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He is Risen!

After the Resurrection

April 8, 2021 A Family Shield Resurrection Quiz for You and Your Family Christians spend a lot of time before Easter learning about Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross for our sins. But, do we know as much about … More

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Healed Through Christ!

March 26, 2021 Dear Family Shield Friend, Family Shield Ministries invites you and your family to take a Family Prayer Walk together! The Family Prayer Walk (FPW) allows us to expand our prayer ministry as we strengthen and reach families … More

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Confetti

The party has ended. The guests have departed. I find myself vacuuming, cleaning, and laundering from the week’s festivities. Our daughter’s long-planned wedding reception has come and gone. Oh, the love, laughter, and joy that this house enveloped these past … More

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Finish the Race!

March 11, 2021 My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me, the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.  Acts 20:24 Memorial Gifts Memorial gifts can be … More

Christian Family Health

Christian Family Health

How can we keep our family spiritually, emotionally, and physically healthy? Why are mothers often the ones that take on the responsibility of keeping the family healthy? Why is getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating a balanced diet important? How … More

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Obstacles or Opportunities?

Knock knock …hear that? It is the sound of opportunity knocking. What is that you say? It wasn’t loud and clear enough for you? My daughter texted me late this evening. She and her husband were about to view the … More

Heaven is Our Home

Heaven is Our Home

Jesus said, “I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life.” He also said, “I am the … More

Family Prayer Walk

Family Prayer Walk

February 10, 2021 Family Shield’s Family Prayer Walk Family Shield Ministries invites you and your family to take a Prayer Walk, and promote the prayer walk at your congregation.  Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I … More

Fairy Tales

Fairytales and Resilience Part 3

Most parents desire to shelter their children from discomfort, pain, and fear. Still, there will be times when our children will experience emotional and/or physical distress. The ability to manage stress and recover from trauma and adversity is termed resilience. … More

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Parents – Go First Into the Home

January 19, 2021 Parents–Go First Into the Home These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the … More

Once upon a time

Fairytales and Resilience Part 2

Once upon a time, in a magical kingdom far away, there lived… Anthropologists believe that storytelling is important to human existence. We use stories to make sense of our world, find meaning, and share understanding. Fairy tales teach values, ethics, … More

Ask, Seek, Knock

Ask, Seek, Knock

January 8, 2021 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 God has given us the privilege of prayer.  Because of Jesus’ death on the … More

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Fairytales and Resilience Part 1

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. This ditty is so untrue. Most children have experienced teasing or bullying and felt the sharp sting of hurtful words. Helping children process this pain and develop … More

The Christmas Story

Our dog Bear is decked in her snowflake Christmas sweater anxiously pacing back and forth at my feet. My body is tired, but my heart is jubilant as my family arrives home tonight to spend the last week of Advent … More

Merry Christmas from the Meyer family!

Transforming Lives Through the Gospel

December 21, 2020 Merry Christmas! Dear Family Shield Friend, My husband, Tjaden (Chad), and I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Join us and others in praying for an end to the pandemic. Plans … More

Forgiveness

Regret and Forgiveness Part 3

As promised, here is my two-cents worth of advice to complete our 3-part discussion. This time of year, we tend to reflect and assess our lives, our purpose, and our impact on others. Invariably, there are people we have hurt … More

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Christmas and the Angels

Have you ever noticed that angels often appear in the Christmas story? Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her to fear not. An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and the shepherds were taken by surprise that night that … More

Prayer and Witnessing

Prayer & Witnessing

Why is prayer a critical part of the witnessing process? How can Christian congregations use prayer to build relationships with individuals and their families in the community? And how can congregations use prayer in their missionary efforts? Join us today … More

Merry Christmas from the Meyer family!

Merry Christmas

December 7, 2020 For a child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of … More

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Regret and Forgiveness Part 1

A penny for your thoughts? This phrase goes back to the year 1522 when the value of a penny was much higher than it is now. The question is frequently asked of a person who appears unusually quiet, distracted, or … More

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Prepare for the Inevitable

November 27, 2020 Prepare for the Inevitable As they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus receive my spirit!” (Acts 7:59) “Students, your friend and classmate, who struggled with heart problems for years, died today,” came the announcement over the … More

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Last Piece of Pie

There it sat. The last piece of pie was sitting in the pie tin, literally screaming my name. I longed to reach out and put it, and myself, out of misery. I remember this scene every Thanksgiving of my youth. … More

