Archives for First Friday Teaching

Jesus Was a Single Adult

How Jesus’ Singleness Impacted His Lifestyle When Jesus’ life is viewed through the eyes of a single person several lessons stand out. These principles will guide the unmarried Christian who is pursuing a deeper walk with God and who desires to impact this world for Christ. Jesus offers a perfect role model for a single person to follow. The Apostle Paul, another significant single adult, recognized the value of following Jesus: Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1 Read More…
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The Sum of All Fears

WHAT’S THERE TO FEAR? America’s Fears About 19.2 million American adults ages 18 and over, or some 8.7 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have some type of specific phobia, or extreme fear such as the dentist, dogs, frightful flight, thunder & lightning, the dark, harrowing heights, scary spaces, other people-social phobia, creepy crawlies, slithering snakes. Fears Some Singles Face fear of losing our jobs or of being unprepared financially fear of personal safety fear of health concerns for ourselves or our families fear of not being loved fear of being alone Read More…
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How Can I Make This The Best Year Yet?

WHAT WOULD A GOOD YEAR LOOK LIKE? It would include the things we all desire… Meaningful Relationships – real sharing Memorable Experiences – fun and exciting Significant Contributions – to friends or ministry Freedom from Setbacks- health or financial issues Pleasing to God- life investments that are eternal
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What Women Look For in a Man

WHAT OTHER WOMEN ARE SAYING (This list is comprised of points from several current websites.) Women are looking for a man with these qualities: 1. A man of Honesty. This is the NUMBER ONE trait that women look for in a man. That doesn’t mean to be brutally honest and hurt her, but we want to know that we can trust that what you are telling us is the truth. 2. A man of Confidence. Not wimpy, apologizing for everything. Be real, be you. 3. A sense of Humor. Women love a man who can make her laugh. If you are dull, you are boring.
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Social Intelligence for Christian Singles

Outline points borrowed from “The Five Love Languages” WORDS OF AFFIRMATION 1. Be positive, kind and filter your words. Ephesians 4:29 2. God created us all with emotional fuel tanks. Your interaction makes a deposit or a withdrawal. Hebrews 10:24, 1 John 4:11 3. Listen attentively with eye contact and validate what a person says… “What did you think” or “How did that make you feel?” Ask good questions and then listen carefully. Proverbs 20:5
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Sexual Purity: Why Make the Effort

Speaking about Sexuality… Who sets the rules… who is the final Moral Authority? Who decides if sex outside of marriage is right or wrong? Who decides what defines a marriage or you can only have one spouse? Who says homosexuality is unacceptable? Is it Oprah, Dr. Phil, movie or sitcom producers or writers, college professors, the government, church leaders or is it our peers. For our purposes, we will accept God’s written word as the final authority. We will also work from the premise that his motivation is a deep parental love and a sincere desire that our lives be
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Lookin’ for Love in All the Wrong Places

Lookin’ for love by Waylon Jennings I’ve spent a lifetime looking for you Single bars and good time lovers, never true Playing a fools game, hoping to win Telling those sweet lies and losing again. I was looking for love in all the wrong places Looking for love in too many faces Searching your eyes, looking for traces Of what.. I’m dreaming of… Hopin’ to find a friend and a lover God bless the day I discover Another heart, lookin’ for love Does “Lookin’ for love” hit a little too close to home for comfort? This message could be both
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Loneliness or Solitude…It’s Your Choice

“Loneliness is the first thing which God’s eye named as not good” – Milton Loneliness is an emotional state of feeling disconnected from other people, a sense of being alone and yearning to be in relationship with others. Solitude is the physical state of being alone, separated from other people. You don’t need to be lonely simply because you are alone, in fact, solitude is valued for times of personal reflection. Few things bring Satan more joy that seeing God’s family struggle with feelings of separation and loneliness. Read More…
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How To Escape The “Then I’ll Be Happy!” Syndrome?

Is there something you are counting on to make you happy (a vacation, a marriage, a job, a house)? The Bible Story of Leah in Genesis 29 tells of a woman who had a “happiness breaking wish”. She frequently thought “If only my husband would love me.  Then I’ll be happy.”  In truth, her craving for husband’s affection actually stood between her and her experiencing God’s peace and joy. However, after four sons Leah finally got it! She learned to trust God and look to him for joy, not her husband. Let’s learn to escape the TIBH syndrome from Leah’s
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How To Cope When I’ve Lost All Hope

Speaking of hopelessness… “My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of chips and a chocolate cake.  I feel better already.” WHAT IS HOPE? “Hope is not the same thing as joy when things are going well, or the willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but rather an ability to work for something to succeed. Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It’s not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty
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