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The Vine
Spiritual Formation is an important part of our community at CCTO.  Spiritual Formation, for us, means the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others.  John 15:1-17 gives a model of this process, centered on abiding/remaining in Jesus.  Throughout the year we offer a number of different opportunities for people to both learn and grow in the process of abiding in Jesus.  One of our opportunities, The Vine, is a central part of this process.
What is "The Vine"? 

2017 Vine Devotions

Solitude & Silence With Jesus

Each year The Vine focuses on the practice of one specific spiritual discipline, and includes a monthly devotion to help guide you into deeper relationship with God.  For 2017, our discipline is silence and solitude, following the pattern that Jesus set in Luke 5:16, "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed".  Each month we will examine one passage from the gospels.  The goal is to enter into the passage with God and have a time of learning and reflection, along with an opportunity to meditate on the scripture for the month.  Try scheduling an hour alone each month to use the devotion, but if this is overwhelming at first, remember that any time spent with God in silence and solitude is incredibly valuable and will help lead to growth.  We hope you will use these devotions to grown in Christ through 2017.  Links to devotions are available for you below.  Links to our 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016 devotions and emphasis are also available below.  If you would like to find out more about "The Vine", or join the community of people journeying together through these disciplines, please contact marty@ccto.org

February 2017 Devotion #1

March 2017 Devotion #2

April 2017 Devotion #3 (special 3-part edition)

May 2017 Devotion #4

June 2017 Devotion #5

July 2017 Devotion #6

August 2017 Devotion #7

September 2017 Devotion #8

October 2017 Devotion #9

November 2017 Devotion #10

December 2017 Devotion #11


February 2016 Denial Devotion #1

March 2016 Denial Devotion #2

April 2016 Denial Devotion #3

May 2016 Denial Devotion #4

June 2016 Denial Devotion #5

July 2016 Denial Devotion #6

August 2016 Denial Devotion #7

September 2016 Denial Devotion #8

October 2016 Denial Devotion #9

November 2016 Denial Devotion #10

December 2016 Denial Devotion #11


January 2015 Praise Devotion #1

February 2015 Praise Devotion #2

March 2015 Praise Devotion #3

April 2015 Praise Devotion #4

May 2015 Praise Devotion #5

June 2015 Praise Devotion #6

July 2015 Praise Devotion #7

August 2015 Praise Devotion #8

September 2015 Praise Devotion #9

October 2015 Praise Devotion #10

November/December 2015 Praise Devotion #11



January 2014 Prayer Devotion #1

February 2014 Prayer Devotion #2

March 2014 Prayer Devotion #3

April 2014 Prayer Devotion #4

May 2014 Prayer Devotion #5

June 2014 Prayer Devotion #6

July 2014 Prayer Devotion #7

August 2014 Prayer Devotion #8

September 2014 Prayer Devotion #9

October 2014 Prayer Devotion #10

November 2014 Prayer Devotion #11

December 2014 Prayer Devotion #12


February 2013 Practice #1 Community Worship

February 2013 Devotion #1 Community Worship

March 2013 Practice #2 Daily Workplace

March 2013 Devotion #2 Daily Workplace

April 2013 Practice #3 Nature

April 2013 Devotion #3 Nature

May 2013 Practice #4  Relationships/Fellowship

May 2013 Devotion #4  Relationships/Fellowship

June 2013 Practice #5  Entertainment: Movies

June 2013 Devotion #5  Entertainment: Movies

July 2013 Practice #6  Thoughts

July 2013 Devotion #6  Thoughts

August 2013 Practice #7  Consumers

August 2013 Devotion #7  Consumers

September 2013 Practice #8  Entertainment: Art/Music

September 2013 Devotion #8  Entertainment: Art/Music

October 2013 Practice #9  Family

October 2013 Devotion #9  Family

Nov/Dec 2013 Practice #10  Christmas

Nov/Dec 2013 Devotion #10  Christmas


January 2012 Devotion

February 2012 Devotion

March 2012 Devotion

April 2012 Devotion

May 2012 Devotion

June 2012 Devotion

July 2012 Devotion

August 2012 Devotion

September 2012 Devotion

October 2012 Devotion

November 2012 Devotion

December 2012 Devotion

Bonus Praying Through God's Word Devotion

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301 W. Avenida De Las Flores, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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