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Articles in this category focus on rejoicing in the community of other believers, how to build and nurture community, and how to better reflect Jesus Christ to our brothers and sisters in the faith.

How to Help Someone Not Change

We have this funny idea that if we can make people see how angry we really are, then they’ll change. If we can make them feel our anger, then they’ll finally get the point and change. But it doesn’t work that way. Anger actually has the opposite effect to what we intend. Anger hardens; love, peace, and gentleness soften. Anger condemns; the Holy Spirit convicts.

Stephen AltroggeStephen Altrogge

Had Your Buttons Pushed Lately?

While writing this, I am watching four seagulls that are initially sunning themselves on the sand. Then suddenly two start squawking at the other two and a battle is begun, until one party is intimidated and retreats. But no reconciliation or resolution has taken place. How often does that happen in life?

Stephen MayersStephen Mayers

8 Tips to Survive the Messy Middle

Have you ever ministered to someone who has been in the messy middle? They are moving forward towards overcoming in an area but not without setbacks and skirmishes. They are not displaying behavior that reflects the maturity we might expect or hope for. Especially when this person is an adult, our perceptions and patience towards them may not be terribly generous. Depending upon your own gifting, you may find the messy middle life-giving or nerve-grating.

William FrisbieWilliam Frisbie