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What Is Good Fruit That We Can Bear for Jesus?

Former 2015 summer intern Wyatt McClelland shares an enlightening message on what it means to be connected to the vine of the Messiah.

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“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:1-5 (NKJV)

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Will we have free will in Heaven? 

Frank Turek addresses an internal question within Christianity regarding free will in heaven and its relation to Divine Providence.

Frank Turek is the founder and president of http://www.CrossExamined.org and its primary presenter.

He is the author or coauthor of: “I Dont have Enough Faith to be an Atheist;” “Correct, Not Politically Correct;” and “Legislating Morality.” He hosts an hour-long TV program each week called “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” that is broadcast every Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on the NRB network, DirecTV Channel 378.

CrossExamined with Frank Turek is a live call-in radio program that airs on 126 stations every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. ET.

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What Is God Testing You In?

Hope Morton shares what it is like to trust Jesus in her life. Hope lives in Franklin, N.C.

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A Place of Encounter

Welcome from all of us at CTCI. We trust you’ll enjoy this short yet extremely profound devotion from day three of Mike Bickle’s Growing in Prayer Devotional book. 

“Prayer should not be regarded as a duty which must be performed, but rather as a privilege to be enjoyed, a rare delight that is always revealing some new beauty.”       -E. M. Bounds

“First and foremost, prayer is about encountering God and growing in relationship with Him. In prayer we position ourselves to receive fresh insight into His heart as new desires are formed in our hearts, enabling us to commune deeply with Him. Prayer positions us to be energized to love – to love God and people. Yes, it is biblical to pray to get answers and to see God’s power. But prayer is first of all an opportunity to commune with God.

The call to prayer is a call to participate in the love that has forever burned in God’s heart. From eternity past, the Father has loved the Son with all His heart, and the Son has loved the Father with the same intensity. This love is the foundational reality of the kingdom of God. It is this very reality that we participate in as we grow in prayer, and it is what prayer is mostly about – that is, participating in the family dynamics of the Godhead.

God created the human race to share His love. Why? Simply because “God is Love” (1 John 4:16).

God’s heart burns with love, and He calls us to experience it – to enter into what I refer to as “the fellowship of the burning heart.” Salvation is an invitation to this fellowship.

WHAT CAN I DO?

As you pray today, actively position yourself to receive the love of God, and ask the Holy Spirit to draw you into the fellowship of the burning heart.

FOR REFLECTION

“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16).

Lord, I will seek daily prayer encounters with You, not only to strengthen our relationship but to partake of the abiding love that is only found when I am in Your presence.”

Prayer is a huge part of our walk with Lord. If you have a prayer request and you would like us to join you in prayer, please fill out the contact form below and we will pray for and with you.

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God is God. His word is always true. We can count on it.

TrivializeGod means what He says.

What God says is important. What He says is not to be trivialized in any way.

When we trivialize what God says, we trivialize ourselves, not Him. His word will always be true. It can be no other way.

Jesus demands that we understand that. It is important.

God is God. His word is always true. We can count on it.

“Trivialize even the smallest item in God’s Word and you will only have trivialized yourself.” ~~Jesus Matthew 5:19-20 (The Message Bible)

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Is it reasonable to ask Jesus what I must do to do the works of God in my life?

Believe in God

Believe in God

‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’ A question from the disciples.

I look at the question the disciples of Jesus asked and it seems pretty reasonable to me.

But Jesus blew them (and me) away with the answer.

They were asking an “old plan” question. The “old plan” has a whole bunch of what must I do stuff. They were thinking we needed “to do” something.

What could they put on their to do list that they could easily check off?

Jesus gave them some “new plan” answers. This was in fact good news.

Here it is. BELIEVE in Jesus!! That is the new plan. Work equals believing. God’s goal is that we believe in Jesus.

“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.’

Then they asked him, ‘What must we do to do the works God requires?’ Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.’ | John 6:27-29

What does faith require of us?

Summer intern Kyle Waugh shares his devotional in John Chapter 5.

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Christian Training Center (5K) Walk for God, Country & Family — July 13, 2019 —

Walk for God, Country & Family from Anywhere — July 13, 2019 | You don’t have to be at the actual event (even though we would love for you to be) to help us raise funds for missions around the world. http://ow.ly/zkQ730oRbLx

Our goal for this 5k walk event is to raise $40,000. Every penny will go toward assisting families who are seeking healing and restoration and will aid in strengthening family identity in our world.

When you walk for God, Country, and Family, you’ll make strides to restore the name of God across the globe and bring godly family back to the forefront of our culture. Christian Training Center International invites you to partner with us in restoring this vital foundation to our country’s welfare.

We are inviting everyone to consider raising at least $100, whether through online giving or as a walker for this event. Would you join us as we walk for God, Country, & Family? DATES / TIMES: Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Bring Your Craziest Light-up Gear! (Bring your own chair) Enjoy live entertainment & great food for purchase! A GRAND PRIZE WILL BE GIVEN TO THE INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM THAT RAISES THE MOST FUNDS FOR THIS EVENT!

 

The Ancient Enemies of Israel Have Entered Our Land — Who are the Canaanites?

Welcome, and thank you for joining us today as we share the third part of our series.  We are looking at the ancient enemies of Israel, who they are and what they represent, and how these spirits are still relevant today in our nation and world. This is extremely valuable information to raise our awareness of the battles we fight daily. We know these battles are not of flesh and blood, but of spirits and principalities.

Part 3 – Who are the Canaanites? ~~ by Susan Pons

What happens when enemies enter our land? Exodus 34:10 says “As of right now, I’m making a covenant with you: In full sight of your people I will work wonders that have never been created in all the earth, in any nation. Take careful note of all I command you today. I’m clearing your way by driving out Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. Stay vigilant. Don’t let down your guard lest you make covenant with the people who live in the land that you are entering and they trip you up”.

Who were these enemies that had entered the land of Israel? Let’s define them and compare them to our America in today’s world. Today we will talk about the Canaanites.

Canaanite – The name Canaanite means trafficker. This is the exact same description given to satan in Ezekiel 28:13-18. This spirit is behind addictions and sexual impurity. This is why in the Scriptures, Sodom and Gomorrah were said to be Canaanite cities as told in Genesis 10:19. Jezebel was the daughter of Ethical king of Sidon, which means she was Phoenician, who were Canaanites. The Canaanite spirit uses wealth and material gain to bring God’s people into compromise and backsliding. Sexual trafficking, labor trafficking, and drug trafficking are start examples of the Canaanite spirit that has invaded our land.

