Building a Positive Relationship with a Jehovah’s Witness

Building a Positive Relationship with a Jehovah’s Witness

How do we build a positive relationship with a Jehovah’s Witness? What about family members and loved ones that become involved in the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society? How can we keep the communication lines open but also be ready to share our faith in Christ with them when God opens the door? Join us today as I feature Keith Walker, president of Evidence Ministries. As a missionary to those involved in the Jehovah’s Witness organization, he often meets and interacts with active Jehovah’s Witnesses. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/FSM_Nov_04_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Families Transformed Through the Gospel of Christ

Families Transformed Through the Gospel of Christ

How can meeting physical, emotional and spiritual needs open doors to share the Gospel? How do we respond with love and point people to Jesus Christ when they struggle with relationships, parenting, marriage, communication, physical illness, addictions and a myriad of other issues today’s families face? God has established two institutions–the family and the church. Would you agree with me that these two institutions are under attack in today’s world? Together we can take up the shield of faith and use the spiritual weapons God has given us. This includes the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. This is Kay Mayer, President of Family Shield Ministries. Today I’ll present  Families Transformed through the Gospel of Christ....
Travelers for Jesus

Travelers for Jesus

What is Travelers for Jesus? How does this ministry dedicated to carrying out the Great Commission touch lives with the Gospel and encourage people to know Christ and His Word as they travel through the community on their motorcycles? Join us today as we talk with Jim Lajeuness who is the president and chaplain for Travelers for Jesus and Ralph Kelm who is the vice president and a deacon. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/FSM_Oct_21_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Identity Theft

Identity Theft

What is identity theft? How do thieves steal an identity? How can you prevent this from happening and what do you do if it does happen? Join us today as I interview Katie Koelling, senior counsel for Thrivent Financial within Thrivent Financial’s general counsel office. She serves as Thrivent Financial’s privacy, anti-money laundering and identity theft officer and manager of its special investigation unit. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/FSM_Oct_14_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Celebrating 25 Years & Stepping Into the Future with Christ

Celebrating 25 Years & Stepping Into the Future with Christ

Who do you turn to when a family member has strayed from the faith? How do you cope with your own feelings of loss when a family member is losing their way? What resources are available to you when you are seeking help or assistance? Join us today as we explore one organization that has been helping families for over 25 years. In fact we’re going to turn the tables just a bit today and talk with Kay Meyer, president of Family Shield Ministries and normally the host of this Family Shield radio program. I’m Mark Frith, one of the board members of Family Shield Ministries and your guest host for today’s program. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/FSM_Oct_07_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Sharing the Gospel with Hurting People

Sharing the Gospel with Hurting People

We don’t need to go far to find hurting people both within and outside of the church. We just need to listen. As we listen we learn about the challenges family and friends are facing in today’s world. Here are a few stories about people we’ve listened to and worked with through the Family Shield Follow-up Services and Response Center. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/FSM_Sep_30_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Dealing with Conflict and Reconciliation

Dealing with Conflict and Reconciliation

How do you handle conflict in your home and family? When conflict occurs, how do you resolve it? How might a Christian counselor help you learn to resolve conflict and be reconciled? Join us today as we discuss conflict and reconciliation. My guest today is Dr. Gary Peterson, the director of Graduate Counselling and Graduate Education at Concordia University in Wisconsin. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/FSM_Sep_23_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Raising Godly Girls

Raising Godly Girls

Your new daughter is precious in your sight. She’s also precious to God. She’s been created, chosen and redeemed by her Savior. She is the princess of the King. How do we raise godly girls? How do we help them learn that they are fearfully and wonderfully made? And how do we help them grow in faith? Join us today as I visit with Deb Burma, author of Raising Godly Girls. Deb is a sought-after speaker for women and couple’s events and leadership workshops and has authored numerous books and Bible studies including Raising Godly Girls. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/FSM_Sept_19_16.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Middle School: The Inside Story

Middle School: The Inside Story

Middle school involves some really tough, confusing years for today’s youth. Many parents are caught off guard by the changes in their children when they begin the transition out of childhood and into adolescence. Did you ever wonder what goes on in the mind of a middle schooler? Join us today as I interview Cynthia Tobias, the author of Middle School: The Inside Story. We’ll learn what kids tell her but don’t always tell you. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/FSM_Sep_09_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
A Journey of Faith

A Journey of Faith

Have you ever prayed for a miracle? Although God always answers our prayers, He doesn’t always answer them in the way we desire. Join us today as I talk with a man who prayed fervently for a miracle. He prayed that the Lord would spare his twin sons who had been born prematurely. God did perform a miracle but it wasn’t the one this man had prayed for. The Lord allowed him to feel God’s peace when he handed his sons over to the loving arms of the Savior. He came to realize the depth of God’s love for us and fully appreciate what the Father had done for all of us when He allowed His Son to suffer and die for our sins. My guest is Rev. Dr. Steven Schave, director of Urban and Inner City Missions and director of church planting for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Office of National...
Helping Our Children Grow in Faith

Helping Our Children Grow in Faith

How do we begin the process of spiritual nurture in the home? How can we help our children and grandchildren learn to love God and grow in faith? What are some fun family activities and devotions that we can do with our children or grandchildren? Join us today as we talk about helping our children grow in faith. I’ll share some fun family devotions you can use in your home. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/FSM_Aug_26_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
The Secret Life of Angels

The Secret Life of Angels

You’ve probably seen depictions of angels in popular tv shows and movies, and you’ve read about angel encounters. But really, most of these accounts often have little in common with the Bible’s portrayal of angels. How can you tell what is real and what isn’t? How can you separate fact from fiction? Join us today as we journey through God’s Word and learn who angels are, what they’re like, and how they are involved in your life today. My guest is Dr. Ron Rhodes, president of Reasoning from the Scriptures, and author of The Secret Life of Angels. We’ll talk about this book today on Family Shield. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/FSM_Aug_19_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Perseverance: Praying Through Life’s Challenges. A Nehemiah Battle Plan

Perseverance: Praying Through Life’s Challenges. A Nehemiah Battle Plan

Who was Nehemiah? What did he do? What can we learn about prayer and perseverance from his story in the Old Testament? What does God teach us about prayer in His Word? Why should we pray through life’s challenges? This is Kay Meyer, president of Family Shield Ministries and your host for today’s program. My guest today is Donna Pyle, author of a new Bible study – Perseverance: Praying Through Life’s Challenges. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/FSM_Aug_12_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
When You Only Have a Few Minutes with a Mormon

