Christian Travelers’ Network
CTN 129: Celebration Your Past Vacations (Numbers 9:1-14)

CTN 129: Celebration Your Past Vacations (Numbers 9:1-14)

October 13, 2021

When I think of annual festivities and celebrations, some of the first things that come to mind are birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving here in the United States, and Easter. But in this episode, based on Numbers 9:1-14, than just celebrating that someone got another year older or that another holiday came and went, the Lord is instructing them to celebrate a past trip. Now, if I asked you to celebrate a past trip my guess is that you would celebrate it by either retelling stories, sharing pictures and memories from that trip, gather again with the people who first ventured out on that trip, or you'd go back to that place and reminisce about good times and make some new memories to. But the way the Lord instructs these individuals to go back and revisit and remember this trip is a little different than how I think you and I might do that.. So let's go ahead and take a look at numbers chapter 9 verses one through 14. 

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Until next time, safe travels & God Bless!

CTN 128: Awaiting Your Next Trip (Exodus 7-14)

CTN 128: Awaiting Your Next Trip (Exodus 7-14)

October 6, 2021

Have you ever found yourself incredibly excited for trip and everything in life and on your calendar is a race, a count down for that day? Whether it's something is super big like an international vacation  or it's going to see your family on the holidays, it doesn't matter. All that matters is the earliest time you can depart, how long you could possibly stay!  In this weeks podcast we are going to talk about a long awaited trip - one that Moses took with the Israelites as he led the people out of Egypt - 430 years after they arrived! This story isn't a quick and smooth departure, but rather God demonstrating His power to the Egyptians (& Israelites) as He denounces the Egyptian gods - one plague at a time!

If you want to continue to grow in your faith, in Christian community, and travel - then I encourage you to join us on our next trip in Punta Cana - learn more at www.christiantravelers.net/punta-cana!

Until next time, safe travels & God Bless!

CTN 127: How Do Others View Your Worship (Exodus 4:18-5)

CTN 127: How Do Others View Your Worship (Exodus 4:18-5)

September 29, 2021

Like the Israelites, we are set apart to be different. We are called to worship the Lord on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday... every day of the week, and everywhere. No matter where life & our travels take us. But sometimes people view our worship as being idle or lazy - especially in todays busy, go, go, culture. This reminds me of the story of Moses, when he first asked Pharaoh to let the people go worship in the wilderness. Pharaoh thought the people were being idle and lazy, and that was why they wanted to worship. In fact, Pharaoh made their workload harder in response to this request. Others may view our worship as a waste of time, but it's what renews our relationship with God and sets us apart - as ones who know our King. 

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CTN 126: Imposter Syndrome & Your Calling (Exodus 3:1-4:17)

CTN 126: Imposter Syndrome & Your Calling (Exodus 3:1-4:17)

September 22, 2021

Imposter Syndrome. A person who doubts their skills, talents, & accomplishments and fears being exposed as a fraud (Wikipedia). When stepping into your calling, or traveling for the Lord, have you ever felt like an imposter? Have you every doubted that you were the right person for the task at hand? Have you ever found yourself thinking: "Lord, please choose someone else!" Let me tell you - you aren't alone in your doubts. Moses also objected to the Lord, when they Lord told him that he would be Israel's leader and get them to the Promised Land. In this weeks podcast we will take a look at Exodus 3:1-4:17 and reflect on how the Lord used Moses (& us) despite his fears! 

Just a brief reminder, this is the last week for early bird registration for our trip to Punta Cana! Full priced registrations close in early October. You can find this and other resources on our website, at www.christiantravelers.net

Until next time, safe travels & God Bless!

CTN 125: Family Reunion (Genesis 46-50)

CTN 125: Family Reunion (Genesis 46-50)

September 15, 2021

Have you ever been to a family reunion? No, I'm not talking about a gathering over the holidays - I'm talking about a destination based family gathering with extended family. I've been to a few - in Branson, at Disneyworld, in Tennessee. But none of them compare to the family reunion Joseph experienced when he was reunited with his Father in Egypt.  After 15-30 years of separation, meeting his little brother, and three years of famine - the two are finally reunited. It's messy, it's beautiful, and it paints a small picture of what the reunion will be like when we go to our heavenly home. 

I encourage you to read Genesis 46-50 for yourself, and look at God's Word through the eyes of a traveler. To ponder, what that heavenly reunion will truly look like.

