Milbury Retreat – 2021

The annual Milbury Retreat is a special gift that Mike Firmin offers to us men that come to him for spiritual direction. Unfortunately, space is limited and life is busy. For the men unable to attend this year, we offer you a consolation: recordings of the talks and the outline that Mike used for the retreat.

While I know that this doesn’t replicate the glory of the Milbury Experience, God can and will use it to bring you closer to Him. Enjoy!

P. S. If you have ever been to the Milbury retreat, you know how Mike loves to use music with his talks. The songs below are the songs he picked for each talk. If you have a Spotify account you should be able to listen to them without leaving this page. Just make sure you’re signed into your Spotify account and it should work.

The choices we face.

“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.”

Dt 30:15

“If today you hear His Voice, harden not your hearts.”

Ps 95


  Invitation to Introspection & Ringing of the Bell.  

            “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”

2 Cor 3:17

Talk 1

Introductory talk by Mike on the retreat’s theme and the sacred time called a “retreat,” followed by an “Open Mic” time for each man to share about the current state of his spiritual life and what he hopes to gain from God during the retreat.

Antiphonal Recitation of Ps. 57.     

Follow “reverent silence”. Cultivating silence in our lives is something absolutely necessary for growing into God.    


Talk 2

Genesis 22.   Luke 16:19-31   John 7:37-39   1 Peter 1:3-9                        

  • The Father creates, calls, implants, gives capacity                        
  • The Son is “mighty to save,” brings healing and deliverance              
  • The Holy Spirit “urges us on” to the Vision, is “the First Fruits,” “Taste,” guides, encourages, empowers

Talk 3

1 Peter 2:1-12            

Choose Each Day Between Fear/Anxiety and the Faith & Peace of Jesus              

Talk 4

1 Peter 4

Choose to Look Downward and Inward or Upward and Outward in Jesus              

Talk 5

John 8:12-59            

Choose between Darkness and the Light of Jesus

Assignment: Paired off, ask for the Holy Spirit to come, ask for a prophetic word for your brother. Deliver the word, and then take turns laying hands on one another for healing, deliverance or any other need of your brother. Remember, it’s no accident that you are together on this retreat.   9:45   

Night prayer with readings of He 10:24 & 2Tim 1:6-10               


Talk 6

Morning Prayer  Psalm 145  

Talk 7

John 4:1-45              

Choose Disappointment or Praise in Jesus; Choose to Speak at or to Listen to Jesus              

Talk 8 – Closing

Jude 1:1-2

Openness to Vision, The Path of Our Life [Ps 16]. The Lord’s              

Voice [Ps 29]: What’s It Like?              

May God bless all who participate in this retreat in person and virtually, and grant them the grace to choose the Way of Life.