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Frank Bradford looks up a Scripture during the Abundant Living Retreat. | Photos by Jeff Montgomery

Retirement? It has a different meaning in God’s kingdom


BRANSON, Mo. — More than 260 Christian senior adults came together for the recent annual Abundant Living Retreat.

Ranging in age from 55 to 95, the participants share the belief, rooted in their faith, that while it may be OK to retire from one’s job, a person never can retire from serving God and helping others.

Teresa Castleman, the new director of Abundant Living, a ministry sponsored by Harding University in Searcy, Ark., said Christians have a unique perspective about retirement.

Gary Cupp visits with Caroline Smith during the Abundant Living Retreat in Branson, Mo., an annual event sponsored by a ministry of Harding University.

Gary Cupp visits with Caroline Smith during the Abundant Living Retreat in Branson, Mo., an annual event sponsored by a ministry of Harding University.

“The world says, ‘You’ve done your part … and now you can just kick back and play golf,’” she said. “Not that there’s anything wrong with golf, but we live in an upside-down kingdom, and our kingdom says, ‘No, we’re going to push right through to the end; this is not a coasting time of life.”

READ MORE: thisretirementlife.com

Filed under: Abundant Living Retreat Church of Christ Partners retirement senior Top Stories

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