Outfitters for Adventure's: Annual Mens' Retreat

Inspiration Point
Clitheral, Minnesota

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Speaker: Mike Giordano
Message: "Father's Son-Mentoring"

Friday, December 3rd-Saturday, December 4th

Day #1 Friday, December 3rd of 2010


Malachi 4-"5 "See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction."
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com Babies, Children, Kids, etc.. Outreach

  • The 400 Years Between the Old and New Testaments - 02-20-07, 12:22 PM , talkjesus.com

  • "Now, what happened in these four hundred so-called "silent" years after the last of the inspired prophets spoke and the first of the New Testament writers began to write? You remember there is a word infully come, God sent forth his Son, bom of woman, bom under the law." (Gal. 4:4) In other words, the time of our Lord's birth was God's appointed hour, the moment for which God had been long preparing. Some of the exciting preparations took place during that time of "silence," however, and you will understand your New Testament much better if you understand something of the historic events during the time between the Testaments.
    After Malachi had ceased his prophesying and the canon of the Old Testament closed— that is, the number of the books in the Old Testament was fulfilled and the inspired prophets ceased to speak—God allowed a period of time for the teachings of the Old Testament to penetrate throughout the world. During this time, he rearranged the scenes of history, much as a stage crew will re-arrange the stage sets after the curtain has fallen, and when the curtain rises again there is an entirely new setting.
    In about 435 B.C., when the prophet Malachi ceased his writing, the center of world power began to shift from the East to the West. Up to this time, Babylon had been the major world power, but this was soon succeeded by the Medio-Persian empire, as you remember from ancient history. This shift had been predicted by the prophet Daniel, who said that there would rise up a bear who was higher on one side than the other, signifying the division between Media and Persia, with the Persians the predominant ones (Dan. 7:5).
    At the height of the Persian power there arose in the country of Macedonia (which we now know as Greece) north of the Black Sea. a man by the name of Philip of Macedon, who became a leader in his own country. He united the islands of Greece and became their ruler. His son was destined to become one of the great world leaders of all time, Alexander the Great. In 330 B.C. a tremendous battle between the Persians and the Greeks entirely altered the course of history. In that battle, Alexander, as a young man only twenty years old, led the armies of Greece in victory over the Persians and completely demolished the power of Persia. The center of world power then shifted father west into Greece, and the Grecian empire was born....

    *see GoodnewsEverybody.com: LA- Archaeology, History, etc...

    " 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."-Matthew 3
    *see GoodnewsEverybody.com LA: Men, dad, father, "Heavenly Father", etc....

    "God is interested in more of your identity than your activity (e.g. "good works")

    "We are sons that serve , not servants who are sons"

    Ever felt you were a dissappointment?, December 7, 2010 from Goodnewseverybodycom’s Weblog

    "Devil is just like a "annoying" barking chihuahua with a megaphone"

    Chihuahua Puppy Barking Like a Wolf

    ..so, you just got to ignore the devil or Satan (accuser-e.g. "You are not ____ enough"). Then replaced the "negativity" with your Heavenly Father speaks to you through His Word..Amen? Word!!

    After the 8pm evening service, we had some time of fellowship upstairs in the dinning room. Some of us after wards went to the "game room" to play table tennis. We ended up staying up till 2am talking about our years growing-up. I ended up writing this blog from my personal reflection..

    Worst Years Growing-Up: Junior High-Middle School? December 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

    Day #2-

    10:30am-Morning Small Group Session

    We divided the 50+ men into 7 groups of 7+ and spread out into different areas of the building. The group I was in each shared about their individual story relating to the topic being shared this weekend. I ended up sharing my personal earthly father"-son relationship. I told them I grew more grateful as I got older as I meet others who had a "tougher" or "no" son-father relationship. When I heard stories of friends who are adopted and never met their biological father, I got more thankful. The problem I had growing-up was comparing my relationship with my peers. For example, when I played sports in high school. I got a little jealous or envied my peers who had their parents show up to their sports games. I remembered only one time when my mom was able to come to one of my games (soccer), but unfortunately I was benched. However, I was just happy to see my mom come to my game. I understood my dad couldn't come because of his jobs he had to help "financially" support our family. I became more understanding when I learned more of my grandfather who died in WWII (see Filipino Military History), so my dad didn't have his dad around most of his life. This is similar to many other parents we have in America that was indirectly affected by our war past.

