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Christian Travelers' Network
21 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
CTN 139: Traveling to the Manger (Luke 2)
As Christmas is this week, I thought I would take a break from the word study we've been doing (looking at the word "journey" in Scripture) and jump to the Christmas story. From a travelers perspective we will be looking at the journey of Mary & Joseph to Bethlehem and the shepherds to the manger. In fact, we will take a closer look at why the traveling shepherds were the first ones to find out about Jesus' birth! I would like to take this moment to encourage you to register for the Christian traveler virtual event: "How God Is Using Your Travel Story" on January 15th. You will get to meet people from around the world, learn more about their travel stories & share your own, and hear from four amazing speakers! Don't miss this free event - registration spots are limited! So sign up now and invite your friends, family, congregation, and fellow traveler to this spectacular event. Register at: www.ChristianTravelers.net
18 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
CTN 138: Consulting with the Lord (Joshua 9)
One of the things that I find so tempting is to take my travel plans and ideas into my own hands and start acting right away without ever consulting the lord. I mean, when I get an idea in my head I just go full force. I have that creative passionate drive, but when things don't go my way - it is so easy to become aggravated with the Lord. But I know that the Lord would love it if we all would consult with Him before driving headfirst into our next crazy idea or trip. Maybe He would reaffirm what we were planning already or maybe He actually has something better in store - something that might not lead to burn out or cause us to be so wary of the future. But when we look at Joshua chapter 9, we find ourselves in an interesting spot where the Israelites did not consult the Lord. They acted from their own wisdom and their own strength. As we ponder this Scripture in this episode, we will also look at how this aligns with our travels. Also, if you haven't already registered for the upcoming Christian Traveler Virtual Event: How God is Using Your Travel Story, then head on over to our website www.ChristianTravelers.net to sign up. You aren't going to want to miss this amazing opportunity to connect with Christians around the globe, share your travel story, and hear from some amazing speakers!
23 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
CTN 137: Pattern of the Journey (Deuteronomy 28)
When you go on a trip, is there a general pattern or routine that you fall into? A rhythm to your vacation? A schedule for your day? In this episode we will be looking at Deuteronomy 28 when Moses reminds the Israelites of the covenant they had with the Lord. If the covenant was obeyed there were blessings, but if they disobeyed there were curses. It was a hard line to walk. Our journeys walk along this fine line too. We walk between the struggles of flesh & spirit, between law & gospel, in the midst of judgement & forgiveness. As we dive into this episode, we pray that you find a little more comfort in the midst of your wrestling. In addition, we are so excited to announce that on January 15th we will be hosting a Christian Virtual Networking Event focusing on "How God Is Using Your Travel Story!" This free event will include time to network with other Christians, listen to some AMAZING speakers, and share your own travel story. Register now as spots are limited: www.ChristianTravelers.net
18 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
CTN 136: Travel Laws (Dueteronomy 10)
Take a moment and think back to some of the road trips that you have been on with your family. Are there any rules you have on road trips? Or when traveling with a group on a plane? Some of the first ones that come to mind or me are the unspoken rules like: not annoying other passengers, hold your bladder as long as possible, and don't ask "are we there yet?" - especially when you know the ETA. In this episode we are going to be looking at some travel rules that the Lord gave to Moses, and in turn to us. Not only were the 10 commandments rules for them to live by on the road, but also when they settled in their homes in the Promise Land. We will be pondering what those implications mean for us today. Later today we will be announcing our upcoming Christian Traveler Virtual Networking event. Please consider subscribing to our email list & following us on social media so that you don't miss out! www.ChristianTravelers.net Until next time, safe travels & God Bless!
