by M. Kenneth Lyon

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Enjoying the People in Your Life (1 of 7)
Series: Home Improvement
M. Kenneth Lyon
Philippians 1:3
April 11, 1999

This is an interactive sermon. The more you help me with it, the quicker you get out of here. Everybody understands that. Right? All right, good. An attentive group. Let's start with a question. Yes or no. Do you ever get frustrated with people? Yes. Sometimes people really do get on our nerves. They just don't conform with the way we think life ought to be done, the way they ought to treat us, etc. etc. etc. Well, today we're talking about home improvement. How in the world do we begin to enjoy our relationships with other people? Why home improvement? What better place to start learning from the biblical perspective how we do this well than in the home? Because in the home we are at our best and at our worst. So if we can learn to do this in better fashion, more effective fashion, in our homes, certainly we can do it with more aplomb in the workaday world in other relationships.

Not too long ago, Z Latta, one of our excellent team members on staff, was leading the worship component that we have on Wednesday mornings for our staff team. As a lead-in to that, she was saying that you know sometimes you see people with these buttons on in various places, buttons like "How can I help you?" But wouldn't it be neat if you could really see what's going on in their minds as they're dealing with people because in fact there might be other things that they would like to put on the back of the button that really portrays their thoughts. And Z had pulled some things off the Internet. One of the things that might be on the back of one of those buttons and in somebody's mind when you're dealing with somebody that just goes on and on and on. You know, your eyes are glazing over and what you'd really like to say to them is "Does your train of thought have a caboose?" Or taking a line from that wonderful country song when somebody's just nit picking, ni ...

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