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Friday, April 30, 2010

Love Language Minute ~ Understanding Teenagers ~ Building Relationships Radio ~ Saturday, May 1 ~ Growing Grateful Children ~ Susie Larson ~ Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman
Growing Grateful Children
 Teaching Them to Appreciate an Extraordinary God in Ordinary Places
By Susie Larson

Susie Larson

Dr. Gary Chapman

The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers
The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively
By Dr. Gary Chapman

Understanding Teenagers
Dr. Gary Chapman

I think it is safe to say that in no generation has the task of parenting teenagers been more perplexing than at the present time. Teenage violence is no longer limited to the fictional world of movies. Many of the parents I meet are in the panic mode. Especially if their own teen is sexually active or using drugs. So what's a parent to do?

It may surprise you, but I think you should start by apologizing to your teenager for your own failures. None of us are perfect. We have all failed to be kind, loving, and encouraging to our teens from time to time. When you apologize, you open the door to the possibility of building a better relationship with your teen. It's the place to start.

Influences and Role Models
The most significant influence on the life of a teenager comes from parents. It may surprise you, but it's true. Oh, teens are influenced by their peers, but they are far more influenced by their parents. That is why we must be certain that we are having a positive influence. One teen said, "My father yells and screams at me; telling me to stop yelling and screaming at him." Do you understand what the teen is saying? The father's model is far more important than the father's words.

If you want teens to stop yelling and screaming, then stop yelling and screaming at them. The Scriptures say, "A soft answer turns away wrath." Learn to talk softly with your teen and your teen will learn to speak softly to you.

Feeling Unloved?
When I wrote my book: The Five Love Languages of Teenagers, I was surprised to learn how many teens feel unloved by their parents. It's not that the parents don't love them. The problem is that the teen does not feel loved. When teenagers feel unloved, they are far more likely to become sexually active, start using drugs, and get involved in trouble with the law.

The answer? Learn to speak the love language of your teenager. What are the five love languages? Words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, quality time, and physical touch. Out of these five, your teen has a primary love language. If you speak it, your teen will feel loved, if you don't the love tank will be empty. Much of the teen's misbehavior comes from an empty love tank.

Communicating Love
The most important building block of parent-teen relationships is love! Most parents sincerely love their teenagers, but thousands of teens do not feel loved. For most parents, it is not a matter of sincerity, but rather lack of information on how to effectively communicate love. We are so concerned about the teens behavior that we often come across as condemning. And, the teen feels rejected.

When you need to instruct a teenager, make sure you speak love before you give the instructions. Give affirmation before you give information. For example, "I really appreciate the energy you spent in washing your car. It looks nice. Now, let's be sure to keep that shiny car below the speed limit; otherwise, it will be my car for the next two days."

In most cases, parents are older than their teenagers. With increased age there is increased wisdom. Teens desperately need the wisdom of adults. But why is it that they often reject our advice? I think it is because they feel unloved. They are not sure that we are really interested in them. When we don't express interest in their events, condemn them for their dress or music, we come across as judgmental. They tune us out.

If you want your teen to receive your wisdom, then speak all five love languages: words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, quality time and physical touch. Give heavy doses of their primary language and when they are secure in your love, they will be open to your advice.

Wondering what your teen's love language is? Check out the online assessment.

Adapted from The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers by Dr. Gary Chapman. To find out more about Dr. Chapman's resources, visit

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Saturday, May 1: Growing Grateful Children
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Thankfulness is a lost art in our culture and it really starts at home. On this edition of Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, Susie Larson joins us to talk about growing grateful kids. How can you infuse this trait into your children-one answer is you need to have it yourself so you can pass it along. In a negative culture that always sees the flaws, grateful people stand out.

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May 8, 2010: Many of us are missing out on God’s best because we don’t cultivate a thankful heart. On this edition of Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, Nancy Leigh DeMoss joins us as we celebrate Mother’s Day and the theme of gratitude. If there’s any segment of the population we should be grateful for, it’s mothers. Join us for this uplifting conversation that could change your outlook on life. The featured resources for this broadcast is Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh Demoss.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jesus and the Woman at the Well

Jesus and the Woman at the Well.
 Living water - Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well SimonDewey. Blog Image.
Series: Jesus, Lover of a Woman's Soul

Scripture Reading
A Call To Come To The Lord For Salvation

Isaiah 55 NIV
Invitation to the Thirsty

1 "Come, all you who are thirsty,

         come to the waters;
         and you who have no money,
         come, buy and eat!
         Come, buy wine and milk
         without money and without cost..

2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
        and your labor on what does not satisfy?
        Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
        and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

3 Give ear and come to me;
       hear me, that your soul may live.
       I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
       my faithful love promised to David.

6 Seek the LORD while he may be found;

      call on him while he is near.

7 Let the wicked forsake his way
      and the evil man his thoughts.
      Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him,
      and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

John 4 ESV
Jesus and the Woman of Samaria

3 He left Judea and departed(B) again for Galilee. 4(C) And he had to pass through Samaria.
7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, (F) "Give me a drink."

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?" ((G) For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10..."If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you(H) living water." 11...."Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12(I) Are you greater than our father Jacob?(J)

16 Jesus said to her, "Go,(O) call your husband, and come here." 17The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband'; 19The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that(P) you are(Q) a prophet. 20(R) Our fathers worshiped on(S) this mountain, but you say that(T) in Jerusalem is(U) the place where people ought to worship." 21Jesus said to her, (V) "Woman, believe me,(W) the hour is coming when(X) neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.

27 Just then(AI) his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, "What do you seek?" or, "Why are you talking with her?" 28So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29"Come, see a man(AJ) who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?" 30They went out of the town and were coming to him.

32 But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you do not know about." 33So the disciples said to one another,(AL) "Has anyone brought him something to eat?" 34Jesus said to them, (AM) "My food is(AN) to do the will of him who sent me and(AO) to accomplish his work. 35Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that(AP) the fields are white for harvest.

39 Many Samaritans(AW) from that town believed in him(AX) because of(AY) the woman’s testimony, "He told me all that I ever did." 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41And many more believed(AZ) because of his word. 42They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves,(BA) and we know that this is indeed(BB) the Savior(BC) of the world."

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

In John chapter 4 we have a remarkable account of Jesus meeting a Samaritan woman. The encounter was life-changing, and shows us the compassion Jesus had for the women of His day. This immoral woman came from a despised ethnic group. Yet she was among the first to whom Jesus revealed His role as Messiah.

Series: Jesus, Lover of a Woman's Soul
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Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine! Fanny J. Crosby, 1873 Phoebe P. Knapp,