Tag: relationships

Christmas Reflections from Sutherland Springs – Birth, Death, Hope, & Joy

This post comes from guest blogger, Pastor Kevin Cornelius. Kevin pastors First Baptist Church of Karnes City, TX which is about 30 miles from Sutherland Springs, where earlier this year the deadliest church shooting on US soil ravaged an entire community. It’s Christmas Eve, and all I can think of is that I have been involved with so many funerals…

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“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…

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The Friendship Test

Do your friends pass The Friendship Test? In the age of Facebook and Instagram friendships, we tend to value quantity over quality. Many boast that their friendships are ten-thousand miles wide while failing to realize that most of them are no more than a half inch deep. The nation of Edom was godless and vile. They were prideful over many…

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Exercising Wisdom on Social Media

Social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter can be a great blessing at times. But in some ways they have done untold damage to the art of interpersonal interaction. Not only do people generally feel more secure behind a keyboard than face to face, but also, important aspects of effective communication are easily lost. Very little of communication consists of…

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Leading Messy People

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.” Proverbs 14:4, ESV Whether you are a pastor, church staff member, employer, team leader at work, or a leader in any other capacity, every person on your team is unique. They all have strengths and they all have weaknesses. Learning to encourage…

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