TD Fri. – “Shoulds & Oughts: Is There Really Such a Thing?”A Discussion on Ethics (a friend friendly mtg.)

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Hey TD!

We’re going to have a very engaging TD meeting this Friday, discussing an ethical case study or two and considering a few different theories on whether ethics really exist, and if so, on what grounds.  Are there true and legitimate “shoulds” and “oughts” in this life or are they socially constructed?

We’d love for you to invite a friend or two to the discussion to give them some exposure to TD, the God of TD, and to experience an environment of fairness, open-mindedness, thoughtfulness, intellectual integrity, warmth and care.  It doesn’t mean that all of us will agree to everything (and differing views is welcomed!), but it will be an environment where each person and each opinion will be respected and given a fair hearing while actually working towards the best answers.

Please give the name of your friend to your small group leader, so we know to expect them and can admit them to the room.  Unknown names will not be admitted.

“Living By The Holy Spirit, Pt. 3” (incl. BobKat Duet!)

Living By The Holy Spirit, Pt. 3: The Temple Builder (video)

Hey TD!

In our ongoing weekly series on “Living By the Holy Spirit,” Robert explains the significance of the Holy Spirit leading in building the Temple in the Old Testament and how that translates into not only the Church in the 21st century, but in His dwelling in and building our hearts! At the end of the video is a nice duet, sung by Robert and Kathy!

We encourage you to use this series to solidify your understanding of the Holy Spirit, sometimes referred to as the forgotten member of the Trinity, though He is the One dwelling in the hearts and souls of believers.  Enjoy!

Prideful Words Hurt Your Life

“Why do I put up with you?”

“I can handle it, so back off.”

“Do you even know what you are doing?”

Prideful statements. Have you ever said anything like this? Ever thought it? In some form or another, we all struggle with pride. Whether with our words or in more subtle ways, none of us escape its grasp.

Pride is exalting yourself to a position you don’t deserve. It’s thinking too highly of yourself. It’s making yourself more valuable, more competent, more intelligent, more sassy, more fun, more whatever. You stand on a pedestal looking down your nose at everyone else.

If you know God, there is no room for pride. A relationship with our sovereign and good God, and a trust in His Son, puts our pride in check (James 4:5–6). Rather than seeing ourselves as big and seeing everyone else (including God) as small, we have our perception rearranged so that everything takes on its proper size. God becomes big in our lives, and we become minuscule. Our pride withers as we stand before the awesome majesty of a holy and merciful God. We are no longer the center of our universe—Christ is, and we bow down to Him.

Solomon writes, “The proud speech of a fool brings a rod of discipline, but the lips of the wise will protect them” (Prov. 14:3, CSB). The fool experiences consequences for his proud speech. His proud words “bring a rod of discipline.” The fool’s pride brings chastisement and harm down on his life.

You get angry at your coworker, and he gets angry in return.

You belittle your spouse and, not surprisingly, she fires right back at you.

Like a boomerang, pride shoots into the air, curves around, and then hits you squarely in the head when you are not looking.

The wise guard their lips. They are careful with their speech. Rather than angrily or impulsively letting things roll off their tongues, the wise don’t respond in kind. Belittling is met with a gentle response (Prov. 15:1). The wise put a Christ-centered filter on their lips (13:3). They preserve their lives rather than harming them. In Christ, through the empowering grace of the gospel, we can be wise with our words. We can show humility, guard our tongues, and respond graciously.

Imagine a friend, with a tense voice, blurts out to you: “I’m better at this; let me do it!” You angrily respond, “Since when have you been better?” That’s a prideful response from an offended heart that feels demeaned. Or, you could say, through the strength of the Spirit, “God has gifted you, but let’s work through this together to find out who is best suited to get this done.” This second response is possible for those who repent and believe in Him.

Don’t let pride poison your words. Be like Christ, who was loving, humble, and wise with His words.

Dr. Deepak Reju is pastor of biblical counseling and family ministry at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. He is author of several books, including On Guard and She’s Got the Wrong Guy.

T&T Night This Friday!

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No question is off-limits and the answers may well make you blush; that’s how real and transparent T&T Night convos have gone in the past.

Hey TD!

We will have our annual T&T Night this Friday!  For those of you not in the know, this is when the girls all meet with the girls and … yep, you got it … the guys all meet with the guys to discuss and explore what God has called and designed us for … as future men and women, in particular.

During this unique time of being quarantined, we’ll also pay special attention to life at home – as male and female – and what that actually looks like and what it should look like … personally, relationally, familially, spiritually.  We’ll discuss struggles, vices, and how to overcome them.  We’ll also tackle questions from within our own groups.  No question is off-limits and the answers may well make you blush; that’s how real and transparent T&T Night convos have gone in the past.

We want all TD’ers to email your sg leaders at least one issue, question, or topic to discuss.  Let’s make the most of our time together and make it a great night!

