Until Expectations May You Part Giddy with excitement and burning with love’s fire, engaged couples are filled with desires and expectations! Wonder and eager anticipation propel them forward. Then comes the marriage and if they take the wrong approach, those unrealized expectations and unmet wants can turn a life-giving covenant relationship into a dead-end contractual agreement. Suddenly your marriage has no love, joy, or peace. In this marriage-makeover DVD and study guide from Northpoint Resources, Andy Stanley ’s three key teachings help you transform your expectations and examine the “I’s” of marriage: “Keeping My ‘I’ On You,” “Putting Your ‘I’ Out,” and “It Takes Three.” Broken into six DVD sessions with discussion questions, this is one lesson your marriage won’t survive without. Until Expectations Do Us Part Standing at the altar we all had a picture of what our marriage would look like. The problem is this picture of marriage ends up as expectations that we unload on our spouse. The weight of these expectations will rob your marriage of love and joy. As a spouse you never feel like you measure up and you never feel like you are good enough. So what are you to do with your expectations? You can’t deny them because most expectations started out as God-given desires. In this six-session companion study guide to the DVD, Andy Stanley explains that you must instead learn to transform your expectations and look to God if you are to experience marriage as it was designed. This study guide is complete with a leader’s guide and six lessons including conversation-starting exercises, discussion questions and application steps. Story Behind the Book Andy Stanley is the senior pastor of three North Point Ministries campuses, with a cumulative congregation of more than twenty thousand. As couples voiced their various marital struggles to him, the common root problem became undeniably clear. The “me” syndrome, or the “I” effect, was tearing apart husbands and wives who were once head-over-heels in love. To help couples step back from their immediate circumstances and realize the bigger picture, he preached a series called “iMarriage.” This DVD and study guide will empower couples everywhere to transform their marriages into the one God intends for them.
Did you know that spiritual, emotional, physical, and relational exhaustion lead to anger? And unresolved anger leads to sin. All couples deal with anger and how they respond (stuff it, spew it, or study it), can make all the difference in their relationship and in their lives. In From Anger to Intimacy, Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham explore this often maligned and God-given emotion that, unless dealt with, can strip us of everything we love. Now couples can learn the skills to: -resolve conflict, hurt, and pain in a healthy way -master their internal buttons so as to overcome feelings of anger, frustration, and rage -use five specific tactics to deal with anger and rage when they rear their ugly heads -walk in the freedom God intends by learning the three essentials of forgiveness and five keys to nurturing a forgiving spirit -craft the perfect apology -remove the roadblocks to forgiveness once and for all -break sexual addiction and heal after an affair -and find answers to big questions about anger and forgiveness in their marriage
Church boards, congregational planning groups, judicatory study groups, and people exploring their own religious experiences in the congregation will find themselves in new territory, using their own insights as well as Mead's. Can be used independently with either or both of Mead's books; includes suggestions for Bible study and group exercises.
Learn how God wants us to use our gifts and talents and how He wants to work through our problems and limitations to help us live life to its fullest. Re-evaluate assumptions about what makes life worth living and find practical ways to discover what God's highest and best is for each individual.