Friendship

With Friends Part 3

In part one of this series, I stated that friendship is one of the greatest blessings we can receive and give. Aside from family, a friendship circle is the place where we best practice love. Friendships invite us to not … More

God's Rescue at Sea

God’s Rescue at Sea

What happened to seven people that were in a small plane after an emergency landing in the Bering Sea? How did they stay afloat after their plane sank into the 36 degree water near Nome Alaska; and how were they … More

With Friends

With Friends Part 2

Last week I mentioned how selectively making friends could open possible new worlds to us. This is especially true when we greet people with genuine warmth and interest regardless of age, culture, and social status. There are various ways we … More

Psalm 107

Be Thankful

November 12, 2020 Be Thankful! Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess. 5:16-18) For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the … More

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Children and Worship

You’ve probably heard the problem yourself a time or two – there’s a young child in church, probably sitting right behind you who is not having a good morning at all, or perhaps it’s even your own child sitting right … More

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With Friends

Friendship is one of the greatest blessings we can receive and give. God’s intention of friendship is love. I believe God gives us friends for many reasons. One is to help us move forward when we are too frozen in … More

Difficult Questions People Ask

Difficult Questions People Ask

Do you know that there are 100 million unchurched people in the United States, and that number continues to grow? The body of Christ faces many challenges in today’s world that include religious apathy, criticism, and attacks from the media. … More

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I Got Ducked

I got “ducked” on a beautiful night last week. Leaving Cottleville Wine Sellers, my friends and I returned to my Jeep to find a small, yellow, masked, rubber ducky sitting on my door handle. I was at once amused and … More

What is a Cult?

October 21, 2020 Rev. Dr. Stephen Becker and his family are ex-Mormons. Today he is a pastor in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod What is a Cult? Over the years as I present educational programs on “Responding and Witnessing to Jehovah’s … More

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Facing Jealousy

It all started with two lollipops. Recently, I witnessed a young mother take two lollipops out of her purse and hand one to each of her children. The candy was to occupy them quietly so that she could return to … More

The Best Trees to Plant for Fall Colors

Meaningful Traditions and Change

Ah, the leaves have begun to turn. Coffee shops now offer their pumpkin-spice pastries, coffees, and teas. And the smell of cinnamon lingers in the air. Autumn has arrived. We say “goodbye” to longer days of light and hello to … More

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Speak with Gentleness and Respect!

October 9, 2020 Speak with Gentleness and Respect! Why should we speak up and promote God’s word, the Gospel, and a life affirming message to family, friends and those within the community? Why should we always be respectful and God … More

Dealing with Unemployment

The Lord allows challenges in our life to strengthen us. Many of us have experienced new challenges and transitions during the pandemic. One challenge many people are experiencing today is the challenge of being unemployed. How do we deal with … More

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Thru the Fire

I was coaching a client a few years ago who stated that since his divorce and job loss he felt like he was walking through fire. He expressed feeling fearful of an uncertain future and the compounding of the ever-present … More

Put on the whole armor of God

Use the Full Armor of God

How do verses about spiritual warfare in Ephesians 6:10-20 help us keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and preserver of our faith? Why should we stand firm in the Lord? What critical armor and offensive weapons has God given … More

Get out of my way!

Get Out of My Way…Please!

As America tries to return to some semblance of our previously scheduled life, many of us are racing to keep appointments, get the kids to school, pick the kids up, get to work, etc. Old feelings of frustration and stress … More

Alongside Ministry

Alongside Ministry

What is the Alongside Ministry? Why was it developed and how is it helping Zion Lutheran Church in Southern Illinois develop a strong outreach to young parents who are currently not active in church? Why is developing relationships that meet … More

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Meet Yvette Seltz

September 24, 2020 Meet Yvette Seltz Kay Meyer with Yvette Seltz in the studio I want to encourage you to read the new weekly blog written by Dr. Marie Yvette Hernández-Seltz, PhD, MS, the Director of Candescent Counseling, Consulting & Coaching, LLC.  She … More

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I’m Lying, Believe Me

Does the title of my article make you uncomfortable? It is a bit disconcerting, isn’t it? Lying…why do we do it? There are many reasons we choose to lie. We do it to avoid trouble, to not hurt feelings, to … More

