Love That Lasts Marriage Event | A Testimony

It's always encouraging to hear testimonies of God's faithfulness in the lives of  his people. Below you'll find one such testimony, written by Joshua Earl, of how God worked through the Love That Lasts marriage seminar on March 26th, 2016. 

Michelle and I were blessed to attend Gary and Betsy’s Love that Lasts marriage seminar last Saturday. We are new to Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville and have yet to read their book, so were unsure what to expect. But right from the start we were delighted to hear the Ricuccis outline God’s plan for a biblical marriage in a winsome and entertaining way. They took turns encouraging us both from Scripture and from personal experience, showing us how God desires the romance between husband and wife to last through good times and bad, for better or for worse, till death do us part. We were so very encouraged! My only critique is that it could have been longer!

I was especially blessed by Gary and Betsy’s very visible love for each other as they spoke. It was evident that the truths they were teaching had personally gripped their own lives! Their example has inspired me to rekindle the love that Michelle and I share, and to be more intentional in my acts of affection toward her. I was also convicted to search for and root out the sneaky “little foxes” in my heart that threaten to bring harm to our marital bond (Song of Songs 2:15). I found myself identifying and confessing areas of sin in my life, and asking God to grant me grace to combat my own selfishness. I need to revisit my notes from this seminar – not once, but often.

The Ricuccis are clearly an invaluable resource on the topic of gospel-centered marriage. They have turned our eyes to the gospel of grace and shown how it applies practically to the everyday struggles we face as a married couple. I eagerly await future events like this at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville!


Joshua and Michelle have been married for almost 11 years. They have three children, Kaelyn (9), Connor (7), and Malacai (3). They moved to Louisville about a month ago to get a “head start” on preparation for the Pastor’s College, and have been overwhelmed by the grace-saturated relationships they are already building within the church family at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville.