Arizona_INCASA GRANDE, Ariz.—Victory Baptist Church hosted a statewide men’s retreat Oct. 18 and 19. Evangelist Monte Leavell gave four encouraging and challenging messages to men from seven churches on the goodness of God.

If we really understand the goodness of God and all that He wants to do in us and for us, Leavell said, we would more easily be able to withstand temptation and trust the Lord in times of difficulty.

In addition to the spiritual challenge, the men played a few “manly” games, says Terry Green, pastor of Victory Baptist. Games included a running relay using 20-pound dumbbells as batons; volleyball; “softball,” which meant hitting a kickball with a two-by-four; and driving two-inch screws into a four-by-four using a #2 Phillips screwdriver.

Green says, “As you would expect, with a couple dozen guys gathered, we also told a few stories and ate some extra dessert.”