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Who should we obey, God or government?

Who should we obey, God or government?

Taking God Seriously

Jesus is clear. Peter heard Him and took it to heart.

Jesus said “Render to the government (aka Caesar) the things that are the governments, and to God the things that are God’s.” Peter is focused on the Kingdom of God and not the City of Man or the religious elites.

Consider this. The religious elites had arrested all of the 12 Apostles of Jesus. All of them. An angel of God let them all out. They went back to proclaiming the good news of Jesus. They were arrested again.

What is the faithfulness of God all about?

From generation to generation, God is faithful. Join us as Seth Gordy shares stories that tell of God’s faithfulness in his life and the new season he and his family are walking into. To see more videos like this one, subscribe to our channel.

Full Video: https://youtu.be/YEEzwEm3WXc

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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. Programs share a sequential vision, building an understanding of relationships and family culture. The foundation is an encounter with Jesus. This encounter is the means for both insight and vision. Encountering Jesus leads a radical change in living and relationships.

Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! | — The 2020 date will be announced soon. | 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 — Oct 20 – Nov 2 | 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.

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Why is God Called “Holy, Holy, Holy”?

Why is God Called “Holy, Holy, Holy”? Hope Bolinger provides some insight. She is a literary agent at C.Y.L.E. and a recent graduate of Taylor University’s professional writing program. More than 350 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer’s Digest to Keys for Kids.

In Revelation 4:8, readers stumble across a verse that says, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty.” Popularized in worship songs, this short passage in the last book of the New Testament seems to have captivated many Christians today.

What does Revelation 4:8 mean? Where does the verse fit in the context of Revelation and the biblical narrative? Where else does “holy, holy, holy” appear in Scripture and how can we apply it to our lives today?

Read More Here: Why is God Called “Holy, Holy, Holy”? Revelation 4:8 Explained – Topical Studies

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Heroes Semester

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.

Learn more here.

CTCI’s 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.

Who is God? Why don’t we feel He is around today?

Some days it is just not clear where God is. He doesn’t seem to be anywhere around. Don’t see Him. Don’t hear him.

Where is He, I think? Why doesn’t He just show up?

God hasn’t gone anywhere. God is always with us. God is always around.

So what’s up?

Jesus challenges us to seek God. It requires a discipline to find Him some days. Jesus gives us a promise.

Seek and I will find Him.

May I be disciplined and find Him. He is near.

Seek God, all you quietly disciplined people who live by God’s justice. Seek God’s right ways. Seek a quiet and disciplined life. Perhaps you’ll be hidden on the Day of God’s anger.

Zephaniah 2:3 (The Message Bible)

Seek God
Seek God

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Backlot BBQ & Movie

Come join us for our Backlot Barbecue Event at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on October 5, 2019. Learn more here.

Your ticket includes a delicious BBQ sandwich meal, a donut roast over an open fire, fun and games. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy DreamWorks “Madagascar” under the stars. All proceeds go to missions around the world.

DATES / TIMES:

Saturday, October 5, 2019

6:30pm – 8pm: Food, Games & Donut Roast

8pm: Outdoor movie featuring DreamWorks “Madagascar”

*BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR*

Learn more here.

Learning to trust God more.

Jaedon Beasley on learning to trust God more.



If you would like to donate to the Christian Training Center, please click 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.  Programs share a sequential vision, building an understanding of relationships and family culture.  The foundation is an encounter with Jesus.  This encounter is the means for both insight and vision.  Encountering Jesus leads a radical change in living and relationships.

Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! | — Sept 2 – Nov 9, 2019 | Participants ages 18-26 come with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord. ow.ly/Nhag30oRYRK

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. Come strengthen your family in a strong relationship with God. http://ow.ly/l5SU30oS5pQ

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

What does God want us to do about the homeless?

The Bible acknowledges the fact of homelessness and instructs us to help those who are poor and needy, including those in homeless situations.

Jesus could identify with the homeless in His itinerant ministry. In Matthew 8:20, Jesus states that even animals have a place to call home, but He had nowhere to lay His head.

When Jesus saw a large crowd around him, he gave the order to go to the other side of the sea. A scribe approached him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

Jesus told him, “Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

He stayed in the homes of whoever would welcome Him and sometimes outside. He was born in a stable and even spent His last night before His crucifixion outside in a garden. The apostle Paul was also at times in a homeless situation

Up to the present hour we are both hungry and thirsty; we are poorly clothed, roughly treated, homeless (1 Corinthians 4:11).

God expects His people to help those who are homeless. The Law directly addressed care for those in need.

In Leviticus 25:35 God commands His people to help support those who have no home and cannot support themselves:

“If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you”.

The Master rebuked those who kept the outward form of religion yet did not care for the poor:

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: . . . to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” (Isaiah 58:6–7).

The book of wisdom, Proverbs, lays down the principle of giving to the poor and attaches it to a blessing:

“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done” (Proverbs 19:17).

Those who refuse to help the poor will find themselves on the losing end:

“Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses” (Proverbs 28:27).

In the New Testament, Jesus and His disciples regularly gave to the poor, and Jesus commands that we follow His example and also care for the poor:

“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you” (Matthew 5:42).

As James points out, talk is cheap; our talk (and our faith) must be accompanied by action:

“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:15–16).

The Bible does not shy away from the difficult and unpleasant reality that some people have experienced terrible setbacks and hardships in their lives, even to the point of becoming destitute. The Bible recognizes that poverty, social injustice, and homelessness are real problems that constantly plague society.

The Bible teaches that we are to be radically different from the world in how we view and treat our neighbors. In fact, we should go out of our way to provide for the homeless and others in need, trusting God to reward us in His time. Our Master said:

“When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous” (Luke 14:13–14).

God created all people in His image, everyone, regardless of social status or economic limitations, has intrinsic worth. Oppressing or exploiting those who are weaker or poorer than we are is wickedness. From cover to cover, Scripture says that we should show generosity, compassion, kindness, and mercy in practical, tangible ways.

Even our Master Jesus “did not come to be served but to serve” (Mark 10:45).

1 People, 1 Passion, 1 God

Join us as our Summer Interns talk to us about what the Lord has been teaching them about unity – being one people with one passion for one God.

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