Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

''I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—'' Romans 16:4-5 ESV


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Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving ~ Love Language Minute ~ Love, Leadership, & Submission ~ "Putting God Back in the Holidays" by Bill and Penny Thrasher ~ Building Relationships Radio ~ Saturday, November 27, 2010 ~ "Dear Gary" ~ Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman

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Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving Day provides an opportunity to build family relationships. All of us are thankful for what other family members do for us, but we don't often take time to verbalize our thanks. Find a time today and privately thank each family member for something specific that you appreciate.

 You can invite each person to express thanks to someone. Gratitude recognizes that none of us live in isolation. Life is made much easier because we help each other. Giving thanks is a way of expressing love. And don't forget to thank God.

Do you really appreciate what others do for you? How do you express your appreciation? Perhaps you could ask: "What could I do to express my appreciation to you for all your hard work? Their suggestion may surprise you. But if you want them to feel loved and appreciated, then doing what they suggest is the best way to express it. Saying 'thank you' should not be limited to one day a year. Find a way to communicate appreciation to the people you love on a regular basis.


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

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 "Putting God Back in the Holidays"

Putting God Back in the Holidays
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Love, Leadership, & Submission
Dr. Gary Chapman

Deadlock Decisions

Most counselors agree that one of the greatest problems in marriage is decision-making. Visions of democracy dance in the minds of many young couples, but when there are only two voting members, democracy often results in deadlock. How does a couple move beyond deadlock? The answer is found in one word - love.

Love always asks the question, "What is best for you?" Love does not demand it's own way. Love seeks to bring pleasure to the one loved. That is why Christians should have less trouble making decisions than non-Christians. We are called to be lovers. When I love my wife, I will not seek to force my will upon her for selfish purposes.

The Head and the Helpmate

The biblical idea of the husband being the head of the wife has been one of the most exploited concepts of the Bible. Christian husbands, full of self-will, have made all kinds of foolish demands of their wives under the authority of "The Bible says...." Headship does not mean that the husband has the right to make all the decisions and inform the wife of what is going to be done.

She is called to be a "helpmate". The word means "helper". How can she be a helper if she has no opportunity to share her ideas? "Two are better than one," the Scriptures say. That is certainly true in decision-making. Why would a husband want to make a decision limited to his own wisdom when God has given him a helper?

Unity and Order

When Christians discuss husband/wife roles they often quote 1 Cor. 11:3 which says, "The head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man." They often stop quoting at that point, but the very next phrase says, "The head of Christ is God." Obviously referring to God the Father. Are God the Father, and God the Son equally God? Yes. Yet, within the trinity there is order.

As the head, does the Father ever force the Son to do anything? No. Does the Son ever act independently of the Father? No. There is perfect unity. That is the design for Christian marriage: husbands and wives working together as a team, with the husband as the recognized leader.

Understanding Male Leadership Biblically

I am fully aware that many contemporary Christians reject the idea of male leadership in the marriage. I think it is because they misunderstand the biblical concept of 'headship'. Male leadership in the home has nothing to do with superiority. It has to do with order among equals. God's design is that the husband will love his wife as Christ loves the church and make every sacrifice for her well-being.

Headship does not mean that the husband is more intelligent than the wife. It does not mean that the man is more valuable than the woman. And, it does not mean that the husband is to be a dictator. The great need of our day is for Christian leaders who will love, not dictators who demand.

Attitudes of Service

Many wives shudder when they hear the pastor say, "Turn in your Bible to Ephesians 5:22." Because they know that's the verse that says, "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord." "But you don't know my husband," they think. "But you don't understand submission," God must say. You see, submission is not a female word . . . it's a Christian word. Verse 21 says, "Submitting yourselves one to another."

The word to husbands about loving, and to wives about submitting, both call for an attitude of service. Submission does not mean that the wife must do all the giving. The husband is to give his life for her. Nor does it mean that she cannot express her ideas. The goal is unity which requires both to have an attitude of service.


Adapted from The Marriage You've Always Wanted by Dr. Gary Chapman.



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Saturday, November 20, 2010
 
 
"Putting God Back in the Holidays"
 
Dr. Bill Thrasher and his wife Penny
 
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Saturday, November 20, 2010
"Putting God Back in the Holidays"


Many come to this time of year knowing that something is missing, longing to have a true Thanksgiving or Christmas celebration. On this edition of Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, Dr. Bill Thrasher and his wife Penny offer practical suggestions on how to put God back in your holidays.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Love Language Minute ~ Developing My Serve ~ Building Relationships Radio ~ Saturday, November 13, 2010 ~ "God as Your Provider" Dr. Brian Kluth ~ Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman


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Developing My Serve
Dr. Gary Chapman



The Road to Greatness

The key that unlocks the door to a happy marriage is learning to serve your spouse! Most of us would admit that we entered marriage with lofty visions of how happy our spouses would make us. When they did not perform up to our expectations, we experienced disappointment, hurt, and anger. So, we made verbal demands designed to make them feel guilty.

Have you ever said this, "I don't understand how you could do that. You know how it makes me feel." With such statements we try to manipulate their behavior. We try to get what we want. This approach is totally opposite of what Jesus taught. "Whoever wants to be great must be your servant." Is this not the theme of the Christian life? Learning to serve your spouse is the true road to greatness.

 In a good marriage, there is no king or queen shouting commands, only servants looking for ways to meet the needs of others. Jesus said to His followers, "You know that those who are rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them...Not so with you. Instead whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant."

