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How Should we Present our Bodies to God?

Join Ian DeBoer as he explores Romans 12:1 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship.

May 13, 2020 - Bible verse of the day - Romans 12:1 - DailyVerses.net
Romans 12:1

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There is power in prayer. At the Christian Training Center International, we see it every day. Let us join with you in tapping into the Power of God. Click here to make a request.

Our programs are like an immersion into a new language – the language of living in Jesus.  The goal is fluency in the language of relationships. The foundation is an encounter with Jesus that leads to a radical change in living and relationships.

Check out our upcoming ministry programs for young adults and families. Please click here.

Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! | Participants ages 18-26 come with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord. Learn more about our programs here.

Strengthening & Restoring Family Relationships — Train to Reign Program | Family is the most vital relationship and the one under the most pressure and attack. Come strengthen your family in a strong relationship with God. Learn more here. Check out our new online version “Marriage and Family the Jesus Way” here..

Leadership the Jesus: A Faith at work series — Looking how to focus your faith at work? | This series of leadership programs focuses on leadership skills that drive the purpose and passion for work as laid out by Jesus and based on sound scripture. We might see faith and work as estranged. It can be frustrating. But, in truth, faith and work should share a crucial aim: to see the unseen at work through the power of the Holy Spirit. Nothing new has been made without faith in God. Nothing unseen has been seen without work. When the force of what we do hits why we do it, we wither, or we flourish. Learn more here.

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What is the message of Pentecost?

Dustin and Madison Ortiz lead us in understanding the meaning of Pentecost.

Acts 2 When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. 3 They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated and rested on each one of them. 4 Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were Jews staying in Jerusalem, devout people from every nation under heaven. 6 When this sound occurred, a crowd came together and was confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 They were astounded and amazed, saying, “Look, aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 How is it that each of us can hear them in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites; those who live in Mesopotamia, in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts), 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the magnificent acts of God in our own tongues.” 12 They were all astounded and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But some sneered and said, “They’re drunk on new wine.”

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There is power in prayer. At the Christian Training Center International, we see it every day. Let us join with you in tapping into the Power of God. Click here to make a request.

Leadership the Jesus: A Faith at work series — Looking how to focus your faith at work? | This series of leadership programs focuses on leadership skills that drive the purpose and passion for work as laid out by Jesus and based on sound scripture. We might see faith and work as estranged. It can be frustrating. But, in truth, faith and work should share a crucial aim: to see the unseen at work through the power of the Holy Spirit. Nothing new has been made without faith in God. Nothing unseen has been seen without work. When the force of what we do hits why we do it, we wither, or we flourish. Learn more here.

Check out our upcoming ministry programs for young adults and families. Please click here.

Our programs are like an immersion into a new language – the language of living in Jesus.  The goal is fluency in the language of relationships. The foundation is an encounter with Jesus that leads to a radical change in living and relationships.

Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! | Participants ages 18-26 come with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord. Learn more about our programs here.

Strengthening & Restoring Family Relationships — Train to Reign Program | Family is the most vital relationship and the one under the most pressure and attack. Come strengthen your family in a strong relationship with God. Learn more here. Check out our new online version “Marriage and Family the Jesus Way” here..

If you would like to donate to the Christian Training Center, please click here.

Tell Them Who ” I AM” 

Danny Prince shares that Jesus is the great ” I AM “He is the Greatest Shepherd and the Savior. Jesus is the burning bush who spoke to Moses. Jesus is our Deliverer who has come that we might have abundant life!

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What does it mean to be quarantined with the Lord? 

This video is about Susan Pons on what it means to be quarantined with the Lord.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Matthew 6:33 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

What Is the Sin Virus? 

Erica Wilson, Program Director at the Christian Training Center, shares about the virus that is sin, which has affected the world since the beginning. There is the cure for the sin virus that is Jesus the Messiah!

We have already been cured from it, because Jesus died on the cross and took all our sin from us so that we might have everlasting life.

