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”. This is Chip Skowron’s “Keepin’ It Real” testimony shared on Saturday morning. Chip was introduced by his brudder Rob Brinkman.
On the eve of the release of his new book The New Copernicans: Millennials and the Survival of the Church, John Seel shares the amazing story of how he came to study Millennials, the courageous story of how he learned about Millennials and the inspiring story of how the book became a reality. Most importantly, however, he shares what he came to learn about Millennials, particularly how misunderstood they are by Boomers. While Dr. Seel believes that Millennials hold the key to the life of the church, he is also convinced that the “frame” through which Millennials view the world has the potential to bring the rest of us closer to the way of Jesus.
His book may be purchased from Amazon at this LINK
Mark Finlay offers eight words to guide a walk with Jesus: Love Jesus Passionately; Obey Him Precisely; Act Promptly.
In describing how he has come to live by these eight words, Finlay shares his story, which begins with a graphic rendition of what it was like as a young boy growing up during the conflict in Northern Ireland. As Mark relentlessly pursued a successful corporate career with all the material trappings, he was, in turn, being pursued relentlessly by a message from God.
Mark then explains how his life changed dramatically when he finally accepted that message and began a new journey as an ambassador of reconciliation in the name of Jesus. This extraordinary adventure has taken him from peace talks in Ireland, to the halls of the U.S. Congress, and across the globe, all the time relying upon God to guide his steps and provide for the needs of his family. It is an inspiring story of learning to follow Jesus and, in the process, learning humility, obedience and trust.
With loads of Southern charm, disarming wit and refreshing humility, Lawrence Sheffield shares his own faith journey, how it led to Magic City Woodworks, how God has miraculously grown Magic City from a one-car garage, and how Magic City is impacting the lives of other young men in Birmingham with very different backgrounds but much in common. Lawrence talks vulnerably about the wound caused by his father’s disappointment when Lawrence graduated from high school with a 1.9 average and became a firefighter instead of going to college. Sheffield also discusses the impact of losing his father just as they were beginning to reconcile their relationship. After being led to faith in Jesus by another firefighter, Lawrence turned a woodworking hobby into Magic City in order to help other young men like him who have a chip on their shoulder and don’t know where their life is headed. At Magic City they learn a trade, learn about Jesus and learn about being a man through building “10 things that require zero talent”:
1. Being on time (“showing up”)
2. Work ethic
3. Showing effort
4. Body language
8. Being coachable
9. Doing extra
10. Being prepared
Mohammad Yamout gives an impassioned call to action for Christians to join what God is doing in the Middle East. Mohammad shares how God is bringing down the walls around the Muslim world through sorrow and turmoil and creating extraordinary opportunities for Christians to share the love of Jesus. But to join God’s work, he warns that we must get past the fears that have resulted in neglect of the Muslim world by Christians for centuries. We also must see that there is no love without giving. Mohammad explains how God is opening doors–the question is whether we will enter. Mohammad also shares about how he and his family are sharing the Gospel with Muslims through their church in Tyre, Lebanon and other outreach centers.
You may support Pastor Mohammad’s ministry at this link: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/yamout