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  • THE ART OF CELEBRATION STORY - REND COLLECTIVE

    Posted on March 18, 2014 by Family Christian

    Dove Award-nominated Irish worshipers and modern day psalmists Rend Collective made a theological breakthrough as a band that is changing everything about their approach to music and life: seriousness is not a fruit of the spirit, but joy is. This heightened understanding led to a sonically innovative message on the band's fourth album, The Art of Celebration.

    The lead single from the album, "My Lighthouse," carries forward the choice to celebrate God’s brightness in the midst of "troubled seas." Anyone who has experienced the controlled chaos and infectious wildness of a Rend Collective concert will know that celebration and joy have always been at the core for these worship artists.

    Take a few moments and watch the them explain what is behind their new album.

  • Bestselling Jesus Calling Celebrates 10 Years

    Posted on March 18, 2014 by Family Christian

    The award-winning devotional that has inspired a generation recently reached a milestone: the Jesus Calling brand has sold over 10 million units. “Jesus Calling,” first released in 2004, is currently ranked No. 3 on the “Wall Street Journal” Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list.  This is the tenth consecutive week the book has held a top five ranking on the list, at one point reaching the No. 1 spot. “USA Today” listed “Jesus Calling” in the top 100 books of 2013, selling more copies than “Lean In” and “50 Shades of Grey.”

    “Each year ‘Jesus Calling’ sells more than the year before,” said Laura Minchew, senior vice president and publisher of HarperCollins Christian Publishing Gift Books, Tommy Nelson Children’s Books and New Media. “People love this book and many have purchased five, fifty or even five hundred copies to give to others.”

    Bestselling author and missionary, Sarah Young, wrote “Jesus Calling” as a reflection of what she heard Jesus saying during her prayer time.  Young describes the book as Jesus’ words of hope, guidance and peace placed in her heart based on the Scriptures. Compiling these messages, Young created a devotional written from the perspective of Jesus speaking directly to the reader. The 365-day devotional, now available in 26 languages, has consistently appeared in the “Wall Street Journal,” “Publisher’s Weekly,” “USA Today,” and ECPA bestseller lists. Young’s bestselling title has also been featured in the “New York Times” and “Christianity Today.”

    “We often hear of how ‘Jesus Calling’ has touched someone in a deeply personal way, helping them experience a more loving and peaceful relationship with God,” Minchew added.  “It is an honor and privilege to work alongside Sarah on this life-changing book.”

    “It has been an honor to be a part of the ministry that is Jesus Calling.  Sarah Young’s

    Sarah

    words have been a blessing to millions and will continue to do so for years to come.  Congratulations Sarah Young and Harper Collins Christian publishing on 10 years and 10 million units sold of Jesus Calling!”  Michael Hoeksema, Family Christian Book Buyer

    TheJesus Calling 10th Anniversary Expanded Edition” will be released this September, commemorating and celebrating 10 years of “Jesus Calling” touching lives all over the world.   The 10th-anniversary special edition includes more than 100 additional Scriptures personally selected by Young, all wrapped in a beautifully redesigned package.

    The Jesus Calling line has expanded to other products for both adults and children:  devotionals “Jesus Lives” and “Dear Jesus”; a “Jesus Calling” devotional Bible; and for children, the 365-day devotional “Jesus Calling for Kids” and the “Jesus Calling Bible Storybook.” Another favorite devotional, “Jesus Today,” was named the 2013 ECPA Book of the Year. The multi-formatted product line also includes eBooks, apps, audio books, calendars, greeting cards and music.

  • Beards, a Veggie, Jams & more—all new!

    Posted on March 18, 2014 by Family Christian

    Everything’s Better with a Beard by The Robertsons
    Also new in kids
    My Great Big Veggie Storybook by VeggieTales Iesodo: Faith DVD 10,000 Reasons Kids Worship by Worship Together Kids
    See Heaven Is For Real in theaters 4/16!
    Fresh tunes from some music greats!
    A Night to Remember by Shonlock One Noise by Satellites & Sirens
    The Art of Celebration by Rend Collective Extremist by Demon Hunter
    The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Five Scriptural Prayers for Your Son

    Posted on March 18, 2014 by Brooke McGlothlin

    Brooke

    "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)

    He looks at me with a "heels dug in" kind of glare. I know if I said, "The sky is blue on a sunny day," he would try to prove me wrong.

