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Relationships

In the RELATIONSHIPS category you will find articles that speak to the way you interact with the people in your life. The three topics include: DATING AND ENGAGEMENT, COMMUNITY AND FRIENDSHIP, and SEX AND PURITY. All relationships require an understanding of how to relate to the other person in a way that is healthy. Single Matters will provide clear Biblical teaching for those that are navigating the challenges of these topics including appropriate boundaries, guarding your mind, and avoiding temptation. But, relationships are much more than just dating do’s and don’ts – so we also offer resources for preparing for marriage, tips for healthy dating, success stories of engaged couples, how you can be more involved in your community and find support through friendships.

Set Free From Sexual Immorality

Set free from sexual immorality

When I got saved in my late twenties, one of the hardest things I had to deal with was celibacy. I’m sure you can appreciate the battle I was faced with when considering that I had been sexually active since my teenage years. The sin of premarital sex had become such a habit or a way of life for me …

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How I Met My Husband

How I Met My Husband

The story of how I met my husband is pretty romantic. It’s also filled with divine providence. This is a true story … In 2006, I moved to Dallas to serve as a pastor at Gateway Church. I was thrilled with my new path, and I passionately committed my time and attention to ministry. After living in Texas for several …

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Is God Destroying Your Dating Life?

Is God Destroying Your Dating Life

I had just pulled my car over to the side of the road during a rainstorm as I choked back the tears. In the midst of a summer camping trip, I had been dumped, and I was in the middle of nowhere suffering from unbelievable levels of rejection. I wanted to dissolve into the pavement on the road and wished …

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Co-dependency Re-defined

Co-Dependency

Clinically, co-dependency can be defined as “relationship addiction,” and it affects individuals who are in abusive and destructive relationships. These individuals are so desperate to stay in these relationships that they will tolerate extreme behavior. The problem I have with this perspective is that, on many occasions, it makes the co-dependent the “bad guy” in the situation. This definition highlights their …

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How To Date Part 2: Lies Vs. Truth

How to date - part one

How To Date Part 2 : Lies Vs Truth In Part 1 of this series, we talked about the mindset that many people in the church are walking around with that says dating is unhealthy for you. In Part 2 of this series, we want to expose the common lies that come out of this mindset and give you truth …

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Are You Dating A Manipulator?

Are You Dating A Manipulator

Have you watched a good action movie recently? You know, two hours of nonstop, thrilling suspense. Imagine sitting on the edge of your seat, hanging on every word as you desperately try to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys. Years ago, producers simplified movie plots by dressing good guys in white and bad guys in black. Distinguishing the …

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Why You Should Opt Out Of The Dating Race

Why you should opt out of the dating race

In our modern-day society, multitudes have fallen victim to the 100-meter love race as opposed to a marathon commitment. To our own detriment, we have acquiesced to a “Speed Racer” lightning-fast approach to courtship. In the words of Ricky Bobby from Adam McKay’s “Talladega Nights,” “We wanna go fast!” And sadly, most do. The effects can be harmful, as we …

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How To Date Part 1: Mindset Renewal

How to date - part one

Part 1: Mindset renewal When discussing relationships in a recent intern meeting, we got on the subject of “dating.” We looked at dating from Christian and non-Christian perspectives, which brought up a lot of thoughts and questions in my heart and mind that I want to share with you. Ladies, I don’t know if you’ve felt this way, but many …

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Cultivating Intimacy: Part 3

Cultivating Intimacy

We went to the movies a couple of years ago—nothing worthy of an Oscar, just your average big-budget blockbuster. There we were, Nancy and I, eating popcorn, enjoying a soda, sporting our highly fashionable 3D glasses and watching the story unfold—when it happened. It was subtle. The girl in the movie hinted at her love for a boy in the …

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Cultivating Intimacy: Part 2

Cultivating Intimacy

My wife Nancy and I have an amazing sex life. I’m sure you’re all very happy for us. I share this not to brag, but rather to make an important point about intimacy, one that applies to every level of intimacy but is most easily explained through talking about great sex. Our marriage hasn’t always been great in every facet. …

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