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Last Updated on October 13, 2022 by OCF Communications

Engaged? Seriously Dating? Wanting to be married someday?

If “Yes!” to any or all of these questions, then our “Preparing for Marriage Weekend” is for you. If engaged or seriously dating, come as a couple. If “looking,” come by yourself.

Marriage is the “second most important” decision you will make. The most important, of course, is your decision to respond to God’s amazing love by following His Son Jesus as your Lord and Savior. But next to following Jesus, deciding whom you will marry is a close second. Aside from your life with Christ, nothing will more determine the quality of your adult life than the quality of your marriage. If marriage is good, life is good. If marriage is bad, life is painfully disappointing.

With this reality in mind, we have designed the “Preparing for Marriage Weekend” to help you…

  • Understand marriage realistically.
  • Do your single years well.
  • Choose your marriage partner wisely.
  • Start your marriage strong.

We have designed the weekend to be both fun and practical with a combination of instruction, discovery, discussion, and free time.

Here are some of the subjects we will explore together…

  • The Most Important Ingredient – The Taproot of Great Marriage.
  • Marriage Responsibilities – What am I Promising to Do?
  • Gender Differences – Vive la Difference!
  • Taming the Sex Tiger – Protecting Your Sexual Future
  • Living your single years well – Making the Most of Now.
  • Getting serious – Talking the “M” Word.
  • Choosing Wisely – Making Your Second Most Important Decision
  • Getting Married – Engagement, Wedding, Honeymoon, and Your First Year

If you see marriage in your future – soon, or not so soon – come join us and prepare well.

Speakers: Roc & Bev Bottomly

Roc and Bev Bottomly have been providing marriage training nationally and internationally to both singles and couples for the past 20 years. Roc is a USAFA ’69 grad who majored in Astronautical Engineering. After graduation, Roc received his M.S. at Purdue, finished UPT, and served as a flight instructor in T-37’s and a transport pilot in C-141’s. Bev grew up in southern California. She trusted Christ in college; and after graduating, she joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) where was the first staff woman in their military ministry. Soon after graduation, Roc met Bev; and after a lengthy long distance friendship (Georgia to California), Roc finally “awoke” and they married.

After completing military commitment, Roc graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary, and spent the next 35 years as the Senior Pastor of four churches and the Senior Fellow for Marriage Studies at the Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs. In 2016, Roc “retired,” and he continues to work with Focus on the Family providing marriage training to Arabic speaking pastors in the Middle East and coaching to pastors, ministry leaders and young businessmen in Oklahoma City. Roc and Bev have been married since 1974. They have four grown children and thirteen grandchildren.

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