This week, we’re focusing on relationships: with the disenfranchised, with ourselves, with God, with our political leaders and in our friendships. What relationship is God calling you into? As one blogger said: “Being 100% confident in Christ means being part of something bigger than us.” Even if a relationship seems difficult, remember that you aren’t in this alone.
Familiarity Breeds Intimacy, Part 2
Familiarity can actually breed intimacy and bring us closer in our relationships when we shift how we value others, where our focus lies, and we increase our forgiveness, fun and laughter. Through God's Word and true wisdom, we can move from familiar boredom to familiar intimacy that gives hope and joy to ourselves and others.
Discipleship, Friendship and Family (Take Five)
In our lives, God gives us people - some difficult, encouraging, beautiful, fun or challenging - and he helps us to see ourselves and each other as part of his family. Through each other, we are taught how to love, disciple and serve as Jesus modeled for us. How are you loving the people in your life? Who has God given you to serve in his name this week?
Isolation Means Death (A Lesson from My Dog, Rocky)
When we avoid isolation and stay connected to each other, we become stronger. We’re better together and as Jesus pointed out, “Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matt. 18:20 NIV).
Christian Mentoring, Teaching and Discipleship (Take Five)
Healthy relationships are essential to a healthy spiritual life. In today’s Take Five, we look at friendship, mentors, discipleship, teachers and leaders and how those relationships can be nurtured and grown in a Christ-like way. Use today’s resources to grow a relational area of your life - maybe you need to reach out and ask for a mentor, or maybe you need to be a friend to someone else.
Friendship and Reconciliation (Take Five)
If you're like me, you need to hear about people who are courageously honest and welcoming - who reconcile and seek justice, who keep their eyes on Jesus and their arms outstretched in love toward others. I hope this collection of posts from around the web encourages your heart today - let's live authentically and with purpose in our relationships today.