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Thursday, 05 March 2015 - CTI 14:21

Written By: Kasey ManningHey-Ho, we're in Idaho! This week we are working with Greenleaf Christian Academy and playing for their Elementary, Middle School, and High School chapels. I've personally been encouraged by our time with the elementary school kids. They are SO cute! This morning, Kelvin gave a message on 2 Corinthians 4:7; "But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us." He...

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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 - Holly Hassman

Our team has spent the past ten days in the Greater Toronto Area playing for churches and schools and meeting so many fabulous hosts. We recently had the privilege to lead a worship seminar at Toronto Jaffray Alliance Church in Scarborough, ON, for current and future church worship team members.    I was tasked with leading an opening discussion of some of the underlying questions about worship that our ministry staff have challenged...

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Monday, 02 March 2015 - Wesley Lin

As I am writing this we are currently driving through the deserts of Nevada, on our way to Idaho. After spending more than three weeks in California, meeting countless CTI alumni, playing at a wildly diverse set of venues, enjoying the pleasant weather and extraordinary foods, and debating the correct pronunciation of “almonds,” we finally end our time in the Golden State. During our final week in CA we visited and performed at Ripon...

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Monday, 02 March 2015 - Matt Kelley

    Hey everyone!   Winter Tour is going great!  We’ve been having a fantastic time in the Toronto area meeting new people as well as seeing old alumni friends!   One thing that is great about our ministry is that we are able to minister to so many people while we are on stage.  However another cool thing is that by doing that, we often minister to ourselves.  One verse that has been popping up...

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Friday, 27 February 2015 - Chris Reed

You are invited to help with a specific funding need for CTI:   Our stateside main speakers are tired.  They've each seen about 150,000 trailer miles and their share of some 3,000 performances.  They've helped us through 8 summers as training systems and have endured 9 years of fulltime team rehearsals.  Not bad for their second life (they were donated to us in 2006 having previously been used for an unknown amount...

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - Kirsten Kennedy

  If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if...

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A Man with a Withered Hand
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 - Hannah Olson

During the Lent season, I have chosen to do something different. I have chosen to be intentional about the way I read Scripture and about the way I respond to it. I have decided to read through the Gospels during the 40 days of Lent. It's a discipline that I will admittedly share that I have been struggling with.  Right now I'm in Matthew and currently finishing chapters 10-12. The specific story that I'm going to reference is in Matthew...

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Delight in Weakness
Monday, 23 February 2015 - Andrew Shermeyer

Hi everyone! Just wanted to give a quick update about winter tour. In short, tour has been great for 14:21! We spent this past week in San Francisco and, in between performances, enjoyed being spoiled by alumni in the area! On Sunday, we had the chance to hear CTI alum Chris Wong preach at the church where we led worship. He taught from 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 which says:   "Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given...

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - Joey Nutting

Hi there! *Quick Update*   We are currently in Callaway, MD and are headed up to Altoona, PA tomorrow. We will be in Toronto, ON this weekend. We got hit hard by the snow storm, but God is sovereign and has been protecting us from danger on the roads.  Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the future. It’s healthy to think ahead and plan for the future, but the moment when I begin to worry and forget to be present is when it...

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - Maddie DeVaughn

Hey everyone! We're in Virginia! We've been able to partner with several churches in a the Abingdon  area, and it's been a huge blessing to connect with the people here.   Recently I've been thinking a lot about humility and servanthood. I found myself in Philippians 2 a few nights ago, and I just wanted to share some thoughts and scriptures I was challenged by:   Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count...

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - Kelvin Woo

Last week, I was at a point where a lot of my strength had left me. A lot of the road life had gotten the best of me as I strived to serve out of my own strength. During one day, with the busy-ness of schedules (having 5 different events back to back on the same day), and the buildup of unresolved conflicts that came up between myself and others on the team, and the lack of quiet time with God, I was left completely drained....

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Sunday, 15 February 2015 - Patty Lin

Last August, I decided to use a chronological plan to read through the Bible. I've finally gotten to the Gospels! It's been interesting to be reading in parallel, i.e. reading the same parable four times in a row with different nuances.   Something I've been reflecting on is the fact that Jesus' outward/public, intentional ministry only spanned a few years before (spoiler alert!) he was crucified. And so, what does that mean for me? Many...

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Friday, 13 February 2015 - CTI 14:22

Hey Everybody! I am so thankful for the ways in which God has been using our team to spread The Gospel over the past several months. While our serving happens both on and off stage and tends to look different from venue to venue, every once in a while we get the opportunity to give back in unconventional ways. Not too long ago we were able to serve at a rescue mission in Houston, TX. After our concert, we spent time with some of the women and...

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 - Holly Hassman

  On the road we’ve adopted certain phrases that we use frequently, some of which are tied with inside jokes and others that have come from extensive and ongoing discussions about leadership and ministry.    One phrase we use is “house on the sand.” We say this whenever we think that an idea is set up for ultimate failure. We use it to criticize everything from wearing short-sleeves in negative-degree temperatures to driving...

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 - Keilah Quimby

Winter Tour has taken us farther than ever before, and we have experienced so much in those many miles. We have been blessed by so many people, and I am so thankful that God has put them in our path at exactly the right time.    They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some of the last few weeks of our adventures in wonderland!      We stayed in Madison, SD for a night, and we were so blessed by our...

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