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Family Talk

Christian talk radio with Dr. James Dobson

For the past four decades, Dr. James Dobson has been a leading advocate for family values, strengthening marriage and parenting. Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk is a program with a purpose: “To help preserve and promote the institution of the family and the biblical principles on which it is based and to seek to introduce as many people as possible to the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk provides sound biblical advice for Christian marriages, families and parenting.

Recent Episodes

Oct 26

Life Without Limbs - II

Because Nick Vujicic was born without arms or legs, he often struggled about his purpose in life. On today’s edition of Family Talk, the author of Life Without Limits, echoes the Apostle Paul who wrote I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. The married 38-year-old evangelist with four children came to Christ at age 15, after depression and a suicide attempt. Nick proclaims, When you don't get a miracle, you can still be a miracle for someone else.

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Have you ever felt as though your prayers were bouncing off the ceiling? On today’s edition of Family Talk, Nick Vujicic (VOO-yi-chich), author of "Life Without Limits," can totally relate! After he was born without arms or legs, he begged God for a miracle so he could look like every other boy. His depression led to a suicide attempt at age 10. But, as a teen, the Lord revealed to Nick through John 9:3, that he was born this way, so that the works of God might be displayed in him. Indeed, the 38-year-old evangelist has led one million people to Christ since 2005!

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Suicide is always a permanent solution to a temporary problem. As teens try to navigate their way through the emotional struggles that often come with adolescence, the option of ending it all might seem attractive. On today’s Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton and Jennifer Cisney-Ellers, a professional counselor and crisis response trainer, urge moms and dads to listen attentively to their children. Parents, don’t hesitate to ask, "Are you thinking about hurting yourself?" Contrary to the old wives’ tale that discussing suicide triggers the act, talking about it actually saves lives.

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Between mask mandates and social distancing, the CDC claims the COVID pandemic has led to a dramatic increase in adolescent suicide attempts. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. Tim Clinton and Jennifer Cisney-Ellers, a professional counselor and crisis response trainer, explain that due to the pandemic, many youths experienced tremendous loss of experiences and opportunities they will never get back. Dr. Clinton and Cisney-Ellers urge Christian parents to be attuned to their teens’ mental and emotional well-being, and watch out for emotional disconnect. If needed, parents can also consider strategies such as home education and limited use of smartphones and social media.

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For various reasons, adolescence can be emotionally difficult for teenagers. Lack of self-worth can sometimes lead to the tragedy of suicide. On today’s edition of Family Talk, Dr. James Dobson and Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors, alert parents to the warning signs in their teens’ behavior and recommend how best to respond. The key is to connect; talk with your son or daughter, communicate your unconditional love and get the help that he or she needs.

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