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.
With great transparency, Dr. Skip Moen shares what he believes are the stages in a journey to finding God. Skip’s belief is based on his own journey of spiritual transformation that occurred as a result of a crisis. His experience led to the cathartic writing of a daily devotional for over 7,000 consecutive days exploring Scripture. www.skipmoen.com
Skip explains how money and a desire for independence had displaced God in his life, until God allowed it all to be taken away. Skip discusses how, through that experience, he came to discover a world of dependency that made life worthwhile.
Skip walks us through the stages of faith that begin with the joy of discovering God’s forgiveness and end with finally finding God.
He also shares why he believes, based on traveling the world, that the common language of human beings is pain and the common antidote is to “be heard” by someone who does not try to fix you and cares enough not to walk away. Healing comes through community.
With his signature wit and charm, John Guest helps us understand why the Bible tells us to clothe ourselves in humility. After briefly sharing his own faith background, Guest explains why “every man’s battle is pride” and then explores the genuine humility modeled by Jesus (as compared to the false humility we often see displayed by people). Guest, who has been married for 51 years, also shares the “humility” advice he gives to young couples about how to have a “great” marriage. He then extends this advice beyond marriage to parenting, leadership and life itself.
Coach Don Nava leads a session on how a couple can experience total transformation in their marriage.
Coach Nava shares the supernatural journey that took him from being a fitness coach to becoming a Kingdom coach. Don explores Biblical truth about evil and describes the extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit that lives within those who have committed their lives to Jesus. He also explains the debilitating impact of childhood wounds and how we can find freedom from those wounds.