TD Fri. – Missions Conference

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Hey TD!

TD will be at the church missions conference, The Gospel Resounds, this Friday.  There’s a separate speaker that will speak to the youth.  Come hear what God is doing around the world.  See you there!

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Sights and Sounds from A TD Thanksgiving

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Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!  As I told my SS class today, even moreso, I hope God had a great Thanksgiving with you!

With thanks to Peter, you can take a look at pics from A TD Thanksgiving by clicking the link below.  Thanks Peter!

You can also listen to Abigail’s Thanksgiving devotion, her first at TD! Great job, Abby!

A TD Thanksgiving – pics

A TD Thanksgiving Devotion – Abigail (mp3)

TD Sat. – SOS Saturday!

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Hey TD!

Happy Day After Thanksgiving!  Hope you had a great time with your families and paused long enough in your days and in your minds to consider how God your Father has personally and specifically loved you this year.  As the Ultimate Giver, there’s no way for you to repay Him, of course; but you can do something for Him, and that’s to remember Him and His love for you, and to spend time savoring it in gratitude.  If you didn’t have a chance to, you still have time today! AND, you can send that blessing on to others in His Name!
Tomorrow is SOS Saturday, where we have a chance to serve our society in Jesus’ Name by ministering to the elderly.  We will be going to the So. Pas Care Center tomorrow.  Meet at my house at 9:30 a.m. and we’ll walk over there together for a great time of doing what’s right and good.  We’ll return by noon.
If you can stay longer, we’ll grab lunch together and maybe play some games.  If not, you can get picked up at noon.
As we continue our REBUILD, both personally and in TD, being active in serving others in integral to the success of our REBUILD.
Let one of your small group leaders know if you can make it!

 

Thankful for Theology on Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving, TD!

I’ve read numerous Thanksgiving articles this week in an effort to make sure I don’t under-do this holiday (OK, and I watched, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” last night too), and I have loved doing so.  It is always good to gain new insight, angles, and depth into this most important mandate to give thanks.  Some may feel that it takes the luster off of giving thanks to have it mandated by God.  But in reality it puts the luster on.  It displays our value and worth, as well as His deep fatherly love for us in caring enough for us to mandate what is best and right – for Him, for us, for the world.  It is best and right to give thanks continually, and to do so from a heart of gratitude.  How do we know this to be true?  Theology. Theology tells us this and keeps us straight.

On this Thanksgiving day, I’d encourage you to read the following article from Albert Mohler (president of Southern Seminary) on making the most of your Thanksgiving … by adding theology to it. – Arthur

Thanksgiving as Theological Act: What Does it Mean to Give Thanks?

Thanksgiving is a deeply theological act, rightly understood. As a matter of fact, thankfulness is a theology in microcosm — a key to understanding what we really believe about God, ourselves, and the world we experience.

A haunting question is this:  How do atheists observe Thanksgiving? I can easily understand what an atheist or agnostic would think of fellow human beings and feel led to express thankfulness and gratitude to all those who, both directly and indirectly, have contributed to their lives. But what about the blessings that cannot be ascribed to human agency? Those are both more numerous and more significant, ranging from the universe we experience to the gift of life itself.

Can one really be thankful without being thankful to someone? It makes no sense to express thankfulness to a purely naturalistic system. The late Stephen Jay Gould, an atheist and one of the foremost paleontologists and evolutionists of his day, described human life as “but a tiny, late-arising twig on life’s enormously arborescent bush.” Gould was a clear-headed evolutionist who took the theory of evolution to its ultimate conclusion — human life is merely an accident, though a very happy accident for us. Within that worldview, how does thankfulness work?

The Apostle Paul points to a central insight about thankfulness when he instructs the Christians in Rome about the reality and consequences of unbelief. After making clear that God has revealed himself to all humanity through the created order, Paul asserts that we are all without excuse when it comes to our responsibility to know and worship the Creator.

He wrote:

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. . .  [Romans 1:20-22].

