5 Hard Conversations Every Couple Must Have | Thursday Thrive from Friendship Baptist Church

5 Hard Conversations Every Couple Must Have | Thursday Thrive from Friendship Baptist Church

Aug 31, 2017

    By: Mark Merrill Some conversations are just no fun and even quite hard to have.  No spouse, for example, wants to spend lots of time talking about the end-of-life issues. But as sure as you and I are guaranteed an end to our lives on this earth, the timing and conditions of that end also often come unexpectedly. Even though it’s hard, it’s also quite...

How to Achieve Unity in Your Marriage | Thursday Thrive from Friendship Baptist Church

How to Achieve Unity in Your Marriage | Thursday Thrive from Friendship Baptist Church

Aug 24, 2017

By:Mark Merrill Abraham Lincoln once said that a house divided against itself cannot stand, and if that is true for a nation, how much more so is it the reality of a marriage. Unity between a husband and wife is the anchor that steadies a couple in the storms and the fuel that sustains them for the long haul. That doesn’t mean that you and your spouse have to...

How to Turn Your Pain into Something Positive | Thursday Thrive from Friendship Baptist Church

How to Turn Your Pain into Something Positive | Thursday Thrive from Friendship Baptist Church

Aug 17, 2017

By: Mark Merrill   Can pain ever be good?  That’s a fair question, but mostly an intellectual one to me, until recently.  You see I’ve been blessed with good health and without much physical pain for most of my life.  But a recent injury put me in a season of constant and intense back pain.  For quite a while, I was getting just a few hours of sleep a...

Teaching Your Kids How to Have Hard Conversations | Thursday Thrive from Friendship Baptist Church

Teaching Your Kids How to Have Hard Conversations | Thursday Thrive from Friendship Baptist Church

Aug 10, 2017

 By: Mark Merrill If we want our kids to become stable, healthy, well-adjusted adults, we need to do a good job when they are young of teaching them to have hard conversations.  It’s hard enough for spouses to do this, so our kids need our help before they leave the nest. The advent of social media and mobile devices has made communication easier but has also...

Three Ways You’re Teaching the Golden Rule Wrong | Thursday Thrive from Friendship Baptist Church

Three Ways You’re Teaching the Golden Rule Wrong | Thursday Thrive from Friendship Baptist Church

Aug 3, 2017

By:Mark Merrill Everyone has heard the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s one of those basic rules that parents tell their kids to follow. But we may be showing our kids something different. Here are three ways that we sometimes misinterpret or misapply the cherished Golden Rule: 1. Do unto others so they will do something...

6 Steps to Control Your Crazy Busy Life | Thursday Thrive from Friendship Baptist Church

6 Steps to Control Your Crazy Busy Life | Thursday Thrive from Friendship Baptist Church

Jul 27, 2017

By: Mark Merrill In so many meetings and on phone calls I’ve had recently, I’ll ask the other person, “So, how you doing?” Most of the time I get a similar answer, something like, “Doin’ fine, just crazy busy!” Now some people are stretched to the max through no fault of their own—maybe they are a single parent, or their spouse is sick or some other challenge...