Contributed on Jul 18, 2012
It is time we take a serious look at building quality relationships – and there is no better resource than God who made us to be in relationship.
“Building Quality Relationships: With God – Imitating God” Eph. 4:17-5:2 From the very beginning God said “It is not good for man to be alone.” Van Morris, in Being Lonely ‘Can Kill You’, says that data collected from 148 studies, involving more than ...read more
Contributed on Jul 24, 2012
Since the Church has too long tolerated the teaching of our culture on sexuality and sexuaol relationships, it's time to speak up about building quality relationships.
“Building Quality Relationships: With Jesus – Develop Healthy Partners” Eph. 5:3-8; 1 Cor. 6:9-20 Sometimes the words of Scripture hit me in the gut. In preparation for today’s message I was directed to such words, from Jesus Himself. In Rev. 2:19 Jesus commends the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 31, 2012
Our bodies are not o nly sensational and special - they are also sacred.
“Building Quality Relationships: With Jesus – Respect the Temple” Eph. 5:3-8; Ps. 139: 1-6 & 13-18 Let’s begin with a brief exercise. When I say “Now”, I want you to exhale and empty your lungs. Ready? Now…Now take a deep breath and fill your lungs. In ...read more
Contributed on Aug 8, 2012
Even secular 'experts' know that people need faith, hope, and love - three things Christianity uniquely offers.
“Building Quality Relationships: With the World – Share M & M’s!” Eph. 5:8-14; 1Cor. 12:27-13:13 A renowned pastor was reflecting on a conference where the main speakers were psychologists and psychiatrists. One had spoken about people’s desperate need to have ...read more
Contributed on Aug 15, 2012
We may live in the golden age of technology, but we still don't seem to be able to communicate.
“Building Quality Relationships: With Christians – Master Communication” Eph. 5:15-20 A woman went to court and told the judge she wanted a divorce. “Do you have any grounds?” the judge asked. “Just two acres,” she replied. “That’s not it, ...read more
Contributed on Aug 21, 2012
Self-centeredness and the 'me first' attitude permeate our culture. But Paul points us in a different direction.
“Building Quality Relationships: With Christians – Master Submission” Phil. 2:1-11 & Eph. 5:18-21 Michael Hernandez has written a piece called “Property Laws as Viewed by a Toddler.” Included are the following toddler laws: “If I like it, it’s mine. If ...read more
Contributed on Aug 28, 2012
Good marriages may be designed in heaven but they are made on earth.
“Building Quality Relationships: With Spouses – Master Marriage” Eph. 5:18-33 There’s a theory that states “Good marriages are made in heaven.” Sounds good – but I don’t buy it. Good marriages are designed there, but they are made on earth. And ...read more
Contributed on Sep 6, 2012
Understanding that stress and incivility on the job lead to poorer health, and knowing that both are on the rise, how do we transform our workplaces?
“Building Quality Relationships: With Workers - Transform Your Workplace” Eph. 6:5-9 Your job might be killing you—literally. More specifically, strained relationships with co-workers could be negatively impacting your health and longevity. That's the conclusion of a 20-year ...read more
Contributed on Sep 13, 2012
There is a strong connection between being a Christian and being united to Christ's Body, the Church.
“Building Quality Relationships: With the Church – Sign the Dotted Line” Eph. 5:32 It’s been many years since I placed in my files a little list entitled “How to Be a Church Member Without Being Religious.” Some of the behaviors listed are ...read more
Contributed on Sep 18, 2012
What happens in our families infuences what happens in our culture. If ever there is a place for quality relationships, it's the family.
“Building Quality Relationships: With Family - Living With Order in Your Home” Ephesians 6:1-4 If I asked you if you thought you could subscribe to the Communist Manifesto, you’d probably be inclined to say “No,” even if you didn’t know what it contained. And ...read more
Contributed on Sep 24, 2012
Samuel was one of the greatest and godliest leaders in the Bible. Understanding how his life developed is crucial to our understanding of how to grow and build relationships with future leaders.
“Building Quality Relationships: With Future Leaders” 1 Sam. 1:1-2:11 Pastor Leslie Weatherhead once said, “I meet a great many people who wish they had more influence in the world and think they don’t count for much. But if from your home there comes, because of what ...read more