Relationship Weeds 6: Let’s Sum It Up

Relationship Weeds Day 6: Let’s Sum It Up This week we have been looking at different relationship weeds that damage and wound. As believers, we have been given everything we need to pull these pesky weeds from our lives: we have God’s written Word and the Holy Spirit within us. Are any of these weeds popping up in your relationships? I know I need to be more aware of their prevalence in…

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Relationship Weeds 5: Harsh Words

Relationship Weeds Day 5: Harsh Words A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1, ESV) Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29, ESV). A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.…

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Relationship Weeds 4: Dishonesty

Relationship Weeds Day 4: Dishonesty Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. (Colossians 3:9-10, ESV) Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight. (Proverbs 12:22, ESV) Have you ever been lied to by someone…

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Relationship Weeds 3: Unforgiving Spirit

Relationship Weeds Day 3: Unforgiving Spirit And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:25, ESV) Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32, ESV) Does anyone in particular come to mind when you think of a “good” grudge-holder? This person can hold onto…

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Relationship Weeds 2: Comparison

Relationship Weeds Day 2: Comparison For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10, ESV) It started as a pleasure drive around the affluent neighborhood a town over from ours. Driving up and down through the gated community, each home seemed more spectacular than…

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Relationship Weeds 1: Apathy

Relationship Weeds Day 1: Apathy So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:16, ESV) After a morning of exploring the beautiful beach in Siesta Key, Florida, we walked back to our chairs, seeking shelter from the hot sun. Settling in our loungers, we reached into the bag, desperate to quench our thirst after a few sad attempts at snorkeling where…

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Sunday Moments of Worship

By Wendi Stewart Colaiuta  O, my soul,pause in this quiet hourto think upon your Savior’s lovethe depths of His gift to you He went under the water for youHe let the waves of GOD’s wrathcrash over HimHe let the fires of judgmentconsume Himto atone for your sinentirelyto set you free from any penaltyalways and forever O, my soul,let the solemnity of His suffering touch youthe sacrifice willingly offeredfor youBUT know you are also welcomed…

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Learning to Be Compassionate People 6: Scripture Portion to Meditate

Learning to Be Compassionate People Day 6: Scripture Portion to Meditate As we seek to become more compassionate like our Savior, let’s think on these portions of Scripture… “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort…

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Learning to Be Compassionate People 5: Jesus, Our Ultimate Example

Learning to Be Compassionate People Day 5: Jesus, Our Ultimate Example “Jesus replied and said, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he encountered robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by coincidence a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came…

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Learning to Be Compassionate People 4: The Receiving End of Compassion

Learning to Be Compassionate People Day 4: The Receiving End of Compassion “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17, ESV).  Without a doubt, the receiving end of compassion is a beautiful place of blessing. But sometimes it can feel strange. Likely, none of us would say we don’t want…

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