Choose Kindness

Choose Kindness

The world doesn’t feel very kind these days. As we read social media posts, we see so much anger and dissension rising up. The sad thing is, we say things online that we would never say to a person’s face. We argue about everything under the sun, and it feels at times that people have forgotten one of the basic rules we learned in kindergarten, to be kind to one another.

In a recent Choose Chat, Laura Pedersen and I discussed how we can make kindness a choice. We can choose to be the hands and feet of Christ by sharing the kindness that Christ modeled for us. Kindness is love in action, and we are called above all else to love.

Yet how do we make that choice come to life? How can we truly be kind in our every day, hectic, jam-packed lives? It’s one thing to say we are going to choose kindness, but how do we practically live that choice out?

I’ve been wrestling with that for a couple of days now. When I read these words in Proverbs, I felt very...

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IT’S ALWAYS A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR KINDNESS

 

IT’S ALWAYS A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR KINDNESS

Have you ever had a friend who changed your life? In A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Mister Rogers loves his friend Lloyd by listening to his story, hearing his hurt, and encouraging him to forgive. He sees and accepts his friend as a child of God, illustrating how one person can inspire a world of kindness.

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor. Directed by Marielle Heller. Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster; inspired by the article “Can You Say … Hero?” by Tom Junod.

“He had that amazing gift of looking...

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The Faith of Fred

 

The Faith of Fred

“In appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something truly sacred.”
— Mister Rogers

Fred Rogers was one of the most influential Christians of the 20th century. He conveyed Gospel principles to millions, using stories instead of sermons.

In the film, Fred’s love for Jesus is made self-evident through his ability to see the inner child in everyone. He makes his friend Lloyd feel known and heard. He sees and accepts Lloyd as a child of God.

As Mark 12:31 says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (The Holy Bible, NIV) In today’s world, we all need to be reminded of the power of love—and the importance of saying, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

Now you can use these resources to bring the message of neighborly love to your church and community!

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD MOVIE SYNOPSIS

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of...

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The Impact Anxiety Can Have On You

 

Bryan and Stephanie Vignery with The Intentional Marriage discuss the impact that anxiety can have on you individually and in the marriage. Join them and learn some practical ways to keep anxiety at bay and live in the freedom you were created for!

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." II Timothy 1:7

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Bryan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Stephanie is a NASM Certified Lifestyle Accountability Coach.

Bryan has a thriving private counseling practice in the Kansas City area and is a founder of The Intentional Journey and The Intentional Marriage workshops. These workshops center around directing people toward a more authentic relationship with Christ. Many Pastors refer individuals and couples to Bryan for counseling and they also seek guidance from him on multiple occasions. He has directly impacted thousands of people’s lives over the...

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DO NOT BE ANXIOUS!!!!

DO NOT BE ANXIOUS!!!!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT).
 
Statistics show that about 85% of the things that spend time worrying about actually never take place! So much of our energy is spent worrying about things that by the end of the day or the end of the week will never happen.
 
Anxiety is nothing more than fear-based and is definitely not from God. In fact, scripture tells us that there is a spirit that impacts us and causes us to worry. That spirit is the “spirit of fear”.
 
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. - 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT).  
 
The enemy can really use anxiety in many ways for the...
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GETTING: WHAT WE DON'T DESERVE

One of my dear friends, Elizabeth, came from an exceptionally broken and destructive family—a family whose experience included prison, abuse, and suicide. At sixteen years old, Elizabeth cried in anger to her mentor, “This is not fair! I don’t deserve this family, this life!”

Most of us would agree with this outcry from a sweet teenage girl subjected to such a life.  Elizabeth’s mentor knew Jesus, and . . . replied, “You’re right. You don’t deserve this life. You deserve hell and death, and so do I.  God’s gracious love for us provided a Savior who took our sins and died for them. He didn’t deserve death, and we don’t deserve life. It is God’s grace that we have life at all.”

And with that simple word God moved Elizabeth’s perspective from disappointment to hope. Her view of her life shifted from anger to gratitude. Elizabeth found freedom from the bitterness that was...

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1 JOHN: So We Can Know

1 JOHN: So We Can Know

First John contains a tiny verse that assures us of our salvation in Jesus Christ.  Don’t miss it in 1 John 5:13: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”

That settles is for all of us. The verse doesn’t say in order that we may “feel” or “think” or “hope;” it says clearly that we can know we have eternal life. What a great gift of God that He would want us to know, without a doubt, we will go to heaven when we die!

We are His, and when we die, we’ll be with Him forever. We know this, in part, because of John’s writing in this book.

 

Women of Faith is a global ministry, providing digital media, resources and events to encourage and equip women to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus.  Initiatives and programs allow women to be reached with the Word of God. Various media and...

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Building Marriages To Last

 

Building Marriages To Last

Journey Toward Building a Marriage that Lasts! Building Marriages To Last is an interactive teaching that is designed to share solid marriage principles. Bryan and Stephanie Vignery teach from over 15 years of experience and are a dynamic, biblically-based, spirit-filled couple. We believe that you will find the Building Marriage to Last curriculum will empower and equip you and your spouse to foster a deeper connection in Christ. We invite you to jump in and enjoy the journey!

The Intentional Marriage is a generational voice that reflects the Biblical truth about marriage in the midst of a culture of lies. Building Marriages to Last online course is one of the ways The Intentional Marriage is spreading the word and impacting marriages!

 

Bryan & Stephanie Vignery
Founders of The Intentional Marriage

Bryan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Stephanie is a NASM Certified Lifestyle Accountability Coach.
Bryan has a thriving private...

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The Search for Who I Am?

There is one question that I believe at some level each one of us is attempting to answer with all of the things that we do in our life. This question shows up in our workplace, in our parenting, in our friendships, and in our marriages! The question is, “who am I?!”

The lack of identity is an epidemic of our culture today! I believe that a high percentage of people are aimlessly walking into situations, relationships, events and careers without having any understanding or idea of who they are. All of this creates devastation in peoples lives on a daily basis.

This is all a part of the enemy’s plan! The enemy is known as the father of lies in the Bible, so he loves nothing more than to lie to us. And also to get us to lie to ourselves! If he can get us to lie to ourselves and believe the lies that he tells us ultimately he knows that we will get off track with our life that God has intended for us.

“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry...

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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

 
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
This Thanksgiving, we could all use a little kindness. 
11.22.19
 
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between television star Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbor. Tom Junod's life is enriched by friendship when he takes on an assignment profiling Mr. Rogers.  
 
 
Women of Faith is a global ministry, providing digital media, resources and events to encourage and equip women to experience a deeper relationship with Jesus.  Initiatives and programs allow women to be reached with the Word of God. Various media and events are utilized in delivering the message.  Women of Faith's Foundational Voice is...
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