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A Real Friend Asks Good Questions

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When you’re learning to be a real friend, there are a lot of different types of questions you can ask, as well as different ways to ask questions. Starting a conversation with a smart question is a good idea. The first type is a “Get-to-Know-You” question, such as: “Where ...

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Tags: friendship, relationships, real, authentic, friend

A Real Friend Pays Attention

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People can tell if you really are listening to them or not. When I’m in the foyer at church, talking to one person, I look at them. If someone else pats me on the back or tries to cut in, I choose to pay attention to the first person with whom I am already engaged in conversation. I’m ...

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Tags: listen, friend, friendship, relationships, be real, rick bezet

An Encouragement for Pastors

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Hey pastors! If you feel overwhelmed and too busy, try building the church with this biblical tip! 

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Tags: pastors, pastoring, rick bezet, encouragement, ministry, church

Someone Else's Shoes

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When I am at a restaurant, especially if the service is less than perfect, it is easy to be demanding. I have never been known to be patient, especially at dinner. My natural inclination might be to complain and make sure that someone knows that we deserve better service, but there is another ...

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Tags: serve, servant, patience, encouragement

Taking the Humble

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Have you ever known someone who always has to be in the spotlight? Taking the humble means being quick to hand the spotlight to another person, so that God always gets the glory. Taking the humble has everything to do with the way you see yourself. A person who is real does not need extra ...

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Tags: humility, humble, friend, confidence, honor

Becoming a Real Friend [Part 2]

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Last week I talked about Carnegie’s six principles for becoming a more influential person, or in our case, becoming a better friend. I appreciate Carnegie’s principles and, more importantly, I live by biblical relationship principles. You can see throughout the Bible that God is ...

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Tags: friendships, relationships, jesus, friend

Becoming a Real Friend [Part 1]

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In the early days of planting New Life Church, I knew it would be a place where we would make lifelong friends. It would be a place where we would cultivate best friends who would turn down fantastic jobs just to hang out. And that’s exactly what happened. Many people will tell you that ...

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Tags: church, relationships, influence, friend, friendship

Confronting Others - With Honor

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Jesus stood up and spoke to her, “Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?” “No one, Master,” she replied. “Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.” – John 8:10-11 (The Message) Have you ever needed a ...

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Tags: friendship, caring, honor, relationships, real, authentic, friend

How You Say It [Conflict: Part 2]

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Photo Credit: Markus Thorsen Sometimes, some people make mistakes. It's true! Actually, everybody makes mistakes. Everybody except me, of course! (Don’t tell Michelle I said that). Even then, every once in awhile, (rarely!), a correction is needed. I’ve written about this in ...

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Tags: conflict, confrontation, relationships, grace, love

How to Respond in the Desert on a Hot Summer Day

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Like most of my family, my uncle Ottis and aunt Margie were real characters. One of my favorite stories about them involves a trip they took through Texas. Now, if you’ve ever had to drive through Texas heading west—all the way through Texas—then you know how bored they ...

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Tags: forgiveness, anger, life, marriage, love, kindness

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