Marriage Relationship

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - Sandia Baptist Church, Albuquerque was the location for the two-day Love and Respect videoconference. The conference spanned Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, with 64 in attendance. Pastor Ronny Cooksey welcomed the guests to the church and the conference.

Attendees were quite diverse in their marriage history. Newlyweds mingled with a couple who recently celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, encouraged and guided couples to experience a new level of intimacy, trust and friendship and achieve the relationship God planned. The conference sought to help them understand the dynamics of marriage relationships. It was based on Ephesians 5:33 and three principles taught in Emerson Eggerichs’ book, “Love and Respect.” Using humor and practical guidance, the two shared suggestions on how to “Cage the Crazy Cycle,” “Fuel the Energizing Cycle,” and “Reap the Reward Cycle,” and explained how women need love, and men need respect.

Kim Nickell, who attended with her husband of almost 30 years, said, “The conference was great. There were things about how to communicate that I had never thought of before.”

Cindy Nichols, another attendee shared with the Baptist New Mexican that she and her husband had just previously attended another marriage conference. She said that the Love and Respect conference gave them different tools and a simplified version of what they had just learned. Nichols also said that she and her husband were reviewing the conference notebook again, to help them remember the information they gleaned from the conference. “I enjoyed the lightness of the presenters and that they taught us to keep life light. I also appreciated that the information was applicable immediately to … marriage,” she said.

When the event’s local coordinator said that the church “absolutely” considered the conference a success. In fact, the church planned to share the video for couples and small groups to view.

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