Pastor Steve shares these links to stimulate some Thursday Thoughts…

First, this week, some thoughts about young men and women, singleness, sex, single-parenting, and marriage: because it matters.

The Great Prize in Christian Dating – Pursue Clarity and Postpone Intimacy … Marshall Segal at Desiring God writes: “I craved intimacy, and I knew I would find it in marriage. So, I punched “marriage” into Google Maps, jumped on the highway, and ignored the speed limits. Instead of waiting to get to my destination to enjoy emotional and physical intimacy, I pulled over and bought something quicker and cheaper on the side of the road. If we want to have and enjoy Christ-centered intimacy, we need to get married. And if we want to get married, we need to pursue clarity about whom to marry. We don’t pursue clarity by diving into intimacy.” You can read the rest HERE.

Should a Single Parent Get Married? … John Piper answers a challenging question from a single mother: “Never think of the family — the nuclear family: husband, wife, and children — as the only or the eternal or the main family with which God is concerned. The church is God’s main family on the earth. In the age to come, there will be no nuclear family because Jesus says in that age that we will “neither marry nor are given in marriage” (Matthew 22:30). The nuclear family is temporary. The eternal family is the church with God as our Father and all of us as brothers and sisters.” You can read the rest HERE.

And then some encouragement for all of us and the struggles we face; a testimony from Joni.
Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of My Diving Accident … Joni Eareckson Tada writes: “What a difference time makes—as well as prayer, heaven-minded friends, and deep study of God’s Word. All combined, I began to see there are more important things in life than walking and having use of your hands. It sounds incredible, but I really would rather be in this wheelchair knowing Jesus as I do than be on my feet without him. But whenever I try to explain it, I hardly know where to begin.” You should read the rest HERE.