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I cry out! I shout out! Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱέ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν ἁμαρτωλόν

What is mercy? How can we show it?

Jesus challenges us. Are we “sinless”?

If so, we get to throw the first stone.

Jesus challenged the elite religious leaders. They were right about “the law”. They were wrong about mercy.

None of them qualified to throw the first stone. They all knew it. They all walked away. Only Jesus is left.

What is mercy? How does Jesus show it to us?

Jesus has a requirement for me as I stand before Him, confessing I have missed God’s goal, I am a sinner. I don’t condemn you, He says! I forgive you, He says. I have mercy on you, He says.

Go and sin no more, He says!

I am loved. I can do that for my King Jesus.

Jesus famously said :

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7)

Here is the great news. We have found mercy in Jesus!

God is very, very patient with us. Jesus the Messiah is perfectly patient. I am so thankful for that.

Where would we be without that love and caring patience? God is amazing. God is stunning in His patience. That is good news. God is in a good mood.

We shout for joy. We dance before Him.

Here is the great news. We have found mercy in Jesus!

  • “Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus the Messiah might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.” | 1 Timothy 1:16
    • God is patient with me when I miss His goal (aka sin). Jesus perfectly models that for me. Jesus is my example. Jesus shows me the way. I can’t do it on my own.
  • Romans 2:4 says that God’s patience leads to my changing my mind (aka repentance). Romans 9:22 points out that only God’s patience prevents Him from destroying “the objects of his wrath.” Paul glorifies the Lord for His “unlimited patience” that saved him, “the worst of sinners” (1 Timothy 1:16).
  • Peter highlights the patience of God in 1 Peter 3:20, pointing out that God had immense patience with the evil people of Noah’s day, delaying judgment as long as possible (Genesis 6).
  • Today, “our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved” (2 Peter 3:15, NLT). Jesus wants me to change my mind (repent). Have mercy on me Master Jesus! Thanks be to God He does have mercy.
    • Regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you. | 2 Peter 3:15

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History the Christian Training Center

In the early 1970’s, Jay and Sally Fesperman had a vision to open a retreat center for businessmen.  It was from this desire that they founded the Inn of Last Resort.  In the simplest of words – “Life is Relationships” – Jay Fesperman defined the heart of the ministry. Since its inception, “The Inn” has been involved in training and giving counsel to numerous families, pastors and lay people. The “Inn of the Last Resort” aptly alludes to the condition of many people who have found their way to this sanctuary in the rural Smoky Mountains. As word of the ministry spread, our name was revised to Christian Training Center International. Learn more here.

Global Influence

In 1980, Larry and Susan Pons joined the Fespermans in the ministry. Before Jay’s passing in 1992, CTCI had grown to be more global in its influence. Expansion of the ministry’s impact began to reach overseas and has subsequently brought scores of fellow Christians here for training and renewal. During its existence, over 70,000 people from more than 60 nations have come through the doors seeking a deeper reality of God in their lives.

 Our Prayer

Our prayer and focus has remained the same for years. First, that Jesus be Lord over all, through all and in all. Secondly that healthy, Godly relationships will always be the driving force of this ministry. This is the heartbeat of the ministry that the Lord has given us, and it is one we trust the Lord will continue to lead us in until He returns.

Learn more here.

What if Jesus said this to New York City?

Tyre and Sidon

Tyre and Sidon – Repent and ask for mercy

What if Jesus said this to Dallas? What if he said this to New York City? I can imagine it.

Jesus is in our midst. He is performing great and mighty acts of God right now. Do we see it? Do we change our minds and ask for mercy?

We should ask for mercy. We should beg for forgiveness. Jesus challenges us to do so.

We need to radically change our mind and act differently. This is known as repentance. The Greek word is  μετανοέω mĕtanŏĕō — Meaning: I repent, change my thinking, change the inner man.

God is God. We may not fully understand His ways but we must understand in our heart and act accordingly.

He is merciful.

He has forgiven us.

“If Tyre and Sidon had been given half the chances given you, they’d have been on their knees long ago, changing their mind (repenting) and crying for mercy.” ~Jesus 

Luke 10:13-14



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*

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