Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator

Believe it or not, we finished our series in the Book of Luke! It took us two and a half years, but now we’re on to new things, starting this week with a series called “Mending the Modern Family.”

In this short, three week series we will look at:

  1. Learning communication/conflict skills
  2. Learning how to live on limited resources
  3. Learning how to live consistent with your values

This weekend we looked at communication, and learning to communicate through conflict. You see, attempts to communicate are everywhere, but good communication is much more difficult. Good communication is the ability to express precisely what you meant to say. Whenever someone hears what you didn’t intend to say, you’ve communicated poorly.

Cal gave us seven myths about communicating through conflict, and then revealed the truths that show each myth to be false:

  1. Myth: In healthy relationships there is no fighting
    Truth: Healthy relationships fight fair
  2. Myth: All is fair in a good fight
    Truth: Productive conflict has boundaries
  3. Myth: Everything is worth fighting over
    Truth: Wisdom means picking your battles carefully
  4. Myth: A long memory is a useful weapon
    Truth: Keeping short accounts eases resolution
  5. Myth: You should never have a disagreement in front of your kids
    Truth: Kids are better served by being taught how to resolve conflict

  6. Myth: Saying you’re sorry is a sign of weakness.
    Truth: Saying you’re sorry is a sign of maturity.
  7. Myth: If I’m right I should fight to the bitter end
    Truth: If you fight to the bitter end, you arrive at the bitter end

Is your communication good, or is it poor?

Verses and quotes from the message:

Proverbs 15:1; Proverbs 20:3; Proverbs 19:11; Proverbs 15:28; Isaiah 66:2

“Although many women chose their partners based upon sex appeal, research shows that if they had to do it again, they said the ability to communicate is much more important. Communication ranked higher than sexual attraction, physical appearance, and personality.” Terry Schultz

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.” Oscar Wilde

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” George Bernard Shaw

“How beautiful, how grand and liberating this experience is, when people learn to hear each other. It is impossible to overemphasize the immense need humans have to be really listened to.” Dr. Paul Tournier

“Listen to all the conversations of the world, between nations as well as those between individuals, they are for the most part, dialogues of the deaf.” Dr. Paul Tournier

Set List
All Campuses

Let it be Known – Tim Hughes
Love Came Down – Bethel Music
You Never Let Go – Matt Redman
Oceans – Hillsong

Shooting from the Lip

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- I am the programming coordinator at Central Christian Church AZ. I also moderate the Central Teaching Blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!