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Who Is God to You? (Part 2 of 2)

10 September 2011, 01:00



Former ATI Students Answer, “Who Is God to You?” (2 of 2) Previously we introduced the topic: Who Is God to You? This week will continue with the responses we received from former students of the Advanced Training Institute (ATI). Before we delve in, I’d like to reiterate that you may not agree with or […]

A Look at Family Relationships

7 September 2011, 06:30



An idea came to mind as I read posts on here about the difficulty of interacting with parents, and of spouses having to help unpack the past. My wife and I did an intimacy study, and one of the steps that many couples had difficulty with was the tension created when we mapped out our […]

My Journey: Legalism, Atheism, and Finally Freedom

5 September 2011, 06:00



As a teenager in the 1960s, living near Atlanta, Georgia, I often wondered about God and heaven and hoped I had been good enough to get in. Being a normal male who enjoyed life, I wasn’t so sure. My grandparents took me to church, but that stopped when I was 13. During my junior year […]

Who Is God to You? (Part 1 of 2)

3 September 2011, 00:01



Former ATI Students answer, “Who Is God to You?” (part 1 of 2) Recently, as I pick up my Bible, or just turn my thoughts toward God in a casual prayer, the questions “Who are you God?” and “What are you all about?” come to mind. Almost immediately, I feel the question “who am I […]

Disillusioned, Not Equipped, Part 2

1 September 2011, 06:15



I wanted out! I wanted to go home! I had lost hope and trust in leadership. When I brought them a problem they said it was somehow because of some sin I had committed, or one that my parents had committed. I was tired of the judgment. I prayed fervently that God would take my […]

Disillusioned, Not Equipped, part 1

30 August 2011, 06:15



photo courtesy of Ophelia Cherry

I was excited. Through the EQUIP program of the Advanced Training Institute (ATI), I was going to be used by God to reach one of the juvenile delinquent young women for Christ and help her improve her life. It would be someone who did not have the benefit of godly parents, as I did. Someone […]

Created to Worship

29 August 2011, 06:00



My family joined the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) when I was four years old. We were one of the first year “pilot” families. We attended the Basic and Advanced Seminars as we had time, or when they were close. We were consistently involved in the homeschooling program, as well as Character First!, TELOS, and other […]

You’ll Be Okay … Maybe

23 August 2011, 06:15



The following stories, told by former Advanced Training Institute (ATI) students on various online forums, are a small sampling of the many stories told by young people who became ill or sustained physical injuries while working at an ATI training center or at Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) headquarters. These stories illustrate a common […]

A Parent’s Perspective – Sixteen Years in Bondage

22 August 2011, 06:00



Our journey into the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) began when my second child was about 6 months old. I remember quitting my job as a nurse to become a stay at home mom, and thinking that it was quite a sacrifice. Then, about two years later, my husband came to me and told me that […]

Christian Karma

19 August 2011, 04:00



Merriam-Webster’s dictionary states karma as: The force generated by a person’s actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person’s next existence. Eastern religions teach that once we die, we re-enter the cycle of life in a different form. If someone performs good deeds on earth […]