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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
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We were asked on social media to share some books for personal growth and spiritual development. In this episode, Bobby sits down with Eric Conley to talk about resources that have inspired and influenced them in their personal growth with God. Here are the resources listed in the episode:1. Devotional Classics-by various authors2. The Cost of Discipleship-by Dietrich Bonhoeffer3. Evidence That Demands a Verdict-by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell4. Growing Up-Book 1 of Robby Gallaty's Discipleship series5. Bearing Fruit-Book 3 of Robby Gallaty's Discipleship series 6. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years-by Donald Miller7. Experiencing God-by Henry Blackaby8. Pursuit of God-by A.W. Tozer9. Field Notes Book
In this episode, Bobby sits down with Dan and Mikel Braz to talk about Re|engage Marriage Ministry. God has designed marriage to be a supportive, loving, life-giving relationship that mirrors His own unconditional love for us. Re|engage will help you better understand that design and learn how to apply it to your own marriage. How does your marriage reflect the Gospel? For those in the Katy, TX area looking for a re|engage group - those outside of Katy, TX - questions, 
This season we are going to focus on a three specific things when it comes to Marriage, Parenting and Personal Growth. 1.     ROI - Return On InvestmentIn season one, we spent a lot of time discussing topics and ideas for your home, but this season we want to share more of the "why" and potential outcome of applying these topics and ideas in your life.When we interview an author or specialist, we want to give insight on not just great ideas but if you apply these ideas, then your home will look like ____________ (What is the goal?).One of the biggest questions we were asked last year was,  "Why should I apply this in my home or marriage or for myself?"2.     More Non-Traditional Family LifeThe family doesn’t look like it did 50-60 years ago. So we need and want to talk about more non-traditional topics.Blended familiesSingle parentsInfertility Special Needs/Different AbilitiesGrief and Loss Divorce DepressionAnxiety  3.     Direct Questions and topics from Listeners We want to hear from those of you listening. What questions do you have or what topics do you want to discuss?
In this episode, Maggie and Bobby sit down to talk about five summer activities to connect church and home. How do we live out our faith in intentional ways this summer?Memorize at Scripture Verse as a familyWeekly Prayer FocusVBS, Camps, and Retreats Summer Reading PlanExplore Creation WATCH this episode on Youtube - Youtube.EHPodcastIf you have questions or suggestions for future episodes, email 
Tough ConversationsIt's not just the routines, schedules, discipline, and heartaches—it's the hard conversations. One of the greatest challenges of parenting is navigating the crucial conversations that we must have with our kids.  In this episode of the Empowered Homes Podcast, Bobby talks to the Scroggins and their story about coming "full circle" as parents.The ScrogginsJimmy and Kristin Scroggins have been married for more than twenty five years and have eight children. Jimmy pastors a church in South Florida. They’ve had plenty of crucial conversations in their lives—not only with their own children, but with parents who are scared and seeking wisdom. Many parents want to find a way to have those tough conversations from a biblical perspective and a distinctly Christian worldview, but they don’t know how.Full Circle ParentingIf you’re like these parents, Full Circle Parenting was written for you. Using the 3 Circles gospel tool (God’s design; brokenness; gospel), Jimmy and Kristin will give you a “conversation map” to work through any tough conversations you have with your children, and will show you how it works with the following topics and more:Gender, Sexuality, and MarriageTechnologyAlcohol and Substance AbuseBitterness, Forgiveness, and RestorationFriendship and Mean KidsFor questions, email
In this episode, Maggie and Bobby sit down with Rita Ramirez and Eric Conley to talk about college students. We talk about how to prepare our students for success in college. We also chat about returning college students and preparing your heart and your home for the adjustment back at home. We also have a special guest with us, Ryan Scantling, from the University of Arkansas. He is a friend of Eric and he shares so much wisdom about preparing your high school student as they prepare to head off to college.A fantastic article to help your get ready for your College Student's return is 10 Ways to Welcome Your College Student HomeIf you have questions please email
The Whole Story for the Whole Family is the family devotional parents need to help their kids grow in their faith.Parents are called to be the primary faith trainers in the lives of their children. That means we, as parents, should help them know and understand the Bible so they can know, love, and understand God and His Son, Jesus. But so many parents feel overwhelmed and exhausted at the thought of discipling their children. Where to begin?The Whole Story for the Whole Family is a step in the right direction. In an easy-to-use and simple format, this devotional guide will equip parents to start teaching their children the Bible. Rather than seeing the Bible as a mis-matched collection of random stories about different characters in history, your kids can see the Bible as one story, woven throughout space and time, with one character standing at the center: Jesus. Through the use of an object lesson every day, digestible sections of Scripture, and simple discussion questions, The Whole Story for the Whole Family can help kids understand God's ongoing story and find their place in it.For questions, email 
