Speaking @ the LACBC Men’s Retreat

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  • This past weekend, I participated in the Los Angeles Community Bible Church’s men’s retreat, led by Pastor Bobby Scott. Pastor Anthony Kidd and the Westside Bible Church also partnered in this meeting. It was held at the Alpine Camp & Conference Center in Blue Jay (CA), near Big Bear/Lake Arrowhead. The theme of the retreat was, “The Making of a Godly Man.” I spoke in three of the sessions – once Friday night and twice on Saturday morning. I was asked to talk about becoming a godly man, father, and husband. And I addressed these subjects from Ephesians 5 and 6, in which Paul explains and describes the Spirit-filled life. I talked about being filled with the Holy Spirit (5:18-21), why husbands need to be Spirit-filled (5:25-33), and why fathers need to be Spirit-filled (6:4). It was a good weekend. It was not a large gathering, but that just contributed to making it a special meeting. With the small group, we were able to be really informal and personal. And by the time of my last session, when we opened up for questions and answers, there seemed to be a real sense of openness and fellowship among the brothers, as we thought and talked together about the practical implications of the messages for our lives and families. This was only the second time I participated in a retreat like this. But both experiences have been enriching for me. I pray that the brothers who participated in this retreat will see much fruit from their labors towards godliness – to God be the glory!


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.