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You Have No Choice But to Resolve Conflict with Others

You Have No Choice But to Resolve Conflict with Others

Is there someone in your life with whom you struggle? Stated differently, who bothers you? Has someone done something that has brought friction into your relationship with them? What if you flipped the question around: have you done something to someone that has caused friction?… Continue Reading …

Fellowship Is the Missing Link in Most Relationships

Fellowship Is the Missing Link In Most Relationships

Many marriages, families, and churches have a common link—a missing one. In a word, it’s fellowship. I’m not speaking of having a social conversation with someone. Biblically speaking, fellowship is when two or more people willingly, humbly, openly, transparently, honestly, and vulnerably share themselves reciprocally,… Continue Reading …

What Is the Way To Work through Personality Differences?

What Is the Way to Work Though Personality Differences_

Rick, recently you talked about how you tend to live on “military time” and Lucia lives on “island time” and how you both have had to work through your conflicting personality traits in your marriage. You also tied this to how the gospel speaks to… Continue Reading …

Six Practical Thoughts When Helping Friends and Enemies

Six Practical Thoughts When Helping a Difficult Person

Living in a relationship with someone requires a practical awareness of how to do it well. Each person is on a private and personal journey that is unlike any other, which means there will be times when helping your friends or enemies will be challenging.… Continue Reading …

Here Is a Useful Way to Connect the Gospel to Arguments

Here Is a Useful Way to Connect the Gospel to Arguments

There are times in a relationship when winning the argument should not be your first call to action. Jesus talked about turning the other cheek and going the extra mile with some folks. What relationships do you have where it would be a better experience… Continue Reading …

Why Should I Disciple If God Has to Grant Repentance First?

Why Should I Disciple If God Has to Grant Repentance First?

One of the most tedious and mysterious questions you will ever ponder is the tension between God’s role in our lives and our responsibility to respond to Him. Ultimately, the problem is unanswerable in a satisfying way. But an unresolvable conundrum does not mean we… Continue Reading …

When You Unknowingly Act Like the Unkind People You Decry

When You Unknowingly Act Like the Unkind People You Decry

When you see unkindness in others, do you quickly recognize it for what it is? Do the vitriol on the Internet or your more challenging interpersonal relationships bother you? Are you quick to call out uncharitable judgments? What about you? Do you see traces of… Continue Reading …

Responding to Friends Who Do Things That Make You Uncomfortable

How to Respond to Friends Do Things That Make You Uncomfortable

When someone does something that you don’t like, you have several options from which to choose. You can consent to what they said or did and be like them. You could confront and rebuke them. Or you can try to ignore what just happened, which… Continue Reading …

Do You Think It’s Right to Correct My Authoritarian Husband?

Do You Think It's Right to Correct My Authoritarian Husband?

No human has absolute authority over another. This perspective should be common sense, but it’s not for everyone. A dictatorial husband and father can put wives and children in a difficult spot, which begs the question, do you think it’s right to correct my authoritarian… Continue Reading …

Reflective Study On Victimhood and the Need for Hope

Reflective Study On Victimhood and the Need for Hope

Living in hope while resisting the temptation of victimhood can be the hurt person’s most significant struggle. Hope is vital when bad things happen to any of us. Too often, legitimate victims place their hope on the wrong things, even if it’s anger or revenge.… Continue Reading …