Science, Scripture & Marriage

Janet and I have been listening to some of the Love & Respect CD’s again.  Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerichs is the best stuff on marriage we’ve ever been through.  We hosted a Love & Respect Conference here at GFC a while back and it ROCKED !

I was listening to a CD this morning after we worked out at JROBS.  Here’s one of the key thoughts;  both Science and Scripture reveal the same thing about the two deepest  values/needs in marriage.  Dr. John Gottman (Why Marriages Succeed or Fail) studied 2000 marriages over a 20 year period at the University of Washington and concluded the two key ingredients in marriage are:  “Love & Respect”.   The Bible said that 2000 years ago;    “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”   (Eph 5:33 NIV)

Men & Women, we are leaky vessels and every once in a while we need a reminder.  Her key need is Love.  His key need is Respect.  Want to go deeper?  Pick up a copy of LOVE & RESPECT by Emerson Eggerichs; you can get it in book form or on CD.


About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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