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Marriage program scheduled at Greenwood church

| Friday, Sept. 2, 2011

The Greenwood United Methodist Church, located at the corner of South Ninth and West Green streets in Connellsville, will hold a seven-week program beginning Sept. 15 titled "Marriage Built to Last."

"This information will benefit all those who are married, engaged, or who just want to improve their marriage relationship," said Doug Johnson, church pastor.

The program will be taught using Bluefish TV teaching video. Chip Ingram, pastor, author and nationally syndicated radio host of "Living On The Edge," presents the material on video as Johnson facilitates in the group.

The programs are relevant to everyday life.

Ingram's passion for the Word and personal warmth comes through loud and clear, said Johnson. Participants will find out what God has in store for each of them as the real couples in the video do. Subjects include finances, budget and trust. Marriage is hard, expectations change and there is sometimes anger, bitterness and disappointment.

"Conflict is opportunity to grow, to become the right person. This seven weeks gives couples the opportunity to hear about God's plan and design for their marriage," Ingram said.

Dave Stone, senior pastor of Southeast Church, has used Ingram's material and found it to be high on Biblical insights, yet relevant to everyday life.

The programs focus on living intentionally and loving Biblically and feature candid interviews with Dave Ramsey, financial expert and television and radio host, and his wife, Sharon, on overcoming the financial stress in their marriage. Another interview features Kurt Warner, two-time Most Valuable Player quarterback, and his wife, Brenda, as they share their experience about the expectations and adjustments in a blended family.

"I believe God has put this on my heart to help with today's married couples," Johnson said. "We all can see that the home is where Satan works the hardest to destroy the family. The family is God's gift to us and we need to protect it the best that we can. This is why we, at Greenwood United Methodist Church, are offering this seven-week program on Thursday evenings. The sessions deal with money, in-laws, sex and arguments. We all want healthy, loving marriages, but there are so many real issues that can stand in the way. In this program of 'Marriage Built To Last,' 24 couples share real-life stories about their honest questions and struggles as they seek to build a marriage that will last a lifetime. So I ask all the readers, do you want a better marriage?"

This is open to the churches and the community. Contact Johnson for questions or the church office to register at 724-626-1790.

Bluefish TV's website is

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