Father God, we repent on behalf of our nation for all of these trafficking offenses that are so evil in Your eyes. When we look from a heavenly perspective it’s so hard to believe what our nation has become. We know that Your promises are real, and if we repent and turn away from these things You will heal our land. We pray for Your help and Your healing, holy, and righteous Spirit to increase in our nation. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Here at Christian Training Center International, we put much time and effort into making sure we are all updated and at least aware of current news and happenings in both the spiritual and also the physical realm in this world. The spiritual battle on earth is not new nor has much changed in the enemy’s tactics. It is so important for us all to be involved in prayer to Almighty God for our government and nation and other current world events.

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Jesus brings calm into our lives. Jesus brings peace. Jesus drives out the darkness.

God is lightI remember as a child not wanting to sleep in the dark. There were monsters in the closet and under the bed. The light helped. It always does.

There is something about the light. Jesus is the light. He drives out the darkness and all fear.

Jesus brings calm into our lives. Jesus brings peace. Jesus drives out the darkness.

God’s goal for us is for us to live in the light. He is God and He is light. When we live in the light of His truth, there is no fear. The perfect love of Jesus drives out all the fear. Love has a way of doing that.

The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1


May I live in the light with Jesus. 

What does it mean that Jesus is the Son of Man?

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Jesus is referred to as the “Son of Man” 88 times in the New Testament. That is a lot so clearly this is a title to pay attention to. So … what does it mean?

A first meaning of the phrase “Son of Man” is as a reference to the prophecy of Daniel 7:13-14,

“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.

He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

This is so very powerful. Jesus is King of God’s country. God has given all power and authority to him.

The description “Son of Man” was a Messianic title. Jesus is the One who was given dominion and glory and a kingdom. When Jesus used this phrase, He was assigning the Son of Man prophecy to Himself. The Jews of that era would have been intimately familiar with the phrase and to whom it referred. Jesus was proclaiming Himself as the Messiah.

A second meaning of the phrase “Son of Man” is that Jesus was truly a human being. God called the prophet Ezekiel “son of man” 93 times.

God was simply calling Ezekiel a human being. A son of a man is a man. Jesus was fully God, but He was also a human being.

First John 4:2 tells us,

“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.”

Yes, Jesus was the Son of God—He was in His essence God. Yes, Jesus was also the Son of Man—He was in His essence a human being.

In summary, the phrase “Son of Man” indicates that Jesus is the Messiah and that He is truly a human being.

Source: Gotquestions.com

Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good. He came to make dead people live!

Dead and buriedJesus lives. He is resurrected. God is a God of resurrection. God is a God of life. In Jesus we have life.

We live a resurrected life with Jesus. That is His promise to us.

Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good. He came to make dead people live!

And live we do. Jesus is the resurrection and the life. When we believe in Him, we are buried in Him and resurrected in Him.

Jesus also clues us in that there will be those who live a resurrected life of judgement. We need to choose Jesus. Jesus give life to anyone He chooses. He chooses us.

Jesus doesn’t shut anyone out. Neither does God. They are both in a very good mood. God has handed authority over to Jesus. This is a fact. We can believe it.

God is God. He is good. He has a goal for us. We must choose to live it out every day. That is the resurrection life.

We must choose to hear His voice today.

“The time is coming when everyone dead and buried will hear his voice.” ~Jesus  John 5:28-29 (The Message Bible)

Will the dead hear the voice of Jesus? Will we all be resurrected from the dead?

Every person who has or will live on this earth will experience resurrection.  I know that we as believers understand the Christian resurrection that God has planned for His people, but you need to understand also that every human being who has ever lived will be raised from the dead and there will be a literal, physical resurrection of the ungodly just as there will be of the godly. There will be a physical resurrection unto judgment or damnation just as there will be a physical resurrection unto life. 

All men who ever live on this earth will be raised from the dead.  When the body goes into the ground, that is not the last appearance of that person in visible form.  Eternity is not just a place for spirits, it is a place for resurrected bodies containing spirits.  The resurrection is the subject of this passage as you could easily see.  And it is in this passage that our Master makes the astounding claim that He is the one who raises the dead and then judges all of them.

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What is God’s message to us today?

Dancing in the StreetThis is both prophecy about Jesus and also a message to us as God’s children. Our God is a living, today kind of God.

What is His message to us today? God is in a good mood. He wants the best for us.

See today like you would your birthday. Today is a day of celebration.

What gift do we want from our Heavenly Dad? He will give us anything. Nations? Continents? Dancing in the street? Or, like Solomon, do we ask for wisdom.

I also think this is in the physical as well as spiritual world. He has promised it is all ours. Supernatural courage and His powerful Spirit make it so.

Let me tell you what God said next. He said, “You’re my son, And today is your birthday. What do you want? Name it: Nations as a present? Continents as a prize? You can command them all to dance for you, Or throw them out with tomorrow’s trash.” Psalms 2:7-9 (The Message Bible)

May I seek and ask for His power today. What gift do I want from my Heavenly Dad? May I live like today is my birthday in Him.

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How can I not go to Hell?

What is Hell? What does the Bible say about Hell, and how can I not go to Hell? Not going to Heaven and going to Hell is rightfully a scary thought! Along with that fear, many are confused about facts about Hell, like what is Hell like, who goes to Hell, and what happens in Hell. In this video about Hell and how to avoid going to Hell, Pastor Nelson with Bible Munch explains what the Bible says about Hell.

Not going to hell is easier than you think. Some people believe they have to obey the Ten Commandments for their entire lives to not go to hell. Some people believe they must observe certain rites and rituals in order to not go to hell. Some people believe there is no way we can know for sure whether or not we will go to hell. None of these views are correct. The Bible is very clear on how a person can avoid going to hell after death.

The Bible describes hell as a terrifying and horrible place. Hell is described as “eternal fire” (Matthew 25:41), “unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:12), “shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2), a place where “the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44-49), and “everlasting destruction” (2 Thessalonians 1:9). Revelation 20:10 describes hell as a “lake of burning sulfur” where the wicked are “tormented day and night forever and ever.” Obviously, hell is a place we should avoid.