This remarkable passage has at its center an indictment of thanklessness. They did not honor Him as God or give thanks. Paul wants us to understand that the refusal to honor God and give thanks is a raw form of the primal sin. Theologians have long debated the foundational sin — and answers have ranged from lust to pride. Nevertheless, it would seem that being unthankful, refusing to recognize God as the source of all good things, is very close to the essence of the primal sin. What explains the rebellion of Adam and Eve in the Garden? A lack of proper thankfulness was at the core of their sin. God gave them unspeakable riches and abundance, but forbade them the fruit of one tree. A proper thankfulness would have led our first parents to avoid that fruit at all costs, and to obey the Lord’s command. Taken further, this first sin was also a lack of thankfulness in that the decision to eat the forbidden fruit indicated a lack of thankfulness that took the form of an assertion that we creatures — not the Creator — know what is best for us and intend the best for us.

They did not honor Him as God or give thanks. Clearly, honoring God as God leads us naturally into thankfulness. To honor Him as God is to honor His limitless love, His benevolence and care, His provision and uncountable gifts. To fail in thankfulness is to fail to honor God — and this is the biblical description of fallen and sinful humanity. We are a thankless lot.

Sinners saved by the grace and mercy of God know a thankfulness that exceeds any merely human thankfulness. How do we express thankfulness for the provision the Father has made for us in Christ, the riches that are made ours in Him, and the unspeakable gift of the surpassing grace of God? As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” [2 Corinthians 9:15].

So, observe a wonderful Thanksgiving — but realize that a proper Christian Thanksgiving is a deeply theological act that requires an active mind as well as a thankful heart. We need to think deeply, widely, carefully, and faithfully about the countless reasons for our thankfulness to God.

It is humbling to see that Paul so explicitly links a lack of thankfulness to sin, foolishness, and idolatry. A lack of proper thankfulness to God is a clear sign of a basic godlessness. Millions of Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving with little consciousness of this truth. Their impulse to express gratitude is a sign of their spiritual need that can be met only in Christ.

So have a very Happy Thanksgiving — and remember that giving thanks is one of the most explicitly theological acts any human can contemplate. O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting [1 Chronicles 16:34]. In all things, give thanks to God.

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Albert Mohler is a prolific author, speaker, daily radio host of The Briefing, and President of Southern Seminary.

Why Don’t We See Christians Living the Transformed Life?

Hey TD,

That is a very good and convicting question, isn’t it?  The fact is that this is the number one reason given by non-Christians as to why they reject the gospel.  We talk, tweet, an type so much about the gospel, but living like we really believe the gospel and God’s promises is another story.

RZIM apologist, Michael Ramsden, shares some thoughts on this in the video above.  TD actually saw this Q and A live at UCLA a few years ago, as some of you may recall.

Please take a listen, pray about how your can live a life with Christ within your communities.  Then, act on it! – Arthur

TD Fri. – A TD Thanksgiving!!!

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Hey TD!

It’s that time of year again … a time for thanksgiving, for giving thanks to God, for pausing to consider and count our blessings, naming them one by one, and a time to give blessings in Jesus’ Name.

This Friday is our annual potluck TD family feast and fellowship – A TD Thanksgiving – at my home from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Please sign-up with your small group leaders, indicating what food you’ll be bringing.

We’re looking forward to having the TD family together on this special occasion!  See you Friday! – Arthur

 

TD Small Group Prep – Begin Now!

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Hey TD!

We will be meeting together in our small groups this Friday to discuss the rebuilding of the infrastructure of our lives … BUT, BUT, BUT (!!!) … this small group discussion will be different!  And it’s up to you to determine if it will be better!  

So, what’s the difference?  The small group discussion will be driven by YOU and YOUR response to last Friday’s message.  YOU will be coming up with the specific questions and issues  to discuss and work through.  The more thorough your preparation, the better the discussion.; the better the discussion, the better the application; the better the application, the better your life in Christ.

Here’s what you’ll need to do to prepare:

 

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” Colossians 3:23

Let’s prepare well, TD!