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Does intelligence outrank muscle any day?

There is a better way.

What? Yes, God shows us. It is a God thing.

It is called wisdom. It comes from Jesus.

It’s better to be wise than strong; intelligence outranks muscle any day. Strategic planning is the key to warfare; to win, you need a lot of good counsel. ~King Solomon | Proverbs 24:5-6 (The Message Bible)

Just look at our own culture as disciples.  I can’t speak for you but I’m not wise according to human standards. I’m certainly not very powerful or influential. I wasn’t born with great connections. My dad was a humble farmer. God gave him wisdom. 

But God …

  • Yes God, has selected for His purpose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise revealing their ignorance.
  • God has selected for His purpose the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong revealing their frailty. 
  • God has selected for His purpose the insignificant and base things of the world, and the things that are despised and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, so that He might reduce to nothing the things that are.

It is all about Jesus and the wisdom He imparts.


History of the Christian Training Center

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In the early 1970’s, Jay and Sally Fesperman had a vision to open a retreat center for businessmen.  It was from this desire that they founded the Inn of Last Resort.  In the simplest of words – “Life is Relationships” – Jay Fesperman defined the heart of the ministry. Since its inception, “The Inn” has been involved in training and giving counsel to numerous families, pastors and lay people. The “Inn of the Last Resort” aptly alludes to the condition of many people who have found their way to this sanctuary in the rural Smoky Mountains. As word of the ministry spread, our name was revised to Christian Training Center International. Learn more here.

Global Influence

In 1980, Larry and Susan Pons joined the Fespermans in the ministry. Before Jay’s passing in 1992, CTCI had grown to be more global in its influence. Expansion of the ministry’s impact began to reach overseas and has subsequently brought scores of fellow Christians here for training and renewal. During its existence, over 70,000 people from more than 60 nations have come through the doors seeking a deeper reality of God in their lives.

 Our Prayer

Our prayer and focus has remained the same for years. First, that Jesus be Lord over all, through all and in all. Secondly that healthy, Godly relationships will always be the driving force of this ministry. This is the heartbeat of the ministry that the Lord has given us, and it is one we trust the Lord will continue to lead us in until He returns. Learn more here.

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