Dennis Rainey

Dennis Rainey cofounded FamilyLife®, a ministry of Cru®. Since the organization began in 1976 through 2017, Dennis’ leadership enabled FamilyLife to grow into a dynamic and vital ministry in more than 109 countries around the world helping families discover the joy God intended for their relationships with God, spouse, and kids.

Dennis has authored or co-authored more than 35 books, including best-selling Moments Together for Couples and Staying Close and has received two Golden Medallion Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. In addition, he served as the senior editor of the HomeBuilders Couples Series®, which has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 47 languages.

A powerful and effective communicator, Dennis hosted the nationally-syndicated radio program FamilyLife Today® through early 2019 on more than 1,300 radio outlets in all 50 states. During his tenure on the program, FamilyLife Today was recipient of the National Religious Broadcasters Radio Program of the Year Award three times. Dennis serves on the Board of Directors of Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dennis and Barbara have been married since 1972 and love laughing with their six children and growing number of grandchildren. In his spare time, Dennis enjoys helping Barbara in their garden, reading great books, and pursuing his passions for hunting and fishing. They live near Little Rock, Arkansas and continue to serve with Cru, FamilyLife’s parent organization.

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Have you noticed, life just isn't fair sometimes? View Show Notes →
The first step to being forgiven is to admit you are wrong. View Show Notes →
Not too long ago, I was asked a thought-provoking question: "What are the cornerstones of a strong family?" View Show Notes →
Some people call it the school of hard knocks, but I call it the University of Adversity. View Show Notes →
Debt can seriously hamper a family's future. View Show Notes →
When it comes to conflict in your marriage, one of you is an aggressive fighter and the other tries to avoid arguing. Am I right? View Show Notes →
For my wife, Barbara, and me, adventure has always spelled romance. View Show Notes →
You know, there's almost nothing that kills romance in a marriage faster than a boring bedroom. View Show Notes →
If you want the delicious fruit of romantic love in your marriage, then you'd better watch out for anything that may be "nipping your love in the bud." View Show Notes →
Here's a scary thought. Your home should become a teenage hangout. View Show Notes →
No matter how good your marriage is, I'll bet you could use a little more romance. View Show Notes →
Okay, guys, Valentine's Day is a week from tomorrow. Now tell me the truth. How are you going to show her you love her? View Show Notes →
It's tragic, but true. Many married couples feel completely alone and isolated, even from each other. But there IS hope! View Show Notes →
We take courses in speech, debate, how to read, and how to write, but most of us have never been trained in how to listen. View Show Notes →
Now, when I say the word "patriarch," you probably picture an old man with a white beard. But men, I want you to picture yourself. View Show Notes →
Mind if I get on my soap box for a minute? It has to do with the word "commitment". View Show Notes →
How do you get your children to do their chores? View Show Notes →
How do you decide where to send your child to school? View Show Notes →
Do you know what's truly romantic in marriage? It's covennant commitment. View Show Notes →
Did you know that television is one of your fiercest competitors as you seek to establish a family? View Show Notes →
Men, are you truly getting to know your children? View Show Notes →
Parents, do you really know your children's friends? View Show Notes →
I've got a question for you. Can you give a child too much affection? View Show Notes →
Most parents of pre-adolesents don't realize that just around the bend are some severe rapids. View Show Notes →
If you're engaged and want to be married, what's your motivation? View Show Notes →
When you get stuck in traffic, are you more likely to give thanks...or complain? View Show Notes →
Okay, ladies. It's your turn to do some mentoring. When did you last invest some time in a younger woman? View Show Notes →
Are you modeling character for your children in the little things? View Show Notes →
The phrase "No Fear" isn't just a popular sports slogan. It also describes perfect love. View Show Notes →
Men, did you know there is romantic power when you use gentle words to speak to your wives? View Show Notes →
It's time for a Mom Check. Ready? How tidy is your house right now? View Show Notes →
Okay men, when is the last time you told your wife you loved her? View Show Notes →
Do you love your spouse for what they do for you, or for who they are? View Show Notes →
Men, are you communicating love to your wives? View Show Notes →
Whether it's alcohol, drugs, food, or sex, any addiction is first and foremost a spiritual problem. View Show Notes →
As a parent, do you have any goals? View Show Notes →
Now tell the truth. Why did you get married? Seriously. Was it for sex? Romance? Security? To have children? Why did you get married? View Show Notes →
Besides making New Year's resolutions, what are some other ways you can look ahead and be purposeful about your life this coming year? View Show Notes →
Let me ask you a question. Do your children know they're travelers? View Show Notes →
Raising mission-minded children is not easy in today's self-absorbed culture. But it IS possible. View Show Notes →
As a Christian, you believe in the power of prayer, right?But how often do you pray for your child's future spouse? View Show Notes →
We all need someone to help us see danger before we stumble into it. View Show Notes →
In the midst of all your family's Christmas activities, whatever you do, don't forget Christ. View Show Notes →
In your family, do traditions serve people?Or do people serve traditions? View Show Notes →
When is the last time you had a good laugh with your family? View Show Notes →
What's the most meaningful gift you could give your spouse? View Show Notes →
Now, I'm no seamstress, but I'm about to tell you how your marriage is like sewing a dress from a pattern." View Show Notes →
When Jesus Christ is our Master, as Dr. Ray Stedman once said, "The ship won't sink and the storm won't last forever. View Show Notes →
Let me ask you a question.If I walked into your house today, would I be able to tell what your family really believes? View Show Notes →
Are you married to someone from a different culture?Is that stressful? View Show Notes →
Is there such a thing as Absolute Truth? View Show Notes →
Are your child's activities for their benefit, or for yours? View Show Notes →
One of the hardest things for a parent to say to a child is, "I was wrong." View Show Notes →
If you're a parent, I have a question for you.Are you living by the same standards that you've set for your children? View Show Notes →
If you're married, what does your mate need from you more than anything else?Do you really know? View Show Notes →
I have a question for every guy listening.When did you become a man? View Show Notes →
As a parent, you could be the source of your child's anger. View Show Notes →
Okay, parents, listen up.What would you do if your teenager came home from school with a ring in his nose and his hair was dyed orange? View Show Notes →
