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How to Microwave Your Group

Here are five simple ways to build relationships in any setting. This list is from SouthEast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. They call activities like these "microwaving" your group.

Throw a Party at a Restaurant for the Next Birthday in the GroupGo See A Pro or Semi-Pro Sporting Event TogetherChill out with a Backyard BarbequeGo BowlingSaturday Morning Breakfast and Service Project

Dealing With Difficult People

anyone who works in the people business has to deal with grumpy people.

i had lunch with an HR guy last week who confessed that dealing with people all day wears him out. The beautiful one grows weary of dealing with arrogant doctors and non-compliant patients. i know that teachers are often exhausted by the end of the day, not because of the good students, but because of the difficult ones.

this morning, i had a grumpy bear experience. i received a note from someone who had some "suggestions". okay, they were unfounded criticisms... not of me, just about the nature of our church in general, and maybe directed at some individuals within our church. i always struggle with what to do when this happens.

Proverbs 26:3-5 speaks powerfully to the tension i wrestle with in these moments. do i pull out the whip and halter, or do i silently let it go?

likely, i'm not the only person who struggles with how to deal with difficult people. so this morning's reading in Psalm 37 seeme…

A Discussion Guide About Sharing Your Faith

The following was posted by Steve McCoy at Reformissionary. He give four simple pieces of advice from Solomon regarding sharing the Gospel:
I really like Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman. In chapter 2, "Solomonic Soulwinning," Newman gives four lessons from Solomon/Proverbs. It's very good advice. All the Scripture quotes are ESV. 1. Avoid an Argument"Many an evangelizing Christian has won the battle but lost the war by not avoiding an ugly argument." - p 4217:14 - The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out."The man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." - p 422. Recognize a Fool"...some dialogues should stop, and others should never start. Recognizing these situations before it's too late is crucial." - p 4314:7 - Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge.23:9 - Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense…

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