The people around us fall into two categories when it comes to our change efforts. They are either friends or accomplices. Some people innocently get labeled as friends simply because we enjoy being around them. The problem is that some of our friends actually aid and motivate us towards the bad habits. This week we will look at how we can turn accomplices into friends and who our greatest friend is according to the Bible.
If you only read the Gospels, you would never think Peter was one who could exhibit self-control. In the Gospels he was impulsive and selfish. A major transformation, though, took place in his life and Peter became an example of self-control. His life is an example that in Christ we can find freedom when we learn self-control. This week we look at how to supplement our faith with self-control.
We all want to live a godly life. How do we do that? Does godliness and piety mean going to church once a week, tithing, reading our Bible, giving to the poor? What exactly do I have to do to be godly? Peter learned during his life that godliness does not come from religious piety. It is more than following rules. Godliness flows from what we put into our hearts. As a leader, Peter lived out what was in his heart: please God first. This week we learn how to supplement our faith with godliness.
No matter how much we exercise or eat right, we will eventually get sick. We can take all the vitamins, eat organic, never eat dessert, exercise everyday, but the fact is we will get sick. The same is true of our families. We can have excellent communication and great understanding of gender differences, but at some point conflict will happen. How will we deal with the family crisis? Will we see divorce as the option, will we yell and scream, will we throw things? Perhaps we will just cover our ears and eyes and pretend it never happened. Having a plan to deal with conflict ensures you are ready to tackle the tough times. This week we explore what the Bible says about conflict management, anger, and dealing with those difficult seasons.