Okay, who wants a better marriage?Do you?Good. View Show Notes →
If you're a follower of Jesus Christ, sharing your faith with others...isn't optional. View Show Notes →
You probably have your own ingenious ways to dispose of yesterday's Thanksgiving turkey. It's a great day to ask ourselves, are we giving our families leftovers? Not leftover food, but leftovers of our time and energy. View Show Notes →
Are encouraging words a part of your daily vocabulary? View Show Notes →
Thanksgiving is a great day to build meaningful family traditions. View Show Notes →
Okay.Think about this one...What are the three hardest words to say to another person?I'll bet you can't guess. View Show Notes →
On the spiritual fitness spectrum, are you closer to a body-builder or a couch potato? View Show Notes →
It's sad but true.All of us have been affected, either directly or indirectly, by divorce. View Show Notes →
Were your spirits ever lifted up by something someone said to you? View Show Notes →
What does playing a violin and raising children have in common? View Show Notes →
Now, I'm no musician, but I do know enough to know that if two people aren't singing together, it sounds...horrible. View Show Notes →
What you're about to hear is one sure-fire way to be ... lonely. View Show Notes →
You're going to be tempted not to believe this, but purity is alive and well today. View Show Notes →
I've noticed that for newlyweds, reality often begins ... before the honeymoon ends. View Show Notes →
I don't mean to sound alarming, but your days are numbered! View Show Notes →
When life throws you a curve, will your marriage come apart, or will it become stronger? View Show Notes →
Only teenagers face peer pressure, right? View Show Notes →
I've got an interesting question for you.When you were a child, did you ever try to pull the wool over your parents' eyes? View Show Notes →
Mom!Dad!You're on duty...Your mission is simple: protect your children. View Show Notes →
Go to any construction site in this city, and I guarantee you every single one of them will have a set of blueprints somewhere on the site.Blueprints. View Show Notes →
How do you decide that your child is too busy? View Show Notes →
We in America value individuality.But is that good for a marriage? View Show Notes →
Did you know there's more than one way to have an affair? View Show Notes →
Are you and your family looking for a good church to attend?I've got some advice for you. View Show Notes →
Do you and your family fear God? View Show Notes →
The only people who feel no stress ... are dead. View Show Notes →
Training soldiers and training children have a lot in common. View Show Notes →
In your family, is Sunday more a "day of rest," or a "day of stress"? View Show Notes →
The world calls it "cheating," but God calls it...ADULTERY. View Show Notes →
How tight are the bonds between you and your child? View Show Notes →
What comes to your mind when I say the word "isolation"? View Show Notes →
Did you know there's a lion after you, and that he wants to eat you alive? View Show Notes →
Some of the most difficult relational tensions can take place within the context of a blended family. View Show Notes →
Do you know what the "big three" sources of temptation are? They're the world, our selfishness, and the Devil. View Show Notes →
Do you respect your spouse? Does your spouse respect you? View Show Notes →
If you want a happy marriage, why don't you spend a little more time thinking about your spouse. View Show Notes →
Did you know that you can make a big difference in the success of a younger couple's marriage? View Show Notes →
Are you and your mate headed for the same goal line? View Show Notes →
Think about it. Are you and your spouse friends? View Show Notes →
At some point, we all have to let our children go. View Show Notes →
It's sad when a husband or wife forgets the vow that they made to love in sickness and in health. View Show Notes →
Have you wasted time with your children recently? View Show Notes →
Your children need to know that you'll protect them no matter what. View Show Notes →
Does your child mean it when he says, "I'm sorry"? View Show Notes →
You and your spouse don't always have to leave your home to go on a date. View Show Notes →
Did you ever realize that your words could help others reach their goals? View Show Notes →
When is the last time you came right out and said the words, "I love you" to your children? View Show Notes →
Come on now, be honest, has it ever felt to you like you're failing as a parent? View Show Notes →
Did you know it's tough to be a fake -- at home. View Show Notes →
Do you have a close friend that you can lean on? View Show Notes →
Are the items scheduled in your daily planner the most important things in your life? View Show Notes →
Would you like to know a sure-fire way to make your marriage successful? View Show Notes →
Allowing friendships with people of the opposite sex to go too far is like mixing baking soda with vinegar. There WILL be a reaction. View Show Notes →
You've heard it said before, but it's worth repeating: if your children don't feel accepted at home, they'll look for acceptance somewhere else. View Show Notes →
Want to teach your child an important lesson? This new school year is a great time to do it. View Show Notes →
A marriage is about more than just a chapel, a dress, and a photographer. View Show Notes →
Can a child really study and listen to music all the time? You may be surprised at the answer. View Show Notes →
Let me tell you, one of the toughest jobs in life, is that of a stepparent. View Show Notes →
Would you and your spouse ever consider adopting a child? View Show Notes →
Raising a child is more than a tough job. It's also a privilege. View Show Notes →
Has the romance in your marriage begun to cool? View Show Notes →
Would you like to know how to have a stable home? View Show Notes →
What does it take to launch your kids well? Dennis Rainey, Alex Chediak, and Michelle Hill cover the value of independence, friendship, time management, faith, good friends, and ramen noodles. View Show Notes →
Who "wears the pants" in your family, the husband or the wife? View Show Notes →
When I was growing up ... my mom was part of a spy network. View Show Notes →
Have you ever felt...rejected? View Show Notes →
Yep, did you hear that, it's time to head back to school. View Show Notes →
I've got a question for you. Is your child a hard worker? View Show Notes →
Now think with me for a moment. 200 years from now, what kind of legacy will your descendants have? View Show Notes →
Did your kids ever give you something you could never throw away? View Show Notes →
If we could fast forward to the end of your life -- would you be bitter, or better? View Show Notes →
OK, listen up. Have you been "thumped" recently? View Show Notes →
Sometimes the simple things in life can be the best teachers. View Show Notes →
Do you carry grudges from the past? View Show Notes →
Is there a point where a bad marriage is beyond help? View Show Notes →
Men, are you tough? Or are you tender? View Show Notes →
Have you ever wasted a little time with your children? View Show Notes →
How seriously do you take your marriage vows? View Show Notes →
What are you teaching your children -- spiritually? View Show Notes →
How has your life changed since you were married? View Show Notes →
If you're a dad, there are some "little eyes" watching every move that you make. View Show Notes →