    Sometimes, I don't feel like we're on the same team anymore, my son and I, and it breaks my heart.

    On days like today, when he's arguing with everything I say and trying his 8-year-old best to do things his way, it seems I'm fighting against him — like there's a war going on in my house between me and my son — a distance between us I want to bridge no matter the cost.

    I know from my education that this process of differentiation is pretty normal. Boys ache for independence from mama and feel ready to "boldly go where no man has gone before." They want to be strong, assert their opinions and explore their own ideas.

    Unfortunately, at my house, we're currently living in the in-between season, where ideas abound before my son is mature enough to handle the responsibilities that go along with them.

    And so we butt heads.

    Sometimes, I'm tempted to let our circumstances tell me my son is the enemy — he's the one I'm fighting. But then I remember Ephesians 6:12, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."

    When the days of mothering grow long and make a girl weary, and when what you really want to do is lock your son in his room and throw away the key, it's good to remember this:

    Your son is not your enemy. But there is an enemy.

    That's right. Our sons have a real enemy, one that wants to steal, kill and destroy them (John 10:10). Thankfully that enemy, according to the Word of God, has an opponent who's a force to be reckoned with.

    You.

    And me. And all moms who are willing to get on their knees and cry out for the hearts of their sons. James 5:16b says, "The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with" (The Message).

    The best way we can enter the battle for our sons is on our knees, so let's start fighting for them right now. Here are five powerful prayers you can use today to fight for the heart of your son:

    1. Create in my son a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within him (Psalm 51:10).
    2. May my son walk after You, God, and fear You and keep Your commandments and obey Your voice. May he serve You and hold fast to You (Deuteronomy 13:4).
    3. May my son be strong and courageous and not fear or be in dread, for it is You, Lord, our God, who goes with him. You will never leave him or forsake him (Deuteronomy 31:6).
    4. May my son walk before You, God, as King David walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that You have commanded him, and keeping Your statutes and rules (1 Kings 9:4).
    5. Like Timothy, may my son be an example to believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12).

    Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us the tools of Your Word and prayer to fight the battle for our sons' hearts. Help me see who our real enemy is when we are in a conflict. May You be glorified in all I do. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Reflect and Respond:
    The next time you feel as if you and your son aren't fighting on the same team, stop and ask yourself these questions:

    Who is my real enemy, and how is he influencing our hearts in this moment?

    Given our current situation, what Bible verses can I pray right now over my son?

    Power Verses:
    Exodus 14:14, "The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent." (ESV)

    Galatians 6:9, "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." (ESV)

    © 2014 by Brooke McGlothlin. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    630 Team Rd., Suite 100
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org

  • Presence and Provision

    Posted on March 17, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:11

    Jesus instantaneously created wine from water. He could accelerate the fermentation process, as it was His creation. In response to the urgency of the immediate need, He suspended His natural law and replaced it with His supernatural miracle. Our Lord can take the plain water of our will, and transform it into the robust wine of His will. He expects us to believe and obey, and He will make a way. What cistern of concern can we give to Christ, so He can turn it into His provision?

    Furthermore, Jesus brought joy to the wedding ceremony with His presence and His provision. He had just come from the solitude of the desert where He listened to His heavenly Father and fought the devil. Now He supported the joyous public celebration of a husband and wife embarking on a lifetime commitment to God and each other. Where our Savior is invited He shows up with the aura of His glory. He can take our little faith and create much for His sake.

    “And when the Israelites saw the mighty handof the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trustin him and in Moses his servant” (Exodus 14:31).

    The fruit of the vine represented gladness in the Old Testament, with an ever present warning against drunkenness. In the New Testament, wine had the solemn honor of representing the blood of Jesus for the payment of our sins. Our warning at the Lord’s Supper is not to take the cup lightly by being glib about the sacrifice of our Savior. Communion is our consecration to Christ for His salvation, followed by a celebration of gratitude. He is our provision of new life in Him.

