'The Art of Marriage' to Air Tonight

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By Josephine Vivaldo, Christian Post Reporter
February 14, 2011|6:42 pm

While most people do not celebrate Valentine’s Day as a Christian holiday, FamilyLife Ministries hopes to remind people what love and marriage really mean with Jesus Christ as the center.

As Valentine’s Day wraps up, “The Art of Marriage” will air tonight on NRB at 8 p.m. ET where couples can learn about the purpose of marriage, communication, conflict, sex and much more.

Troy A. Miller, president and CEO of NRB Network stated, “With the high divorce rate in our nation, including within the church, we believe 'The Art of Marriage' is an important program that will help many couples. We are excited to bring it to our viewers this Valentine's Day."

In tonight’s show, couples across the U.S. will have the opportunity to watch a condensed version of this past weekend’s FamilyLife video conference. This video event features numerous influential experts on marriage, such as Albert Mohler, Voddie Baucham, Crawford Loritts and Dennis Rainey.

The Valentine’s version of “The Art of Marriage” will feature bits and pieces from the original program, which consists of six video sessions, all about 50 minutes long and meant to be completed in one-and-a-half days.

John Majors, executive producer for FamilyLife, shared with The Christian Post, “Valentine's Day started because the legend of the martyr St. Valentines, because of his commitment of the Christian faith, so we hope to remind people of the basics of Jesus Christ.”

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Viewers of “The Art of Marriage" will not not only learn but also hear testimonies from couples about the purpose of marriage, conflict, and sex as well as see those stories illustrated in dramatic sketches.

One couple shared their own personal transformation after having gone through many arguments, an affair and separation. As things got worse for them they decided to separate and the husband decided to enroll in a counseling session that granted him a life changing experience. He shared, “My life was radically transformed.”

His wife testified, “He was changing and I didn’t like that. Everyone knew or suspected what I was doing (having an affair). He was becoming this great guy and no one knew the ins and outs of why I left. We would fight and I would push all the same buttons but he did not respond the way that I was used to him responding.”

Majors shared that while talking to people on the street, he noticed that both children and adults had a different take on the topic of love and marriage where kids saw it as a hopeful and excited experience and adults perceived it with disillusionment.

On the topic of how to resolve conflicts and forgiveness, Russell D. Moore, vice president for Academic Administration and dean of the school of theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., pointed out that is important to “ask for forgiveness, [and not to] continue the argument.”

“Come in and say ‘will you forgive me for failing to lead you, or love you, or submit to you, whatever the issue is.’”

He highlighted that the choice of words matter when dealing with forgiveness.

“Rather than saying ‘if I have done anything to offend you, forgive me,’ … [that] is another way of saying ‘get over it, you over-sensitive person.’”

FamilyLife Ministries is proud to provide the necessary tools to create a strong family foundation via marriage as the central glue that is holding civilization together. Their video programs are available upon request through their website.

On the Web: http://www.familylife.com/site/c.dnJHKLNnFoG/b.6149579/k.EA2E/The_Art_of_Marriage.htm

 

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