I have been increasingly frustrated with the way that sports and other extra-curricular activities have slowly crept into what used to be the sacred space of Wednesday night and Sunday morning. Traditionally, these days were off limits for practices and games because that is when church programs occurred. Today, it has become no holds barred – practices and games take place regularly on these once untouchable days. Before we go any further, let me confess that I love sports! My schedule seems to revolve around home football games in the fall. As a father, I love to watch my kids play sports. There is something special about watching your son round the bases after a great hit or sinking that shot that he has been practicing for weeks!
Making the Most of Seasons of Singleness
“ I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.” (1 Cor. 7:32-35)
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People often say, “It’s easy for me to love this person, but it’s hard for me to love that person.”
But Jesus didn’t use the term love in that way. His notion was that we are to become loving persons. He meant this as a condition of being…kind of like being healthy. I am so rooted in God’s love for me and increasingly free of sin; therefore, I am ready to will the good for any person who comes into my life because I am a loving person regardless of who that person is or how they feel about me. God give us the ability to do this by establishing us in His love. Ephesians 3:17-18, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…”.
Married and fighting about money? You are in good company. According to studies, couples fight more about finances than any other issue.
This past weekend we hosted Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott at First Baptist for Fight Night, an event to help couples work on conflict in their marriages. In their book “The Good Fight,” the Parrotts discuss fighting through money by tracing the conflict over finances to 4 Primary Fears. If we can shift the focus of our disagreement from the amount of money we spend on whatever we buy toward the fears that are fueling the fight then we are more likely to arrive at a resolution.
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This past weekend we hosted Fight Night with Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott at First Baptist Church.
Dr. Parrott says, “There’s a revolutionary difference between a bad fight and a good fight. When a couple learns to fight a good fight, the conflict actually brings them closer.”
Thanks for joining us!