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LIO 5/26 – Evaluate Your Progress

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THURSDAY– Evaluate Your Progress
Big Point: We need to check-in constantly.


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Over the last few days we’ve discussed how to determine what our top priorities—rallying cries—are as a family. We’ve come up with three or four ways to make these priorities realities and came up with daily duties that aid us in this development. However, we cannot expect progress to be made without regularly evaluating it. We will spend more time building what matters than enjoying it.

Noah probably spent many years building the ark and only one year actually using it. That’s a lot of time behind the scenes to reach the end goal. Think about the time it takes to grow just one tomato in a garden. The seed must be started in the proper medium. The soil needs to be tended to and weeded. The proper light and water requirements must be met, and then we wait for the plant to grow, flowers to develop, and the fruit to ripen. If a gardener threw a seed on the ground and hoped for the best, it might grow but the results would not be as successful as they would have been if the gardener monitored the progress on a regular basis. Just as this gardener regularly monitors the progress of that plant, we must regularly monitor our family’s progress toward our goals. If we are going to lead our family successfully, the time spent waiting and cultivating is worth the reward in the end.

Lamentations is a series of poems that was written after the fall of Jerusalem. It is similar to the eulogy at a funeral mourning the fall of God’s Holy City. The first two chapters are graphic and depict great pain and suffering. However, in chapter three we are reminded of the hope we can find in God. When we turn aside and look back toward God and reevaluate our lives we can have hope for our future.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Lamentations 3:40 (New Living Translation)
40Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord.

Question: When we stop and step back from the rush of our lives what are we better able to do?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
What makes it difficult to stop, test and examine your ways and the state of your family?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
What are some practical steps you can take soon that will help you evaluate the progress in your family?

 

PRAY IT…
Ask God to reveal areas in your life that don’t line up with his plan for your family. Ask him to give you perseverance to continue meeting together on a regular basis to strengthen your family.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. When you think of the word “leadership,” what comes to mind?
  2. What makes your family unique?
  3. Read Genesis 6:17-22. God gave Noah a rally cry (or a top priority). What do you think is a top priority in your family right now?
  4. One of the questions Ben talked about Patrick Lencioni’s three questions to ask a frantic family was, “How will we talk about this?” What practical steps can you take to make sure your family is heading in the right direction?
  5. Ben talked about how we tend to pray for safety for our family rather than a better story. After hearing the benefits of changing that prayer, do you need to shift your thinking in this area? If so, how can you?

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Family Matters—Memory Verse:

A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.
Proverbs 24:3 (NLT)


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LIO 5/25 – Where is Your There?

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WEDNESDAY— Where is Your There?
Big Point: What is your next big rallying cry?

Have you ever thought about the process of planning a vacation? First, it’s important to pick a place to visit. Do you and your family or friends love the beach, the mountains, the city or the lake? Where do you stay? Do you like camping in a tent or would you rather sleep in a five-star hotel? What do you do while you are on vacation? Go to a play, hike in the mountains, bike in the city or try every restaurant? The process of planning for your vacation can take a long time, but the trip itself can take as little as a weekend. As you travel to your destination, do your family or friends ever ask “Are we THERE yet?”

God has a plan for your life. Do you know what that plan is? Noah had it a little easier than we do today. God verbally gave him specific directions on how to build the ark. He knew exactly where “there” was—it was an ark to the size and dimensions that God asked for. God gave Noah instructions on what products to use and precise measurements. We have the Bible and God’s instructions for living to help us plan and get to where we need to be. If we start asking the right questions, like “What’s our rallying cry” or “Where are we headed?” then we can hope to find out where we (our family) ought to be headed.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Genesis 6:14-16 (New Living Translation)
14“Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. 15Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 16Leave an 18-inch opening below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boat—lower, middle, and upper.

Question: What do you think were some challenges with God’s command for Noah to build an ark?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
Does your top priority match what God intends for your life? What instructions have you been given through the Scripture that you want to pass on to your family and friends?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
Imagine building a boat for a hundred years and only enjoying the cruise on it for one year. How have you enjoyed God’s plan for your life?

 

PRAY IT…
Ask God to help you find where your “there” is and to help you with your priority or rallying cry. Thank him when you see his plan for your life and are able to enjoy it.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. When you think of the word “leadership,” what comes to mind?
  2. What makes your family unique?
  3. Read Genesis 6:17-22. God gave Noah a rally cry (or a top priority). What do you think is a top priority in your family right now?
  4. One of the questions Ben talked about Patrick Lencioni’s three questions to ask a frantic family was, “How will we talk about this?” What practical steps can you take to make sure your family is heading in the right direction?
  5. Ben talked about how we tend to pray for safety for our family rather than a better story. After hearing the benefits of changing that prayer, do you need to shift your thinking in this area? If so, how can you?

