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How will we see God? What does it take?

How will we see God? What does it take?

Man after Gods heart
A man after God’s heart

Jesus is clear. His apostle John is clear. My heart testifies to me what I ought to do. There is no lack of clarity what Jesus commands regarding love and compassion. It is written on my heart by God.

The Bible mentions the human heart almost 300 times. In essence, this is what it says: the heart is that spiritual part of us where our emotions and desires dwell.

What happens when you refuse to know God?

This sad. It breaks God’s heart.

There are a lot of people who simply refuse to know God. Despite all the love and patience, they just refuse. They hear the good news of Jesus. They refuse to believe. God speaks to them … they don’t listen.

It is possible to live a life of ever increasing depravity. There is a spiral. Refusing to know God leads a spiral where rejection of God’s goals for us are the rule. It is a state of confusion. It is a fog. It is darkness. Wandering around not seeing clearly or at all.

When life and light is rejected, the alternative is death and darkness. Many are living there. We all see it every day.

It seems to start slowly but that is the destination. It is a journey over time. Slow and insidious.

They are empty of God. They are empty of love. They are godless and loveless.

God calls us all to speak the truth and present the opportunity of life in Jesus.

What is at stake? Eternity!

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The lessons taught at CTCI are not designed to be learned just in the classroom. They are not simply taught in a week or a month program. Rather, they come through the furnace of daily living and are hammered into useful form on the anvil of unrelenting daily life and common struggles. The hammer must fall repetitively over and over before the shape takes form. This type of experiential learning is formative.

Learning is driven by an insatiable curiosity in God’s ways. The value of hard work and the merits of creative problem-solving are by-products of “fleshing out” Biblical principles and watching them come to life through God’s creative power. Families are transformed and young people are reformed.

When given the right conditions of sunlight and good soil, an acorn grows into a mighty oak. When the same acorn is crowded out by larger trees and the elements for health are lacking, the tree grows crooked and deformed.

When a family arrives tattered and worn, we provide the sunshine and nourishment of God’s word in daily life experiences – and the transformation is nothing short of remarkable.

When a young person arrives soiled in the mud and mire of worldly ways, we provide the nutrients which build character and integrity for future leaders – and the reformation is nothing short of miraculous.

This is what we do: Transformation and Reformation. Learn more here.

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What are the consequences of being careless?

Jesus is clear what love looks like. My words need to reflect His love in me. This is a core part of the Jesus Manifesto (aka the Sermon on the Mount).

Jesus knows that being careless in what we say to others can have consequences we don’t want to see. It isn’t pretty. It is way too easy to be careless. The words just jump out. Yikes!

How do we make ourselves home in the love of Jesus?

Love and Obey

Jesus, the Messiah, is all about love. We all want to be at home. It was in love that God, the Father, sent his Son to the world to save us from missing God’s goal for our life (aka sin).

It all starts with the love the Father shown to Jesus. Jesus has taken that love and given it to me. I know how to love because of Jesus. Ah, it is great to be home!

I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.

Source: John 15:9-10

Which command in God’s Law is the most important?

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“When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show Jesus up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”

“Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” | Source: Matthew 22:34-40

The religious leaders, in their contempt, arrogance and hypocrisy, thought they could get the best of Jesus. Of course, they couldn’t. It hasn’t stopped though. Religious leaders, and their followers, still think they can. Of course, they can’t.

Will God’s beauty and love chase after me every day of my life?

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This translation is from The Message. We all recognize Psalm 23. The traditional translation of verse 6 is “Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life.”

I want to live in the world where God’s beauty and love chase me every day of my life. I do, I do, I do! Imagine seeing every minute of every day that way? Imagine living life that way? Imagine?

God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, ’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.  ~King David | Psalm 23 (The Message Bible)

God says we must stop the abuse.

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There is right and there is wrong. We all know the difference. I must remember to stand up for the abused and keep up the good fight for justice.

“Exploit or abuse your family, and end up with a fistful of air [inherit the wind]; common sense tells you it’s a stupid way to live.” ~King Solomon

(Proverbs 11:29)

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” ~Jesus

Matthew 5:21-22

Are we wrong to hope?

Hope

Am I wrong to hope?

