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The Faces of Forgiveness (Pt. 2 of 2)

Forgiveness.  A subject so deep and wide, most of us flounder around in it, struggling just to stay afloat.  To be honest, we’re in way over our heads, like ducks that haven’t quite gotten the hang of swimming.  To make things worse, the people we rub against every day have a way of ruffling our […]

The Faces of Forgiveness (Pt. 1 of 2)

A few weeks ago, we were talking with a good friend who made a comment that really got us thinking.  He said he could not forgive a particular person because that person had not asked him for forgiveness.  Are we held back from forgiveness in this way?  What are the rules about forgiveness?  And who […]

Encourager or Critic

We are commanded by the Holy Spirit to encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thess. 5:11). If you know the Lord, then, hopefully, you take this command pretty seriously.  You try your best to encourage those who are DIScouraged.  But is that enough? Is there more to this command than meets the […]

Communication that Fuels the Fire

CONFLICT.  That crippler that tears us apart…that alienates …that polarizes two people so that they can not reach across the chasm they have dug with their own hands.  This is the third SEEDS FOR GROWTH dealing with conflict—the greatest cause for marriage failures today. We have been discussing the three basic reasons for conflict: (1) […]

Power Struggles: A Sure-Fire Way to Lose

In our last SEEDS FOR GROWTH, we began discussing Conflict…that crippler that terrifies and tears us apart.  You know what we’re talking about, don’t you?  You probably have some old, unworkable habits you just naturally fall into when anger and conflict arise in your marriage and family relationships.  Right?  Yeah, we all do.  We walk […]