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QUICK TO LISTEN | Part 3: The Art of Deescalation
In the final week of our series, Quick to Listen: The Art of Communicating So Others Feel Heard, we take a look at responding well.
In the midst of heated, confrontational, or divisive conversations, how do we respond well? The key is learning how to deescalate the argument so that you can move the conversation in a more productive direction.
In this message, we look at 6 points on how to deescalate difficult conversations, whether it be with your spouse, a co-worker, a friend, or in a small group.
QUICK TO LISTEN | Part 2: Practical Tools for Good Communication
In this episode, licensed counselor Shannon Plate gives us tools for how to listen so others feel heard. This includes the role of empathy, how to respond non-judgmentally, how to prepare internally and externally to listen well, and how to apply all of this with children as well.
Shannon Plate is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a private practice in Palatine, IL. She is an author and speaker, teaching on how to improve communication and demonstrate understanding in personal relationships, in business, and in ministry. She has a passion for empathy in all forms and believes it to be a vital part of how we can fight disconnection and show care for others in our fast-moving world.
QUICK TO LISTEN | Part 1: The God Who Listens
Pastor Ike begins the first message of this 3-part series on Listening by providing a theology of listening. Listening is not something we do just because it is a good relationship skill to have. We listen well because it is rooted in God's action toward us. Our God is a God who listens well.
Pastor Ike then gives us 4 differences between Good listening and Bad listening that help us understand why learning to listen well is so very important.
When It Feels Like God's Provision Is Not Enough
This is a special Q&A Sunday where we took your questions and answered them! This weeks questions were:
1. If God knew Adam/Eve would sin, why did he give them a choice anyways? Why couldn’t God just not put that tree in the garden?
2. If all it takes is just faith to go to heaven, why can’t we just live how we want to now and “turn back” when our time is up?
3.If Jesus will say to some who called on him, "I never knew you," how can we have assurance of our salvation?
FATHER'S DAY | The Messages We Leave Our Children
As fathers, we leave messages for our children about themselves. The question is, what are the messages we are leaving them, and are they the messages we want to leave them?
This sermon looks at 3 ways we leave messages for our children about themselves and how we can communicate the messages we really want to leave them.