There's a word that you should never use in your marriage. Do you know what that word is? View Show Notes →
Are you a person who could help doctors stop the bleeding? View Show Notes →
What's the best advice you've ever given to another person? View Show Notes →
How do you know that you married the right person? View Show Notes →
What are you doing to protect your family? View Show Notes →
If your family were a garden, would it be full of flowers, or weeds? View Show Notes →
Is Sunday any different from the other days of the week for you and your family? View Show Notes →
It's amazing how many different roles a parent plays in the life of his child. View Show Notes →
Do you have a list of things you are teaching your children? View Show Notes →
OK, tough question. How healthy is the food you consume? View Show Notes →
Do you realize just how important you are to your family? View Show Notes →
Sometimes, a friend can be a real life saver. View Show Notes →
When was the last time you made your spouse break out in a big smile? View Show Notes →
How important is it for a Christian couple to pray together every day? View Show Notes →
Have you ever heard the phrase "Do as I say, not as I do?" View Show Notes →
Did you know God wants you to give thanks...no matter what? View Show Notes →
It's hard to be angry when God's Holy Spirit is controlling your life. View Show Notes →
Have you given your spouse complete access to your life? View Show Notes →
Adjusting to a step family is not easy. It takes time to really feel like family again. View Show Notes →
What do you enjoy most about your marriage? View Show Notes →
Do you pray for your children? View Show Notes →
Imagine what it might have been like that day by the lake almost 2000 years ago. What if Jesus had asked YOU to be one of His twelve disciples? View Show Notes →
If you could trade your child for another one ... would you? View Show Notes →
What do you enjoy most about being a parent? View Show Notes →
What keeps you from having deep, meaningful communication with your spouse? View Show Notes →
Being a parent should cause you to stop thinking about yourself. View Show Notes →
Why do you think more married couples don't pray together? View Show Notes →
How was conflict and anger dealt with in your home? Did you get it out in the open or did you stuff it? View Show Notes →
The greatest way I can build our country is to help my family grow in faith. View Show Notes →
You don't keep score against your own teamates. View Show Notes →
Have you ever compared your marriage to a business partnership? View Show Notes →
What do you want your child to accomplish in life? View Show Notes →
A picture is worth a thousand words. But could it be that words of praise are worth a thousand pictures? View Show Notes →
I have a question for you. Are your roots deep enough to withstand the storms of life? View Show Notes →
Have you ever thought of your spouse as a gift? View Show Notes →
Is your spouse a confident decision maker? View Show Notes →
What acts of kindness do you demonstrate for your spouse? View Show Notes →
Are you too busy for your own good? View Show Notes →
What strategy do you have in disciplining your children? Do you even have a strategy? View Show Notes →
It IS possible for a single parent to raise a Godly child. View Show Notes →
What is your attitude about divorce? View Show Notes →
When is the last time you thanked your spouse for something he or she does well? View Show Notes →
You're about to hear the positive effect that a father had on his now-grownup daughter. View Show Notes →
I want to encourage you, not to wait too long to tell your dad that you love him. View Show Notes →
When's the last time you told your father, "thank you"? View Show Notes →
What are the memories that you have of your father? View Show Notes →
Do you understand your dad, and where he came from? View Show Notes →
Have you ever had to face a "hopeless" situation? View Show Notes →
What do your children or grandchildren know about their ancestors? View Show Notes →
Have you read any good books with your children lately? View Show Notes →
In marriage, we need to heed the advice of an old song. View Show Notes →
How do you handle your child when he gets angry? View Show Notes →
Are you a perfect parent? Yeah, is there such a thing? View Show Notes →
Have you taught your teenager what he or she needs to know about sex? View Show Notes →
Would you be honest with me? In your marriage, are you controlling debt, or is debt controlling you? View Show Notes →
Every family needs the anticipation, experiences, and memories of a well-planned vacation. View Show Notes →
Today is Memorial Day. And I want you to know, Memorial Day is more than just a bank holiday. View Show Notes →
What will you do when you retire? View Show Notes →
There's a right way, and a wrong way to teach your children. View Show Notes →
Is the competition for your spouse finished, or could someone else win his heart? View Show Notes →
Why is it that some men just don't act like men? View Show Notes →
Are there times in your marriage when you just don't feel like forgiving your spouse? View Show Notes →
My guess is that you either need one, or you can be one. What am I talking about? Keep listening. View Show Notes →
You were sincere when you said your marriage vows, did you mean them? View Show Notes →
If your child is going through a rough time; PLEASE, please, don't give up on him! View Show Notes →
Is your marriage ready for the golden years? View Show Notes →
What are you doing to build your mate's self esteem? View Show Notes →
What does your daughter want to be when she grows up? View Show Notes →
She's made millions of dollars, she's adored by millions of fans, but she still misses her mom. View Show Notes →
Being a mother is one of the highest callings any woman could ever have. View Show Notes →
Have you thought that someday, you may need to take care of your mother? View Show Notes →
Have you written a letter to your mom recently to tell her how much she means to you? View Show Notes →
How does your spouse show love to you? View Show Notes →
Even as adults, some people are still afraid to go into the attic. View Show Notes →
Can your young child understand spiritual concepts? View Show Notes →
What does it mean to be isolated? View Show Notes →
From time to time, I think every parent worries that they're being too strict. View Show Notes →
Did you know that a husband is to love and lead his wife just like Christ loved and led the church? View Show Notes →
Do you know what role a husband and a wife are to play in marriage? View Show Notes →
God has guidelines for structure within a marriage. Do you know what they are? View Show Notes →
Are you aware that the Bible spells out clearly God's design for marriage? View Show Notes →
(Pressure Sound Effects, "Warning! Warning!") Sometimes the pressure in life builds to the point that we feel like we're about to burst! View Show Notes →
How does your family celebrate Easter? View Show Notes →
I like what Jonathan Swift wrote back in 1699. He said, "Vision is the art of seeing the invisible. View Show Notes →
What comes to your mind when you hear the term puberty? View Show Notes →
Do you want to know how to improve the spiritual climate of our country? View Show Notes →
What can Snoopy, the Peanuts cartoon character teach you about marriage? View Show Notes →
