The Cosmic Cube: Thinking Outside the Box

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Assumptions. Everyone lives by them each moment of the day. Truth is, the veracity and quality of your assumptions will determine the course of your life and affect the lives around you. What assumptions are you living by? Are they true? Will they stand the test of life and of time? Who or what is building your box of assumptions? It is questions like these that faced a high schooler named Eunice Im a few years back. I urge you to read her story and learn from it. – Arthur

“The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.”

One night, I found my high school yearbook lying on my desk. Cracking it open brought back a flood of memories. While looking through pictures and reading through messages from old friends, a mix of emotions sprung up from reminiscing and remembering those ‘good old times.’ As I sat and pondered, I was confronted with a harsh question—did any of that really matter?

During high school, I always wanted to popular. I wanted to be the girl who was liked, sociable, and accepted. Of course, there were things that I was not willing to compromise for the sake of popularity, but I still had a strong desire for it. I envied those who had more friends than me, who always had a date to the upcoming dance, and who were invited to all the ‘cool’ parties. I could not bear the idea of being a social outcast, someone who missed out on all the ‘fun.’

Reflecting back, I can see that I lived with the assumption that man’s praise is the best thing to receive in life. Del Tackett poignantly states, “Assumptions are the most dangerous form of knowledge.” Assumptions, depending on its source, will bring prosperity or turmoil. Only the assumptions that align best with truth can yield a well-lived life. God, the One with perfect perception, is the source of truth. “The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.” (Psalm 19:8)

What does God do with His people, who live according to ‘precepts’ of the flesh, rather than the Spirit? How does He break down these assumptions? What does it take to break away from our destructive thinking?

Before college started, I made a commitment to intentionally invest in more meaningful relationships with my family and church friends. I didn’t want to spread myself thin, like I did in high school, and the Lord convinced me, through His Word and through different people and circumstances, that this is the best decision. It wasn’t until I carried this out that I realized the depth of my assumptive thinking. Continue reading

V4V Featured on Joni’s Blog!

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V4V Highlighted on Joni's Blog!

Yesterday, we visited the Joni and Friends International Disability Center (IDC) to present Joni Eareckson Tada and Doug Mazza $57K of the $67K we raised through Voiceless for the Voiceless (V4V). We had a rich and blessed time of celebrating and praying over the funds, asking God to use them mightily to reach those affected by disability in third-world countries with the tangible love of Christ through the gospel and the gift of mobility.

Click here to see Joni’s blog that features TD and V4V! Aileen is quoted and a video of our girls at V4V is highlighted! Please leave a comment for Joni and make her day! She reads them all!

The Cosmic Cube: Hollow Philosophies

Hey TD, I know Nathaniel’s essay was scary :), but this next one in The Cosmic Cube series is scary too … in a different and in a “Gulp, this is what I’ve been eating all this time???” kind of way.  Robert does a fantastic job dissecting hollow philosophy and pointing us to Real Philosophy.

Please keep up with these essays!  If you do, you WILL be changed for the better!  

– Arthur 

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“The intellect, as a means for the preservation of the individual, develops its chief power in dissimulation; for it is by dissimulation that the feebler and lest robust individuals preserve themselves, since it has been denied them to fight the battle of existence with horns or the sharp teeth of beasts of prey. In man this art of dissimulation reaches its acme of perfection: in him deception, flattery, falsehood and fraud, slander, display, pretentiousness, disguise, cloaking convention, and acting to others and to himself, in short, the continual fluttering to and from around the one flame—Vanity.” – Nietzsche

     Philosophy teetered on the edge of emptiness when Friedrich Nietzsche made his grave declaration in 1882: “God is dead.”  The roots of this tragedy reach back twenty three years to Darwin’s The Origin of Species. The theory of evolution, according to Nietzsche, liberates man—at a high price. It renders the idea of God unnecessary, which erases any standard of objective morality. Morality becomes merely a “herd instinct” that can be manipulated by the first person who that realizes its arbitrariness. But however freeing it seems to do away with belief in God, Nietzsche knew that truth, significance, and purpose would also vanish. Continue reading

Update – NO COMPROMISE: A Ligonier Party

We have made the message/topic selections we will be watching and discussing at our “mini conference.”  I cannot lie – it will be a tremendous time that can have a huge impact on your life.  3 world class authorities speaking on world-changing themes.  Curious?  Take a look:

#1 – Feet Firmly Planted in Midair :

Most students entering college today believe that truth is relative, that what is true for you may not be true for me. In this message, Dr. Steven Lawson looks at the influence relativism has had on our culture and explores the consequences. He will explain the absurd and self-defeating nature of relativism and remind us of God’s call to stand for the unchanging absolute truth of His Word.

#2 – Preach the Word

Many Christians today have been placed on a spiritual “bread-and-water” diet—an endless succession of personal anecdotes and manipulative techniques rather than the living and powerful Word of God preached. In this message, Dr. Alistair Begg will affirm the power and necessity of biblical preaching, explaining how the foolishness of preaching is God’s appointed method for reaching the lost and feeding the sheep.

#3 – He is Risen Indeed

The Apostle Paul tells us that if Jesus is not risen from the dead, our faith is in vain. Yet, many professing Christians deny the physical resurrection of Christ. In this message, Dr. Ravi Zacharias will give a defense of the bodily resurrection of Jesus against modernist skeptics inside and outside the church and against postmoderns who don’t think it matters. He will explain that if Jesus is risen, nothing else matters, and that if Jesus is not risen, nothing else matters.

Wow!  What a great way to head into Easter, don’t you think?  By committing to God your most precious commodities – your mind, heart, and time!

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

– Arthur

NO COMPROMISE: A Ligonier Party

A Ligonier party?  What is a Ligonier?  A disease? A Greek theological term? A berry?

None of the above!  Ligonier Ministries is the teaching fellowship of spiritual giant and my friend, Dr. RC Sproul.  It is one of THE primary instruments God has used to shape my Christian life.  His teaching, example, and passion to help the church better apprehend God’s glory and character has grounded, inspired, and given greater altitude to hundreds of thousands of people’s Christian lives and ministries … including that of yours truly.

One anointed branch of Ligonier’s expansive ministry has beeen their conferences.  They are amongst the best out there.  This year’s National Conference theme was “No Compromise,” held in Orlando, Fl.  I really wanted to go!

So, Sandra and I are inviting any interested TD’ers to my house on Saturday, March 9, for our own, private “mini conference”  – a Ligonier party, if you will 🙂  We will meet from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. to watch a few messages from the conference and discuss them.  Dinner will be included.  We just need to know who’s interested in coming.

I asked Angela yesterday what her very favorite thing to do is.  Then, she asked me the same question.  After consideration, I said, “Really good, engaging, alive Bible study.”  That’s the flavor of this “mini conference”!  If any of you TD’ers feel the same, you are welcome to join us for NO COMPROMIISE!

– Arthur and Sandra

Ravi at UCLA – Is Tolerance Intolerant?

Hello Everyone!  The video of Ravi’s terrific talk at UCLA, and the Q & A, is posted here below.  If you missed it, here’s your chance.  If you went, here’s a great opportunity to review his lecture and upgrade your notes.  Enjoy and be edified!

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15