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Sun, Nov 20, 2016
Passage: Philemon 1:15-16
Duration: 55 mins 20 secs
Don't discount the Lord's providence, even in conflict. He does all for our benefit, despite us! In considering the Lord's providence, we understand perhaps there is a purpose behind the problem.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016
Passage: Philemon 1:14
Duration: 36 mins 4 secs
Don't be tempted to dehumanize the person with whom I am struggling in conflict. It's important for me to demonstrate humility and focus on the soul of the other person in order to achieve sustainable peace. Forced obedience will not give the sustaining peace we both desire. Winning hearts and minds will.
Sun, Nov 06, 2016
Passage: Philemon 1:11-13
Duration: 50 mins 34 secs
Start by focusing on the good in the other person, not my personal slights, or perceptions of being slighted. Don't seek arguments or to win an argument, or to feel good about myself. Follow the example of Christ and bridge the gap in conflict by sacrificing myself and esteeming the other better.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016
Passage: 1 Corinthians 3:8-13
Duration: 40 mins 35 secs
Sharing some spiritual lessons learned during a recent building project at home.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016
Passage: Philemon 1:8-10
Duration: 54 mins 7 secs
Consider that I could be a part of the conflict I am trying to help reconcile. I could be the cause of hurt, or provoker of emotion, or even an aggrieved party who desires justice. My goal is to apply faith and love, even in the realest of situations.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016
Passage: Philemon 1:6-7
Duration: 49 mins 11 secs
Paul could have started out by discussing Onesimus' need, or Philemon's rights, or even his own commands to them to work this out. But he doesn't. Paul starts by acknowledging Philemon's love and faith, in prayer. The love and faith of each person is the basis for lasting reconciliation: start there.
Sun, Oct 09, 2016
Passage: Philemon 1:3-5
Duration: 49 mins 1 sec
Success isn't winning the argument, nor having the last word, but speaking in a way that glorifies God. Don't make conflict worse by my approach. I must know and master the tools God has given me in conflict management.
Sun, Oct 02, 2016
Passage: Philemon 1:1-2
Duration: 43 mins 42 secs
When engaging in the process to reconcile conflict, I must consider myself, the other person, and those affected by the conflict.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016
Passage: Philemon
Duration: 47 mins 52 secs
Conflict in the body of Christ has to be confronted. But in doing so, we must trust the Lord to work in the heart of each person, rather than attempting to force reconciliation. Only through the Lord Jesus Christ and His grace can we truly manage conflict biblically.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016
Passage: Nehemiah 8:8
Duration: 51 mins 40 secs
An introductory message to Simplicity Bible Church
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