CTCI Proclamations of Thankfulness

One of Merriam Webster’s definitions of the word thankfulness is to be “conscious of the benefit received.”

We as believers are called to be wonderfully conscious of the great gift of salvation – that is eternal life with Christ, and also the benefits we receive in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Scripture gives us everything we need and confirms our direction! Here are just a few verses confirming our call to be thankful!

1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Ephesians 5:20

“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Colossians 3:15-17

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Join us in this proclamation of thankfulness to the Lord!

Father we are conscious of the benefit of Your salvation and we are so very THANKFUL!

We choose to be THANKFUL today as we know it is Your will for us to find gratefulness in all circumstances!

Father, we are THANKFUL for Your peace in our hearts and for Your Word!

With THANKFULNESS we sing praises to You Lord and with that praise, the enemy must flee!

Family — Is it the foundation of relationships in God’s Kingdom?

Family is extremely important in the Bible, both in a physical sense and in a spiritual sense. The foundation of family was introduced in the very beginning, as we see in Genesis 1:28.

God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’

God’s plan for creation was for men and women to marry and have children. A man and a woman would form a “one-flesh” union through marriage (Genesis 2:24), and they with their children become a family, the essential building block of human society.

We also see early on that family members were to look after and care for one another. When God asks Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” Cain’s response is the flippant “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

The implication is that, yes, Cain was expected to be Abel’s keeper and vice versa. Not only was Cain’s murder of his brother an offense against humanity in general, but it was especially egregious because it was the first recorded case of fratricide (murder of one’s sibling).

Family is foundational in the new agreement in God’s country where Jesus is King.

  • Jesus speaks on the sanctity of marriage and against frivolous divorce in Matthew 19.The New Covenant makes many of the same commands and prohibitions as we find in the old one.
  • The Apostle Paul talks about what Christian homes should look like when he gives the twin commands of “children, obey your parents” and “parents, don’t provoke your children” in Ephesians 6:1-4 and Colossians 3:20-21.
  • We see similar New Testament concepts regarding the importance of family in the process of salvation in the book of Acts when on two separate occasions during Paul’s second missionary journey, entire households were baptized at the conversion of one individual (Acts 16:11-15, 16:31-33).
  • The New Testament sign of the covenant (baptism) was applied to entire households just as the Old Testament sign of the covenant (circumcision) was applied to whole families.
  •  Clearly, God’s desire isn’t just to save isolated individuals, but entire households. When God saves an individual, His desire (from a moral/revealed-will perspective) is for the family to be saved.
  • In 1 Corinthians 7, the unbelieving spouse is sanctified through the believing spouse, meaning, among other things, that the unbelieving spouse is able to be saved through the witness of the believing spouse.

We are born physically, we’re born into a physical family, but when we are “born again,” we are born into a spiritual family. To use Pauline language, we are adopted into God’s family (Romans 8:15). When we are adopted into God’s spiritual family, the Church, God becomes our Father and Jesus our Brother.

This spiritual family is not bound by ethnicity, gender or social standing. As Paul says, “You are all sons of God through faith in the Messiah Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into the Messiah have clothed yourselves with the Messiah. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in the Messiah Jesus. If you belong to the Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:26-29).

The physical family is the most important building block to human society, and as such, it should be nurtured and protected. But more important than that is the new creation that God is making in the Messiah, which is comprised of a spiritual family, the Church, made up of all people who call upon the Master Jesus the Messiah as Savior.

This is a family of God drawn “from every nation, tribe, people and language” (Revelation 7:9), and the defining characteristic of this spiritual family is love for one another:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

John 13:34-35

2018 Summer Intern Testimonies: Daniel Ricks

Daniel Ricks came to join the 2018 Summer Internship in order to serve and strengthen his relationship with the Lord prior to leaving for Army Basic Training in September. During his time here his relationship with the Lord was made even more personal with the revelation that he always “has his Father’s ear.”

