TD Sat. – SOS Saturday!!!

“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh but through love serve one another.” – Gal. 5:13

Hey TD!

This Saturday morning, we’ll have a glorious opportunity to visit the elderly in Jesus’ Name at the Care Center! What a chance to “visit widows … in their distress” as commanded in James 1:27, for this is “[T]rue religion that is pleasing in the sight of our Father”.

We’ll meet at the Hsiehs’ at 9:30 a.m. and will return by noon.  You are welcome to stay for lunch afterwards, if you’d like.  Just let your TD sg leaders know you’ll be coming!

Blessed Easter Weekend! – Arthur

Passion Week Podcasts: Good Friday – “The Cross: An Excruciating Glory”

Hey TD!

Well, today marks our final Passion Week podcast.  It’s the one Daniel saved for the culmination of this series.  It’s a life-altering piece of teaching that should leave you in a good and healthy place.

We pray that you will really take this weekend to give your ALL to the Lord – all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength – in heart-rending surrender and worship.

Perhaps you can take protracted times of Bible study, prayer, singing, learning, podcast listening :), and serving Him.  Whatever it takes to get your soul set on Him, do it … and enjoy! – Arthur

(link for those who can’t listen directly on the blog)

“The Cross: An Excruciating Glory” link

Passion Week Podcasts: Day 4 – “The Cross: A Father’s Love”

Hey TD!

Today’s podcast is personal as I share some of my testimony of how I came to Christ … through the love of my late father.  It’s the love of a father that we will focus on today, specifically, the love the Heavenly Father has for His Son.  Today’s teaching may shock you a bit, but the truth of it needs to be heard and known, for it puts everyone in their rightful place.

As usual, after listening, I encourage you to spend time in heartfelt prayer to the Lord, surrendering your life to the One who surrendered His Son for you. – Arthur

(here’s the link for those who can’t listen directly on the blog)

The Cross: A Father’s Love link

Passion Week Podcasts: Day 3 – “The Meaning of the Atonement”

(“The Meaning of the Atonement” – mp3)

Hey TD!

I can’t think of a better thing to do during Passion Week than to focus on the cross and learn about what really happened there.  If Jesus went to the cross, endured that for us, and secured for us what we could not secure on our own, the very least we can do is to spend time and effort to learn and appreciate what He’s done for us.  That’s what these 10 minute podcasts are designed to help you do.

In today’s podcast, “The Meaning of the Atonement,” we’ll go “under the hood” and explain the transactions that took place on the cross – propitiation, expiation, and reconciliation.  After listening, please spend time in prayer and thanksgiving for the specific crimes he propitiated, expiated, and reconciled you from. – Arthur

(here’s the link for those who can’t listen directly on the blog)

The Meaning of the Atonement link

Passion Week Podcasts: Day 2 – “Why the Atonement?”

(“Why the Atonement?” – mp3)

Hey TD!

The word “holy” means to be set apart.  That’s what holidays are; they are “holy days,” days set apart from the others.  Passion week is often referred to as Holy Week. We’re excited that you’ve joined us in making this week separate from the other weeks in our lives by focusing on what it is that Jesus really accomplished on the cross through these Passion Week podcasts.

Today’s teaching, “Why the Atonement?” is especially rich and helpful in explaining why an atonement was necessary.  Philippians 2:12 charges us to “work out our salvation with fear and treambling.”  This will help you do just that. Again, spend some time in appreciative prayer after listening.  Until tomorrow! – Arthur

(the audio player is embedded on the blog, but below is a link for those who can’t access it on the blog)

“Why the Atonement?” link

Passion Week Podcasts: Day 1 – “God Himself Will Provide”

(“God Himself Will Provide” – mp3)

Hey TD’ers!

It’s Passion Week, a week to set apart from all other weeks in the year to focus on and remember Christ in a special way.  Can you offer the Lord 10 minutes a day this week as an act of worship to learn and really appreciate the Him? All week, we’ll be posting 10 minute podcasts highlighting some pertinent and powerful teaching from the series “The Cross: His Glory, Our Hope,” one of the most important series I’ve ever taught (perhaps my favorite).

A few years ago, Daniel wanted to do something for the Lord for Passion Week that would honor Him and build you guys up.  So, he decided to produce these podcasts as his gift to us.  Thanks Daniel!  Today’s podcast is, “God Himself Will Provide”

10 minutes a day.  That’s all it takes.  Will you listen?  After listening, please take some time to chew on it and pray over it.  Will you join us in being extra intentional and proactive about focusing on our Savior this week? – Arthur

God Himself Will Provide – (here’s a direct link in case you have trouble with the embeded link above)

RZIM @ UC Berkeley: Clarity in a Culture of Confusion

RZIM’s Abdu Murray & Nathan Betts @ UC Berkeley

Hey TD!

Earlier this week, RZIM joined with the Veritas Forum to hold various open forums on pertinent issues of our day on the campus of UC Berkeley.  One of the forums was on Clarity in a Culture of Confusion and was led by Abdu Murray, who was then joined by Nathan Betts during the Q&A.

Abdu gives a compelling talk, which was followed by Q&A. I found the questions to be quite thoughtful and relevant, and thought you would get a lot out of it.