Why does hell even exist, and why does God send some people there? The Bible tells us that God “prepared” hell for the devil and the fallen angels after they rebelled against Him (Matthew 25:41). Those who refuse God’s offer of forgiveness will suffer the same eternal destiny of the devil and the fallen angels. Why is hell necessary? All sin is ultimately against God (Psalm 51:4), and since God is an infinite and eternal being, only an infinite and eternal penalty is sufficient. Hell is the place where God’s holy and righteous demands of justice are carried out. Hell is where God condemns sin and all those who reject Him. The Bible makes it clear that we have all sinned (Ecclesiastes 7:20Romans 3:10-23), so, as a result, we all deserve to go to hell.

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So, how can we not go to hell? Since only an infinite and eternal penalty is sufficient, an infinite and eternal price must be paid. God became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:114). In Jesus Christ, God lived among us, taught us, and healed us—but those things were not His ultimate mission. God became a human being so that He could die for us. Jesus, God in human form, died on the cross. As God, His death was infinite and eternal in value, paying the full price for sin (1 John 2:2). God invites us to receive Jesus Christ as Savior, accepting His death as the full and just payment for our sins. God promises that anyone who believes in Jesus (John 3:16), trusting Him alone as the Savior (John 14:6), will be saved, i.e., not go to hell.

God does not want anyone to go to hell (2 Peter 3:9). That is why God made the ultimate, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice on our behalf. If you want to not go to hell, receive Jesus as your Savior. It is as simple as that. Tell God that you recognize that you are a sinner and that you deserve to go to hell. Declare to God that you are trusting in Jesus Christ as your Savior. Thank God for providing for your salvation and deliverance from hell. Simple faith, trusting in Jesus Christ as the Savior, is how you can avoid going to hell!

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Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/not-go-to-hell.html

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Elijah — How One Man Made a Difference

Our good friend Wally Fry has an outstanding series on Elijah. Check it out and sign up for his content. You won’t be disappointed.

Elijah’s time on Mt Horeb is ending, but first God has a lesson for the prophet. As we recall, Elijah has seemingly run off to My Horeb and had a bit of a pity party. He has complained to God that he has served him faithfully, yet everybody else has been killed off, he is alone, and they want to kill Elijah also. God commands Elijah to leave his cave and stand by on the mountain waiting. Clearly, he is to be waiting for the Lord to make Himself known. First, a strong wind roars by, which was strong enough to break rocks into pieces; yet, God was not in that wind. Then there was an earthquake; yet, God was not in the earthquake. Finally, there was a fire; yet, God was not in the fire either. Where was God?

Finally, there was nothing but a still small voice. Some translations call it a low whisper, or a quiet whisper. This, Elijah heard. Then, God spoke again, and asked the prophet the same question as before; Elijah replied with the same answer as before. We know Elijah heard, because our scripture tells us, “when he heard it.” We also can infer Elijah was now listening, because no other words were exchanged other than further instructions from God to Elijah concerning what he was to do next. He was to appoint a new king of Syria, a new King for Israel, and finally his own successor in the ministry, Elisha. How ordinary! It almost seems anticlimactic that after all the ruckus that God showed up in a quiet whisper, and Elijah listened.

Read more here:

Elijah-How One Man Made a Difference-Part 13 – Truth in Palmyra

Does God still heal?

2019 summer intern Marcy Funez shares a short devotional on the healing power of Jesus the Messiah.

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Why don’t the religious elites know these things from Jesus?

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I can get confused. Nicodemus did for sure. His whole world was the bible and theology. He is a member of the Jewish religious elite. I have a similar background having grown up in the church and studied scripture my whole life.

I can get confused. Like Nicodemus I ask”How can these things be?”

There is good news. Jesus sets me straight. Jesus explains it to me. Jesus is patient.

“How can these things be?” asked Nicodemus.

“Are you a teacher of Israel [a member of the religious elite] and don’t know these things?” Jesus replied. “Truly I tell you, we speak what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you do not accept our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?  No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven—the Son of Man.  | John 3:9-13 (CSB)

Nicodemus had described Jesus as a teacher. Ironically, perhaps even sarcastically, Jesus returns the compliment — and adds “the” and “of Israel” to heighten the irony of Nicodemus’s teacherly ignorance.

Nevertheless, the high rank of Nicodemus doesn’t rise to the level of Jesus as a teacher who, according to Nicodemus himself, “has come from God”.

Why should Nicodemus have understood these things? Because Ezekiel 36:25–27 quotes the Master as saying, “Then I’ll sprinkle clean water on you, and you’ll be clean.… Moreover, I’ll give you a new heart and put a Spirit in you.… And I’ll put my Spirit in you.…”

Now we know why Jesus told Nicodemus why he shouldn’t marvel. As “the teacher of Israel” Nicodemus should have understood Jesus’ words in terms of Ezekiel’s prophecy.

Here is the literal translation:

Nicodemus answered and said to him, “How can these things [being born from above, from water, even the Spirit] happen?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and don’t know these things?”

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Sources:

Christian Standard Bible. (2017). (Jn 3:9–13). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

Gundry, R. H. (2010). Commentary on the New Testament: Verse-by-Verse Explanations with a Literal Translation (pp. 360–361). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.

Is what “we have” in terms of riches of any value to God?

Godliness with ContentmentPanic over money is greed’s cousin.

Am I content with what I have? Do I have enough to eat and clothes? Is there a good roof over my head?

When I panic over something I have lost, I have stared greed in the face. Panic shows that I am not content with what I have.

God’s goal for us is clear. His desire for us is godliness. That is what matters for eternity. What “we have” in terms of riches is of no value to God.

Godliness is the mission. All else pales in comparison. What will I leave this world with? Not money. Only my love of God matters.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:6-10

May I love God and be content.

May I understand the value of godliness.

“At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman.” ~Apostle John

Justice

I can count on Jesus to be just and treat me fairly. That is way He is. Jesus is loving and Jesus is just. The big deal is that I need faith in Jesus and in His justice. As we learn from the Canaanite woman in Tyre, it starts with mercy and moves on to faith. Jesus is impressed with that approach to justice.

Having been made in His image, we humans long for moral justice to prevail upon the earth and are outraged when we see injustice happening around us. Why do we seek justice for crimes? It’s in our DNA. King David’s outrage when the poor man’s lamb was taken away by the rich man resonates within us. That is why Nathan told the story to David in the first place because it revealed David’s own injustice in taking Uriah’s wife from him. David’s immediate repentant prayer was effective because by admitting his sin against God, he acknowledged the righteousness of God. The Master told David through the prophet Nathan that even though his sin was forgiven, the child resulting from the adulterous affair would die, demonstrating the fact that his sin still had to be judged.

