Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
Dear Pastor’s Wives,
Once again we look forward to our Calvary Chapel Assoc. Pastor’s Wives Retreat at Murrieta Christian Conference Center. The date is Oct. 1-3, 2018.
The Lord has always met us and done “exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could ask or think” as we have come aside to sit at His feet and wait on Him. Our hope and prayer for each of us this year is to receive renewed vision, a wonderful refreshing, and a deepened relationship with our Savior. Please invite and include any assistant pastor’s wives and support women in your fellowship. Please ﬁll out a complete registration for each person attending the retreat.
In His love,
Calvary Chapel Association Pastors Wives Board
Sandy Macintosh, Jean McClure, Karyn Johnson, Sharon Ries, Inga-Lil Guzik, Cathy Dickinson, Marie Rosales, Jeannette Walls, Gail Mays, June Hesterly.
Check-in time at the retreat begins at 9:00 AM-11:45 AM Monday morning. There will be no check-in during lunch which will be served at noon on Monday.
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
My grandfather used to take my sisters and me to a first-class French restaurant every now and then that served seven courses of the finest food—in fact, food so delicious that we would skip breakfast and lunch to get the most enjoyment out of dinner at the café. By 4:00 p.m. on the day we were to have dinner there, we would get so hungry that my sisters and I would grab a bag of potato chips and eat just a few to tide us over. Of course, we couldn’t eat just one, so soon we would finish the whole bag and realize the big mistake we had made. Sitting at the French café, we wouldn’t dare admit that we weren’t that hungry, so we would stare at our plates hoping no one would notice.
Imagine being so full of junk food that you couldn’t possibly enjoy the most delicious gourmet meal! When my spiritual appetite is low, or when I am stuffed on spiritual junk food, God often corners me, “Why don’t you desire Me and My Word with a passion like others have?” He reminds me how at times when my appetite was at its peak, in weakness I have filled it with the wrong things. At these moments, I have learned firsthand that the flesh profits me nothing—it is the Spirit that gives life!
Jeremiah warned the people about going anywhere but to God for fulfillment:
For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:13
What do you turn to for a quick fix—food, TV, shopping, running to a friend? Whatever it is will leave you hungrier still. Jesus alone is the bread of life (John 6:35). Partake of Him and you will be satisfied. Wait on Him to fulfill you in His timing. As Amy Carmichael said, “You’ve never known passion or fulfillment till you have felt the fire of God.”5
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6
Calvary Chapel Old Bridge
Old Bridge, New Jersey