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4 Key Aspects to a Healthy Communication Climate

Tim Muehlhoff - March 22, 2016

In today’s argument culture, we have lost the ability to cultivate healthy communication climates as we talk about controversial issues. The first step to having productive conversations is recognizing what a good communication climate looks like. In this video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff shares four key aspects that must exist when speaking with someone who disagrees with you.


Why understanding context is important

Tim Muehlhoff - March 16, 2016

Before you give advice or make a judgment based on the first few words you hear from the other person, it is important to pause to seek understanding. Once you understand how that person arrived that their conclusion, then you will begin the right kind of relationship-building. Watch this video to hear Dr. Tim Muehlhoff address the number one problem between people who disagree with each other.


How to prevent difficult conversations from turning toxic

Tim Muehlhoff - March 9, 2016

We live in an environment where disagreements turn ugly quickly, and our instinct is to return insult for insult - whether online or in person. However, responding in anger or becoming defensive results in unproductive and toxic conversations. In this video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff shares a communication strategy that you can practice during disagreements to help the other person actually listen to what you are saying.


Understanding the Argument Culture

Tim Muehlhoff - March 2, 2016

In today's polarizing society, people are often quick to take offense in disagreements. The way we communicate about our convictions has a profound impact on the quality of our conversations and relationships. Before you can practice productive ways of navigating difficult conversations, it is important to first seek to understand the argument culture.


What to do when your partner just doesn't get it

Willa Williams - February 23, 2016

What should you do when your partner just doesn't get it? If this thought has ever crossed your mind, you are in good company. We all experience those feelings at some point or feel like our partner just doesn't understand us, or worse yet doesn't even care to. In this blog, Willa Williams (LMFT) shares two principles that will set you up to be better understood and better responded to by your partner.


How to bless those who insult you

Tim Muehlhoff - February 16, 2016

When someone criticizes us, our instinct is to become defensive or respond in anger. In today’s polarized world, disagreements, even amongst friends, become sharp, heated and aggressive. But God calls us in 1 Peter 3 to not return evil for evil, and instead bless those who insult us. In this video, Dr. Tim Muehlhoff shares two practical ways to help you bless those who insult you.


The Best Valentine's Gift Ever

Alisa Grace - February 12, 2016

Valentine’s Day always seems to sneak up right after just making it through the craziness of the holiday season. It can often be dismissed as an overly romantic or shallow holiday created for consumeristic Americans, yet for many it is a day set apart to purposefully celebrate love and romance. Read this devotional by Alisa Grace to discover how God led her to the most meaningful, purposeful, earnest gift to give to her husband for Valentine's Day.


A Valentine that Won't Disappoint!

Biola CMR - February 9, 2016

February is the month of Valentine's Day, yet for many, it is a day of disappointment and unfulfilled expectations. Whether or not you celebrate with a loved one, try to focus your energy on a love that will live up to your expectations. Read Lori Ann Bach's devotional on the fullness of God's love and how it reaches deep into her soul especially on a day like Valentine's Day.

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