Beyond Boundaries Video with Dr. John Townsend

Do you ever wonder when it’s the right time to reconnect with someone who broke your trust? Do you wrestle with knowing how to tell if someone has truly changed after you set boundaries with him or her? These are big questions that Dr. John Townsend answers in his book, Beyond Boundaries. Today, we are excited to feature a 50-minute online webcast that Dr. Townsend recorded. In this video, he explains how to move past earlier pain in order to experience the love we want to enjoy. Hurtful relationships violate our trust, causing us to set healthy boundaries. But, to experience the freedom and love God designed us for, we eventually have to take another risk. We have to be willing to go “beyond boundaries.” Watch as Dr. Townsend takes you beyond the pain of the past to discover how to re-enter a significant relationship. Whether you’re trying to restore a current relationship or begin a new one, his material based on Beyond Boundaries will help you: Reinstate appropriate closeness with someone who broke your trust. Discern when true change has occurred. Reestablish appropriate connections in strained relationships. Restore former relationships to a healthy dynamic. Learn to engage and be vulnerable in... Continue Reading »

The Purpose of Boundaries

What is the actual purpose of boundaries? We can find an interesting answer in the biblical passage of Mark 7:14 – 23: Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.) He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” Jesus’ explanation reveals how boundaries help us define who we  are and are not. Through them we can take ownership of all of who we are, both... Continue Reading »