    2pm-Afternoon Session

    *see GoodnewsEverybody.com Mentoring-Discipling, Disciples, Mentoring, Mentors, Big-Little Friend, Role-Modeling, etc...

    New Testament has the Divine Truth
    What did God speak to you?
    What are you going to do about it?

    Apostolic Mission

    How is your relationship with your wife/girlfriend?
    How is your relationship with your kids?
    How is your relationship with co-workers?
    How is your relationship with _____?
    Got any secrets to tell me?

    We need to bring the Book of Acts (alive) into the marketplace! Did you know 39 of the 40 miracles in this book happened in the "marketplace"?
    *see GoodnewsEverybody.com Church Services, Body of Believers, Family of Christ, Fellowship, etc...

    Stories: I guy (Zen Bhuddist non-believer) that came to these small gatherings in the public place (Chipotle Restaurant) had lymphona cancer and was healed of this. Along with a couple of workers in a Turkish restaurant that Mike and his wife went to.

    Action Point:

    Who are some people God has put in your life that you can meet (e.g. encourage with in a regular basis?


    Speaker: Pastor R. Sonny Misar
    Message: "The Spiritual Journey"

    Friday, December 4th-Saturday, December 5th

    Day #1 Friday, December 4th of 2009

    Spiritual Identiy Map

    Stage #1-"New Life"=> My Savior (2 Corinthians 5:17)
    Stage #2-"Learner"=> (1 Peter 2:1-3)
    Stage #3-"Warrior"=> My Mighty God (1 John 2:14)
    Stage #4-"Brokennness"=> Discipliner (Matthew 26:74-75)
    Stage #5-"Surrender"=> Deliverer (Luke 9:23-24)
    Stage #6-"Authenticity"=>My Friend (Psalm 31)

    "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus..."-Philippians 1:6

    "Morning Sunrise" at Inspiration Point-Clitherall, Minnesota

    "Here some pics and scenes from the "morning sunrise" (around 8:00in the morning)! I was going for a stroll as I was walking from the sleeping quarters to the cafeteria when I noticed the beautiful sun rising.
    *see GoodnewsMinnesota.info- Minnesota Travel Experience

    Day #2 Saturday, December 5th of 2009

    Before breakfast, I took advantage of the quiet beautiful morning sunrise surroundings with my Creator, which I was aww of the scenery. I happened to have my digital camera, so I took pics to share it with others to "inspire" them to visit this beautiful camp.

    During our small groups, we listened to each others' stories on the current stage they are in and then we prayed for another. We learned that we need to encourage each other (especially the ones in the "higher" stage to "help" those "lower" than them-e.g. Stage 5 and/or 6 needs to help the ones in Stage 4) with the different stages we are in.

    Spiritual Identiy Map Part 2

    Film: Amazing Journey

    "An Amazing Journey is a short film, 17 minutes, that can be used as part of a message, in a Sunday school or youth group, and as a small group discussion starter. Design Description

    A powerful and moving story of one man's encounter with God and His Word. It's a real life 'amazing' testimony of God's unconditional love and His desire to restore our hearts and lives through an intimate relationship with Him. Based on the scripture found in John 10:27, "My sheep hear My Voice; I know them, and they follow Me "

