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Home – where life happens. Where we share our most vulnerable moments. Where we look for strength and encouragement. We all want our homes to be a place of rest, blessing, and empowerment. We all want to strengthen our homes to be a healthy environment where we grow deeper in our relationships with the ones we love most. Where do we start? How do I find guidance to address the challenges my home is facing? Empowered Homes exists to provide practical resources and strategies to help empower your home to be all that it was designed to be. In this podcast, you will find a variety of topics covered–all providing practical resources for your home. We are honored to partner with your home on this journey.Visit for more information.For questions or ideas email
63 Episodes
What are you thankful for? This past year has been a mess. However, we still have the opportunity to be thankful. Instead of focusing on the negative and the terrible things of this year, find a way to be thankful. If you want to check out the Christmas resources go to questions or comments please email 
In this episode, we play a recording from a parent open forum at Kingsland Baptist Church. The forum was about leveraging conversations for connection. According to a recent article in Time Magazine, when a number of parents were asked to name the number one area they needed help with, the majority of them stated “communication with my family.” I think many of us would agree!  Communicating with our kids and spouses can be challenging.Conversation Resources - Click HereConversation Kit  - Download HereIf you have questions please email 
Bobby sits down with Chip Dodd. Chip has written  The Voice of the Heart in 2001, which speaks to the importance of feelings as tools and gifts. This seminal work continues to impact lives all over the world. Each successive book, The Perfect Loss, Needs of the Heart, Keeping Heart, Anthem to the Invisible and Parenting with Heart, speaks to our desire to live a full life, love others well, and lead lives that benefit others. the Episode: Three Questions to Ask OurselvesWhat am I feeling?Where is this coming from?Who do I tell?Four Things to Remember (Deut. 31)God is with us.God goes ahead of us.God will never leave us or forsake us.He will make us courageous.For questions email 
Today's episode is about how to slow down and listen to someone's story. Gospel Shepherding is centered on listening to the person's story. Everyone has a story to tell. Whether they tell the story of their day or the story of their life, the words they say are full of meaning and importance. If we want to grow in our ability to speak effectively about Jesus and proclaim the gospel (to believers and not-yet-believers), then learning how to listen to a person’s story is crucial. In Luke 6:43-45, Jesus helps us understand the connection between words, actions, and the heart. “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Listening to someone’s story is kind of like examining a fruit tree. Sometimes the fruit is obvious - financial difficulty, sexual sin, marital conflict, anger - mixed with love, joy, peace, etc. But the real action is under the surface, in the root structure of the tree. According to Jesus, actions and words reveal the heart. And the heart is of primary importance because the heart is the seat of faith. “With the heart a person believes” (Romans 10:10). A person’s story has the potential to reveal where they have replaced Jesus as the only right object of faith. Jesus is the only one who can save, and we regularly look to created things instead. These false saviors will often be revealed in our stories. Every great story contains four movements: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. God’s Story follows the same pattern. God’s Story is the Great Story, the story that helps us make sense of all other stories. God’s Story is the ultimate Good News, the gospel that we find on the pages of the Bible. Understanding the Creation-Fall-Redemption-Restoration pattern in God’s Story will help us make sense of our stories and of the stories we hear from people everyday. For more on this topic, visit you have questions, please email 
This episode has two parts. In Part One, Bobby shares five books that every man needs to read and apply to their lives. In Part Two, Bobby interviews Jerrad Lopes, Christian pastor and  founder of, a non-profit ministry focused on equipping men to lead their families well. Jerrad hosts the weekly Dad Tired Podcast listened to by hundreds of thousands of men from around the world. (Listen to our previous interview with Jerrad here.)Books mentioned in this episode:1. Wild at Heart 2. Dad Tired 3. Kingdom Man4. Behold the Man5. Becoming a KingFor questions or more information, email 
In this episode, Maggie and Bob sit down with Josh Stewart and Rita Ramirez to discuss all the different phases our kids go through and the questions they ask as they grow up into adults. The resource we mention in the podcast is found here. you have any questions for the next Maggie and Bob show, email more resources to connect church and home, visit 