When You Only Have a Few Minutes with a Mormon

So, you’re going to a national Christian conference in Salt Lake City. You know you’ll have many opportunities to interact and get acquainted with Mormons while you’re there. You want to find ways to witness to them as the Lord opens doors. What can you share with a Mormon when you only have a few moments? Today on Family Shield we’ll talk about how to respond and witness in love to those involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My guest today is Bill McKeever, President of Mormon Research Ministry. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/FSM_Aug_05_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Family Shield’s Counter Cult Ministry

Family Shield’s Counter Cult Ministry

What does the Family Shield Counter Cult ministry do? How are we helping individuals and their families? Join us today as I talk about this area of our ministry, and later do an interview with one of the families we’ve been serving. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/FSM_Jul_29_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Teens and Screens

Teens and Screens

Screen time is rapidly replacing family time, and for teens especially, it is hard wiring the way they connect with their world. Join us today as I interview Dr. Cathy Koch, author of Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/FSM_Jul_22_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Black Ministry in the LCMS

Black Ministry in the LCMS

The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Black Ministry provides encouragement, assistance, advocacy, and works with 35 LCMS districts, congregations and schools in minisrty to people of African-American descent and other ethnic cultures. It provides faithfulness to theology that is contextual and holistic, touching lives with the Gospel through mercy care. Today we’ll learn more about the LCMS and how it reaches and equips people to serve and witness in today’s world. My guest is Rev. Roosevelt Gray, Jr. He’s the director of the LCMS Black Ministry. Visit the LCMS Black Ministry Online   https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/FSM_Jul_15_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Learning About Your Spiritual Gifts

Learning About Your Spiritual Gifts

What has Jesus done for you? Why is He the head of the church? What does the Bible say about the Body of Christ and spiritual gifts? How are you gifted? How can you learn what your gifts are and how are you using your spiritual gifts in service? Join us today as we talk about spiritual gifts. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/FSM_Jul_08_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
No More Perfect Moms

No More Perfect Moms

Do you think you can be a perfect Mom? Some women, before they had their children, think they can be. Then reality sets in as their young child throws a temper tantrum at the grocery store or in church. It’s a fact — all mothers struggle. We can’t be the perfect mom. We don’t have perfect kids, nor do we have the perfect husband, home, friend, or marriage. Join us today as I interview Jill Savage, an author, speaker, and the founder and CEO of Hearts at Home. We’ll discuss her book, No More Perfect Moms. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/FSM_July_01_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Tender Lions: Building the Vital Relationship Between Father and Son

Tender Lions: Building the Vital Relationship Between Father and Son

How can fathers build a positive and vital relationship with their sons? How can they help their sons become bold, courageous and empathetic men? Why is vulnerability important, and what should fathers tell their sons about life’s most important issues? Join us today as I interview Brian Becker and his son Jeff Becker. They’re the authors of Tender Lions: Building the Vital Relationship Between Father and Son. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FSM_June_24_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Adoption Blessings!

Adoption Blessings!

Are you adopted? Have you adopted a child? Why is adoption a blessing for the children and the adoptive parents? How is being in God’s family like being adopted? Join us today as I interview Rev. Stephen Becker. We’ll discuss adoption blessings. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FSM_June_17_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
From Muslim to Christian

From Muslim to Christian

How and why did a Muslim man convert to Christianity? join us today as we hear Nate Salah’s story and journey of faith. We’ll also discuss ways to build relationships and talk to Muslims about faith issues. This is Kay Meyer, president of Family Shield Ministries and your host for today’s program. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FSM_May_20_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Five Love Languages of Children

Do you want to know the secret of making sure your child feels loved? Children desperately need to know how much their parents love them, but if we don’t know their love language we may as well be speaking gibberish. Every child expresses and receives love best through one of the five communication styles that include quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. Stay tuned today as I interview Dr. Gary Chapman. We’ll discuss his book, The Five Love Languages of Children. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Chapman-Five-Love-Languages-of-Children.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
First Time Dads

First Time Dads

Fathers have a great influence on the lives of their children, and first time dads will encounter many new experiences. They’ll examine those tiny fingers and toes and marvel at God’s creation. They’ll change diapers, endure sleepless nights, initiate tickle attacks, tell bedtime stories, and field seemingly unending questions. Join us today as I interview family ministry veteran and father of six, John Fuller. He wrote the book, First Time Dad. He’ll share things you need to know as a first time dad; things like setting good priorities, recognizing and recovering from common fatherhood mistakes, and how to cultivate a lasting parent-child relationship. Besides being the author of First Time Dad, John is also the Vice President of Audio and New Media at Focus on the Family and co-host of...
Gospel DNA

Gospel DNA

What are the five markers of a flourishing church? Why is the Gospel and having a passion for souls so critical in effective outreach? Can we again have millions of new believers in Jesus in the United State and thousands of new churches? Is it possible for the Christian church to become vibrant and relevant once again? join us today on Family Shield as I interview Rev. Michael Newman author of Gospel DNA: Five Markers of a Flourishing Church. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/FSM_May_27_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Comparing Mormonism to Christianity

Comparing Mormonism to Christianity

Mormonism is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. Have you ever wondered in what specific ways Mormonism differs from the Christian faith? Join us today as I interview Bill McKeever, founder of Mormonism Research Ministry and author of Mormonism 101. The book provides answers to your questions and examines the major tenets of Mormon theology and compares them to orthodox Christian beliefs. Today we’ll focus on what Mormons believe about God the Father and Jesus Christ and how it differs from what the Bible teaches. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/FSM_May_13_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
God Loves Moms

God Loves Moms

Have you ever thought about the moms in God’s Word? What kind of mom was Mary? Hannah? Eve? What kind of mom are you? Join us today as I interview the author of God Loves Moms. It explores what we know about women of the Bible and considers the work of God in their lives. Our listeners will be invited to look at their own lives, rob insights from the Bible stories, and embrace the hope God provides through His Son. It’s when we consider the realities of vulnerability in pain and sin that we see how salvation is sure through Christ. This is Kay Meyer, president of Family Shield Ministries and your host for today’s program. My guest is Christina Hergenrader, a mother, and the author of God Loves Moms. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/FSM_May_6_19.mp3Podcast:...
Being Disfellowshipped from the Jehovah’s Witnesses

Being Disfellowshipped from the Jehovah’s Witnesses

At the Witnesses Now for Jesus Convention in Pennsylvania many years ago, I sat at breakfast with Joan Cetnar, a former Jehovah’s Witness. I heard her story of what happened when she and her husband left the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. You see, they had come to know the true Christ of the Bible – the one who is true God and true man at the same time. They no longer wanted to be Jehovah’s Witnesses, but when they left they were disfellowshipped. The practice of disfellowshipping is our topic for today’s program. What does it mean to be disfellowshipped from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society? How does disfellowshipping divide families from one another? Join us today as I interview Joan Cetnar....
Give Your Marriage One More Try

