As a chaplain there are times where I find myself mediating between two people. For me this is sometimes awkward, but it works. As a disinterested third party I can help to mend fractured relationships. This is rewarding for me because I am helping someone heal emotionally. Being angry with someone take a lot of […]

Lesson Summary : Reformation: Healing Broken Relationships

Further Study: “When the laborers have an abiding Christ in their own souls, when all selfishness is dead, when there is no rivalry, no strife for the supremacy, when oneness exists, when they sanctify themselves, so that love for one another is seen and felt, then the showers of the grace of the Holy Spirit will […]

From Fracture to Friendship

How do Paul’s letters from prison to Timothy and the church at Colossae reveal his renewed relationship with John Mark and a new confidence in this young preacher? Col. 4:10-11; 2 Tim. 4:11. Here in this passage we see that Paul calls John-Mark a fellow worker. It appears that there relationships has improved. Before there […]

Lo Tov

In the midst of all this, however, one thing was lo tov, “not good.” Read Genesis 2:18. What was “not good,” and why? What are some of the implications of this text? Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care […]

Christian Behavior

Consider the following three areas of daily life and discuss the Christian’s responsibilities in regard to lifestyle and behaviour. 1. Employer/Employee relations (James 5:4-6, Eph. 6:5-9) The Lord has high standards for the Christian worker. Even when we are at work we should represent Christ and work as if we are working directly for Christ, […]

Further Study

Further Study: Read Ephesians 4:25–32 and underline the words that touch your heart more directly. Reflect on all the things you can do, with God’s help, to improve your relationship with other people. These are portions of a letter that Ellen White wrote in 1908 to an evangelist: “I have this message for you from the […]

Confess Your Sins to Each Other

Wednesday’s Lesson – Confess Your Sins to Each Othern – How do you interpret James’s recommendation to confess sins to one another? James 5:16. Dwell on this verse and ask yourself how you need to apply its teaching to your own situation. I interpret it as saying I need to confess the faults I have […]