Jesus and the Suffering Single

As I sat there in my church’s Good Friday service, I thought about a ton of things. Besides the obvious, two things came into my heart. First, I thought about the fact that we all suffer in life. The great thing is Jesus did, too, and He wants to enter into and redeem our suffering. The second thing I thought about is how as singles we suffer in a different way, and it’s time we faced it.
Jesus and the Suffering Single
I’m not saying singleness is harder than marriage. It’s not about that really. But there is always this message that marriage is hard and we single folks just don’t get how great we have it. That’s just not true. [Read more...]

Single Men in the Church: A Female’s Perspective

[Disclaimer: Allow me to preface this entire post by saying that I try really hard to not be one of those girls who complains that there are no good Christian guys around. The purpose of this post is not to make that statement. While it may be unfair to say that there are no good guys around, the truth is there are not enough. The ratio of single men to women is extremely unbalanced. I know there are still good Christian men out there. If you are a single, Godly man reading this post, I am not denying your existence. You are rare and you are valuable. The world needs more men like you.]

I recently read the Single Roots article, Single Men in the Church: Where My Boys At? This is no new topic to me, as it is brought up around me constantly. From my single friends. From my married friends. From my pastors. All the time. [Read more...]

Let’s Talk About Porn

My first sample of pornographic material appeared while I was browsing late night TV the summer after my 8th grade year. What was happening in front of me was shocking, yet I kept changing the channel and then coming back to it, unable to fight the allure of discovering the true form of a woman for the first time.

Let's Talk About Porn

I discovered when I was 17 years old there were limitless temptations to be found online and seemingly no repercussions to follow. Even after dealing with my parents discovering pornography on the computer, the temptation was too strong and I learned one thing: Don’t get caught. Like so many other addictions in my life, I struggled in secret for years.

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13 Things I’ve Learned in My Thirties

When we turned 33, my friend and I called it our “Jesus Year” or our “Year of Fulfillment.” We were joking, of course, but it did give us perspective about our lives in the light of what Jesus accomplished in His short time on Earth.

13 Things I've Learned in My Thirties

When another group of friends started turning 35, they created the “Halfway-to-70 Club,” complete with a cheesy banner to add our names as each of us reached the milestone. [Read more...]

Where Do Single Moms Belong?

{Editor’s Note: Today’s post was written by Jennifer Maggio from The Life of a Single Mom Ministries. You can read more about Jennifer and her ministry at the end of the post.}

There are approximately 15 million single mothers in the country today, and depending on what report you read, some suggest as many as 25 million. The single-parent home is the fastest-growing sector of our population. A child today is just as likely to be born outside marriage as within. Divorce rates still hold at roughly fifty percent. And there are grim statistics of poverty, low education, high crime, drug use, and more that plague many single parent homes.

What does your church do to support single moms?

But perhaps the most staggering statistic of all is that two out of three single moms in the country today do not actively attend a local church.

As part of the body of Christ, this bothers me immensely. But it isn’t enough to simply be “bothered.” We must be moved to action. [Read more...]