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Posted 11/20/17 at 11:28 AM | Mark John

Christian dating: How difficult is it to find love online?

While finding love is never a particularly easy task, it can be even more difficult when faith plays a large part in our lives. Anyone who uses social media will most probably be aware of the pitfalls that lay before us while we are waiting to be hit by Cupid’s bow. Whether it is a friend recounting the details of a terrible date with a less than chivalrous guy in a Facebook rant, or a sibling warning you not to join dating site ‘X’ because it’s “full of scammers”, we have all been privy to advice on where to find, and where not to find love.

But does the modern dating scene provide any hurdles for the christian community in particular? When it comes to online dating, these hurdles can be numerous. Are you looking for a lifelong soulmate? Do you mind if your partner doesn’t want to have children? Is your partner’s faith important to you? These are all questions that are simply not answered on all dating sites, and as such many Christians who are looking for love will have to filter through many non-compatible ‘matches’ to find the few that could be suitable.

Wasting time filtering through unsuitable profiles isn't a bain singularly associated with faith-based searches for love, though. This annoying facet of online dating affects most people in the modern world, but why is that? Has it always been this way? Is the online dating scene hampered by the fact that it is just that; dating that happens to be ‘online’? While it is true that rudeness seems to gestate easily online, and some people may look to the likes of Twitter and Youtube comment sections when trying to showcase the infantile and sometimes plain nasty way in which people interact online, not every corner of cyberspace exhibits this sort of literary bile. Much like in the real world, some websites, forums, and comments sections can be extremely welcoming while others can be filled with less desireable conversation, and the online dating scene is no difference. FULL POST

Posted 11/7/17 at 11:34 PM | Lara Sen

7 Valentines Day Flowers Other Than Roses To Make Her Fall For You

When words fall short to describe your love and feelings for the person you love, flowers serve your purpose. Since Valentine’s day is the best time to express your love for the girl you love incessantly, are you ready with a bouquet of flowers? Well, if you want to make a special gesture towards your girlfriend this Valentine’s day then, surprise her with something new that she has never received from you. This time, give her a beautiful flower arrangement that doesn’t contain roses. Instead, check out these seven Valentine’s day flowers that will make her feel special:

These beautiful blooms are one of the oldest cultivated flowers in the world. Available in a multitude of different colors these flowers symbolizes love, fascination, and admiration in a relationship. During the Victorian age, bouquet of carnations were often sent to lovers with a secret message hidden in it. Thus, this flower become one of the perfect Valentines day flowers to convey your feelings to the girl you have been secretly in love with. FULL POST

Posted 7/27/17 at 9:38 AM | Brian Wallace

The Real Value Of Emotional Intelligence

No matter what kind of relationshop you are in, your emotional intelligence is the measure of how good it will be. You have to be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses so you can admit when you were wrong. You'll need to be able to put yourself in someone else's shoes so you can prevent disagreements from getting out of hand. You need to be able to think before you act and display excellent social skills. What's more? Having a high level of emotional intelligence can help you earn more in your job!

Posted 5/10/17 at 7:04 AM | Sunny Shell

Challenges of Biblical Discipleship and Enduring in Christ

As many of you know, I've been very ill for the past 13 years. I have more specialists than there are colors in the rainbow. I've had countless procedures, many emergency room visits and hospital admissions. I've had nine surgeries in eight years and I have at least one more to go.

It hurts just to be alive. And often, I want to give up. I'm in constant physical pain all over my body, and I hate the perpetual weakness I feel daily. I have to take medications, vitamins, enzymes, and eat and drink certain things daily in order to help my organs function. It's annoying. It's depressing. It makes me grumpy. But then, there is God, who is far greater than any trial or tribulation I encounter in this life (2 Cor 4:16-18). My Father's love, grace, extreme kindness and faithfulness always lifts my heart to praise and thanksgiving. My body may be weak, but indeed, the Spirit of Christ that dwells within me is more than willing to carry me out of my miry pit and set my feet upon the Rock that makes my steps secure (Ps 40:1-2). FULL POST

Posted 3/27/17 at 2:01 AM | George Smith

Making Your Relationship Work In The Face Of Adversity

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Your relationship with God will never let you down, but it's not the same with your significant other. There are times where you'll truly be tested and it will take everything in your power to stay together. All you need to concentrate on is making sure it doesn't fall apart.

I've experienced the ways in which you can do this. How you can save yourself from a life of marriage where both parties are deeply unhappy. I'd like to offer you a few suggestions that have helped tremendously over the months when it felt like hope was gone.

