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Southern California Churches Enjoy Men’s Retreat

MORENO VALLEY, Calif.—Men from 15 Regular Baptist churches gathered for a men’s retreat at Victory Ranch Oct. 20–21. The men enjoyed competitions in archery, carpetball, horseshoes, table tennis, shooting, and volleyball along with hearing three pastors speak from God’s Word.

Speaking on the theme “Living as a Christian in an Immoral World,” Pastor Herb Rogers, state representative of Southern California Association of Regular Baptist Churches, provided four practical applications: he challenged the men to hide God’s Word in their hearts (Psalm 119:11), walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), watch and pray (Matthew 26:41), and think on godly things (Proverbs 23:7).

In the second session, Jesher Lubaton, pastor of Calvary Baptist Tabernacle in Gardena, pointed out that believers should glorify God, demonstrate that living God’s way works, and prove to the world that followers of God still exist.

Russ Boone, pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Santa Monica, spoke during the third session. Referring to 1 Corinthians 6, he encouraged the men by saying that the culture in the United States today is no worse than the culture was in Corinth during Bible times. Immorality in America today mirrors the immorality in Corinth, and despite the idolatry and pagan lifestyle of the Corinthians, some accepted Christ as their Savior.

A number of the men shared that they are looking forward to the next retreat, scheduled for March 23–24, with Pastor Mark Smith of Bible Tracts Inc.