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Calling All TD’ers – TD “Town Hall” Mtg. on Friday

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Hey TD,

We are requesting all TD’ers to come to TD this Friday.

Coming off of last week’s honest and open (and unexpected) “TD family” meeting and right before next week’s Food For Thought outreach, we decided to delay this month’s message until next month and instead use this Friday’s meeting to regroup, re-calibrate, and reset ourselves as a TD family.

So, we will hold a “town hall” meeting to discuss who we are, what we do, how we do it, what our core DNA is, what our calling is, where we’re going,  etc.  We’ll also continue the discussion started last week as we seek to develop our culture into a safe community where we can actually deal with the highs and lows of life together – safely, lovingly, graciously, humbly, sensitively, clearly, and biblically.

Our potential together as a united fellowship family, under God, is amazing. When we sacrifice for one another, lay down our “arms,” and unite under His banner, incredible God-honoring things take place. TD’s history bears that out.  Will you be a part of writing the next chapter?

See you Friday! – Arthur

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TD Fri. – “Food For Thought” Training/Prepping

Hey TD!

We need you to make sure you come to TD this Friday, so we can do some training and prepping for our big outreach to your friends on 4/28, Food For Thought (FFT).   We will not be doing this again before the event, so please make plans to join us.

We’ll go over what we’ll be doing, why we’ll be doing it, and how we’ll be doing it.  And then we’ll do some training in doing it.

In the end, we want to help you love and reach your un-churched friends with good food, good fellowship, and some good, thoughtful discussion.  We’ll post something next week that you send your friends to check-out.

FFT FAQ:

What will the evening be like?

It will be a casual, informal, yet an alive and engaging time of thought-provoking conversation, great made-to-order food, and good fellowship. Arthur will bring up some issues that are common to everyone, not just Christians, and not just non-Christians.  Everyone.  Then we’ll try to make sense of those issues over good conversation, good food, and good fellowship in small conversation groups.

What does it cost?

Your price of admission is to bring a friend that you know would like to engage in conversations that count, and who is interested in questions of life.  That’s it.  If you don’t bring a friend, but would like to come anyway, you will be put on a waiting list, and we’ll let you know if there’s space for you. Priority goes to TD’ers with friends.

Do we need to rsvp?

Yes!  Please let your small group leader know how many of you will be coming by 4/22.

Event details?

Date and Time: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (or whenever the last person leaves!)

Place: The Hsieh Residence

What can I do to help?

Three things:

  • Reach out to your friends to come.  We will do our part in preparing a great night to help you blessing your friends.  We need you to do your part in reaching out to them to come.
  • Pray.  Pray for our time together, yourself, your friends, and TD
  • Be who God meant you to be and do what God meant you to do.  As recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, reminds in his song, Meant to Be,

You were meant to be touching
The lives that you touch
And meant to be here
Making this world so much more
Than it would be without you in it

You were meant to be bringing
The gifts that you bring
And singing the songs
You’ve been given to sing

You are perfectly, wonderfully,
Beautifully meant to be
You were meant to be

See you Friday! – Arthur

TD Fri. – Triple Whammy Friday!

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Hey TD!
This Friday, we’re in for a triple-whammy! We will be playing, creating and memorizing! There will be games! We will also have an Artreach opportunity to express our thoughts on Romans 12. These thoughts can come from what you’ve heard from the messages, your small group discussions, etc. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and continuing the discussion on Romans 12. Later on that evening, we will spend time memorizing Romans 12 to ingrain more of His Truth in us. Hope to see you guys there!
– Bev

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