As for the future, the book of Revelation reveals the justice of God in all its glory during the end times. When the saints watch the destruction of the earth, their song will be of God’s righteous judgment upon the inhabitants for their ultimate sin of rejecting Him. We are promised that someday, when the Messiah physically reigns on earth, God’s righteous justice will finally be on full display.

  • John 4:9 — 9 Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
  • John 4:27 — At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?”
  • Matthew 9:10–12 — Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?” But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.
  • Matthew 15:21–28 — Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Master, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.” But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Master, help me!” And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she said, “Yes, Master; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.

What does it mean to be born again?

2019 summer intern Jesse Wahl shares his wisdom on John chapter 3. What does it mean to be born again?

John 3 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

There was a man from the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to him at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could perform these signs you do unless God were with him.”

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

“How can anyone be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked him. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?”

Jesus answered, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Whatever is born of the flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you that you must be born again. The wind blows where it pleases, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

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Heroes Semester is a 10-week semester program focused on personal and spiritual development for young adults. While immersed in a way of life that emphasizes the Word of God, prayer, relationships, family, servanthood and personal discipline, you will be renewed, trained, and challenged to walk with God in a deeper way. Learn more 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 residential, “family style” living experience like no other! Emphasizing the biblical truths of relationships, family, servanthood, and personal discipline, young men and women are challenged to live a faith that reaches beyond the four walls of the church and affects everyday life.

“The Heroes Semester is taking place, and all that I can say is that the Lord is showing me Himself! Christ is mesmerizing me; He’s opening my heart to fall more in love with Him!”

CB -Tennessee (Participant)

Participants ages 18-26 come from all walks of life with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord and seek Him for their lives and future. Each semester is filled with teaching, activities, and experiences designed to take you on the mountaintops with the Lord as well as train you to live a disciplined life in Christ in the plains and valleys.

Participants spend their days in study sessions, work duties, or on the unpredictable outdoor adventure. The evenings have a natural rhythm of group Bible studies, prayer & intercession, and recreational activities. Everyone pitches in with the usual chores that come with living life together. Electronics take a back seat in daily life, unplugging from usual habits helps to make space for new ones. Each day ends with a note of gratitude and lessons learned.

If you are ready to go deeper in relationships, devotion, and surrender to the Lord, then CTCI’s Heroes Semester could be the most purposeful 10 weeks of your life! Learn more here.

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

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Does Jesus know what is in mankind? Does Jesus know our heart?

Jesus Knows

Jesus knows me. Jesus knows my heart. Jesus knows my secrets and my longings. Jesus knows everything about me. it is important I understand that. Nothing is hidden with Him. I don’t have to pretend. Jesus knows what is in me!

While he was in Jerusalem during the Passover Festival, many believed in his name when they saw the signs he was doing. Jesus, however, would not entrust himself to them, since he knew them all and because he did not need anyone to testify about man; for he himself knew what was in man. | John 2:23-25

While in Jerusalem for the Passover, Jesus performed miracles that are not given in detail in any of the good news books. It must have been these signs that especially attracted Nicodemus. Because of the miracles, many people professed to believe in Him; but Jesus did not accept their profession. No matter what the people themselves said, or others said about them, He did not accept human testimony. Why? Because, being God, He knew what was in each person’s heart and mind.

These people believed in Jesus, but He did not believe in them! They were “unsaved believers”! It was one thing to respond to a miracle but quite something else to commit oneself to Jesus the Messiah and continue in His Word.

John was not discrediting the importance of our Master’s signs, because he wrote his book to record these signs and to encourage his readers to trust Jesus and receive eternal life. However, throughout the book, John makes it clear that it takes more than believing in miracles for a person to be saved. Seeing the signs and believing in them would be a great beginning; in fact, even the disciples started that way and had to grow in their faith.

Throughout the book of John, you see the Jewish people divided over the meaning of these miracle. The same miracles that attracted Nicodemus to Jesus caused some of the other religious leaders to want to kill Him! They even asserted that His miracles were done in the power of Satan! Our Master’s miracles were testimonies, giving evidence of His divine sonship; but they were also tests, exposing the hearts of the people. The same events that opened some eyes only made other eyes that much more blind.

It is important to see that Jesus tied His miracles to the truth of His message. He knew that the human heart is attracted to the sensational. The 5,000 that He fed wanted to make Him King—until He preached a sermon on the Bread of Life, and then they left Him in droves! Grace and truth came by Jesus the Messiah. In grace, Jesus fed the hungry; in truth, He taught the Word. The people wanted the physical food but not the spiritual truth, so they abandoned Him.

“He knew what was in man” is a statement that is proved several times in John’s book. Jesus knew the character of Simon. He knew what Nathanael was like), and He told the Samaritan woman “all things” that she had ever done. He knew that the Jewish leaders did not have God’s love in their hearts, and that one of His disciples was not truly a believer. He saw the repentance in the heart of the adulteress  and the murder in the hearts of His enemies. Several times in the Upper Room message, Jesus revealed to His disciples their own inner feelings and questions.

As you follow our Master’s ministry in John’s book, you see Him moving gradually out of the bright light of popularity and into the dark shadows of rejection. At the beginning, it was easy for people to follow the crowd and watch His miracles. But then, His words began to penetrate hearts, with conviction following; and conviction leads either to conversion or opposition. It is impossible to be neutral. People had to decide, and most of them decided against Him.

People who want His works but not His Word can never share His life. “Seeing is believing” is not the disciple’s approach. First, we believe; then we see. Miracles can only lead us to the Word, and the Word generates saving faith.

Our Master’s accurate knowledge of the human heart is another evidence of His deity, for only God can see the inner person. This brief paragraph prepares us for the important interview with Nicodemus recorded in the next chapter.

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Sources:

  1. Christian Standard Bible. (2017). (Jn 2:1–25). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
  2. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, pp. 293–294). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

Why is Jesus the light for all of us? Why can’t His light be overcome?

Light shines

What is Jesus to me? Jesus is life. In Jesus, and only Jesus, I have life. There is no way around it. I can’t, and don’t, want to deny it. It is reality for me. Jesus is life!

In Jesus [him] was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world was created through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God. | John 1:4-13 (CSB)

Life is a key theme in John’s good news book; it is used thirty-six times. What are the essentials for human life? There are at least four: light (if the sun went out, everything would die), air, water, and food. Jesus is all of these!

