“My Journey With Leprosy”/No TD Fri.

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Hey TD!

What a special time  it was this Spring for TD to host a very special couple with a very challenging set of circumstances … living with leprosy.  Dan and Babbs Izzett taught us a lot about faith, loyalty, commitment, and a great God during their time with us.  Their sharing is a good reminder for us and worth listening to again.  So, here’s your chance to do so:

My Journey With Leprosy (mp3) – Dan Izzett

As a reminder, there is no TD this Friday.

Last Chance: Do Quick Survey, Get In-n-Out!

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Hey TD!

There are still 2 days for you to do a quick survey for me and get In-n-Out for you and a friend! Don’t like In-n-Out? Ok, how about just doing it from the goodness of your heart in kindness towards me? 🙂

If you’re not ups to speed, here’s what’s going on:

I am taking a course that is exploring the origins, historicity, reliability, impact, etc. of the Bible.  I have an assignment due soon and I need your help. So, I’ve thought of a way that will accomplish a few things at once (what I call cross-pollinating).  Here’s what I am asking of you:

  • Please answer the 7 question survey below.
  • Please ask a friend outside of church to answer the same survey.
  • For those who complete the assignment by 9/24/16, I will give a $15 gift card for you to take that friend out to lunch/dinner at In-n-Out.
  • Just invite your friend to TD and let him/her know that I would personally like to thank him/her for helping me out, and I will give you guys the card!
  • If you can’t get a friend to answer the survey, I’d still appreciate it if you do.  Thanks!

Here’s the survey: Survey About the Bible

Thanks!

Arthur

 

I Have a Favor to Ask (In-n-Out in Return!)

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Hey TD,

I have a favor to ask.  I am taking a course that is exploring the origins, historicity, reliability, impact, etc. of the Bible.  I have an assignment due soon and I need your help. So, I’ve thought of a way that will accomplish a few things at once (what I call cross-pollinating).  Here’s what I am asking of you:

  • Please answer the 7 question survey below.
  • Please ask a friend outside of church to answer the same survey.
  • For those who complete the assignment by 9/24/16, I will give a $15 gift card for you to take that friend out to lunch/dinner at In-n-Out.
  • Just invite your friend to TD and let him/her know that I would personally like to thank him/her for helping me out, and I will give you guys the card!
  • If you can’t get a friend to answer the survey, I’d still appreciate it if you do.  Thanks!

Here’s the survey: Survey About the Bible

Thanks!

Arthur

I Am Proud of You, TD!

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(photo courtesy of Peter Low)

Hey TD!

Well, at the TD Kick-Off, God unexpectedly challenged us right out of the gates to see what we were going to do when presented with someone in need.  We had to make some game time decisions as to whether “the show must go on” or whether we would incorporate and receive what God brought our way.  It was a poignant and powerful time with Gilbert, and I am incredibly proud of the way you responded, in word and in deed.  Your understanding of the situation and your willingness to generously seize the opportunity to be His hands sets the tone for the year ahead, where TD will be more generous, liberal, and joyful with our time, talent, and treasure than we’ve ever been in any year of TD’s history.  And I have a suspicion that we just may be more blessed than ever, as well, in the ways that count.  Great job, TD!  I am proud of you! – Arthur

9/16 – Offerings 5 – “SEE”

We look forward to SEEing you all tonight as we begin to SEE and experience Him perhaps in new and refreshing ways, as well as to encourage those who will be making their Offerings to the Lord.!

(Cherry on the Pipa during Offerings 4)

9/24 (Sat.) – ReThink Student Apologetics Conference

This is always a great time of learning, sharpening, and challenge in order to engage our communities with the credibility of the incredible gospel of Jesus Christ!

RSVP by this Sunday to receive your Total Devotion discount (!!!), where you will only pay $20 for the conference (everyone else is paying $45)!

TD Fri. – Offerings 5 – “SEE”!!!!!

[Kylie and crew doing body worship at Offerings 4 ot Psalm 139 (Wonderfully Made)]

Hey TD!

Have you ever read or passed by something a million times, when suddenly – you actually SEE it for the first time?  This is the experience of every child who has been adopted into the family of God and been given the Spirit of God – for “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand [or SEE] what God has freely given us.” (1Cor 2:12)

This Friday’s Offerings 5 is an opportunity for us to spend time as a family – to love on, delight in, celebrate and worship with our Heavenly Father – by expressing and exploring the various capabilities He has given us to create and reflect who He is.  Whether in the form of a simple letter, a poem, a painting, a song, a dance, a recitation, or a reflection – we can share with each other what God has been teaching us to SEE, as we learn to SEE more truly ourselves, each other, and HIM.