No virus — Stock Photo © studioarz #48118373

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There is power in prayer. At the Christian Training Center International, we see it every day. Let us join with you in tapping into the Power of God. Click here to make a request.

Leadership the Jesus Way: A Faith at work series — Looking how to focus your faith at work? | This series of leadership programs focuses on leadership skills that drive the purpose and passion for work as laid out by Jesus and based on sound scripture. We might see faith and work as estranged. It can be frustrating. But, in truth, faith and work should share a crucial aim: to see the unseen at work through the power of the Holy Spirit. Nothing new has been made without faith in God. Nothing unseen has been seen without work. When the force of what we do hits why we do it, we wither, or we flourish. Learn more here.

Check out our upcoming ministry programs for young adults and families. Please click here.

Our programs are like an immersion into a new language – the language of living in Jesus.  The goal is fluency in the language of relationships. The foundation is an encounter with Jesus that leads to a radical change in living and relationships.

Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! | Participants ages 18-26 come with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord. Learn more about our programs here.

Strengthening & Restoring Family Relationships — Train to Reign Program | Family is the most vital relationship and the one under the most pressure and attack. Come strengthen your family in a strong relationship with God. Learn more here.

If you would like to donate to the Christian Training Center, please click here.

Are we ready to wear black? Are we ready to set free those who are oppressed?

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This song, “Man in Black” from Johnny Cash brings me to tears.

Reminds me of Jesus when “He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

As Johnny sings, Jesus came for the poor and beaten down. Please listen.  It is short.

Man In Black by Johnny Cash

What does it mean to move from the sword to the scepter?

The Mordecai Mandate: Moving From the Sword to the Scepter.

In this session, Dave Kubal, president of Intercessors for America, speaks out of the book of Esther and talks about the important shift taking place in how we are to pray and intercede for our nation – we are in a season of moving from defensive prayer (the sword) into praying with favor extended (the scepter).

Is It Crazy To Believe In The Virgin Birth?

Ravi Zacharias (RZIM) speaker, Vince Vitale, explores whether it is beyond belief to hold to the virgin birth.

For more information on Vince, visit: https://www.rzim.org/speakers/vince-vitale

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How do we tap into the victory of Jesus the Messiah?

“Never had the kingdom of darkness suffered such a mortal blow than when Jesus burst through the grave.”

In this message Christian Training Center director, Larry Pons, takes us through Colossians 2 and reminds us of the glorious victory of Jesus the Messiah!

Is God faithful to lead us out of temptation?

Watch Danny Prince discuss the issue of temptation.

 No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide a way out so that you may be able to bear it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Transformation in Singapore through God and our Train to Reign program.

In this message, Regina Wong shares the incredible story of transformation among the YWAM base and the homeless in her hometown of Singapore, and explains how the roots of transformation began on a personal level with Regina and her core team here at the Christian Training Center.

The Life I Live – To Live by Faith is to Trust and Obey

“To live by faith is to trust and obey – if you trust AND obey that’s a living relationship. There is intimacy. There is growth. There is vitality.”

Our dear friend, Herman Weits, came and shared with us about the life of his ministry overseas. Herman and his wife, Ross, lead Bali Christian Retreat Center which is a ministry of Words of Hope International and he came to spend some time with us while on a visit back to the states.

How important is the diversity of spiritual gifts?

Sonny Ramsay explores 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.

4 Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are different activities, but the same God produces each gift in each person. 7 A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good: 8 to one is given a message of wisdom through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, 9 to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another, the performing of miracles, to another, prophecy, to another, distinguishing between spirits, to another, different kinds of tongues, to another, interpretation of tongues. 11 One and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each person as he wills.

Does faith make a distinction between the rich and poor; the elite and common?

“Faith makes no distinction to whether you’re a slave or an apostle. Every true believer is by faith justified in the sight of God and forgiven of all his sins.”

In this message, Larry Pons continues to walk through 2 Peter and challenges our thinking on what we actually have faith in Jesus for.

For Such a Time as This.

