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Christians Over-Spiritualizing Dating... “God Told me You’re my Spouse"

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JP Pokluda

Today we’re with JP Pokluda, chatting about why over-spiritualizing dating can be tricky—all sprinkled with personal stories and solid advice!

Introduction

Hey HOD fam! We're back with another awesome episode for season 13! Today, we've got the amazing JP Pokluda with us to talk about how learning from history can totally shape our views on modern marriage and if we’re over spiritualizing dating. You’re gonna love this one—let’s get into it!

Modern Marriages and Personal Stories

JP kicks things off with some mind-blowing stats on how stuff like cars and the internet have changed the game for marriage. He also shares his own journey, being real about how he wasn’t always ready for marriage and why grounding expectations in reality is crucial.

Commitment Through Challenges

JP shares a powerful story about a couple facing major challenges in their marriage, highlighting why sticking it out is so important. Kait and JJ also jump in, stressing the need to know what you're really looking for in a partner.

Divine Signs and Caution

Ever wondered about divine signs and dreams about your future spouse? Kait shares her story, and JP gives some solid advice on being cautious and seeking confirmation before making any big decisions.

Over-Spiritualization in Dating

JP talks about the over-spiritualization of dating and why focusing on godly character is more important than just feelings. JJ adds to the convo with a discussion on divine guidance vs. free will in relationships.

Practical Tips

The hosts give some super practical advice on clear communication, and JP introduces his GPS framework (gather group, persist in prayer, search the scriptures) for figuring out God’s will.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, focus on godly character and learn from history. Thanks for hanging out with us, HOD fam. Catch you next time!

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JP Pokluda

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Jonathan “JP” Pokluda is the Lead Pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, TX. In addition to this, he is the host of a top 100 Christian Podcast, as well as a best-selling author. JP's partner in ministry is Monica, his wife of seventeen years, and together they disciple their children Presley, Finley, and Weston. JP didn’t come to understand the grace of the Gospel until his early twenties after being involved in different denominational churches his entire life. This ignited a desire in him to inspire young adults to radically follow Jesus Christ and unleash them to change the world. Then lead him to write books such as Welcome to Adulting, which offers millennials and Gen Z a roadmap to navigating faith, finding a spouse, and facing the future, as well as Welcome to Adulting: Survival Guide and Welcoming the Future Church. His most recent book, Outdated, was written after seeing thousands of young adults struggle to tackle the dating world in a God-honoring way. In addition, his Podcast Becoming Something, covers similar topics and more to answer the questions of 20 and 30 somethings.

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