  • The Story of 'Hard Luck' Hanna, israelhanna.org

  • ".. On Sunday, May 6 1990, as I was turning off Highway 2 onto the driveway of our home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, our station-wagon was struck broadside and 60mph by a passing semi-truck. My wife was knocked unconscious and I was flown to St. Mary's Intensive Care Unit in Duluth, Minnesota with serious injuries. It was three days later that I learned of my daughter Jessica's death as a result of massive head injuries suffered during the crash. My son, who was not in the car accident at the time, and my wife postponed the funeral a day so that it would not take place on his thirteenth birthday. On May 12, 1990, they buried my daughter Jessica Robin Hanna, without me...
    Almost a year and a half later, Labor Day weekend 1991, I was asked to substitute for a Deer River pastor. Though I agreed, I was reluctant and fearful. I still suffered from my injuries and the loss of my Bible, which had been so much a part of my ministry.
    I prayed that God would grant me the strength and that, if possible, return my Bible.
    The following evening around 10pm some rifle shots were fired near our home, and because there had been problems in the past with poaching in our area, I decided to call the game warden.
    To reach the game warden at that late hour, I had to call Highway Patrol Headquarters in Virginia, Minnesota, and talk to the dispatcher. When I finished my complaint, the dispatcher's response was unusual. "You are kidding me! Would you identify yourself one more time?"
    The dispatcher told me that all the area cars were brought into Virginia headquarters for a final cleaning before being removed from service. "We found a bible with the name Jim Hanna on it under one of the car seats. Could this bible possibly be yours?"
    In utter amazement I said, "Yes."...
    Since that time my life has changed almost as completely as before my conversion. Those changes include: A trip 2350 miles down the Mississippi River proclaiming God's coming judgment on America (leaving on September 11, 1999 at 9:00 AM); being suddenly and unexpectedly separated from my wife and later divorced; traveling as a missionary to the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, and Australia where I met a young lady named Elizabeth whom I married on the Feast of Passover, 2003 in Jerusalem, Israel. I now find myself currently pastoring a growing non-denominational fellowship in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The Lord has given my wife and I a serious burden for the land of Israel and after spending 6 months there on our honeymoon we are even more convinced that we are drawing closer every day to the soon return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    The following day after service (Sunday, December 6th of 2009) at my local church, the pastor's wife shared about who is God? I then thought of the many "Names of God": Savior, Redeemer, Counselor, etc... He is each of these in the different "stages" (e.g. see above) we are in our walk with Him. We just got to believe (have faith) that He is! During the "break time" on Friday evening, I met a guy (Sammuel from Sudan) that was part of the church in Fargo. While we were chatting we encouraged one another that when we pray, we need to believe that it'll be answered (according to His will). I remember years ago, that a brother in the Lord told me that when we pray-try to vision that its is actually happening. For example, when this brother and I were doing a prayer walk back in a neighborhood in my hometown (St. Paul)-we prayed that God will pour his Holy Spirit in each house we passed by. He then told me to "picture" a Holy Spirit "fire" coming from the "Heavens" to the house! We need to pray like this every time (e.g. seeing a cancer victim being healed by Him "Counselor" when we "lay" hands on them)!!

    Q: What stage are you at?...


    Life Journey Map from Goodnewseverybodycom's Weblog


    Speaker: Phil Cana
    Message: "Power of God"

    Friday, December 5th-Saturday, December 6th


    I. Worship
    II. Share
    III. Sermon
    A. "Ways Satan attacks you-Offense"

    1. Storms (Physical & Spiritual) in Life
    *see GoodnewsEverybody: Prayer-Intercessory on Spiritual Warfare!

    *Note: During this sermon, I was reminded of this saying, "God is bigger than your circumstances!" Below are add'l notes from Chris G. (first time at this annual event, who is from Glenwood, MN-met him at a small "UMM Aluni Reunion" get-together through a UMM Alumn friend (Erin A.) at Pizza Ranch (1st)=>Common Cup. Ironcially, got "saved" during an evangelistic outreach (see Luis Palau 04' in St. Paul) I was praying at while enjoying the music!
    1. Storms
    -Jesus spent three days ministering to people.
    -He performed miracles.
    -The people were ready to make Him King.
    -Jesus recognized Satanic attacks, we need to do the same.
    -What we say is important.
    -Jesus forced the disciples into the boat.
    -The disciples were obedient... then a storm came.
    -Often times storms come right after we have done an act of obedience to God.
    -"Because we are in a storm, does not mean we are out of God's will."
    -Anecdote- Reverend Bernard, an evangelist, went to Africa.
    -Witch doctors came to disrupt his work.
    - A storm arose, it was violent, and lightning was present.
    -Reverend Bernard commanded the storm to part in Jesus' name.
    -The storm came but it parted as it had come.
    -God is not at war with satan, but man is at war with satan.
    -We have greater authority than satan if we have Jesus with us.
    -During life satan will try to destroy.
    -We need to be victorious.
    -Exercise faith.
    *A question to ask: 'What are my storms?'