Give Your Marriage One More Try

Is your marriage worth fighting for? If you’ve ever said, “I can’t take it anymore, I want out!” or “Enough is enough!” then today’s program featuring Dr. Gary Chapman, and his book, One More Try is a program you need to hear. He’ll give you the courage and confidence to move forward when your marriage seems to be falling apart. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/FSM_Apr_22_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Discipline and the Five Love Languages of Children

Discipline and the Five Love Languages of Children

Which of the following words is negative: love, warmth, laughter, discipline? The answer is none. Contrary to what many people think, discipline is not a negative word. Discipline comes from the Greek word that means “to train.” Discipline involves the long and vigilant task of guiding a child from infancy to adulthood. The goal is that the child would reach a level of maturity that will allow him one day to function as a responsible adult in society. Stay tuned today as I interview Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages of Children. We’ll discuss discipline and the love languages. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/FSM_Apr_15_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Family Shield’s Easter Special

Family Shield’s Easter Special

Jesus said to his disciples, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death. Remain here and keep watch with me.” Then He prayed, “My father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, yet not as I will but as Thou wilt.” How did spending time in prayer prepare Jesus for what was ahead? What was the cup He wanted to pass from Him? How did Jesus suffer for our sins? Why did He do this for us? And what happened after His resurrection that changed men and women who were hiding and afraid into passionate proclaimers of the saving Gospel message of Jesus Christ? Join us today as I interview Reverend Timothy Scharr. Today is the Family Shield Easter special. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/FSM_Apr_08_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Lenten and Easter Activities for Children and Families

Lenten and Easter Activities for Children and Families

How do we help our children and youth understand the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ? What are some Lenten and Easter activities that we can do with our children? Join us today as I interview Krista Young on the topic of Easter and today’s families. She’s the director of Christian education and youth ministry at Hope Lutheran Church in North Carolina. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/FSM_Apr_01_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
Teaching Teens to Defend Their Faith

Teaching Teens to Defend Their Faith

Many Christian teenagers journey through life in today’s world without much thought about their faith. How can parents teach teens to share the Gospel with effectiveness in our secular culture? How can we train our teens to defend their faith in Christ with caring concern? Why should we help teens learn how to defend their faith by asking pointed questions rather than preaching or lecturing others? And how can we help teens put their knowledge into practice? Join us today as I interview Bryan Osborne, a speaker for Answers in Genesis. We’ll discuss Teaching Teens to Defend the Christian Faith. Bryan taught Bible History in a public school for 13 years, and for over 20 years has been teaching Christians to defend their faith....
A Birth Mother’s Story

A Birth Mother’s Story

Terri was 19 years old when her father suddenly died in a car accident, and she had a serious relationship end. She didn’t know how to grieve those losses. She says, “During that time in my life I was an emotional wreck.” She drank too much, and then became pregnant. Although she didn’t know the Lord at that time, today she realizes that God was guiding and directing her. He led her to tell her aunt about the pregnancy. Her aunt prayed for her, offered her support, and connected her to friends that gave her a place to live, and assisted her as she made plans to release her baby for adoption. Join us today as I interview my friend Terri about her journey as a birth mother of a son born more than 40 years ago in Texas....
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Resolving Conflicts Biblically

How do you deal with conflict? Do you run and hide when it occurs and just keep ignoring it; or do you explode in anger when conflict happens your life? Both of these are inappropriate ways to deal with conflict. Why not learn how to respond to conflict Biblically? A few years ago as an LCMS reconciler, I was asked to present a Bible study on resolving conflict Biblically to a group called Secretaries for Christ. I thought today might be a good day to share portions of this program with my radio listeners. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FSM_Mar_18_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Reaching Native American Indians for Christ

What do you know about Native Americans? Did you know that there are 2.9 Million American Indians and Alaska natives in the United States? Or that Indian youth have the highest rate of suicide among all ethnic groups in the United States? Did you know that American Indians and Alaska natives are the victims of violent crime at rates nearly double those of other communities in the United States? Or that native people died of alcoholism at a rate five times higher than other Americans? And did you know that less than 5% of Native Americans know Jesus Christ as their Savior? The body of Christ has a lot of work to do to minister to Native Americans and help reach them for Christ. One organization stands out as a leader in reaching Native Americans for Christ. Join us today as we learn about...
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Hope When Your Heart Breaks

When grief and loss enter our life it can knock the wind out of us. Grief can come from broken relationships, the loss of a job, dashed hopes and dreams, divorce, or the death of a loved one. The losses can crush your spirit and cause you great pain. How do you find hope when your heart breaks?Join us today as I interview Michael Newman author of the new book, Hope When Your Heart Breaks: Navigating Grief and Loss. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FSM_Mar_04_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare

The Bible tells us Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It also tells us Satan is the father of lies and the god of this world. Why does the Church avoid the topic of Satan, evil spirits and spiritual warfare today? How does Satan masquerade as an angel of light? As Christians what can we do when we feel under attack? Join us today as Dr. Robert Bennett describes real events and actual confessions people have shared with him of demonic encounters in America. How do we resist Satan’s schemes? Find out today as I interview Robert Bennett — he’s the author of Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FSM_Feb_25_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Introduction to Islam

Christians and Muslims live side-by-side in the United States, yet we know very little about each other’s beliefs. What do Muslims believe and teach? Who was Muhammad? What is the Quran? What do Muslims think of the Bible? What do Muslims believe about Jesus? How is it different from what Christians believe, and how can we share our Christian faith with Muslims we meet in our communities? Join us today as we discuss how to respond and witness to Muslims. My guest today is Dr. Adam Francisco, professor of history at Concordia University in Irvine California. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FSM_Feb_18_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Jumpstart Your Witness

How can Christians prepare to witness to those who ask them about the hope they have in Christ? Why is gentleness and respect so important? Join us today on Family Shield – our topic is Jumpstart Your Witness. My guest is Reverend Gregory Seltz. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FSM_Feb_11_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Loved and Sent

How do we find identity and meaning in today’s world? What does it mean to be loved and sent? Why do so many non-Christians have misperceptions about Christianity and how can we address them? Join us today as I interview Reverend Jeff Cloeter, author of Loved and Sent. He shares his own quest for identity, meaning, and share stories of important people who have impacted his life. Reverend Cloeter is the Senior Pastor of Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in St Louis, Missouri. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FSM_Feb_04_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Heaven–The Undiscovered Country

