Here are a few things I read online this week and found interesting or maybe helpful.  Just because I read it does not necessarily mean I agree with it.  If you had some good read this week I wish you would share with me.  I am always looking for new and interesting blogs to read. 

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1)  Questions to Ask When Preparing for Marriage? by John Piper

I believe pre-marital counseling is very important.  I talk to people who think their second time around they don’t need pre-marital.  I think it’s even more important if you have already been married.  The divorce rate goes up the second and even more the third time around.  Spiritual agreement is very important, and Piper asks some good questions in that area.

2)  The Parental Factor by Thom S. Rainer

The research we gathered for The Millennials showed that Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are strongly connected to their parents. We cited how important family is to this generation. Indeed there is not a close second in importance. Family was deemed really important in life by 61 percent of the Millennials. The second most important factor was friends, at only 25 percent.

Again, once we delve into all the family matters, the relationship between parents and Millennials is nothing less than remarkable.

3)  Five Things Love Isn’t  by Daniel Darling

The problem is that we don’t actually understand what love really is. We get all kinds of definitions from the culture and from our own feelings.

In fact, I think it’s helpful to think a little bit, not about what love is but what love isn’t. So here are five things love isn’t:

4)  You Might be a Christian If    by Jim Denison
Jeff Foxworthy has made a career of finishing the sentence, “You might be a redneck if . . . “
He now says, “Everything is all about the glory of God.  When I was a kid I didn’t think I was good enough to be a Christian.  It took me a long time in life to finally get to the point that I understood that it wasn’t about my goodness, because I’m not good enough to have intimate relationship with God.  Nobody is.  But Jesus paid the price for me so that I might have relation with my Father like that. . . . All I want to do is reflect the beauty of such a loving God . . . to love him because he loved me so much in the first place.”
 5)  How to be a Better Twenty-Something  by Jaqueline Ritacco for Relevant Magazine
Upon reflection, I see the new Millennial generation coming up from behind with so much energy and enthusiasm, ready to take over for me. That’s a good thing—a promise for the future. I admire you for all your independence, your adventurous nature, your strong faith, your command over communication and your desire for balanced, meaningful lives. At the same time, I remain cautious on your behalf as you come of age in an expansive world in which there are seemingly no boundaries.As you venture forth, here is my wish list for you to do well.