Jesus the Ultimate Life Coach

The spiritual coach who first demonstrated how to grow in faith, spiritual maturity, and intimacy with God was Jesus Christ. I recently read Learn from the Best Jesus Life Coach, which examines how the Lord coached individuals to find focus, balance, productivity, and...
Celebrating Liberty!

Celebrating Liberty!

As July continues to unfold with interns, families and staff, we take great pride and thankfulness to live in our America -“One nation under God.” One of our great privileges is to instill in all those who come our way is the truth of “Blessed is the...

Overcoming Hopelessness

You may have heard of or seen Nick Vujicic before. He was born with no limbs. His story is inspirational to me for several reasons. No. I don’t suffer from the physical conditions that he does. Nor have I had to go through the same obstacles that he has gone...

Lessons from Our Forefathers

This Fourth of July, as we celebrate and reflect upon the positives in our American heritage, and as many of us seek solutions for restoring those troubled areas in our current culture, there are a few things that come to mind that can encourage us to hold on to the...
TIPS FOR SPEAKING TO CHILDREN

TIPS FOR SPEAKING TO CHILDREN

I have been so blessed these past twenty plus years to work with children of all ages and from different nations, here at The Inn. I have worked with children in one way or another since I stopped being a child myself! I want to share with you over the course of the...
Mere Christianity

Mere Christianity

The following is a few short excerpts from C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity. In them he addresses the subject of Faith and how to apply it to our lives. Much inspiration and encouragement as you read! “I must talk in this chapter about what the Christians...
A Good Shepherd

A Good Shepherd

It is a joy and privilege to have such a diverse staff here at CTCI, not only in terms of their individual talents and abilities, but also in the different cultural perspectives that each brings to our work and family environment. Here is a devotional thought from our...
Exactly What We Are Teaching

Exactly What We Are Teaching

These are words from a judge given in 1959. This is exactly what we are teaching young people when they walk through the doors here at The Inn. Call us old fashioned? We take it as a compliment. Words For Teenagers “Northland college principle John Tapene has...
Keys to a Successful Life

Keys to a Successful Life

“This hill, though high, I covet to ascend; The difficulty will not me offend. For I perceive the way to life lies here. Come, pluck up, heart; let’s neither faint nor fear. Better, though difficult, the right way to go, Than wrong, though easy, where the end is...
Praying for Our Troops

Praying for Our Troops

Recently, my son swore the following oath to uphold the constitution of the United States as he enlisted in the Marine Corps: I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I...

A THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION…

I have noticed over the years that thankful people are a delight to be around. Their conversations are liberally sprinkled with gratefulness, it just oozes out of them! It is good manners to say “thank you”, somehow we have the “please” down...

Fathers Day ’13

Fathers Day fun from INNvision family program 2013! I am forever grateful for the men that have fathered me over the years, most importantly my own dad. There is no degree that will ever compete with the training that can be imparted by a father, no apprenticeship...

So Much To Be Thankful For

I love music. It moves me in so many ways. Do you ever hear a song that moves you in a different  way almost every time you listen to it? For me, this particular song, captures the essence of just that. We really have so much to be thankful for here at The Inn. To all...
7 Signs Your Budget Needs a Fresh Start – daveramsey.com

7 Signs Your Budget Needs a Fresh Start – daveramsey.com

One of the big lessons that we strive to instill in people as they come to CTCI is the value of sound financial living. It goes almost without saying that falling into monetary pitfalls is an all-too-common occurrence. And the most troubling thing is that there is so...
What’s in a Weed?

What’s in a Weed?

Ahhh! What’s better than some good ‘ol, de-stress time spent weeding in the garden? Ok, maybe a few things, but I’ll admit, sometimes that’s just what I need. The quiet, the breeze, the cool of the morning (or evening), the rhythmic task of...
Life is Relationships

Life is Relationships

“Life is relationships. If you’re having a good life it’s because you have good relationships. If you’re having a tough life, it’s because you have problematic relationships.” – Jay Fesperman Jay’s quote is such a truism.  Relationships are so vital and central...