Every person who has ever lived has wondered about the place beyond mortality. Shakespeare called it the undiscovered country. God’s word tells us about our souls — our bodies in heaven. What happens at the moment of death? Will we recognize and know our loved ones in heaven? What is heaven actually like? What will we do there? Join me today as I interview Dr. Ron Rhodes, author of Heaven: The Undiscovered Country. Ron is the president of Reasoning from the Scriptures. Note: Heaven: The Undiscovered Country has since been updated and released with the title What Happens After Life? 21 Amazing Revelations About Heaven and Hell – we encourage you to read this fascinating book! https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FSM_Jan_28_19.mp3Podcast: Play in...
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Do’s and Do not’s When Witnessing to Mormons

Do you have a family member or friend who is a Mormon that you want to share your faith with? How do you begin? What are some do’s and do not’s for witnessing to a Mormon? Join us today as we learn about Truth and Love Ministry. They help equip Christians to witness to those involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My guest is Reverend Mark Cares, the author of Speaking the Truth in Love to Mormons, and the founder and president of Truth in Love Ministry. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/FSM_Jan_21_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses

An unfamiliar car parks near your house and two nice-looking people approach your front door. Your doorbell rings and after exchanging some pleasantries your unexpected guests offer you literature from the Watchtower Society. What will you say? What should you say? The Bible says we should conduct ourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of every opportunity. This is good advice as we open up conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses. Join us today as I feature Dr. Ron Rhodes and we discuss his book Conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses. Today we are sharing information on responding and witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/FSM_Jan_14_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Creationism vs. Evolution

What do cuddly purple dinosaurs, an ark with long necked giraffes, abortion, cave formations millions of years old, fossil fuels, dragon legends, and stars a billion light years away have in common? How is the teaching of evolution impacting our life today? And if evolution is a proven fact, then how can the Bible be true? Join us today as I interview Rev. Ron Nelson. We’ll give you Biblical ammunition, stones that can defeat the giant of evolution, and how science proves the Bible is accurate. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/FSM_Jan_7_19.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Block Parties for Outreach

You’ve heard about parties but have you ever considered organizing a block party for outreach? How could your church or church group organize a block party and use it to share the Gospel and reach individuals and families for Christ? Join us today as I interview Nancy Stallard. She was involved with her congregation as they organized a block party for outreach. We’ll learn how they planned it, what was included to make it fun and successful, and how your church or church group could also organize a block party for outreach.   https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/FSM_Dec_31_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Beyond Christmas–What Does the Bible Say?

We praise the Lord that Jesus was born and is our Savior from sin, death, and the power of the devil. We pray you have a wonderful Christmas. What does the Bible say about what happened in the days, months, and years after Jesus Christ was born? What does the Bible say beyond Christmas? Some of what we’ll discuss today includes when Mary and Joseph dedicated Jesus in the temple and met Simeon and Anna, when the wisemen visited Herod, told him about the star, and came to the house with Mary, Joseph and Jesus, and later when King Herod tries to kill the Messiah by ordering all children up to age two to be killed. Join us today as we share more about what the Bible says beyond Christmas. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FSM_Dec_24_18.mp3Podcast: Play in...
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Transition in Marriage

Transitions occur in everyone’s lives; they often mean big changes. These transitions can cause feelings of joy, anxiety and fear. Marriages can also face transitions in today’s world. They can cause conflict and challenges. Today we’ll discuss transitions in marriage. Some transitions include being newly married, having a first child, losing a job, the challenge of raising children and empty nest and retirement. Join us today as I interview Marty Lindvedt, a Christian counselor. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FSM_Dec_17_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Family Shield Christmas Special

Why does the New Testament have all the long geneologies in it? What does the book of Matthew say about the birth of Christ? And how does this compare to Isaiah 7:14 that says “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold a virgin will be with child and bear a Son and she will call His name Immanuel. This is Kay Meyer of Family Shield Ministries. Join us today as I interview Rev. David Meggers of Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, MO. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FSM_Dec_10_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Traditions and Memories

Why are traditions and precious memories important as we build strong, healthy families for Christ? Why do traditions matter? How can we show our children and grandchildren who they are and what’s important to us? What traditions do you and your family enjoy during the holidays? Join us today as we discuss family traditions. My guests are Coreen Jander and Faith Spelbring. We’ll learn about their families and discuss traditions for the holidays. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FSM_Dec_3_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Behold, I Am Coming Soon!

Behold, I am coming soon, Jesus tells us in the last chapter of the Book of Revelation. The apostle John shares messages about Jesus’ second coming in this book, reassuring us that nothing can prevail against God’s church. He urges us to hold on to Jesus. This is Kay Meyer, President of Family Shield Ministries and your host for today’s program. My guest today is Rev. Bruce McKenney. He’s one of the authors of the Advent devotional book entitled Behold I Am Coming Soon!, and he’s pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/FSM_Nov_26_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Being Thankful

Why are you thankful for faith, family, and life? Join us today as I interview two siblings – twins, and their grandparents. We’ll talk about being thankful. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/FSM_Nov_19_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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How to Respond to Mormonism

How do we respond to Mormons? How are they different from Christians? Today we’re going to talk about responding and witnessing to Mormons. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/FSM_Nov_12_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Let’s Learn About Eating Disorders

What are eating disorders? What is anorexia and bulemia? What signs and symptoms should we watch for if someone we love has an eating disorder? What treatments are available for those struggling with these issues? Join us today as I interview Travis Stewart, the director of regional outreach for Castlewood Treatment Centers for Eating Disorders. He’s a Licensed Professional Counselor, a nationally certified counselor, and has worked in this field since 2003. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/FSM_Nov_05_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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God’s Grace for Those Struggling with Pornography

The use of pornography causes serious problems for individuals, families, marriages, and the church. Has pornography become a part of your life? Is it causing problems with relationships? Has it caused problems in the life of someone you love, your sibling, your child, your spouse, your friend? How can those addicted to pornography come clean? How can you help those who need to confess their addiction to porn? God’s grace is powerful enough not only to make us clean, but also to get us dancing. We can dance with joy in God’s presence as he forgives us and helps us conquer our sinful struggles. My guest today is Mike Novotny. He’s the Pastor of The Core in Appleton, Wisconsin and Chairman of Conquerors Through Christ, a grace-based ministry for sexual sinners. Today...
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Halloween and Today’s Families

