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Activated September 2009

Relationships - September 2009

When relationships go awry, everyone suffers. But where we have problems, God has solutions. You may be amazed at how simple they are!

01-09-2009
Successful Relationships
Successful Relationships

A stray dog moved into the Smiths’ neighborhood the same day the Joneses moved in next door, and the dog immediately began to wreak havoc, scrounging in trashcans and tearing up flowerbeds in both yards. The Smiths were irked that the Joneses had brought such a nuisance into the neighborhood, and the Joneses found it inexcusable that the Smiths made no attempt to control their dog. For several weeks neither couple said anything to the other, while bad feelings festered on both sides. Finally Ms. Smith could stand no more and gave Ms. Jones a piece of her mind. “Oh,”...

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01-09-2009
Under Construction
Under Construction

The bold red letters glared at usas we crawled along in bumper-to-bumper traffic, maneuvering between potholes and gravelly ditches that had turned what was once smooth pavement into an obstacle course. “UNDER CONSTRUCTION!” Noise, dirt, sweat-soaked workers, and clogged roads had been part of our lives since the city began a road-expansion project several months earlier. Traffic had always been notoriously bad in this part of sprawling Bangkok, but it was worse now.

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01-09-2009
New Worlds to Discover
New Worlds to Discover

Our lives involveall sorts of relationships. In fact, relating to people is largely what life is about. Relationships, when based on the right foundation and growing in the right direction, are wonderful, rewarding experiences. Each new relationship also brings with it an exciting new set of challenges and surprises. And of course no relationships are as challenging or full of surprises as romantic relationships.

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01-09-2009
Who’s the Boss?
Who’s the Boss?

When people ask for advice regarding their marriage or budding love relationship, I often tell them that the most important thing is to let Jesus be the boss. No matter how much two people love each other and no matter how much they have in common, they are going to have some disagreements. When that happens, the surest way to know what’s right is to ask the highest authority. If both partners are willing to let Jesus make the decisions, they can avoid the friction and resentment that undermine many relationships.

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01-09-2009
Carlos Recreated
Carlos Recreated

“Can I stay with you tonight?” Carlos asked in a trembling voice. He’d had a terrible argument with his wife, he explained over the phone, and he couldn’t return home. My wife and I knew that Carlos had already been going through a very difficult time in his life. To begin with, he’d hoped to be promoted to general manager of the company he worked for, but the job had gone to someone else. A few days later he’d been involved in a traffic accident, though fortunately no one was injured. Now this! Everything seemed to be going wrong.

I invited...

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01-09-2009
Freedom from Jealousy
Freedom from Jealousy

Question: I have struggled for years with jealousy. I know my husband loves me, and he gives me no real reason to feel jealous, but I can’t help myself. How can I be free from the grip of jealousy?

 

 Answer:  Jealousy—that nasty feeling that you get when you think your partner is neglecting you for someone or something else—can be both irrational and overpowering. Recognizing that jealousy is wrong, that it’s a problem, is the first step, but many people don’t see it that way; they consider it a virtue, or at least a natural, acceptable part of loving...

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01-09-2009
Problem Solving with My Teen
Problem Solving with My Teen

Now that my oldest, Chris,is 13, I have found that I need to change in how I communicate with him. He is not the child he was a few years back. All of a sudden, he is taller than me. How time has flown! It seems like just yesterday he was a constantly active two-year-old, getting into everything.

Like most parents, I suppose, my tendency has been to think that I instinctively know what’s best for my children, and to take action accordingly. That worked well enough when Chris was small, but now that he’s reached a stage where he wants...

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01-09-2009
1 Corinthians 13 for Today
1 Corinthians 13 for Today

Jesus gave us the key to happiness and harmony when He said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”1 What exactly does that mean, in practical, everyday terms? One of the best explanations ever given is found in the Bible’s “love chapter,” 1 Corinthians 13. Times and terms have changed, but the underlying principles are as true as ever. Here’s how the apostle Paul might have put it if he were writing to us today.

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01-09-2009
The Spitting Image of the Antichrist

From time to time, this column on Endtime events revisits the subject of the “image of the Beast.” Recently I was looking at a photo of a gold-plated colossus of a recently deceased dictator, and it got me thinking. It seems dictators really like having giant statues of themselves erected, and it looks like the worst tyrant the world will ever know is going to follow in the tradition of his predecessors. That tyrant, of course, would be the Antichrist, whom the apostle John, in the Bible’s final book, Revelation, called “the Beast.” According to John, a character called the...

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01-09-2009
Love Is Like That
Love Is Like That

The course of true love never did run smooth.—William Shakespeare

 

Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.—Erica Jong

 

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.—Peter Ustinov

 

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01-09-2009
Reboot
Reboot

It’s a typical busy day, filled with the usual responsibilities at home and work, but then more than the usual number of unexpected things come up. You manage to keep going, but notice that you’re running slower, losing focus, and feeling overwhelmed.

What’s one of the first things most people try when their computer starts running slower or having other problems? They save their work and reboot their computer, which clears the computer’s cluttered memory. Often that is exactly what was needed to get the computer working efficiently again.

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01-09-2009
A Prayer for the Day: Rest and Renewal

Jesus, You said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Right now I’m worn out and weary, so here I am, coming to You. Please give me that rest of spirit You promised. Take my mind off of my work and problems for the next few minutes, and help me relax.

Thank You for never being too busy for me. Any time of the day or night, I can stop and direct my thoughts toward You, and You always know just what I need. I feel such peace in Your presence.

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01-09-2009
Talk to Me
Talk to Me

Are you feeling isolated? Angry? Hurt? Frustrated? Misunderstood? Tell Me about it. You don’t have to keep it all bottled up inside. I am your best friend, and you can confide in Me. I am your strong shoulder to lean on when times are tough or people are being difficult. Come to Me and tell Me your thoughts, and I will guide you through those trying times.

Often just talking about things is the best way to sort them out, and if you don’t feel you can talk with anyone else about what you’re going through, you can always talk to...

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