Now this is amazing. I am not disappointed when I hope. In my hope, I see Jesus. My heart is full of His love. Hope is connected to love. God’s love, poured into us, gives us hope. It isn’t anything we can do. It is everything God’s Spirit can do. And … God does. Every single day.

Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 

Romans 5:5 (NASB)

One New Commandment to Rule Them All

Brandon Cox provides some great insight on the BIG commandment. Brandon is Lead Pastor at Grace Hills.

The Jewish people had lots of commandments in their scriptures. There were the “big ten,” but hundreds of others as well, plus all the extra, outside-the-scriptures commandments that helped them keep the in-the-scriptures commandments.

Imagine the sense of burden on the final night of Jesus’ life when he gave his closest disciples one more commandment. Or more accurately, a new commandment.

The disciples probably braced themselves for whatever extra rule Jesus might pile onto the lengthy list they were already trying to follow. But what Jesus did was render all of the old commandments obsolete* by issuing one great big new replacement commandment…

Read the article: One New Commandment to Rule Them All

Is God light and love?

Sonny Ramsay takes us into the 1 John, the epistle from John the Apostle.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him.  If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth.  If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10

We need more compassion in our lives. Jesus shows us the way.

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Compassion is an attitude of care and concern, grounded in pity and sympathy towards others, given to us by Jesus. Our compassion towards others should reflect the compassion of God for his people.

In the Greek, σπλαγχνίζομαι it means to be moved in the inward parts, i.e. to feel compassion. It is said of Jesus that:

Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.”

Matthew 9:36

What kind of love will we choose?

Good news of God

Is there Good News? There is good news. The Word of God and Jesus offers an understanding of the source, character, requirement and value of love.

The love of Jesus is based on the nature and actions of God our Father. Jesus delights in His love of us. Jesus sums up God’s goal (command) for us as one of loving God and our neighbors. That is our mission and life! That is all God wants for us. There is no other purpose.

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. | John 15:13

Faith or Experience?

Faith or Experience?

By Oswald Chambers

 
 

We should battle through our moods, feelings, and emotions into absolute devotion to the Lord Jesus. We must break out of our own little world of experience into abandoned devotion to Him. Think who the New Testament says Jesus Christ is, and then think of the despicable meagerness of the miserable faith we exhibit by saying, “I haven’t had this experience or that experience”! Think what faith in Jesus Christ claims and provides— He can present us faultless before the throne of God, inexpressibly pure, absolutely righteous, and profoundly justified. Stand in absolute adoring faith “in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God— and righteousness and sanctification and redemption…” (1 Corinthians 1:30). How dare we talk of making a sacrifice for the Son of God! We are saved from hell and total destruction, and then we talk about making sacrifices!

 

We must continually focus and firmly place our faith in Jesus Christ— not a “prayer meeting” Jesus Christ, or a “book” Jesus Christ, but the New Testament Jesus Christ, who is God Incarnate, and who ought to strike us dead at His feet. Our faith must be in the One from whom our salvation springs. Jesus Christ wants our absolute, unrestrained devotion to Himself. We can never experience Jesus Christ, or selfishly bind Him in the confines of our own hearts. Our faith must be built on strong determined confidence in Him.

It is because of our trusting in experience that we see the steadfast impatience of the Holy Spirit against unbelief. All of our fears are sinful, and we create our own fears by refusing to nourish ourselves in our faith. How can anyone who is identified with Jesus Christ suffer from doubt or fear! Our lives should be an absolute hymn of praise resulting from perfect, irrepressible, triumphant belief.

Source: Faith or Experience? | My Utmost For His Highest

What is love? How much does God love us?

God’s Love

God’s love for humanity. There is good news in that the Word of God and Jesus offers an understanding of the source, character, requirement and value of love. It is based on the nature and actions of God our Father.

Jesus sums up God’s goal (command) for us as one of loving God and my neighbors.

What is friendship? Does it involve forgiveness?

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Friendship is an amazing experience. It also can be a fragile relationship. Are we looking at the good in our friend or are we seeing what they “aren’t doing”?

I’ve been there. I’ve done that. Why didn’t they remember my birthday? Why didn’t they call me? Why did they say I was fat? Yikes, the list of “offences” is endless.

I need to get over it. Jesus offers us a way out through His Holy Spirit. Jesus shows us how to love. Jesus shows us how to forgive. That, my friends, is good news.

