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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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The Progression of Moral Failure

The Progression of Moral Failure

There is nothing quite so devious as moral impurity. But there is also nothing quite so predictable. Our great Enemy knows that he doesn’t have to be creative with immorality. The bait is so strong that it just needs to be placed within our reach. If we do not immediately apply God’s remedy, we will be ensnared. Sweet for a moment, the end results are always excruciating.

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The Extraordinary Power of Forgiveness

The Extraordinary Power of Forgiveness

Everyone gets hurt. If you haven’t been hurt yet, just keep breathing … it will happen. Once hurt, you must decide how you will respond. And you really have only two choices—to forgive or to take revenge. Revenge has many forms. You can withdraw, ignore, retaliate with words or actions, gossip and slander to tear someone down, and on and on. But what you’re saying is this: “You’ve hurt me; therefore, I’m going to take this matter into my hands and hurt you back.”

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Will God Hear Your Prayers?

Will God Hear Your Prayers?

Your answer to that question determines everything about you. If you believe God answers prayer, you will pray often and experience all the benefits of that arrangement with Him. But if for some reason you think that prayer is meaningless—a mere shout into the wind—you will never communicate with God. And you will miss everything that matters and lasts.

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Oblivious to the Greatest Tragedy?

Oblivious to the Greatest Tragedy?

It is sad to lose something we value … Our health. Our relationships. Our financial employment. Our possessions. Our house. Our ability to be with others. But there is one loss that is greater than all the rest: The loss of God’s presence. If you have Him, you have all that matters and lasts, for everything flows from the presence of the Lord. But if you do that which aborts the presence of God, you will lose the Source of everything valuable and secure in this life and the next.

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Choosing Our Gods in This Crisis

Choosing Our Gods in This Crisis

There is a phenomenon happening right now during the coronavirus crisis that we must not miss. God is systematically stripping away every idol we worship—and He’s doing it all across the world. Taken away from us are our gods of sports, entertainment, health, wealth, position, and power. One by one, we find that the things we looked to for life and meaning suddenly gone, stripped away by a marauding army of germs we can’t even see.

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“CHECED”

“CHECED”

Gratitude is one of the most foundational components of authentic Christianity. It is the humility that recognizes that what God has done for us is undeserved. It gladly acknowledges, with an open heart and mouth, that everything we’ve received is from God. I have often said that I can tell you how proud a man is by how much or little he prays. But I can also tell you how proud a man is by how quickly or slowly he gives thanks—to others and, most importantly, to God.

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Today’s Great Awakening

Today’s Great Awakening

We are living, right now, in a Great Awakening. All the signs are there—churches full of revived Christ-followers who will go wherever He leads, even unto death; believers who love each other deeply and live in unity; bold sharing of the gospel. And, as a result, millions coming to faith in Jesus!

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Choosing Holiness

Choosing Holiness

To be holy is to be like God Himself—different from the sinful parts of the world; sanctified, our body and soul cleansed from the ever-present defilement of sin. We are not completely, outwardly holy (in the daily, practical sense) the moment we come to Christ. God sees us as completely clean, but we still live in a world that influences us. We can fail to live up to our new birthright.

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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.

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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?

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