History illustrates this truth. The truly great men and women of any age are those who serve others. Thus, the greatest husbands are the greatest servants. The wife who finds greatest fulfillment is the wife who learns to serve. Let me make it practical. Make a list of the ways you served your spouse yesterday. Based on this list, "How great are you?"

 Our society has trained us to be assertive, not to be servants.Servant-hood is not a favorite topic for seminars, though it ought to be, for it is the only road to greatness. Here's an idea: Make a list of several things you know that your spouse would like for you to do. Do one of them today, and another tomorrow. Your spouse will in most cases notice your efforts and respond with appreciation... or possible bewilderment. Either way, you're on the right track to becoming great.

Improving Your Serve

If I were asked to give the one key that unlocks a happy marriage I would say 'an attitude of mutual service.' When both the husband and the wife are asking the question, "How may I serve you?" needs will be met. Now, it must be mutual. A submitting, serving wife and a tyrannical, demanding husband will never produce a happy marriage.

A domineering wife and a passive husband will also fail to find marital fulfillment. The husband must learn to serve his wife "as Christ served the church" The wife must serve her husband "as unto the Lord". Mutual service brings mutual joy. Tennis players spend hours each week improving their serve. Shouldn't you do the same for your marriage?

When I was writing my book: The Marriage You've Always Wanted, I discovered these words in Galatians 5, "Serve one another in love." Then Paul warned, "If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other." He was writing to the church, but the same applies in marriage.

How many marriages have been destroyed by harsh and condemning words? When we put each other down, we are co-operating with Satan in destroying our marriages. Nothing pleases him more. God's way is "Serve one another in love." Service creates a positive emotional climate where we can talk freely about our struggles and find answers to our problems. Serve your spouse today and watch the climate change.


Adapted from The Marriage You've Always Wanted by Dr. Gary Chapman.



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"God as Your Provider"

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Saturday, November 13, 2010
"God as Your Provider"


We live in unstable financial times. News of downsizing, layoffs, and families struggling are common. But on this edition of Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, Brian Kluth will join us to talk about experiencing God as your provider. Brian and his family just went through some deep waters personally. His spirit and message will encourage you.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Love Language Minute ~ Unhealthy Patterns of Communication ~ Building Relationships Radio ~ Saturday, November 06, 2010 ~ "Hollow" by Jena Morrow ~ Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman

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Unhealthy Patterns of Communication
by Dr. Gary Chapman


We talk a lot about the importance of communication in relationships, but we don't often evaluate our communication. You see, communication is not enough because how we talk greatly affects the quality of our conversation. Many have developed unhealthy patterns of communication, and wonder why their conversations seem to go down hill. Below are a few of the most common patterns...

The Placator
"That's fine with me." Or, "Whatever you want is fine." It's really not "fine", but this person does not like arguments, so, on the surface they simply agree, but inside they resent the attitude of the other person. We will never have an authentic relationship until we learn to share our honest thoughts and feelings. You might begin by asking, "Would you really like to know my thoughts?" If they say, "yes", then share them.

The Blamer
There are many unhealthy patterns of communication, but none as deadly as "The Blamer." "It's your fault." "If it weren't for you everything would be fine." "You never do anything right." "I don't know how you could be so stupid." No matter what it is, the blamer will blame their spouse and in the process destroys intimacy and make communication impossible.

An ancient Hebrew proverb says, "A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions." If you are a blamer, I urge you to apologize to the person you so often blame. Your relationship will never improve until you admit your destructive words and seek to understand the other person's perspective.

The Professor
If you are married and you take pride in being reasonable, and you see your spouse as being unreasonable, you are in the process of destroying your marriage. The person I'm talking about is calm, cool and collected. He believes that if you will listen to his arguments, you will be forced to agree. Any sane person could not disagree.

"Let's be reasonable," they say, as they envision themselves as being a person of logic."Let me explain this to you one more time." The implication is that if you will just listen, you will understand and thus agree. This person makes no room for emotions. All that matters is logic. But I remind you that God made us emotional creatures and if you don't allow for emotions, you will never create an intimate marriage. Learn to listen. Treat your spouse as a person of worth. Ask for their opinions and be empathetic with their feelings.

The Statue and/or Subject Changer
This is the person who doesn't talk. "Ignore her and she will go away" is his philosophy. Such a person will never enjoy authentic relationships. In healthy relationships, people must talk about the things that irritate them. They must seek to negotiate solutions which will respect their differences. Put your head in the sand, and your problems will get worse.

The key is not to ignore your spouse or change the subject when your spouse brings up a topic that you think will start an argument. Simply ask, "Do you want us to share our ideas and look for a solution? If so, I'm willing to talk. If we are simply going to argue, I don't have the energy to do that. If we can respect each other's thoughts I think we can find an answer." Speak the truth in love and you can solve your problems.

Working Towards Healthy Communication
If you see yourself in any of the unhealthy communication patterns above and desire to change, talk with your spouse and develop healthy ways to identify these patterns when they arise. Then, set in place a plan to work towards healthy communication. And healthy communication leads to healthy relationships.


Adapted from Now You're Speaking My Love Language by Dr. Gary Chapman


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Saturday, November 06, 2010


"Hollow"
"Twenty nine years, 7 months, 14 days and the battle still rages…
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Saturday, November 06, 2010
"Hollow"

Most people look at food as ... food. You eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and maybe a snack. But life with an eating disorder is a totally consuming experience. On this edition of Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, Jena Morrow opens up about her own struggles that nearly killed her. If you know someone who struggles in this area, you won't want to miss this!

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