18 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
CTN 135: God Gives The Travel Victories (Deuteronomy 2)
What are some victories that you've had in travel? What are some common quests and things that you have achieved while traveling? For many of us it's crossing something off that bucket list or conquering our fears. Those are great examples of travel victories, but when we dive in to Deuteronomy 2 we'll find that the victory that God gives them is a lot more war oriented. But there's still a lot of aspects that do apply to us so that's what we'll be exploring in this episode. One of the upcoming events to mark on your calendar, is a virtual networking event for Christian Travelers, like yourself, on January 15th! More details will be coming out on December 1st - so if you haven't subscribed to our newsletter, please do - so that you can be the first hear all about it! www.christiantravelers.net Until next time, safe travels & God Bless!
17 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
CTN 134: Travel Destinations Fulfilled (Deuteronomy 1)
Have you ever heard of someone passing away and not being able to complete something on their bucket list? In response, an individual decided to take the trip in memory of the loved one passed on. Do you know anyone who has ever done this? In this weeks episode, we will be diving into Deuteronomy 1 where we will see the Israelites on the brink of entering the Promised Land. Moses enthralls them with a final sermon and reminds them of the mistakes of his ancestors. Of the reason why this generation will be be the ones to reach the Holy land. The Lord had promised Abraham this land 400 years ago, but now the land was before them and Moses was passing the baton to the next generation. If you want to learn more about upcoming opportunities to travel with other Christians, our Travel Kit, and other resources, please visit www.christiantravelers.net Until next time - safe travels & God Bless!
20 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
CTN 133: Travelogue (Numbers 33)
According to Oxford Languages, the definition of a travelogue is: "A movie, book, or illustrated lecture about the places visited and experiences encountered by a traveler." That definition and that word is not one that I honestly encounter frequently. We more often hear about travel blog & vlogs, but when researching numbers chapter 33 (which is what we're going to be diving into today) I found that this chapter is a true travelogue of places they visited along on their trip. While many of these places we can't identify with 100% certainty, we do know that this travelogue would have stirred up memories of how God had walked with them every step of their journey. In todays episode we will be asking the tough question - how do you document your journey? And what travel memories stir to mind the activities of the Lord? If your looking for opportunities to explore God's creation with other Christians, for a journal to document your travels, or more - please visit our website www.christiantravelers.net Until next time, safe travels & God Bless!
26 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
CTN 132: The Ungrateful Traveler (Numbers 11)
Take a moment and think back to a time when you found yourself whining while you were traveling. Maybe you were a kid in the backseat asking the question "Are we there yet?" Or maybe you're an adult who was upset w that a flight got delayed. Whatever the scenario I think all of us can find a moments where we were ungrateful during our travels. It's a really peculiar thought because, ultimately you were excited about our destination and we're grateful for the opportunity to go. And yet sometimes - we have ungrateful hearts. In this episode, we will be looking at Numbers 11 to see when the Israelites took on an ungrateful heart in their travels. Hopefully, we can learn from their mistakes. (We can also learn to ask for forgiveness too.) If you liked today episode, please subscribe & share this with a friend! Also, if you're looking for support in your travel endeavors - then please head to our website: www.christiantravelers.net Until next time, safe travels & God Bless!
22 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
CTN 131: Travel Preparations & Tips (Numbers 10)
When it comes to travel preparations, there are different types of travelers out there. Some people like to fly by the seat of their pants and some prefer months of planning and preparing for their trip. As a result, some individuals find themselves packing for trips the morning of whereas others will have been packed a week before. Now I know, many of us might believe that traveling without plans means that it leaves the door open for God's plans. There's definitely a time and place for that, but as we reflect on Numbers 10, we're going to see that God created some serious organization and planning for the Israelites to help them travel smoothly and with confidence. I think some of that can apply to our own travels today, and that is what we will be exploring in this episode. For more faith & travel tips, including access to our Ultimate Travel Kit & Travel Journal - please visit our website, www.christiantravelers.net
22 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
CTN 130: Living As A Temple For the Lord (Number 9:15-23)
In this episode, we're going to be looking at when the Israelites followed the pillar of cloud and smoke through the wilderness. A literal sign and direction as to where they were meant to go and stop along their journey. Many of us are looking for a literal sign that gives us clear direction as to where God wants our life to go. And for some of us that goes so far has where, how, and when we should travel. While the Lord may not manifest for you as a pillar of cloud or fie, He does still give us a guide. We will be unpacking this in this weeks episode! If you are interested in purchasing one of our travel kits, to help you lead your adventures as a ministry leader - I highly recommend you check our Ultimate Travel Kit. If you are an individual traveler, wanting more ways to reflect and grow as you see God on your journey - then I highly recommend that you add one of our Christian Travel Planners/ Journals to your Christmas list! For other faith & travel resources, please head to www.christiantravelers.net! Thank you for tuning in to this weeks episode, until next time - safe travels & God Bless!
