Single cogic for dating

How can we correctly handle relationships and dating in light of the gospel?

In 1 Corinthians, Paul describes singleness as a “gift,” but that can be difficult for the unmarried man or woman who desires marriage to understand and accept.

No longer symbols of disintegrating family values,single mothers and their children are now seen as today's version of thewidows and orphans of biblical days.

"We see ministry to single parents as a mandate to take care of those inneed," said Brenda Armstrong, the director of single parents ministry at Christian Financial Concepts, an evangelical organization based in Gainesville, Ga.

Others are starting housing ministries to help singleparents repair a washing machine or a broken doorknob. And many churches, like the Cary Church of God, a congregation of bothblack and white members, offer support groups for single mothers.

"The biggest problem single people face is isolation and feeling likethey're the only ones this is happening to," said Skippy Clark of Raleigh,who leads one of the single mothers' support groups at Cary Church of God."We've got to break that cycle.

But dating can be a challenge when you suffer from depression.

Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to be invited to previews.But while most single mothers work outside the home, their medianincome in 1998 was only ,000 a year, barely above the poverty level.Traditionally, churches help out in a pinch with emergency funding for asingle parent who has lost a job or a home. But, the authority of Christ needs to take precedence over your physical drives. If the social, emotional, spiritual dimensions are missing or lacking, you are out of balance. Physical touch should be in the context of a meaningful relationship, not reduced to satisfaction of personal need. Both partners should take responsibility for setting limits. 7) Is there too much physical and too little other? But there was just one problem: She was pregnant, and as a single womanshe assumed her church would have nothing to do with her.

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