Contributed on Jul 31, 2017
Why can't a Christian sue another Christian? And can a Christian take a non-Christian to court? And how should a lawyer who is Christian handle lawsuits?
In 1910, a man named Olaf Olavson was desperate for cash, so he sold his body to an institute in Sweden to be used for medical research after he died. But in 1911, he unexpectedly inherited a fortune and decided to "buy himself back." To his surprise, the institute wouldn't cooperate. Shocked by ...read more
Contributed on Jul 17, 2017
Too many churches are caught up in conflict because they've forgotten who is truly the enemy. How do we prevent conflict from ruling the church? Choose the correct weapons! Check out these thoughts from Scott Jewell, our Family Minister.
Thom Rainer of Lifeway Christian Resources wrote a blog article in which he compiled a list of 25 odd church arguments. I narrowed it down to 10, including a couple I’ve heard previously. (I’ve included a brief describer with color commentary for each). 1. color of roof shingles- sit under their ...read more
Contributed on Jul 9, 2017
Conflicts often arise when people forget who's in charge. So, who is in charge and how should we use that knowledge in how we respond to our earthly authorities?
OPEN: August 1994, as a Korean Air jet plane was landing it skidded across a rain soaked runway and rammed a safety barricade. There were 160 passengers on board and just before the plane exploded into flames they all escaped to safety. What was the cause of the accident? According to news ...read more
Contributed on Jun 25, 2017
Much of the conflict in our lives comes from "a failure to communicate". But it isn't that we fail to make ourselves clear. The problem is often that our communication is corrupt. Do you know what that means and do you know how to fix that?
OPEN: A woman went into the office of a divorce lawyer and told him she wanted to file for divorce. “Do you have any grounds!” the judge asked. “Just two acres,” she said. “Ma’am you don’t understand. I mean do you have a grudge!” “No we don’t have a grudge, we park the car in ...read more
Contributed on Jul 2, 2017
We live in nation of "rights" but if my rights conflict with yours we can end up in court, in a church split or in a family division. How do we avoid letting our desire to defend our rights to ruin our lives?
OPEN: I’m going to read from the words of an ancient document. When I’m finished I’m going to ask you what document these words are from (we put the words up on the screen and underlined the word “Rights” in the passage): “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people ...read more
Contributed on Jul 25, 2017
Since God reconciled us to Himself in Christ Jesus, He now calls us to be reconcilers. What does that mean with regard to conflicts in our lives and in our church?
OPEN: A medical doctor once told of one of his patients who’d developed cancer. He said she’d grown up in an abusive, alcoholic family and felt bitterness toward her parents. But when she discovered she had cancer, she decided to change her attitude and try to show love to her parents - in spite ...read more