There's a disease spreading rapidly across our country. The disease is called "Pseudo Listening". View Show Notes →
In your opinion, are the morals in our society improving or declining? View Show Notes →
How important is a local church to the health of your marriage? View Show Notes →
On a 1 to 10 scale, 10 being excellent, how's your communication going with your spouse? View Show Notes →
In your marriage, is it ever possible that you could feel alone? View Show Notes →
Could it be possible that marriage is like a game of football? View Show Notes →
What one piece of advice would you give a blended family couple? View Show Notes →
How do you react when a crisis strikes your family? View Show Notes →
If you're married, be honest with me. Is your career more important to you than your family? View Show Notes →
Do your words ever cut like a knife? View Show Notes →
Are your teenagers striving for excellence, or are they settling in for mediocrity? View Show Notes →
Now I want you to be honest with me, are you enjoying being a parent? View Show Notes →
Dads, what kind of role model are you -- for your DAUGHTER? View Show Notes →
If you're married, was it easy for you to make the transition from single to married? View Show Notes →
If you're a single parent, do your spiritual batteries need recharging? View Show Notes →
Single-parents are used to making independent decisions. But what happens if they get married, and a stepparent enters the picture? View Show Notes →
Are weeds taking control of your life? View Show Notes →
When your children encounter difficulties, are you ready to step in and help? View Show Notes →
How prominent is television in your home? View Show Notes →
What do you think is the greatest threat to the family today? View Show Notes →
Mom, dad, do you talk about spiritual matters with your children? View Show Notes →
I want you to think for a moment how it makes you feel when someone gives you a compliment. View Show Notes →
Does it feel good to you, to give something to another person? View Show Notes →
Have you ever asked the question, "where is God in the middle of my pain and suffering"? View Show Notes →
What do you do when your children have a nightmare? View Show Notes →
Can you help your children feel good about themselves? View Show Notes →
Do you find it difficult to say "I'm sorry"? View Show Notes →
How are you doing at Honoring Your Parents? You know, it IS one of the 10 commandments. View Show Notes →
Would you like to know how you as a parent can teach your children to tell the truth? View Show Notes →
As we train our young people, what's more important, job skills or character? View Show Notes →
This might be a tough question to answer, but, how healthy is your marriage? View Show Notes →
When life begins to totally unravel, how can you keep things in balance? View Show Notes →
What could you do to offer friendship and support to a military family? View Show Notes →
What advice would you give to others about living in a blended family? View Show Notes →
Have you considered X-ing the X-Box? View Show Notes →
Life is busy, and it's easy to let your relationship with your parents drift. View Show Notes →
So... can you laugh at yourself in a blended family? Laughter just might be the stress-relief you need. View Show Notes →
How do you make, a memory? View Show Notes →
The home is the best place for a child to learn ... about God. View Show Notes →
Have you heard about the father and son who race together...the father pushing his son in a wheelchair? View Show Notes →
Men, you need to be careful that the tire of your marriage doesn't suffer a slow leak. View Show Notes →
This Valentine's Day, let me tell you about a love relationship that began a long, long time ago. View Show Notes →
It's really easy for a teenager's schedule to get way out of control. View Show Notes →
Let's be honest. With your job, your kids, and your church demanding your time, it's hard to make time for romance. View Show Notes →
When thinking of your spouse, is the glass half empty? Or half full? View Show Notes →
So, are YOU ready for Prime Time? View Show Notes →
Did you know that spiritual growth is a command of Scripture? View Show Notes →
When you think about retirement, how do you envision it? View Show Notes →
True generosity gives...even when it hurts. View Show Notes →
There's a tough truth for blended families: When a single mom or dad marries, it's a gain for them and (initially) a loss for their children. View Show Notes →
Men, the next generation of boys needs our attention. View Show Notes →
What guides all those little decisions that you make every day? View Show Notes →
What could you do today to make your spouse laugh? View Show Notes →
It's possible to live with someone, without truly knowing them. View Show Notes →
One of the most difficult things we do is make decisions. View Show Notes →
Why does it seem that commitment in marriage is so rare today? View Show Notes →
Nobody wants it, but everyone either has it...or will have it. I'm talking about suffering. View Show Notes →
Your family may be more important than you realize. View Show Notes →
Does your child have a deep sense of mission today? View Show Notes →
Husbands, when we're impatient, romance can go right out the window. View Show Notes →
Could a story that's been taught to generations of English students be wrong? View Show Notes →
Watch out. Teenagers know how to divide and conquer. View Show Notes →
Do you want to be all that you can be? Try being a parent. View Show Notes →
Memories turn a house into a home. View Show Notes →
Do your children have a Hollywood's view of alcohol abuse, or a realistic one? View Show Notes →
Your kids may grow up to be just like you. Is that an encouraging thought or a sobering one? View Show Notes →
Today...let's be very practical about marriage. View Show Notes →
Are you becoming a better friend to your spouse? View Show Notes →
God has created each person for a very special purpose. View Show Notes →
What do a pair of scissors and your marriage have in common? View Show Notes →
Does absence makes the heart grow fonder? Or does it tempt the heart to wander? View Show Notes →
Is your child prepared to face the challenges of adolescence? View Show Notes →
What's the difference between a contract and a covennant? View Show Notes →
As a parent, do you have any goals? View Show Notes →
Who are you listening to? Dennis Rainey explains that all of life is one long process of asking and answering the question, "Who am I going to believe?" View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey, John Piper, Melissa Spoelstra, and Hannah Anderson give their perspective on how to best honor the Sabbath and keep it holy. View Show Notes →
Paul David Tripp and Dennis Rainey help pastors reflect and make sure ministry has not become more important than God or their families. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about one of seven principles that will help you live life to the fullest. Rainey remembers how he went from being a mission field to a missionary. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey reveals seven principles that will help you make the most of your days. The world is passing away, and so are all of its desires. We would be wise to cling to the One who will last. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey offers suggestions for ways couples can use adventure, intrigue, and surprise to keep the romance alive. View Show Notes →
