The 2015 New Canaan Society New England Regional Retreat was held November 20-21 at the Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club in Lenox, MA. The theme was “Freedom Changes Everything”, and Mark Gordon Fee was our Spiritual Guide for the weekend. This is Mark’s second talk on Saturday morning.
The 2015 New Canaan Society New England Regional Retreat was held November 20-21 at the Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club in Lenox, MA. The theme was “Freedom Changes Everything”, and Mark Gordon Fee was our Spiritual Guide for the weekend. This is Mark’s opening talk on Friday night.
George McGovern shares his journey from being a “typical” and “average” kid growing up in New Jersey and “following” men to “following” Jesus and becoming a spiritual advisor to champions as Chaplain for the New York Giants and the New York Yankees (and previously the Mets and Jets). The turning point was a crisis in his life that God used to draw George to Jesus. George also talks about the ways that God has used him to impact the high visibility lives of professional athletes.
Jason Locy shares some of the “narratives” that have made him who he is today and asks the question: “Who am I apart from my history and the roles I have played?”. Jason wrestles with those narratives and the need for forgiveness. He also explores the difficulty in forgiving and why it can be so hard, seem so foreign and feel so painful. In looking back on his experiences in trying to forgive, Jason identifies and explores three lessons he has learned:
- You have to begin to work at forgiveness and then wait for God to take over.
- Forgiveness is ongoing–Grace serves as the reminder of our past not the pain.
We love because God first loved us, and in that love we find forgiveness, which allows us to forgive.
Stephen Bennett courageously (and very transparently) tells the story of his transformation from a man living a wild homosexual lifestyle (until the age of 28) to a happily married man with a wife and two children who has devoted his life to helping others find transformation through healing. Stephen shares a long and winding journey marked by childhood molestation, an abusive father, bullying by other children, a bold Christian friend, the power of prayer, the power of God’s Word, the power of love and ultimately the power and necessity of forgiveness.