Here’s the legend of questions:

– In the multi-cultural metropolis that is the Bay Area and UC Berkeley, which is a microcosm of that, how do you balance a desire and celebration of diversity with the exclusive nature of truth? – 56:35

– Living in such a secular society, how do we effectively engage with non-Christians in a way that isn’t a debate, but more of a loving conversation? – 1:06.22

– We stand for great diversity on this campus and love it that this campus accepts all kinds of people, from every walk of life.  Why is it that challenging questions like, What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be male or female? What does it mean to be a good citizen?, isn’t valid in light of an exclusive truth? Is there are value to asking questions that only seem to have fuzzy answers that don’t exactly fit with the worldview you’re positing?   – 1:12.26

– How do you reconcile conflicting viewpoints between science and religion? What makes religion more true than modern science? – 1:25.03

– Are there limitations to Christian truth? Are truth and answers the same thing, and if so, does the Christian worldview offer an answer to every question in modern society? – 1:29.28

– Does the Christian worldview offer a resolution to the human condition? – mental disorders/gender dysphoria/disease – is the Christian worldview actually a resolution for those issues? – 1:38.30

– You’ve argued compellingly that truth is important, but it doesn’t seem it will help us very much unless we can access truth.  There are a lot of impediments to doing that – we’re bound inside human minds and cultures with an overload of information. Please speak to that. – 1:45.16

TD Fri. – Total Devote-ion SG Study

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Hey TD!

This Friday, we’ll be meeting together in the TD room at 7:30 p.m. before we split up and head into our small group time. Below you’ll find the links to the great teaching Sandra shared with us, as well as the small group study.

Please listen to the message and do the study this week before our small group discussion. You should also have memorized Romans 12:1-13 by the end of the month.

“Total Devote-ion” Rom. 12:10-13 (mp3) – Sandra

Total Devote-ion” Rom. 12:10-13 (sg study)

“Total Devote-ion” Rom. 12:10-13 (mp3) – Sandra – Table of Contents

Arthur introduces Sandra – 0:00

Introduction – 4:15

Judy’s guess of “philostorgo” – 8:14

(Technical difficulties) – 9:30 – 11:10

Philostorgo – 11:11 – 12:00

(Technical difficulties) 12:00 – 13:00

Interview with Kathy & Robert about philostorgo & parenthood – 13:05

Sandra’s struggles with being a new mom – 17:30

Devoted to the love God wants us to have – 19:05

Sandra’s old tennis racket and philostorgo – 20:20

Interview with Rebecca regarding Jacob’s family issues –  23:25

We all have family issues 33:40

Sandra “bad habits” and her family background – 40:30

THE argument b/w Sandra and Arthur – 43:35

J-O-Y – 50:30

A closer look at our hearts – 56:30

Video – Ask Anything Tour @ UCLA

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TD in front of UCLA’s beautiful new Luskin Conference Center

Hey TD!

We had a wonderful time at UCLA two weekends ago with Ligonier Ministries, as we got to watch Al Mohler answer tough questions from a live public audience during Ligonier’s Ask Anything Tour on Friday night; and then we were taught by Mohler, Burk Parsons, and Stephen Nichols during Ligonier’s Truth and Consequences training on Saturday.  It was a faith building weekend that challenged us to work on our skill set in representing Christ better in the public square.

Here is the video of Friday night’s Ask Anything Tour, with a Table of Contents of questions below, so you can go to the question you’d like to hear:

2018 Ask Anything with Al Mohler @ UCLA – 3/2/18

27:30 Were there any big intellectual barriers to you coming to Christ?
30:00 The traditional answer to why evil exists is that God wants to demonstrate His character against the backdrop of evil. Did God have to send billions of people to hell to demonstrate His goodness to a few?
36:35 What is the biblical worldview on transgender-ism and gender identity ?
47:20 Does theistic evolution contradict the Bible?
53:00 How should Christians approach government? Are we to be passive, if submissive?
1:00:45 Why is Christianity right and the rest of the 2,999 wrong?
1:07:07 Do you agree with the apostle Paul when he describes same-sex attraction as, “degrading passions, un-natural affections, abominable, perversed, indecent and depraved”?
1:11:17 Should I take medication for depression, should I see a physician for it, and what should I advise my friends who struggle with this? How can I approach this biblically?
1:17:47 Given that the Bible holds that human life begins at conception, what are the ethics of conducting research with established human embryonic stem cell lines? These are many generations removed from initial destruction, and who bears culpability in such research?
1:25:10 How do you read so much and retain information effectively?
1:30:20 When would you recommend someone for seminary, and when is one ready for seminary?
1:36:12 How do you explain Christian denominations? Should there be and is there a correct one? Starting at
1:45:00, Mohler goes into short(ish) answers for time.
1:45:35 How can God be loving and send people to hell? Different than the first, if the system is inherently wrong, can we believe in God?
1:47:23 My wife and I are seeing many of our friends foregoing marriage, and children. Is this biblically wrong and do you think there will be consequences?
1:50:05 How can you assert the divinity of the Bible given the history that precedes the publication of it?
1:53:21 What’s a biblical response to systemic racism, especially in light of scripture being used to validate American slavery?
1:57:40 In light of recent events, while embracing the sovereignty of God and the free will of humanity, what good do the “thoughts and prayers” of Christians amidst chaos and violence offer?