Marriage is built upon a foundation of commitment to Christ and to your covenant with each other. Dennis Rainey talks about proactive ways you can uphold your marriage commitment. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey interviews Bob Lepine about the making of FamilyLife's feature film, "Like Arrows." Bob describes several themes, storylines, and scenes from the film. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine honor the passing of evangelist Billy Graham. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey continues his message on gospel lessons he learned by parenting his six kids. View Show Notes →
Virgil said, "As the twig is bent, so the tree inclines." Dennis Rainey shares how that concept applies to parenting. And how the parenting principles taught him about the gospel. View Show Notes →
The new year just started and it's possible you've already broken your resolutions. Dennis Rainey, Sam Allberry, Tony Evans, Jen Wilkin, and Gary Thomas outline some life habits with eternal significance. View Show Notes →
In 25 years of programing, a number of sound-bites have hit the cutting room floor. Hear some of the goof-ups by Dennis Rainey, Bob Lepine, and a number of our guests through the years. View Show Notes →
How is the joy of the Lord different from the happiness the world offers? Dennis Rainey shows you how to have joy God's way by finding the source of real joy. View Show Notes →
For Dennis Rainey, life messages are bedrock beliefs founded on Scripture. We're exploring key themes from Dennis' life: five steps to manhood, the meaning of courage, and the power of the fifth commandment. View Show Notes →
Dena Yohe, Dennis Rainey, and Rebecca and Jake Mutz talk about their moments of profound grief, and how it infiltrated their faith and caused it to grow. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey gives a message at a local prison, and some of the men in that prison catch a vision to be the spiritual leaders of their families. Also, hear from Pete Leonard, a coffee roaster, who wants to bestow dignity and worth to former prisoners. View Show Notes →
Knowing what to do and doing what you know are two different things. Rick Phillips, Dennis Rainey, Dan Allender, Tim Kimmel, and Robert Lewis each give a charge to see and pursue God's best as a godly man. View Show Notes →
Having a heart for God means you'll have a life that matters. Dennis Rainey shares his thoughts on seven decisions you'll never regret. View Show Notes →
What kind of decision are you making today? For years Dennis Rainey has been sharing seven principles to live life by. Find out why seeking God is the beginning of it all. View Show Notes →
How should a Christian approach the stage of life that follows the working years? Kay Marshall Strom, Dennis Rainey, Howard Hendricks, and Steve Sanford offer perspectives based on Scripture. View Show Notes →
What happens when our children choose to walk in darkness? Dennis Rainey gives practical biblical wisdom on the redemption of rebels, rugrats, and marriages through the sanctifying power of parenting. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey shares how to discover Christ in the midst of the interruptions, detours, and valleys of life. View Show Notes →
When pornography invades a culture, the explosions rip apart marriages and families, but it is the children who pay the greatest price for this attack on their parents' marriage. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey alerts us to the dangers of what he calls "terrorism of the soul" as he explores the toxic effects of pornography on marriages, families, and our souls in part one of this message. View Show Notes →
Did you know that there's a mistress flirting around your pastor's door? The mistress's name? Ministry. Dennis Rainey speaks to pastors about how they can avoid this marriage-destroying trap. View Show Notes →
What word should you never use in marriage? Find out the answer to this question and so much more as Dennis and Barbara Rainey share marriages principles from their 44 years together. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey share insight into 20 things they learned about marriage in their 44 years together. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey shares the value of dad as a minister and model. A wise shepherd leads his sheep at a pace at which they can thrive at and prosper. Part of that equation is being a godly model for his family, too. View Show Notes →
When a man becomes a dad he does not fully grasp both the immense challenge and rewards. Dennis Rainey shares how a dad must win as a manager of his family. View Show Notes →
Empty nester, Dennis Rainey reviews "release point" principles he's given in past years. He identifies parenting principles he still stands by today, and offers some amendments he'd make to principles he's shared in the past. View Show Notes →
The challenges of the orphan crisis are many and every Christian man needs to play a part in the solution. Join Rick Warren, Dennis Rainey, Jedd Medefind as they discuss the problem, and offer solutions. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey, Bob Lepine, and Ron Deal provide solid biblical answers on questions concerning different ministry opportunities for lay-people within the church. View Show Notes →
Where is your treasure? Mary Hunt, Callie Briese, Randy Alcorn, and Dennis Rainey help give perspective and offer tips for how to better manage your earthly blessings. View Show Notes →
New Year's Eve, 1992: Dennis and Bob sat down in a rented recording studio and had a conversation about the coming new year. Find out how well Bob and Dennis kept their resolutions, as we turn the clock back. View Show Notes →
New Year's resolution: Read through the Bible in a year. Dennis Rainey, Bob Lepine, Jen Wilkin, Barbara Rainey, and Don Whitney offer some coaching on effective ways to dig into God's word. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey explores the vital importance of the marriage covenant, as he exhorts couples to keep their covenant, and to humble themselves and seek forgiveness and reconciliation. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey, along with Jeff Kemp, provide solid biblical answers to questions concerning broken family relationships. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey and their daughter Laura reflect on Christmases past and the traditions they shared. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey, along with their daughter Laura reflect on some fun Rainey Christmases they've enjoyed. View Show Notes →
After researching the names of Christ, Barbara Rainey explains how she came up with the idea of having Christmas ornaments that reflect who Christ is. View Show Notes →
This holiday season Dennis and Barbara Rainey suggest hiding one new Christmas ornament and letting a child open one decorated bag each week of advent season. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey tell how they prepare for the holidays now as empty nesters. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey and various guests talk about some of the most romantic moments of their lives. View Show Notes →
Take your marriage beyond the mediocre by following the advice of authors Dr. Joe Stowell, Dave Wilson, and Gary Thomas. View Show Notes →
