Episode 73: Am I Emotionally Healthy?

“Emotional health is not knowing how to always, “feel better.” Emotional health is knowing how to come to God as a complete person, no matter what you are facing. It’s not about immediately having God take away bad feelings.” Family Worship Family Worship Devotional Download Scripture: Psalm 42:5 Worship Still, My Soul be Still (https://youtu.be/27WmFfY3rwc) Oh the Deep, Deep Love (https://youtu.be/bJMiD4o4rws) Key Point – Emotional health means you understand what emotions you’re feeling, how they impact you, and how to engage them in a way that honors Christ. Discussion What emotions have you......

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Episode 51: Loving the Difficult

“When you’re saved, you’re not just getting a perfect Father in heaven who is loving you perfectly and endlessly, you are getting thousands of imperfect siblings on earth, and nobody will treat you just the way you would like. But that is part of God’s perfect design to help us display his love, and better understand the way he has loved us.” Family Worship Family Worship Devotional Download Open In Prayer Worship – How Deep the Father’s Love for Us – He Will Hold Me Fast Icebreaker Question: What is one of your......

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How Can I Pray for my Oppressed Neighbor?

Philippians 2:3 tells us to see others as more significant than ourselves. This mindset is a vital aspect of empathy in which someone else’s story, the valley of suffering they are in, their genuine needs, and who they are as a person are more valuable to me than my own life. This is the mind of Christ that was displayed on the cross, and it’s the only mindset that allows his love to truly flourish in our relationships. Prayer is one vital way we respond when a spotlight has been placed on the......

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Episode 44: Strengthening and Growing Community

“As a church family, we have to fight the pressures of the culture and the deceitfulness of our hearts that tell us not to get too close right now and not to share too much right now. But if we are truly to love one another and look out for their greatest good, then we must create moments where we give grace to one another and grow together to be more like Christ.” Family Worship Family Worship Devotional Download Open in Prayer Worship – There is a Higher Throne (Gettys) – Still, My......

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Episode 29: Grief and Lament

“Our close relationships, when they are at their best, bear this image of Christ to us. Like Christ they hear us, care for our tears, accept us, and don’t offer quick fixes or silver linings. Yet through prayer and sensitivity, they are somehow able to take us by the hand and journey with us toward Christ through the suffering. Distance from our friends who reflect Christ to us is an additional loss in a season of grief. So, what can we do? Scripture points to a critical way to express the messiness and......

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Relationship-Building Questions for Couples in Quarantine

As we enter another month of “Shelter-in-Place,” we want more than survival stories for our marriages and relationships. We want stories of the love of Christ on display and how God used this season to help us grow more in displaying our Savior’s love to one another. One vital way to build our understanding of how to love is to have conversations that provide opportunities to minister Christ’s love. To that end, here is a relationship-building activity for couples for the month of May. Take one question each day and discuss it with......

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Episode 12: Loving Our Spouse During the Coronavirus Season

“Finally, we must remember, that the greatest challenge we face in loving our spouse during this season is our own sinful heart. At the end of Matthew 5, Jesus says that it’s most natural for us to always return evil for evil and to only love those who love us. But what makes Christ’s love so miraculous, is that he loved us in the face of wrong, he responded to evil with good. Because of Christ’s love for us in the gospel, Love in the face of wrong demonstrates the love of Christ......

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