Christian Training Center InternationalPosts

Who messed up?

Who messed up?

Who missed God’s goal (aka sinned)? Somebody did something to cause this and it will help me if i can blame them.

That can be the assumption. I am wounded. I am hurt. I suffer. I want to blame someone. Surely someone messed up.

Who, we ask?

God has something He wants to do. But Jesus doesn’t allow this kind of thinking about who caused something or who’s fault it is. He brought healing and salvation into our fallen world. He loves us. He is good. He doesn’t do evil.

Is Jesus in the drivers seat?

There is a realization I need to come to daily and it is a tough one.

I am not in control. I am not in the drivers seat and I really like the control that comes by driving. Having acted on letting Jesus be in control yesterday and not today isn’t very helpful. Every day I have to know it and live it.

God is God. God has given over control of everything to Jesus. I am to be a faithful servant, finding out what Jesus wants me to do and then doing it.

God has a goal for me. I may not know what God’s goal for me is for a year from now. That is a problem because I love to plan. I can know for today, for right now. If nothing else, I can talk with God (aka pray) and thank him for the long list of things he is doing for me, my family and my country.

I can find out how Jesus wants me to love my boss. We are in a meeting and he is droning on about the same old same old. What does love look like in that meeting?

There is a long list of people I will interact with today. Jesus is in the drivers seat. What should I do to support his message of love? While it became a little overused in some circles, it still is all about “What would Jesus do?”

“You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.” ~Jesus Source: Mark 8:34-37 (The Message)

_____________________________________________________

Our Mission & Vision

There is power in prayer. We see it every day. Let us join with you in tapping into the Power of God. Click here to make a request.

Our programs are like an immersion into a new language – the language of living in Jesus.  The goal is fluency in the language of relationships.  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

Our Vision is to see generations of leaders victoriously modeling Jesus in their families and communities.

Our Mission is training believers to live a victorious life through biblical Truth, experiential discipleship, and family relationships. 

Values

Life is:

1) Relationships

2) Personal Holiness

3) Biblical

4) Authentic

5) Relevant

Learn more here.

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

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” ~God

Image result for god new year"

How often do I dwell in the past? Remember the time …. Ah, the good old days!!

God is doing a new thing. He has a new plan. It is springing up like a fountain just turned on.

Where nothing existed in us, God is creating a new being in Jesus the Messiah. Where no love existed, God’s generosity creates life. Where no understanding was available, God’s wisdom pours forth.

What is maturity? Is that God’s goal for us?

As we seek to mature in the Lord, one of the big three things to focus on is trusting Him more and more. We need to be steady in our trust. Not trusting one day and then not the next. Consistency leads to maturity. That is God’s goal for us.

Maturity is what we need to strive for. It is so easy to slide into trusting anything but God. That is so immature.

God has a plan for us today. Do we know what it is?

Special Agent for God
Special Agent for God

God has a plan for us. Under His plan, we are to be special agents of Jesus. His assignments for us aren’t “normal”. They are special.

They are planned out just for us. They aren’t random and haphazard. How amazing is that?

God is good and God has a goal for us. That is for today and for our whole lives. God knows what He is doing. Our prayer is to be “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.

Now that is some very good news for today and everyday. That brings some much needed grace and peace to our lives.

I, Paul, am under God’s plan as an apostle, a special agent of the Messiah Jesus, writing to you faithful believers in Ephesus. I greet you with the grace and peace poured into our lives by God our Father and our Master, Jesus the Messiah. Ephesians 1:1-2

May we understand the role God has for us and serve as His special agent.

_____________________________________________________

Social Media Ambassadors

Please help the Christian Training Center share Jesus with the world!

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? Here 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.

What is God’s goal? Is it to live with His people?

God’s Goal

God has goals in mind. He will accomplish them.

When we miss God’s goal, that is known as sin. I miss God’s goal. I am a sinner. That much should be clear but if it isn’t, it is a starting point.

Jesus the Messiah’s basic aim was to do his Father’s will. As slaves of Jesus, we have the same objective, which Jesus the Messiah and the Holy Spirit enable us to achieve.

We can’t do it on our own. We can do it with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Now that is some VERY good news.