Bible Reading Plan

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Family Matters—Memory Verse:

A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.
Proverbs 24:3 (NLT)


Like to Write?

We are always looking for volunteers to join the LivingItOut writing team. If you enjoy writing or proofing and want to try your hand at the LivingItOut, email Andy Rectenwald at AndyR@cedarcreek.tv


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LIO 5/24 – Every Family is Different

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TUESDAY– Every Family is Different
Big Point: It’s okay to have a not-normal family.

It is very easy to fall victim to a “the grass is always greener on the other side” mindset where you compare your family to the neighbors and wind up feeling inadequate. We get thoughts like, “He seems so much more fulfilled in his job than I am,” or “Look at how much better their kids behave!” Likely, we are not seeing the whole picture. Each family has its special qualities and imperfections. If we fail to recognize what makes our family unique, we are more prone to comparing. However, if we actively look for what is different about our own family, we can use our uniqueness as strength. We can do this by determining our family’s values and strategies. For values: Parents, determine the non-negotiable qualities for members of the family. Couples and friends/groups, think of what common values attracted you to each other or pulled you together. For strategies: Look at the big choices you’ve made together. Do you live below or near your means? Do you live by relatives? Do you have many friends or a few close ones? Determine what can meaningfully differentiate you the most from other families. Once you do this, it will become easier to make decisions in the future. You can reflect on your values and strategies and determine what makes sense for you and your family.
       
Noah’s family was unique because he was blameless and also he (and therefore, his family) was given a huge assignment from God. They gained a lot from this. They lived and got to honor God! But they also faced ridicule from others and dealt with stress as a result of their uniqueness.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Genesis 6:9, 18-19 (New Living Translation)
9This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God… 18But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat – you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 19Bring a pair of every kind of animal – a male and female – into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood.

Question: How did Noah’s family’s uniqueness help them complete God’s assignment?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
Every family is different. How is yours different? Write some descriptors in the space below.

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
Who do you call family? What are your collective values and strategies?

 

PRAY IT…
God, thank you for giving us so many different qualities that make our families so unique. Help us to not compare ourselves to others, but to embrace what you’ve given us and celebrate others. Please give us the guidance to use our uniqueness as strength and keep our goals focused on you. Amen.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. When you think of the word “leadership,” what comes to mind?
  2. What makes your family unique?
  3. Read Genesis 6:17-22. God gave Noah a rally cry (or a top priority). What do you think is a top priority in your family right now?
  4. One of the questions Ben talked about Patrick Lencioni’s three questions to ask a frantic family was, “How will we talk about this?” What practical steps can you take to make sure your family is heading in the right direction?
  5. Ben talked about how we tend to pray for safety for our family rather than a better story. After hearing the benefits of changing that prayer, do you need to shift your thinking in this area? If so, how can you?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


Family Matters—Memory Verse:

A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.
Proverbs 24:3 (NLT)


Like to Write?

We are always looking for volunteers to join the LivingItOut writing team. If you enjoy writing or proofing and want to try your hand at the LivingItOut, email Andy Rectenwald at AndyR@cedarcreek.tv


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LIO 5/23 – A Family Needs Leadership

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MONDAY-A Family Needs Leadership
Big Point: We need to bring our energy to our family.

When you hear the word “leadership,” what comes to mind? Is it a top executive at a company, a pastor of a church, or government officials? Most would not immediately think of “family” when they hear the word “leadership.” Unfortunately, we tend to lead at our workplace, on a team, and almost anywhere outside the home. After a long day of working, we come home, switch on autopilot and coast through the evening until bedtime. This is definitely not the dream that kids have when they think of one day having their own family. Regardless of what our family looks like (spouse, spouse and kids, parents, grandparents, cousins, close friends, etc.), we all have people that we ought to be giving our best to. We need to be leading not only in our workplaces, churches, and teams, but also in our homes. Our families deserve it.