Is your home an escape pod from a fallen world, or an embassy into which you'd invite a broken world to view God's handiwork? Find out how to spot the difference between the two. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey believes that Christians are called out of the "holy huddle" into a life that proclaims to a watching world the good news of Jesus Christ. View Show Notes →
God's faithfulness over 40 years is worth celebrating. We depend on His continued favor to continue to reach families one home at a time. View Show Notes →
The message was vital; the challenge was how to spread it far and wide. The answer? A national radio program called "FamilyLife Today." View Show Notes →
During the 1980s and 1990s, millions of couples found help and hope for their marriages and families, thanks to God's favor and faithfulness. View Show Notes →
Hurting marriages and a disintegrating cultural ethic. Sound familiar? In 1976, the FamilyLife Marriage Conference was born to address these pressing issues. View Show Notes →
When Dennis and Barbara Rainey were newlyweds, God called them to a unique ministry to engaged couples. Hear how FamilyLife began in 1976. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about two of the most valuable gifts our parents are longing to receive from us: forgiveness and honor. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey recalls a few stories people have shared about the transformation that took place when they stepped out in faith to honor their parents. View Show Notes →
The Scriptures tell us to honor our father and mother, but why? Dennis Rainey tells why keeping the fifth commandment to honor our parents is so important. View Show Notes →
Join us as we celebrate and remember the goodness of God's work done in God's way, in the life of the late Vonette Bright. View Show Notes →
Join us as we celebrate the life of the late Vonette Bright. View Show Notes →
God inclines His ear to those who pray. Dennis and Barbara Rainey swap stories of answered prayer with Ed and Wendy Bjurstrom. Hear what God is doing in the lives of these couples. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey, authors of "Two Hearts Praying as One," talk with Brett and Carrie Chaffer about the benefits of praying together as a couple. View Show Notes →
What is keeping you from praying with your spouse? Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the challenges they've faced when trying to pray together on a regular basis. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey talk about the joys of praying together as a couple. Mitchell and Beth Dean are their special guests. View Show Notes →
Most Americans think that the Supreme Court of the United States has the final say on matters of constitutional law, but according to Scripture the final say is in Jesus' hands. View Show Notes →
Did you know that there's a mistress flirting around your pastor's door? The mistress's name? Ministry. Dennis Rainey speaks to pastors about how they can avoid this marriage-destroying trap. View Show Notes →
Blended families take up a fair share of the pew space in our local churches today. Dennis Rainey shares a message to illustrate how all of us, as Christians, are a part of God's blended family. View Show Notes →
At a recent leadership conference to develop strategies to deal with gay marriage, Dennis Rainey winsomely delivers a timeless Biblical solution to the issue. View Show Notes →
At a recent leadership conference to develop strategies to deal with gay marriage, Dennis Rainey winsomely delivers a timeless Biblical solution to the issue. View Show Notes →
God has a divine purpose in mind when He calls us to be parents. After years of parenting, Dennis Rainey realized that the children helped him finish growing up. View Show Notes →
It is impossible to experience marriage as God designed it without being liberal and lavish in forgiveness. Dennis Rainey shares more lessons he's learned in over 40 years of marriage. View Show Notes →
In the first few years of his marriage Dennis Rainey made a lot of "rookie errors". Today he's passing along the forty lessons he learned to help others avoid making the same errors. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey tackle your toughest holiday questions. View Show Notes →
The Christmas season can be particularly stressful for families. Dennis and Barbara Rainey answer your questions about the best way to handle some of the most common holiday stressors. View Show Notes →
Ever wonder what Christmas at the Rainey household is really like? Dennis and Barbara Rainey walk down memory lane and answer listeners' questions about their best and worst Christmases ever. View Show Notes →
Find out why the names of Jesus are so significant, and how you can teach them to your family. Hear insights from Franklin Graham, Dennis Rainey, and Crawford Loritts. View Show Notes →
At a recent trip to prison, Dennis Rainey takes time to connect with prison inmates and hear the stories of a few whose lives were impacted by material on biblical manhood. View Show Notes →
You're marriage is good, right? But how intentional are you about the legacy you and your wife are leaving with your marriage? View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey shares of the importance of leaving a godly legacy to your family. View Show Notes →
When a tornado roars through a city, destroys homes and devastates families, how are we to react? View Show Notes →
Every marriage has a crisis year. For Dennis and Barbara Rainey, that year was 1976. Hear a story of trial and triumph as Dennis Rainey details how God took him through the valley of suffering. View Show Notes →
Across America, there is a new awareness of the importance of the marriage covenant. View Show Notes →
What makes your parents tick? Dennis Rainey opens the Scriptures to help you better understand, and love, your parents. View Show Notes →
Good ole' Mom and Dad! Dennis Rainey gives you some practical advice on honoring and loving your parents. View Show Notes →
You've loved them, you've hated them, and sometimes you didn't understand them at all. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey explains why it's important to rest in the knowledge of God's love. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey continues exploring the meaning behind the many names, particularly the royal names, of Christ. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey reminds us of the qualities of our true king, Jesus Christ. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about the four steps that need to be applied to help a boy develop into a man. View Show Notes →
Dennis encourage men to give their sons a vision of manhood. View Show Notes →
Dennis tells how a father's influence can be the compass that points a boy to true masculinity. View Show Notes →
On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court made two historic rulings that favored same-sex marriage. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey offers a variety of ways for a father to lead his family spiritually. View Show Notes →
Who’s leading your family? View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey says that, as parents, we cannot head off all trouble before it presents itself. View Show Notes →
You'll be surprised where peer pressure comes from. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey challenges parents with the opportunity to prepare their children for adolescence. View Show Notes →
