Preparing for Marriage

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8 Warning Signs That Your Fiance is Addicted to Pornography

Rob Jackson

Most spouses have no idea the person they married was addicted to pornography before marriage. In almost every case there were red flags the fiances could have seen if they'd known what to look for.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Yes to Everything

Lucille Williams reflects on how marriage and family may impact the way you serve the Lord. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Helping Engaged Couples Become More We-Focused

Drawing upon the lessons she's learned from her marriage of more than 35 years, Lucille Williams offers young couples practical advice for building a strong marital foundation in a discussion based on her book, From Me to We: A Premarital Guide for the Bride-and Groom-to-Be.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Opposites Attract ... and Repel

The idea that opposites attract is a notion as old as romance itself. But if you're dating and hope to be married someday, be careful. The underlying motives drawing you toward that special someone may not be as healthy as they seem.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Let the Love Fog Clear

Just because you're madly in love with someone, that doesn't mean you should marry them.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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The Love Fog

The “love fog” is the dreamy state most of us walk through in the weeks and months leading up to marriage.  

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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A Fresh Look at Dating (Part 2 of 2)

Author Gary Thomas discusses several issues within the modern dating scene – character vs. romantic attraction, the neurological impact of infatuation, the idea of soulmates – while encouraging singles to be intentional in their pursuit of a godly spouse. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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A Fresh Look at Dating (Part 1 of 2)

Author Gary Thomas discusses several issues within the modern dating scene – character vs. romantic attraction, the neurological impact of infatuation, the idea of soulmates – while encouraging singles to be intentional in their pursuit of a godly spouse. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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The Importance of Leaving and Cleaving

Pastor Ted Cunningham offers wisdom to newlyweds about the importance of separating emotionally, relationally, and financially from their family of origin in order to form a strong bond with their new spouse.

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Marriage Means Leaving Home and Cleaving to Each Other

Ted Cunningham

Whatever the gap between leaving and cleaving may be, a thriving marriage only works when both husband and wife leave their parents' home in numerous ways.

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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 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 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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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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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 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 Broadcast

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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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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 Broadcast

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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 Broadcast

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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.

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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's Engaged! marriage preparation for couples app is designed to help you and your future spouse prepare for the adventure of marriage.  Filled with Christian articles, audio and video content to help you prepare for your marriage, you are sure to enjoy planning for your marriage at the same time you enjoy planning for your wedding. Download the app today!

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