    2. Focus?
    -Disciples thought Jesus was a ghost.
    -Jesus showed his authority when he walked on water.
    -Peter got out of the boat during a storm.
    -A storm on the sea is unforgiving.
    -The devil sends waves.
    -Peter lived in victory.
    -devil attacks with more than one wave.
    -devil attacks after your victories.
    -devil wants to rob you of your victories.
    -Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, so he sank.
    -Jesus was only a hand reach away.
    -We can be close to Jesus and still sink.
    - Everyone is vulnerable.
    -Keep your eyes on Jesus.
    -Peter walked on water with Jesus back to the boat.

    *"We need to recognize God's boundaries.

    -God sets boundaries.
    -Even the oceans have boundaries.
    -No matter how bad waves beat against you, you can still have victory.
    -Do not be fearful.
    -Waves come with different personalities (eg. waves of doubt,fear,anger etc.).
    -Did Peter choose to say,'I don't believe in Jesus.' right before he sank? No he did not.
    -satan can only come so far.
    -If we don't know he can only come so far, we will sink.
    -devil is trying to choke us with trials.
    -Weeds choke the wheat.
    -Peter took his eyes off of The Word.
    -Some people try to put out all the bush fires. LIVE IN VICTORY!!

    4.Exercise your boundaries.
    -We are enforcers of boundaries.
    -Jesus fasted for 40 days.
    -devil attacked Jesus when he was at His weakest point, the devil is a coward.
    -Waves of doubt come first, usually.

    -devil asked 'IF' questions to Jesus.
    -Jesus looked to God's Word.
    -Jesus set boundaries.
    -Jesus pushed back waves.
    -Doubt and pride waves came.
    -Jesus pushed the devil back through God's Word.
    -Jesus' heart was fixed on the Word.
    -If we look at our problems they become magnified.
    -"It is time to put the standard up." (eg. just like walls).
    -Say, "It is written..."
    -devil will send many waves.v -Give and it shall be given unto you.
    -Throw principles in the face of the devil.
    -Say the Word out loud!
    -Peter lost faith, but not by choice, but because he was distracted.
    -Fear is the opposite of faith.
    -Paul cried to be delivered from satanic attacks.
    -God said,'My Grace is sufficient.'
    -Paul never wrote about his satanic attacks again.
    -Half of battle is mindset.
    -What you think is important, because it will affect others.
    -Speak positive to people.
    -How you deal with storms is important.
    -"My heart shall not fear."
    -We need bravery.
    *We are a church of significance.
    *We should believe in Great Harvests.
    *Go to different territories.


    -Morning Session (@9am-following breakfast: egg baked casserole, sausage links, etc...)

    I. Worship
    II. Word (see Prophecy)
    Share: Tony F. shared a dream that woke some people in his bedroom (I was in his bedroom, but didn't wake-up to it; however, was awoken several times throughout the night). He was in set of "bleachers" where some animals (e.g. wolves) tried to go up and attack him and a little boy. Tony carried the young boy and put him higher on the bleachers. Tony then yelled with authority "In Jesus' name.. I command you to go away (paraphrase)!
    III. Sermon
    A. Stories in the Bible of "Offense"
    1. Mary "offended" by Jesus, who "caused" her brother (Lazarus) to die, which if He (Jesus) came home earlier!
    2. David "offended" by God for "strucking" Uzzah (touched Arc of Covenant while it was being transported), who was just "trying to help" prevent it from falling. [2 Samuel 6:1-8]
    "David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, 15 while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.
    16 As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart. ...
    When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, "How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!"
    21 David said to Michal, "It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD's people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor..."
    -2 Samuel 6:14-23
    *Below are add'l notes from Chris G. (of Glenwood, MN)
    -Luke 17:1 Offenses must come.
    -Luke 17:3-5 Increases your faith!
    -Scandalon - Greek word for 'offense.'
    -Came from how they hunted animals.
    -They ensnared, and enticed their victims into pits.
    -Bait will be there to entice us.
    -Some of us are in pits.