Courage can be contagious. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey shares the second five urgent steps a family can take to stay spiritually healthy. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey shares some disciplines that will keep your family spiritually healthy. View Show Notes →
The cost of adoption and fatherlessness weighs particularly hard on the next generation of men. View Show Notes →
The challenges of the orphan crisis are many and varied, and every Christian man needs to play a part in the solution. View Show Notes →
If the wife makes more money than the husband, why shouldn't she make the living while her husband watches the kids? View Show Notes →
Who should stay home with the kids? View Show Notes →
What kind of person do you want your teen to date? View Show Notes →
How do you teach the value of purity in a culture that applauds immodesty? View Show Notes →
Do you remember the first time you heard about sex? View Show Notes →
Did you ever feel pressured to do something you really didn't want to do? View Show Notes →
One young woman tells how her P2P weekend over 10 years ago is still impacting her today. View Show Notes →
What does your son know, and believe, about women? View Show Notes →
Does your son attract girls like bees to honey? View Show Notes →
Would your son know what do to if he was propositioned by a member of the opposite sex? View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks honestly with parents about protecting their sons from overly aggressive girls. View Show Notes →
Find out how to teach your sons how to deal with aggressive girls. View Show Notes →
Dennis and Barbara Rainey tell about recent life "storms" they've experienced, both literal and figurative. View Show Notes →
Easter is just around the corner! View Show Notes →
What’s Christmas like at your house? View Show Notes →
No matter what your age, you can make a difference. View Show Notes →
Marriages and families today are in crisis. View Show Notes →
What is a patriarch? View Show Notes →
Who was your model for manhood? View Show Notes →
How we deal with anger affects generations. View Show Notes →
When a couple experiences conflict in their marriage, how they resolve that conflict affects more than just the marriage. View Show Notes →
Even if a couple stays together for decades, if they are merely living under the same roof, they're missing out on the blessing God has intended marriage to be. View Show Notes →
What would happen if you built a house with two different sets of blueprints, two different architects, and two different builders constructing the house? View Show Notes →
Manhood isn’t the summit. View Show Notes →
What can a father do to help his son move toward manhood? View Show Notes →
What distinguishes a boy from a man? View Show Notes →
The ultimate issue in your marriage and in every aspect of your existence is deciding who or what you will surrender to. View Show Notes →
If you're going to leave a legacy, it all begins with answering the question, "Who is your master?" View Show Notes →
A father's involvement can be a tremendous influence on his daughter's dates. View Show Notes →
What role does a father play when his daughter starts dating? View Show Notes →
Does your daughter know what to expect from a young man she's dating? View Show Notes →
The dating years can be brimming with heartbreak, confusion, and uncertainty. View Show Notes →
Are you taking charge when you need to? View Show Notes →
It's not always easy being in the middle of something, especially if that something is boyhood and manhood. View Show Notes →
A boy without a father is like an explorer without a map. View Show Notes →
It takes courage to lead today. View Show Notes →
It’s coming! View Show Notes →
It's not how you start but how you finish that determines if you win the race. View Show Notes →
A house is only as good as the foundation it's built on. View Show Notes →
A good name is better than riches. View Show Notes →
Valleys either help you or hinder you. View Show Notes →
What is God's will for you? View Show Notes →
What is God's will for you? View Show Notes →
Not everyone leaves a physical descendent, but everyone leaves a legacy. View Show Notes →
Do you honor your mother and father? View Show Notes →
What is your life about? View Show Notes →
What kind of legacy will you leave someday? View Show Notes →
What will your children inherit? View Show Notes →
FamilyLife has been hard at work developing a host of great new tools for a new generation. View Show Notes →
If all of Satan’s traps were easily recognizable, Eve would have never bitten into the apple. View Show Notes →
You've discussed rings, invitations and wedding guests. View Show Notes →
You're engaged, and the finish line is almost in sight! View Show Notes →
Are you ready to leave your parents and cleave to your spouse? View Show Notes →
How do you know when to marry? View Show Notes →
You've prepared for the wedding, but what are you doing to prepare for the marriage? View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey gives practical suggestions for loving your wife and honoring her in a way she'll truly understand. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about the covenant of marriage. View Show Notes →
What does it mean to take a vow of marriage? View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey encourages couples to feed the fire of romance in their marriages. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey tells couples how to keep their marriages strong in the face of temptation. View Show Notes →
Is your kindergartner starting to push back on your correction? View Show Notes →
The toddler years are often considered some of the most difficult. View Show Notes →
What does your newborn really need from you? View Show Notes →
How will you correct your child when he misbehaves? View Show Notes →
What is your game plan for parenting? View Show Notes →
All of us eventually transition from the teen years to adulthood. View Show Notes →
Dating is usually considered one of the benefits of being a teenager. View Show Notes →
When is a teen ready for dating? View Show Notes →
Do you know what your worldview is? View Show Notes →
Allegiances to parents must shift after marriage. View Show Notes →
You might have left the wedding in a cloud of dust, but are your parents still trailing behind? View Show Notes →
Marriage--it’s a lot harder than it looks. View Show Notes →
"You may now kiss the bride!" View Show Notes →
In uncertain times, we need to focus on that which is certain – the Word of God. View Show Notes →
Who rules the roost at your home--you or your teen? View Show Notes →
Are your kids testing your boundaries? View Show Notes →
“Mom, he hit me!” Sound familiar? View Show Notes →
Two siblings competing for Mom and Dad’s attention can turn a simple game of Mother May I? into a battle. View Show Notes →
The devoutly Christian Pilgrims sacrificed all for a chance at religious freedom. View Show Notes →
The first Thanksgiving wasn’t all about football, feasting, family, and fun like it is today! View Show Notes →
Why did the Pilgrims risk it all for a new life in the New World? View Show Notes →
Anchors aweigh! View Show Notes →
The Pilgrims didn’t know where they were going or what they would do when they arrived. View Show Notes →
How should Christians respond to economic uncertainty? View Show Notes →
Today on the broadcast, Dennis Rainey opens the Scriptures to discover God’s thoughts about children. View Show Notes →