If you are seeking opportunities to travel with other Christians, to explore God's Word together while exploring His creation - then I encourage you to join us in Punta Cana in January! Earlybird registrations are due by Sept 25th and officially registration closes in early October. Full details can be found on our website: www.christiantravelers.net

Until next time, safe travels & God Bless!

CTN 124: The Repentant Traveler (Genesis 43-45)

CTN 124: The Repentant Traveler (Genesis 43-45)

September 8, 2021

Over the past couple weeks we have been following the story line of nomads Sarah & Abraham down through their descendants. In this episode, we will be taking a closer look at Joseph's family's story. Specifically how one choice leads to a life of agony, guilt, shame, and ever growing pile of sin. As this family travels back and forth between Canaan & Egypt, the Lord works on their hearts and leads them to repentance. 

As Christian travelers, we know that change of perspective can take time. As we walk through different scenarios, we learn and grow as we encounter different things in our journey that continue to change us to reflect our Creator. Sometimes, one of the hardest parts of that journey is repenting of our own sins and faulty logic. Join us as we dive into Genesis 43-45!

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Until next times, safe travels & God bless!

CTN 123: Guarding our Mind and Relationship for the Rocky Roads (Genesis 37, 39-42)

CTN 123: Guarding our Mind and Relationship for the Rocky Roads (Genesis 37, 39-42)

September 1, 2021

Growing up my father loved the saying "life's not fun or fair.' As a kid, I absolutely hated that saying, because I had this strong belief that we make what we want out of our lives and that God didn't leave us here to be miserable. So, if I wanted to have a joy filled life I could chase after that. I believe it was possible to produce an income doing a job that I absolutely loved! While there's a lot of truth to that, I have also grown up and I've walk through some toxic jobs, I've experienced the negative side of adulting - which is rocky and uncertain and there's this constant worry about bills even when the emergency fund is ready. 

This rock road, reminds me of the story of Joseph. He went through a series of trials and testing: being sold off by his brothers, almost being raped by his Masters' wife, being put in prison, and yet he held onto his faith. He held onto an outlook that honored and worshiped God instead of falling into the sin of worry. In this weeks episode, we'll be be looking at Genesis 37 & 39-42. 

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CTN 122: Wrestling With Your Identity Is A Part of the Journey (Genesis 31-32)

CTN 122: Wrestling With Your Identity Is A Part of the Journey (Genesis 31-32)

August 25, 2021

Today, we will be looking at the story of Jacob and Esau. When God changes Jacob's name, Jacob really struggles with this change in identity. He goes from being a deceiver to the one who wrestles with God.  Travel tends to change our identity, and it can be hard to explain that to those who didn't get to travel with us. So, in this weeks episode we will be exploring how we wrestle with our identity as we unpack  Genesis 31 & 32. I will be also sharing a little bit about how my own name change influenced my travel experiences!

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CTN 121: How Family Feuds Affect Travel Plans (Genesis 30 & 31)

CTN 121: How Family Feuds Affect Travel Plans (Genesis 30 & 31)

August 18, 2021

While I pray that you don't experience family/friend tensions while  on your road trips or adventures, I know that feuds and tension are just a part of the uncomfortableness of travel. My family and I loved camping trips, but sometimes in the midst of packing there would be so much tension that by the time we got on the road one more bickering comment or one more frustrated word and we would suddenly find ourselves returning home and unpacking everything. Again, I pray this isn't you and I pray that you have the freedom to adventure without family feuds, but ignoring that they do exist is a problem. Today, we're going to be looking at the story of Laban and how he ends up creating family feuds that influence others travel plans. Specifically, we're going be pouring over Genesis chapter 30 and 31.

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Until next time, safe travels & God Bless!

 

 

CTN 120: Why We Travel vs. What God Teaches Us When We Travel (Genesis 29)

CTN 120: Why We Travel vs. What God Teaches Us When We Travel (Genesis 29)

August 11, 2021

Raise your hand if you are a person who has ever traveled somewhere thinking that you'll gain a certain skill or you'll learn a specific thing and you've walked away with so much more from your travel experiences! My hand is definitely in the air. There's so many times that I thought that travel was gonna be an amazing blessing for x, y, and z.. and in the end I gained some of that - but I walked away with so much more! In this episode we're going to explore this dilemma between our desired goals & what God actually reveals to us through the perspective of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel in Genesis 29. 

In this episode I made reference to my solo trip to Germany, episode 2, which you can listen to on your favorite platform or at www.christiantravelers.net/podcast

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God's Blessings & Safe Travels!

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