Appeal to Heaven Conference: Session 2 June 2018 – For Such a Time as This (Bob Fitts) Full Video

Bob Fitts has been at the forefront of worship leading and song writing with an international platform in live performance and recordings for over 30 years. The songs he has written and sung have always emphasized the over-abundant love and grace of God, bringing hope and healing to people all over the world. Bob and his wife, Kathy, have traveled to well over 50 nations to lead worship and teach at schools, events, conferences, ministries and churches.

We have a choice to either allow God to lead our life or to do our own thing. Which will it be?

“God has sent His Spirit to lead us in everything that we do, but we have a choice to either allow Him to lead our life or to do our own thing.”

In this message our guest speaker, Burket Ferrell, reminds us that God is always constant, always approachable, and also brings attention to the importance and impact of our daily choices.

Where does our spiritual strength come from?

“He has called us by His own glory and excellence so we are called therefore into His glory and into His excellence.”

In this message, Larry Pons speaks about Peter’s teachings and how the knowledge of God and our faith in Him is where all spiritual strength is conveyed to us.

The Power of Testimony – The Stories you Tell Wherever You Go

“Your testimonies; the things the Lord does in your life, good and bad because in God there is no bad. He takes the bad and turns it into good. They are your prophecies. They’re the stories you have to tell wherever you go. And God will use them to touch multitudes.”

This Sunday we were blessed to have Bill Eubank, longtime friend of the ministry and Board member, share with us on the blessings the Lord has given us through the testimonies He has given us and their impact on others.

Does the Holy Spirit live in us? How do we get the gift?

Scott Crowley leads a conversation around the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

He also said to them: “Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I don’t have anything to offer him.’  Then he will answer from inside and say, ‘Don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I have gone to bed. I can’t get up to give you anything.’  I tell you, even though he won’t get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his friend’s shameless boldness, he will get up and give him as much as he needs. “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish?  Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

Luke 11:5

How can we have a vision of our worth as a child of God?

Mackenzie came to the Christian Training Center during our Appeal to Heaven conference hosted with Intercessors for America. When the conference was done she felt called to stay with us for the rest of the summer and complete the internship team.

Here she shares with us about life before the internship, where God met her personally, and renewed vision of her self worth as a child of God.

What does it mean to hear “Well done!”?

We all want to hear it when we complete our journey. Hear Pastor Marvin Winans sing it at New St. Paul Tabernacle COGIC where Bishop P.A. Brooks presides.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Matthew 25:21 New International Version (NIV)

Can Atheism Ground Reason?

In a recent video, Sean McDowell discusses atheism and how it fails to explain reason. “If atheism is true, it undermines any confidence we can have in our reasoning faculties because they’re a result of a blind, purposeless, immaterial process,” Sean McDowell says. 

“But why can Christians believe in the reliability of our cognitive faculties? Because God Himself is reasonable. … We are made in the image of a God Who’s reasonable Himself.”

Can you imagine?

Danny Prince speaks on not yielding to temptation. How we need to ask the Savior for help, and He will comfort us and carry us through. The thing we miss when we yield to temptation is the glory of God. There is always a way of escape when we are tempted.

How are we one with God?

How Jesus allows us to be one with God. John 14-17 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/…

I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in me through their word.  May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe you sent me. I have given them the glory you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me, so that they may be made completely one, that the world may know you have sent me and have loved them as you have loved me.” John 17:20-23

Does God still heal today?

Danny Prince speaks about the believers job in order for God to heal. It takes the prayer of a righteous man to availeth much. It is also extremely important for the believer to have faith.

1 Corinthians 12:1,9, James 5:16, 2 Peter 1:3-4, John 14:12, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Hebrews 4:1-2, 2 Timothy 1:6, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Hebrews 7:25, Mark 6:5-6, Matthew 13:58, Matthew 17:18-21.

How do we show mercy as a gift of the Holy Spirit?

Tim Dailey has been a part of the ministry here at the Christian Training Center since it was founded in the 1970’s. This Sunday he continues our series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit by discussing the gift of mercy.

