Being single can actually be a great blessing, and allow you to be a blessing to others – but this can be difficult to see when we feel lonely. How can we cultivate true contentment?
Singleness enables many people to achieve things in their lives that would not be possible if they were married and had children. This is particularly true for Christians who remain single and live very fruitful lives for God’s Kingdom. Many single Christians are able to care for family members, fulfil… Read more.
You feel that you love someone. You want to be with them. You find it difficult not to think about them.
We live in a very emotion-driven age. We are tempted to think that when we feel something strongly, it must be right. We are encouraged to accept that when we want something strongly, we are justified in having our desires fulfilled. Perhaps nowhere is this more often felt than with… Read more.
As pornography is dangerous, it is important not to become involved or get caught out by it. Only you can make the final decision about what you choose to look at.
Think carefully about what you watch and read. Often the images and messages, even in the mainstream media, can be sexually provocative and make us want to look for more explicit material.
Turn on ‘safe search’ so that most inappropriate content will be filtered out. For more protection,… Read more.
A crucial aspect of a good marriage is to complement one another: husband and wife each act in different ways for the good of both.
Remember your role
Complementarity is an essential part of God designed marriage. To complement means to act together in different ways for the good of both. One essential element of the first marriage was that God brought Eve to Adam as his “helper”. She was his companion and his partner… Read more.
It can stream into our homes and on to our phones and is estimated to account for about 10 to 15 percent of all internet searches. But why is pornography so wrong and dangerous?
At the heart of the problem with pornography is the fact that it promotes sexual arousal outside of a relationship, which has many dangerous consequences. This is the first of a series of articles which look at some of these consequences.
Pornography damages our relationship with God.
The Bible teaches… Read more.
Susan and Max have been married for three years. Susan shares three things she has learned about marriage.
1. What sharing a life with someone really means.
With these joys of marriage come responsibilities too. We had to think carefully about our actions and reactions.
When we got married we knew we were committing to a life together, but what that really meant became clear as time went… Read more.
A man gives his testimony.
I was single until I got married in my mid-forties. I can testify to the many temptations and challenges to my purity during that time. There were times when I felt frustrated by my singleness and jealous of the married people around me who seemed to be enjoying fulfilled sex… Read more.
How can we hold up men, such as Abraham, Jacob and David, as ‘heroes of the faith’ when each of them also did terrible things?
In the Bible we can read accounts of people with an especially close relationship with God. These people, such as Abraham, Jacob and David, were given promises and blessings that are spoken of through the whole Bible and are revealed to have their fulfilment in Jesus Christ. But, we may… Read more.
Taking vows seriously and being prepared to keep communicating are just two things that can help the strength of a marriage.
Take promises seriously
Marriage is based on promises, sometimes called vows. These promises are the most important part of the wedding ceremony whether it takes place in a church or is a civil ceremony and takes place in a hotel, a registry office, a castle or even on a beach.… Read more.
How did the first person catch an STI if no one else had it?
When I give talks on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) to young people, this is one of the commonest questions. If an STI is only ever caught from someone else with an STI, logically we find ourselves asking where it all began. How did the first person catch an STI if… Read more.
It is natural to desire loving relationships, but does sex always express love?
The 2018 series of the dating reality TV programme Love Island recently ended. The show which is in its 4th season involves a group of contestants, who in order to remain on the show and win £50,000, are forced to ‘pair up’ with another contestant. The show begins with the… Read more.
There has been a huge increase in the number of children presenting with Gender Dysphoria (Transgender) in recent years – but what are the implications of treating this medically?
You may have heard about the huge increase in the number of children with Gender Dysphoria (Transgender) who are now being referred to the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) in London. Or you may have seen one of the numerous TV programmes about transgender children – but what are the… Read more.