When Relationships Collide, Session 6: How Long, O Lord?


By Shirley G. Williams “LORD, how long will You forget me? Forever?”  (Ps. 13:1)  This is the Psalmist’s cry, born of seemingly relentless trial. Many parents have been there. In our case, our son was swept away by the world’s offers for instant gratification. My husband and I stood by helplessly as his life, full […]

When Relationships Collide, Session 6: What Successful Couples Know


By Bill Beausay Why some marriages make it & others don’t Several years ago at a wedding, I overheard a gray-haired woman turn to her friend and whisper, “I’ll give it six months.” Her friend replied wryly, “I’m betting three.” The experience of the ages said thumbs-down. But marriage is full of surprises. Today the newlyweds […]

When Relationships Collide, Session 6: In the Meantime


By Will Banister There is great purpose in the waiting. What is God teaching you? Any theologian worth his salt will tell you God exists outside of our space-time continuum. God’s clock is different from ours; it’s nonlinear and doesn’t always jibe with the ticktock of our espresso society. We know this. We know that God’s timetable is unique. We also know that […]

When Relationships Collide, Session 5: Not So Fast


by Les and Leslie Parrott Don’t jump to conclusions when mentoring another couple. Challenge: Whenever Monty and Carla have a conflict, Carla bolts. Strategy:  In their first session with Monty and Carla (married one year), Tim and Britney (married 14 years) jumped right in to explain how destructive avoiding conflict can be. “If you run from your […]

When Relationships Collide, Session 5: Restoring Relationships


By Threads Media This article is adapted from Relate: Knowing, Loving, and Forgiving the People in Your Life, Session 4 “Restoring Relationships” (Nashville: Lifeway Press, 2011), 70-81. Click on the book cover to learn more about this resource. As we all know, relationships can be very difficult. But more often than not, they’re worth whatever amount […]

When Relationships Collide, Session 5: Vinegar or Honey


By Wilma Moody Mama always said you could catch more flies with honey than vinegar. I knew what Mama meant, but it wasn’t easy to speak in honeyed tones to the rude clerk at the grocery store where I shopped. The store had a new computer system, and sale items were often rung up at […]

When Relationships Collide, Session 4: Teaching Points


By Fiona Soltes Have you ever wondered what a public school teacher can or can’t say, especially in terms of shaping your child’s beliefs? In 2008, a 16-year-old California student decided his rights were being violated. Chad Farnan’s European history teacher had been making comments that Farnan considered decidedly discriminatory. Among them, that creationism is “superstitious nonsense” and […]

When Relationships Collide, Session 4: Understanding “Along-The-Way” Discipleship


By Chuck Lawless Think about people who have invited you to walk through a season of life with them. They invested themselves in your life. They gave up their time and gave of themselves. They each helped you in many ways—maybe somebody taught you how to share your testimony, fix a car, be a better […]

When Relationships Collide, Session 4 Rejected Values


by Linda Tomblin  What do you do when your grown child declares your rules and values outdated? How do you handle the constant conflict and stomach-churning anxiety when you see your beloved child heading down a dangerous path? If your child were younger, you could turn to parenting books to find answers, but a whole […]

When Relationships Collide, Session 3: Wounds From A Friend


by Lorena Estep “The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive” (Prov. 27:6). For years, my childhood friend and I had discussed taking a trip together. Since we had both recently retired and had more free time, we began to make our plans a reality. But then she […]