Daily Archives: January 14, 2016

5 Keys to Handling Judgmental and Opinionated Family

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How do you respond when someone challenges your life choices?

  • “Why aren’t you married YET?”
  • “When will you get a REAL job?”
  • “Why do you raise your kids like THIS?”
  • “Why don’t you do something BETTER with your life?”

Family get-togethers are often times when one has to deal with judgmental and opinionated relatives. These individuals may presume they “know better” when it comes to how you should live your life, even when your choices as an adult are reasonable. How can you effectively handle difficult relatives who insist on imposing their views?

Below are five important keys. Not all of the tips may apply to your particular situation. Simply use what works and leave the rest.

1. Set Boundaries Diplomatically

When a relative insists on levying his or her opinion onto you, respond assertively and diplomatically with “I” and “It” statements. For example, if someone says to you: “When…

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10 Rules for Friendly Fighting for Couples

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For some people, this is a truly radical idea: There is no need to fight with your partner. Ever. Accusations, recriminations, character assassination, threats, name-calling, and cursing, whether delivered at top volume or with a quiet sarcastic sneer, damage a relationship, often irrevocably. Nobody needs to be a monster or to be treated monstrously. Nobody who yells will ever be heard. In the heat of a moment, it is always a choice whether to go for a run or run your partner down.

On the other hand, no two people in the world, no matter how made for each other they feel, will ever agree about everything at all times (it would be quite boring if they did). Couples do need to be able to negotiate differences. They do need to have room for constructive criticism. They do need a way to assert opinions and to disagree. They do need…

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Biblical evangelism

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
Or you will also be like him.
5 Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
That he not be wise in his own eyes. (Proverbs 26:4-5 NASB)

Evangelism that is biblical is not numbers or results based as if it is a process we can control through methodology. The seeker-sensitive form of evangelism, on the other hand, is totally numbers or results based, and, therefore, uses methodologies to boost perceived effectiveness by increased numbers of “decisions for Christ.” The seeker-sensitive form of evangelism assumes that God is helpless to save anyone outside of their efforts. It ignores passages such as John 3:5-8 and Ephesians 2:1-10.

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