Read the Entire Bible With Us in 2015!

Happy New Year TD’ers!

Sandra, Angela, Nathaniel, and I, as well as probably a few more of you (I know Jenny did), took on the opportunity to join Joni Eareckson Tada and her husband, Ken, to read the entire Bible in 2014 in chronological order (trying to read the recorded events in the order they actually occurred or in the order the books were written).

It’s been well over a decade since I last read the Bible in a year.  I wasn’t sure if I could do it again, as I recall it was very difficult.  This year, it was MUCH easier with the help of http://www.youversion.com aka http://www.bible.com.  It was a tremendous time of considering and contemplating God’s story again.

What made it easier was 1) the tracking software they have that helps gauge my progress and keep me on pace; and 2) the option of reading the text or having world-renowned artist, Max McLean, read the chapters to me (click on NIV version for this).

We’re planning on doing it again in 2015!  If any of you would like to join us, check out those websites, click “Reading Plans” and select the “Chronological” plan.  Or, if you prefer another plan, like the classic one year plan (OT, NT, Psalms, Proverbs everyday), feel free to choose that one.  Just as long as you are eating daily meals of spiritual food and getting better familiarized with God’s Word and God’s story.

Let us know if you are planning to join us.  We’d love to share in the journey with you! – Arthur

A TD Christmas!

Hey TD!

Just a quick reminder that our beloved tradition, “A TD Christmas” is this Friday!  A favorite each year and a highlight of the Christmas season for so many of us,  we will make our annual Christmas caroling rounds up and down the hallways of the convalescent home, going door to door, bringing the Christ of Christmas with us!

Afterwards, we’ll come back to my home for yummy TD classics (Sandra’s famous Christmas chili dip and pigs in a blanket, amongst others – feel free to bring food over if you’d like), fun games, a Christmas devo by Nathaniel, and a good time of fellowship.

What a great way after schools and finals to really get into the Christmas spirit!

Meet at my home at 6:30 p.m. (6 p.m. if you’d like to help make cards) and have your parents pick you up any time after 10 p.m.  See you soon! – Arthur

Living on God’s Terms – Interview assignment!

Living on God’s Terms (Arthur) – mp3

Hey TD,

I realize that the assignment I gave you (to interview a person who holds to another world view than you) was too rushed.  So, I’ve put the “due date” as our TD meeting on Friday, January 9, 2015.  When you do your interview, make sure you take notes during the interview.  We would like you to write a out a summary of your interview prior to your meeting that night.

Please feel free to ask your TD counselors or interns for help, tips, prayer, and guidance along the way.  They have lots to offer and can help you.

It is important that you do this assignment, as it will get you off the sidelines and get you into the game.  When you are in the game, your faith and dependence on God increase dramatically.

Living on God’s Terms

Above is the mp3 of Friday’s critical teaching.  I would advise you to listen to it (or re-listen) before your interview, just so you really know the ins and outs of coming to salvation more thoroughly and precisely, both for yourself and for your friends.  It’s some of my clearest teaching on the subject and will definitely help you.

You Don’t Want to Miss TD This Week!

Hey TD!

Have you been given “the talk” by a parent or adult yet? Or maybe it was even a well-meaning teacher or counselor? It’s awkward and uncomfortable, isn’t it?

I read an account recently of one father who sat his son down to give him “the talk.” Instead of describing it for you, I asked Daniel if he would re-enact it with me on a podcast. Here’s how it went:

Not everyone has been given “the talk” and not everyone thinks that way, of course, but many do.  And some are your friends.  How can you help them? By coming to TD this Friday!

I will not only help you understand the issues really clearly, but I will help you learn how to dialogue with family, friends, and acquaintences more effectively about them.  I assure you, it will be worth your while.  See you then! – Arthur

* thanks to Richard Everett for providing the content of “the talk” in his writing, “Yes, Father” in Soundbites.

TD Tonight!

Hey TD,

Hope you’re all doing well! We are looking forward to being with you all tonight!  Tonight’s meeting will be in two parts – for the first hour, from 7:30 – 8:30, we will be joining the church missions conference in the chapel (in the mid-level, near the side doors). Then at 8:30 ish, we will head to the TD room and get into engaging small group discussions on the topic of, “Living on God’s Terms.”  Our discussion will serve as a prequel to Arthur’s message of the same title next Friday.
We’ll also be discussing our small group community service opportunity that we’ll all be doing in our small groups.  See you tonight!

Dying Well

Hey TD,

There are few events like a funeral that can set the vision of our lives straight.  John Piper said this,

I thank God for funerals. Or to put it more personally, I thank God for the ministry of the dying in my life. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints (Psalm 116:15) … I would rather preach at a funeral than at a wedding, not because I love death more than I love marriage, but because the gospel of Christ crucified and risen shines more brightly at a funeral. At a wedding there are so many earthly reasons to feel happy. At a funeral, if the gospel of Christ is not true – if the blood and righteousness of Christ are not sufficient to make us acceptable to God – then there are few reasons to be happy. The effect of death on my life in the ministry has been profound, and I thank God for it and for all those who in their dying taught me so much.”

Robert and Bobbie Wolgemuth are literary giants in the world of Christian publishing, and are the literary agents for many of Christendom’s biggest authors, including RC, Ravi, and Joni.  In fact, Bobbie was one of Joni’s best friends … was.  They used to sing hymns together every chance they got … used to.

Bobbie past away last month from a two-year battle with cancer.  I have never seen anyone die so well from cancer as Bobbie did.  The radiance of Christ always came through her, but never so much as these last two years.  She was possessed … by Christ.

My family has had the privilege of knowing the Wolgemuths over the years.  Bobbie even had Daniel and Angela sing with her on stage during one of Joni’s conferences.  They radiate Jesus.  We had a chance to pray with Robert a few days after Bobbie’s passing while we were in Florida last month with Ravi’s ministry, and he was trying to encourage US!  Please pray for his days ahead.

You NEED to watch the portion of the Bobbie’s memorial service above (already queued for you), beginning from her granddaughter singing to the end of her daughters’ eulogy.  It is inpsiring and provides a vision for us on how to live life well daily in Jesus’ presence.

Notes of interest:

– the pianist for her granddaughter is the same pianist that accompanied Bobbie 48 years ago when Bobbie sang the same song, when Robert first saw Bobbie.

– at the very beginning of the service are wonderful paintings she drew (many have hymns woven in)

– world-renowned preacher, Alistair Begg, gives a short but powerful gospel message later in the service – at 1:07:56

– a few weeks before her passing, Robert took video of Bobbie taking a walk in her neighborhood, singing Trust and Obey – at 1:48:53

– Arthur