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How to deal with your partner's faults

Willa Williams - April 5, 2016

What should you do when you are tired of bickering with your partner over little things? You may notice a few faults when you are dating, but once you are married, you quickly find out all the ways that your partner does things wrong. In this blog, Willa Williams (LMFT) shares three tips that will help you communicate and understand one another in the midst of these situations.


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.


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.


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.


2 Ways to Better Your Approach to Confrontation

Tim Muehlhoff - January 19, 2016

If there’s an issue that’s bothering you – a friend hits a little too close to home with her jokes, a family member makes a judgmental comment about you, a co-worker slacks off, leaving you with most of the work – how do you confront the other person in a positive, humble manner? Dr. Tim Muehlhoff explains how to open a confrontational conversation well.

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