• Print
  • Bookmark & Share

Ministry Updates

God's Purpose for Marriage

Several months ago while listening to "FamilyLife Today," it occurred to me how blessed I am to be serving a ministry where I'm regularly exposed to the best marriage and family advice there is.  And not only have I benefitted from the wisdom shared but I've been able to pass it along to my family.  In fact, now that my son and his girlfriend are seriously talking marriage, I've started a list of FamilyLife audio and materials for them to consider before they say "I Do."

Included at the top of this list will be Dennis Rainey ...

Read Full Post »

Unforgettable Stories

How is it you can remember the words to a Dr. Seuss book from 30 years ago?  The answer is, if you read it hundreds of times to your five children, it will become indelibly imprinted on your brain. 

The Sneetches was one of those well-rehearsed books for me and my children.  It’s been at least fifteen years since I last read that particular Seussian tome to our youngest.  But I have always been able to recite the opening from memory:

            “Now the star-bellied Sneetches had bellies with stars
            And the ...

Read Full Post »

The Tradition of Christmas Carols

This was the year of Christmas songs for my family.

We started playing our Christmas song play list the first week of December and haven't stopped since.  We've added so many songs to the playlist this year - many duplicate songs but by different artists.

We've noted just how much music is a part of Christmas.  We hear the songs in the car, when shopping, at church and we were privileged to hear (and sing) them at Ambassador just a couple of weeks ago when Joni Eareckson Tada was in our studios.

In between recording "Joni and Friends® ...

Read Full Post »

The Best ADVENTure

Max Lucado - In the MangerGrowing up, one of my favorite things about the holidays was counting down the days until Christmas.  The best part was using my chocolate Advent calendar from Trader Joe's.  Each morning, my sisters and I compared our chocolate pieces, discussed which cardboard compartment was veiling the candy that day, and cast our predictions for the next day's Christmas candy shape.

This year, I counted down in a new way.  I journeyed through Max Lucado's In the Manger, which is both an Advent devotional and the emphasis for Max's daily feature, "UpWords®", this month.  Daily, Max shared ...

Read Full Post »

New Song "Reach Beyond" with Phil Stacey

Reach Beyond SongPhil Stacey and Chris August have collaborated on the just-released song, "Reach Beyond."  This tune serves as an anthem for all believers who recognize that Jesus reached beyond heaven's glory to this broken world -- and the responsibility we have to reach beyond to others with His message of forgiveness, grace and redemption. 

Reach Beyond missionary/musician Ty Stakes penned the lyrics and when Phil and Chris read them, they were so moved that they decided to bring this song to the Christian radio audience.  Phil offered his voice talent and Chris wrote the music, arranged and produced the song ...

Read Full Post »

Love Came Down at Christmas

"What can I give Him, poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.

If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part.

Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart."

You may be familiar with these last four lines of the poem, "In the Bleak Midwinter" which has been recorded by various artists, Christian and secular alike, but you may not know that it was written by the nineteenth-century British poet Christina Rossetti.

On a recent BreakPoint® program, Eric Metaxas shared more about Rossetti's background, saying that she was ...

Read Full Post »