Is the breakdown of the family the cause of societal collapse? – Relationships: Family, Part 1

Some of our favorite television shows of all time are about families.  Did you watch Father Knows Best?  Leave it to Beaver?  The Brady Bunch?  When Michelle and I were young parents, we loved Parenthood about the Braverman family, led by parents Zeke and Camille and their four adult children and many grandkids, who allContinue reading “Is the breakdown of the family the cause of societal collapse? – Relationships: Family, Part 1”

Relationships: Series Preview

Who are your closest relationships?  Think about the top five to ten people who are your best friends.  When I mention the category “friends,” that list could also include family members.  Sometimes we have the distinct pleasure of being friends with our family.  Michelle and I have thoroughly enjoyed the transition from being parents ofContinue reading “Relationships: Series Preview”

How to change, when change seems impossible – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 5

Have you ever felt like the guy in the picture? He seems afraid to take off the mask. Changing ourselves can be very difficult, even when we want to change. But it is possible. Keep reading to discover how. Today we conclude our study through Colossians 3:5-11, which we started here. In verse 10, PaulContinue reading “How to change, when change seems impossible – Colossians 3:5-11, Part 5”

Is rejoicing in suffering a bad idea? – Colossians 1:24-2:5, Part 1

How should we respond to suffering? Maybe you’re suffering somehow, and you’re sick of it. I’ve had heel pain for the last few months, and though I will admit to being very inconsistent in treating it, I’m frustrated with it. I want it to be healed. I am not rejoicing in this suffering. Rejoicing? IfContinue reading “Is rejoicing in suffering a bad idea? – Colossians 1:24-2:5, Part 1”

What I learned about reconciliation from a guy who drove through my mailbox – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 4

A year or so ago, we were in our living room at night watching TV, and we heard a loud crashing sound out front. I went to the front porch, opened the door, and saw a car had skidded off the road, right through our mailbox, across our front lawn, tearing up two tire-streaks ofContinue reading “What I learned about reconciliation from a guy who drove through my mailbox – Colossians 1:20-23, Part 4”

How God wants to fix our broken world – Colossians 1:15-20

All things are in need of reconciliation. True or False? Just for the sake of argument, assume that statement is true. Why do all things need reconciliation?  Because things are broken.  You reconcile when you have a broken relationship.  Something happened.  Relationships break apart in all sorts of ways, right?  From small slights to massiveContinue reading “How God wants to fix our broken world – Colossians 1:15-20”

Finding God in our mess – Characters: Joseph, Part 3

Life can feel so messy. Have you ever been in one those the seasons of life where it seems like things keep going wrong? Just when you think you are getting past one hurdle, here comes another one. You jump one, then two, and you barely make it over the third, and you’re so tired,Continue reading “Finding God in our mess – Characters: Joseph, Part 3”

How to transform your life from useless to useful – Philemon 8-25, Part 2

Have you ever felt useless in life? Maybe you watch others around you, friends and family, and it seems they are successful, advancing, making a difference in the world, enjoying life. Then you think about your life, and maybe you see a past littered with failure, broken relationships, and poor choices. Even if that describesContinue reading “How to transform your life from useless to useful – Philemon 8-25, Part 2”

Do you have relationships that need rehab?

Do you have any people in your life that you feel are just hard to get along with?  Think about the people in your family.  Any family members rub you the wrong way?  What about school?  Is there a person that you really struggle with?  Maybe that classmate, when you see that they are inContinue reading “Do you have relationships that need rehab?”

Finding healing for a broken relationship – 1st Corinthians 7:10-16

How many of you have been impacted by divorce?  Separation?  During the sermon on Sunday I interviewed two couples from Faith Church, each of which had one spouse that was previously divorced.  I was so thankful for their courage and vulnerability to stand in front of a roomful of people and talk about the painfulContinue reading “Finding healing for a broken relationship – 1st Corinthians 7:10-16”