Caney Lake 2011 Retreat Pack
Be Afraid Fear is a fact of life. All of us know what it feels like to be afraid. Some of us have pretty silly fears. I (Chad) am really scared of fish, and I ask that you don’t test me on that one. Ben is rather scared of crickets. To others, these fears are pretty mundane, but to the two of us they are serious. Everyone also has really legitimate fears. These are healthy fears that come from knowing what is safe and what isn’t safe. We know not to mess with electricity or high explosives. Testing those waters usually doesn’t turn out well. The emotion of fear runs throughout the Bible as well. In the Old Testament, fear is first seen when Adam and Eve realize they aren’t wearing any clothes. For the early worshippers of God, fear could be seen as two emotions; terror and worship. For the Jews, respect was part of fear. So to fear God meant that you understood what he was capable of, and that you worshiped Him because of the that knowledge. In the New Testament, folks feared in the same way. Jesus was doing some wild things, and it scared folk. It scared them because it was something new...but it spoke to their soul. Something about Jesus seemed natural and it reminded them of the stories their parents told them of old heros of faith. God causes fear to NOT happen. We can trust in HIm. Fear means that we understand what God is capable of, and how we should respond to Him. Ben and Chad
Revelation 1:17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, â€œDonâ€™t be
afraid! I am the First and the Last.
Contents: Schedule 5 Big Group 1 7 Morning Devotional 12 Big Group 2 17 Morning Devotional 22
Schedule: Thursday: 6pm Leave St. Paul’s 7:17 Arrive at Caney and get settled in 8:00 Big Group/Dinner 9:00 Trail Walk 11:00 Hit The Cabins!!!
Friday: 8:30am 9:30! 10:00 12:00 1:00
Breakfast Morning Devotional Activities Lunch Activities
5:30 7:00 8:30!
Dinner Big Group Evening Events
Saturday 8:00am Breakfast 8:30 Devotions 9:00 Clean up 9:30 Ready to SKI!!! 5:30pm Head Home 7:00 Arrive at St. P’s!
Luke 12:32 â€œSo donâ€™t be little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to
give you the Kingdom.
BIG Group 1 Songs: Mighty to Save
Heart of Worship
Everyone needs compassion A love that's never failing Let mercy fall on me
When the music fades And all is stripped away And I simply come Longing just to bring Something that's of worth That will bless your heart
Everyone needs forgiveness The kindness of a Savior The hope of nations Savior He can move the mountains My God is mighty to save He is mighty to save Forever Author of Salvation He rose & conquered the grave Jesus conquered the grave So take me as You find me All my fears & failures Fill my life again I give my life to follow Everything I believe in Now I surrender (I surrender)
I'll bring You more than a song For a song in itself Is not what You have required You search much deeper within Through the ways things appear You're looking into my heart I'm coming back to the heart of worship And it's all about You All about You, Jesus I'm sorry Lord for the thing I've made it When it's all about You It's all about You Jesus King of endless worth No one could express How much You deserve Though I'm weak and poor All I have is Yours Every single breath
Scripture: Psalms 56:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
I. Fear - a distressing negative sensation induced by a perceived threat. a. Fear is widely considered to be the worst emotion of all. b. Most common fears are of: ghosts, the existence of evil powers, cockroaches, spiders, snakes, heights, water, enclosed spaces, tunnels and bridges, needles, social rejection, failure, examinations and public speaking.
II. Funny Fears: a. Harry and the Henderson’s b. Logan’s crab fiasco c. Finn’s chills
III. Real Fears: My Image a. My Teenage Fear i. Girls, Cars, and Acne! ii. In a 2005 poll of teens between ages 13-15, Social Rejection was at the top of the fear list.
b. The Teenage Way i. Go to church
ii. Say you’re a Christian
iii. Love God iv. Cuss, Make Out, and Party when no adults are looking!
c. Identity vs. Role Confusion i. Who am I? ii. Who do they want me to be? III.Who do I want me to be? iV.The reconciliation between 'the person one has come to be' and 'the person society expects one to become'. (Erik Erickson, 1902)
IV. Facing the Fears: “Becoming the person God expects one to become” a. The problem of adolescence is one of role confusion—a reluctance to commit whichmay haunt a person for years. BUT! Given the right conditions, what may emerge, is a firm sense of identity, an emotional and deep awareness of you are. b. Face your fear of having a better relationship with God. c. Take this weekend, explore, and find out who God wants you to be!
