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We hope you’ll be inspired to make your own relational resolution as you enter the new year, remembering that God has your story under control and wants the best for you. These three messages are among my favorites of all the books I read and sermons I heard in 2011.Then listen to Lisa’s interview with Andy to hear his thoughts on how to prepare for marriage, the church’s role and some non-negotiables when choosing a spouse. Focus on the Family counselor Christina Browning shares some advice. – In this week’s Inbox, a listener says her friend recently got engaged, but her fiancé is not a believer. Meeting the right person, getting married, and living happily ever after in a house with a white picket fence, is a dream that invades the minds of most people.' ---Andy Stanley The Kindle version was cheap, .99 so I bought it out of a curiosity for what the loyal opposition is doing.While I am a rather poor excuse for a Christian (I like Christmas Trees) with a one way ticket to hell for some matters involving lusting over a bare thigh (in church no less) for which I refuse to ask forgiveness, I am a rather dyed in the wool monogamist.Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.
Communicator, author, and pastor Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995.Not for the faint of heart, The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating challenges singles to step up and set a new standard for this generation.“If you don't want a marriage like the majority of marriages, then stop dating like the majority of daters!But there’s nothing boring about actually living happily ever after — and you can, provided you come to understand that “happily ever after” requires preparation and changing your mind-set. If you date with the idea that you’re on a quest for the right person, you’re setting yourself up for failure.Think about some popular movies, TV shows, and songs about romance. Healthy relationships don’t result from pursuing desirable qualities on a check-list.If you are not in a Bible Study group, find a few friends who have similar needs to yours, and invite them to participate in the study with you.Whether in a group or by yourself, this study will help you set a course toward “being the right person.” ~ Fred Bittner, Faith Gateway Bible Study * * * “At the center of every great love story are two people who are for each other, destined to be together. Three hundred pages or a hundred and twenty minutes later they’ve figured out what we knew all along, leaving us entertained and, in some cases, inspired by their story. I realize that you realize movies, reality TV, and novels don’t reflect real life.While the white picket fence may have gone by the wayside, meeting the right person and living happily ever after has not.Yet, the idea that happiness will be achieved when we find the right person is statistically unrealistic as evidenced by the divorce rate, not only in the world, but in the church. This week we offer lesson one in this study, and we invite you to participate with us.We’re usually able to spot ’em three or four scenes into a movie or a half-dozen chapters into a novel. I assume you don’t take your relationship cues from script writers and authors.But it’s possible you’ve embraced the underlying premise that holds these story lines and episodes together.