Category Archives: Purpose #2: Fellowship

My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 20 – Purpose 2: Restoring Broken Fellowship

The Purpose Driven Life: RELATIONSHIPS ARE ALWAYS WORTH RESTORING. Because life is all about learning how to love, God wants us to value relationships and make the effort to maintain them instead of discarding them whenever there is a rift, a … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 19 – Part 7: Nine Characteristics of Biblical Fellowship

The Purpose Driven Life identifies nine characteristics of Biblical fellowship. 1. Authenticity: sharing true feelings.  2. Mutuality: encouraging each other.  3. Sympathy: supporting each other emotionally.  4. Mercy: forgiving each other.  5. Honesty: speaking the truth in love.  6. Humility: … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 19 – Part 6: Showing Up

It’s Sunday morning here in the USA. My alarm clock went off … snooze button. My love for God is in conflict with my desire for sleep. Alarm … snooze button. My love for God’s people is in conflict with … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 19 – Part 5: The Four Way Test

How do we attempt to keep our conversation from doing harm to people? James warns of the problem: James 1:26  If any one thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this man’s religion … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 19 – Part 5: Confidentiality

The Purpose Driven Life: Cultivating community takes confidentiality. Only in the safe environment of warm acceptance and trusted confidentiality will people open up and share their deepest hurts, needs, and mistakes. Confidentiality does not mean keeping silent while you brother or … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 19 – Part 4: The Pearl

The Purpose Driven Life: Cultivating community takes courtesy. Courtesy is respecting our differences, being considerate of each other’s feelings, and being patient with people who irritate us (Titus 3:2). In every church and in every group, there is always at … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life – Day 19 – Part 3: Community Requires Humility

The Purpose Driven Life: Cultivating community takes humility. Self importance, smugness, and stubborn pride destroy fellowship faster than anything else. Pride builds walls between people: humility build bridges. Humility is the oil that smooths and soothes relationships. Humility was important … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life – Day 19 – Part 2: The Tunnel of Conflict

The Purpose Driven Life: Cultivating community takes honesty. Real fellowship, whether in a marriage, a friendship, or your church, depends on frankness. In fact, the tunnel of conflict is the passageway to intimacy in any relationship. Until you care enough … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life – Day 19 – Part 1: Cultivating Community

The Purpose Driven Life, on Cultivating community: Community requires commitment. Only the Holy Spirit can create real fellowship between believers, but He cultivates it with the choices and commitments we make … it takes both God’s power and our effort to … Continue reading

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My Purpose Driven Life: – Day 18 – Part 6: Mercy

The Bible is pretty clear about the importance of mercy. Jesus said in Mat 5:7, Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” In Mat 7:1-2, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be … Continue reading

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