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Seminar helps relationships

Monday, March 10, 2008  
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By Kimberlee Rhodes

Memorial Road Church of Christ invited Jerry and Lynn Jones to host a marriage seminar called "Marriage Matters." Many people from the Oklahoma Christian University community took part in the seminar, whether married or not.

Many students were impressed with what they learned from the seminar and enjoyed hearing the Jones' speak.

"I've heard a lot about them and know many people who respect them," junior Amanda Peery said. "I know they have been a blessing to so many and whether you're single, engaged or married you can learn a lot from what they have to say. God is using them in some incredible ways for His Kingdom."

Junior Ben Hobbes thinks having people such as Jerry and Lynn Jones to share their personal experience was definitely a plus.

"I especially enjoyed how they kept the sessions interesting and exciting," Hobbes said. "They really work well together."

Though Hobbes is single and thought the seminar wouldn't apply to him, he decided to go anyway.

"My parents encouraged me to go, and I found that a lot of what they had to say could really be applied to any relationship we have," Hobbes said.

Some of the principles not only applied to married people, but to brothers and sisters and parents and children as well.

"Plus, being able to listen to people such as Dr. Jerry and Lynn Jones is a reason go in itself," Hobbes said. "My parents were talking about how Dr. Jerry Jones influenced them while they were young Christians in college, so I also had to take advantage of this opportunity."

Hobbes attended the seminar titled, "God's Ideal Marriage" as well as both Monday night sessions "Please Listen to Me" parts 1 and 2.

"I think the most important thing I learned was that no marriage is going to be perfect," Hobbes said. "Since that's the case, we have to learn how to work through the

Students were not the only ones who took part in the seminars. Josh Watson, a communications instructor at Oklahoma Christian went with his wife.

"One thing that stuck out in my mind is that wives need more support right after they've had a child more than any other time in their lives," Watson said.

Watson and his wife just had a child and it reminded him of what he should do.

"When you're first having a child or have a small child you're thinking, there could be a million things I'm doing wrong," Watson said. "It's nice to have some support to back you up."

Several students gained memorable lessons from the seminar. Peery found it hard to choose her most memorable lesson.

"I learned how important it is to make sure that Christ is the foundation of any relationship," Peery said. "The first thing Jerry Jones talked about was having the servant heart. This should be the core of who you are and it is important to understand that in any relationship."

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