If you would like more information about the summer internship or our upcoming spring semester you can go to:

Summer Internship – http://www.lifeisrelationships.com/heroesinternship

Spring Semester – http://www.lifeisrelationships.com/heroessemmester

100 Years

Most people think of Veterans Day as a time to have a three day weekend, give high fives, and say “Thank you for your service” to someone they may know that has served or is currently serving in one of the five branches of the United States Armed Forces.

Be it Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard (yes, my brother puddle jumpers still count) they join together and make up what is undoubtedly the greatest military force this country has ever known. During my time in the Air Force, I am proud to say that I have trained with and served alongside members of all five military branches and it was an absolute honor.

What most people don’t recognize is that November 11th hasn’t always been known as Veterans Day. It was originally known as Armistice Day as stated by President Wilson during a Presidential Proclamation in November 1919:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with

solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service

and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it

has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to

show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils

of the nations…”

 

Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, also known as “The Great War.” It was a very different world then, but we shouldn’t have any change in the pride or gratitude that we have for those who have served and died for this country. Let’s be sure to not let this year go by without a sincere thought and prayer for all of those within our veteran community and armed forces and everything they’ve done for us. We never truly know what they have lost in the process of maintaining our freedom.

Veterans, thank you all for the sacrifice of yourself and the sacrifices of your families. May God bless you all.

AJ Selby

12Nov2018

Promises of God about families

God doesn’t guarantee he will automatically save our children but gives us many promises to inspire us to pray and believe him to answer.

I review these promises from God occasionally and use them as springboards for prayer for my descendants. For example:

All your children shall be taught by the MASTER, and great shall be the peace of your children. | Isaiah 54:13

I pray, “Master Jesus, you have promised your people that all our children shall be taught by the Master. Please do this! Please reveal yourself to all my children and grandchildren and descendants and bring each one into peace with you through your blood.” Consider using these promises as you pray for your children:

  • Acts 16:31-33 And they said, “Believe in the Master Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Master to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.
  • Isaiah 59:21 “And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the MASTER: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the MASTER, “from this time forth and forevermore.”
  • Psalms 102:28 The children of your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.
  • Psalms 112:1-2 Praise the MASTER! Blessed is the man who fears the MASTER, who greatly delights in his commandments! 2 His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed
  • Isaiah 44:3-5 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. 4 They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams. 5 This one will say, ‘I am the MASTER’s,’ another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, ‘The MASTER’s,’ and name himself by the name of Israel.
  • Isaiah 61:8-9 …I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 9 Their offspring shall be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are an offspring the MASTER has blessed.
  • Isaiah 65:23 They shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity, for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the MASTER, and their descendants with them.
  • Proverbs 20:7 The righteous who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him.
  • Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the MASTER one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.
  • Jeremiah 32:39 I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them.
  • Deuteronomy 4:40 Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the MASTER your God is giving you for all time.

Don’t quit praying for your children until the day you go home to be with the Messiah Jesus. Even if you don’t see them saved in your lifetime, God can still save them. Although he doesn’t guarantee they will be saved, he promises to hear our prayers, that the prayer of the upright is powerful and effective, and he gives us good reasons to believe he desires to save whole families.

2018 Summer Intern Testimonies: Sydney Giaquinto

Sydney has been a part of the church fellowship at CTCI since she was young but stepping into the roll of an intern this summer was a completely new world for her. Throughout her time here she was able to find a release from fears and anxieties and experience life with a new confidence as a daughter of the One True King.

If you would like more information about the summer internship or our upcoming spring semester you can go to:

Summer Internship – http://www.lifeisrelationships.com/heroesinternship

Spring Semester – http://www.lifeisrelationships.com/heroessemmester

Pray In Unity: Day40 // Election Day!

Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.(Matthew 6:10; NHEB)
Voting is a spiritual act! It is the most practical act of stewarding the government sphere of God’s creation that we can make. God looked upon his creation, said that it was good, and assigned Adam the responsibility to steward His creation. The problem with the typical American Christian is that we have been convinced that government/politics is secular and we are not supposed to discuss these issues in church.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” is how Jesus taught the disciples to pray, showing them we should seek God’s will, His values, His government, here on earth, just like it is in heaven. A common phrase in our culture is, “you can’t legislate morality,” yet our government makes decisions that affect life and death, give the ability to express our religious preferences, punish criminals, guide the treatment of the foreigner, and many other similar matters. All are moral decisions that could be affected by our spiritual act of voting for candidates that best reflect God’s values.
We don’t always have the choice of a Christian candidate, but we should always understand the positions of the candidates and the parties they represent.
The Church will have the government it deserves. If the Church stays home on Election Day and allows evil people to vote in evil candidates, then we will have an evil government. Voting is a spiritual act of stewardship. Understand your candidates, pray, and then VOTE!
Points for Prayer:
  • Pray that the Church would understand and steward its spiritual obligations to vote.
  • Pray that the Church would vote in ways to elect quality candidates that reflect God’s values.
  • Pray that God’s kingdom would come on earth today, just as it is in heaven.
By Dave Kubal
President, Intercessors for America

Pray In Unity: Day 39 // The Era of Jesus the Evangelist

Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, ‘I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.’
(2 Samuel 9:9-10; NIV)
For many years we have been praying, “I plead Your blood over my sins and over the sins of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America.” I actually believe that these things are possibly converging – the ending abortion and sending of revival – with what’s happening at the Supreme Court. We can’t afford to be asleep on the Supreme Court issue.
God has shown me that an “Esther movement” is coming. I sensed that there would be a strong battle at the Court because the enemy can’t afford to lose Roe v. Wade. We witnessed the battle in the Senate to confirm a conservative justice and the war over Kavanaugh about whether he can fulfill his purpose and not bend under the demonic pressure to keep Roe in place. We only want him confirmed if he is the one who can do this. We cannot leave things to chance. We can’t allow anything to stop the ending of Roe v. Wade and the saving of the nation.
We called a three-day Esther Fast beginning at sundown on 8/18 and continuing through sundown 8/21. It started immediately after Will Ford’s conference, 818: The Sign, which was a call to intercession to end racism and abortion in America. The Lord is awakening us now to receive decrees and commands. We’re on the verge of a third Great Awakening.
God has told me He is going to show mercy to the youth of America; they are the Mephibosheth generation (see 2 Samuel 9), who will sit at the table of Jesus. I believe we are about to send multitudes into the harvest fields of America and we’re in an incredible moment. This is the season of the Billy Graham mantle falling. We are entering the era of Jesus the Evangelist. It will be a season of mass awakening in America. We are calling 200,000 laborers into the harvest. We are asking for a harvest of the generation that has suffered the most losses from abortion.
Points for Prayer:
  • Pray this prayer: “I plead Your blood over my sins and over the sins of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America.”
  • Identificationally repent for the sin of abortion in America. (See Daniel 9:3-19 for an example of identificational repentance.)
  • Weep and mourn for over 60 million babies have been lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States.1
  • Call forth the mantle of Jesus the Evangelist upon this generation.
  • Intercede for the harvest of souls from the generations touched so deeply by abortion in America.
By Lou Engle
Founder, The Call and Lou Engle Ministries
1 Ertelt, Stephen, ” 60,069,971 Abortions in America Since 1973.” Lifesitenews.com, January 18, 2018. Accessed 8/21/18.