Questions? 1. What are some of your fears in life?
2. How do you deal with fears in a healthy way?
3. How might you deal with them in a negative way?
Take some time to ask God to help you face your fears. Name what you need from Him. 1 Peter 5:7 reads “cast all your anxiety upon him, because he cares for you.” Let God know what’s going on!
Isaiah See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not 12:2 be afraid The LORD GOD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.â€?
Friday Morning: Have you ever waited by the phone or computer for an important message? Maybe to find if you made a team or were selected to participate in something else special? Have you ever been anxious about a test score or gotten news that was important?
These are nervous times. In life we are all selected to participate in certain things. Sometimes these are joyous and other times they are bittersweet. I remember serving as a pall bearer in my grandfathers funeral. It was an honor, but one that I wasn’t looking forward too. God calls us. In some ways he calls the whole world. Jesus was sent so all could know God and be restored in a relationship to him. Others are called to participate with God in very specific ways. This morning we are going to read two stories about folks called into an out of the ordinary mission.
Isaiah Isaiah 6:1-8 (NLT) It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They were calling out to each other, ! ! “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies! ! ! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke. Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar 13
with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
Jeremiah Jeremiah 1:4-9 (NLT) The LORD gave me this message: ! “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. ! ! Before you were born I set you apart ! ! and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” ! “O Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The LORD replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the LORD, have spoken!” Then the LORD reached out and touched my mouth and said, “Look, I have put my words in your mouth!
Background: Both Isaiah and Jeremiah were prophets that served Israel during some really wild times. They saw the destructive life of idol worship all around them. God called them into the ministry of prophecy. This didn’t mean they walked around telling the future, but instead warned Israel about their bad worship and called the people into lives of greater holiness. These two men (who were actually really young when this happened) both had lives filled with God. They recognized the life God was calling them into and knew that he would provide. Both of them were assured in different ways. God knows where we might need assistance and provides 14
for our own needs. Isaiah needed to be assured of that his life measured up to his call. Jeremiah was afraid that he was to young and that people wouldn’t listen to him. In our greatest needs we often find the biggest places for God to help us. We offer ourselves to the Holy Spirit to mold our hearts and lives into the person that we are inside of God. We call this “wholeness.” God makes us whole while he is making us holy!
Questions ? 1. How has God provided for YOU in the past? 2. In what ways do you need “wholeness” right now? 3. Are you closer or further than you want to be spiritually right now? 4. What fears keep you from participating with God? Pray for Him to heal you of them!
2 Corinthians 7:1Because we have these
promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit.
And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.
Big Group 2 Songs: Your love is amazing, steady and unchanging Your love is a mountain, firm beneath my feet Your love is a mystery, how You gently lift me When I am surrounded, Your love carries me Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Your love makes me sing Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Your love makes me sing
Your love is surprising, I can feel it rising All the joy that's growing deep inside of me Every time I see You, all Your goodness shines through And I can feel this God song, rising up in me
All who are thirsty All who are weak Come to the fountain Dip your heart in the stream of life Let the pain and the sorrow Be washed away In the waves of his mercy As deep cries out to deep (we sing) Come Lord Jesus come As deep cries out to deep
Scripture 1 Kings 18:19-39 Now summon all Israel to join me at Mount Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who are supported by Jezebel.” So Ahab summoned all the people of Israel and the prophets to Mount Carmel. Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent. Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only prophet of the LORD who is left, but Baal has 450 prophets.Now bring two bulls. The prophets of Baal may choose whichever one they wish and cut it into pieces and lay it on the wood of their altar, but without setting fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood on the altar, but not set fire to it. Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed.Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “You go first, for there are many of you. Choose one of the bulls, and prepare it and call on the name of your god. But do not set fire to the wood.” So they prepared one of the bulls and placed it on the altar. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning until noontime, shouting, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no reply of any kind. Then they danced, hobbling around the altar they had made. About noontime Elijah began mocking them. “You’ll have to shout louder,” he scoffed, “for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is daydreaming, or is relieving himself. Or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened!” So they shouted louder, and following their normal custom, they cut themselves with knives and swords until the blood gushed out.They raved all afternoon until the time of the evening sacrifice, but still there was no sound, no reply, no response. Then Elijah called to the people, “Come over here!” They all crowded around him as he repaired the altar of the LORD that had been torn down. He took twelve stones, one to represent each of the tribes of Israel,and he used the stones to rebuild the altar in the name of the LORD. Then he dug a trench around the altar large enough to hold about three gallons. He piled wood on the altar, cut the bull into pieces, and laid the pieces on the wood. Then he said, “Fill four large jars with water, and pour the water over the offering and the wood.” After they had done this, he said, “Do the same thing again!”
