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The Myth of Forgiving and Forgetting…Part 2

What about this matter of forgiving and forgetting? Are we really required to forget the wrong things others have done to us? That’s not what the Bible teaches. I suggested earlier that not even God does that. You may have raised your eyebrow in doubt about that statement, but it’s true. The Bible doesn’t say […]

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The Myth of Forgiving and Forgetting…

How many would admit that you sometimes still have a problem with forgiving, even though you know it’s the right thing to do? How many would say you struggle with forgetting the offense that was committed against you, a member of your family or a friend? I want us to look closely at this and […]

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Hurt Feelings…

We hate to admit when somebody hurts us. It’s really admitting vulnerability. Therefore, we don’t want to admit it when we are hurt. Have you ever played “Is something wrong?” at your house? You see something on your husband/wife’s face and ask, “Is there anything wrong?” “No, no, nothing’s wrong.” “I can tell something’s wrong.” […]

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Added Value Relationships…

The more value two people add to their relationship, the more the relationship will improve. Of course, I am not suggesting that you continue forever adding value where the other party is not willing to do the same. But I do find in most cases the very action of deliberately adding value or investing in […]

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Ever Feel Overwhelmed?

I know the feeling of being overwhelmed. I lived there a lot in my early years. It was primarily due to my insecurities and the need I felt to be a big success. I hope I can say a few things that might encourage you not to give up if you are overwhelmed today or […]

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Resilience…..

Often people ask me, What are some of the necessary ingredient to develop a healthy and strong spiritual life? The answer is not that simple. But certainly one of the most needed ingredients is Perseverance—of the biblical kind. The word perseverance in the New Testament conveys the idea of patiently enduring and overcoming difficulties. Perseverance […]

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10 Tips for Dealing with Difficult People…

Some people are just plain hard to get along with. But you don’t have to let them get under your skin. Here is some advice for surviving your encounters with vexing family, friends, customers and colleagues. Unfortunately, difficult people — be they family, friends, co-workers, bosses, or customers — face us constantly. The way we […]

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Understanding and Dealing with Conflict…

A Crash Course in Conflict Here are three basic principles that can be adapted to deal with any conflict.  Much of conflict is more like championship wrestling than city riots; it’s usually not as painful as it looks. We cannot be prepared for all types of conflict, so here are three basic principles that can […]

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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS…

Building Better Relationships  Today I want to mention one word that will transform your relationships.  The word is appreciation.  Why should we express appreciation to other people?  The answer is because it raises their value.  That’s what the word means.  If you’ve ever bought a new home you know the meaning of the word appreciation.  […]

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Don’t Take It Personally…

Don’t Take It Personally The book, The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz is an insightful little book with a message that is simple and yet profound. The author invites the reader to adopt a code of conduct that includes four agreements – “Be impeccable With Your Word, “Don’t Take Anything Personally, Never Assume Anything, […]

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