The 2018 New Canaan Society New England Regional Retreat was held November 2-3 at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA. The theme was “Community Changes Everything”, and Phil Zaldatte was our Ministry Leader for the weekend. This is Phil’s Morning Devotional on Saturday.
Rev. Albert Ray Dancy shares with tremendous vulnerability a life story that proves beyond any doubt that we worship a God of second chances. Dancy tells how he went from a prisoner serving time for armed robbery to a prison chaplain. He transparently notes that while his role had changed, his heart had not been transformed. For the heart change to occur, Dancy had to experience a “dark night of the soul” in which he lost everything–including his home, marriage and children. He explains how he felt like a “beast”. Although he was back in prison, God sent hope through a prophetic word and then miraculously restored him to his marriage (which had been dissolved for seven years), his children and his home.
Dave Stambaugh shares the extraordinary life journey of going from being a child actor to a pastor. Although Dave’s most notable role was as Toby Whitewood in the original three Bad News Bears movies, he also tells about his experience in a daytime soap opera as well as the day he almost killed Henry Fonda. With great storytelling skill, Stambaugh then weaves the story of a photo taken when he was a boy that prophetically foretold the Hollywood church he would pastor 30 years later.
In recounting his journey as a pastor through several churches, Dave reveals the truth that he and his wife have come to realize–what unites us is much, much stronger than what divides us. He also shares how the great commandments to love God and love your neighbor has become central to the ministry of he and his wife and even central to his passion of cycling. Stambaugh explains how these two commandments are intertwined and issues a challenge to love and show kindness as we walk through life.
Click the link below to view Dave’s slide presentation.
Bill Blezard shares the extraordinary faith journey that ultimately led to the founding, growth and success of Packaging Technology Group, Inc., a “Kingdom” class developer of thermally engineered, transport packaging solutions for the biotech and biopharmaceutical industries. PTG is a Christian faith-based company with its core values centered on faith, relationships, courage, and creativity.
In addition to recounting highlights of his personal life story, challenges and faith walk, Blezard describes the numerous acts of faith and obedience and the miraculous events that allowed PTG to achieve profitability in its first year of operations, exceeding revenue projections by nearly 1000%. He also shares how PTG’s faith-based culture serves, and has opened doors to prayer and transformation in, PTG’s employees, suppliers and customers.