Ben talked this weekend about Patrick Lencioni’s three questions for frantic families. These questions are designed to help you lead in your family, rather than remaining on autopilot. The questions are: “What makes your family unique?”, “What is your family’s top priority—rallying cry—right now?”, and “How are we going to talk about and use the answers to these questions?” At the very least, these questions help you to be intentional with your family. Imagine what it must have been like to be Noah, or Noah’s wife, or Noah’s children! Their family’s uniqueness is obvious—they were building a massive ark—which was also their rallying cry, and we can rightly assume that they would have to check-in on their progress (you can’t build an ark of that size in a short amount of time). Even better, imagine how asking these questions might help to improve your family life right now.

In Proverbs 24:3, our series memory verse, the author reminds us what it takes to have a strong house—wisdom and good sense. When we ask these questions, and reflect on Noah’s story in this sense, we can set ourselves on the right track to strengthening our families.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Proverbs 24:3 (New Living Translation)
3A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.

Question: What does it take to build a house (family) and keep it strong?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
Why do you think it is important for you to bring leadership (and answers to the three questions) to your family?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
Which question do you need to start asking in your family?

 

PRAY IT…
Ask God to help you bring leadership to your family. Ask him for clarity in deciding which direction your family needs to head, and thank him for the gift of family.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. When you think of the word “leadership,” what comes to mind?
  2. What makes your family unique?
  3. Read Genesis 6:17-22. God gave Noah a rally cry (or a top priority). What do you think is a top priority in your family right now?
  4. One of the questions Ben talked about Patrick Lencioni’s three questions to ask a frantic family was, “How will we talk about this?” What practical steps can you take to make sure your family is heading in the right direction?
  5. Ben talked about how we tend to pray for safety for our family rather than a better story. After hearing the benefits of changing that prayer, do you need to shift your thinking in this area? If so, how can you?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


Family Matters—Memory Verse:

A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.
Proverbs 24:3 (NLT)


Like to Write?

We are always looking for volunteers to join the LivingItOut writing team. If you enjoy writing or proofing and want to try your hand at the LivingItOut, email Andy Rectenwald at AndyR@cedarcreek.tv


We always want to strive to make the LivingItOut a great resource for you to connect to God through His word. Would you consider helping us in making it better by filling out this quick survey? CLICK HERE to be taken to the survey.

 

LIO week of 5/23: Series – Family Matters: Leadership Matters

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LIO 5/21-22: Series – Family Matters: Leadership Matters

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Click here to download a printable version of the discussion questions for this weekend.

 

LIO Weekend of 5/21-5/22, Family Activity: Cedarville Recap

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Weekend Recap:

This weekend in CedarVille, we learned how God’s way should be our way. Making God’s way your way is one of the best ways to lead others!

 

Scripture:

As a family, read about Noah’s life in Genesis 6:5-8:22. Because there are more than one chapter to read, try reading a few verses a day. Also take time to read the key verse from this week found in Proverbs 3:5-6.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” – Proverbs 3: 5-6

 

Family Discussion Questions:

What did God think of the people of the earth? Who was still honoring God? What did God ask Noah to do? Who went on the ark? How long did it rain? Did the things that weren’t on the ark survive the flood? How did Noah know when it was safe to open the ark? How do you think you would react to God asking you to build an ark?

 

Family Activity:

God has many plans for us, and one of them is for us to live our lives following God’s way. As a family talk about the different things you can do with your life that show that you’re living God’s way. Try to come up with something you could do as a family. Then make plans to do it together. You could serve your neighbors by doing yard work for them, or help the community by volunteering at a food kitchen. Think of all the wonderful things your family could do living God’s way!

 

Memory Verse:

In CedarVille, we have the opportunity to memorize a verse and earn a special treat. It makes all the difference when families work on memorizing the verse together! This week take time to practice Proverbs 24:3. The verse is found below. Check out our CedarVille.tv Facebook page for motions that can help your family learn the memory verse together!

“A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.” –Proverbs 24:3

LIO 5/20 – Jesus is the Goal

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FRIDAY– Jesus is the Goal
Big Point: During conflict, we ought to behave like Jesus.

This week, we have focused on the issue of conflict in our lives. We addressed the importance of managing conflict well, as conflict WILL happen at some point. Learning how to listen and communicate effectively are definitely important skills in conflict management. We also addressed keeping the ultimate goal of a conflict to establishing a resolution, not to tear the other person down for the sake of being “right.” These skills take intention to develop, application and practice to get them to become second nature. Certain aspects we have identified so far can come easier than others to our natural way of interacting with those around us.

