but the rules will change as they reach adulthood. Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about relating to your children once they leave the nest. View Show Notes →
Ney Bailey, Dave and Sande Sunde, and Dennis and Barbara Rainey share what it was like in the beginning days of the ministry of FamilyLife. View Show Notes →
Would you like to make the most of your time? Find out how by listening to family experts Dennis and Barbara Rainey, pastor John Piper, and author Tim Stafford on this weekend's broadcast. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey remind us that Jesus is our stability yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We can rest assured that God is still in control. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey coach parents on how to teach their children to be anxious for nothing. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey remind the church that no matter what happens, Jesus is our security and our stability. View Show Notes →
Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, along with experienced home schooling parents Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Joetta Witkowski, talk about the benefits of teaching your children at home. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey encourage parents to nurture their children's gratitude by practicing gratefulness during the upcoming holiday. View Show Notes →
Hard to believe it's that time again! Time for Barbara Rainey's official and most favorite holiday, Thanksgiving! Join us for a special look back at Thanksgivings past and present at the Rainey house. View Show Notes →
Surrounded by family, Jake and Rebecca Mutz surrendered their newborn daughter to the arms of Jesus. View Show Notes →
Jake and Rebecca tell how they waited to hear the diagnosis that could mean life or death for their firstborn daughter, Molly. View Show Notes →
When baby Molly didn't cry for four minutes after delivery, a new mother's worst fears began to materialize. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the differences between men and women in the romance department. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey share more lessons they’ve learned from their four decades of marriage. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about that memorable "rookie" year each couple must face, and hopefully won't repeat. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey teach us some lessons on marriage you won't learn in school. View Show Notes →
One of the reasons we get bored in our marriage is that it becomes too routine. View Show Notes →
Going the extra mile in romance can put the "mmmm" back in marriage. View Show Notes →
Try understanding what your husband needs. View Show Notes →
Give your marriage a romantic lift by accepting your spouse as he/she is. View Show Notes →
Little nuisances of life are often the very things that become big obstacles to romance. View Show Notes →
The Raineys Answer Your Questions About Marriage and Parenting. View Show Notes →
Launching your teen into adulthood is bittersweet. View Show Notes →
Your high school senior is about to leave home, but you still have time to invest in his character! View Show Notes →
Thanksgiving is only one day a year, but what a great day for remembering all God has done! View Show Notes →
The Raineys talk about some of the Rainey Thanksgiving traditions that set the day apart from all other holidays. View Show Notes →
Americans began celebrating Thanksgiving over three centuries ago. View Show Notes →
Who were the Pilgrims, and how did they get to America? View Show Notes →
How do you cultivate a grateful heart? View Show Notes →
Have you noticed your normally gentle teen becoming more temperamental? This could be caused by hormones, but it is often related to unresolved anger. Dennis and Barbara Rainey share some thoughts about the deadly trap of unresolved anger. View Show Notes →
Teens are naturally curious. That's a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing, especially when it comes to alcohol, cigarettes or drugs. Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the dangerous and often deadly trap of substance abuse. View Show Notes →
Did you know that the largest consumer of Internet pornography is the 12-17 age group? Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the pervasive use of pornography among teens and the lasting damage that exposure can have on a young man or woman's life. View Show Notes →
Do you know what your teen is watching on TV and the internet? Dennis and Barbara Rainey encourage parents to act as the gatekeeper to their teens' viewing habits. View Show Notes →
Teenagers are often eager to become adults, so they are sometimes quick to do those things which they think will put them on the fast track to adulthood. Dennis and Barbara Rainey continue talking about the dangerous trap of premarital sex. View Show Notes →
Sexual intimacy is designed by God to be a beautiful experience shared between a man and his wife. But for many teens, sex has become a rite of passage. Dennis and Barbara Rainey address the serious trap of premarital sex. View Show Notes →
Traps are devices designed to catch something unaware. Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the deadly traps that can harm our teens and leave them wounded the rest of their lives. View Show Notes →
Oh, the joys of romantic love! View Show Notes →
Teens, by nature, tend to struggle with parental authority. View Show Notes →
How can parents pass on their faith to their children? View Show Notes →
Adolescence is loaded with traps that threaten to sidetrack your teen. View Show Notes →
Grab a paddle and hang onto your hat! View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the racial climate in South Africa. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about their travels to South Africa and FamilyLife's active ministry there. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara talk about three key points to consider as we ask God how we can be advocates for orphans worldwide. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the rewards and benefits of reading to your children. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the shepherds and wise men, key players in the birth of Christ. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara talk about how children might come to know Christ better through the telling of the Christmas story. View Show Notes →
Dennis talks about Joseph, the father of Jesus. View Show Notes →
Barbara Rainey shares some thoughts about Mary, the mother of Jesus. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey tell some little know facts about angels. View Show Notes →
Dennis shares his perspective about the new era of their lives without children at home. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about planning for a future after the kids are gone. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about their transition from a household full of teenagers to empty nest made for two. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey encourage you to give your marriage a romantic lift by accepting your spouse as he/she is. View Show Notes →
Hear how the little nuisances of life are often the very things that become big obstacles to romance. View Show Notes →
Do men value romance as much as a women? View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey answer your questions about parenting. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about effectively disciplining children. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey give parents practical suggestions for helping children know and love God. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey encourage couples to get involved in a HomeBuilders parenting group. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey, give timely advice on raising children of faith. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the HomeBuilders parenting study Guiding Your Teenagers. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the pitfalls that lure unsuspecting teens. View Show Notes →