Several years ago on Halloween I was in a fourth grade public school classroom where the children were dressed up. Matthew and Eric stand out in my memory. Matthew was dressed as Moses – he had on a white wig and beard, wore his father’s brown robe, a rope belt and sandals. His parents had helped him carefully cut out cardboard tablets that looked like stone and had the ten commandments written on them. I thought what a great costume. Not only was it homemade, it gave Matthew an opportunity to share God’s Word with his classmates and teacher in a public school setting. On the other extreme was Eric who was dressed as Jason from the movie Friday the 13th. His costume was white; his arms were wrapped in white bandages, and he had fake blood smeared across his entire body....
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Tech Savvy Parenting

How can parents find a balance with cell phones, social networks and video games in the lives of their children? What are some practical tools and resources that can help the entire family use technology wisely and responsibly? Join us today as I interview Brian Housman. He’s been working with parents and teens for more than 20 years and has spoken at hundreds of conferences, led student and parent conferences nationally and internationally, and written extensively. Today we’ll discuss his book, Tech Savvy Parenting. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/FSM_Oct_15_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Responding Effectively to Jehovah’s Witnesses

Have you ever tried to witness to a Jehovah’s Witness? If you have, you probably became confused about their beliefs. Maybe the discussion got heated and you became frustrated or angry. If you have a loved one involved in the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society it can even be more difficult. Join us today as we discuss how to respond effectively and lovingly to Jehovah’s Witnesses. We’ll also learn about the Family Shield’s counter-cult ministry that educates Christians on how to respond in love and ministers to those family members and friends of Jehovah’s Witnesses. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/FSM_Oct_01_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Be His Witnesses

Jesus said, “Go then to all people everywhere and make them my disciples. Baptize them and teach them to obey all I commanded you, and I will be with you always, even unto the end of the age. How can we learn to share our faith in Christ with our community? Why should everyone be His witness? Why is praying and listening so important as we begin the process of sharing our faith? What else should we do? Join us today as I interview Rev. Mark Wood, the director of Witness and Outreach for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/FSM_Sept_24_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Go First Into the Home

God’s plan is for families to tell the next generation about the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord. In the Old Testament we read, “And these words which I’m commanding you today shall be on your heart and you shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. God tells us not to conceal his great and mightly acts from our children, but to tell the generations to come the praises of the Lord, His strength, and His wonderous works that He has done. How do we share God’s love with our children? Why should we go first into the home? Join us today as I interview Rev. Gregory Seltz and his wife Marie Yvette Seltz. Our topic is Go First Into the Home....
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Unveiling Grace

For 40 years Lynn Wilder, once a faculty member at Brigham Young University, and her family, lived in, loved, and promoted the Mormon Church. Then their son Micah, serving his Mormon mission in Florida, had a revelation – God knew him personally. God loved him, and the Mormon church did not offer the true Gospel. Micah’s conversion to Christ put the family in a tailspin. How could they have believed the wrong thing for decades? If they left Mormonism, what would this mean for their safety, jobs and relationships? Join us today as I feature Lynn Wilder. We’ll discuss her book, Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way out of the Mormon Church. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/FSM_Sept_10_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Dealing with Grief

Have you ever lost a loved one? If so, you’ve dealt with the grieving process. What are the various dimension of grieving? Why do we say that everyone grieves differently? What should we do when we’re grieving, and how can we minister to someone who’s grieving? Why does knowing our Savior give us hope for the future? Stay tuned today as I interview Greg DeNeal, a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/FSM_Sept_03_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Parents Rising

This is Coreen Jander, your host for today. My guest for today is Arlene Pellicane, author of Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What’s Right. Arlene has written seven books and has appeared on the Today Show, Focus on the Family, and Fox and Friends among other major media outlets. Arlene and I are both married with three children living at home and we know how daunting it can be to lovingly rear children in a society where wrong is called right, smartphones replace human interaction, and parenting can feel like a losing battle. Today we will explore some of the strategies outlined in her book, find hope, and Lord willing, as parents we will be inspired to rise up....
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Take Up the Full Armor of God

Would you agree with me that Christ-centered family ministry is needed today more than ever before? You don’t need to look far to understand why Family Shield’s work is needed. God’s Word and Christianity are under attack. Biblical marriage is under attack. Life issues are under attack. God’s Word tells us as Christians that we must stand firm, from Ephesians 6:14, and use God’s Word, which is the sword of the Spirit. As we educate and equip people to know Christ, grow in His Word and learn to talk about topics like Biblical concept of marriage, we want to help our listeners do this in a calm and caring way. The ultimate goal is always to equip them to share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ so people are transformed. Why? Because Christ offers His...
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Without This Ring

Divorce effects every aspect of your life, emotional, spiritual, and physical. According to Donna Pyle, author of Without This Ring: Surviving Divorce, it feels like amputation without anesthetic. Probably the hardest part to grasp about the whole process of divorce is wondering what happened to the person you thought you married, the plans you made together, and the dreams you shared. You ride a monumental roller coaster between desperation and revenge. Without This Ring: Surviving Divorce provides clear steps for dealing with each stage of grief and transition, from a Biblical standpoint, as well as guidance from embracing and taking steps toward the new life God has already prepared for you. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/FSM_Aug_13_18.mp3Podcast: Play...
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Defending Christianity

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by those who question Christianity? You may know the frustration that can come upon us when we’re not able to answer tough questions unbelievers ask about God and the Christian faith. You know what you believe, but you’re not able to explain it clearly or defend it. Join us today as I interview Dr. Ron Rhodes, author of Answering the Objections of Atheists, Agnostics, and Skeptics. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/FSM_July_16_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Dealing with Conflict

Conflict is one of the most destructive forces on earth; it instigates war, it divides families, it destroys marriages., it can make the workplace unbearable, and it can wreak havoc in the church. How do we learn to deal with conflict Biblically? Join us today as I interview Kenneth Kremer, author of A Heart at Peace: Biblical Strategies for Christians in Conflict. The program will help you address conflict head on in the family, in the workplace, and in the church. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/FSM_July_09_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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An Ex-Mormon Shares His Story

Why did Stephen Becker become a Mormon and then later leave the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints? What do Mormons believe and teach that are in conflict with Christianity and God’s Word? Join us today as I interview Stephen Becker. He’ll talk about the six years he and his wife were actively involved in Mormonism and why he left. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/FSM_July_02_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Go First Into the Home–Part Two

It’s tough isn’t it! Even in Christian families, tempers sometimes flare. Christians sometimes find themselves irritated by insignificant things. Then too, we don’t talk with each other about our faith or about our Savior as often as we might like to. Family devotions scare many of us. We all know we should worship and pray together as a family, but sometimes we don’t just because we don’t know how. Today we’re going to talk about “Go first into your home,” it’s part two of a two-part series. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FSM_June_25_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Go First Into the Home–Part One