Today, we want to wrap up the week by focusing on one of the most difficult skills to hone in conflict management: wiping the slate clean. That means, keep no records. When Jesus was on the cross, he whispered: “It is finished.” Finished. What an amazing word to use as a parting gift to all of us! Jesus was faced with THE most staggering conflict of all – sin versus holiness. With His passing, the conflict was finished, wiping us free of sin, with no record of wrong doing before the Lord. How many arguments have we resolved, yet remain “unfinished” business?

Though a Band-Aid might be in place, old wounds foster resentment; grudges can poison the love we have for those around us, for generations to come. For example, a set of siblings has a horrible fight that hurts both parties immensely. While they say they’ve resolved the issue and put it behind them, they avoid one another, except to be congenial at holiday gatherings. Their children grow up not knowing cousins, aunts and uncles because of the original argument that has festered, unfinished. True forgiveness and love must also result in completely finishing an issue, wiping the record clean. It’s never too late. As Jesus was pinned to the cross by people that hated him, he asked God to forgive them. This is the perfect example of how we should behave during conflict.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Luke 23:34
34Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

Question: What did Jesus ask the Lord to do to those who crucified him?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
What are we asked to do to those who crucify, or conflict, with us?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
Who is challenging you with a conflict right now? Have you listened to that person’s complaint?

How can you FINISH this conflict while glorifying Jesus?

 

PRAY IT…
Thank God for the perfect example he gave us in his Son Jesus. Ask him to help you to behave as he did and love people through conflict.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. When you were growing up, what did you and your siblings (or close friends) argue about?
  2. In what areas of your life do you tend to value your own perspective over people?
  3. Read James 1:19-21. Here James tells us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Which of these do you struggle with the most? How can you improve in this area?
  4. Often times, the way our parents handled conflict growing up carries over and impacts the way we handle conflict as adults. Is this true in your life? In what ways?
  5. Ultimately, Jesus is the example we should follow when it comes to conflict. He handled our greatest conflict—sin—by dying on the cross for us. How does his example affect, alter, and direct us in how we should handle the conflict we encounter in our lives?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


Family Matters—Memory Verse:

A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.
Proverbs 24:3 (NLT)


Like to Write?

We are always looking for volunteers to join the LivingItOut writing team. If you enjoy writing or proofing and want to try your hand at the LivingItOut, email Andy Rectenwald at AndyR@cedarcreek.tv


Weekend Updates!

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Resources Used This Week:

VitalSmarts.com

Biblegateway.org

All Scripture verses are New Living Translation unless otherwise noted.


The mission of the CedarCreek LivingItOut Bible study is to provide a complementary Monday-Friday study that digs deeper into Scripture and the weekend message topic so we can live out our faith daily in Jesus Christ.

Each week the LivingItOut (LIO) is put together by a team of writers and proofers. Thank you to this week’s team! Interested in serving? Questions or comments about this week’s study? Email AndyR@CedarCreek.tv

 

LIO 5/19 – Don’t Go To Bed Angry

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THURSDAY– Don’t Go To Bed Angry
Big Point: We need to resist anger.

Don’t go to bed angry. We’ve all heard couples who have been married for many years offer this pearl of wisdom as one of the keys to sustaining a healthy relationship. Comedienne Phyllis Diller took this advice a step further, once joking, “Don’t go to bed angry; stay up and fight!” While her choice of words may have been questionable, the overarching concept is nevertheless sound. It is essential that we afford one another the love and respect of engaging in conversation (even occasional “heated fellowship”) to diffuse disagreements before they linger.

Disagreements and anger are part and parcel of the human condition. But harboring grudges can be both destructive and dangerous. Giving in to – or worse yet, holding on to – anger effectively demonstrates that we care more about winning an argument than honoring our relationship.

Where anger is concerned, there are no winners. The presence of anger inherently limits the available space for positive feelings. It also creates an environment in which we can easily be swallowed by self-righteousness and bitterness. Anger can also negatively impact our emotional and physical health. In “Words Can Change Your Brain,” by Andrew Newberg and Mark Waldman, the authors describe the exponential impact of angry thoughts and words. “Not only does (anger) give a person a false sense of self-righteousness, it neurologically generates more anger,” they say. Conversely, the authors suggest that limiting our angry words effectively limits our anger.

God considers anger, rage, malice, and slander to be sins (Colossians 3:8). Not all human anger is sinful, but quick-tempered, selfish anger betrays a trust in God and demonstrates a lack of love for others. Remember, God’s dual command is that we love Him and love one another. We will all be tempted by anger on occasion. In today’s passage, Paul reminds us that keeping God present and following His guidance to be tenderhearted and forgive will help us to tame anger and begin each day free from the chains of past disagreements.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
Ephesians 4:26-27, 31-32
26And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27for anger gives a foothold to the devil. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Question: What should we do with our anger?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
Why do you believe that harboring grudges can be destructive and dangerous? What does God mean when He says that “anger gives a foothold to the devil?”