Are we blessing others abundantly?

God's Blessings
God’s Blessings

I am thinking how true this is. The more we bless others the more we are blessed.

And it is an abundant blessing. More than we could ever imagine. Our mission is to help others.

Our Father has sent us into His World (Kingdom) to love everyone we come in contact with every day. God’s goal for us is to love. That is it.

That is our mission 24/7/365. That is the main thing about the main thing. There is nothing else.

That is our job today.

When we do it in His name, we are helped as well.

May we bless others today.

May we be of help.

May we care and show compassion.

 The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” ~King Solomon (Proverbs 11:25)

_____________________________________________________

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.

A Biblical Command We Never Outgrow: “Honor Your Father and Mother”

Can we outgrow God’s commands? Here is some great insight on honoring our parents.

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12).

Halfway through the Ten Commandments, God instructs His people to honor their fathers and mothers. Peter repeats in Ephesians 6:1, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” God knows we are incapable of following His commands, and thus made a way for us to be forever forgiven by Jesus’ death on the cross.

Belief in Him saves us, not following rules.So, what then, is the purpose of commands such as “honor your father and mother,” in our New Testament lives? It’s out of God’s protective and provisional love for us that commands like this continue to act as guardrails to the full life Jesus died to give us.

Read More Here:

A Biblical Command We Never Outgrow: “Honor Your Father and Mother” – Topical Studies

_____________________________________________________

Cal’s Creative Corner

We are honored that Cal Huge is selling his photos to exclusively benefit the Christian Training Center International.

Take a visit to his Etsy store. A portion of the proceeds of each sale goes to the Christian Training Center International. The listings are only a small portion of the photos available and more will be added each week. If you have a specific request for scripture on any print or a particular subject that isn’t shown, email Cal through Etsy.

Learn more here.

What is God’s goal for our hearts?

Heart, dedicated, caring and committed

Heart, dedicated, caring and committed

It is God’s goal for us to align our hearts with our words in a way that is acceptable to God. We are to love Him and everyone else with all our hearts.

Do our words reflect that? Does God’s love in our hearts cause us to think amazing things and then act in a way that reflects His love?

Beyond what we have to say, is what we are thinking and meditating on acceptable to God? It starts with our heart.

Without a right heart, the rest is all futile.  It continues with our thoughts. It translates into our words.

May we align God’s love in our hearts with what we say.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14



We are honored that Cal Huge is selling his photos to exclusively benefit the Christian Training Center International.

Take a visit to his Etsy store. A portion of the proceeds of each sale goes to the Christian Training Center International. The listings are only a small portion of the photos available and more will be added each week. If you have a specific request for scripture on any print or a particular subject that isn’t shown, email Cal through Etsy.

Here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CalsCreativeCorner

Does it takes supernatural courage to love the way God loves?

God's standard for love

God’s standard for love

This is tough stuff. It doesn’t feel right. Our natural reactions, in relationships, can get us in trouble. Jesus has a different standard for us. Unless Jesus has invaded our life, relationships can be pretty difficult at times.

Real love in relationships can require supernatural courage. It can only happen after Jesus has changed us. Jesus demanded that the “Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” world of natural and religious rules be completely changed.

God is love and that is not how He does things. It isn’t how He wants us to do things either. God’s goal for our lives is to love.

And so, it takes supernatural courage to love the way God loves. But that is the way He wants us to love. That is what relationships in “His world” look like. This is an example of how to be a servant in relationships. The other alternative is to be a follower of how our “friends” do things.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”

Matthew 5:38-42

May we love the way God wants us to.

May our relationships be based on how He loves not the way that serves us and not others.

God’s goal for us to grow up and live the Life of Jesus, doing everything His way.

Victory in JesusJesus challenges us to be the person God wants us to be. Jesus challenges us to grow up. Grow up! Yes, you heard that right.

Grow up!

It is not about us or our unique personalities. God has given us His identity.

Jesus only does what He hears and sees His Father saying and doing.We need to get outside of our “me identity”. It isn’t about who I am. It is all about who I am in God.

Jesus wants the same for us. We have a God created identity. We are a new creation in the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. We share that with Him through baptism.