And when they were finished, he said, “Now do it a third time!” So they did as he said, and the water ran around the altar and even filled the trench. At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.” Immediately the fire of the LORD flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The LORD he is God! Yes, the LORD is God!”
1. What else have you might let be an idol in your life?
2. How do you allow it to control you and your decisions about God?
3. How have you perhaps failed to hear God when He was calling you? Take some time to think about that still, small voice. Pray that you will not let your fears overwhelm you. When God does magnificent things for us, we still get frightened about what that might mean for us. It could mean some pretty serious stuff!
Heb. 13:6 So we can say with confidence,“The LORD is my
helper, so I will have no fear.What can mere people do to me?”
Have you ever taken in a lost puppy? I remember when I really wanted to as a child. I pleaded my side of the argument was, “Dad...it’s only a puppy!!!” My dad’s response was “The only problem with puppies is that they turn into dogs.”
Sometimes when we let something into our life we have a hard time realizing what it can do to us. A tiny hobby becomes an obsession, a little after school activity seems to fill up our schedule, a relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend starts slow but soon might end up in a terrifying physical place. But the is another side of the coin. We might find ourself doing something new that reaps plenty of positive benefits. Our relationship with God is one of these. If you read the Gospels, Jesus is pretty good at taking over things...especially entire lives. When he does this, we often find that we have been missing everything we have been looking for. What we find is the life that we often dreamed off. But this can be scary. We loose ourselves and our freedom so we can find the life that we always imagined at the depths of our soul. The disciples were scared when they realized how serious Jesus was. Let’s read what that morning after the resurrection was like. The words of Jesus are in red (we decided to go old school).
Scripture: Luke 24:36-48 And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost! “Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet. Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he ate it as they watched. Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was
also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ You are witnesses of all these things.
Background: Jesus is pretty good at turning this upside down. The disciples are in the middle of hearing that two of their own walked several miles with Jesus. Then all of a sudden, Jesus shows up in their midst. They can’t believe it and are terrified. Jesus ends up showing them his wounds and eating some food to prove that it is him and he really is alive (not a ghost). Jesus isn’t some spirit floating around, but he died a physical death and his physical body was resurrected. Big Stuff!!! Jesus then starts talking about the scripture and how they speak of a Messiah (a savior). Jesus is about to start changing the world, but the disciples need to get over their fear first. Jesus needs them. The plan all along was to save people from sin and then send them out to participate in God’s mission in this world. The gospel means a different world has come into existence. This truly is good news! Jesus needs us to get over our own fears so that we can live the life that God wanted us to in the beginning. Remember that their is no end to the story of Jesus.
Questions: 1.Think about those fears you wrote down yesterday morning. Do you want to add to that list?
2.What might be holding you back from believing that Jesus really is alive? 3.How do you need your world turned upside down? What does â€œgood newsâ€? look like to you right now? Think about your day to day life. 4. Ponder what it would mean for Jesus to make your life completely different. What would that look like? 5. Ask Jesus to change your world and take away your fears....I dare you. 25
But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. Psa. 56:3