What should a young man do with his desire? View Show Notes →
More and more parents are expressing concern about the number of young women actively pursing their sons. View Show Notes →
Is your teen prepared for adulthood? View Show Notes →
Whether writing one or receiving one, whose heart doesn't thrill over a good love letter? View Show Notes →
With Valentine's Day upon us, most of us are thinking of the ones we love. View Show Notes →
A wife has the power to give life to her husband through many avenues - encouragement, intimacy, and friendship. View Show Notes →
Affirming words to a man are like water to a garden. View Show Notes →
When it comes to romance, men and women can be as different as night and day. View Show Notes →
Do men value romance as much as a women? View Show Notes →
It's not always easy for husbands to understand their wives and vice versa. View Show Notes →
Love can be expressed in many ways. View Show Notes →
Are men and women really that different when it comes to romance? View Show Notes →
Why is romance so important to a woman? View Show Notes →
Seasons change, and so do marriages. View Show Notes →
If there was a way to switch places with your spouse for one day - to feel what they feel, to see the world the way they do, would you do it? View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey reminisces about the many interviews he's had with his daughters' dates. View Show Notes →
Are you meeting your daughter's date for the first time? What questions should you ask him? View Show Notes →
How can you interview your daughter's date? View Show Notes →
What should you say to your daughter's suitor? View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about the benefits of interviewing your daughter's dates. View Show Notes →
If you're like the rest of us, you've probably found yourself regretting something you've said. View Show Notes →
As small as it is, the tongue can still get us into BIG trouble. View Show Notes →
Does your tongue need a harness lately? View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey answers questions from listeners regarding spiritually mismatched unions. View Show Notes →
Listen to a dramatic presentation based on the FamilyLife resource, "What God Wants for Christmas". View Show Notes →
Hear Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine share stories and letters from couples who've attended the Weekend to Remember. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about knowing and applying God’s word and teaching our children to do the same. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about the weeds that threaten a family’s spiritual life. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey tells how the storms of life can draw a couple closer together instead of blowing them apart. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey gives some pointers on choosing a church for your family. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey, gives some timely advice on disciplining children. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks to couples about keeping the passionate fires of romance burning. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about the benefits of a prayerful life. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey encourages parents to pray without ceasing if they want to see their family grow spiritually. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about growing a spiritually strong family. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey tells you how you can become an all-star by working out your spiritual biceps. View Show Notes →
Hear from couples whose lives and marriages were changed after attending the largest "Weekend to Remember". View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey takes an honest look at dating for teens. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey challenges you and your children to a higher standard. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey helps your sons understand God's plan for sex. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey takes a look at peer pressure and tells how to avoid drowning in popular opinion. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey gives practical suggestions for loving your wife and honoring her in a way she'll truly understand. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks pointedly to men about understanding and honoring their wives. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about finding the source of real joy. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey encourages listeners with a message about true joy. View Show Notes →
Hear Dennis Rainey, John Piper, and Danny Oertli talk about the joys and challenges of adoption. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey explains how marriage is a God-designed institution. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about the importance of the Word of God in a couple's home and marriage. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey explains the Trinity and tells how each entity relates to the family View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey explains the history of FamilyLife's Family Manifesto. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey tells husbands and wives how they can weather the trials that threaten to destroy them. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey encourages couples to draw closer to each other and God. View Show Notes →
Are men and women really that different when it comes to romance? View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about building intimacy in your marriage through honesty and transparency. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey tells what it means for a husband and wife to become one flesh. View Show Notes →
The Scriptures mandate that a man leave his mother and father and cleave to his wife. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey explains what it means to cleave to your spouse. View Show Notes →
A husband or wife can't cleave until they leave. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey tells how leaving your family of origin may be the best thing you can do in order to bond to your mate. View Show Notes →
Why bother to get married? View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey encourages husbands and wives to honestly evaluate their marriages before it's too late. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about the blessing that will result when you make a choice to forgive your parents. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey talks about blessing your parents with the gift of compassion. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey tells how you can give your parents the gift of honor. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey finds encouragement by opening the pages of Scripture to Psalm 34. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey teaches from Psalm 34. View Show Notes →
Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion, gives us an evangelistic opportunity with friends, family members, and co-workers. View Show Notes →
Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine discuss things to consider as you pray about showing your family the movie The Passion. View Show Notes →
What should we expect from Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion? View Show Notes →