Retreat Recap: The Truth that Dares

by Steven Hong

Last month, the singles ministry held its annual Single Life retreat. The theme of the weekend getaway was “Truth that Dares.” Single Lifers drove an hour east to the Pine Valley Retreat site, and there, our very own Pastor John and Pastor Patrick taught from a variety of books, challenging attendees to be gripped by several basic Christian truths. From the very first evening, Pastor John set a compelling tone by asking attendees to answer to simple, but profound questions in their small groups: Are you a Christian? Do you follow Christ?

In subsequent sessions, we explored the subjects of respectable sins — sins that are seemingly more tolerated by Christians; the joy of fearing God — the paradoxical relationship between joy and fear; and the nature of true Christian love according to Jonathan Edwards and his book, Charity and Its Fruits. As mentioned earlier, each message was followed by provocative discussion questions for the small group times. Overall, it was a challenging time in the Word.

The retreat was not without ample opportunity to fellowship and have fun. Kent Hong, Romi Hong and Brenda Hom led the retreat in a rousing rendition of Moofa Poofa — adapted from their game times during their Argentina Missions trip. One of the highlights of the time was hearing the creative cheers of each team, as one team even used cheers they had learned in Argentina. Additionally, Single Lifers took full advantage of the gameroom. Chris Tou and Pastor John were winners of the Ping Pong tournament and foosball tournament, respectively.

Of course, no Lighthouse retreat is complete without a talent showcase. The Single Life Bonanza comprised of great singing, an impromptu skit and good ol’ fashioned break-dancing. It was certainly an entertaining show.

As always, the retreat was a great opportunity to slow down, evaluate the state of our hearts and fellowship with fellow believers. If you are interested in hearing the sermons, please talk to the audio ministry. Liveblogging notes are also available on the Single Life website.

Last month, the singles ministry held its annual Single Life retreat. The theme of the weekend getaway was “Truth that Dares.” Single Lifers drove an hour east to the Pine Valley Retreat site, and there, our very own Pastor John and Pastor Patrick taught from a variety of books, challenging attendees to be gripped by several basic Christian truths. From the very first evening, Pastor John set a compelling tone by asking attendees to answer to simple, but profound questions in their small groups: Are you a Christian? Do you follow Christ?
In subsequent sessions, we explored the subjects of respectable sins — sins that are seemingly more tolerated by Christians; the joy of fearing God — the paradoxical relationship between joy and fear; and the nature of true Christian love according to Jonathan Edwards and his book, Charity and Its Fruits. As mentioned earlier, each message was followed by provocative discussion questions for the small group times. Overall, it was a challenging time in the Word.
The retreat was not without ample opportunity to fellowship and have fun. Kent Hong, Romi Hong and Brenda Hom led the retreat in a rousing rendition of Moofa Poofa — adapted from their game times during their Argentina Missions trip. One of the highlights of the time was hearing the creative cheers of each team, as one team even used cheers they had learned in Argentina. Additionally, Single Lifers took full advantage of the gameroom. Chris Tou and Pastor John were winners of the Ping Pong tournament and foosball tournament, respectively.
Of course, no Lighthouse retreat is complete without a talent showcase. The Single Life Bonanza comprised of great singing, an impromptu skit and good ol’ fashioned break-dancing. It was certainly an entertaining show.
As always, the retreat was a great opportunity to slow down, evaluate the state of our hearts and fellowship with fellow believers. If you are interested in hearing the sermons, please talk to the audio ministry. Liveblogging notes are also available on the Single Life website.
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