Our Family Vision

What a blessing to create a GODLY vision for your family for all to see and know! Please join us this morning in our devotion by Susan Pons and use your time with the Lord to begin your family vision statement!

Habakkuk 2:2  Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.  For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.

1)Write on your tablet the vision you have for your family. If you have not had one, begin it now.

2)If you are not married, write the vision God has given you for your life.

JESUS WAS MADE SIN WITH OUR SINFULNESS, THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE RIGHTEOUS WITH HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!

The Exchange at the Cross

by Derek Prince

Please join us for the third of eight in our series as we proclaim together our undeserved inheritance because of what Jesus did on the cross! Read slowly and let this really sink in! Thank You Lord!

JESUS WAS MADE SIN WITH OUR SINFULNESS, THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE RIGHTEOUS WITH HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. -2 Corinthians 5:21

Proverbs chapter 10 lists blessings that are ours in Christ – Here are a few we proclaim today!

Thank You Father that we are delivered from death! v.2

Thank You Father that we will never go hungry! v.3

Thank You Father that we are crowned with blessings! v.6

Thank You Father that our names are used in blessings! v.7

Thank You Father that we walk securely! v.9

Thank You Father that our mouth is a fountain of life! v.11

Thank You Father that our wages are life! v.16

Thank You Father that what we desire will be granted! v.24

Thank You Father that we stand firm in the storm! v.25

Thank You Father that our prospect is joy! v.28

Thank You Father that we have wisdom and Your favor! v31-32

JESUS WAS MADE SIN WITH OUR SINFULNESS, THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE RIGHTEOUS WITH HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!

Testimony from an intern here at CTCI

Once in a while we like to share about how people considered their time here at the INN! Here is a testimony from one of the interns that spent some time with us and had something to say about it!
When I came to CTCI several summers ago, I came not knowing why God had led me there. All I knew was that He wanted me to go and, once I understood…the idea was from Him, I immediately signed up.
Upon arrival, I sensed that the Lord would use those 3 months to shape me on the inside. I carried a lot of hurt and insecurity with me to “The Inn”. Without hesitation, [God instantly confronted those obstacles]. He surrounded me with loving relationships that challenged and grew me. As a result, my faith increased as a consistent inpouring of truth addressed my fears.

Obeying God cost me in many ways, but it was not without reward. During my time as an intern, I experienced a peace and clarity that I hadn’t felt in a long time. I heard God’s voice. My spirit knew that what was placed in my heart that summer was something worth protecting. I wouldn’t change my decision to go to [CTCI]. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made since becoming an adult. Now, I understand that life is relationships. I hold a richer perspective on the importance of community, the need for discipleship, and the urgency of evangelism.

I’d go back to CTCI without question if God led me back there. I also encourage anyone who has trouble hearing God’s voice to spend some time at “The Inn”. I promise…that if you consecrate yourself to Him, if you are sincerely desperate like I was, you will find Him again. Rather, He’ll find you.

What kind of Ark is He asking you to build?

Please join us in this mornings devotion by Susan Pons regarding healing in our homes and families.

Genesis 6:9,11-12 (NASB) These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.

1 Peter 3:20-21 (NASB) When the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1. Why do you think Noah and his family were the only humans saved during the flood?

2. Do you believe the Lord looks down from heaven in today’s world on our individual household?   What kind of ark is he asking us to build?

3. What changes will it take for you and your wife to obey God in your ark?

4. Discuss this with your spouse:    “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3)

      

JESUS WAS WOUNDED THAT WE MIGHT BE HEALED

The Exchange at the Cross

by Derek Prince

Please join us as we continue in the second of eight in our series proclaiming together our undeserved inheritance because of what Jesus did on the cross! Read slowly and let this really sink in! Thank You Lord!

JESUS WAS WOUNDED THAT WE MIGHT BE HEALED

If You heal me, O Lord, I will be HEALED; If You save me I will be saved, for you are the one I praise! – Jeremiah 17:14

Is anyone among us sick? Let us call the elders of the church to pray over us and anoint us with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make us WELL; the Lord will raise us up. If we have sinned, we will be forgiven! – James 5:14-15

We worship You our LORD our God, and Your blessing will be on our food and water. You HEAL the sickness from among us! -Exodus 23:25

We do not fear, for You are with us; we are not dismayed, for You are our God. You will strengthen and HEAL us; You will uphold us with Your righteous right hand.          -Isaiah 41:10

“Surely You took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered You punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. But You were pierced for our transgressions, You were crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on You, and by Your wounds we are HEALED!” -Isaiah 53:4-5

You will restore us to HEALTH and HEAL our wounds!” -Jeremiah 30:17

You will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away! -Revelation 21:4

JESUS WAS WOUNDED THAT WE MIGHT BE HEALED

 

Healing for your spirit

Are you checking your spiritual health regularly? Like our body we need to keep our spirit healthy too! Please join us in this mornings devotion by Susan Pons and let’s each check our current state.

