The retreat is named after the Valley of Achor mentioned first in Joshua 7:24 and later in both Hosea 2:15 and Isaiah 65:10. Achor means trouble. In these readings you will see how God justly responds to sin. Yet He also provides hope by prophesying about future times when through the blood of Jesus Christ, His mercy and forgiveness cancels our sin and can provide us with a door of hope and a place of rest in Him!
Here are the readings:
Then Joshua said to Achan, "My son, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and give Him the praise. Tell me what you have done, do not hide it from me."
Achan replied, "It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: when I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath."
So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent, and there it was, hidden in his tent, with the silver underneath. They took the things from the tent, brought them to Joshua and all the Israelites and spread them out before the Lord.
Then Joshua, together with all Israel, took Achan son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the gold wedge, his sons and daughters, his cattle, donkeys and sheep, his tent and all that he had, to the Valley of Achor. Joshua said, "Why have you brought this trouble on us? The Lord will bring trouble on you today."
Then all Israel stoned him, and after they had stoned the rest, they burned them. Over Achan they heaped up a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day. then the Lord turned from his fierce anger. Therefore that place has been called the Valley of Achor (trouble) ever since.
Hosea 2:14-15 Israel Restored
Therefore I am now going to allure her (Israel); I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.
This is what the Lord says: "As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes and men say, 'don't destroy it, there is yet some good in it.' so will I do on behalf of my servants; I will not destroy them all. I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah, those who will possess my mountains; my chosen people will inherit them, and there will my servants live. Sharon will become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds, for my people who seek me."