Jesus is the Light of life and the Light of the world. He is the “Sun of righteousness”. By His Holy Spirit, He gives us the “breath of life”, as well as the Water of life. Finally, Jesus is the Living Bread of Life that came down from heaven. He not only has life and gives life, but He is life.

Light and darkness are recurring themes in John’s good news book. God is light while Satan is “the power of darkness”. People love either the light or the darkness, and this love controls their actions. Those who believe on the Messiah are the “sons of light”. Just as the first Creation began with “Let there be light!” so the New Creation begins with the entrance of light into the heart of the believer. The coming of Jesus the Messiah into the world was the dawning of a new day for man.

You would think that blind sinners would welcome the light, but such is not always the case. The coming of the true light brought conflict as the powers of darkness opposed it. A literal translation of John 1:5 reads, “And the light keeps on shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it or understood it.” The Greek verb can mean “to overcome” or “to grasp, to understand.” Throughout the good news book of John, you will see both attitudes revealed: people will not understand what the Master Jesus is saying and doing and, as a result, they will oppose Him. John 7–12 records the growth of that opposition, which ultimately led to the crucifixion of the Messiah.

Whenever Jesus taught a spiritual truth, His listeners interpreted it in a material or physical way. The light was unable to penetrate the darkness in their minds. This was true when He spoke about the temple of His body, the new birth, the living water, eating His flesh, spiritual freedom, death as sleep, and many other spiritual truths. Satan strives to keep people in the darkness, because darkness means death and hell, while light means life and heaven.

This fact helps explain the ministry of John the Baptizer. John was sent as a witness to Jesus the Messiah, to tell people that the Light had come into the world. The nation of Israel, in spite of all its spiritual advantages, was blind to their own Messiah! The word witness is a key word in this book; John uses the noun fourteen times and the verb thirty-three times. John the Baptizer was one of many people who bore witness to Jesus, “This is the Son of God!” Alas, John was martyred and the Jewish leaders did nothing to prevent it.

Why did the nation reject Jesus as the Messiah? Because they “knew Him not.” They were spiritually ignorant. Jesus is the “true Light”—the original of which every other light is a copy—but the Jews were content with the copies. They had Moses and the Law, the temple and the sacrifices; but they did not comprehend that these “lights” pointed to the true Light who was the fulfillment, the completion, of the Old Agreement.

As you study John’s good news book, you will find Jesus teaching the people that He is the fulfillment of all that was typified in the Law. It was not enough to be born a Jew; they had to be born again, born from above. He deliberately performed two miracles on the Sabbath to teach them that He had a new rest to give them. He was the satisfying manna and the life-giving Water. He is the Shepherd of a new flock, and He is a new Vine. But the people were so shackled by religious tradition that they could not understand spiritual truth. Jesus came to His own world that He had created, but His own people, Israel, could not understand Him and would not receive Him.

They saw His works and heard His words. They observed His perfect life. He gave them every opportunity to grasp the truth, believe, and be saved. Jesus is the way, but they would not walk with Him. He is the truth, but they would not believe Him. He is the life, and they crucified Him!

But today we need not commit those same blunders. John 1:12–13 gives us the marvelous promise of God that anyone who receives Christ will be born again and enter the family of God! John says more about this new birth in John 3, but he points out here that it is a spiritual birth from God, not a physical birth that depends on human nature.

The Light is still shining! Have you personally received the Light and become a child of God?

If you would like to donate to CTCI please click here.

Sources:

  1. Christian Standard Bible. (2017). (Jn 1:1–51). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
  2. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, pp. 285–286). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

Why did Jesus visit the wedding in Cana?

2019 summer intern Courtney Potter shares this mornings devotion from John chapter 2.

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On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’s mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were invited to the wedding as well. When the wine ran out, Jesus’s mother told him, “They don’t have any wine.”

“What does that have to do with you and me, woman?” Jesus asked. “My hour has not yet come.”

“Do whatever he tells you,” his mother told the servants.

Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification. Each contained twenty or thirty gallons.

“Fill the jars with water,” Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the headwaiter.” And they did.

When the headwaiter tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from—though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom 10 and told him, “Everyone sets out the fine wine first, then, after people are drunk, the inferior. But you have kept the fine wine until now.”

Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

After this, he went down to Capernaum, together with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples, and they stayed there only a few days.

Christian Standard Bible. (2017). (Jn 2:1–12). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

“What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable.” ~Jesus

HappyAll heaven is applauding when I get in trouble for speaking the truth of the government of God. God is God and in control.

I am in good company when I am put down for making his rule known. God is light and shines truth on us all. I can’t hide His light. I can’t pretend He isn’t in control.

How often, though, am I considering what others will think if I speak the truth in love? God has a goal for us to speak the truth about Him and His government. He is in a good mood and wants us to let others know about it.

It may make them uncomfortable. That is OK.

May I speak the truth and seek our Father’s approval and not others.

“Not only that—you will be more than happy every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.” ~Jesus | Matthew 5:1-12

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How to Handle Authority: Yours and Others | Jay Fesperman (3/3)

Good morning from all of us here at the Christian Training Center International. This is another beautiful day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Please join us as we wrap up this three part teaching by Jay Fesperman about authority. Today we see how our entire culture is affected by WHO is actually in authority.

All the members have been given gifts, a call, and authority to exercise those gifts. But they must be under someone’s control; otherwise there will be chaos. Thus, as the Church, the Body of Christ, is growing up and maturing into what she has been called to be and do, all the functions of ministry must be under the rule, the government which the Lord has set in place. Sometimes, there are restraints prematurely put upon the flow of ministry. But we have to remember that everyone in the church was a rebel, and that characteristic has not been totally removed. We still want things “our way”, to “do our own thing”. We haven’t put way childish things. But both forms of authority are given, that we might all come to maturity. So Paul tells Timothy that a man must manage or RULE his own household well and get obedience and respect from his own children. At home or in the church, ministry and rulership both must be established. A very simple principle evolves within this distribution of authority: The more effective the MINISTRY is exercised, the less GOVERNMENT is needed. So, top priority should be given in ministry.

“This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message.” ~Apostle Paul

Work DefinitionPaul made tents for a living. It wasn’t how he defined his work. His work was to help people understand the good news that God has for those who came into his life. It wasn’t even something he was talented at. It was a gift from God. He wasn’t qualified to do it but God gave him everything he needed to succeed.

