Christianity is not simply a litany of “Thou Shalt Nots” but also teaches us what to do - how to live, love, speak and write to the world in an attractive way. Jargon can keep our readers from receiving our message, so it’s essential that we explain our meaning and the words we use. Through this series, the goal is effective writing and communicating for Christ.
Are You Listening?
When we study the Hebrew roots of our Christian faith, we can often discover a difference between the Hebrew meaning of words and our knowledge of them. One such word is "hearing" which in Hebrew is “shema”. Shema means to hear or listen, in an active, life-changing sense. Are you actively listening to God’s word this week?
“Did I Really Say That?!” Using Wisdom in Our Words
No matter how you try to rationalize careless words, they hurt. I grew up in a family where words of praise were few but words of criticism were easily given. I promised myself that I would not repeat that pattern with my children. Unfortunately, I found myself falling into the negative pattern of my parents. As I was struggling with controlling my negative tongue...
How to Build Good Communication in Your Marriage
Every marriage book or seminar tells us to communicate well, but often fails to give practical advice. In this post, Dr. Richard Krejcir gives us practical ways to honor God and make our relationships better through good quality communication. With a willing heart and a listening ear, we can make our spouses feel valued and our marriages stronger.
Shining Like Stars Online: Importance of Editing
Sometimes, the biggest obstacle to our influence is us. An editor can help us to see the holes in our logic and they challenge us to think through our beliefs. Perhaps your audience is small, but we are called to shine like stars wherever we are, and that means we need to think about our words - whether we are writing a bestseller, a blog or a status update.
Marriage Builders: Resolve and Prevent Conflict
Conflict is a part of life, and we often make it worse by not embracing or understanding God’s grace and love for us. This manifests itself in criticism and harshness, and as a result, we can feel alone and unloved in our relationships. However, the antidote to criticism and often - a way to resolve conflict - is the continual practice of encouragement and grace.