Category: Godly Character

How Relationships Work: When Trust Is Broken – 04/07/15

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By , April 8, 2015 1:37 pm
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In praise, we sang Mighty to Save by Laura Story and Great is Thy Faithfulness by Lincoln Brewster.

After a short summary and review of the biblical concepts of conflict and reconciliation in relationships, Kathy taught on what we can do when trust is broken.  She explained the reality of broken trust in all relationships and clarified the difference between unconditional love and earned trust.

How Relationships Work – Workshop 3/24/15

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By , March 24, 2015 12:24 pm
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Today we sang “You Are For Me” by Kelanie Gloekler and “Power In The Blood” by Fernando Ortega.

Kathy led us in a workshop by answering questions that we had emailed her during the week.  She addressed handling offenses with unbelievers, living in victory with unresolved or repeated conflict in a family, differentiating between a boundary and a wall, how to love people who don’t seem to like us, how to stay more in the spirit, what it means if we are taking an offense for a third person, how our forgiving others is evidence that God has forgiven us, and what it means to turn the other cheek.  Kathy also took questions from the floor and we all benefitted from the conversation.

How Relationships Work: Negotiating Differences, Part 2- 03/17/15

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By , March 18, 2015 2:45 pm
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We praised God singing “God of the Impossible” by Sara Reeves and “Just As I Am” by Travis Cottrell.

Kathy reviewed last weeks lesson about reconciling relationships and the importance of forgiveness.

We continued learning about negotiating differences, especially in regards to long standing relationships that are not reconciled.  She talked about the fact that out of our hollow places of pain can flow rivers of living water and guarding against the devastating affects of bitterness.

How Relationships Work: Negotiating Differences – 3/10/15

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By , March 11, 2015 3:09 pm
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This week we sang “Jesus Paid It All” by Kristian Stanfill and “Live Your Love” by the Katinas.

Kathy began with a review, reminding us that God’s ministry to us and for us is reconciliation.  He reconciled us to Himself through Jesus and now calls us to reconcile with others.  A heart that is for reconciliation has experienced God’s grace and forgiveness for itself, is wise and wily in response to others, desires connection, and is open to newness in relationship.

This week’s lesson focused on negotiating differences in relationships.  We looked at what God’s word says about handling offenses, whether we have sinned or have been sinned against.  We learned how to stay within Biblical boundaries when negotiating differences by 1) going to our brother in private with the goal of reconciliation, 2) going quickly but choosing our time wisely, 3) keeping our comments current,  4) not judging or accusing, 5) admitting and taking responsibility for our wrongs, and 6) speaking the truth in love.

Kathy reminded us that God is the secure foundation for all of our other relationships.

How Relationships Work: Reconciling Differences-03/03/15

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By , March 5, 2015 1:21 pm
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Today we began with praising God singing: “Christ Be All Aroud Me” by Michael W. Smith & “Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone” by Chris Tomlin.

Kathy continued our series on relationships with a review of  what are some stumbling blocks to Godly relationships and then began teaching about the process of reconciliation.

How Relationships Work: Stumbling Blocks

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By , February 24, 2015 4:35 pm
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We sang, “Christ Be All Around Me”, by Michael W. Smith and “I will Sing of My Redeemer” by Travis Cottrell.

In a review Kathy reminded us that the four building blocks of relationships are unity, intimacy, vulnerability, and love.

Today we looked intently at the stumbling block of offense. To understand offenses we need to understand forgiveness. She discussed what forgiveness is and what it is not

HOW RELATIONSHIPS WORK: More Building Blocks – 02/10/15

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By , February 10, 2015 3:46 pm
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Our songs today were “My Jesus I Love Thee” by Amy Grant and “Christ Be All Around Me” by Michael W. Smith.

Kathy opened with a review of  unity, intimacy and vulnerability in relationships. Then she added the next building block of what love looks like and what love doesn’t look like.  There is a war on love. The enemy uses our anger and our desire to use others to hinder healthy relating.

How Relationships Work: A Secure Foundation – 01/27/15

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By , January 28, 2015 4:50 pm
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This morning we began with praise, singing “Open Up the Heavens” by Vertical Church Band and “Blessed Assurance” by Jadon Lavik.

Kathy began the spring semester with a review of the principles of our vertical relationship with God as our foundation for living.  We began to explore how these principles extend to our horizontal relationships through unity, intimacy and vulnerability.

Impossible!

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By , January 26, 2015 9:52 pm
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If you want to grow in loving others well, join me for the teaching series “How Relationships Grow.” We start back Tuesday, January 27th with class at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.–or follow online anytime!
 
 

IMPOSSIBLE!

 
 
In Luke 17:1, Jesus says: “It is impossible that no offenses should come.” Wow! I am blown away that this is in the Bible. Thank you, Lord, for saying! This validates my experience–I keep running into opportunities to take offense and to offend others.

 

His solution to our offense-filled world is found in John 13:34, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Now THAT is impossible! I know I am not able to love like that. Yet I find faith and strength knowing that the One who issues this commandment is God of the Impossible.

 

He tells me that He has “poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 5:5) If I walk in dependence on the Spirit, allowing His fruit to grow in my heart, I can experience what seems out of my reach. Although it seems impossible, God can prune my offensive behaviors and words. He can teach me to let others’ offenses roll off my back. He can do this, and He will–through His boundless love!

 

“With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Mark 10:27

How Relationships Work: Frustration to Freedom, 11/18/14

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By , November 19, 2014 4:44 pm
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This was our last class of 2014. We will pick up where we left off on January 27th.

We sang “Standing on the Promises” by Selah and “Cornerstone” by Hillsongs.

We spent some time in James 1 looking at our heart’s desires and the impact of having those desires met or blocked. Then Kathy walked us through Isaiah 61 and the divine exchange that is available to us.

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