Ask your sg leader for the link to your meeting.  Boys, DO NOT use the normal Friday TD Zoom link.

“Living By The Holy Spirit, Pt. 2”

Living By The Holy Spirit, Pt. 2 (video)

Hey TD!

As we begin another week of the quarantined life, what was once novel is now becoming normal.  The truth is, either we passively allow circumstances, appetites, and feelings to establish our new normal, or we actively determine and plan what our new normal is like.  Though circumstances are different, the process is really the same as when we weren’t quarantined – we either fall into patterns of living or we purposely establish them.  With the Holy Spirit’s help, we can be every bit as effective and joyous as we ever were, if not more so.

Continuing the series we began last week, Living By The Holy Spirit, Robert guides us to better know who this Holy Spirit is that lives in and leads the life of the Christian.  Enjoy and use it to boost your confidence and security in life!

 

 

“A Lawyer’s Case for the Resurrection, Pt. 1” – The Defense Rests

The Defense Rests Podcast with Abdu Murray

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Hey TD!

During the first episode of The Defense Rests, Michigan Super Lawyer and RZIM apologist, Abdu Murray, laid the groundwork for an essential component of ANY trial: burdens of proof.  If you haven’t heard this, you need to:

The Defense Rests: Burdens of Proof

In this episode, Abdu takes the stand to argue for the resurrection of Christ.  He explains the differences between “circumstantial evidence” and “direct evidence.” It includes Abdu’s “CASE” acronym setting out four key facts about the historical Jesus that the vast majority of scholars agree on. Abdu argues that Jesus’ resurrection from the dead best explains the facts.

In a clear and understandable way, Abdu treats the listener as the jury as he explains the application of law and rules of evidence as they pertain to oft-debated Christian, as well as atheistic propositions, allowing you to come up with your own verdict.

Listen well and use this time of quarantine to equip and strengthen your reasoning and clarity of thought!

TD Fri. – Getting to Know … ???

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Hey TD!

Tomorrow night at TD, we’re going to have another fun get-together with a game, a time of praise, and … an interview with one of our beloved leaders …

This time, the interviewee is … (drum roll, please) … Rebecca, who will be interviewed by Kathy!  As always, we want to go under the hood and get to know the real Rebecca – the good and the not as good – as well as where she is and where she’s been on the journey called life.  Of course, it will be followed up with a time of Q&A with her, so be ready to ask her the good stuff! 🙂

After the meeting, Arthur will host his usual AAA (Ask Arthur Anything) time of discussing any questions or issues any of you might want him to discuss.  He may or may not be able to give a good answer, but so far he’s been able.  You can at least ask!  If anything, he can at least direct you to a good resource that can be of help.

TD will be from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the usual Zoom link. Get it from your small group leader, if you don’t have it.

Ways to Love and Help Vulnerable Kids/Families – Rebekah Weigel (CarePortal)

CarePortal presentation w/Rebekah Weigel (video)

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Here’s the video of V4V Friday’s presentation on how we can start getting involved in being the hands and feet of the Lord by helping vulnerable children and families in our communities.  It’s practical, doable, and impactful, and will allow us to further fulfill our calling and mandate to help the vulnerable in Jesus’ Name!  It can be done by any fellowship group, small group, or group of friends.

Rebekah Weigel has a strong passion to see the Church return to the front of child welfare, and has been working to educate and mobilize churches in LA County to care for vulnerable children and families.

She also works with her husband, Josh, in the entertainment industry as a producer and writer.  They have been married 23 years and have fostered and adopted 3 of their 6 children.

CarePortal (a platform of The Global Orphan Project) is a technology platform that connects vulnerable children and families to people who have something to give. Social workers uncover the needs. CarePortal makes local churches aware, giving them a real-time opportunity to respond.

 

 

 

“Living By the Holy Spirit,” Pt. 1

Living By the Holy Spirit, Pt. 1 (video)

Hey TD!

Hope you came out of Passion Week with a renewed passion yourself for our incomparable Godhead.  If you did, and you want to begin living life more under His Spirit’s leading and power, we’re starting a weekly video series on Living By the Holy Spirit, taught by Robert.

This series will be a good way to begin training yourself to walk in the Spirit more and in the flesh less.  Today’s lesson is an introduction that will help pave the way for the lessons to come towards a Spirit-led life.  Enjoy!

“A Celebration of Jesus” Tonight! Info Inside

What is Good Friday / Holy Friday? | GotQuestions.org

Hey TD!

We’re looking forward to coming together tonight with you for “A Celebration of Jesus” on this Good Friday!

Our celebration will be in 2-parts:

8 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. – Small Group (your own small group link)

8:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. ish – Large Group (lg Zoom TD link – ask sg leaders for link)

  • we will celebrate and share together as a whole TD family!

 

Looking forward to celebrating our incomparable Jesus with you all!