by Kerry Shook

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Face Off - Jesus on Conflict (2 of 3)
Series: Relationship Principles of Jesus
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• My Way Resolver

• No Way Resolver

• Your Way Resolver

• Half Way Resolver

• Our Way Resolver

• Matthew 5:9 (NIV)


• Take it to God

• James 4:2 (NIV)


"Music playing"

We live in a society where everyone is text messaging, emailing, connecting to social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook but to build deep and rich relationships we need more than Facebook. We need to get face to face. That's why last week we started a new series on the relationship principles of Jesus and we kicked off what I'm calling a 40 day face to face challenge and one of the challenges is to get with someone you love once a week and talk about the message from the week before. Go to coffee, lunch, breakfast whatever it is just for a few moments talking about how you can love them better. So I thought I would use my face-to-face challenge this week with my wife, the love of my life, my best friend, Chris; and we are going to do a message on how Jesus said we are to handle conflict. Now I know, Chris, that many people out here probably think that we have this perfect marriage and that we never argue, we never get angry. Our family, being a pastor's family, is always perfect; and there is never any conflict. Now isn't that true.

Yea, that's just exactly what our family is like. No. I've met a lot of people who seem to think that praise music just follows us wherever we go and our four kids never argue, the dog never barks and everything is always perfect, but it's not quite that way. We have exactly the same struggles that you do and just because we are a pastor's family doesn't exempt us from that, unfortunately. So, we are just like you; and we found that we have to really work at our relationship and at our relationship with our kids just like you do. In our almost 25 years of marriage, it will be 25 years this summer, we've just learned that it's important to keep working every day in our relationship just as if we had a map if we were going to go on a trip as a family and we wanted to get from Houston to Chicago well we would have to pull out the map and follow the directions and make mid course corrections and we might even have to stop and ask directions sometimes and that wouldn't go well probably but we have to always check and see where we are at and where we want to be. Where are we at and where do we want to be. That is what we have to do in our relationship. It's not enough when you're on a road trip just to have a map in the car and it's not enough in marriage just to have love. You have to check the map.
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