Peacemaking Women

Peacemaking Women

Friends let you down; a romance dissolves; youth rebel; families are divided; churches are in conflict. Is there really hope for living in peace today? Join me today as I interview Judy Dabler, one of the authors of Peacemaking Women: … More

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The Five Love Languages of Children

The Five Love Languages of Children And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, Let the children come to … More

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Expectations, Milestones and COVID-19

There are general expectations most of us have of life. We expect to celebrate anniversaries when we marry. We expect to celebrate high school and college graduations once all criteria have been met. We expect to gather to honor and … More

Building Strong Marriages

Building Strong Marriages

How is your marriage doing? Would you like to make it stronger? What tricks make marriages survive and become successful? Join us today as I interview Rev. Roger Sonnenberg. Our topic is building strong marriages.

Dealing with Anger

Dealing with Anger

Anger is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences. What causes you to become angry? How do you deal with your anger? God has a lot to say about anger. In Ephesians 4 God’s Word says “be angry but do … More

Marriage Whisperer

How can you improve and strengthen your marriage? Join us today as I interview Dr. Pat Hollinger Pickett. We’ll discuss her book The Marriage Whisperer: Tips to Improve Your Relationship Overnight. She’ll offer practical tips and guidance for relationship enrichment.

Let your light shine

Shine Your Light

Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in Heaven.” How do we let our light shine in this postmodern world? Why does Jesus talk about salt, and what … More

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Families Need Laughter

Think about family celebrations and special occasions such as a wedding, the birth of a child, a birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas celebrations or a baptism. What sound do you often hear at these special occasions. Listen. Can you hear it? … More

Growing Grateful Kids

Growing Grateful Kids

How can we help our children learn to be grateful? Why can we impart what we do not possess ourselves? If we want to grow grateful children we need to learn to be a grateful parent, and that means genuine … More

The Challenge of the Cults

The Challenge of the Cults

Cults are flourishing across America. Chances are you’ve encountered one, perhaps even know someone who is involved in a cult. Can you discuss knowledgeably the differences between Christianity and the teachings of Mormonism or Jehovah’s Witnesses? Prior to 1850 cultists … More

Dealing with Drug Addiction

Dealing with Drug Addiction

What is Adult & Teen Challenge? How does it help individuals struggling with addiction to become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive? How does it help men, women, and teens who struggle with substance abuse? … More

Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry

Siblings sometimes get along and at other times they don’t. Do you have siblings? Have you ever argued and fought with your siblings? Can these arguments help siblings learn how to get along with each other? What should parents do … More

Life after Loss

Life After Loss

Have you lost a loved one? Whether the loss was a long illness or a tragic accident people who lose loved ones go through a grieving process. After someone we love dies each person handles grief in their own way. … More

Creationism vs. Evolution

Creationism vs. Evolution

Genesis 1:1 says in the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth, yet in today’s world there’s a great debate going on between those who believe God created the world and those that believe in evolution. What is the … More

Dealing with Depression

Dealing with Depression

Depression affects one in every five people during their lifetime. It’s an illness that can affect the entire body, not only the mind. Depression affects people from all ages,  races,economic groups and genders. It is the most common mental disorder. … More

Why I Left the Mormon Church

Why I Left the Mormon Church

Sandra Tanner was raised as a Mormon and is the great-great granddaughter of Brigham Young. When she started college she began asking questions in a Mormon religious instructional class because she was having doubts about the Church of Jesus Christ … More

Making Our Marriage Stronger

Making Our Marriage Stronger

How can we make our marriage stronger? What are the four things that can help build a healthy relationship in marriage? Join us today as I interview Rev. Roger Sonnenberg. We’ll discuss how to establish flourishing relationships through unconditional love … More

Family Traditions

Family Traditions

What is a tradition? Why do traditions strengthen families and how can they help us make our faith a relevant part of our daily life? Join us today as we share ideas that your family can use to celebrate Thanksgiving … More

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 … More

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 … More

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?

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 … More

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?

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 … More

LCMS Black Ministry

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 … More

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 … More

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.

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 … More

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.

God Loves Moms Podcast

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 … More

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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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?

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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 … More

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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? … More

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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?

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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.

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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 … More

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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.

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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?

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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: Eight 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.

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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.

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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, 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.

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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 … More

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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?

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Go First Into the Home–Part Two

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.

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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.

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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. … More

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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. … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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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 … More

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, … More

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 … More

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 … More

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 … More