New Life Live: February 3, 2015

Topics: Blended FamiliesPhysical AbuseParentingGriefSiblingsWeddings 
Hosts: Steve ArterburnDr. Dave StoopDr. Jill Hubbard

Caller Questions:

  1. My husband puts his grown stepchild from a previous relationship above our own son. 
  2. How do I support my friend who is in an abusive marriage? 
  3. Should I be concerned about my daughter in college who was propositioned by a guy who wants to be friends with benefits? 
  4. How do I get unstuck after my dad died and may be in hell? 
  5. I don’t agree with my brother marrying his live-in girlfriend; should I attend the wedding?

Suggested Resources:
NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible
Every Man’s Bible
Healing Is a Choice
7 Minute Marriage Solution
7 Minute Marriage Solution Devotional Bible

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  1. Kathy February 3, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    The counselor implied that caller #2 was co-dependent. I don’t agree at all. She was helping her friend by calling to ask what she should do about her friend’s abusive husband. Sometimes one of the counselors has a condescending attitude. I liked the advice, just didn’t like the attitude.

    • Wendy February 4, 2015 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Hi Kathy;
      I didn’t hear any attitude at all. I listened to it twice…heard no condescension or change in tone. He simply suggested that giving her a subscription would help her learning about her own possible co-dependency. She likely DOES struggle with it because she is doubting her own inability to know what to do. (Because in all honesty, when someone is being physically abused, calling the police is not rocket science! But in her own words, she “didn’t know what to do.”) She is just struggling with courage- as a counsellor says later on in the segment….which is exactly the antidote to co-dependency.

      I say that with humility as I lived with severe abuse as well. I was resistant until I realized I was yellow-bellied I was. The counsellor’s insight and words were stated factually, not judgementally. It just may save her, or her friend’s, or that child’s life!

  2. Lynne February 4, 2015 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    With all due respect, caller #1 sounds very shallow. Good grief, your husband is being a father to the fatherless. He stepped up when he didn’t need to and was a presence in the life of this young man.

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