God’s goal for us to live the Life of Jesus, doing everything His way. God’s goal for us is to grow up.

“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”

~Jesus (Matthew 5:48 The Message)

You can do the small things that God wants you to do!

The enemy, Satan, will lie to us.

Courtney Potter talks about how we can do the small things that God wants us to do. 

_____________________________________________________

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

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

I want a 60 minute worship service. Where is my heart’s focus?

Heart's Focus

Heart’s Focus

Oh man, this cuts to the bone. What is our heart focused on? Why are we so impatient with God?

It is amazing, when we want to do something, the amount of time we are willing to put in on something.

How much TV do we watch compared to how long do we pray every day? I know the answer to the question for me. My heart isn’t focused on Jesus like it should be.

It really does come down to is what is important to Jesus not what is important to us. Will I follow His lead? Will I sacrifice for Him?

Will I? Will you?

God’s goal for us is for us to focus on Jesus. That is it. No how long it takes.

“The same people who want 60 minute worship services rent 2 hour movies; watch 3 hour ballgames. It’s about our heart’s focus!” ~ J. Bull

__________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Am I cheating on God?

No Cheating God

No Cheating God

Am I cheating on God? There are times I just want my own way. That cheats God of the relationship He wants to have with me.

That is the opposite of God’s goal for me. God wants us to faithfully love and adore Him. God wants us to pay attention to Him and do what He wants, not what we want.

God wants us to love. That pretty much sums up God’s goal.

I am more than happy when I know what he wants and then do it.

Jesus cares. He really cares a lot. What He gives to me in love is above and beyond anything else I could get from anyone else. There is no comparison.

God’s goal for me to be humble, obey Him and focus on love.

May live in His love and be more than happy.

You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way.

And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that ‘he’s a fiercely jealous lover.’ And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that ‘God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.’

James 4 (NIV)



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

What kind of men is God looking for?

A man after God's heart

A man after God’s heart

What is the BIG THING our heavenly Father is looking for? He is desperately seeking men and women after his own heart.

How will I know what is in His heart? Have a relationship with Him. Know what makes Him tick. Seek to please Him at all costs.

There is nothing else that really counts.

God’s goal for is that I seek after Him. There is nothing more important. To know God’s heart, I have to know God and what is important to Him. I have to get God into my heart.

The good news is the Holy Spirit reveals God to me. God is not a secret because of that.

May I be a man after God’s own heart!! May I do what He asks me to do.

“The LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people …” 1 Samuel 13:13-14



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

All I need to do is love others as if my life depends on it.

Love One Another

Love One Another

Oh yes. There are times I felt my life depended on many things. Things don’t love. Things are immaterial to eternal life found in Jesus. Jesus has a goal for us.

This good word from the Apostle Peter sets a wonderful standard for me. All I need to do is love others as if my life depends on it.

AND, my life does depend on it. I can’t have the life God intends for me without love.

Life in God = Love

God has a goal in mind for me. I should be cheerful. I should be generous. If I am, He will get all the credit.

May I love in such a way that it makes up for practically anything. Wouldn’t that be an amazing thing. That is the way of Jesus. That is God’s goal for all of us.

Jesus does it. Here is the deal.

Love more, worry less.

Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!”

1 Peter 4:8-11



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

What was the most important thing to Jesus?

Luke 23 46Everything was complete. The last thing Jesus says is so profound. This is the way it has always been with Jesus. Jesus is all about doing what God wants Him to do. That is it. Finished.

Jesus only did what he saw his Father doing. He only said what he heard his Father saying. He placed his life in God’s hand. Always.

Jesus never missed God’s goal for one single minute. Always on track. Always seeking God. Always placing his life in God’s hands.

From the beginning to the end. It is the last thing he said. The he died.

Having finished it all, Jesus puts His life in the hands of God who sent Him.

“Father, I place my life in your hands!” ~Jesus | Luke 23:46



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.

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

Am I caught up in the wrong priorities?

Right standing with God

Right standing with God

We get caught up in the wrong things. We don’t have the right priorities.

What church do we go to or what denomination do we belong to? How good is the worship team or choir? What school did we graduate from? What neighborhood do we live in?

