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Finding the Love of Your Life

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Meeting the Love of Your Life

What were the most exciting five minutes of your life? What were the most breath-taking, exhilarating, emotionally charged three hundred seconds you've ever experienced?

The Debt of Love

In his book Everybody's Normal Till You Get To Know Them John Ortberg tells the story about a man who wandered into a small antique shop in San Francisco one day.  The store was cluttered with knickknacks and junk, but on the floor he spotted what looked like an ancient Chinese vase.  He

Room for One More

One of the most difficult parts of my recent trip to Ghana was not being able to communicate with my family.  While we were way up north, far from what I knew to be civilization, I went over a week without talking to Jennifer and the kids. And that was the longest stretch I've ever gone without t

Beyond Pseudocommunity

While I was in Ghana this past month, one of the issues that weighed heavy on John Balmer's heart was the need to confront an African pastor. Five years ago, on John's first trip to Ghana, he teamed up with this pastor to conduct an evangelistic outreach event that saw over a hundred people come

The Healing Power of Community

One of the most powerful books I've ever read on community wasn't written about community, it was written about war. The book was called Band of Brothers and it was written by Stephen Ambrose.  It's since been aired as a mini-series on HBO produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

Keeping Love Alive

When Bruce introduced this series back in January he said that we were going to look at why community is so important to all of us.

The Cure for Loneliness

Author Suzy Becker, who wrote the book All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat, wrote another little volume called The All Better Book .  And in The All Better Book she asks elementary school kids to try and solve some of the world's toughest problems, problems like what

Getting Close without Getting Hurt

In his new book called Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them, John Ortberg, opens by taking us into a department store and walking us down an aisle where there's a section of merchandise marked, "On sale. Greatly reduced prices.  No returns or exchanges.  All sales final."

Anger Management

This morning we continue our series called Finding the Love of Your Life.  It's based on John Ortberg's excellent book Everybody's Normal Till You Get To Know Them .  And the title of today's teaching is "Anger Management."

Developing Relational Intelligence

When I was in college and thinking about a career and talking to my Dad about what he thought, he recommended that I read a book that had impacted his life when he was a young man. The title of the book sounded a little strange to me, but he said that it was a classic and everybody should read it

Dropping the Stones

In his book Everybody's Normal Till You Get To Know Them , John Ortberg tells her story like this ...

Taking off the Mask

A number of years ago Margery Williams wrote a children's book called The Velveteen Rabbit, maybe you've heard of it. I read it to Avery this week as a bedtime story. It's subtitle is How Toys Become Real.  And in the story the velveteen rabbit discovers just that, what it takes t


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