James Anderson, the President of the New Canaan Society, shares the importance of telling our stories–transparently and authentically. He starts by telling the unpleasant but sacred story of how God brought him from empty “success” (from Hollywood to a wildly successful real estate career selling homes to celebrities) to fulfilling “significance” through Focus on the Family and now NCS. With great humility, Anderson talks about the seeds and depth of his fall and the tremendous grace (both from God and a loving wife) that lifted him back up. He also reflects on how sharing “our story” leads to friendship, friendship lead us to a “better story” and friendship with Jesus draws us into God’s “bigger story”.
Biggs Burke shares his incredible journey from poverty in Harlem, to the top of the music business, to prison and then to life as a follower of Jesus. With great transparency and humility, Biggs reflects on how his life was being derailed even as he thought he had it all under control. He also explains how he came to follow Jesus and get back on track through an unlikely prison friendship, the love shown to his family by NCS brudders and miraculous answers to prayer.
David Block shares the bumpy road that led him to living his God-given purpose as an entrepreneur. He describes the first stage as a successful equity analyst that taught him about the nutritional supplement industry. That led him to the second stage as a workaholic hedge fund manager who grew increasingly miserable and empty in the midst of financial and material success. In this misery and emptiness, a cry to God began an incredible third stage toward his true purpose as a Christian entrepreneur in the nutritional supplement industry able to use business to express Christ’s mission of loving the world and making all things new. The third stage has been filled with deep valleys and extraordinary miracles that taught him the reality of God’s word and the security of his promises.
Brock Morgan gives a call to arms to the “mighty men” of NCS to awaken to their identity as men of God, to embrace that they are living in the overlap between heaven and earth, and to join God in lifting the heads of the next generation. Brock sees the hope of the next generation in us and challenges the “mighty men” of NCS to live out their faith so that the next generation can see what God is doing to restore the world to His original design. Brock also shares miraculous examples of the power of prayer and miraculous stories about how the Holy Spirit changed the hearts of the young people he served at Trinity Church in Greenwich.
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 Phil Zaldatte was our Ministry Leader for the weekend. This is Phil’s morning devotional on Saturday morning.