Preparing for Marriage

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Are You Planning For a Marriage or Just a Wedding?

Erin Smalley

It's far too easy to get so engulfed in wedding details that you lose site of the lifetime you will be spending together. So, how can you plan for your special day and your marriage?

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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I, Isaac, Take You, Rebekah (Part 2 of 2)

Bible teacher Ravi Zacharias uses the story of Isaac and Rebekah from Genesis 24 to illustrate biblical principles in the process of selecting a mate, and challenges young adults to be people of prayer seeking the input of others in the selection process. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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I, Isaac, Take You, Rebekah (Part 1 of 2)

Bible teacher Ravi Zacharias uses the story of Isaac and Rebekah from Genesis 24 to illustrate biblical principles in the process of selecting a mate, and challenges young adults to be people of prayer seeking the input of others in the selection process. (Part 1 of 2)

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Article

Getting to Know You

Susan Mathis and Dale Mathis

Any couple thinking about remarriage should make time to know each other better, to learn how compatible they are and to find ways to make their second marriage a success.

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Article

Marriage as a Part of Adulthood

Al Mohler

A secure and functional culture requires the establishment of stable marriages and the nurturing of families. Without healthy marriages and family life as a foundation, no community can long survive.

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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The Search for a Godly Spouse (Part 2 of 2)

Author and pastor Alistair Begg encourages singles to look for specific, godly characteristics when choosing a spouse. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

Episode

The Search for a Godly Spouse (Part 1 of 2)

Author and pastor Alistair Begg encourages singles to look for specific, godly characteristics when choosing a spouse. (Part 1 of 2)

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Series

Am I Engaged to the Right Person?

Physical intimacy and romantic love are not what keep couples together. It’s the emotional and spiritual aspects that make a marriage sweet.

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

Episode

Practical Advice for Those Getting Ready to Wed (Part 2 of 2)

Authors Greg and Erin Smalley offer engaged couples practical advice in a discussion based on their new book, Ready to Wed: 12 Ways to Start a Marriage You'll Love. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Dealing With Your Stuff

Your marriage will not survive without commitment.  Dr. Greg Smalley uses the analogy of burning ships to explain how vital this commitment really is ... Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

Episode

Practical Advice for Those Getting Ready to Wed (Part 1 of 2)

Authors Greg and Erin Smalley offer engaged couples practical advice in a discussion based on their new book, Ready to Wed: 12 Ways to Start a Marriage You'll Love. (Part 1 of 2)

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A couple drinking coffee at a restaurant.

Article

A Guy’s Guide to a Successful First Date

Lisa Anderson

Can you navigate the first date without freaking out or freezing up? It is actually possible to relax, be yourself and have a good time? It is, and here are a few principles for helping that happen.

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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Dating and Pursuing Marriage With Purpose (Part 2 of 2)

Boundless host Lisa Anderson offers practical advice and encouragement for single adults in a discussion based on her new book, The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage With Purpose. (Part 2 of 2)  

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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Dating and Pursuing Marriage With Purpose (Part 1 of 2)

Boundless host Lisa Anderson offers practical advice and encouragement for single adults in a discussion based on her new book, The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage With Purpose. (Part 1 of 2)  

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Article

Plan Your Wedding And Your Marriage

Greg Smalley and Erin Smalley

Planning for "the day" or for a lifetime? Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley discuss the benefits of preparing for marriage and the beauty of God's design for marriage.

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Article

A Boundless Romance

Thomas Jeffries

Thanks to Boundless.com a young couple discovers online inspiration to help guide their relationship.

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Ready to Wed™ Christian Premarital Counseling Kit

Everything you need in one place to help engaged couples prepare for a marriage they'll love.

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Focus on the Family Weekend

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Practical Advice for Those Getting Ready to Wed

This weekend, authors Greg and Erin Smalley offer engaged couples practical advice in a discussion based on their new book, Ready to Wed: 12 Ways to Start a Marriage You'll Love.  

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Focus on the Family Commentary

Episode

The Company We Keep

Marriages succeed or fail for a lot of reasons.  But, an important factor that’s often overlooked is the company we keep.

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Initiative

Ready to Wed

The Ready To Wed™ resource kit is here to help you build a marriage that you’ll love.

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Article

Invest in Your Marriage with Mentors

Erin Smalley

We can't emphasize enough (both from research and personal experience!) how important it is to have the support and encouragement of a veteran couple to walk alongside you!

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Focus on the Family Commentary

Episode

Don’t Marry Who They’ll Become

One of the most common mistakes engaged couples make is marrying who they hope their spouse will become instead of who they already are.

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More Preparing for Marriage Resources

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