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8

“Mercy is not only required, it is also reciprocal and demands action. The mercy of God is demonstrated in this world by His people.” – Tim Dailey

Does the problem of man’s deprivation increase our need to pray for our government?

David Kubal is President of Intercessors for America, a 35+ year-old organization uniting believers in effective fasting and prayer for America. With over 25 years of national ministry experience, Dave is a seminary-trained ordained pastor and former Vice President with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

He has a heart to share God’s vision for America with others, and has written several Bible studies and workbooks using material from his talks that are currently being published due to popular demand. He brings a powerful message for Christians seeking to deepen their prayer life.

How much does our heavenly Father love us?

Faith Morton’s family moved to Franklin from Port St. Lucie in 2017 after her sister’s family, Madison and Dustin Ortiz, joined our staff. She shares about the importance of duty vs intimacy, obedience vs sacrifice, seeing the monuments of the Lord’s goodness in our lives, and how much her Heavenly Father truly loves her.

For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

What will God do in the White House Rose Garden?

This video is about our Appeal to Heaven with David Kubal. 

David Kubal is President of Intercessors for America, a 35+ year-old organization uniting believers in effective fasting and prayer for America. With over 25 years of national ministry experience, Dave is a seminary-trained ordained pastor and former Vice President with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has a heart to share God’s vision for America with others, and has written several Bible studies and workbooks using material from his talks that are currently being published due to popular demand. He brings a powerful message for Christians seeking to deepen their prayer life.

What questions do you have about our need to appeal to heaven?

This video is about Appeal to Heaven 2019. David Kubal is President of Intercessors for America, a 35+ year-old organization uniting believers in effective fasting and prayer for America. With over 25 years of national ministry experience, Dave is a seminary-trained ordained pastor and former Vice President with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has a heart to share God’s vision for America with others, and has written several Bible studies and workbooks using material from his talks that are currently being published due to popular demand. He brings a powerful message for Christians seeking to deepen their prayer life.

What’s the Best Explanation for Moral Laws?

Many atheists acknowledge the existence of objective moral laws, but how are these laws rooted? How can they exist without an objective standard of righteousness that acts as an objective moral law “giver”? J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, was interviewed by Bobby Conway (The One Minute Apologist) and discussed best explanation for the origin of life in the cosmos. (For more information related to Bobby’s great ministry, visit: http://oneminuteapologist.com/)

“Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant.” ~God’s Angel

Joseph had a lot to deal with. What to name the Son of God wasn’t one of them. God’s angel made that clear to him. His name is Jesus (Yehshuah), “God Saves”.

His bigger problem was what to do about his fiance who was pregnant but claimed the Holy Spirit got her pregnant. He trusted Mary but only up to a point. He was going to call the whole thing off. The angel solved that for him as well.

Is the year of the latter rain?

Appeal to Heaven Conference 2019 with Bob and Kathy Fitts leading worship. David Kubal teaches.

Bob Fitts has been at the forefront of worship leading and song writing with an international platform in live performance and recordings for over 30 years. The songs he has written and sung have always emphasized the over-abundant love and grace of God, bringing hope and healing to people all over the world. Bob and his wife, Kathy, have traveled to well over 50 nations to lead worship and teach at schools, events, conferences, ministries and churches.

If we are born of God, can the evil one touch us?

Watch Sonny Ramsay teach on 1 John. Can the evil one touch us?

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not sin, but the one who is born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world is under the sway of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know the true one. We are in the true one—that is, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.Little children, guard yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:18-21

Is God the God who sees and hears us, even in the most difficult of circumstances?

In part seven of this series, Tim Roots walks us through the story of Hagar and Ishmael and shares the importance of knowing that God is the God who sees and hears us, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

Galatians 4:20-22  (CSB)

I would like to be with you right now and change my tone of voice, because I don’t know what to do about you.

Tell me, you who want to be under the law, don’t you hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave (Hagar) and the other by a free woman.