Building a Relational Toolbox: Adding Value, Creating Meaning


Relationships don’t grow without investing in them. You can add life into your relationships with two skills we’ll look at this week. The first is to “add value” to someone, which we can do when we listen to people, care about them, and give them words of life. The second is “creating meaning” with someone.…

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Building a Relational Toolbox: Conflict Resolution


As we continue our series and develop our relational tool box, we come to a tricky subject. What do you do when you are in a conflict? If we are honest, most of us don’t react well do instigating a difficult conversation, nor do we respond well when we feel called out on something we…

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Father’s Day – Are Fathers Necessary?


Over the last 50 years, manhood has received a thrashing from the secular culture. In movies and TV shows men have been depicted as buffoons, goofballs, or harsh tyrants.  This week we’ll look at why this is a colossal mistake, one that is costly not only to children but to wives. What are men to…

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Building a Relational Toolbox: Understanding vs. Pushing


Misunderstandings are annoying, aggravating, often involve unintended hurt feelings and run us right into conflict. Why does that happen? What is going on INSIDE us that makes misunderstandings more likely?  How does that happen? What are we doing that makes misunderstandings more likely? What tools are there to help prevent misunderstandings?

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Building a Relational Toolbox: Life-Giving Relationships


We all desire life-giving relationships, and we all falter when relationships that were once life-giving has withered and become dry. Life-giving relationships must be built and maintained; they just don’t “happen” because we want them to. What tools do we need in our tool box?

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The Larger Story – The Lesson of the Hot Breakfast


Few things sting like failure and shame, especially public failure. It’s easy for us to walk around carrying our shame behind us, imagining Jesus’ eye roll at us and Him sadly shaking His head at our failure. But that is NOT what He does. What He does in John 21 should astound you–and free you!

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