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Be a Better Listener Today

The simple gift of listening can build bridges and open doors in even the most delicate of conversations. Listening well can deepen relationships, shape emotions and inform decisions. Most know this. And most believe they listen well. But do you really? Which of these 10 suggestions do you need to work on today to become a better listener?

Every Word a Gift

As a pastor and church leader for twenty years, I have come to believe that many of our problems come back to this—we just don’t know how to talk to people. I am often amazed to sit in a room with a group of people who all agree on the basic fundamentals of an issue and all hope to see…

Firecrackers and Coke Bottles: Learning to Control Your Anger

“Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, and don’t give the devil an opportunity.” (Ephesians 4:26-27) Anger is a potentially dangerous emotion. Sure, “righteous anger” can be a good thing. But let’s be honest – how much of our anger can really be classified as “righteous?” I’ve seen unbridled anger ruin marriages, destroy families,…

“I’m Offended” – Choosing Cultivation over Ventilation

As a side effect of our Western love affair with personal autonomy, American emotions have become increasingly fragile. A few months ago I heard someone jokingly say, “Good morning, America. What can I be offended about today?” Social media has given every person a public platform. But instead of using our platforms for culture-cultivation, our sin-scarred hearts (Jeremiah 17:9) are…

Gossip – 4 Common Misconceptions

  It is no consequence that the Book of Proverbs – a book of wisdom – includes some form of instruction about the tongue/speech/words in almost every single chapter. The most often quoted of which being, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue,” (Proverbs 18:21). The tongue is either a tool to build, or a weapon to destroy.…

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