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Date Miserable People

Hope Faith Dating

Source: “New dating app 'Date Miserable People' launches in Phoenix,” Source: Datemiserablepeople.com Posted: Oct 21, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-04-20

Scripture: Romans 8:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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CBS channel 3 TV (Phoenix) reports:

You've probably heard the expression "misery loves company." And if that holds true, a new dating app should be very successful!

The app 'Date Miserable People' …[is] the brainchild of Shaun Price. He says he created the site so people could engage in online dating while keeping it real and honest without feeling intimidated.

"D.M.P is an online platform that allows people to engage in online dating honestly and within the realities of their daily lives," Price said.

... "The majority of the sites, everybody's perfect," said Price. "Everybody's got a beautiful picture, everybody loves to travel, everybody loves to hang out with their friends but that's not really who they are. 

APPLICATION

Many believe that keeping it real means keeping it miserable.  As though one can't be honest about the struggles in their life without also being disconsolate.  But isn't that the difference faith is supposed to make? Because of Jesus, Christians can keep it real without keeping it miserable. We can face the moment in the light of eternity. 

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

The Test of Rejection

Rejection Dating Jesus' Love

Source: "Who said romance is dead? Woman politely declines a second date - only for miserly beau to demand a bank transfer for the £4.50 he spent buying her a drink," by Sara Malm for MailOnline, Published: 07:09 EST, 26 September 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-27

Scripture: Isaiah 53:3

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The following is a text conversation between a man and woman in the aftermath of a 45-minute date over a single drink somewhere in London earlier this year. Despite the woman’s rejection of the man's request for a second meeting, the man is not willing to give up and offers to cook her dinner. She replies as follows:

'Very kind of you but as I said, I don't think we are right for each other, so would not want to waste your time.'

However, he persists:

'I think we have some potential, and we should explore it. Let's meet up one more time, have dinner at mine and if it doesn't work we can leave it. You don't seem to be someone who gives up too easily. So when can you make it? I'll cook something delicious and treat you well for dessert...'

Standing firm, she texts back:

'Thanks but I don't share your view, sorry! Am sure you will find someone else to cook for!'

As it finally begins to sink in that she is not interested, the man shows his true colors.

'You're unfair and I'm now sorry that I paid for your drink tonight. Can I ask you to pay me back for it? It would just be fair.

The woman agrees to reimburse the spurned Romeo, and asks for bank details and the cost of the drink. Not convinced that she’ll follow through, the world’s cheapest date actually checks up on her to make sure she has paid him back.

APPLICATION

Ouch! Rejection is like a cold slap to the face, a blow and a bruise to the ego. In the moment of upset we tend to lose our motivation to continue with pretenses, wanting instead to hurt back. Whether we realize it or not, these moments test our character to the core. Rejection asks the dejected person, “Do you have it in you to be loving, kind and generous when it is no longer to your benefit to be loving, kind and generous?” 

When it comes to revealing one’s true character, there are few tests as effective as rejection. No man ever passed this test like Jesus. He was abandoned and rejected, not by just one but by all. Nevertheless, He remained loving, kind and generous. In fact, He insisted on paying our debt!

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted” (Isaiah 53:3-4)

Research Claims Online Dating Most Successful

Dating Marriage Worldly Mindset

Source: “Does online dating lead to happier marriages?” by Quentin Fotrell, Personal Finance Reporter, June 5, 2013

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Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2015-01-08

Scripture: Proverbs 18:22

Author: Fred Gates
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“New academic research claims that couples who meet on the Internet actually have a better chance of staying together long-term than those who meet in the real world,” Reports Quentin Fottrell for MarketWatch.com.
 
Around one-third of American marriages now begin online. And those marriages are less likely to break down and are associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction rates than those of couples who met offline, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Of couples who got together online, 5.9% broke up, versus 7.6% of those who met offline, the study found. Of 19,131 couples who met online and got married, only around 7% were either separated or divorced (the overall U.S. divorce rate is 40% to 50%, experts say).
 
However, the marriages studied were only 1-7 years in duration. This gives some experts cause for pause as they consider the longterm implications of the study. K. Jason Krafsky, who co-authored the book “Facebook and Your Marriage” with his wife, Kelli Krafsky, notes, “The phenomenon of meeting online is still relatively new. Only half of divorces occur in the first eight years.” As such, the statistical difference may well level out over time.
 
Either way, eHarmony’s founder and CEO Neil Clark Warren surmises that these promising early statistics may be the result of the online forums’ rigorous processes, questionnaires, and match-making algorithms. “It’s not that it’s too easy to get divorced,” Warren says. “It’s that it’s too easy to get married.” 

APPLICATION

We are plagued today by a culture of superficiality—a culture mired down by a fascination with appearances and carnal gratification. All too often, modern dating criteria revolves fashion, finance, physique, and the like. Working through the deeper criteria of compatibility is often differed or all together overlooked. 
 
Maybe Warren has something. “It’s not that it’s too easy to get divorced. It’s that it’s too easy to get married.” 
 
“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord” (Proverbs 18:22, ESV).

Rushing God's Timing

Dating God's Will Blessings/Blessedness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-07

Author: Josh Harris
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G-Harmony

Relationships Honesty Dating

Contributed By: Darin Freeson | Date Posted: 2014-02-07

Scripture: Psalms 51:

Author: Darin Freeson
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1 Million Dollars Offered to "Score" Tim Tebow

Temptation Dating Purity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-07

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:8 ; James 4:7

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Dare To Date A Real Bird

Marriage Dating Beauty

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-07

Scripture: Proverbs 31:10

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The Path of Purity

Dating Sexual Promiscuity Purity

Contributed By: David Seeley | Date Posted: 2014-02-07

Scripture: Psalms 119:9

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The Search for the Perfect Man

Humor Romance Relationships

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-03-09

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25

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Choosing Love Over A Throne

Romance Love (Divine) Selfless

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-02-12

Scripture: Philippians 2:3

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