Friends & Family
Family and friends—we love them! . . . but sometimes it’s not so easy to love them. What does God say about being a parent, family dysfunction, happy marriages, divorce, difficult people, forgiveness, and much more?
How to Deal With Family Dysfunction Compilation
Watch the entire devotional series from this week, as Pastor Dave helps us deal with the challenges and dysfunctions our families face.
How to Deal With Family Dysfunction: Ridicule
The ridicule you’re going through, know that God’s working it out for your best.
How to Deal With Family Dysfunction: Self-Esteem
It doesn’t matter what your family says about you. It doesn’t matter what you say about you. To know your true worth, there’s only one thing that matters.
How to Deal With Family Dysfunction: Jealousy
Why do we envy? Just remember that we already have what we need.
How to Deal With Family Dysfunction: Favoritism
Here’s how you can avoid looking like you’re playing favorites with your kids.
How to Deal With Family Dysfunction: Lies and Deception
Lies and deception can be destructive. But they can also be forgiven.
Roots and Fruit: Gather Together
The Sabbath Day commandment proves that knowing God as your Creator and Savior is one of our Father’s highest priorities for us. We gather each week to celebrate those timeless truths—God made us. God saved us. Those facts produce joy and peace deep in our hearts, “fruit” that feeds us throughout our week.
Roots and Fruit: Get a Group
When you personally know and are personally known in a spiritual community, you find your spiritual and physical needs being met.
Out of Context: “More Than You Can Handle”
The Bible does not talk about God not allowing you to be tempted “beyond what you can bear.” Make sure to read the context! The apostle Paul wrote those words as a warning not to rely on our own spiritual strength and a comfort to rely on the God who can sustain us in all kinds of temptation.
Out of Context: “Where Two or Three Gather”
Jesus spoke these words at the end of his message on dealing with sin in the church. He offered a great comfort to churches that do the hard work of dealing with sin, warning the hardhearted, and practicing church discipline.
Out of Context: “Do Not Judge”
Jesus was not against being judgmental. Yet he was very against the hypocrisy of many judgmental people who overlook their own flaws in a zealous attempt to point out the flaws of others. His words, clearly understood, encourage us to look in the mirror first and judge others in love afterward.
Friend Request: Friends Unlike Me
The book of Proverbs might imply that hanging out with unbelievers is a bad idea, but the Bible is more nuanced than that. Rubbing shoulders with those who don’t know Jesus is the best way to share the hope that only the Savior can give. This message explores the way Christians can invest in those who do not yet believe in Christ.