In this episode, Bobby sits down with John Bolin to talk about living a lifestyle of worship. John is the Pastor of Worship Ministry at Kingsland and has the heart to see worshipers worship in spirit and truth. We spell out the word worship and give a focus for each letter. Each letter has a resource attached to it. You can access the links below. W - Word (Click Here)O - Obey (Click Here)R - Rejoice (Click Here)S - Sing (Click Here)H - Help (Click Here)I - Imitate (Click Here)P - Pray (Click Here)For more resources visit Empoweredhomes.orgQuestions: 
In this episode, Bobby gets on the phone with Jeff Epps. Jeff is a leader at a boys ranch for at-risk and troubled boys who have experienced broken homes and need some support. Jeff has a thick Tennessee accent and a big heart to pour Jesus into these boys. His own life experiences have equipped him to help these boys grow into successful adults. He desires to help children in hard places and point them to Christ. In this episode, we hit three keys for ALL parents. Kids need to be reminded that they bear the image of God.Discipline is healthy. Everything must point back to Jesus. For information about the Tennessee Boys Ranch, visit For more ways to connect church and home, visit EmpoweredHomes.orgContact us at 
In this episode, Maggie and Bob sit down with Brad Flurry and Leslee McWhirter to talk about extracurricular activities. Before the pandemic, our kids were busier than ever. Now that we have an opportunity to rest our calendars, what are some key principles for navigating extracurricular activities?Five Tips 1. One at a time. 2. What is the WHY? 3. Relationships matter. 4. Your words matter. 5. Teach your kids how to WIN and LOSE.  (Full article)
In this episode, Bobby and Maggie sit down with Tamber Jones to talk about homeschooling and at-home learning. Tamber holds a master's degree from HBU and has been leading her children at home for eleven years now. Based on her own experience, she shares five pro tips to help all parents who are experiencing any and all levels of at-home learning. Five Pro-Tips1. Manage Expectations.Setting realistic expectations about yourself, your week and each child will help defuse outbursts and issues that are bound to happen. 2. Rest.It's easy to just keep going, so you must be diligent to make rest a priority in your home during at-home learning.3. Ask For Help.It's OK to ask for help, especially from your Father in heaven. 4. People Come First.No lesson or test is more Important than relationships. You have to get tasks done and stay on schedule, but don't value the schedule more than your child. 5. Be Word-Centered. Tamber mentions that a lot of healing can come from a good book. Reading is essential to healthy development. In the same way, God's Word should be the powerful tool we lead our homes with, especially with school. For more on this topic visit
In this episode, Bobby sits down with Pastor Ryan Rush to interview Dr. Gene Wilkes. Dr. Gene Wilkes is the president and professor of New Testament and Leadership at B. H. Carroll Theological Institute in Irving, Texas. Dr. Wilkes embraces the Institute's mission to "equip men and women called to serve Christ in the diverse and global ministries of his church." He has authored eleven books, including Jesus on Leadership: Timeless Wisdom on Servant Leadership and A New Way of Living: Practicing the Beatitudes Every Day. We talk about his book and how parenting is leadership. We discuss these four questions that every parent must answer:1. Why are we here? Mission2. Where are we going? Direction and goals3. How do I do it? - 30 Remember Forever's training / Core values4. Who can I count on? Trust, love and disciplineFor questions email podcast@empoweredhomes.orgFor more resources to connect church and home visit
Maggie and Bob sit down with Laura, our Preschool Minister at Kingsland Baptist Church, to take a question from social media about establishing rules in the home with varying ages and personalities. We talk about the importance of core values and consistency. We also rate some products designed to make family life easier.Please submit your questions to For more resources to connect church and home, visit
In this podcast, Bobby sits down with Gil Harris, Men's Ministry Director at Kingsland Baptist Church to interview Morgan Snyder. Morgan is a grateful husband of over 20 years and a proud father of a wildly creative and witty daughter and a joyful and passionate son. He serves as a strategist, entrepreneur, teacher, writer, and speaker. His passion is to both be shaped by and shape the men and women who are shaping the kingdom of God.In the interview, we talk about what it means to be wholehearted and fathered by God. This incredible and transformative message is one that every man needs to hear. Purchase the Book: Becoming a KingMore Information about Morgan and Wild at Heart Ministries. https://becomegoodsoil.comFor Questions, email
This episode was recorded in October 2019 during the Empowered Homes Conference. Bobby sits down with Dr. Jim Denison who is a leading voice in examining culture through a biblical worldview. We discuss how to use the culture to transform and disciple our kids. We can either hide our kids from culture or empower our kids to transform culture in the name of Jesus. God Moments are about using the headlines and current events to have biblical conversations with our kids. For more information from Dr. Jim Denison, visit and If you have questions, please email For more ways to connect church and home, visit
