The Pastors all call him 'The Closer' because every year he closes the retreat with a clear sense of direction for all men upon returning home. Pastor Sheridan Shelton knows how to set the atmosphere and position men for their greatest test... going home and actually performing the commitments they made during the retreat.
Genesis 22:1-8 KJV
“And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.”
WE ARE ISAAC. God wants to use you to perform great works.
The wood is the Word of God and we must carry it.
Remember these things...
1. Leave everything that does go with my assignment.
You will have to lose some friends and cut out hazardous relationships. If it doesn't go along with the assignment God placed on your life, then it's a waste of your time.
2. Don’t question your qualifications from God.
You are good enough. Even if you have nothing but a 6th grade reading level, God can still use you. You are not too old. You are not too fat. You are not too poor. You are pre-qualified for the assignment on your life.
3. Go alone but you won't be alone.
The Word of God is your strength. You may feel alone at times but if you carry the Word with you, you are never alone. The Holy Spirit is your comforter. He is ALWAYS with you.