Retreats

Reservoir of Grace

This retreat consists of:  

  • four main sessions
  • one personal Bible study devotional
  • two early morning devotional talks
  • optional:  one monologue (See monologue topics/characters.  Monologues suggested for this retreat are Embrace the Fire or What's Really Going on in the Heart of Ms. Busy?)
     

Reservoir of Grace was born out of my own personal experience of coming to know Christ through time spent in His Word.  A reservoir is created and maintained over time; it is a long-term vision that will outlast us.  Reservoirs not only provide beauty and entertainment, they also—and primarily—are built to supply the needs of the world.  Throughout the weekend the vision of a spiritual reservoir within is opened up in a panoramic vista.  Each session is loaded with Scripture and sprinkled with personal story and real-life application, ending with a time of prayer. 

 

The Gift of Grace:  A Journey Through Romans

This retreat consists of:

  • four main sessions
  • two personal Bible study devotionals
  • optional:  one monologue (See monologue topics/characters.  Monologues suggested for this retreat are A Mother's Ponderings, Touching His Garment, or Me in the Dock—this drama is under construction and uses 3 people.)
     

Modern (and by this I mean for the past 50-100 years) presentations of the Gospel have been based on a series of individual verses put together to form a package outline.  Unfortunately, this approach has taken verses out of context and we've essentially been taught that the salvation Christ came to offer is a ticket to heaven.  Because of this we've missed the real gift Jesus Christ came to give us.   By defining Bible words in easy-to-understand terms and using concrete  illustrations that bridge to eternal truths, this retreat walks through the book of Romans to lay before us the full scope of the Gospel, its breathtaking beauty, its awe-inspiring worship, and—best of all—its day-to-day relevance to our lives.  Each session ends with a time of prayer. 

 

The Tripod of Grace:  Accessing Our Salvation

This retreat consists of:

  • four main sessions
  • two personal Bible study devotionals
  • optional:  one monologue (See monologue topics/characters.  Monologues suggested for this retreat are Let This Mind Be in You, The Hem of His Garment, or Barren Prayers—this drama is under construction.)
     

Christ has fully won our salvation for us and He has given us the means to fully access and grow in that salvation:  a tripod of grace.  The daily living out of our salvation, the whole of our Christian life and walk, rests on three avenues of access.  If one is missing, the tripod collapses; our growth is hampered and the extent of our salvation is not fully realized.  The three are dependent one upon the others, and they are inseparably intertwined.

 

A Pitcher Full of Hope

This retreat consists of:

  • four main sessions
  • one personal Bible study devotional
  • optional:  one monologue (See monologue topics/characters.  Monologues suggested for this retreat are From Bitter to Blessed or God Meant It for Good)
     

Regardless of our circumstances, we all need the refreshment that hope can give.  Like a cup of water to a parched soul, hope gives us strength to go on, to slog through difficulties and face the worst the world has to give yet not give up.  The biblical narrative is riddled with hope; in fact, without hope, our faith and our very existence is empty and meaningless.  Using the examples of those whose story is written in the Bible, the injunctions given in the New Testament, and personal experience, Rebecca has designed this retreat to pour out the hope she herself has been given by God and to lead others to the unshakeable Rock upon which our souls can be anchored during turbulent times.  Each session ends with a time of prayer. 

 

Grace in the Trenches:  Digging Deep into the Nitty-Gritty of Life

This retreat consists of:

  • four main sessions
  • two personal Bible study devotionals
  • optional:  one monologue (See monologue topics/characters.  Monologues suggested for this retreat are What's Really Going on in the Heart of Ms.Busy?, The Hem His Garment, or From Bitter to Blessed.)

 

We know we're saved, but . . . Real life can get pretty muddy.  These sessions dig into four common areas of struggle.  If we're going to go deeper with God, we've got to deal with these heart realities in an honest way.  God's Word not only brings conviction, but also comfort, hope, and practical, timeless solutions.

 

The Spring Feasts of the Lord:  A Prophetic Picture of Christ's First Coming

This retreat consists of:

  • four main sessions
  • a Passover Seder meal
  • family activities
  • singing


After God brought the people of Israel out of Egypt, He gave to Moses a blueprint for passing down their spiritual heritage through annual family traditions.  These Feasts of the Lord were much more than just the commemoration of national historic events.  They were prophetic pictures that would find their fulfillment in the Messiah, the Promised One God would send to deliver not only Israel, but also the entire world, from the dominion of Satan and sin.  Many of our hymns focus on the events of these feasts that were fulfilled in Christ.

 

The Fall Feasts of the Lord:  A Prophetic Picture of Christ's Second Coming

This retreat consists of:

  • four main sessions
  • building a Sukkah
  • family activities
  • singing


After God brought the people of Israel out of Egypt, He gave to Moses seven annual Feasts of the Lord, religious family holidays for passing down their spiritual heritage.  Just as the spring feasts gave prophetic insights into the first coming of the Messiah, the fall feasts are filled with prophetic significance about the second coming of the Messiah.  Before He ascended up into heaven, Jesus promised that He would return.  The fall feasts give us clues and signs about Christ's second coming.

 

The Spring Constellations

The Summer Constellations

The Fall Constellations

The Winter Constellations

These retreats each consist of:

  • four main sessions
  • constellation workbook activities
  • night-time constellation identification
  • two family devotionals
  • songs related to the stars

Many Christians have shied away from learning the constellations, and particularly the zodiac constellations, because of their association with astrology.  In doing so, we have forgotten the much more ancient biblical truth that God placed the stars in the sky for signs and seasons.  A study of the stars and of the ancient star charts is not only fascinating but also enlightening, leading us to worship the God who "made the stars also."  Woven throughout each session are many Scriptures that uncover the depth and breadth of the Gospel.