November 16, 2003
The Climate of Healthy Relationships
How many of you remember the 1970 hit movie, "Love Story", starringAli MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal? When Jenny lay dying, Oliver was weepingand saying, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry", and Jenny said that famous line, "Lovemeans never having to say you're sorry."Do you buy that? I don't think Ryan O'Neal did! Two years later in his1972 comedy, "What's Up, Doc?" with Barbra Streisand, she bats her eyes athim when he apologizes and says, "Love means never having to say you'resorry." O'Neal looks at her disbelievingly, and then says, "That's the dumbestthing I've ever heard!" The comedy is closer to the truth than the romance!It really is the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard. Any two people who love eachother have to say “I’m sorry” a lot—every day—multiple times a day. Why?Because they’re imperfect! Relationships always involve imperfect people andrequire lots of forgiveness if they are to work and last. The truth is that love meanshaving to say you're sorry
; love means forgiving the other person frequently.Today, we’re going to talk about how to build a climate of forgiveness inyour relationships.
Offering and announcements:
Huge way-to-go! You gave $12,910 to provide turkey dinners for Thanksgiving—that’s enough for 860 families! Thank you!We have been looking for ways to help our community, especially the poor.Randy Sylvia has been championing this cause since the first of November; hereare some options. (Handouts)I told you last weekend that we are $180,000 behind budget for the 2003calendar year, and we’d like to make that up these last six weeks. I know that budgets don’t motivate most people. “Help us make budget” doesn’t make most of us jump up and grab our checkbooks! So let me personalize it.Our budget has four large categories. First, personnel. Your offerings paythe salaries and benefits for our paid staff of 45 full and part time people. Theyinclude maintenance and facilities staff, technical personnel, clerical and officestaff, and pastors and ministry directors. These are the people who make all thatour church does possible; and your offerings allow them to do that.Second, ministry. Your offerings pay the expenses involved in providing thewide range of services that we offer. For example, it costs money to provide a