    Lastly, have you invited Jesus to join you in the maturing of your marriage? He is not just a glad wedding guest, but He desires to move forward with you as husband and wife. The ongoing miracle of His presence and provision is needed for your protection and peace. He takes your limited marriage experience and gives you insight on how to love each other well. The Lord longs for your marriage to grow, as your belief in Him grows. Holy matrimony gives Him glory!

    “I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance” (Philippians 1:19).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your presence and provision for Your creation.

    Related Readings: Ecclesiastes 9:7; Habakkuk 2:15; John 3:2, 12:37; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

    Post/Tweet today: He expects us to believe and obey, and He will make a way. #agentofcreation

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com

  • A Hymn for St. Patrick

    Posted on March 17, 2014 by Family Christian


    I bind unto myself today
    The strong Name of the Trinity,
    By invocation of the same
    The Three in One and One in Three.

    I bind this today to me forever
    By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;
    His baptism in Jordan river,
    His death on Cross for my salvation;
    His bursting from the spicèd tomb,
    His riding up the heavenly way,
    His coming at the day of doom
    I bind unto myself today.

    I bind unto myself the power
    Of the great love of cherubim;
    The sweet ‘Well done’ in judgment hour,
    The service of the seraphim,
    Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word,
    The Patriarchs’ prayers, the prophets’ scrolls,
    All good deeds done unto the Lord
    And purity of virgin souls.

    I bind unto myself today
    The virtues of the star lit heaven,
    The glorious sun’s life giving ray,
    The whiteness of the moon at even,
    The flashing of the lightning free,
    The whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
    The stable earth, the deep salt sea
    Around the old eternal rocks.

    I bind unto myself today
    The power of God to hold and lead,
    His eye to watch, His might to stay,
    His ear to hearken to my need.
    The wisdom of my God to teach,
    His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
    The word of God to give me speech,
    His heavenly host to be my guard.

    Against the demon snares of sin,
    The vice that gives temptation force,
    The natural lusts that war within,
    The hostile men that mar my course;
    Or few or many, far or nigh,
    In every place and in all hours,
    Against their fierce hostility
    I bind to me these holy powers.

    Against all Satan’s spells and wiles,
    Against false words of heresy,
    Against the knowledge that defiles,
    Against the heart’s idolatry,
    Against the wizard’s evil craft,
    Against the death wound and the burning,
    The choking wave, the poisoned shaft,
    Protect me, Christ, till Thy returning.

    Christ be with me, Christ within me,
    Christ behind me, Christ before me,
    Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
    Christ to comfort and restore me.
    Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
    Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
    Christ in hearts of all that love me,
    Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

    I bind unto myself the Name,
    The strong Name of the Trinity,
    By invocation of the same,
    The Three in One and One in Three.
    By Whom all nature hath creation,
    Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
    Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
    Salvation is of Christ the Lord.

    Words: Ce­cil F. Al­ex­an­der

  • Look What Happened in Haiti

    Posted on March 17, 2014 by Family Christian

    On February 5, a team of volunteers from Family Christian joined with the founders of God’s Littlest Angels in Haiti. Together, we broke ground on the neonatal and infant orphanage!
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  • Being Fake Is Exhausting - Rick Bezet

    Posted on March 17, 2014 by Family Christian

    Rick

    We live in a world of fakers. Rather than being real with each other, we present a carefully crafted persona that hides our faults and magnifies our good qualities. But inside we long to be loved, warts and all.

    We long to stop hiding from each other--and especially from God.

    In the book, Be Real, Pastor Rick Bezet clearly calls us to lives built on authenticity, showing that the way to true freedom lies through reclaiming our hearts, reviving our souls, and renewing our minds in light of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. Through biblical stories and often-humorous personal examples, Bezet encourages us to live with passion, integrity, and perseverance. He releases us from the spiritual death that comes with pretending and leads us into a new life characterized by transparency rather than fear.