What is respect? Does it lead to Godly living?

The apostle Peter summarizes the Bible’s teaching on respect in his first Epistle. Our mission as disciples is clear.

Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

1 Peter 2:17

This passage encompasses four major areas of our lives, teaching us that, as a follower of the Messiah, we should respect all men, the disciples, God, and governmental authorities.

What is love? How is God’s love different?

Love isn’t about me. Love is about God and Jesus. I don’t know the first thing about love. Anything I do that even gets close to love is a result of the Holy Spirit in me. It is growing like a fruit but it is all about God and nothing about me.

Where does love come from? Love comes from the Holy Spirit. It is a gift. It is fruit that grows in us. Left to our own devices, we stink at it.

Jesus is our standard. We fall way short of the goal (aka sin).

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.

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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Who is Jesus? Does He show the goodness of God?

Consider the tenderness of Jesus the Messiah. Everywhere we turn, Jesus is moved and full of compassion. Jesus shows the goodness of God in everything He does.

Jesus is in a good mood. Day in and day out. Nothing but tenderness from our Master, the Messiah.

It is clear that Jesus loves. That is how Jesus rolls. God is love. Jesus is love. They are in a good mood. They want us to be whole and holy. I have a lot to learn. I am a disciple for that very reason.

Do we have a sincere love for each other? What is holding us back?

In this message, Christian Training Center Director Larry Pons takes us through a recap of the book of 1 Peter.

1 Peter 1 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ:

To those chosen, living as exiles dispersed abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient and to be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ.

May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials so that the proven character of your faith—more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who prophesied about the grace that would come to you, searched and carefully investigated. 11 They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified in advance to the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.[c] 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—angels long to catch a glimpse of these things.

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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! | — 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.

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

What is God’s response to those who reject Him and His Son Jesus?

The godless have abandoned God. They have rejected God. We see it everywhere. It seems to be our daily news. We can’t escape knowing about it. It is deeply troubling. I am not thinking about evil which is another story. I am thinking about choices to reject God.

So where does this leave the rejectors in their standing with God? Tough question. What is God’s response to those who reject Him and His Son Jesus? What do you do with people who choose to live in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out?

What is love? Is the God of the Old Testament a grumpy old man?

Somehow, we have this image of God, from the Old Testament, as an angry old man. Grumpy to the core. Perhaps it is the “flood narrative” and other stories.

God is God. Justice will be done. You can see this in the new agreement narratives of Jesus as well.

But, God is good. God is in a good mood. God loves us. Let us not doubt that for a second.

Are we obedient and abiding in the love of Jesus?

Jesus is our Master. As our Master, Jesus has some commands for us. They are not optional if we follow Jesus. They are commands. They are not optional.

We can choose to obey but we can’t choose the commands. Jesus is in charge here. We aren’t.

Jesus leads the way. Jesus is obedient to His Father. Jesus isn’t asking anything from us that He isn’t willing to do Himself. Jesus is always obedient. Jesus always obeys His Father’s commands. Jesus shows us the way.

What is gentleness? Can we be gentle in caring for the weak?

Can we be gentle in caring for the weak? Yes, we can and should. God has a goal for us. God’s goal is for us to love. That is it.

Every person is powerful. We can speak words that influence others. Our words and actions make a real difference.

We can act in ways that help or hurt. Jesus challenges us to help and to love. That is message to us over and over.

We can choose what influences will inform our words and actions. As disciples (learners) of Jesus, we learn from Him. Jesus is our model.

Does God care?

Love of Jesus

It is interesting how some people just don’t “get it”, i.e., understand what we are up to in God.

We know we are His children.

We know He loves us and how amazing that is.

We know God is not angry or upset. We know He has our best interest at heart.

We know God cares beyond anything we can imagine.

We know God is in a good mood, all the time.

We really are the children of God. Really.

No doubt about it.

What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.

1 John 3:1

May I know who I am in Him.

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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.

Are we blessing others abundantly?

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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)

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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.

How can we renounce the anger in our lives?

What is our mission? Image result for angerOur mission, given to us by Jesus, is to love. That is it. That should be our day. That should be our motivation. Love should be our passionate focus.

How can we renounce the anger in our lives? The antidote to anger is to practice love.  A focus on love drives out the anger. It loses it’s grip and is driven away.