The Story of Ian & Larissa | Desiring God

Being a ministry that focuses so intently on relationships, we at CTCI are always excited to hear about and share touching stories of love, healing, and transformation in people’s lives. Here’s a little story that talks about just that, from some people we...
31 Year-old Virgin

31 Year-old Virgin

The first time I fell in love was at the age of 7. Her name was Katy. Dark hair, brown eyes, cute smile. She was maybe a year younger than I was at the time, and I’m pretty sure she melted me into a puddle of butter from the very first time we met. Out of that first...
City Boys Need a Shepherd Too

City Boys Need a Shepherd Too

Psalms 23, a passage this city boy has read 1,000 times, now takes on a new reality for me: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…..” Out of all the gods on the face of the earth, Jesus is the only true God fit for the job of being a shepherd. A few of us at The...
The Preciousness Of Your Prayers

The Preciousness Of Your Prayers

When you are a part of a Ministry that spans the years and is still in existence and flourishing, it becomes very clear that prayer has been a major part of that. We have a Prayer Room on the third floor dedicated for that purpose. Recently we had a day of prayer, and...

OUR GOD IS ABLE – 3 Day Study

It is so important that we realize that Our God Is Able, that there is nothing he cannot do. He is the God of the impossible and He will far exceed our highest expectations. Join me in taking a little time in these next three days to study this amazing truth from the...
On the Stairs…

On the Stairs…

by Tim Bryant, Board Member, DLC ‘77, TTR ‘87 “Tim, the whole family is on the stairs waiting for you!” Jay Fesperman exclaimed over the phone as I stood in a hot phone booth in downtown Franklin. “The van has broken down”, I said, feeling like my faith should be...
I don’t wear a cape.

I don’t wear a cape.

I don’t wear a cape. I don’t have a bat cave. I don’t even fly an invisible jet. I’m just me. The only super I’m ever associated with is super-smelly or, on good days, super-average. It turns out that I can’t fly, I’m not made...
To Be or To Do – That is the Question

To Be or To Do – That is the Question

A while ago my five-year-old daughter Daniela said to me, “I want to be a doctor when I grow up so I can help people who get hurt. But I’d also like to be a policewoman so I can make people obey the rules.  I want to be a singer and a dancer, too. ...
Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

Greetings, world. I wanted to take some time just to share with you what God has been working in my life. Let me start by explaining why Forrest Gump is my inspiration. A couple of us were watching Forrest Gump one day, and at the end of the movie I could not get this...
He Went for the One

He Went for the One

In 2009, Wanderlust Productions, Darren Wilson, released a DVD entitled Furious Love.  As I watched it, over and over and over again, I was impacted that people were traveling all over the world “for the one”. Yes, I knew this  – but the reality of that thread...
Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis on Reasoning to Atheism – Apologetics 315

I love the way that C.S. Lewis can take some of the most challenge concepts that we face in life and formulate such succinct responses to them.  Here’s a little excerpt from his writings that addresses issues arising from atheistic belief and why belief in God...
Give to Caesar; Give to God | RZIM

Give to Caesar; Give to God | RZIM

Gifted apologist Ravi Zacharias is known for his ability to tackle some of the toughest issues we face in our current cultures. As he does so well and so often, here he unpacks an impactful message on Man’s proper position before God in a very compact statement....
INNquiry E-Newsletter (May 2014)

INNquiry E-Newsletter (May 2014)

David Livingstone, a pioneer in African mission’s said, “Fear God and work hard.” This admonition spoken two centuries ago, is an apt description of what has been going on at The Inn this year. In the first quarter of 2014, we have managed more...
Sherlock Holmes: My Mentor

Sherlock Holmes: My Mentor

3 hairs on the floor. 5 pin-sized specks of toothpaste on the mirror. 2 pieces of dead grass that are nearly invisible against the brown carpeting in the room. Slight smudge marks on the bottom of a door. Dust build-up in a minuscule crack that only a cockroach would...
Awestruck

