TD SG Initiative – Helping Orphans!

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Hey TD!

As promised, last Friday’s TD meeting was a special one. My big brother, Richard (above), came to share with us about a ministry to orphans in Africa that he is very involved with, Rafiki Foundation, in hopes of helping to give us an avenue to practice pure Christianity and to be doers of the Word, not merely hearers (James 1:22-27).

Then I shared about a ministry that my family has been getting increasingly involved with, a ministry to helping orphans find strong Christian families (particularly with deformities and disabilities in China – the unwanted ones), Show Hope.

James 1:27 confronts us this way, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  And TD will be responding!

The boys small groups will each be sponsoring an orphan boy in Africa through Rafiki, while the girls small groups will each be sponsoring an orphan girl in China through Show Hope!

We also encourage you to take this idea to your family so they may prayerfully consider sponsoring children too!  Check out the following web sites to get more familiar with the ministries:

Rafiki Foundation

Show Hope

Here are the videos we showed on Friday:

The Eulogy Heard ‘Round the World/You Can’t Choose Family

Hey TD,

By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard of what I’m calling the “Eulogy Heard ‘Round the World.”  Of course, I’m speaking of the powerful eulogy that NBA coach, Monty Williams, gave last week at the memorial service of his wife, Ingrid (age 44), whose car was struck head on by an oncoming car that swerved over the center divider at a speed of 92 mph (in a 40 mph zone).  She left behind her husband and 5 children, ages 5 – 17.

If you haven’t seen the eulogy, you NEED to do so here.  It is an amazing testimony of God’s power and sustenance in the midst of tragedy and loss:

I cannot even fathom being in his position; and I would need all the grace God has to keep me standing.  Williams’ focus, perspective, and purpose move and motivate me to be a better Christian man.

NBA superstar, Anthony Davis, who was a former player of Williams’, had been largely silent … until today, when he posted a short first-person essay about Coach Williams, You Can’t Choose Family.  It motivates me to be a better Christian coach:

You Can’t Choose Family by Anthony Davis

You can’t choose family. Those are the people that God puts around you, to help you and to guide you. That’s why family means everything to me; family can’t be replaced. And so I’m heartbroken right now because Monty and Ingrid Williams are like a second family to me.

New Orleans is a long way from Chicago. As a 19 year old just coming into the league — living away from home in a new city, taking on the challenge of being a pro — being that far away from my support system was hard. My parents, my sisters, they would come to visit me as much as they could, of course. But even then, the team was on the road so much, different cities all the time, different people all the time, everybody wanting a little piece of you, trying to tell you about some deal they had for you. It could be really difficult.

That’s why I was blessed, really blessed, to have Monty Williams as my coach. The type of person he is, he cared about me and every member of our team more as human beings than as basketball players. And Ingrid was the same way. They opened their hearts to me. They really became like another set of parents. Anything I needed, if I needed to talk, whatever, they were there. I can’t tell you what that meant to me.

I keep thinking about how, before every home game, as soon as Monty came out on the floor, he would look up in the stands to where Ingrid and the kids were sitting and finding them there, he’d smile and wave to them. Before every single game. My prayers and my heart are with the Williams family. Because they are like my second family.

– Arthur

A New TD Small Group Initiative

Hey TD!

Tomorrow night, we will be launching a new exciting small group initiative to help us be doers of the Word, not merely hearers of it (James 1)!  Make sure you’re at TD tomorrow to catch the vision!

In the meanwhile,  how’s your memorizing of Psalm 139 going?  We need to have verses 1-12 by the end of the month.  Keep working at it!:

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know [a]when I sit down and [b]when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You [c]scrutinize my [d]path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
[e]Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in [f]Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will [g]overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even the darkness is not dark [h]to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.

TD Friday – “Is Our Christianity Pure?”

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Hey TD,

I’m super excited for TD this Friday!  Joining me in working out this this vital question will be my big brother, Richard, who has been incredibly influential in my life.  I’m excited for you all to meet him!

This will also be a very special time for us at TD as we look to take an active step forward towards purifying our Christianity … with action.

Don’t miss this special evening!

– Arthur

Forced to Be Parents?

Hey TD!

One argument commonly given by those who are pro-abortion is that without abortion, people would be forced to become parents; something that no one should be forced to be, if they don’t want to or aren’t ready for that.

Our friend, Greg Koukl, responds fairly and truthfully in this video below:

“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.”  Psalm 139:13

Are Abortion Activists Going to Boycott Doritos?

Hey TD!

Commercials airing during the Super Bowl are traditionally a big deal in America.  This is when advertisers often unveil their most provocative, funniest, cutest, most tasteless, biggest baddest commercials.  Super Bowl air time is the most expensive air time of all every year.  This year, airing a 30-second commercial cost over $5 million.

When I saw the question above posed by Focus on the Family after Super Bowl 50, I was curious as to what a high profile company like Doritos might have possibly aired that could have gotten abortion advocates upset.

After the Doritos advertisement aired, NARAL Pro-Choice America (formerly National Abortion Rights Action League) tweeted the following:

– that ad using tactic of humanizing fetuses & sexist tropes of dads as clueless & moms as uptight.

 

Now, Doritos has not ever been associated with morality or anything.  In fact, other commercials they’ve aired in the past prove this out.  And I don’t know if they were subtly making a statement or not.  But it does show the power of ultrasound technology.

As Focus’ president, Jim Daly, writes, “Once you see a child in utero, it’s impossible to deny that the child is a living human being.

It’s this wonderful reality that has led our own Option Ultrasound program to save an estimated 358,000 babies since its inception …”

In fact, take a look at this video, made entirely from ultrasound footage (no computer graphics).

 

“For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.”  Psalm 139:13

 

TD Friday – A TD Valentine’s Day

Hey TD!

We’re going to have a great time this Friday celebrating and further learning about THE greatest love we could possible possess … hands down … the love of God!

Our evening will be planned by our newest interns – Aileen, Calvin, Daniel, Judy, Katherine, and Megan!  Come see what they have planned for us!

Make sure you come dressed in red and/or pink this Friday!  We will have prizes for the best dressed in theme!  We will also have lots of yummy special red and pink refreshments!

See you on Friday!