    Endorsements

    "Get ready for some gut-wrenching self-examination. Rick will help you discover the powerful truth: You can't please everyone--but--you can please God!"

    from the foreword by Craig Groeschel

    "There are few things in life more freeing than living a life of authenticity and sincerity--and I can't think of anyone better than Rick Bezet to show you how. With candor, clarity, biblical truth, and a bit of Cajun humor, this book will put life back into your soul and take you on a journey to a closer walk with God."

     

    Chris Hodges, pastor of Church of the Highlands; author of Fresh Air

    "As humans, we can waste a lot of time and energy pursuing our own plans in life, only to wind up frustrated and disappointed. With humor and transparency, Pastor Rick challenges you to throw off every hindrance and embrace change so you may step into all that God has purposed for you."

     

    Christine Caine, founder of The A21 Campaign; bestselling author of Undaunted

    "Why do people wear masks? Why is authenticity such a challenge for Christians? These are important concepts that my friend Rick Bezet addresses in Be Real. I'm convinced that if pulpits and pews were filled with honest people, the church would be healthier. We must learn to be real--with God, ourselves, and others. Only then will we walk in true freedom."

     

    James Robison, founder and president of LIFE Outreach International

    "Pastor Rick Bezet delivers a bold and thought-provoking message to be real and to overcome the fears and social pressures that prevent us from achieving greatness. In his new book Be Real: Because Fake Is Exhausting, Pastor Rick encourages the reader to stand proud and unashamed of their imperfections so that they can walk into the destiny for which God has called them. There is so much pressure on the body of Christ to appear perfect and without fault, but the only true strength comes from acknowledging one's weaknesses and calling upon the Lord for guidance and grace. We as believers should welcome an open and honest dialogue of the daily challenges that try to bring us down, so that we may lift each other up and grow as a whole. I recommend this book to believers new and old who are looking to shed their masks and live a life of unshakable confidence and unending potential."

     

    Matthew Barnett, cofounder of the Los Angeles Dream Center

    "People like Rick Bezet who find a need and fill it and who find a hurt and heal it are always going to be special to me. While working tirelessly to turn his world around for the kingdom of God, Rick has remained humble, not taking himself too seriously, yet taking God's vision for him to reach the unchurched, the forgotten, and the hurting very seriously. I recommend Be Real to anybody who is unsatisfied with where life is going and is ready for a change. I recommend Be Real if you are tired of living your life without purpose or direction or if you feel stuck in a dead-end job or trapped in superficial relationships. And I recommend Be Real if you've fallen into the danger zone of focusing on your own needs or on finding someone to love you, when the best thing you could do for yourself is to notice other people, love others, and take the attention off yourself for a while. Be Real hits hard, and it hits home. But true to form for Rick Bezet, he shows a way out, and it's do-able--but you have to be willing to take the first step."

     

    Tommy Barnett, senior pastor of Phoenix First Assembly; founder of the Los Angeles Dream Center

    "How much time do you spend trying to manage how others perceive you? Most of us like to think that we're able to keep up appearances, but the truth is that we probably aren't fooling anybody. Even if we do fool some people, we can't keep it up forever. Have you ever wished that you could just be you? My friend Rick has written this book as a powerful reminder that knowing God means having the freedom to be real. Check out Be Real, and stop faking it for good."

     

    Greg Surratt, senior pastor of Seacoast Church; author of Ir-Rev-Rend

    "Be Real is an honest, challenging, and inspiring look at what it means to live an authentic life. In a world that measures value and success largely by performance and appearance, Rick shares a refreshing reminder of God's unconditional love and grace in a lighthearted and life-giving way. Be Real dares readers to stop hiding behind the facades and fears that hold them back and to start walking in the freedom God intends for us."

     

    John Siebeling, lead pastor of The Life Church of Memphis; author of Momentum

    "Rick has an easy-to-read style that is humor-infused yet straight to the point! Like watching a compelling movie from your easy chair, Rick's stories and words will pull you in, in a comfortable and easy-to-absorb way. This is a book you'll want to buy three copies of and give to your closest friends!"