Awestruck

Recently the weather has been a little strange here in Franklin. As is normal for North Carolina weather this time of year, it was in the 80’s one day and down in the 40’s the next. But the strange (yet fascinating) part was the storms that just kept...
A Fresh Lettuce Soul

A Fresh Lettuce Soul

I stop in at garden stores like some people shop at garage sales. I know I am likely to find something I can’t live without, and between the hanging baskets, bedding plants, herbs, annuals and perennials, it is hard to choose just a few necessities. The Inn is an...

Aaahhh Peace

We often hear individuals making the comment, “How I long to be at The Inn sitting on the front lawn hearing…nothing.” There aren’t many places we can go now where noise doesn’t play a huge part of our everyday lives. Our prayer daily is that...
In The Beginning … of The Inn

In The Beginning … of The Inn

In The Beginning … of The Inn (from my perspective … Tracy Fesperman Collins) Some time, in the early 1970’s, Jay and Sally Fesperman looked at and bought the Wayah Valley Inn. And, yes, as the story goes, they were looking for a one-room cabin. They...
Words Reveal Our Relationship

Words Reveal Our Relationship

I love prepositions, those little words that show the relationship between the words in a sentence. Some kids memorize the whole list of them, and others roll their eyes at the old explanation from teachers that you are not allowed to put one at the end of a sentence....
A Package? For Me?!

A Package? For Me?!

A few weeks ago I celebrated my twenty-first birthday. One of my closest and dearest friends drove four hours just to spend the day with me. I had the day off, and I received some awesome handmade birthday cards from a few members of my Inn family. All around it was a...
Apples and Oranges

Apples and Oranges

Apples, oranges, mangos, peaches, papayas and sirloins. God is good. So many colors, flavors, textures and smells. I often think with my stomach. While this not always a good thing, today it is causing me to be grateful for the little blessings that are in this world....

These Are Times that Sell Men’s Souls

Yesterday, I was reminded of Thomas Paine’s quote that publicized the travail of a nation yet to be born…“These are the times that try men’s souls.”  Many in our nation feel the trying of our very beings concerning the survival of our individual and national souls....

Idolatry vs. the Dollar Tree

We were in the car driving home from preschool when my four-year old, David, asked me if it is ok to say “Holy cow!” or not. “Do you know where that saying comes from?” I asked. “No.” “Well, do you remember when Moses went up Mount Sinai and God gave him the Ten...

Idiots Are a Dime a Dozen…

In our ultra politically-correct societies, it’s becoming more and more the tendency to shy away from calling others – or ourselves – critical names. Anti-bullying campaigns abound, and a “don’t-judge-me” mentality is pervasive,...
Passover to the Cross

Passover to the Cross

I am forever grateful to Rabbi Rubenstein and the Messianic fellowship,  BethYeshua, for all they have taught me over the years: reverence for the word, appreciation for the hebrew, to enjoy the biblical feast, how to dance : ), the beauty in tradition, freedom from...

E.A.S.T.E.R.

When we hear the word Easter, what first comes to mind? The Last Supper? The cross? The unmatchable sacrifice? The weeping? The empty tomb? Jesus dead but now alive? Our lives’ never the same again? Each line below spells E.A.S.T.E.R. May the wonder and treasure of...

The Kingdom of God is Funny Like That

Spring is one of my top four favorite seasons. It is the time when life pokes its head out after the darkness of winter. It is also the time for pruning. We have a few plants here that require pruning – roses, apples, pears, peaches, grapes, and cherries. Though...

Proclaiming God’s Word: “He is Able”

Sometimes we can be so limited by our abilities and what we think we can or cannot do. The good news is it is not about us and our abilities but about God and who He is and what He IS ABLE to do.  We are to focus on the wonderful truth that our God is ABLE, when we do...