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True Love Dates(Zondervan, 2013), challenging young men and women to do dating in a way that is psychologically sound, emotionally healthy and spiritually grounded.

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1 Corinthians reminds us that no matter what it is we’re doing; it can be used as a means to glorifying God.

The bible makes it clear that life is less about the “do’s” and “don’ts” and so much more about doing what’s beneficial, healthy, and righteous (1 Corinthians ). How can dating be done in a way that’s healthy and righteous?

If we’re really serious about “biblical dating,” than our Friday night rendezvous at Starbucks would probably need to include our entire extended family, a dowry, and a couple hundred donkeys, goats, and sheep somewhere in the mix.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty awkward first date to me.

God’s word reminds us of the need for us to throw off the old baggage of sin, bad habits, and hang-ups – and to become new each and every single day (Ephesians -24).In fact, I have to chuckle to myself whenever someone asks me to give a “biblical” perspective on dating.Not only is there nothing said about the topic, but the concept of dating didn’t even exist in biblical times.Andy Stanley explores the challenges, assumptions, and land mines associated with dating in the twenty-first century. But it is not as hard as getting married and being unprepared. Jesus’ call to treat women with esteem and honor can seem old fashioned or counterintuitive.Best of all, he offers the most practical and uncensored advice you will ever hear on this topic. Think about a couple of things you can do this week to become that person—the right person. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. However, if we want our dating and marriage relationships to thrive, it’s a truth we can’t ignore.

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