God’s goal is that our goal be to one of helping people understand and respond to God’s message. My work is not what I do for a living. My work is to take advantage of the gifts He gives me and press on. It is His way in His world and that is good news.

This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available followers of Jesus the Messiah. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities. ~Ephesians 3:7-8

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The Ancient Enemies of Israel Have Entered Our Land 2 of 7

Thanks for joining us today as we read the second part of our series by Susan Pons regarding the seven types of ancient enemies of Israel, and how these evil tactics are still relevant in today’s world. We pray that this seven part study raises awareness and causes more believers to pray for healing of our nation. This same spiritual battle of old continues to affect our nation and world today.

The Lord is Molding This Guy

Welcome from all of us at Christian Training Center International. Today we would like to share a testimony from one of the students who attended our spring 10-week Heroes Semester Program. Actually, he came 6 months early to volunteer here at the ministry, then he stayed on after the program to continue volunteering and helping us out here through the busy summer. We are so very thankful and grateful to the Lord for sending Ian to us! You can hear his take on it by clicking on the video below.

 

Father God, it is only by Your grace, mercy and favor that we even exist. We thank You so much for Ian, he is such a blessing. We also thank You for the opportunity to share Your gospel and Your love with families and young people here at CTCI. As You send people to us, we pray that all of our efforts, teaching, and work, would be for Your glory and honor only, amen.

If you would like information about how we may be able to help you and your family or details regarding our ministry or any of the programs we offer, please go to our website at http://www.lifeisrelationships.com or fill out the contact box below and we will get back with you promptly.

If you would like to donate to CTCI please click here.

 

 

A Fast-paced Discipleship Week For Teens — Ages 14 – 18 — July, 2020

The Christian Training Center’s Heroes Week is a fast-paced, full throttle discipleship program that is set to be the highlight of your summer!

Whether you are white water rafting, wilderness backpacking, or learning new life skills you will discover more about your identity in Christ and what it means to live as one of God’s  Heroes of today.

No Heroes program is ever the same. Each week-long program is uniquely crafted as we respond to the Lord and what He is seeking to do in the lives of those He has gathered.

Participants ages 14-18 come from a variety of backgrounds, churches and even from around the world for this summer adventure filled with spiritual, mental, relational and physical challenges.

Come ready to be pushed to the max! Heroes Weeks are a blast, and every activity is rooted in Kingdom purpose. The goal of the week is to instill a lifestyle that is led by the Spirit, obedient to God’s word, and exemplary to the world. You will leave completely exhausted, but renewed in your faith!

You may find it surprising that year to year, participants tell us that it is not the extreme activities they enjoy the most but an encounter with the Lord through powerful devotion times, worship, and thrilling outreach.

Learn more and register

Be warned: Heroes week is addictive! Most of our participants come back year after year… and eventually, apply to the Summer Internship Program for young adults.

Come and see what the Lord has for you this summer!

 

Strengthening & Restoring Family Relationships — Train to Reign Program — Oct 20 – Nov 2

Family is the most vital relationship and the one under the most pressure and attack.

Throughout the year, we welcome individuals, couples, and families from around the world who are seeking to strengthen their relationships – with God, within their own families, and with their fellow believers. Every session, individuals, couples, and families from around the world are transformed, healed, and renewed. Barriers to forgiveness, personal growth, and hope are overcome in a supportive and intimate environment. Join us in this safe and holy place where painful and complex situations can be worked through – a place of hope and healing.

Learn more and register

Teaching topics include:

  • The Plan of God for Family
  • Duty vs Intimacy
  • Fatherhood
  • Communication
  • Covering
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Defeating Parenting Fears
  • Discipline
  • …and more!

Learn more and register

Appeal to Heaven — Intercession and Worship Conference — June, 2020

The Christian Training Center welcomes David Kubal, president of Intercessors for America, and Bob Fitts, international worship leader and song writer, for a time of powerful worship and intercessory prayer. It is at this vital time in our nation’s history for the “watchmen on the walls” to pray and make intercession. Join us as we appeal to the Lord to move over America with a spirit of repentance and revival!

GUEST SPEAKERS:

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.

 

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.

DATES: JUNE 27 – JUNE 30, 2019

PRICING:

Conference registration fee:

       $50.00 per person (non-refundable)

Cost of lodging and meals at CTCI (Does not include registration fee): 

       $225.00 per person

       $385.00 per couple

Meal ticket:

       $100 per person (for those not staying at CTCI). Meal tickets must be purchased prior to attending the conference.

*For your convenience, we offer SHUTTLE SERVICE ($60 each way, per party) for those traveling by air to the Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina. Shuttle departure from the airport is 2:00 pm Thursday. Those using our service should schedule return flights from the Asheville airport after 2pm Sunday. All prices subject to change.

How to Handle Authority: Yours and Others | Jay Fesperman (2/3)

Good morning from all of us at the Christian Training Center International! What a glorious day that our Lord has given us today, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Please join us today as we continue in the second part of Jay Fesperman’s teaching about authority and let’s see how it flows down from the HEAD (Father God, Jesus Who has been give all authority) to our earthly authority in the church as “ELDERS”. What a responsibility, may we recognize and respect all authority as God has created and allowed it!

. . . in the closing words of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus told His disciples, “ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and on earth has been given to me!” (emphasis mine). In His prayer to the Father in John 17:2, Jesus said, “For you granted [me] authority over all people”.

Paul says in Colossians 2:10, “. . . you [we] have been given fullness in Christ who is the Head over every power and AUTHORITY”. So all authority comes to man from God, the Father, through Jesus Christ His Son. Thus, Jesus Christ has AUTHORITY over ALL authority. For example, in Matthew 10:1, “He called His twelve disciples to Him and gave them AUTHORITY to drive out evil spirits, and to cure every kind of disease and sickness”.

Walk for God, Country & Family from Anywhere — July 13, 2019

JOIN OUR 4TH ANNUAL WALK FOR GOD, COUNTRY & FAMILY FROM ANYWHERE! 

You don’t have to be at the actual event (even though we would love for you to be) to help us raise funds for missions around the world. You can actually join us from your location and walk (5K) with us on July 13, 2019 anywhere between 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Here is how you can help raise funds:

  • Collect pledges from family, friends and co-workers
  • Ask your church or business to be a sponsor you as you walk a 5k in your town (contact Nikki Corbin for sponsorship packet)
  • Ask your family, friends, and co-workers to join you for the walk event and help you raise funds!