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
Can you recall a time when you were more interested in winning an argument than honoring a relationship? Considering what we’ve discussed, what steps will you take to ensure that you behave differently going forward?

 

PRAY IT…
God, I pray that you grant me the wisdom to keep you present in times of conflict, to resist the selfish temptation of anger, and to heed your example of demonstrating love and forgiveness for myself and others.

 

More Living It Out


Dig Deeper with this week’s teaching pastor:

Click here to go deeper using the Life Group DVD by the teaching pastor or view the message, including bonus discussion questions.


Weekend Message Discussion Questions: Catching a meal after the service? Meeting with friends this week? Discuss the weekend message together:

  1. When you were growing up, what did you and your siblings (or close friends) argue about?
  2. In what areas of your life do you tend to value your own perspective over people?
  3. Read James 1:19-21. Here James tells us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Which of these do you struggle with the most? How can you improve in this area?
  4. Often times, the way our parents handled conflict growing up carries over and impacts the way we handle conflict as adults. Is this true in your life? In what ways?
  5. Ultimately, Jesus is the example we should follow when it comes to conflict. He handled our greatest conflict—sin—by dying on the cross for us. How does his example affect, alter, and direct us in how we should handle the conflict we encounter in our lives?

Bible Reading Plan

Thank you for reading today’s LivingItOut! We encourage you to take it one step further by participating in a Daily Bible Reading plan. There are thousands of individual reading plans available and there is ONE that is just right for you! CLICK HERE to download a basic “Bible in a year” plan. Customizable reading plans available at Youversion.com or Biblegateway.com.


Family Matters—Memory Verse:

A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.
Proverbs 24:3 (NLT)


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LIO 5/18 – Quick to Listen

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WEDNESDAY— Quick to Listen
Big Point: During conflict, we need to listen.

There’s a reason why God gave us two ears and one mouth. Listening is so much more important than talking and yet, it is so much easier to talk rather than listen! We want to be heard and more importantly, we want to be right. So for the most part, when in the midst of a conflict we are thinking about what we are going to say in response more than we are listening to what the other person is saying. This is not good for conflict resolution.

Joseph Grenny, author of Crucial Conversations and Crucial Confrontations, gives a great formula for getting to the root of a problem, the basis of which is listening. One has to listen intently to identify the problem, which can be then represented by the acronym CPR. The problem may be of Content, Pattern or Relationship. Content focuses on the issue or behavior. Pattern focuses on the concern of inability to correct the content. Relationship focuses on how the unresolved pattern is impacting your relationship.

In order to be able to use this formula, we must be willing to listen carefully to what the other person is saying. James, brother of Jesus, tells us that listening carefully and being slow to speak and slow to anger are the ways to produce the righteousness that God desires. God designed us for listening as well as speaking. Especially during conflict, we must take things slowly and listen for the CPR. Then we can respond in a way that is righteous and honors God.

 

READ IT… What does the Bible say?
James 1:19-20
19Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. 

Question: What are the three things James tells us to do to resolve conflict?

Answer:

 

BELIEVE IT… What is the lesson for me?
How do we produce the righteousness that God desires?

 

LIVE IT… What will I do now?
Think of an example of a content, a pattern and a relationship issue. How can you work to resolve these issues?

 

PRAY IT…
Thank God for creating you with the ability to listen as well as speak. Ask Him to give you strength and focus to listen carefully the next time you are in a conflict situation, and to remember the CPR acronym to help understand the problem.

 

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  1. When you were growing up, what did you and your siblings (or close friends) argue about?
  2. In what areas of your life do you tend to value your own perspective over people?
  3. Read James 1:19-21. Here James tells us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Which of these do you struggle with the most? How can you improve in this area?
  4. Often times, the way our parents handled conflict growing up carries over and impacts the way we handle conflict as adults. Is this true in your life? In what ways?
  5. Ultimately, Jesus is the example we should follow when it comes to conflict. He handled our greatest conflict—sin—by dying on the cross for us. How does his example affect, alter, and direct us in how we should handle the conflict we encounter in our lives?

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A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.
Proverbs 24:3 (NLT)


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Proverbs 24:3

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