conflict resolution

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33). Do you ever have one of those weeks when you’re stuck emotionally? You feel like your mental energies are drained and you’re shouldering a […]

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My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2, NRSV). On my way home Friday evening, I rounded the corner to the block that flanked my home. I was surprised to find six fire engines, lights flashing,  cordoned off with a yellow strip, “Police line. Do not cross.” “What’s going on?” I […]

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It was 5:30 on a clear-as-blue-glass-sky June morning. Photographers hailed tethered hot air balloons preparing to launch at the Tigard, Oregon Festival of Balloons. The seventeen heaven-bound balloons beamed at us, every color of the rainbow. Soon, the red, yellow, orange, blue, purple, green, and gold orbs lit up the morning sky. Gas heats air […]

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What does God call us to do when we experience tension in personal conflicts? (For last week’s tips, #1-4, click here.) 5.)  Forgive those involved. Take a few minutes and make a mental list of whom you need to forgive. Breathe out resentment. Breathe in forgiveness. 6.)  Speak present-future over one another. Acknowledge the contributions […]

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“We must be careful that when tension occurs it does not become a friction. We take the issues that may potentially divide us and put them on one side. This is a time to renew our friendships, allowing the Holy Spirit to ease the friction. Yet we must remember that we cannot hold onto something […]

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I hope you’re experiencing tension in your key relationships today. “When direction . . . comes, it drops into the tension between the present and the future . . . this tension doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong. It means that something is happening! It is impossible to move without tension. No one can grip […]

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Hi friends, In conjunction with Northwest Family Services, Tim and I are pleased to invite you to a Healthy Relationships class we’re leading. Come join us for this fun interactive class for singles, couples, and everyone looking to grow in relationship elements, communication, conflict resolution, and more. To view the flyer, click here:  Flyer Healthy […]

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Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.   (Rom. 12:21) When I prayed about what to do with an overbearing co-worker,  Jesus whispered to me, “Buy her cupcakes.”  It seemed absurd, but I decided to go along with it anyway.  (Click here for Part 1.  Click here for Part 2.) I drove across town […]

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Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Rom. 8:34) How did I deal with difficult people in the workplace who were accusing me with lies and seemed overpowering?  Click here […]

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For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  (Rom. 8:13, 14) Have you ever dealt with a difficult person […]

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