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone… ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17-18, 20-21)

Does love come from the Holy Spirit?

Fruit

Where does love come from? Love comes from the Holy Spirit. It is a gift. It is fruit that grows in me.

Because we have received the Holy Spirit, we can actually love, whereas before, we could not. I tried, but it was useless.

Is love optional? Yes, I get to decide whether to love or not. It is a gift. I can use it or not. It is a fruit that I can cultivate and grow, or not. So I get to decide. I often am not loving. I can be mean and cruel. I have no defense. “Master Jesus the Messiah, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

Is patience a virtue?

Wait patiently for the Lord

Wait patiently for the Lord

We are always, and I mean always, in such a hurry these days. Our culture is on hyperdrive.

We want it and we want it now. My dad has always said “Patience is a virtue.” And it is.

Our dads (and our heavenly Dad) are right.

What is the promise to us. Waiting patiently for the Lord means that He is more inclined to listen to us. And God will hear our cry. He really will.

We can count on that. It is a solid promise from God.

God’s goal for us is to be patient. God is God. He will incline to us at the right time and hear us.

God will not abandon us at all. He loves us.

So here you go. Three simple steps.

God is in a good mood.

I waited patiently for the Lord;
he inclined to me
and heard my cry.
Psalms 40:1

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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.

Do we get the simple message about love?

Love One AnotherJohn simply got it. The message from God our Father and our Messiah Jesus is that we should love one another. That is it.

There is nothing else. That is God’s goal for us. Love God and love each other. It is our entire focus. It is the message we proclaim.

In fact, the way we know that we have been transferred to The Way of life is that we love one another. If we don’t love one another, then we are as good as dead.

Jesus was clear on this. John got it. We must “get it” as well. This is the good news message. God is love. God is good and in a good mood.

We must love. That is it.

May we walk in His love and love everyone we meet today.

For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another, unlike Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.

1 John 3:11-12

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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.

Should we lend a hand to those who falter? What is strength for?

How can I help?

How can I help?

My oh my, there is some misguided thinking going on in this world. God has a goal for us. We are to tap into His power.

Why? To serve. That is all there is to it.

It is not about what is convenient. It is not about what is comfortable. It is not about me. It is not about status.

It is all about Jesus. It is about my brothers and sisters. It is about those who don’t know our Master Jesus the Messiah.

It is always about “How can I help?”

It is all about service. That is it. That is the main thing about the main thing.

God’s goal for us is to love. Jesus is clear about that. We show we are a follower of Jesus when we look out for the good of those around us.

“Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”

Romans 15:2 (The Message Bible)

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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.

5 Ways Jesus Said “I Love You” with His Life

Jesus loves us. Here is some insight from Lisa Brown. She is an aspiring writer and owner of The Family Roadmap Blog and a Parent Coach at the National Center Of Biblical Parenting

Jesus said “I Love You” with his life by showing up for all of us and giving us hope for our messy lives. He left His throne to come to earth and save us from our miserable selves. It’s through His life and presence in our hearts that we can learn to love ourselves and others.

Sadness runs deep in our world today especially for those who don’t know what real love is. Through the life of Jesus, we learn to see that love is more than just words. Love is taking action.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

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5 Ways Jesus Said “I Love You” with His Life – Topical Studies

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How do we learn about tenderness?

Image result for jesus weptI think this is the most precious verse in the scripture.

Jesus wept!

Jesus cried.

Jesus sobbed.

It is clear that Jesus loves. That is how Jesus rolls. God is love. Jesus is love. They are in a good mood. They want us to be whole and holy.

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.

How does God reveal His love for us?

Jesus demonstrated His love for us by dying on the cross so that we can be reconciled to God the Father.

Jesus has sealed us with the Holy Spirit. The death of Jesus is how we know what love is. Now this is some good news!

I must confess that I am not the best at loving people. I am challenged many days. There is good news though. I have the Holy Spirit.

So … let’s dig in. There is much to learn on how to love.

My name is K Po and I’m from Burma.

Hear the miracles straight from the mouth of K Po. By the way, he is from Burma.

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The foundation of immersion 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.

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Am I pretending to be righteous just because I am acting legally?

The Law

The Law

Jesus challenges us to look at whether meeting the “letter of the law” means we are living right in God. God’s right way of living has nothing to do with “not doing” things but has everything to do with loving Him and others every day.

