Men’s Spiritual Retreat 2003

  Muckross Venture Centre, Killarney

24th - 26th April, 2003

Theme: Being Faithful Men!  

 Studying the Life Principles of:


"He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:30

 Photos of this year's events




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This Year's Song

Scriptures We Will Memorize

Why Study John the Baptist?

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For More Information, and to Register, Contact

Bible Baptist Church of Blarney

Meeting in the TA Hall, Station Road, Blarney, Cork

Post: 29 Westcourt Heights, Ballincollig, Cork

Tel: (021) 4871234       Mob: 087-276-6764

Pastor Craig Ledbetter



Any Man or Teenage boy aged 14 years and up (there are some exceptions, if you want a younger boy to attend, please contact Pastor Craig for any restrictions)

Whoever comes is just warned that they will be blessed!




Your Bible (Authorized Version, King James Bible)

Pen and Notepad for note taking

Pillow, sheets, and blankets

Bath towel, washcloth, soap, shampoo


Camera, Film (if you want to take any pictures)

Any Sports Equipment (Badmitten set, Frisbee, Soccer Ball, etc)

Change of clothes







Time       Duration                Main Function                Support Function


5:00pm    30min                Arrive at Camp, Unpack      

5:30pm    1 hour                Prepare Dinner

6:30pm    1 hour                Dinner (Hamburgers, Crisps)

7:30pm    30min                Break                Clean-up

8:00pm    1 hour                First Session – Introduction – Bro Craig Ledbetter

9:00pm    1 hour                Snack (Tea, Coffee, Sandwiches)

10:00pm  30min                Testimony Time, and Popcorn Preaching

11:00pm  45min                Prayer Time

11:45am  7:45hrs                Sleep      


7:30am    1:00hrs                Wake-Up, Read Bible & Take Shower                Prepare Breakfast

8:30am    45min                Breakfast (Eggs, Sausage, and Cereal)

9:15am    15min                Break                Clean-up

9:30am    45min                Second Session – Behold the Lamb of God – Bro Crabb

10:15am  30min                Prepare Bag Lunches

10:45am  45min                Testimony Time, and Popcorn Preaching

11:30pm  5:00hrs                Hiking and Hill Walking (bag lunch)                Prepare Dinner

4:30pm    30min                Break     

5:00pm    1hour                Dinner (Roast Chicken)

6:00pm    30min                Break                Clean-Up

6:30pm    1 hour                Third Session – Biblical Authority - Bro Pero

7:30pm    45min                Dessert, Tea and Coffee

8:15pm    1hour                Sports Time (Outdoor)

9:15pm    45min                Fourth Session –The Profile of Christ in Ireland– Bro Monaghan

10:00pm  15min                Testimony Time

10:15pm  45min                Fifth Session - The Work of Repentance – Bro Craig Ledbetter

11:00pm  30min                Prayer Time

11:30pm  1 hour                Walk to the Lake

12:30am  7:00hrs                Sleep      


7:30am    1:00hrs                Wake-up, Read Bible & Take Showers  Prepare Breakfast

8:30am    45min                Breakfast (Eggs, Porridge and Cereal) - Share Devotions

9:15am    15min                Break                Clean-up

9:30am    45min                Sixth Session – Offences – Bro Derry O’Sullivan

10:15am  1hr                     Pondering the Principles

11:15pm  1hour                Sports Time (Outdoor)

12:15am  30min                Seventh Session – Rough Preaching – Bro Craig Ledbetter   

12:45pm  15min                Break                Prepare Lunch     

1:00pm    45min                Lunch (Sandwiches)

1:45pm    15min                Testimony Time

2:00pm    45min                Eighth Session – He MUST Increase – Bro Richard Fulton

2:45pm                              Pack-up, Clean-up, Leave for Home





He must increase, but I must decrease,

What a sobering thought!

The Son of God,

Came into the world,

Sinners like me He sought!


On the cross,

He earned the right,

to govern this life of mine.

But the world cries out,

“It’s not Jesus we see,

As long as your pride shines bright!”


He must increase, but I must decrease,

What a troublesome task!

But, the more I yield, the more He reigns,

And, that’s what it’s all about!


Oh the more I yield, the more He reigns,

And that’s what it’s all about!



Scriptures to Memorize


John 3:30

He must increase, but I must decrease.

John 3:30


Luke 7:23

And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Luke 7:23

John 1:29

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 1:29


Luke 3:7

Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Luke 3:7


Proverbs 16:5

Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD

Proverbs 16:5

Acts 20:21

Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 20:21

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:58


John 1:6,7

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

John 1:6,7

Isaiah 40:3

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Isaiah 40:3

1 Peter 5:5

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject  one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

1 Peter 5:5

Luke 1:17

And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Luke 1:17

2 Corinthians 11:3

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

                                                                                                                2 Corinthians 11:3

What is the goal of this Men’s Retreat?

A.      That the men of Ireland would get the courage to do three things:

1.        Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation from hell

2.        Surrender their lives over to Jesus Christ for Christian service – whatever God would call them to do

3.        Take a stand in this wicked world as Christian Men, not wimps, reclaiming their families, their churches, and their communities for God

B.       That Christian men here in Ireland would have a time of concentrated Christian fellowship and preaching about issues we all need dealt with


Why Study John the Baptist?

A.      He is the second most important figure in the New Testament, next to Jesus Christ

1.        Everything that the Apostle Paul preached about Jesus was built upon the work of John the Baptist in the hearts of the people

2.        John was not a normal, run-of the-mill kind of guy: He was the promised forerunner of the Messiah

3.        Everything that John did, will be done again, just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

4.        Without John the Baptist, the people would never have received Jesus Christ at all

B.       He is one of the most neglected figures studied in the Bible

1.        Over-looked because his ministry was so short – 6-12 months

2.        Yet his ministry was so short because it was so successful

3.        Maybe because

C.       This world needs a lot of John the Baptists today before more people will begin to get saved!