After nineteen years, Estella and I have finally attended a couples retreat.
It was our first ever retreat and what a blessing it was.
We arrived on Friday, 10 Feb 2017 around 5:30pm. Although there was a lot of traffic, the drive from San Bernardino wasn't bad. Some areas were slow, but the traffic flowed pretty smooth.
We checked in and got our keys to our room. When we got to our room, we opened the door and walked into the smallest room ever. The super tiny room mimicked Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's bedroom setup. I quickly re-arranged the two twin beds into a super twin and then helped Estella unpack. Afterward, we were going to go to the book store, but found out it was already closed. Not a problem, we went straight to the coffee shop. We stayed there until dinner time at 7pm.
We met another couple at dinner, which was great. The fellowship was great also. After dinner, we went to the first session of the retreat. There we received an introduction then went into worship. D…
The Word of God pulls no punches and I am so thankful for that! We need to know both the good and the bad. Check out the following verse... 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 (ESV) 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. Paul was speaking of the "false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ" (2 Cor. 11:13), being used of satan, that were amongst those in Corinth. These fake apostles were delivering fake news and thus deceiving vulnerable baby Christians and others (see vv1-4). Current time. We also need to be aware that there are many, many fakes out there who are trying to deceive as many as possible into the kingdom of hell. What's even more terrible is that Christians are being deceived by these fakes. So how do we avoid this? We can avoid this by 1) Praying daily and throughout…
Back in August 2016, I submitted a 'quick survey' on Facebook with the following three questions:What question would an unbeliever ask relative to life and the Bible?What question does a new believer usually ask?What life struggles does a believer usually encounter?
One response to 'What question does a new believer usually ask?' was:
"Why does it seem like I suffer while unbelievers seem to have it easy?"
That is a great question as many new (and older) believers wonder the same.
This question is not one that can be answered with a quick short response. It requires an open ended response. It is going to set focus on Jesus, away from self, and paint a picture of our duty as believers in Him.
First thing that popped to mind when I read this question was a passage from the Bible which tells us...
"...He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." -Matthew 5:45 (NKJV)
All people, saved and unsaved, go…