     

    Matt Keller, lead pastor of Next Level Church, Ft. Myers, FL; author of God of the Underdogs

    "'Real' is what describes Rick Bezet. I have known him, observed him, pastored him, and now admired him for almost thirty years. He and Michelle simply live the life they expound. Their children are blessed, their marriage is blessed, and the great New Life Church is blessed by their example. I don't know what other people call 'real,' but that what I call it! Out of that 'real' comes 'rest.' Rick knows who he is and communicates that with authenticity every time he ministers. Grab on to 'real' and hang on--it may shake you, but it will shape you. You can start being real today, and your life and ministry will be totally redirected!"

     

    Larry Stockstill, pastor emeritus of Bethany World Prayer Center; director of the Surge Project

    "Rick Bezet is one of those guys you always want to hang out with. He is funny, easygoing, and genuine. He is true to who God has called him to be. Be Real will inspire you to live the same. This book will free you up!"

     

    Stovall Weems, lead pastor of Celebration Church

    "When we were first introduced to Be Real: Because Fake Is Exhausting, we were intrigued by the concept. Our interest quickly turned to excitement as we explored the content on these pages. We can assure you that this book is not full of worn-out clichés about being 'real.' Sharing from Scripture and personal experience--examining what he did wrong as often as what he did right--Rick presents a compelling and empowering case for authenticity. Get this book today."

     

    John and Lisa Bevere, authors and ministers, Messenger International

    "If we are going to fulfill our God-given potential, we will have to be the 'real' us. If we are going to have friendships that last, we have to be 'real.' In an era where authenticity is rare and pretense is the norm, Rick Bezet has written a book that will give all of us hope as well as practical steps for living an authentic life. You will laugh and be encouraged as you read through the pages of this great book! It will take courage to be the real you, and this book will help you as you walk it out. This is a great book for small groups to use to encourage genuine community!"

     

    Holly Wagner, author of GodChicks; founder of GodChicks women's ministry

    "Every time I'm around Rick Bezet, I get inspired. He is the kind of encourager who makes me feel like I'm the best pastor in the world. In his book Be Real, Rick inspires each of us to take action. Whether you need to grow in your faith, begin to dream again, or learn the irreplaceable quality of encouraging others, this book is for you! Don't ask yourself, 'Should I buy this book or not?' Go ahead and buy six or seven copies and give them to those you love. You will be investing greatly in their lives."

     

    Philip Wagner, lead pastor of Oasis Church, Los Angeles; author of The Marriage Makeover

  • The Sacred Us

    Posted on March 17, 2014 by Amy Carroll

    Amy

    "Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God." Titus 2:3-5 (NIV)

    She didn't know I was watching. But I was. And what she did changed my heart and marriage.

    Friends of mine told me about Deborah, a woman at our church who had decided not to speak negatively about her husband. Although I truly love my husband and think he is wonderful, he isn't perfect. So at the time, I didn't think there was much harm in occasionally complaining about him to friends and co-workers. After all, they had plenty to say about their husbands.

    But something about Deborah's commitment challenged my heart. I began to watch her and her husband for signs of a difference. I also listened carefully to see if she really stuck to her commitment. She did, and the fruits of her faithfulness were obvious.

    Deborah and John had been married far longer than I had and had three beautiful children. But they acted like they were still on their honeymoon. Their devotion was untarnished by the mistrust and bitterness caused by a critical heart and complaining lips.

    Seeing the difference in them made me much more aware when I started to "vent" or complain about my husband. I thought about how terrible I would feel if I walked into a room and heard him speaking negatively about me. So I followed Deborah's lead.

    It didn't take long before I started to see fruit in my marriage too. Lots of it! The more I spoke well of my husband, the more I thought well of him too. His virtues far overshadowed his few imperfections. Praising my husband to my friends actually grew my love for him. Plus, I never worried what might be repeated to him.

    I have come to believe strongly in the "Sacred Us." My husband and I have a bond that is stronger than the bond I have with anyone else. There are things that only the two of us share.