In this episode, Neal and Bekah Springer share their adoption story. They discuss the grief of infertility, the hope and heartbreak involved with foster care, the joy of reunification, and the beauty found in a community of faith. They also share some practical ways to help a foster family. Whether you are considering adoption or know someone in the process, Neal and Bekah’s story offers hope. Neal and Bekah are leaders and volunteers at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, Texas.For questions, please email  For more resources on adoption, visit
(RECORDED MARCH 2020)In this episode, Bobby gets on the phone with Mark Gregston to talk about parenting teens in crisis. Mark has taken all the experience he has gained in working in the various youth ministry experiences and developed resources to help parents nationwide. He’s authored 18 books, has written hundreds of articles about parenting teens in a difficult culture, and is also the host of the nationally acclaimed radio program, Parenting Today’s Teens, which was honored to receive the 2014 Program of the Year award from the National Religious Broadcasters. These programs are heard on over 1,700 radio outlets throughout North America.You can find all of his resources at If you have questions, please email For more resources to connect church and home visit
In this episode, Maggie and Bobby sit down with Eric Friedmann to talk about summer. Summer is an awesome opportunity to spend quality time together as a family. Summer can also be full of frustrating moments. We talk about the good, the bad, and the awesome parts of summer. We also hear some great ideas for families to make the most of the summer.For questions, please email more resources to connect church and home visit
Stop drifting apart and instead thrive together with this practical five-step plan for God's best possible life for your family.https://www.familyshift.comDespite the best of intentions, the busyness of life and endless distractions frequently cause parents to put their family's development on the back burner. Family Shift shows parents how to realign their families with easy but critical steps to follow to start living intentionally. Author Rodney Gage and his wife, Michelle, saw a drift start to threaten their own family's well-being and set out to stop it in its tracks. They wanted to defy the alarming statistics of the decline of the family unit and share with families everywhere that they can learn to thrive as a family, not merely survive.Every family gets off track at some point, but that's not a major problem as long as you know your destination. Family Shift has families working together to create a family vision, mission statement, and core values family members will be better equipped to help one another navigate the unexpected twists and turns of life. Each chapter concludes with questions to answer as a family and additional resources to work through together.For questions email Podcast@empoweredhomes.orgFor more resources to connect church and home visit
This episode was recorded pre-COVID-19. Bobby gets on the phone with Allen Arnold to discuss living life as sons and daughters of God. We talk about the invitation to live our lives with or without Him. We can know a lot about God and still live without Him. What steps do we need to take to live as sons and daughters? Listen in to discover a better way to live and love.For more resources to connect church and home visit EmpoweredHomes.orgAllen Arnold is author of the The Story of With and (coming Summer 2019) The Defeat of Chaos. His mission is to awaken the hearts of people to pursue their life and art in freedom as sons and daughters of God. He regularly mentors and speaks to the larger creative community – including one of the most successful Shark Tank companies, writing conferences, and Dave Ramsey's core marketing team.  From the mountains of Colorado, he leads Content for Ransomed Heart – a ministry founded by the New York Times Bestselling Author of Wild at Heart, John Eldredge. Before that, Allen spent 20 years in Christian Publishing. As the founding Publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction, he oversaw the launch of more than 500 novels and received the American Christian Fiction Writers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He loves blue oceans, black coffee, hot salsa, and big ideas. 
In this episode, Bobby interviews Jim Burns to talk about the three types of intimacy in marriage. We discuss the differences between emotional, physical, and spiritual intimacy and how they are interconnected. Jim Burns is the president of HomeWord. He speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to 2 million resources in print in 20 languages. He primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord, which are: Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. Some of his most popular books are: Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, Closer, and Doing Life With Your Adult Children. Jim and his wife, Cathy, live in Southern California and have three grown daughters, Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi; two sons-in-law, Steve and Matt; and two grandchildren, James and Charlotte.If you have questions, email For more resources to connect church and home visit
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