CCOG Newsletter

Weekly Updates

Reflections from Pastor Jennifer

We thank the Holy Spirit for His work yesterday! I trust that the word about using our weapons has ministered to you. We have the choice to pick up those spiritual weapons, get rid of strongholds, and bring our thoughts into obedience to Christ. If you were no able to be with us yesterday, I strongly encourage you to listen to the message!

On a personal note, please pray for me as I begin grad school tomorrow. It will be great to learn and deepen my understanding of God's word, but it has been a while since I last attended college! I am excited and nervous in equal measure 👩🏼‍🏫

Wisdom from Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages

Even in a healthy relationship, trying to change another person is likely to fail. It’s not only frustrating, but it can be incredibly exhausting. If we force an issue long enough, we may be able to enforce change on someone, but it will never change their heart. It’s much better to focus our energy on something we have more control of: changing ourselves.

When you change yourself, you fundamentally change your relationship.

Here are three questions to help you focus on changing yourself:

What is more important to me: the relationship or my way of doing or seeing things?

Are my responses and reactions creating a healthy, positive atmosphere for effective communication and negotiation?

If they never change, is there anything I can do to alleviate my frustration over our differences?

Whenever two individuals come into relationship, conflict will inevitably happen. This is because each person comes with a set of different desires, likes and dislikes, world-views, habits, and ways of doing things. It's only when two people learn to respect each other—communicating their desires and differences in an honoring way—that they can begin to change their relationship for the better, rather than simply trying to force change on another.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard - Never Gave Up (Live At The Ryman, Nashville, TN/2020)