Raising children to know and love Jesus in today’s world is a joy, a privilege, and a challenge. Parenting is the most important job you will ever have. How can we maintain a Christ-centered home while juggling jobs, sports, school, and community activities? We find the answer when we rely upon God’s power for help, not our own or the world’s. Family Shield Ministries exists to help Christians go and make disciples. We believe that individuals and their families need to go first into their homes. We want to equip Christian parents and grandparents to share Christ with their children, grandchildren, and extended families. Today we’re going to begin a two-part series entitled, “Go First Into the Home.”...
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Family Shield Father’s Day Special

God’s plan for the family is that children will be raised by a loving and involved mother and father. Statistics document that children with active and involved fathers are more confident, better able to deal with frustration, gain independence in their own identities better, more likely to mature into compassionate adults, more sociable, more secure, and less likely to show signs of depression. God’s Word has much to say about parenting. It also says, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children, instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Join us today as we talk about the importance of fathers and raising children to know and love Jesus. My gues today is Rev. Matthew Clark. He is the father, husband, and pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church...
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Introduction to God and His Word

I tried to study the Bible but couldn’t understand it. How do we study God’s Word so we get the most out of it? Today’s study will help introduce you to God’s Word and help you grow in faith. You can also use today’s study to introduce someone to God and His Word. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FSM_June_04_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Social Media and Today’s Children

Do you believe technology is bringing your children and family closer together, or creating a greater distance? How can a parent know if their child is involved with too much screen time? What are A+ relational skills that parents need to start at home? Join us today as I feature Arlene Pelicane, author of Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FSM_May_28_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Forgiveness

As far as the East is from the West, so far does He remove our transgressions from us. We thank God that the Lord forgives us for all our sins, but sometimes we have trouble forgiving people who offend us. Forgiveness is always personal. It’s difficult to do, but it’s never optional. When someone has offended us, the temptation to not forgive is great, but the roots of unforgiveness and bitterness can grow deep in the human soul. Left alone, unforgiveness can produce bitter fruit that shows itself in angry thoughts, words, and deeds. So how do we learn to forgive? Why is offering forgiveness not excusing a sin? And how is forgiveness different from reconciliation? Stay tuned today as I interview Donna Pyle, author of Forgiveness: Received from God Extended to Others....
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Comparing Islam and Christianity

Islam is growing rapidly in the United States. Why is it so urgent for Christians to get informed about Islam? What are some of the common misunderstandings about Islam? What about the question of whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Do we? What do Muslims believe about the Koran? What are some of the dos and don’ts for us to keep in mind when striking up a friendship with a Muslim or trying to share the faith? Join us today as I interview Rev. Lawrence Wilson, author of Islam and Christianity: Reaching Out to Muslims, Answering Misunderstandings. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/FSM_May_14_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Mothers are Important

Why did God create mothers? What joys and challenges to moms experience as they raise their children? What’s it like for a working mom to become a stay-at-home mom? Why are mothers important throughout their child’s lives, and how can we celebrate moms? Join us today as we present our Family Shield Mother’s Day Special. My guest is Faith Spelbring. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/FSM_May_07_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Let’s Learn About Mormon Temples

Why does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints build and utilize Mormon temples throughout the world? Are Mormon temples Biblical? Why or why not? Why do they build them, and what happens inside Mormon temples? Join us today as I interview Bill McKeever, president of Mormon Research Ministry. We’ll learn about Mormon temples and how we can respond and witness to Mormons we meet. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/FSM_Apr_30_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Communicating and Witnessing to Homosexuals

How can the average Christian dialogue with gay, transgender, or heterosexuals who believe the Christian viewpoint on these issues are wrong? What should we say? What shouldn’t we say? Join us today as I interview Joe Dallas. Joe is a former gay activist and the author of seven books on sexuality from a Biblical perspective. He’s appeared on ABC Evening News, the Bible Answer Man, Focus on the Family, and is a popular speaker at national and international conferences. His new book coming out this Fall is titled, Speaking of Homosexuality: Discussing the Issues with Kindness and Clarity https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/FSM_Apr_24_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Why Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Leave?

Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses leave the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society? Join us today as I interview Charles Smith, an ex Jehovah’s Witness. We’ll learn what it was like growing up as a Witness, and how knowing the Christ of the Bible has changed his life. We’ll also learn about the Witnesses Now for Jesus Midwest gathering that will be held in July in Missouri. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/FSM_Apr_16_2018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Dealing with Abuse of Children and Family Violence

How do we stop abuse of children and family violence? Family Resource Center of St. Louis has been working on prevention and treatment for all forms of child abuse and neglect for 42 years. Join us today as we learn how they’re giving kids and their families a chance for a safe and better life through prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect, and family violence. My guest today is Greg Echele. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Family Resource Center, a St. Louis based nonprofit agency that specializes in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and family violence. He’s a frequent speaker on child abuse and an adjunct professior at Brown School at Washington University. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/FSM_Apr_09_2018.mp3Podcast:...
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After the Resurrection

At the moment of Jesus’ death, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. What does the tearing of the curtain in the temple mean? How many days did Jesus appear to people after His resurrection, and how many people at once saw him after the resurrection? We spend a lot of time before Easter learning about the suffering and death of Jesus for our sins, but do we know as much about what Jesus did after He rose bodily from the dead? Some years ago I prepared a resurrection quiz. Today we’ll talk about the days after His resurrection and why Family Shield Ministries wants to equip individuals and their families to know, grow and go for Christ....
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Jehovah’s Witnesses

What do Jehovah’s Witnesses teach and believe that’s different from the Body of Christ? Why would an active Jehovah’s Witness decide to leave the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society? Why does leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses cause family conflict? And why are some ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses disfellowshipped? Join us today as I interview Dr. Jeff Schwehm, an ex-Jehovah’s Witness who has ministered to and helped many ex-Witnesses since he left the organization. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/FSM_Mar_20_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Dealing with Drugs

Where do parents go for help when they suspect that their child is taking drugs? What signs and symptoms should we watch for? How can parents find resources that will help? And what should we do when we know our child is on drugs? My guest today is Linda Hermann. Linda is a licensed professional counselor that works for Marriage and Family Institute. She has an extensive background in helping teens and their families. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/FSM_Mar_12_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Reaching Millennials and Involving Them in Congregations

“And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and daughters, and talk to them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”(Deuteronomy 6:6-8). The church faces many challenges in today’s world. How can congregations reach and engage millenials and help them raise their children to know and love Jesus? Why is teaching the faith at home so important? What is the church’s role in faith formation? And how does the church partner with the home to strengthen today’s families? Stay tuned today as we talk about strong families produce lasting faith. My guest is Ben Froedenberg, director of Concordia Center for the Family, and...
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Pentecost

