The Challenge of Real Love

It is hard to believe that we are already coming to the end of our big spring series on Emotionally Healthy Relationships.  Spring seemed to take a little longer to sprung than we would like but here we are in our last talk in our spring series before heading into our big summer study of Jesus’ famous teaching, The Sermon on the Mount.  I have to tell you this series has meant a lot to me for many reasons.  First the . . . Read More »

Everyone’s Favorite…Conflict

So we have been rolling right along now in this series on Emotionally Healthy Relationships which is so important for so many different reasons.  If you think about it, this series is so important is because life isn’t easy and what makes this life so challenging is the fact that we do life with people.  Can we just say it, life with people is not easy…and frankly it’s not something you can avoid.  Every day of your life . . . Read More »

To Love …Costs Deeply

Today we end the relationship series. Let’s do a quick recap of what it was all about. Week 1, we can’t love others well if our hearts grow cold. Have you seen this in yourself? You are busy doing all the right things in life but in the area of relationships, you are becoming more selfish or judgmental or critical. Week 2, we can’t love others well if we make assumptions. The moment we make assumptions, we create, . . . Read More »

Engaging Relationship Conflict

Experiencing God radically transforming our hearts with the result being, loving others well, that’s the point of a relationship with God. Our relationship with Christ, when it’s real, always softens our hearts towards others. Here is why. When we see our need of God, we can connect with the needs of others. We don’t conclude we are better than others. We no longer have to compete with others. We don’t have to treat others like objects who are . . . Read More »

A Divided Heart is a Wounded Heart

The core of Christianity is to love others well. Does that sound like most Christians you know? Maybe. Maybe not. But that’s the point. The reality is, going to church and experiencing God can be easier than going into life and sharing that love. Loving others isn’t automatic. Loving others well requires two things. First, that we have a meaningful connection with God. Secondly, it requires that we grow up into emotionally healthy people. Stop and think about . . . Read More »

Who can take away suffering without entering it?

We are in a relationship series. The big point of this series: the core of Christianity is to love others well. It requires that we have a meaningful connection with God and it requires that we grow up into emotionally healthy people to love others well. All through scripture, loving others is the mark of spiritual maturity. Let’s just put it out there; it’s easier to sit in church and experience a great worship set than to love . . . Read More »

When The Rooster Crows

We are in a relationship series called Sticks and Stones. We are talking about what it means to be in Emotionally Healthy Relationships. We want to challenge everyone to see that spiritual maturity requires two things. A relationship with God and the emotional health to love others well. You can’t have one without the other. For example: you can spend a lot of time with God in prayer and reading scripture but if you can’t love others well, . . . Read More »

Let’s Get Real

So last week we started our brand new series ‘Sticks and Stones’ where we began a journey into some reading material on Emotionally Healthy Relationships.  I think this series is an extremely big deal because let’s face it…whether you want to or not, we all deal with people.  We all have relationships and we learned some really important things last week about our ability to love others well or not and how that reflects on our relationship with God.  I think . . . Read More »

Every Spiritual Journey That Leads to Depth goes through The Darkest places

We are in a series called Sticks and Stones. Have you ever heard the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?” It’s a lie. Words can cut deeper and last longer than what sticks and stones can do to you. This is a relationship series that teaches how to be in emotionally healthy relationships. There are three parts to this series. Each Sunday we get together and we talk about in . . . Read More »

The Test

It’s amazing to think that we are starting a new series here at MRG today!  I mean we have only ever done one series as a church, which was the big one that we finished last week called “Different.”  I really enjoyed that one, but I have to tell you on the front end of this series, I’m very excited to jump into this with you, because it has a lot to do with you, your heart condition, . . . Read More »