    -God will send offenses.
    -God can offend.
    -He does it for you, not against you.
    -Gen. 4 Cain & Abel
    -Cain did the best he could.
    -v.5 God offended Cain.
    -Cain's countenance fell.
    -We can do our best with our fleshly labors but God doesn't respect that.
    -Cain goes to Abel, not to God. He went to a third party.
    -v.s. 7-8- Must master sin.
    -We often go to a third party when we are offended.
    -We must go to the offender.
    -God loves us way too much to have us live with offenses.
    -Don't carry offenses.
    -Confront offenders if we can't forget or forbear.
    -Abel had no sympathy for Cain.
    -v.s. 11-12 Cain was cursed.
    -Land was a curse for Cain.
    -Cain took the bait.
    -Cain should have gone to God, the offender.
    -Some people jump from church to church.
    - People carry offended hearts.
    -They become wanderers like Cain.
    -They live in a dry land living with an offended heart.
    - They never fit back into a local church.
    -v.14 Cain thought the world was out to get him.
    -Don't carry offenses.
    -2 Samuel 6 God offends people- King David-
    -He brought the Ark of the Covenant to Israel.
    -David did the best he could in naivety.
    -Philistines introduced a new technique to carry the Ark.
    -They carried the Ark of the Covenant on an oxen cart.
    -A man was killed trying to keep the Ark from falling.
    -David was offended because of the man's death.
    -God has no denomination.
    -God will come in His way and will.
    -We don't like our boats to be rocked.
    -Sometimes we bring unsaved friends to the safest environment to church.
    -God always tries to establish order in us.
    -Every move of God is unique.
    2 Samuel 6:8 David was offended.
    Matt. 15:10 Jesus offended lots of people.
    -v. 12 Offended Pharisees.
    -v.13 The blind can not lead the blind.
    -A certain type of offending is from God.
    -Deliberately offended to weed out weeds.
    -Often the Word becomes offensive.
    -If we aren't careful we can be bound in tradition.
    -Pharisees were offended because Jesus didn't wash his hands before he ate.
    -Jesus healed on the sabbath.
    -Our hearts or in our actions.
    Luke 9:54-56 Jesus offended his disciples.
    -Disciples wanted Jesus to send fire onto Samaria.
    -Jesus rebuked them.
    -Jesus went to another village.
    -We must forbear, forget, or confront.
    -We must protect peoples' dignity.
    -Do not expose peoples' sins, Christ did not do that to us.
    Matthew 11: 1-6 Jesus offends John the Baptist.
    -Jesus said that John was the greatest prophet
    -He was a great man of God.
    -He preached and he baptized.
    -John confronted King Herod.
    -Herod threw John into prison.
    -Jesus did not come to get John out of prison.
    -John pouted.
    -He asked Jesus, "Should we wait for someone else than you?"
    -Jesus established His kingdom but John was not apart of it.
    -Sometimes we are not apart of God's ministry.
    -V.s 4-6 Jesus' response to John the Baptist.
    -Jesus must be the center.
    - Jesus can manage without us.
    -We get offended if we don't get used the way we thought.
    -Jesus told John the scriptures were being fulfilled.
    -Jesus acted to fulfill God's will.
    -People want to fulfill scriptures.
    *John said that he must decrease and that Jesus must increase, but he pouted when that came true.
    Ephesians 4 We should forbear each other.
    -God's Word is like a hammer.
    -We must submit to God's will.
    -We are servants of God's will.
    John 11 Death of Lazarus
    -Mary shined the greatest, a spiritual lady.
    -She was fine as long as Jesus did predictable things.
    -Jesus delayed his coming by two days.
    -Lazarus died.
    -Martha was not offended.
    -Mary sulked and pouted, but Martha came to Jesus.
    -Mary picked up an offense.
    -v.12 Mary accused Jesus of letting Lazarus die.
    -An easily offended person will not be used by God.
    -Somehow we think we can punish Jesus for offending us.
    John7 Jesus offended his own family.
    -v. 5 Jesus lived with an unbelieving family.
    Mark 3:20-21 Mary wandered about Jesus.
    -We can offended by other peoples' zeal for Jesus.
    -Us guys sometimes hold wives back from having a zeal for Christ.
    -God can bring people back to balance.
    -Jesus didn't pamper his own family.
    -Jesus offended his own family.
    2 Samuel 6
    -David offended some people because of his zeal for God.
    -David's wife was barren the rest of her life because David would not sleep with her.
    Arthur Blasset
    -Carried a cross around the world.
    -Went to New Orleans.
    -Carried the cross in the rain.
    -Offended people because of his zeal.
    John 6 Jesus Offended his disciples
    -v.52-53 Jesus said they must drink his blood and eat his flesh.
    -The words He speaks are Spiritual & Life.
    -We must let things go.