What is Pentecost? Why do Christians believe Pentecost represents the birth of the church? What happened at Pentecost? What languages, or tongues, did the apostles and disciples speak in, and what did they say? Why is the Holy Spirit so important to us as Christians? Join us today as I interview Rev. Randy Asburry, pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Missouri. We’ll talk about Pentecost. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/01-2018-02-02_kay-n-randy-asburry_rev.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Conflict in Marriage

The soaring divorce rate indicates that great marriages don’t just happen. All couples have conflict and disagreements. How do couples learn to fight fair and communicate effectively? Join us today as we discuss handling conflict and fighting fair. My guest is Marty Lindvedt, a Christian counselor. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Feb_19_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Dealing with Spiritual Warfare

What is spiritual warfare? How can Christians learn to stand firm and put on the full armor of God? How do we learn to resist the schemes of the devil and serve the Lord in all circumstances? Join us today as I intervew Rev. Michael Newman. Our topic – Spiritual Warfare in Today’s Families. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Feb_12_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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The Challenge of Suicide

What causes Christians who believe in Jesus to seemingly give up hope and take their own lives? How is mental illness involved? Why do so many people assume that Christians who commit suicide have lost their faith in Christ and are lost forever? And what does God’s Word really say about sin and grace? My guest today is Rev. Peter Preus. He’s the author of the book, And She Was a Christian: Why Do Believers Commit Suicide? In his book, he shares the story of his wife’s suicide. During today’s interview, we will find hope and help, especially for those that have experienced the suicide of a loved one. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Feb_05_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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It’s All About Jesus

Recently someone asked me why Family Shield Ministries exists. Another way to say this is why do we do what we do? It’s simple — it’s all about Jesus. Today we’ll talk about Jesus, who He is, and what He’s done for you and me. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FSM_Jan_29_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Becoming a Pastor

Host Kay L. Meyer with guest Vicar Alex Schrader Why would a husband and father with over 18 years of experience in the information technology field decide to attend Concordia Seminary to become a pastor? How did the Lord guide this family as they made this decision? What does becoming a pastor involve, and how has it impacted his family? Join us today as I interview Vicar Alex Schrader. He’s in his third year at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2017-12-01_kay-meyer_01a.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Married and Still Loving It

Nothing is more inspiring than witnessing a married couple that has been together for decades still in love and enjoying life together. But in a culture that continuously seems to devalue marriage, how does a couple stick together? What does it look like to thrive in a marriage in the second half of life? And how does a couple navigate the many life changes and challenges that this season of life can bring? Join us today as I interview Harold Myra. He is the coauthor of Married And Still Loving It: The Joys and Challenges of the Second Half. He served as the CEO of Christianity Today International and has taught writing and publishing at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, IL. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FSM_Jan_22_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new...
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Opening Your Church Door to the Community

How does the mission of God get carried out in today’s world? How can congregations emerge from their buildings, programs, and institutions and effectively engage their communities with the power of the Gospel? What are the eight hinges that help open church’s doors into their community? Join us today as I interview Rev. Terry Tieman, Executive Director of Transforming Churches Network. We’ll talk about the book, Hinges: Opening Your Church’s Doors to the Community. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FSM_Jan_15_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

What is post-traumatic stress disorder, how is it diagnosed, and how is it treated? My guest today is Chaplain Steven Hokane, the Assistant Director of Ministry to the armed forces for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. His military service has taken him to Southwest Asia, Cuba, Bosnia, Germany, Denmark, and Alaska, as well as state side assignments. He participated in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, has provided pastoral care for deployed service members throughout the world. Our topic today is post-traumatic stress disorder. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Jan_08_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Witnessing to Mormons about LDS History and Beliefs

How is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints dealing with touchy topics about their history that Mormon members can now so easily obtain on the Internet? What did the LDS Church believe and teach about race and the priesthood? What do they teach about polygamy? And do they really believe that man will become like God? Join us today as I interview Bill McKeever, President of Mormon Research Ministries. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Jan_01_18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours

If you’re looking for parenting direction in today’s chaotic world and your pint-sized treasures always seem to have the upper hand, you’re not alone. How can we encourage healthy attitudes, positive behavior, and long-lasting values in children of all ages? Join us today as we talk with the author of Making Children Mind without Losing Yours. My guest is Dr. Kevin Leman. He’s an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, speaking and educator who has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and common sense. He’s a New York Times Bestselling Author of more than 50 books. Leman lives with his wife Sandy in Arizona. They have five children and four grandchildren....
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Holiday Traditions for the Family

Why are traditions and precious memories important as we build strong, healthy families for Christ? Why do traditions matter? How can we show our children and grandchildren who they are, and what’s important to us? What traditions do you and your family enjoy during the holidays? Join us today as we discuss family traditions. My guests are Coreen Jander and Faith Spelbring. We’ll learn about their families and discuss traditions for the holidays. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Dec_18_17.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Why Do Christians Celebrate Christmas? and Why Don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses?

What is the incarnation of Christ? When did it happen, and why should it be celebrated and proclaimed to all people? Why do the prophesies about Christ predicted in the Old Testament, fulfilled in the New Testament matter? Why and how should we celebrate Christmas? Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses tell their members and followers that they shouldn’t celebrate Christmas? How can Christians respond to Jehovah’s Witnesses and share the truth of God’s Word? Join us today as we discuss celebrating the birth of Christ. My guest is Bob Gray. Bob was a Jehovah’s Witness for over 20 years and served as a Jehovah’s Witness elder, pioneer, Watch Tower study conductor and service overseer before he came to know Christ. Now as a Christian he reaches out in love to...
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Eight Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids

What are Eight Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids? Why should we control our volume knob? What does listening have to do with parenting effectively? Why should we understand the power of our words, and why is regular family time so important? Join us today as I interview Dr. Todd Cartmell, author of 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids, he is a clinical child psychologist, and author of several parenting books. He and his wife life in Chicago and have two sons. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Dec_04_17.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Dealing with Depression

What is depression? What are symptoms we should watch for? How is it diagnosed and treated? Join us today as we discuss dealing with depression. My guest is Dr. Richard Winter, Professor Emeritus of Applied Theology and Counseling at Covenant Seminary. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Nov_27_17.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Confirmation and Today’s Youth