    Although I love to talk, I don't need to share everything going on between us with others. If there are problems, I can always pour out my heart to God, and Scripture encourages us to do that. I also have cultivated relationships with several godly, truth-telling women who love my husband as a brother in Christ as much as they love me. They will listen, offer godly counsel and tell me in a skinny minute if I'm the one who's wrong. Choose women who exemplify Titus 2:3-5 when you need to problem-solve or when you need focused prayer about a situation.

    Without ever knowing it, Deborah changed many of the marriages in our church for the better. Let's all resolve to be the "Deborah" among our friends. I want my words and actions to make that kind of difference — to strengthen my marriage bonds, to encourage others and to glorify God.

    Dear Lord, please help me control my tongue. I need Your help to praise my husband instead of criticize or complain. In times of crises or conflict, remind me to turn to You first. Bring godly women into my life who will join with me in this endeavor so that we can encourage each other. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

    Reflect and Respond:
    Pay attention to the topics of discussion with your friends. How often does the conversation turn to criticism of husbands? Stop yourself when you begin to join in! Then go a step further and say something positive about your husband.

    Cultivate friendships with other women who speak positively of their husbands and hold each other gently and lovingly accountable.

    Power Verses:
    Philippians 2:14-15, "Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe ..." (NIV 1984)

    Psalm 141:3, "Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips." (NIV 1984)

    © 2014 by Amy Carroll. All rights reserved.

    Proverbs 31 Ministries
    630 Team Rd., Suite 100
    Matthews, NC 28105
    www.Proverbs31.org

  • Confront to Connect

    Posted on March 16, 2014 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Proverbs 27:6 (NKJ)

    Confrontation means there has been a disconnection. Something has severed trust. It may be relational, emotional, or financial. Maybe you feel you have lost someone’s love and respect. Whatever the reason for the disconnection, confrontation needs to seek a reconnection. This is what a caring, faithful friend does. They seek to reconnect where there has been a disconnect. Your salvation in Jesus brought you into relational wholeness with heaven so you could model the same on earth. Scripture teaches, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18).

    However, if ignored, delayed confrontation deteriorates into disconnection. It dilutes understanding, trust, and intimacy. This is why wise leaders keep short accounts and speak freely and early about their concerns. If a leader ignores his or her obvious feelings of frustration, they will naturally distance themselves from the team and the organization. But if they confront early on, in a spirit of respect and understanding, they stay engaged with the enterprise and the individuals, and therefore avoid creating a culture of control and distrust.

    This is true in marriage. A wife may confront her husband when she does not feel loved. This is a natural response when she feels distant from her spouse. Depending on the context of the confrontation, the husband may respond positively (if he is smart!) or he may push back defensively if he senses a combative or controlling spirit. It is normal and healthy to desire and seek out relational connection. This is how God has wired people. Just make sure you set yourself up for a successful connection and not an aborted one.

    Your husband is much more receptive to receiving your emotional advances when done in a spirit of respect. Use questions like, “Sweetheart, can we sit down sometime today to discuss the children’s schedule for the upcoming week?” This gives him time to process and prepare. If he feels pounced upon or backed into a corner, he will react defensively. In this situation, healthy confrontation gives a couple the organizational connections they need to be more effective in managing their family responsibilities.

    Caring confrontation creates a culture of teamwork and trust. A connected culture creates communication channels that build great organizations. Sadly though, a disconnected leader encourages disconnected individuals who then feed disconnected departments that facilitate disconnected divisions that ultimately lead to a disconnected and dysfunctional organization. So, most importantly, start by connecting with Christ. Vertical relational reconnection facilitates horizontal relational reconnection. Sin subtly or not so subtly severs relationships, but confession leads to connection. David, a most effective leader, said it well: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD’”— and you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5). Therefore, make your motives and methods of confrontation for the purpose of reconnection. Friends who care confront to connect.

    Taken from the March 16th reading in Boyd’s 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God vol. 1”

    Post/Tweet today: Caring confrontation creates a culture of teamwork and trust. #confronttoconnect

    © 2014 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry info@mail.wisdomhunters.com /www.wisdomhunters.com

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