    -Jesus was alright in offending.
    -Luke 17 Offenses must come.

    -Afternoon Session (2 pm-4pm after a good lunch: meat loaf, mashed potatoes, chocolate cake, etc...)

    I. Sermon
    A. 3 Ingredients for a Revival

    1. Prayer
    Story: Korean Pastor prayed for a woman prostitute for 30 days and finally got healed before paving way for the "largest church in the world"
    *see GoodnewsEverybody: Asian-Korean
    2. Power

    Story: 1949 Revival in Scotland
    *see GoodnewsEverybody: European-Scotish of Scotland

    "In 1949 one of the most outstanding revivals of the 20th century broke out in the tiny village of Barvas in the Outer Hebrides on the Island of Lewis off the North West coast of Scotland. See film of the village and read the amazing story. God can do it again where we live. Look at Samaria in Acts 8 where the whole town believed or Nineveh and Jonah. Let us pray and seek the Lord. Are we hungry and thirsty for the Lord? Are we concerned about the lost? Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen and repent and do all the deeds you did at first. Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground:"
    The Intercessors of the Hebrides Revival of 1949, from Holy Trinity New Rochelle.org
    "..Between 1949 and 1952 a wide spread revival swept through these islands in answer to the prayers of God's people. Instrumental in this revival was the evangelist Duncan Campbell. He came to the Isle of Lewis to conduct a two week evangelistic campaign and ended up staying two years. The following accounts are testimonies of the power of intercessory prayer during this mighty move of God. ..
    Peggy & Christine Smith: They Prayed A Promise In a small cottage by the roadside in the village of Barvas lived two elderly women, Peggy and Christine Smith. They were eighty-four and eighty-two years old. Peggy was blind and her sister almost bent double with arthritis. Unable to attend public worship, their humble cottage became a sanctuary where they met with God...
    Many who were present witnessed that at that moment the house shook. Dishes rattled in the sideboard, as wave after wave of Divine power swept through the building. A minister standing beside Duncan turned and said: "Mr. Campbell, an earth tremor!" But Duncan's mind, however, was in the fourth chapter of Acts, where the early Christians were gathered in prayer and, we read: "When they had prayed the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost."...
    The price for heaven sent revival has never changed. Before the floods of Holy Ghost conviction could sweep across the Isles of The Hebrides, strong men were broken before God, travailing in agony of prayer through the long hours of the night for months. To do this, in spite of the demands of home and work, these men had to make time for waiting before God! This is perhaps the greatest problem besetting us today. We have all the modern luxuries of life to make work easier and yet we cannot make time to pray! "

    3. Love

    *Below are add'l notes from Chris G. (of Glenwood, MN)
    -Prophetic words are as powerful as we allow them to be.
    Mark 4:35 Have a brave heart.
    -Disciples struggled with their faith.
    -What is our concept of revival?
    -It is God moving His Church.
    -Revival comes to individuals.
    -We all want to see miraculous things.
    -You can't revive something that is dead, only something that is barely alive.
    -The movie "Braveheart" We must have a brave heart.
    Mark 4 is a story of courage.
    -Fear and faith are opposites.
    -The Father gives sleep to those he loves.
    3 things of a brave heart.

