Despite more ways to stay connected than ever before, our lives still feel less and less connected. We desire healthy friendships but feel less equipped to make and foster them. In this episode, Amberly Neese discusses her book The Friendship Initiative. We dive into the friendships and connections Jesus made in the Bible and discover the keys for building relationships. 

We also chatted about her book titled Common Ground. Through personal and biblical stories she guides us to peace and reconciliation in all our relationships, reassuring us that it is possible to find common ground with everyone―despite our differences.

We pray through this episode you find encouragement and practical help for connecting with others in your everyday life.


“When we feel uncertain about the big picture things, we have a tendency to micromanage little things.”

“We miss out on the blessing of close relationships when we stay distant due to jealousy.”

“Celebrate what makes us different.”

“We are not defined by our mistakes and mess ups.”

“They missed out on their blessing because they chose to be adversaries rather than allies.”

“There was beauty in the discord.”

“Two broken people trying to love an unbroken God.”

“Let’s focus on what we can agree on: Jesus is Lord.”

“Some of the arguments we get in are based on presumptions, not on what actually happened.”

“Loneliness does not discriminate.”

“That would make you a woman of obedience, but it would not make you a woman of faith.”

“In order to fulfill many of the commands in the New Testament we have to do it with one another in community.”

“Right is lonely. Stop dying on the hill of right and die on the hill of Calvary which is humility, kindness, and empathy. “

“Jesus lived the truth but did not feel the need to pound her with it. Equal parts truth and grace.”

Our love offering is to be “the fish and loaves. They were multiplied after they were broken. may we be willing to be broken so God’s message might be multiplied.”

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