I have been following this series of talks lately by a the Pastor of North Point Community Church in Georgia. His name is Andy Stanley and I've heard him speak a few times before but this series is fantastic.
There are 4 parts to his message about
"The new rules of Love, Sex & Dating."
The reason I love it so much? Single people in the church don't hear the truth enough about what God desires us to experience through a committed relationship. All we ever see is what relationships look like in our families, in our neighborhoods, on our TVs, even in the church.... and most of the time... these are not good pictures. These are not relationships that are enticing and certainly not long lasting.
In this series, Andy focuses on a better perspective of solid relationship finding and building: "Are you the person you're looking for, is looking for?" (In other words, are you the kind of person that would be attractive to the kind of person you would want to spend the rest of your life with?) He talks about the myth about the "right person", the way you deserve to be treated, the truth about sex and the importance of preparation before diving headlong into promises and vows that most people can't keep.
If you are single... or don't know how to have "the talk" with your kids... or even if you just need to be reminded that as much as television has sucked the life out of love, we have NOT met the tragic end of what you always thought your marriage would look like, then I suggest giving this series a listen.
Parts 1 - 4 can be found here
Part 1 - The Right Person Myth
Part 2 - Gentlemen's Club
Part 3 - Designer Sex
Part 4 - If I Were You
It was a breath of fresh air that I will most likely re-visit.