Following the letter of the law is really a not so subtle form of selfishness. We justify not doing things by the fact that “we go to church” or “we tithe” or “we pray”.

We can avoid loving the homeless because of our other religious activities. I take comfort in following the rules and regulations. Is my rule keeping really going to help me?

Jesus exposes that approach as a sham. Jesus is clear. I can have no doubt about it at all.

God’s goal for us is to stop pretending with our religious behavior and live in a right relationship with him. It is all about our relationship with God and with everyone else we know and meet. It is all about love.

May I be right in Him doing His right things everyday.

Remember the Scripture that says, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him do it legally, giving her divorce papers and her legal rights’? Too many of you are using that as a cover for selfishness and whim, pretending to be righteous just because you are ‘legal.’ Please, no more pretending. If you divorce your wife, you’re responsible for making her an adulteress (unless she has already made herself that by sexual promiscuity). And if you marry such a divorced adulteress, you’re automatically an adulterer yourself. You can’t use legal cover to mask a moral failure. 

Matthew 5:31 The Message (MSG)



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Can children get along?

Holding a grudge

Holding a grudge

We are God’s children. Now think about it. He has forgiven us. He has adopted us. All is right in the family of God. Or is it?

How does he want us to act? Does He want us to hold grudges?

Does He want us to forgive, iron out our differences and make up? Yes, God does.

The first step is to iron out the differences. This requires coming to an understanding. It isn’t always just ignoring the underlying problem only to see it flare up again in the future.

God has a new way for us and it is not what we think. His goal is for us to love not to hate.

In His Spirit, we have the power to live a life of love. Children can get along. Hard to imagine but it is true.

 I urge Euodia and Syntyche to iron out their differences and make up. God doesn’t want his children holding grudges. 

Philippians 4:2 (The Message Bible)



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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)



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Families have fun together. Families share meals together. Lunch in the park!

Families have fun together.

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.

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. ​

Teaching topics include:

  • The Plan of God for Family
  • Duty vs Intimacy
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  • Defeating Parenting
  • Fears
  • Discipline
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What does God mostly do?

Love

Love

Well here we go. When I keep company with God, hang out with Him, I will learn a life of love.

God is so extravagant in His love as well. He just showers it down on me. Overwhelms me with it. Slathers it on me.

God’s goal for me is love and be extravagant about it. Love can be cautious or exuberant. We should be wildly enthusiastic about how we love.

God doesn’t want us to hold back. God wants us to go all out in our love.

He is good to me all the time. So if I just hang out with him, it rubs off on me.

Mostly what He does is love me. Woo Hoo!! That is good stuff.

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how the Messiah loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. | Ephesians 5:1-2 (The Message Bible)



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How Immense Is God’s Love? 

Summer Intern Hope Mortan shares what she learned in John 17.



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Scripture

John 17 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Jesus Prays for Himself

17 Jesus spoke these things, looked up to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you,since you gave him authority over all flesh, so that he may give eternal life to everyone you have given him. This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent —Jesus Christ.I have glorified you on the earth by completing the work you gave me to do. Now, Father, glorify me in your presence with that glory I had with you before the world existed.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have revealed your name to the people you gave me from the world.They were yours, you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.Now they know that everything you have given me is from you,because I have given them the words you gave me. They have received them and have known for certain that I came from you. They have believed that you sent me.

“I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me, because they are yours. 10 Everything I have is yours, and everything you have is mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you.Holy Father, protect them by your name that you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I was protecting them by your name that you have given me. I guarded them and not one of them is lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture may be fulfilled. 13 Now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy completed in them. 14 I have given them your word. The world hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I am not praying that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctifythem by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 I sanctify myself for them, so that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in me through their word. 21 May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe you sent me. 22 I have given them the glory you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me, so that they may be made completely one, that the world may know you have sent me and have loved them as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they will see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the world’s foundation. 25 Righteous Father, the world has not known you. However, I have known you, and they have known that you sent me. 26 I made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love you have loved me with may be in them and I may be in them.”

Christian Standard Bible (CSB) The Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible®, and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers, all rights reserved.