Learn To Love Yourself First

When you're in a rocky relationship it's too easy to look at the flaws of your partner. It's your ego trying to tell you it's not your fault, but you have to be strong enough to fight the ego until it disappears.

In reality, a lot of the problems are going to be your fault. I know this because I'm speaking from experience, so don't try to fight it. Examine the situation closely and learn how to start loving yourself. FULL POST

Posted 3/10/17 at 1:29 PM | Lakshya James

Virtual Reality Gets Real

Virtual reality used to be a far-out, vague concept confined to sci-fi stories. Like artificial intelligence, it was something that was always just over the horizon. Now, however, that horizon is coming closer every day. Gaming headsets and glasses now highlight virtual reality systems that are actually available to average gamers and video consumers. And as with most breakthroughs in video and audio, the pornography industry is also taking advantage of the expanded boundaries of VR.

The concept of virtual reality does not go too far back in history;it was invented at the beginning of the 20th century with the goal of creating a complete virtual environment indistinguishable from the genuine article. At this point, however, we still have a long way to go to bring that to fruition. For now, we must make do with 360-degree visual support as well as immersive audio. Some systems offer limited tactile feedback through gloves or the game controller itself, but this is a far cry from the kind of fine touch envisioned by virtual reality’s creators. Believe it or not, there are companies working on encoding olfactory information, smell, so it can be experienced by someone at the other end of a video call. FULL POST

Posted 3/6/17 at 2:13 PM | Karen Farris

Thank you, Christian Post

Only God could have known what this naïve blogger would experience in her time with Christian Post.

Back when I first inquired if I could post on your blog page, I had just begun my blogging journey. Christian Post Blog Editor Barry Bowen, read some of my work and sent me a welcome email.

Friday Tidings was official.

I was a small writer among some amazing bloggers—Tim Challies, Phil Cooke, and Robin Schumacher.

I read more blog posts than I ever wrote. I honed my craft, cringed at some of the comments I received, and developed my own voice.

Thank you for the chance to share.

There were some high points—when I was asked to write about some hot button issues in the news. The lowest point was a blog I posted during the Travon Martin trial. Insensitivity ruled, with a glaringly honest appraisal of his upbringing rather than imagining the cost to a family that had lost a son. FULL POST

Posted 10/20/16 at 2:20 PM | Karen Farris

For the Love of Truth

We hope that love and truth will live together.

That doesn't always happen.

”The most valuable thing in the world is truth. It's so valuable it’s often hidden by a bodyguard of lies." Winston Churchill

I sat with my friend in the crowded coffee shop. We were in the back where we could observe all the other conversations, smiles, laughter, and busyness.

But as I sat there, I wondered how to answer her question:

Should you ever lie to someone you love?

Talk about a loaded question.

I had two words: Be honest.

Truth is the most valuable asset you’ll ever have together. While love is critical, lying is a form of betrayal. FULL POST

Posted 10/4/16 at 2:40 PM | David Fournier

Relationship Experts Share the 3 Most Common Issues In a Marriage

It would be a lie to say that there is a perfect marriage out there that doesn’t suffer a bit of discord from time to time. Yes, there are marriages that last for decades and decades, “Until death do us part” but even those marriages experience a few brief squabbles from time to time. Even so, for the most part they are strong and sound. If you have been experiencing a bit of discord in your marriage, the best thing to do might be to really take a look at what is the ultimate cause. It isn’t always what meets the eye.

Texting & Messaging

Sometimes the reason couples are having problems in their marriage is simply a lack of real communication. It is becoming increasingly popular to text and send private messages via social sites like Facebook and oddly, you even see couples texting who are in the same room together! No, they are not trying to be ‘private’ in their conversations, they are simply just used to communicating that way. If you are having issues communicating with your spouse, try setting down the phone or tablet for a few days. You’d be surprised at what a little bit of face-to-face eye contact would do for a relationship that has seemingly lost that ‘connection.’ FULL POST

Posted 9/30/16 at 8:40 PM | Scott LaPierre

Understanding Love

The following is an excerpt from my book, Marriage God's Way by Scott LaPierre.

Marriage God's Way by Scott LaPierre

The English language has a single word for “love.” A man uses the same word to say he loves football, working on his car, and his wife. For his wife’s sake, let’s hope he loves her differently from the way he loves football or automobiles. A wife in turn might say that she loves shopping, her husband, and her children. Obviously, the love we have for things we enjoy is different from the love we experience in relationships. And even within our relationships, we recognize we love our parents differently from the way we love our spouses. We love our children differently from the way we love our pastor or fellow church members, our co-workers, or our clients. FULL POST

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