Long before the first date, teach your child about dating.In the early preteen years, help her to build a godly foundation for relationships. When your preteen seeks God, the world of dating (and your role as a parent) is a lot less stressful.First Thessalonians, one of Paul's most personal letters, identifies some of the key components for establishing and maintaining community. In another letter Paul identified this need to belong, "So the eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" nor again the head to the feet, "I don't need you!We can share a car pool, an office, and even a home and not have significant relationships. He was born in Tarsus, educated in Jerusalem, lived in Damascus, spent formative time in the desert, moved to Antioch, and that was only the beginning.Professionally, he ventured out from Antioch on three extensive missionary campaigns, traveling from city to city.
Teenagers still flirt, date, and fall in love - but with a whole new set of rules.
When he stepped aboard there wasn't room enough for him to turn around. People actually began talking and relating to each other.
We can be a part of a company, a club, or a church and not feel we belong or are accepted.
Yet wherever he went he established a band of people who huddled together in supportive and encouraging community.
How was he able to create significant relationships?