Articles

Relationships

Relationships: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

If you listen to enough testimonies you will discover that there are certain themes that pop up over and over again. One of those common themes is the impact that a specific relationship had on a person’s life. You will often hear something along these lines: “…and then I met ________ and everything changed.” Even people who do not remember a specific moment in which they gave their lives to the Lord often tell of a Sunday school teacher, children’s minister, or youth minister who had a major impact on their lives. Relationships are a significant tool in the hands of God for growing our faith. Notice three things about relationships.



For What It’s Worth…Mind Reading

Therapy is way more than a toolbox of intervention.  Information alone cannot replace professional help. However, information can be very powerful.  So, for what it’s worth to you, here is the weekly post offering a therapeutic idea, concept, or intervention that you can try out in your own life or relationships.

 



...Is Not Overly Sensitive

***Parallel Processing

Parallel process is a clinical term used to describe the common occurrence in therapy when the therapist’s own experience is reflected in the client’s. It is when a client comes in grieving over the loss of a loved one while the therapist has only just experienced his or her own loss as well. It is a therapist helping a client through feelings of anger and hurt that the therapist has also just recently confronted.



Rest and the Other R-Word

When we arrive at the Sermon on the Mount we are only a few chapters into the New Testament. Leading up to the sermon we have reached all the way back to Abraham. We have seen the lineage of Jesus, read about His birth, watched how God protected Him as a child, seen how John the Baptist prepared the way, seen His baptism, observed His temptation, learned that He preached the Kingdom and healed the sick, read how He called His first disciples, and found out that a large crowd followed Him up a mountain to hear this sermon. So, we have covered a lot, but we still do not know what He will teach us. The position of the sermon gives it a pride of place and some monumental significance. By the time Jesus finally opens His mouth to preach in the fifth chapter of Matthew we are racked with anticipation at what He might say.



For What It’s Worth…Facebook, Relational Spaces, Friendship Types

Therapy is way more than a toolbox of intervention.  Information alone cannot replace professional help. However, information can be very powerful.  So, for what it’s worth to you, here is the weekly post offering a therapeutic idea, concept, or intervention that you can try out in your own life or relationships.



Hairy Dog, Agnostics, and Surprising People God Uses

***Parallel Processing

Parallel process is a clinical term used to describe the common occurrence in therapy when the therapist’s own experience is reflected in the client’s. It is when a client comes in grieving over the loss of a loved one while the therapist has only just experienced his or her own loss as well. It is a therapist helping a client through feelings of anger and hurt that the therapist has also just recently confronted.



For What It’s Worth…Anger as a Secondary Emotion

Therapy is way more than a toolbox of intervention.  Information alone cannot replace professional help. However, information can be very powerful.  So, for what it’s worth to you, here is the weekly post offering a therapeutic idea, concept, or intervention that you can try out in your own life or relationships.



Legacy

Everyone wants to leave a legacy. Everyone wants to be remembered for something, and to leave something in the hands of those who come after them. Teddy Roosevelt used the slogan, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Likewise, we all hope to leave some sort of lasting impact. We do not necessarily want to have to shout it out to people. We just want it to pack some punch in the end. Perhaps we would hope others would adapt Roosevelt’s slogan in describing us after we are gone. Something like, “He lived quietly and left a long shadow.”



For What It’s Worth…Relational Transactions

Therapy is way more than a toolbox of intervention.  Information alone cannot replace professional help. However, information can be very powerful.  So, for what it’s worth to you, here is the weekly post offering a therapeutic idea, concept, or intervention that you can try out in your own life or relationships.



For What It’s Worth…

Therapy is way more than a toolbox of intervention.  Information alone cannot replace professional help. However, information can be very powerful.  So, for what it’s worth to you, here is the weekly post offering a therapeutic idea, concept, or intervention that you can try out in your own life or relationships.



Grace, No Shows, and Forgetting Kids

***Parallel Processing

Parallel process is a clinical term used to describe the common occurrence in therapy when the therapist’s own experience is reflected in the client’s. It is when a client comes in grieving over the loss of a loved one while the therapist has only just experienced his or her own loss as well. It is a therapist helping a client through feelings of anger and hurt that the therapist has also just recently confronted.



Givers and Takers

Israel wanted a king. They wanted an earthly ruler so that they might be like the other nations. God knew that Israel would ask for a king (see Deut. 17:14-20), and when they did he had a sobering warning about the nature of earthly kings.

 



Gratitude

In the New Testament we are told that on at least two occasions Jesus fed a multitude of hungry people with only a tiny bit of bread and fish. As we try to understand what Jesus might model for us in this story we tend to focus on increasing our level of faith or contemplating the power of God. Certainly those are appropriate responses. However, in so doing we miss the simple lesson that is taught to us through the very first thing that Jesus does in each of those stories. Each time the action begins with, “He gave thanks” (e.g. Mark 8:6).



Reconciliation

By the time we get to Matthew 5:20 we are not that far into Jesus’ sermon. Yet, it seems he has already turned our world upside down. He has instructed us on the proper temperament and disposition we are to have. He has informed us that we actually have reason to rejoice when we are persecuted. He has affirmed us by calling us the salt of the earth and the light of the world. He has let us know that He has not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. However, He has still not given us a clear command, whether prescriptive or proscriptive. That is about to change.



Rejected

We don’t know a whole lot about Leah. We know that Jacob was tricked into marrying her. Evidently he fulfilled his responsibilities as her husband in the context of the patriarchal culture of the Ancient Near East. That is, he provided for her. He protected her. She was taken in as part of the family and Jacob satisfied his basic conjugal duties toward her. Certainly Leah’s situation could have been worse. Nonetheless, Leah carried a profoundly deep pain. She carried the burden of being rejected.

 



Page 1 of 2 pages  1 2 > 

View All Jesus Saves Network Articles