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



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Christians are being silenced: Pastor arrested after preaching love in a Toronto neighborhood 

Pastor David Lynn of Christ Forgiveness Ministries was arrested on June 4, 2019 for preaching the Gospel publicly in Toronto, Canada.

The neighborhood he was preaching in was Church-Wellesley Village. This neighborhood is known to be a place where many of the LGBTQ community in Toronto reside. His ministry is currently on an outdoor preaching tour throughout the 22 districts of Toronto. June 4, happened to be the day they scheduled for that district.

It is not uncommon for someone to think “open-air preaching” and “LGBTQ neighborhood” and immediately jump to thoughts of preachers condemning homosexuals to hell. However, Pastor Lynn’s preaching was some of the most loving and gracious preaching I have ever seen and heard. Which is why it is outrageous that he was arrested.

The entire time of preaching was live streamed via Facebook and can be found on YouTube. Throughout the video, it is surprising to see the reaction of those who were listening to Lynn’s preaching. The more love he poured out, the more hate and resistance he received. As anyone can see if they view the video, Pastor Lynn was respectful and kind throughout all of his time preaching. As he shared the Gospel, he also made statements like “We are here to tell you that we hate nobody.” He emphasized God’s love again and again.

He proceeded to ask those protesting him if they would be willing to tolerate him as a Christian. But those listening were unwilling to dialogue, and many asked him to leave the street corner.

Throughout the encounter he was very calm and collected, not entering into any disrespectful or condemnatory dialogue.

Read More Here:

Christians are being silenced: Pastor arrested after preaching love in LGBT neighborhood – The Christian Post



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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)

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Is love optional?

Is love optional? Yes, I get to decide whether to love or not. So do you. I often am not loving. I can be mean and cruel. I have no defense. “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

There is good news in that the Word of God and Jesus offers an understanding of the source, character, requirement and value of love, based on the nature and actions of God our Father. Jesus sums up God’s goal (command) for us as one of loving God and our neighbors.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ~Jesus | Matthew 22:37

I must confess that I am not the best at this. I am challenged many days. Let’s dig in. There is much to learn on how to love.

The Greek word here is ἀγάπη agape. The Greek word agape is often translated “love” in the New Testament.

How is “agape love” different from other types of love? The essence of agape love is goodwill, benevolence, and willful delight in the object of love. Unlike our English word loveagape is not used in the New Testament to refer to romantic or sexual love.

It does not refer to close friendship or brotherly love”, for which the Greek word philia is used. Agape love involves faithfulness, commitment, and an act of the will. It is distinguished from the other types of love by its lofty moral nature and strong character. Agape love is beautifully described in 1 Corinthians 13 (see below).

Is love optional?

This is where I have to get clear with what it means to be a servant in the Kingdom of God. Jesus is King (in complete charge) and Jesus has given me a command. This is not like at work where you can minimize a weakness or even just ignore it. Jesus compels me to love. I must break through.

God is love! God is in a good mood! Love is the main thing that demonstrates our relationship with God and Jesus. Loving is not optional.

If I don’t love, I don’t know God. This is absolute and not relative. There is no questioning it at all. Again, Jesus is clear. If I don’t love, I don’t know God at all.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. | 1 John 4:7–8 (NASB)

How do we define love?

What does it look like? The Apostle Paul gave it a shot in 1 Corinthians 13. It is the classic definition. Mainly he defines it by saying what it isn’t.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. | 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 (NASB)

Much has been written on these verses. I tend to think they speak for themself.

The real question is, how can I love? It doesn’t seem to be in my grasp.

Here is key!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love … Galatians 5:22 (NASB)

Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5 (NASB)

God has given us the power to love through His Holy Spirit. So even thought I can’t do it on my own, God is good to give me the power of His Holy Spirit who enables what I can’t do by myself sometimes.

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God’s Love

God is Good – Would that explain why God is in a good mood and does good? God is good y’all!

Image result for god is goodAll God’s perfect qualities are made freely available to all for the benefit of the whole world. God is good.

Jesus alerts us that God alone is good. God is good, kind, thoughtful, compassionate and loving. God is good, kind, thoughtful, compassionate and loving.

God so loved the world that He sent Jesus to die for us. God is good y’all.

Because God is good, God is in a good mood. It is a myth that the old testament (aka covenant) is all about an angry God. As James alerts us “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”

God never varies from being good. At all. Ever!

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