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A landmine is an underground weapon of war designed to indiscriminantly destroy human lives. According to Mines Advisory Group, an international organization that saves lives and builds futures through the removal and destruction of landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), and other weapons remaining after conflict, these weapons are triggered by a trip-line, pressure from above or a remote.
Needless to say, if a soldier, medic, reporter, or even a peacekeeper comes near a landmine field, they had better watch their step! MagAmerica states that landmines can be cleared manually with special tools. Metal detectors can sense them and specially trained dogs can sniff them out. Once detected, landmine experts can then dig them out and “defuse” them. Clearing landmines is essential for the safety of impacted communities around the world.
In reality, people emotions and relationships can often be as volatile as landmines. There are certain ways of communicating that indiscriminantly destroy people and relationships. We can unknowingly plant landmines that lie in wait for the time when they will be set off. When the “wrong button” is pushed, people can explode. There are poor options. We can ignore it and pretend the landmine doesn’t exist. We can “walk on eggshells” to avoid it. Neither option really solves anything.
During this Lenten season, we will explore clearing these relational landmines and even take steps to avoid planting them in the first place. The best tools for clearing relational landmines are to be aware of who we are and more openly live out our faith. Join us Feb. 22 through March 22 as we learn to trust more fully in God to enhance and fortify how we live in community by Clearing Relational Landmines.
- Feb. 22 – Check the Floor – Ephesians 4:25-32
- March 1 – 180-degree Communication – Matthew 18:15-20
- March 8 – Taking Time – Luke 10:25-37
- March 15 – Financial Faith – Matthew 6:19-24
- March 22 – Support System – Philippians 4:10-14, 19
There is nothing more crippling than holding on to anger. Anger, more than any other emotion, has the power to consume all aspects of our lives, distort our sense of purpose, and destroy our relationship with God.
In the passionate and life-changing book Forgiveness: Finding Peace Though Letting Go, bestselling author Adam Hamilton brings the same insight that he applied in the bestseller “Why?” to the challenge of forgiveness. Hamilton argues that revelation comes when we realize that forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves rather than to someone else. He also contends that only when we learn to forgive others and ourselves can we truly receive forgiveness from God.
Join Pastor Eric Wednesdays at 6 p.m. throughout Lent to dig deeper into this video-based Bible study. To sign up, contact the office at 316-755-1112 or message Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s what others are saying about it:
“Adam Hamilton not only reminds us about the importance of reconnecting the broken pieces of our lives, but shows how the process of grace and forgiveness is possibly our most complete picture of God.”
–Shane Stanford, author of Making Life Matter: Embracing the Joy in the Everyday
“The heartbeat of the gospel is grace. With practical insight, Hamilton makes grace understandable–both for seeking and for granting forgiveness. I highly recommend this book.”
–Melody Carlson, author of Healing Waters: A Bible Study on Forgiveness, Grace, and Second Chances
“Deeply rooted in the Bible’s testimony about God’s extravagant mercy, this fine little book explores the Christian call to practice both repentance and forgiveness in the image of God. Straightforward and practical, Hamilton vividly sketches the habits of the heart that discipleship requires in our daily relationships with spouses and intimate life partners, family members, friends and strangers.”
–Patricia Beattie Jung, Professor of Christian Ethics, Saint Paul School of Theology
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New sermon series begins Jan. 11 – UNITY
When praying for all the believers who would hear the Good News, Jesus petitioned, “…that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” John 17:21
We may talk about unity, but Jesus calls for his body to be unified as one. How can so many people with different backgrounds, passions and desires live in UNITY and glorify God? Unity can dissolve many problems and overcome differences when we let the Holy Spirit lead! Join us beginning Jan. 11 to see how we are called to unify as the body of Jesus Christ.
Join us for worship at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. Sermon titles will be:
January 11 – Unity in Purpose
January 18 – Unity in Direction
January 25 – Unity in Community
February 1 – Unity in Love
February 8 – Unity in Healing