Join Now!

Our goal:  When you walk for God, Country, and Family, you’re making strides to restore the name of God who is the One watching over the functions of families in our country. The Christian Training Center International (CTCI), seeks to restore the family unit, which in turn, undergirds the foundation of our country’s welfare.

Did you know it costs $40,000 a month to keep the doors open at CTCI? Our goal is to raise at least $40,000 at this event. Will you prayerfully consider being a special part?

Thank you so much for being a part of our life and helping us continue in the Lord’s calling for this ministry!

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Become a Hero: Go the extra mile with us as we tackle 4 days of thrilling outdoor challenges — July 22 – 25, 2019 — Ages: 18 – 26 yrs

Going the extra mile is about more than just taking on an extreme physical challenge. It’s about becoming a person who can lead people out of the “mire” of life and over its toughest mountains. Go the extra mile with us as we tackle 4 days of thrilling outdoor challenges designed to stretch us beyond our physical, mental, relational and spiritual boundaries.

​Ages: 18 – 26 yrs

Whether you’re a first-time backpacker or a rugged mountaineer, this trip will take you to new heights and teach you what it means to be a true leader and Hero of Today.

DATES: July 22 – 25, 2019

Schedule:

          Sunday July 21nd = AVL & ATL Arrivals (7pm latest arrival time)

          Monday – Thursday  = Extra Mile Challenge

          Friday, July 26th = ATL & AVL Departures (Flights must be after 2pm)

PRICING:

$495/person (includes cost of meals, lodging, camping/backpacking gear, and all included activities. Lodgings and gear will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis. Personal gear is welcome.)

“Hero in your Generation” promotion: Take $50 off when you bring a friend with you! ($445 for you and them!)

TRANSPORTATION:

Shuttle service to and from nearby airports will be provided at specified times and dates. There will be a per-van charge for each round-trip. Costs may be shared among multiple passengers.

                     -Atlanta airport (ATL)…………………………… $100 per van

                     -Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)………….. $60 per van

                     -Pick-up times:

                             Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Latest pick-up time. ATL ONLY).

                             Monday, July 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Latest pick-up time. AVL ONLY).

                     -Drop-off times (both airports):

​                             Friday, July 26, 2019 (AVL & ATL. Flights must be after 2 pm).

PLEASE CALL TO SCHEDULE YOUR AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION TIMES & DATES.

Prices include cost of meals, lodging, camping/backpacking gear, and all included activities. Lodgings and gear will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis. Personal gear is welcome. All prices subject to change.

Register here

 

 

Help the Christian Training Center and serve as a social media ambassador

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The Christian Training Center is looking for individuals to serve as social media ambassadors. This is a vital volunteer position for us.

What does it involve? The following is a menu of opportunities. No one is expected to do them all.

  • Follow our content on https://ctcilife.org/
    • Like the articles
    • Comment on the articles (these can be very short)
  • Ask friends to help
    • Ask your friends to like our page on Facebook
    • Ask you friends to follow us on Twitter
  • Promote the articles on your social media accounts
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
  • Follow our social media accounts  and  like/comment  on  posts

That is it. It won’t take much of your time but it will make a huge difference to our ministry as we spread the good news of Jesus.  We’ll keep you up to date by email with tips and suggestions.

Sign up form 

Join the Christian Training Center’s Annual Walk for God, Country, & Family — Saturday, July 13, 2019

Welcome to CTCI’s annual Walk for God, Country, & Family!

Join us this summer for our 4th annual Walk for God, Country, & Family! Our goal for this 5k walk event is to raise $50,000. Every penny will go toward assisting families who are seeking healing and restoration and will aid in strengthening family identity in our world.

When you walk for God, Country, and Family, you’ll make strides to restore the name of God across the globe and bring godly family back to the forefront of our culture. Christian Training Center International invites you to partner with us in restoring this vital foundation to our country’s welfare. We are inviting everyone to consider raising at least $100, whether through online giving or as a walker for this event.

For information on becoming a Corporate Sponsor, click here.

Christian Training Center International invites you to partner with us in restoring this vital foundation to our country’s welfare. We are inviting everyone to consider raising at least $100, whether through online giving or as a walker for this event.

Would you join us as we walk for God, Country, & Family?

DATES / TIMES: Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:00pm-9:00pm

Bring Your Craziest Light-up Gear! (Bring your own chair)

Enjoy live entertainment & great food for purchase!

To register, click here.

A GRAND PRIZE WILL BE GIVEN TO THE INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM THAT RAISES THE MOST FUNDS FOR THIS EVENT!

Or call Nikki Corbin at: (828) 524-5741

For information on becoming a Corporate Sponsor, click here.

Location: Parker Meadows Complex,  4306 Patton Road, Franklin, NC 28734 

To register, click here.

The Ancient Enemies of Israel Have Entered Our Land 1 of 7

Welcome, from all of us at CTCI. Please join us today and the next six Mondays as we study, one at a time, the ancient enemies of Israel and how these spirits are still relevant to our world today. This is extremely valuable information to raise our awareness of the battles we fight daily. We know these battles are not of flesh and blood, but of spirits and principalities.

Part 1 – Who are the Hittites? ~~ by Susan Pons

“Behold, I will send you Eli’jah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse (Malachi 4:5-6).

Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! |Sept 2 – Nov 9, 2019

Nikki Corbin is the Director of Development for the Christian Training Center. Mike Wilson recently interviewed her about the Inn, the Heroes Semester in September (Sept 2 – Nov 9, 2019), how to donate and volunteer.

CTCI’s Heroes Semester is a 10-week semester program focused on personal and spiritual development for young adults. While immersed in a way of life that emphasizes the Word of God, prayer, relationships, family, servanthood and personal discipline, you will be renewed, trained, and challenged to walk with God in a deeper way.

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CTCI’s Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! Emphasizing the biblical truths of relationships, family, servanthood, and personal discipline, young men and women are challenged to live a faith that reaches beyond the four walls of the church and affects everyday life.

“The Heroes Semester is taking place, and all that I can say is that the Lord is showing me Himself! Christ is mesmerizing me; He’s opening my heart to fall more in love with Him!”

CB -Tennessee (Participant)

Participants ages 18-26 come from all walks of life with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord and seek Him for their lives and future. Each semester is filled with teaching, activities, and experiences designed to take you on the mountaintops with the Lord as well as train you to live a disciplined life in Christ in the plains and valleys.

