Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord




HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! Even though we are in Southern Africa at this writing, we had the chance to see a few of your pictures from your 4th of July celebrations and though we were sad to miss out, it was great to see people coming together to honor our great nation.

We even had a little chance last night, after the evening service, to go out and share a few fireworks with some other Americans here and sing the national anthem! What fun! Yes—there’s a lot wrong with our nation but there’s a lot right about it as well and there are a remnant of people that love God and appreciate the sacrifice of those that have given their lives to secure our liberties and freedoms.

It is in times like these that we are more assured of our mission, The Great Commission, and that we strive to work, “while it is called day” to see many come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and to raise up the next generation of worshippers and pastoral leaders to reach a great harvest before He returns!

To catch some of you up to speed, we’ve been working diligently to continue with the mandate God has given us in training up young worshippers and leaders for ministry. Though the Institute for the Arts campus in Austin TX was suspended in September 2011, we’ve been working constantly since that time on the implementation of an online campus that would continue with the “Excellence and the Anointing” call but would reach a broader expanse with capabilities to train anyone, anywhere in the world.

With the help of some dear friends and supporters of this ministry, we are almost ready to open the doors ONCE AGAIN. August 26th, we are launching Cruse Institute for the Arts, an online learning campus. (it’s a whole new site–enjoy!)

Many have asked, “Is it possible to train worshippers and ministers by way of the Internet? The short answer is YES! Many of our universities in the US now offer online learning such as Berkley School of Music, Full Sail, just to name a few.

Cruse Institute for the Arts is using some of the best technology and software available, combined with the help of local affiliate churches that will oversee the practical application classes, such as Helps Ministry, Worship Lab and Creative Element Classes. Along with these, CIFTA is planning regional worship conferences throughout the year in locations feasible for travel by our students that will enable them to meet their teachers in a live setting and be a part of live worship experiences as well. Students will still receive their Bachelors in Worship Ministry with an Associates Degree in Bible upon completion of their three years of study.

CAN YOU HELP US SPREAD THE WORD? Friends we need you! If you know of young men and women looking for an opportunity to further their Christian Education or even if you don’t know of someone but can share our Twitter and Facebook posts, let’s get the word out about CIFTA! We are believing God for 100 students to begin with us. Because of our time spent in South Africa this year, we are hoping to launch the school there beginning in January 2014.

And hey– the Lord may be speaking to some of you about sponsorship or about sowing seed to help those who can’t afford the full tuition. We get requests all the time for student aid but because the need is so great, we can’t help everyone. If you would like to do so, go to and click on “contributions”. It would be a great blessing to be able to help those around the world who need our help.

We want to close this update with a passage of scripture from Psalms 33:10-22 NLT. May God have mercy upon these United States of America and great grace and favor upon all we put our hands to for His Kingdoms sake! Be blessed—Ps Joe and Becky Cruse

“The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations
 and thwarts all their schemes. But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.

What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people He has chosen as His inheritance.

The Lord looks down from heaven 
and sees the whole human race. From His throne He observes all who live on the earth.

He made their hearts
 so He understands everything they do.

The best-equipped army cannot save a king nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.

Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—
for all its strength it cannot save you.

But the Lord watches over those who fear Him, those who rely on His unfailing love”.

He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.

We put our hope in the Lord, for He is our help and our shield.

In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name.

Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord
for our hope is in You alone.


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