Seemingly every minute of each day is accounted for and we haven’t even sat down to prepare for Sunday’s sermon.Unexpected phone calls in the middle of the night detailing emergencies and the overwhelming feeling that no matter how you lend yourself to your staff and congregation there will still be a disgruntled member is enough to make anyone want to escape God’s call altogether.Richard Ritenbaugh warns that dating outside the church is fraught with obstacles and potential dangers, yoking a believer with an unbeliever and exponentially complicating the spiritual overcoming and growth process, exposing one to perdition or providing a grievous cross to bear.It is impossible to have the best of both worlds (the world and God's way).They thought what I said gave them "permission" to date and marry outside the church.I want to state very clearly that this is something that I do not recommend in the least.What I said was indeed misunderstood, because dating and marrying outside the church is a massive stumbling block and can only bring trouble in future years.
During my second sermon at the Feast this year I made a statement that several young people and even some of the older singles misunderstood.
Marriage is a covenantal bond between a man and a woman where there is dependence—to a certain extent.
One writer finds out the surprising reasons, and what those mean for all the single ladies..."I've only gone out with a couple of girls at church, and I won't do it anymore," says Luke*, a 40-year-old Christian man living in Southern California.
I’m certain, like me, many have wondered how marriage fits into this already full and exhausting schedule.
In fact, I’ve often pondered if it’s fair to bring someone into my life knowing the nature of my work and the strain it can place on relationships.