Many people feel the desire to study Scripture and to place the word of God at the center of their home. But often we feel inadequate or unequipped to do so effectively. This breakout will focus on how to build, in yourself and in your children, the habit of learning to go to Scripture for nourishment and guidance.Check out the video version of today's episode by (clicking here).For more information or questions please email
In this episode, Bobby gets on the phone to talk to Ted Shimer about his program and book called "The Freedom Fight." As a new partner with Empowered Homes, you can access the 30 Day Challenge mentioned on the show by visiting, 2007, Ted has been through and evaluated over twenty different porn addiction recovery programs and resources. He utilized some of these programs with different staff and students. During this time he also was trained as a Pastoral Sex Addiction Professional-Supervisor to include the best clinical training in his discipleship and programs. Through this process, Ted identified and refined the key principles of an effective recovery program, which formed the foundation of the Freedom Fight launched in 2017. The Freedom Fight is a ministry of Student Mobilization.Additional Resources on Empowered Homes: information about the program, For questions, email 
Bobby and Maggie sit down with Joe Landi to talk about the importance of goal setting.  Corporations and businesses use mission statements, values and goals to guide and drive their purpose and success.  As families and individuals, we are chasing after God's purpose for our lives.   Discovering our personal mission and values can help us set goals to steward our time and resources for God's purposes.  Links to the articles mentioned in today's podcast:5 Tips to Discovering Family Mission and Values5 Tips for Pursuing Family GoalsFor more resources visit or email with questions.  
In this episode, Bobby and Brad get on the phone with Garland Vance to talk about his book Gettin' (un)Busy.  Hurry is the new normal. We want to achieve our dreams and live a significant life, so we cram our calendars with nonstop activities. Instead of feeling fulfilled, we’re distracted, exhausted, and overwhelmed. We have too much to do and not enough time. But it doesn’t have to be this way! In Gettin’ (un)Busy, he shares how he nearly burned out while leading a nonprofit, having a family, and working on his doctorate in leadership and spiritual formation. He discovered a powerful, proven, and research-driven system that will help you shed stress, accomplish your dreams, and love life. Aside from the book, we focus our conversation on creating family boundaries that help keep us from getting wound up in business. In this, we also discuss how to have a family sabbath. It is a powerful conversation about the business and how we can strategically prep and plan our days and decades with purpose. For more information about Garland, visit If you have questions, email us at 
Forgiveness & Family

Forgiveness & Family


This is the audio from our Marriage and Parenting Weekend. Bobby sits down with Susan Sowell, Cesar Perez, and Chris Kincaid to talk about forgiveness and your family. What does it look like for your family to have a culture of forgiveness? When hurts and pains emerge, how do we foster care and reconciliation for those under our roofs? In this session, we talk about the root of forgiveness and how we are called to live out of an extended heart daily, especially for the ones we love.To access the video and resources of this session
This is the audio from our Empowered Homes Marriage and Parenting Weekend. Bobby sits down with Todd and Lori Pendergrass and Dan and Judy Post to talk about what it's like to raise kids in a blended family. Blended families provide opportunities for new beginnings. They can also be filled with many challenges, like communicating with ex-spouses and developing a plan for discipline. This breakout session offers insight for blended families as they navigate these challenges and how to experience freedom along the way.To access the video and resources -
In this episode, Maggie gets on the phone with author and counselor, Sissy Goff. Sissy is the Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee, where she works alongside her counseling assistant/pet therapist, Lucy the Havanese. Since 1993, she has been helping girls and their parents find confidence in who they are and hope in who God is making them to be, both as individuals and families.To access the last episode with Sissy, Find It HereHer new book, Brave: A Teen Girl's Guide to Beating Worry and AnxietyAs a parent, you can use certain strategies to help your teenage daughter when she struggles with worry and anxiety. But it is also important that she learns how to work through her emotions on her own, especially as she approaches adulthood.This guide--created for girls ages 13 to 18--will help your daughter understand anxiety's roots and why her brain is often working against her when she starts to worry. With teen-friendly information, stories, and self-discovery exercises, including journaling and drawing prompts, she will learn practical ways to fight back when worries come up. She will find more of her voice and her confidence. In essence, she will find more of herself and the brave, strong, deeply loved girl God made her to be.For questions or comments please email
