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Pastor Retreats

The Lodge is an ideal locale for pastors’ retreats, staff meetings, leadership events, and specialized group functions. Whether it be one of our retreats that we facilitate, or one that we customize for your group, our beautiful facilities, immaculate housekeeping, and gourmet meals will envelop you in luxury.

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Twenty Instructions Regarding the Foolish Person

Twenty Instructions Regarding the Foolish Person

The writer of Proverbs divides the world into two types of people: wise and foolish. He has much to say about both. A man is made wise by listening to the Lord and living his life in surrender to God’s will and way.

Time Management

Many of us find ourselves wasting time, which is our most precious commodity. When combined through a week (or a life), we spend thousands of hours doing senseless things and wonder why we don’t get the most important things done.

New Things

New Things

It is the great tendency of man to live in the past. We love to recall some of our “best days,” when life was what we longed for it to be. As we get older, in fact, this increases. If we are not careful, we will find ourselves living there. But God is not merely the God of the past. His mercies are “new every morning.” He has more.

Courageous and Joyful in Difficulty

Courageous and Joyful in Difficulty

All of us face some measure of suffering in this life. It could be a physical challenge, a hard ministry task, an overwhelming and perplexing difficulty, a persecution for our faith, a deep burden, or simply the rigors of living a life of determined godliness. For some, this suffering is more intense. Paul was one of those who faced grave suffering in order to complete the task of the gospel that was entrusted to him. Yet, he was able to face it with courage and even joy. How?

Spiritual Self-Awareness

Spiritual Self-Awareness

Do you have what it takes? Do you worry about your inadequacy? Do you have an accurate assessment of your life? Have you found the secret of having confidence in any situation? Many people (perhaps most) are clueless about who they really are. One of the great secrets...

Understanding the Mind of God

One of my mentors, Manley Beasley, once said to me that 1 Corinthians 2 is one of the most important passages in the Bible because it helps us see how to know the mind of God. It has become one of the most precious passages to me in all the Bible. Look at this vital...

Our Posture in Difficult Seasons

Our Posture in Difficult Seasons

As we live in this fallen world, we encounter all kinds of sinfulness and its effects, both within and without. If we are not mindful, we lose hope as we suffer difficulties and trials. If we lose hope, we quit praying, thinking there is no use. And if we stop...

The Anatomy of Dissension

The Anatomy of Dissension

I have dealt with dissenters in the church for a good portion of my ministry, particularly during the first thirty years. Gratefully, since founding The Summit Church twenty-one years ago, I have not dealt with any of this in our church (so I now know it’s possible!),...

God’s Opinion or Man’s?

God’s Opinion or Man’s?

Every day, we make manifold decisions based on what we believe to be true. We must decide what voice we think offers the greatest reality: God’s Word or man’s? A Weather Prediction Paul was a prisoner of the Roman army and was headed for Rome. On the way, God...

What Leads to Greater Freedom?

What Leads to Greater Freedom?

When is a train free to run? When it’s on the tracks or off the tracks? On the tracks it can move at incredible speed, with perfect freedom, doing exactly what it was created to do. Off the tracks, it’s unable to run as designed. We were designed, as C. S. Lewis said,...