    1.Bravehearts must trust God's Word.
    -Fierce storms arise.
    -Sometimes we focus on our storms.
    -'What has God spoken over you?'
    -When God speaks it happens.
    -Every true child of God wants to know what God says.
    -We all have moments when Gos speaks.
    -'Do we focus on the weather?'
    *Anecdote-Remote Scotland Louis & Ares Islands.
    -Hebradia bible. 1948-9 Revival
    -Revival began with two elderly women of prayer.
    Isaiah 44:3 Was the repeated verse of the women.
    -They believed in God's Word.
    -The elderly women hung on to God's Word.
    -7 young people were on the same island.
    -Used and prayed the same scripture.
    -Isaiah44:3 They said, "Do it today."
    -Psalm 24:3-4 must wash hands in order to have effective prayer.
    -They prayed everyday for 3 months.
    -The women experienced God's presence.
    -God is attracted to the aroma of obedience.
    Duncan Campbell- Key evangelist in Scotland
    - Women sent for him.
    -He said he could come in 18 months.
    -But God said in 10 days.
    -300 people were waiting for revival.
    -They expected revival but got none.
    -So they left, there were only three people left, Duncan, The Pastor, and the Church Treasurer.
    -The power of God came to the Church Treasurer.
    -Someone prayed a prayer of repentance.
    -A farmer said that Hell is too god of a place for him.
    -Spontaneous move of God.
    -Revival started with two elderly women in their 80s
    -'Are we focusing on the weather?'
    -'What will you do?' Mans' voice or God's voice.
    -Bravehearts trust in God's word.

    -Bravehearts trust in God's love.
    -Jesus was sleeping during a storm.
    Psalm 4:8 Trust in God.
    -No reason why we shouldn't be able to sleep during the loudest storm.
    -We need to have a child like faith a simple faith.
    -Disciples didn't sleep during the storm.
    -Jesus lived in God's love.
    Acts 12 James was executed.
    -Peter fell asleep between two Roman guards.v -Peter went through a steep learning curve.
    -Peter realized he was a child of God.
    -Light shined in the prison where Peter was at but he did not wake up.
    -We can have peace in God's love.

    3.Bravehearts Trust in God's Power.
    -God's power is much greater than the devil's
    -Ephesians 1
    -Everyone will bow.
    -Ephesians 2
    -We are seated with Jesus.
    -We are not under the powers of principalities, God is bigger.
    -We need to wake up, God wants to shake His Church.
    -It is time to confront situations.
    -Storm was sent by the devil to destroy.
    -Jonah- God sent storm to wake up Jonah.
    -Rebuke the devil's storms.
    Yungi Cho pastor of the world's largest church.
    -He wanted to plant a church among some buddists.
    -Buddhist priest said he could plant a church if a certain woman was healed in 30 days by God.
    -Yungi Cho prayed for her for 25 days.
    -After 25 there was no healing.
    -The last night there was still no healing.
    -Yungi Cho believed in God's power.
    -He had a dream where he rebuked the devil.
    -The woman was healed the next morning.
    -The Buddhist priest was 'God-smacked.'
    -Yungi Cho built the church.
    -We should focus on Jesus.
    -God wants us to be courageous.
    Acts 4 Demonstrates courage.
    -3120 people were courageous.
    -We need and Acts 4 revival.
    *Christians are not a voiceless minority.
    -Psalm 29:3-4
    -Voice of Church needs to speak.
    -Psalm 29:5-11
    -God's voice is powerful
    -God wants us to have peace among storms and to have bravehearts.
    If you noticed I never capitalized the first letter in the name of satan or the devil in these notes.

    ...more coming!


