Category Archives: Communication

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Since crossing the border into Canada 10 days ago, I haven’t been watching much news. But I noticed an article on my Yahoo news feed this morning bemoaning (again) a lack of civility that continues to plague our country.

I gather there is a war of words regarding Sarah Sanders being asked to leave a  restaurant called the Red Hen. A provocative speech by Rep. Maxine Waters. Some cryptic comments by Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi being heckled as she bought tickets to see a showing of Mister Rogers, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor. And the President tweeting about something needing a paint job and someone with a low I.Q. That’s about it. Eh? Continue reading

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Reflections From An Early Morning Walk

 

My normal morning is to wake up early, drink coffee and write a blog post, usually for publication that day. About the time I’m finished Norma Jean will wake up and proof the post.

This morning was different. Continue reading

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Let Your Speech Be Gracious

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Bob and Richard were brothers. Neither had married. Richard lived with their 88-year-old mother. Bob’s whole life was Annabelle his cat. He never went anywhere without her.

One day he was faced with a tough decision. He had to go to London, England, on business for his company and he couldn’t take Annabelle. He didn’t want to leave her at a kennel. Finally he decided to trust his brother with the cat while he was away. He gave Richard detailed instructions, schedules, and food. Everything he needed to care for Annabelle. Bob flew to London and called Richard every day to make sure Annabelle was okay. Continue reading

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5 Ways To Improve Communication

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Richard and Robert were brothers and neither had ever married. Richard lived with their 88-year-old mother. Robert’s whole life was Annabelle his cat. He never went anywhere without her.

One day Robert was faced with a tough decision. He had to go to London, England on business for his company and he couldn’t take the cat. He didn’t want to leave her at a kennel. Finally he decided to trust his brother with the cat while he was away. He gave Richard detailed instructions, schedules, food. Everything he needed to care for Annabelle. Robert flew to London and called Richard every day to make sure Annabelle was OK. Continue reading

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A Constructive Observation

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ThePreachersWord recently received an email from a regular reader, a friend and Christian sister.

We always enjoy getting responses from our readers. And it’s a special pleasure to hear from old friends. With a friendly greeting, “Hello Brother” her first line began, “I want to tell you how much I enjoy your thoughts and words of encouragement posted on your blog…”

But I knew there was more. This was going to be a special message. A personal message. Something with substance.

I knew it because of the subject line on the email. Two words: Continue reading

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Three Barriers to Good Communication

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“Communication is to love what blood is to the body. When communication stops, love begins to die,’ wrote Dr. Paul Faulkner in his book “What Every Family Needs.”

Several years ago Redbook magazine surveyed 830 marriage counselors to determine the main problems married couples faced. Not surprisingly, communication was number one. My experience supports their conclusion. Often couples feel they have a problem with money, intimacy, or in-laws, but really it’s communication. Jay E. Adams was right when he wrote, “A sound husband and wife relationship is impossible apart from good communication. A healthy relationship between parents and children depends on such communication. Continue reading

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Coping with Communication Challenges

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Today is Norma Jean’s birthday.

It reminds me of a man who asked his wife, “What would you most like for your birthday?”

She said, “I’d love to be ten again.”

On the morning of her birthday, he got her up bright and early and they went to a theme park. He put her on every ride in the park – the Death Slide, The Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear. Continue reading

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