20 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
CTN 129: Celebration Your Past Vacations (Numbers 9:1-14)
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. If you are looking for a journal to help you remember God in your travels, or are looking for a kit to help incorporate Him into a group adventures (activities, devotionals, etc) then head to our website www.christiantravelers.net Until next time, safe travels & God Bless!
26 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
CTN 128: Awaiting Your Next Trip (Exodus 7-14)
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!
26 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
CTN 127: How Do Others View Your Worship (Exodus 4:18-5)
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. It's not too late to register for our upcoming trip to Punta Cana! You can find out more details on our website at www.christiantravelers.net/punta-cana If you would like to support our podcast, then please consider leaving a review, sharing it with a friend, and subscribing to our newsletter so that you can get these podcast episodes directly in your inbox. Until next time, safe travels & God Bless!
29 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
CTN 126: Imposter Syndrome & Your Calling (Exodus 3:1-4:17)
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!
26 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
CTN 125: Family Reunion (Genesis 46-50)
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!
26 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
CTN 124: The Repentant Traveler (Genesis 43-45)
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! If you liked todays episode, please consider supporting us by sharing it with a friend, subscribing, and leaving us a review! If you would like to dive into God's Word with other Christians as you travel the world - it's not too late to sign up for a trip to Punta Cana! You can find out more about this exciting adventure at www.christiantravelers.net Until next times, safe travels & God bless!
33 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
CTN 123: Guarding our Mind and Relationship for the Rocky Roads (Genesis 37, 39-42)
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. If you want to support this podcast, please consider subscribing, sharing this with a friend, and leaving us a review! We would love for you to join us in Punta Cana, January 14-17, 2021! We will be connecting with other Christian travelers & diving into God's Word together. You can learn more about this on our website! www.christiantravelers.net
24 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
CTN 122: Wrestling With Your Identity Is A Part of the Journey (Genesis 31-32)
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! If you want to connect with your brothers & sisters in Christ, travel together, and dive into God's Word - I highly recommend that you sign up for our trip to Punta Cana in January. Earlybird registration date is September 25th. Additionally, if you want to learn more about support this podcast, you can do so in three ways: - Leave a review - Share this podcast with a friend - Subscribe on your favorite listening platform & to our weekly email list on our website, www.christiantravelers.net Until next time, safe travels & God bless!
23 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
CTN 121: How Family Feuds Affect Travel Plans (Genesis 30 & 31)
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. If you would like to support this podcast, you can do it through one of three ways: - Sharing this episode with a friend - Subscribing to our podcast on your favorite listening platform, and our email list - Leaving us a review If you want to connect with your brothers & sisters in Christ, explore a unique destination, and dive into God's Word - then join us in Punta Cana on January 14-17, 2022! More details can be found at our website: www.christiantravelers.net! Until next time, safe travels & God Bless!
25 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
CTN 120: Why We Travel vs. What God Teaches Us When We Travel (Genesis 29)
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 To learn more about our upcoming retreat or to book your next faith focused travel adventure, please go to www.christiantravelers.net God's Blessings & Safe Travels!
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