    Speaker: Jim McCracken
    Message: "Power of God"

    Friday, November 30th-Saturday, December 1st


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    I. Worship
    II. Share
    -"will be set free (e.g. see sin) this weekend!"
    III. Sermon
    A. #2 Disclaimers
    1. "Knowing what you think you already know"
    2. "It's never going to happend to you"

    B. What is the power of God?
    1. Life, Living, able to give life, etc..
    a. resurrection
    b. Jim's testimony (e.g. salvation, Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and speaking in tongues)
    C. What Ways has the Devil lied to you?
    1. Power Stoppers?
    a. Unbelief
    b. Fear (e.g. man)
    D. Great Speeches of our time?
    a. FDR (1933)
    b. Winston Churchill at Parliament in ? (see Britain)
    c. JFK's "Ask not what your country can do for you.." (1961)
    *ironcally, this speech was in my head the day before during a "town hall meeting" (see faith)
    d. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" in 1963(see African-American)

    The "Four Great Speeches" above have a common theme, which is inspiring "people to get involved". We the people need to be the answer to social crisis or problems in our society. We spend too much time watching other people's destiny and it's time to live our own individual destiny. God has gifted each of us uniquely and has a purpose for each of us.

    Question to meditate on: What's God's Destiny for you?
    What ways has the devil thwarted you in walking in God's fullness?


    -Morning Session (@9am-following breakfast: scrambled eggs, sausage links, etc...)

    I. Worship
    "Lord let your glory fall..."
    "You are Good..."
    II. Word (see Prophecy)
    Question: What sins do you want to keep in your life?
    Share: God has clothed you like "static" (when clothes clinged to each other from the dryer), which God's power wtill stick to you and be given to others around you.
    -Verse Reference: Luke 22:49-don't know why I wrote this?
    III. Sermon
    What do I need to offer as a sacrifice to God?
    A. #3???
    1. Open your eyes
    3. ?
    B. 3 ABC's of Weakenesses
    1. Apathy
    2. Busyness
    a. Book Reference: "Tipping Point"
    (1). An experiment with a ministry school, where they sent students to preach and put a "Good Samaritan" decoy/scenario in their path to test how they would react
    *see more on Ministry: Service....
    3. Compromise
    a. Movie Reference: Sir Lance Alot
    (1) Jesus at the Well (John 4)
    (2) Never compromise
    C. 3 ABC's of ?
    1. Awareness
    2. Brutality
    *confession is good for the soul
    a. must be honest 3. Carelessness
    a. stop, look, and listen (see what God is doing in your daily circumstances, which He can use you in that very moment; if not, you might missed an opportunity for His Kingdom to be furthered through you)
    IV. Small Groups (started around 11am-12p noon
    This was probably one of the most individual self-booster time of the weekend because of the groups encouraging (e.g. prophetic) word to one another. During the group ministry to each individuals, I was actually caught off guard about how many of us men were very discouraged. Some of us where going through some challenges in life. I never knew that ome of the men I've known for a long time were going through some of the challenges they shared. I felt that many or all of the men have been getting "lied" (see accusser) or "attacked" to prevent God using them fully to their potentional in advancing the Kingdom. I thought this time was very needed and we should try to encourage another daily as the Bible says. Thanks group (you know who each of you are)!

    -Afternoon Session (12:30pm-immediately following lunch: baked chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots, chocolate cake, etc...)

    I. Sermon
    A. 3 ABC's:

    a. Movies: (e.g. "Facing the Giants", a football movie)
    (1) Question: List some characteristics you like about Jesus?
    2. Consolidate
    a. Exercise:
    (1) List of Necessary (very important to you) Activities:

    (2) List of Negotiable (not that important to you) Activites:

    (3) List of Time Wasters (less important to you and God)Activities:

    (4) List of Consolidated (Priorities from God's perspective):

    3. Compassion

    We ended the retreat earlier than usual this year due to the Winter Storm, which Morris would end up getting around over 9+ inches (measured from my backyard) of snow.

    ...more coming!


    Speaker: Ben Goodman
    Friday, December 1st-Saturday, December 2nd

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