65 episodes

You’ve made the commitment. You’ve caught the vision. You want to serve God in every aspect of your family life— but sometimes it’s hard to put feet on that vision! How do you get from principle to practice? What does it look like when you get there? How do you apply Scriptural truth in a 21st century family? This is “Making Biblical Family Life Practical,” with Hal and Melanie Young With humorous banter, laser beam insight, and lots of practical advice, Hal and Melanie address real world issues, current events, marriage, parenting, raising sons, and family life. They’ll encourage and inspire you to walk out the Word of God in your family — and work toward reforming our culture, too. Monday nights at 9 Eastern. Don’t miss it!

Making Biblical Family Life Practical Hal Young and Melanie Young

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 96 Ratings

You’ve made the commitment. You’ve caught the vision. You want to serve God in every aspect of your family life— but sometimes it’s hard to put feet on that vision! How do you get from principle to practice? What does it look like when you get there? How do you apply Scriptural truth in a 21st century family? This is “Making Biblical Family Life Practical,” with Hal and Melanie Young With humorous banter, laser beam insight, and lots of practical advice, Hal and Melanie address real world issues, current events, marriage, parenting, raising sons, and family life. They’ll encourage and inspire you to walk out the Word of God in your family — and work toward reforming our culture, too. Monday nights at 9 Eastern. Don’t miss it!

    Family Devotions – What Does This Look Like? – MBFLP 303

    Family Devotions – What Does This Look Like? – MBFLP 303

    A lot of Christian homes don't have experience with family devotions. Where do you even start? What's appropriate for our kids at their ages? This episode, we're following up our previous show about why to have devotions - now, we're looking at how!  Join us for some ideas that we've found really useful with our family of ten.

    • 17 min
    Having Family Devotions Even When It's Hard

    Having Family Devotions Even When It's Hard

    One of the most critical responsibilities of Christian parents is to teach our children to know and love the God we serve. One of the best ways is to have regular times of family worship and Bible study - but honestly, life is busy and kids are distracted and distracting, and it's just hard to stay on track. This episode we're being realistic and encouraging for real parents like you!

    • 20 min
    Encouraging Your Teen Driver – MBFLP 301

    Encouraging Your Teen Driver – MBFLP 301

    Encouraging Your Teen Drivers

    More and more Gen-Z'ers are delaying their driver's licenses ... but we're helping our eighth child through the process right now! This is a step toward adult independence and a big help to the family right now ... as we've seen time and again. This episode we're talking about why and how we encourage our young drivers to reach for the wheel!



    This podcast episode sponsored by The Ark and the Darkness.











    We’re watching our eighth child going through driver’s ed and preparing for her license, and we’re realizing this is not as common as it once was. When we were teenagers, gaining that license was a major life goal, as soon as the law and the parents would allow it! While it still is for some teens, the numbers have dropped off sharply.



    Researchers found the proportion of high school seniors with their driver’s license dropped from nearly 90% in the mid-eighties to less than 75% today. In some states, that number dipped to 65%. *



    Some people cite the rise of ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber, and point out they are popular with young people. That may be true enough, but the decline started before ride-sharing was created, and the decline is even greater in rural areas where Uber doesn’t go than in urban areas where the app is popular.



    In contrast, we have always felt it important for our teenagers to learn to drive as soon as possible. It’s a step toward adult independence, and a skill that is helpful for so many reasons – for the family they’re in right now, not just future situations!



    *[Ref: Jean Twenge and Heejung Park, “The Decline in Adult Activities Among U.S. Adolescents, 1976-2016” (Child Development, 2017)]







     



     

    • 17 min
    Dealing with Selfishness – MBFLP 300

    Dealing with Selfishness – MBFLP 300

    It is perfectly natural for our children (and ourselves) to be self-centered. It's also perfectly wrong! But how do we overcome this tendency in our children? Can we do it without constant nagging and scolding? What can we do to encourage our family members to look after one another, rather than each demanding his own way?







    Passages We Mention: 



    Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,  fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

       Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:1-7)

    * For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword ... (Hebrews 4:12)





    Other Resources



    Pam Forster, For Instruction in Righteousness (Doorposts)



    Check out our subscription box! 

    • 22 min
    MBFLP – Homeschooling In Hard Times

    MBFLP – Homeschooling In Hard Times

    So many of us began homeschooling out of conviction that God wanted us to do it. Our commitment can be shaken if we come on hard times. We've homeschooled through job loss, high-risk pregnancy, financial challenge, and stage IV cancer, and we learned it can be done. This week we talk about why you ought to hang on to your convictions, and we'll offer some practical ideas we've learned while Homeschooling In Hard Times!



     



    This podcast is sponsored by Reading Eggs.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Reading Fiction as a Christian – MBFLP 299

    Reading Fiction as a Christian – MBFLP 299

    We're both avid readers, and we've raised a whole nest of readers - our house is full of books -- and not just the parents'! We've talked about some our personal favorites, but this episode we're looking at whole genres of fiction. How should we, as Christians, approach fictional literature? Are there any kinds to beware of? What do we think about science fiction, fantasy, suspense, romance, mystery, or other sorts? And how do we sort the range of material in each group? If you're a reader, or you have kids who are, check this out!





    Passages we referenced:

    King David and the prophet Nathan (2 Samuel 12:1-15)



    Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:27-28)



    The parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)



    To do evil is like sport to a fool, 

    But a man of understanding has wisdom. (Proverbs 10:23)



    "I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, 

    Even to give to every man according to his ways." (Jeremiah 17:10)



    "For the LORD does not see as man sees;for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

    (1 Samuel 16:7)

    Episodes about discernment:

    222 - Teaching Discernment



    191 - Talking About the Movies



    133 - Watching with Discernment 



    and more! Browse the archives for more ideas and encouragement!



    PLUS get this free resource - our downloadable Reading Pack!



     





    This episode brought to you by

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

Jazzyjazzface ,

Great duo of wisdom

I grew up with a stay at home, godly, homeschool mama who got more creative and counted our blessings too! Your podcasts are so genuine and authentic godly wisdom. We need people sharing uplifting advice like you do. Keep sharing! God’s using you! Thank you Hal & Melanie

ChantellyJones ,

Such a blessing to our homeschool

We enjoy listening to every single message. We are truly grateful for this podcast. Thank you Jesus for Hal and Melanie.

Kasey Werner ,

So encouraging!

I really enjoy Hal and Melanie’s podcast! I listened to them at our local homeschool conference this year and fell in love with them even more. They are so wide, so Biblical, and I learn so much from each of their messages. It’s so helpful to have the perspective of parents who have raised their kids in the Lord and seen the fruit!

Top Podcasts In Education

The Mel Robbins Podcast
Mel Robbins
The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
Mick Unplugged
Mick Hunt
TED Talks Daily
TED
Digital Social Hour
Sean Kelly
Law of Attraction SECRETS
Natasha Graziano

You Might Also Like

Relatable with Allie Beth Stuckey
Blaze Podcast Network
FamilyLife Today®
FamilyLife Podcast Network
Cultish
Jeremiah Roberts, Andrew Soncrant
The Matt Walsh Show
The Daily Wire
The Ben Shapiro Show
The Daily Wire

More by Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

Homeopathy for Mommies
Sue Meyer
Family Renewal
Israel Wayne
The Homeschool Sanity Show
Melanie Wilson, PhD
Finish Well
Finish Well Team
College Prep Genius
Jean Burke
Passenger Seat Womanhood
LaToya Edwards