If you are interested in bringing a smile to your Father’s face 🙂 and giving an offering – even if you don’t know what it is yet – please contact your small group leader TODAY!

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.  But we know that when [Jesus] appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall SEE Him as He is.” 1 John 3:2

Thanks! – Rebecca

Here’s TD’s schedule for the rest of the month:

9/16 – Offerings 5

Come participate and enjoy our 5th Offerings Night with art, poetry, music, and more as we choose to SEE God as He is!

9/24 (Sat.) – ReThink Apologetics Student Conference (Costa Mesa)

It’s our annual trip to Stand to Reason’s student conference, designed to help you think through issues clearly and biblically, and to help you learn how to articulate those thoughts to your friends.  As STR’s motto says, this is clear thinking Christianity.

Cost: $20 (it costs $45, but we will cover $25 if you sign up by 9/18) – sign up with a TD leader today!

Fri. is TD’s ’16 – ’17 Opening Night!!!

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Hey TD!

Check out September’s schedule, beginning Friday:

9/9 – Opening Night

We would love for you to come join the festivities as we kick-off the 2016 – 2017 TD year!  TD is heading in an exciting new direction, with new initiatives and opportunities, and a new spirit that we think you’ll appreciate!  Come join us as we unveil our year’s theme, set sail, plant seeds, and embark on the new year!  We’ll have fun, will cast our vision, and hear from and get to know our leaders in a personal way.

9/16 – Offerings 5

Come participate and enjoy our 5th Offerings Night with art, poetry, music, and more as we choose to SEE God as He is!

9/24 (Sat.) – ReThink Apologetics Student Conference (Costa Mesa)

It’s our annual trip to Stand to Reason’s student conference, designed to help you think through issues clearly and biblically, and to help you learn how to articulate those thoughts to your friends.  As STR’s motto says, this is clear thinking Christianity.

Cost: $45 by 9/22 – sign up with a TD leader today!

Suffering and Jesus (a must see)

Hi TD,

Suffering as a Christian is an integral part of being a Christian.  Period.  Nabeel Quereshi (former Muslim, author of the multi-award winning book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus) is no stranger to this, as he endured emotional and relational suffering after leaving Islam and surrendering to Christ, a cost he knew he would have to pay to come to the Truth. The above testimony/lecture and Q&A, Suffering and Jesus, is valuable teaching, perspective aligning, and very insightful.

The sub-title is “How Suffering Transformed My Life”  and was given earlier this year. imagesLittle did he know at the time  what other suffering God had in His plans for him.This week Nabeel announced a new suffering that God has placed in his life: advanced stomach cancer.  We just saw Nabeel, Michelle, and their new baby girl in June.  The thought of her possibly growing up without her dad is quite sobering:

Dear Friends and Family,

This is an announcement that I never expected to make, but God in His infinite and sovereign wisdom has chosen me for this refining, and I pray He will be glorified through my body and my spirit. My family and I have received the news that I have advanced stomach cancer, and the clinical prognosis is quite grim. Nonetheless, we are going to pursue healing aggressively, both medical and miraculous, relying on God and the fact that He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.

In the past few days my spirits have soared and sank as I pursue the Lord’s will and consider what the future might look like, but never once have I doubted this: that Jesus is Lord, His blood has paid my ransom, and by His wounds I am healed. I have firm faith that my soul is saved by the grace and mercy of the Triune God, and not by any accomplishment or merit of my own. I am so thankful that I am a child of the Father, redeemed by the Son, and sealed in the Spirit. No, in the midst of the storm, I do not have to worry about my salvation, and for that I praise you, God.

Unfortunately this means I am no longer able to engage in traveling ministry for the time being. I am canceling almost all my speaking events, with a few exceptions. From this point on until such a time as the Lord might choose to heal me, I intend to blog or vlog about my journey with cancer, transparently offering my heart, thoughts, and struggles in case they might encourage others and glorify God. I will no longer be with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, though it has been an absolute privilege to be on the team for the past 3 years. My third book, No God But One: Allah or Jesus?, launched today, and I still intend to write my next book, 20 Questions Muslims Ask and the Answers that Convert Them. Beyond that, the Lord knows.

Friends and family, may I ask you to fast and pray fervently for my healing? I do not profess to know the will of the Lord, but many of my close friends and confidants are convinced that this is a trial through which the Lord intends to bring me alive and refined. May His will be done, and may I invite you to seek Him in earnest, on your knees, fasting on my behalf, asking our Yahweh Rapha for healing in Jesus’ name.

And as you pray and fast, “I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:18-20)

For His Glory,
-Nabeel

Would you please join us in praying for Nabeel and his family?  Thank you. – Arthur