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121CC Men’s Retreat 2008 – Men of Significance November 18, 2008 at 9:34 pm

I went to a retreat at my church 121cc over the weekend.  It was supposed to be a time of rejuvenation and re-energizing.  Spiritually that happened, but physically I came back exhausted!!  I overexerted myself playing Ultimate frisbee.  My friend Dan over at TOC may have even torn his ACL playing this ‘none contact’ sport!  I had a blast but Sunday and yesterday my muscles have been sore.  I suppose that’s a sign of getting older.

The retreat was at the beautiful SkyRanch in East Texas.  The speaker at the retreat was Barry Keldie who serves as the Lead Pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas. He had a lot of great things to say about the greatest and most import mission field we have as men.  Our wives and our children.  He had a few great examples from his personal life about how to become a warrior for Christ in aspect to our families spirituality.  One such example he gave was that he tucks his wife in every night and asks her how he can pray for her and over her for the next day, and the week.  What a simple gesture that sends a great message to your wife, “that you love her enough to intercede on her behalf spiritually through prayer!”

Another interesting thing that Barry said was about Jesus being a warrior.  He spoke about how Jesus was most definitely kind and gentle to those that were lost or confused.  But to those that were supposed to be the religious and righteous his choice of words and actions were anything but gentle.  The example of Jesus angrily overthrowing the lenders in the courtyard of the synagogue was given.  It really was another way to look at Jesus that I hadn’t thought of.

One of the most important take aways of the weekend for me was that the enemy doesn’t rest, he is always trying to get me to fail, to give up, to quit, to give in to temptation.  He doesn’t stop trying, he’s a lion waiting to pounce and devour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 day year.  He doesn’t take days off, he’s always there attacking!  That thought was powerful and the way he put it into perspective was with this scenario:  “What if while you are at the retreat a van pulls up and takes your kids and your wife.  You’re not going to stop and pray about what to do, you’re not going to seek counsel, You will want to get your gun and go after those that did this to your family!”  So are you ready to take your gun and go after the enemy, as a warrior would?

One Response to “121CC Men’s Retreat 2008 – Men of Significance”

  1. Thanks for giving me a shout out. I can't believe that a non contact sport such as Ultimate Frisbee may have caused the demise of my precious knee. Though, I did feel re-invigorated when Ross shouted, “Let's win this point for our fallen comrade Dan!” I'll be honest, I shed a tear.

    Tomorrow is my MRI, please pray that it's only a sprain or a bad bruise….