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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: 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: The Building Blocks – 02/03/15

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By , February 3, 2015 12:55 pm
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We sang “How Firm a Foundation” by Jeff Wreyford and “Christ Be All Around Me” by Michael W. Smith in praise and worship.

Kathy began with a quick review of the three foundational building blocks to healthy relationships which are unity, intimacy and vulnerability.  This week’s lesson elaborated on those principles by seeing the connection between unity and separateness, intimacy and our true identity, and vulnerability and fear of man.

 

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.

How Relationships Work: Finding the Father’s Favor – 11/04/14

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By , November 5, 2014 4:35 pm
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We began our time of worship with “My Inheritance” by Ronnie Freemand and “It Is Well” by Hillsongs.

Kathy shared some biblical examples from the books of 1 and 2 Kings on receiving God’s favor that provided great principles for us to follow.

* If you attend the morning class, make sure to complete the Trumpet Call Prep sheet to prepare for next week’s class.

How Relationships Work: Staying Connected In Hard Times – 10/28/14

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By , October 28, 2014 7:43 pm
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Today we sang “You Are My All In All” by Dennis Jernigan and Natalie Grant as well as one of the songs from this year’s 3DCD, “Hide Away In The Love Of Jesus” by Sovereign Grace.

Kathy taught from Judges 6 using Gideon’s example of what it looks like to have a POVERTY mindset and how to overcome it.

How Relationships Work: Sowing Patiently, 10/21/14

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By , October 21, 2014 4:29 pm
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This morning we sang “Instruments of Your Peace” by David Kauffman and “Lord, I Need You” by Matt Maher.

Our topic today was practicing patience – the patience OF God, patience WITH God, and a harvest of patience. It was so helpful to be reminded that we already have a measure of patience in us if the Holy Spirit resides there, since it is one of His fruits!

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