Why should congregations develop a holistic approach to involving young Christians into the life of the church, especially as it relates to confirmation? What is the history of confirmation? Why is much of what is occurring in our churches not meeting the needs of today’s youth, and why are so many youth and young adults leaving the church? Join us today as I interview Rev. Peter Naefger, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Our topic: beginning with the end in mind. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Nov_13_17.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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The Two Kingdoms of God

Christians live in two kingdoms. What is the kingdom of the right, and the kingdom of the left? Why should Christians understand these teachings? Today my guest is Dr. Gregory Seltz, the Executive Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty. Today we’ll talk about two kingdoms of God and learn about LCRL Freedom. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Nov_06_17.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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God Grows Families

God doesn’t always send us a family in the way we expect, but God always has a plan. We just need to wait for Him to show us His plan, and be open to sharing God’s love with all people. Joan Harwell and her husband never had children of their own, yet God eventually sent them a family from India. Join us today as I interview Joan Harwell and Rev. Stanish Stanley. We’ll learn how God grows families. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Oct_02_17.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Eight Great Smarts

Why should we expose our young children to a variety of activities so their God-given passions can be awakened? What are the Eight Great Smarts? How do we discover and nurture our childrens’ intelligence? My guest today is Dr. Cathy Koch. She’s the founder and president of Celebrate Kids and an internationally celebrated speaker and radio guest. Today we’re talking about her book, 8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences. This book is packed full of practical, hands-on guidance, and will help parents tailor their parenting style to bring out the best in the unique children God has given them. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Sep_04_17.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Balance – When Life is Overwhelming

Why is it that some people are content, while others never seem to be satisfied? One important aspect of having a balanced life is recognizing that a balanced life does not mean that we are perfect or have a perfect life. Having a balanced life means learning to manage physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual needs of yourself and your family. As a Christian man or woman of God, we must learn to accept failures and bumps in the road. Today I’ll be sharing information from my Bible study entitled “Balance: Christ Filled Living.” I’m going to be sharing the information from chapter three that is entitled “Balance – When Life Seems Overwhelming.” https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FSM_Jun_26_17.mp3Podcast:...
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Father’s Day Special

Why are fathers so important to their children? What are the joys and challenges of being a father in today’s world? Why should we celebrate dads? Did you know that research shows fathers are central to the emotional well-being of their children? Studies show that if a child’s father is affectionate, supportive, and involved, he will contribute greatly to his child’s cognitive, language, and social development, as well as academic achievement, a sense of well-being, and a positive self-esteem. Stay tuned for today’s Family Shield, Father’s Day Special. I’ll be talking with Adam Hautly and Nate Schmoll. They are both fathers of young children. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Jun_12_17.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...
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Divorce and Our Children

Did you know that 40% of marriages in the United States ends in divorce? How does divorce impact our children? What should parents say when telling their child about the divorce? How can we make sure our children don’t think they are to blame? And what are normal reactions for children to separation and divorce? Join us today as I interview Marie Yvette Seltz, a professional counselor. We’ll discuss divorce and our children. https://familyshieldministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FSM_Apr-01_17.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

Thrivent Foundation Challenge Grant

NEWS RELEASE Contacts: Kay L. Meyer, fsmkmeyer@gmail.com, 314.772.6070, Response Center: 1-877-250-8416 Dave Rustad, dave.rustad@thrivent.com, 612-844-7037, 612-240-2264 (cell) Family Shield Ministries Receives a Thrivent Challenge Grant    Thrivent Financial Foundation to help national non-profit organization with ‘Engaging the Saints’ project MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 28, 2015) – Family Shield Ministries, St. Louis, Missouri, recently received a $10,000 two-to-one challenge grant opportunity from the Thrivent Financial Foundation. The grant is designed to support the organization’s “Engaging the Saints” campaign, an effort to increase both financial and volunteer gifts to the ministry. To obtain the full $10,000 challenge grant, Family Shield Ministries must raise through digital donations a...

Sonnenberg to Receive Family Leadership Award

Family Shield Ministries will present Rev. Roger Sonnenberg with the “Family Leadership Award” at the October 10, 2015 “Families Worship Him” Benefit Dinner. You, along with his family, friends, church members, and former students, are invited to send a card, letter of thanks, note of encouragement, and/or congratulations. Pictures are also welcome. The Family Shield Ministries event is Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, Missouri 63122. Sonnenberg has been an advocate for the Gospel and family-life ministry throughout his career. He has been dedicated to ‘equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ’ (Ephesians 4:12). Sonnenberg serves as chairman of the Board of Directors...

Family Shield Ministries Website Has Been Redesigned

DATE: Monday, June 22, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: witnesstofamily@gmail.com Family Shield Ministries website was recently redesigned by Michele Caldwell, owner of Houston Web Design and Hosting.  The new website keeps up with the latest standards that Google favors, and along with the new, more open look and feel, makes it easier to manage updates because it’s built with WordPress. It utilizes responsive design to adapt itself to whatever device the user is viewing the website on, so our site visitors will have a better experience when they’re surfing on their smart phone or tablet. We’ve also made the latest radio programs easier to find and play right on our website. Look for the most recent program in a blue box right on our home page. Listeners asked for an...

LWML Grants Help Family Shield Ministries

Family Shield Ministries recently learned that they had been approved for two LWML District grants. One is from the Utah-Idaho LWML District for the Counter-Cult Ministry and the other is from the Kansas LWML District. This is to help with the Family outreach. The radio program is now heard on 51 stations throughout the United States. Thank you women of LWML.

Family Shield Radio Program Expands Again

Sometimes opportunities come along unexpectedly. That’s what happened recently when Lutheran Hour Ministries asked Family Sheild Ministries if it would be interested in being promoted as an alternative radio program on 278 radio stations throughout the United States that have previously carried an LHM program. The LHM program will be discontinued at the end of August. FSM said “yes.” We don’t know yet how many of the stations will accept Family Shield as an alternative program, but we anticipate many of them doing so. Your financial support will allow us to take advantage of this open door from the Lord. And it will allow the Gospel to continue to be proclaimed through radio throughout the United States. We ask for your prayers and support as we continue to work...

Family Shield Ministries Again Approved as a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

Family Shield was recently approved as a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) under The Board for Mission Services (LCMS World Missions). The previous Family Shield RSO status was under the Board for Congregation and District Services of the LCMS. The Board for Mission Services (LCMS World Mission) exists to strengthen congregations and their members in giving bold witness by word and deed to the love and work of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and extend that Gospel witness into the world. All RSO’s are Lutheran not-for-profit, tax-exempt service organization that exist to extend the mission and ministry of the congregations of the Synod and acts in harmony with the purposes and programs of LCMS World Mission. The Family Shield Board of Directors asks for your prayers as we...