Syntyche’s Blog

Scripture Reading – Philippians 4: 2-3

Blog Title – Moments in Ministry

Blogging Niche – Christian and Ministry Bloggers

About Me -Woman Minister in the Church at Philippi.

Photo Credit – Connie Coleman

Blog Excerpt –

Christian Conflict Resolution

There are people who avoid any and all conflict; instead they ignore the problem. This only leads to bigger problems in the future.

Sometimes avoiding arguments seems like ‘what a good Christian should do’. However, conflict can be handled without heated arguments that lead to personal attacks or painful divisions within the church.

After being involved in a public disagreement within our church and being gently rebuked by Paul, I sat down and thought hard about better ways to resolve issues.

Dos and Don’ts of Conflict Management:

Do –

  • Pray about problem and solution.
  • Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance.
  • Pray for God’s outcome – that His will be done.
  • Confront issues sooner rather than later.
  • Confront in love.
  • See your adversary as God sees him/her.
  • Speak thoughtfully and encouragingly.
  • Handle the matter privately.
  • Agree to disagree.
  • Compromise.
  • Forgive.

 Don’t –

  • Sweep issues under the rug.
  • Be afraid to address legitimate concerns.
  • Make the issue about what you want – about what makes you happy.
  • Gossip or spread lies and rumors.
  • Belittle your adversary.
  • Speak harshly.

Scripture Message –

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Romans 12:18-20

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Have you been involved in an adversarial relationship with a fellow Christian or with someone within your church? How do you recommend handling conflict while remaining true to Christian values?

Brianna

Once upon a time there was a young woman who graduated cum laude from university. For years she despaired of ever using her English degree. Then I gave her the direction she needed and now she writes for me - her father so heavenly.

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Samuel’s Blog

Blog Title: A Dedicated Life

About Me: I’m just a typical teenager who happens to have been dedicated to the Lord at a very young age. Right now I assist the priest Eli in the  house of the Lord at Shiloh. Maybe I’m not so typical after all, uh?

Intended Audience: Other teenagers or anyone younger than Eli!

Blog Excerpt:

Late Night Call

Snoring. Coughing. Grunting. Throat Clearing. Sleeping next to a man as old as Eli means I never have a peaceful night. Last night was no exception, but it was different because there was a new sound –a voice.

“Samuel!”

At first, I thought Eli was calling me, which was a little unusual, but the more his eyesight faded the more he needed help. Groggily I moved towards his bed. “Hear I am.”

But Eli rolled over and said, “I did not call you. Go back to bed.”

Sighing I went back to bed. But then I heard the voice again.

“Samuel!”

Once again I headed sleepily to Eli’s side. “Here I am,” I yawned, only slightly annoyed.

“I did not call you. Go back to bed.”

Okay. Was Eli playing a trick on me? That would be completely out of character. Eli didn’t know the meaning of the word fun. So I went back to bed.

“Samuel!”

This was getting a little old. Someone was calling my name! Eli was the only other person in the sanctuary. “Here I am. You called me,” I stated positively, leaving no room for denial.

This time Eli said, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening’.” (1 Samuel 3:9 NIV)

Well, at least he didn’t deny calling me. I still wasn’t sure about the Lord calling me. Why would God call my name? I wasn’t anyone special.

It was the early morning hours when night’s power was fading and the Lamp of God had not yet gone out. There was complete stillness around me as I lay down. Then He called again.

“Samuel!”

So I answered just as Eli had instructed. Now I knew the voice of the Lord. He told me about change coming to Israel, about Eli’s sinful sons, about Eli’s failure to punish his boys, and of their removal from the priestly line.

Great! I couldn’t wait to tell Eli all of this – NOT!

Needless to say I didn’t get much sleep and soon Eli will be awake and asking me questions. How do I tell the man who has been my teacher and mentor for years that he has angered God? No point in trying to hide it from him. Knowing Eli, he’ll force it out of me one way or another. Never could keep a secret from the old goat!

Brianna

Once upon a time there was a young woman who graduated cum laude from university. For years she despaired of ever using her English degree. Then I gave her the direction she needed and now she writes for me - her father so heavenly.

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