“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
There are times when we are weak and do not feel strong, maybe because of sickness or trying circumstances, or busy times. There is good news for us however, for when we are weak He is strong and His strength is available to us every moment. It is so good to know it is not up to us and our ‘little bit’ of strength, but up to Him and His more than sufficient strength. Join me in proclaiming these verses today and may you be blessed with His joy, may you serve with the strength He gives and may you be strengthened with all power! Amen!
A STRENGTH PROCLAMATION
I LOVE YOU, O LORD MY STRENGTH…
YOU ARE MY STRENGTH AND SONG…
(A wonderful testimony from the Crandall family who recently attended our “INNvision” Family training here at CTCI)
A Time of Refreshing
Posted on March 17, 2014 by brianjackic
In mid-February, Brian and I (and the kids) had the opportunity to go to the mountains in North Carolina for a 2 week training program at the Christian Training Center International. It was such a beautiful time of connecting with the Lord and growing as a family! The main focus of our teaching was on what it looks like to be a Godly family and honor each other according to the Lord’s standards found in Scripture. It can be really easy to decide what is best for our family based on our culture, background, media, etc. These 2 weeks were devoted to diving into the Word and discovering God’s original design and plan for family.
We stayed at the INN, which is the main building on the CTCI campus. Similar to our YWAM base,
Young. Captured. Slave to world. Born again. Slave to God. Servant to all.
If your looking for some true history that screams… “Jesus”, take a look at the life of St. Patrick. Be encouraged by him. Thank the Lord for his life. Give up your dream of guzzling green beer for breakfast this week, and go find some rowdy rebels to evangelize in honor of the true St. Patrick.
THE GROUND OF OUR HOPE
“But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” Galatians 5:18
Whoever looks at his own character and position from a legal point of view will not only despair when he comes to the end of his reckoning, but if he be a wise man he will despair at the beginning. For if we are to be judged on the footing of the law, there shall no flesh living be justified. How blessed to know that we dwell in the domains of grace and not of law!
We are months away from another amazing summer at CTCI. Events have been scheduled, plans to serve locally and abroad are being made – and all there is left to do is process your application!
So… let go of your pillow, forget about conquering the next video game, and come follow the Lord with us.
A little video from last summer to get you ready!
Sometimes as we walk through our days we look back fondly to times that were. If we are not doing that we often are looking forward to what is yet to be. It is good to gather the memories of the past and to anticipate eagerly what is ahead. God’s Word has so much to say about ‘Now’, I put this Proclamation together to help me live ‘Now’, and to appreciate what God has done for me and what He has and is giving me today. Proclaim this, because it is the truth!
May God bless YOU greatly as you walk with Him ‘Now’, may none of us miss the wonder and beauty of the moment we are in!
NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION…
NOW I KNOW HIM AND HAVE SEEN HIM…
There are snacking foods and there are packing foods, and every guy knows the difference. Sure some ladies I know satisfy themselves with tiny treats in order to remain jammed into the culturally approved clothing of today, but these snacks will not carry you through the night. The body needs real foods, and the spiritual body needs more than drive by manna!
I like to think I am still a young buck, but the crows feet climbing across my face are beginning to tell me something different. They have become known to me as “Lines of Responsibility”.