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"Retreat" in the Bible

To become like Christ, we must spend much time with Him. To "be still and know God" requires time alone with Him and away from the overwhelming demands and myriad distractions of our culture and schedules. In addition, these quiet times afford us the opportunity to pursue Him wholeheartedly in complete vulnerability. Our pursuit includes the disciplines of a heart yearning for the righteousness of Christ. You will become more like Jesus when you retreat with Him. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End! For some, this could prove to be an opportunity to begin the pursuit of a lifetime; and if you are already walking with Jesus, may this time away enrich your pursuit of Him.

Spiritual discipline or living out our Christian faith with intentionality and focus stands in stark contrast to the "cheap grace" philosophy that condones no effort on man's part in a covenantal relationship, and/or that intimacy can be maintained with God even when our back is turned away from Him; even when we are pursuing a path of our own making. We cannot serve two masters.

There is purpose and reason behind why the Bible mentions confession, repentance, submission, humility, obedience, contrition and dedication toward holiness, expressed both inwardly and outwardly through disciplining ourselves in the study of Scripture (2 Timothy 2:15), individual and group prayer and worship (John 4:24; Ephesians 6:16-18) and the continual fellowship as pilgrims in progress (Hebrews 10:23-25)!

The intentional teachings at the Be Still Retreat will provide each follower of Jesus with renewed commitment to be a pursuer of Christ. The journey is before us; enduring it requires eyes fixed on Him.

We are called to be "doers of the word, and not hearers only" (James 1:22-23). Time needs to be given to evaluate your dedication and attention to listening and following the direction of our Lord in your life. Spiritual discipline requires you to be both God-focused and others-focused, not self-absorbed or just inward focused. Retreating provides time and opportunity to share together to help prepare and assist each of us in the spiritual service of offering our lives - our very bodies - as living sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1-2).

With ever-deepening commitment and trust in Christ alone, not in yourself, life in Christ becomes more than reforming or conforming; rather, the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead seeks to transform (change, make new) each life. A spiritually disciplined follower of Christ may not always look on top of the world with a pasted smile on their face, because he/she refuses to avoid or deny the hard work that sometimes meets with sorrow and frustration along the way...but they know that the pursuit of Christ is the heart of the Father. "Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5). There is no shortcut to becoming the man or the woman that God wants you to be.

You will not become who you think you already are by waiting 'til you get weaker in order to become stronger. Start the journey now, and let's go together!

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