“Don’t grow up, it’s a trap.”
That’s the way the picture of a street sign read in a whimsical Facebook post. I think most of us can identify with the desire to forego the roles of adulthood and return to the memories of endless summers without a care. Yet, the simultaneous reality produces a conflicted heart, because all at once I desire the simplicity that childhood affords while pursuing the freedom that can only be provided commensurate to maturity. In a very real way, I believe this statement is symptomatic of a deep seeded problem within our culture today.
As we get further and further away from this past Men’s Retreat, it is easy to forget the amazing things that Jesus did in the lives of the Men who attended. We wanted to make available the audio recordings of each of the main sessions to encourage you to continue on in steadfastness.
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12
On Septemeber 14th, nearly 100 men from Reliance attended the 2012 Men’s Retreat, held at the Idyllwild Pines Christian Conference Center. The men went up to focus on their relationship with the Lord and grow in their walks and the Lord showed up in a mighty way. Men were developing new friendships with each other, praying together, encouraging one another, and were making decisions to respond to God’s calling in their life. Best of all, three men gave their lives to the Lord.
1. Take advantage of not having to prepare a “real’ meal and let the kids choose from any cereal they want for dinner. Why should Dad be the “fun parent” all the time?
2. Pray for your man to encounter God in a real life-giving way.
3. Stay up late “pinning” till your heart’s content with no guilt attached to the way you are using your late-night hours.
4. Pray for the speakers at the retreat.
In a world where larger than life Victoria’s Secret ads brazenly plaster store windows, form-gripping black leggings have somehow asserted themselves as viable options for pants, and girls as young as twelve are paraded around in mini skirts and halter tops, how are Christians supposed to react? Our ever-progressive society has relegated modesty to the Victorian era, while stores like Abercrombie & Fitch are burgeoning, unabashedly promoting their jeans with nearly nude images.