Posted by: Mythicist Matt | July 20, 2011

Men’s Retreat – August 26-28th – Indiana

Life as a Christian man in this country and in our day and age can be quite a challenge, but does it have to be?  True, nobody ever said this life would be a breeze; in fact, Christ himself assured us that we should expect the opposite. However, because our eyes are fixed inward much of the time, we find ourselves caught up, running in vain the race of self-gratification.  Consequently, our trials more often than not, are self-inflicted.

This pattern will never end until we realize that our craving to satisfy ourselves by our own effort is, quite frankly, a waste of time.  Until we place God in His appropriate place, as the director of our every move, and recognize our need for him, our purpose in this life will remain a mystery.  We have to realize that the material things we substitute for God will never satisfy us.  We need God, and not just for an hour on Sunday mornings.  Just like Adam in Genesis chapter 2, we are to be wholly His, in total submission, every hour, every minute of every day.

“[The retreat] was devastatingly real.  I had to immediately confront where I was in my relationship with God.  But from that point forward, it was all support in recognizing God does want a real individual relationship with me.  It has changed my attitude from intellectual religion toward sincere relationship.”
-Tim G., California

We are constantly being led to God because He is our Creator.  He desires a relationship with us.  He aches to be in relationship with us, and in our created nature there is written on our hearts a longing to be near to Him.  There is not a single thing in this world that we can buy or achieve that will satisfy this longing.  The answer is, and always has been, in God alone.

Are you sick of spinning your wheels in your walk with Christ?  Are you sick of knowing in your heart that there must be more, but not knowing where to turn?  If you are wandering in a spiritual wasteland, choking on the lies that the world is feeding you, rise up.  If you are stuck in a dead sprint on the treadmill of life, completely exhausted yet going nowhere, rise up.  You haven’t been called to live a stress-filled, defeated life.  Quite the opposite in fact; you have been called to walk with God.  You are called to be a partaker in a form of peace that is beyond your wildest imagination. The enemy wants you to think you are the only one struggling, that you are worthless, and that everyone around you has it all together.  Trust me, they don’t.

“I spent so much of my time believing that I was the most vile and corrupt of all, and that I was far worse than anybody else who had ever lived.  Before the retreats I felt so weary and alone, and now I look forward to waking up each day because I know that with the prayers of my brothers and the love of my God I can overcome anything. Even greater than that is the knowledge that it is not really me but the power of God who moves and wills within me.”
-Calvin T., Ohio

The time has come for us as Christian men to realize who we are and, equally important, who we are not.  The time has come for us to comprehend and connect to the power we have access to as children of the living God. It’s time for us to live in a way that reflects this fact; to let go of our will and surrender to His.  If you are sick of merely existing, and want the abundant life Jesus is offering you, rise up, man of God, and live.

“It was the time in my life when I reconnected with God, when I learned, not just heard about, surrender and let Him take over my life for the first time.  I walked into the retreat wanting to kill myself, and left finally having hope in Christ… I will never be the same old Bill again.  Thank you Lord!”
-Bill R., Indiana

Join Rise of the Home for the Rise Up, Man of God retreat at Five Stones Camp in Reelsville, IN.  You won’t regret it.

“It was good to be with a group of guys with basically the same issues, learning about our created purpose and how to get back to that through what Jesus accompished on the cross. My life was changed, and i know others were too.”
-Mel C., Michigan

See below for more details on the retreat or to submit your registration.

Dates: August 26-28, 2011

Where: Five Stones Camp in Reelsville, IN

Donation: Your donation of $150 per participant makes this retreat possible to you. This allows for your food, lodging, teachings, t-shirt, and event supplies. Limited scholarships are available for those financially incapable of attending the retreat.

Transportation: All participants must provide their own transportation to and from the retreat.

Check In: August 26, 2011 from 3:30-5:30pm (Dinner will be provided)

Check Out: August 28, 2011 at 11:30am (Breakfast will be provided)

Area Maps and Directions:

1. Take I-70 West out of Indy
2. Get off on Exit #37- Putnamville-  IN 243
3. At the end of the ramp turn left (south) on IN-243- go 0.9 miles
4. Turn right onto 1000 S- go 0.8 miles
5. Turn left onto 190- go 0.5 miles
6. Turn right onto 1050 S- go 0.8 miles
7. Turn left onto 300W- go 0.6 miles to the bend in the road. GO STRAIGHT onto the gravel drive.
8. Take the gravel drive through the camp 0.7 miles to Boulder Lodge on your right.

Sleeping Arrangements: Depending on how many are in attendance, we’ll be sleeping in the lodge and cabins. You will need a pillow, sleeping bag, and/or blankets. Beds and mattresses will be provided in the cabins. If you would like to be bunked with someone specifically or have a group coming that would like to be put together, please let us know this when you sign up. We’ll do our best to keep you together.

Audience: The content of this retreat is meant for mature audiences only. While many fathers have come with their sons and we will not stop them, we do not encourage fathers and sons attending together. Instead, we encourage you to bring another man from the church or community with you. We believe you will achieve the full benefit of your time at the retreat when you leave with someone else who is armed to take on the spiritual battles with you and encourage you through them. Much of the content is focused on married men, but we do believe that single men can benefit from the content as well.

Registration: Fill out your Rise Up Man of God registration form here! Don’t forget to come back and make your donation afterwards. Registration will be closed on August 21, 2011 at midnight.

Cancellation Policy: All registration donations are completely non-refundable after August 21, 2011 at midnight. Anyone who cancels a registration before August 21, 2011 at midnight will receive a full refund of their money.

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