Small Group Leaders

Small Group Leaders


Small Group Leaders play an important role in our churches today.  Parents have an incredible opportunity to support the volunteers who are pouring into and leading their kids.  Learn how to partner with small group leaders to create open communication in the discipleship of kids.  In this episode, Maggie sits down with two of her favorite people to talk about ways parents can connect with their kid's small group leaders.  Leslee McWhirter, Children's Minister, and Kayla Self, Girl's Minister at Kingsland Baptist Church,  talk through the importance of connecting with small group leaders.  For more information about parenting, please visit
In this episode, Maggie gets on the phone with Karen Ehman. They talk through her new book about hospitality and opening your home for those you love. Through devotionals and practical tips, New York Times bestselling author Karen Ehman will inspire you to put love into action in this 40-day journey of hospitality. Karen will help you with the how-to and why of reaching out to others in meaningful ways. This book--part devotional, part practical handbook--will help you find loving ways to feed both the bodies and souls of the people whom God has placed in your life. In Reach Out, Gather In, Karen will share:· some of her favorite recipes and hospitality traditions· ideas for menu planning and themed gatherings· sorta-from-scratch shortcuts for busy days when you need something delicious in a snap· motivating stories and biblical inspiration· space for answering reflective questions so you can journal your own 40-day excursion· sidebars on de-cluttering and cleaning strategiesThis beautiful book highlights the why of hospitality so that your home and life will grow to be a place where the gospel is displayed, drawing others closer to Christ and making a difference for eternity.For questions, please email 
In this episode, Bobby interviews sports agent and author, Drew Pittman. Drew has written a book titled, First Team Dad. His desire in writing this book was to not settle for being a good dad, but rather striving to be a great dad.In First Team Dad, Drew Pittman shares the principles that can change the game in your family, straight from a sports insider who has field-tested each and every one with his home team. With heart-pounding stories of unforgettable plays and one-in-a-million players, First Team Dad is your ticket to creating a legacy of significance in your family.Throughout his 28 years of being a sports agent, of course, Drew has developed a huge love of sports. Maybe even more than you do. But an experience early in his management career convinced him that a life of significance is about faith, family, and football--and always in that order. So how do you make significance a part of your game plan?Competitive sports are filled with lessons about motivation, perseverance, hard work, and collaboration--and these lessons are powerfully transferable to everyday life. Yet few men apply them to the most important arena they'll ever play in: their home.For more questions, email
In this episode, Bobby chats with author and speaker Allen Arnold. Allen recently wrote a book called Chaos Can't. Chaos Can’t Ultimately Win.But With God…You Can.The hopeful yet defiant message of Chaos Can’t is that it's possible to remain unshaken in this world of chaos.But you won’t find the answers on the nightly news or social media. They report chaos, stir fear, and take sides but have no clue for a cure. Because they’re looking in the wrong places.This quest offers a refreshingly different approach. Rather than focus on current events, we’ll take a mythic yet practical journey that starts before time began. To experience God as Creator. To expose an ancient enemy who uses chaos as a weapon. And to understand why our dreams, hopes, and hearts are under attack.What is chaos? How does God approach it? And can we overcome it?For more information about Allen and his ministry, questions, email 
In this episode, Bobby and Maggie sit down with Susan Sowell to talk about what we do when Christmas looks different. When we are not where we want to be in life during the holidays or when we have empty seats around the dinner table. Susan brings some incredible wisdom to those who struggle with the season. For more information about grief and loss visit If you have questions or want more Information email us at 
In this episode, Bobby gets on the phone with Patrick Schwenk. Patrick and his wife wrote a book called In a Boat in the Middle of the Lake. He is a pastor and tells a story of being diagnosed with cancer and how he and his family are navigating life. You can find all of their resources at forthefamily.orgYour Storm Doesn’t Have to Sink YouAt some point in our lives, we all find ourselves in a boat in the middle of a lake. We might be there due to a job loss or the death of a loved one. Maybe disability, divorce, or financial insecurity has stranded us. Patrick and Ruth Schwenk found themselves feeling battered after five miscarriages and then surrounded by the waves with Patrick’s cancer diagnosis at age forty-three. They were alone. Drifting. And that’s when their transformation began.In this compassionate and powerful book, the Schwenks weave together lessons from their own experience with insightful Bible teaching to remind us that one of the greatest ways God transforms us is through trials. As they unpack why Jesus called the disciples into the middle of a lake when dry ground was so safe and comfortable, they help us.If you have questions or need support email 
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