What is my title at work? How much money do we earn? What kind of car do we drive?

The list goes on and on.

Jesus challenges us down to our core. Here are some important things that count with Jesus.

  • What is my relationship with our loving God and Father?
  • Do I love God and Him only?
  • Do I seek with all my heart to please Him every day?
  • Do I love the people in my life the way He loves me?

That is all that is important. Jesus challenges us to live that way.

God has a goal in mind for us. He wants us to live in right standing before Him. Jesus is the way to that right standing.

“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God.” ~Jesus (John 4:24 The Message)

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.

Are my prayers just monologues?

Prayer

Prayer

I am hoping that God doesn’t feel this way when I pray. I have heard lots of prayers (including my own) that feel like a monologue.

It has me thinking for sure. I am wondering.

God’s goal for us is for us to pray in a way that is a conversation. God also wants us to listen to Him.

What is God saying?

Do I hear Him?

Is my focus on understanding what God wants?

May my prayers be a conversation (not a monologue) with my Father!!!

“Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses.”  ~Margaret Millar

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.

Some things smell pretty bad

The stench of a wicked life

The stench of a wicked life

Some things smell pretty bad.

And then, there is a rotten stench. Just a plain putrid smell.

It is disgusting. We gag. We puke. None of this is good.

That is the way of a wicked life.

God’s goal for us is that we live a good and honest life. God wants us to serve Him with honor. He wants us to be in right standing with Him in all we know and do.

An honest life is important in all we do.

How do we want to be remembered? What will our memorial look like? What will it say?

A good and honest life is a blessed memorial; a wicked life leaves a rotten stench. ~King Solomon | (Proverbs 10:7)



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.

Am I a loafer and lazybone?

Work

Work

This is a stunning insight from Solomon. God’s goal for us is that we work. Work is Godly. Work is important. We are not to be lazy. We need to learn how to work and to work hard.

God has a goal for us. Sin is missing God’s goal. There is good news. God has given me a new life in Jesus. I can work and I can work hard. That is the real deal.

The work He has given us is good and noble. I am working for God. I am passionate about working for God.

If we won’t work, there are consequences.

  • Our life will collapse.
  • We will go hungry.
  • Nothing good comes from being lazy.

Let’s get with it. There is a huge harvest out there for Jesus and we need more workers.

“Life collapses on loafers; lazybones go hungry.” ~King Solomon (Proverbs 19:15 The Message)



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.

Will Jesus complete God’s mission and goals?

Crucifixion and darknessIt was a dark day as Jesus hung from the cross. Figuratively and literally. The sun disappeared. Jesus was alone.

Jesus just hung there. Waiting for death to come. Waiting for His mission to be completed.

And where is God?

What is God doing?

God is just letting it happen. Imagine the pain of seeing your Son suffer so. God did it. Jesus did it. The goal was achieved. The mission is completed. It is over.

But God has a plan. Both God and Jesus know that death will accomplish the reconciliation that is needed.

They both know death will be defeated.

They both know that Jesus will be resurrected to reign with God forever.

For the joy that was before him, Jesus suffered the abandonment. Victory would come but first must come the death.

God had a goal in mind. Jesus knew what it was. He would be abandoned and suffer death for us. It must be done. He and he alone could do it.

Jesus never missed God’s goal. Never ever. Jesus would suffer and die for us.

Completely abandoned.

Alone.

No one to help.

From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. Around mid afternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” | Matthew 27:46 (The Message Bible)

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.

What is God’s goal for us? Do I get it?

Good FridayJesus knew why He was here. He knew how it would end. He knew He would go through the worst time possible.

God’s goal for us is to be redeemed into a right relationship with our Father.

We have missed God’s goal. Jesus died to pay that price for us. He is resurrected to prove the power of God through that redemption.

What was the end in His mind?

Not the sorrow or the crucifixion. It was the glorification. He knew what He had to go through crucifixion to get to the glorification and for the sheer joy of it, he endured.

And so, we benefit from God’s new plan. We have gone through it with Him.

Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Those who love their life will lose it, while those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 

Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. ‘Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. | John 12:23-27

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

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

“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

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