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away (Hebrews 2:1). Staying the path with God requires a discipline to take the time to hear Him speak: Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:25-27) There are seasons in this life when we can drift away from our “first love.” Similar to an earthly marriage that needs careful attention to keep the flame burning, so it is in our union with the Lord. How do we keep these two most important relationships alive? (1) inclining our ears towards the Lord and our spouse; (2) seeking both relationships with all of our hearts (3) cutting off those things that keep us from nourishing these two highest unions. So, today, let’s make the effort not to drift away from our relationships with the Lord and in our marriage. The rewards are great!

1.What is it in your personal life that can cause you to drift away?

2.What kind of discipline does this require of you?

3.How does our not drifting away affect the Body of Christ of which you are a

part?

We would love to hear your answers in the comments section!

JESUS WAS PUNISHED THAT WE MIGHT BE FORGIVEN!

The Exchange at the Cross

by Derek Prince

Please join us for the next eight Friday’s as we proclaim together our undeserved inheritance because of what Jesus did on the cross! Read slowly and let this really sink in! Thank You Lord!

JESUS WAS PUNISHED THAT WE MIGHT BE FORGIVEN!

 Thank You Father that if we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness!  Thank You Father that when we repent and turn back to You, our sins are blotted out!  Thank You that in You we have redemption through Jesus’ blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of Your grace!  Thank You that You will remember our sins and our lawless deeds no more!  Thank You Father that You deliver us from the domain of darkness and transfer us to the kingdom of Your beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins!  Thank You that as far as the east is from the west, so far do You remove our transgressions from us! Thank You Jesus You invite us to take and eat Your body and drink Your blood of the covenant, which is poured out for us for the forgiveness of our sins.

JESUS WAS PUNISHED THAT WE MIGHT BE FORGIVEN!

1John 1:9, Acts 3:19, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 10:17, Colossians 1:13-14, Psalm 103:12, Matthew 26:27-28  

Why are you cast down?

God is our HELP, our HEALER, our HOPE!!!! Please join us as we study this devotion written by Susan Pons regarding how David dealt with his time of distress.

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God (Psalm 42:7).

I suppose most of us have experienced David’s weep expressed in this scripture at some time or another…those moments when an uninvited, unnerving, unsettled anxiousness blasts into our soul. Many times we can put our finger on reasons for the turmoil. But, there are those experiences when we simply cannot begin to understand such dis-quietness troubling us. So, David gives us the answer for these paralyzing emotions. Hope! Hope! Hope in God! Your help! Your God! Because the tumultuous waves of the ocean obey Him, how much more will our souls obey as we hope in Him?

1.What are some circumstances in your life that can cause your soul to become restless (disquieted)?

2.If we cannot put our finger on the reason for our restlessness, Whom should we turn?

3.What does “hope in God” mean to you?

We would love to hear some of your answers in the comments!

Changing Things…By Prayer (Part 3 of 3)| Jay Fesperman

Now, there is one more thing: believing that we have a great High Priest, an intercessor – Jesus Christ, seated at God’s right hand. We hear Jesus say something like this, “Now, Father, you hear what Jay is asking; release it to him, in My Name.”

If we pray the way Jesus told us to, we will pray to the Father, “in Jesus’ Name.” “The Father will give you whatever you ask IN MY NAME,” Jesus said (John 15:16). But then He says, “In that day you will ask IN MY NAME. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No. The Father HIMSELF loves you because you have loved Me AND HAVE BELIEVED that I came from God” (John 16:26-27). What is Jesus saying? I think He is trying to get our identity with the Person of God, the Father settled into our spirit, by clearly defining to us who He is as He relates to the Father, and who He is as He relates to US. Continue reading Changing Things…By Prayer (Part 3 of 3)| Jay Fesperman

You can find HOPE!

As we search for healing, for HOPE, let us begin that search in the GOSPEL! Please join us as we spend time in God’s Word today and read this devotion by Susan Pons.

Hope in His Word

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope (Romans 15:4).

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path (Psalm 119:105).

Imagine that!From Genesis— In the beginning— to Revelation— Blessed are those who hear the Word and take to heart what is written in it.Because of His Word,we are not left in the dark as to God’s desire for us in our lives here on earth.He has not left us as orphans…unfed, unclothed, unclean.The great prophet, Jeremiah exclaims, Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts. His Word feeds us! For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ (Galatians 3:27).We are literally clothed with Jesus! After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven (Hebrews 1:3). We are pure and spotless (clean) in His sight!

Holy words long preserved
For our walk in this world,
They resound with God’s own heart
Oh, let the ancient words impart.

Words of life, words of hope
Give us strength, help us cope
In this world, where e’er we roam
Ancient words will guide us home.

Ancient words, ever true
Changing me, and changing you.
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart

            –Lynn DeShazo—

  • What hope in God’s word does the Word of God give you?
  • What do you believe Jeremiah meant by eating God’s Word?
  • In what ways, in your personal lives does it mean to clothe yourself in Christ?
  • In our failures, was your salvation and purification completed in Christ?  How does scripture show us this marvelous happening?
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