Participants spend their days in study sessions, work duties, or on the unpredictable outdoor adventure. The evenings have a natural rhythm of group Bible studies, prayer & intercession, and recreational activities. Everyone pitches in with the usual chores that come with living life together. Electronics take a back seat in daily life, unplugging from usual habits helps to make space for new ones. Each day ends with a note of gratitude and lessons learned.

If you are ready to go deeper in relationships, devotion, and surrender to the Lord, then CTCI’s Heroes Semester could be the most purposeful 10 weeks of your life!

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How to Handle Authority: Yours and Others | Jay Fesperman (1/3)

Good morning from all of us here at the Christian Training Center International! This is another beautiful day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Please join us as we begin to look at what it means to submit to authority, namely our Father God to start! This will be the first of three Wednesday teachings by Jay Fesperman on this topic. May God bless us all as we seek to live a disciplined life in Christ!

It seems that the Lord wants us to share about something that we have been sharing [on] for several years. We have reached a stage where the Lord wants us to dig and probe deeper into this subject (as well as other subjects). This is so important a matter, in the face of what God is doing in the church throughout the world. Lately, within this contemporary renewal in the work of the Holy Spirit, great emphasis has been put on things we had forgotten or laid aside as not being all that important. The subject: HOW TO HANDLE AUTHORITY: YOURS AND OTHERS.

Yes or No?

Welcome from all of us at CTCI. Please join us today as we see what the Lord God says about how we should handle our responses to others’ requests of us.

How often do we make a promise and fail to keep it? Our intention at the time we committed was good. We know that it’s wrong to go back on our word, but still we say to ourselves “It’s not very important what’s the big deal? What does it matter?” Well, the Word of God tells us that it is very important. I for one, am guilty of missing the mark, but convicted today to do something about it. Where and when did this business of promising begin anyhow? Why do we need to go beyond the simple answer of yes or no? Here is what the Bible has to say:

Who Cut In?

Welcome, from all of us at Christian Training Center International. Please join us today as we reflect on this meaningful insight from Susan Pons!

“You were running the race beautifully. Who cut in on you and stopped you from obeying the truth?” (Galatians 5:7 ISV).

Hi Everybody!

We, at Christian Training Center, hope and pray you are having a wonderful day! I want to take just a few minutes of your time to share a few thoughts that happened this week. 

So, it all began during our devotional time this week with our staff. As we were reading this scripture from Galatians 5:7, spirited memories filled my mind of days when three of our children ran cross country and track.

There are rules in racing as in all sports.You can be disqualified if you cut in front of a runner causing he or she to stumble or push someone over the boundary lines. We saw this happen more than once during their years of competitions. The onlooking crowd would boo and hiss at this kind of foul play. But, disqualification was up to the judges. Most of the time, the cheater was counted ineligible.

Obviously, there were competitive races being run in A.D. 49 and the Apostle Paul must have watched a few of them. How clever of him to turn this kind of contest into a spiritual issue!

Were there not more than a few of us who began our spiritual race beautifully?

  1. We were eating the best food. “Your words were found and I ate them” (Jeremiah 15:16 NASB).
  2. We were pacing ourselves. “This you know, my beloved brethren, but everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger” (James 1:19 NASB).
  3. We refused to let those old ways of life interfere with our training. “…put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires” (Ephesians 4:22 NIV).
  4. We learned the rules of following the Lord. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37 KJV).
  5. We prepared ourselves mentally. “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:13 NASB).
  6. We kept our eye on the prize! “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14 NIV).  
  7. We wore the right shoes and clothes. “And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15 NASB).
  8. We trusted our Coach. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV).
  9. We learned how to be part of a team. “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets; some evangelists, and some  pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11 NKJV).
  10. We were determined to finish the race. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV).

BUT…

Sadly enough, our competitor, the Enemy, cut in on our race. Some stumbled…some stopped training…some were even knocked off the course. We were blindsided and became unaware of the Cheater’s schemes.

  1. We no longer ate the Word.
  2. We began to lose our stride.
  3. Our old life and its sinful ways began to outrun us.
  4. The rules of our New Life quit mattering to us.
  5. We lost our focus.
  6. The prize just didn’t seem that important anymore.
  7. Our outward attire lost its attractiveness.
  8. We no longer trusted our Coach and did not want to listen to Him anymore.
  9. The team (the Body of Christ) did not matter anymore.
  10. We lost our determination to finish the race.

But, God does not expect us to be those who give up! The book of Revelation gives us the victory by shouting, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death”.

The Apostle John gives us the context of this verse and it is where he “heard a loud voice in heaven saying, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God’ ” (Rev 12:10 RSV). 

So, fellow team members, if necessary, let’s pick ourselves up, shake off the dust, find our lane, and finish the race. The team needs you!

by Susan Pons

It’s important for us all to keep a close check on ourselves lest we drift away slowly, subtly, and even unknowingly. Here at CTCI, we study the Truth of God’s Word daily both on our own with the Lord and also as a staff at morning devotions. When you come to a ministry like this your time is truly set apart for the Lord. Lives are changed and many miracles happen in these times. We have programs for families that need direction or re-direction, we have experiential discipleship semesters for young adults, and we host many events throughout the year. Would you like to know more about our ministry and how we may be able to help you and your family? Please fill out this contact form and we will get back with you promptly.

 

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Growing Up to Hear God | Jay Fesperman (3/3)

Good morning from all of us at the Christian Training Center International! This is another beautiful day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

We all want to hear God more and more! Here are a few things to consider when we struggle to hear our Lord. We should often consider if we are in the right heart and mind, and if we are not let’s take the time to get right! Please join us as we read the 3rd of Jay Fesperman’s series on Hearing God. May you be blessed by the insight!

Iniquity Upon Iniquity

Welcome, from all of us at Christian Training Center International. Please join us today as we read this profound insight from Susan Pons regarding how important it is to pay attention to our words and actions to make sure we are aware of our spirit. Much of this very harmful behavior is unintentional. Instead, let’s be intentional. We can overcome by the power of our Lord and Savior.

Where can we find our Lord and Savior?

Welcome, from all of us at Christian Training Center International. Please join us this morning as we read and ponder this devotion written by Susan Pons about seeking the Lord with all of our heart. We have a promise from the Lord that He will be found if we seek Him with all our heart, so don’t give up – keep seeking until you find Him! Genuinely: Pray, ask, talk to God, be in Scripture daily with full focus.