Pray In Unity: Day 38 // A Season of Breakthrough

God will stand up and break through in their presence. Then they will pass through the gate, going out by it. Their king will pass in front of them with the Lord at their head. (Micah 2:13; ISV)
Someone had a dream In August 2018 in which the Lord said, “By March 2019, it will be ‘all hands on deck’ in the United States because of the harvest that was beginning.”
I think we are in an incredibly strategic window where we have to pray like we haven’t prayed in quite some time. We have started well, but we need to finish well. I think that God is saying, “All hands on deck!” Good things are happening, but we can’t just assume they will continue. We have to press in until it’s finished. Lord, we thank You for all of these facets of what You are doing for this nation. We thank You for the many people and leaders and efforts that are underway to pray. Everyone has a strategic part.
As we move into this season leading up to the midterms, which we know are so significant, show us how to pray. The deep state is still in place in every branch of government. We are asking You to give us the strategy, the wisdom, the understanding, the participation, and everything we need to turn the tide. Let this be the season of breakthrough that is so significant that it cannot be reversed. Let the fulfillment of all the promises come. Let the great breakthrough for this nation that You have already begun come to a crescendo. We pray for President Trump, our Congressional leaders, and our spiritual leaders. Let there be a synergy that takes place where the civil and spiritual leaders would be in agreement in ways that push this nation through, until it returns completely to God’s purposes. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Points for Prayer:
  • Thank the Lord for everything He is doing and causing to come together for such a time as this – many streams, many prayer efforts, every race working together, old and young.
  • Ask Him to provide everything the Church needs to work with Him to turn the tide in America.
  • Ask Him to expose, uproot, and wash away the “deep state” and all of its effects on our nation. Declare, “Purify our government, Lord!”
  • Call for the promises He has made to reseat our Supreme Court to be fulfilled.
  • Intercede for the President, Senators, Congressmen, and spiritual leaders. Call for an agreement between them where heaven and civil government align, so God’s purposes can quickly come to pass.
By Dutch Sheets
Founder, Dutch Sheets Ministries

Pray In Unity: Day 37 // The Advancing Prayer Movement

Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. (Joel 2:16; NIV)
Many are not aware that America was birthed in prayer. From the Pilgrims’ prayers as they landed at Plymouth to Benjamin Franklin’s call to prayer for divine assistance in the writing of the U. S. Constitution, prayer was a cornerstone of the nation’s founding. Men and women relied on God and sought Him as a part of the course of their daily events.
Prayer has surged in popularity off and on throughout our history, most notably in difficult seasons of time and just before the Great Awakenings and other major moves of God, such as the Jesus Movement of the late 1960s/early 1970s. The prayer movement most recently enjoyed a surge in the 1990s when prayer activities, such as the formation of numerous prayer groups in churches, prayer walking, prayer driving, prayer journeys, houses of prayer, and prayer-saturated churches, became the norm. However, the tide was moving out again in this decade. Long-time prayer warriors were growing weary, and the next generation did not seem to have the fire of their parents and grandparents.
Prior to the 2016 elections, God gave me a vision for an Appeal to Heaven Movement that would sweep a nation into prayer once again. We began to do Appeal to Heaven conferences across the nation, with an intent to go to all 50 states if need be, to ignite passion for prayer for national revival. Many prayer groups and prayer ministries were renewed. Prayer has continued to gain momentum, and a new unity across prayer ministries has come into being. God loves unity, and we have begun to see the effects of our unified prayer! Also, the Appeal to Heaven flag started to show up everywhere, including in government offices. It was even positioned behind President Trump when he gave one of his first speeches in office!
We must keep the fire of prayer going. We have made a shift, but America is not out of the woods yet! Government leaders are counting on us to keep praying! They have told me they can feel the difference when the church is praying and when it is not! Pray, Church, pray!
Points for Prayer:
  • Thank the Lord that America was founded in prayer and that Christ-honoring prayer is in the fabric of who we are as a nation.
  • Ask the Lord to stir passion for prayer up in you at a greater level.
  • Pray for the nation and its leaders today. You can go to whitehouse.govsenate.govhouse.govsupremecourt.gov, or many other government websites at the federal, state, and local level to get information for prayer.
  • Worship the Lord over America. Worship and intercession go hand in hand.
  • Ask the Lord how to better connect with prayer groups at the local and national level. Start a group if there are none in your church and/or community.
  • Use Joel 2:16 and call for the intercessors in the United States to rise up!
By Dutch Sheets
President, Dutch Sheets Ministries
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