TD Fri – “The Books We Love”/mp3’s

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Hey TD!

We’ve had a great summer series hearing from some of TD’s leaders in “The Books We Love”!

This Friday will be the series finale, as we hear from Kathy, Daniel, and Rebecca! Don’t miss it!

Last week, we had a blessed time hearing from Abigail, Robert, and Sandra 🙂 You can listen to their “book reports” on mp3 below, including a full-reading from Sandra:

Abigail (incl. an intro on reading from Arthur) – The Lord of the Rings (mp3) by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Robert – The Scarlet Letter (mp3) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Sandra (full reading) – The Velveteen Rabbit (mp3) by Margery Williams

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TD – Let’s Read! – “The Books We Love”

This Friday at TD, we’ll be hearing from Abigail, Robert, and Sandra, who will share about some books that they love. Don’t miss it!

Hey TD!

Good reading is on the decline in our nation, giving way to videos, social media, blogs, etc.  It’s not a coincidence that the decline in prolonged quality reading has resulted in a declining ability to stay with thoughts and ideas for any meaningful length of time.  The consequence of that is a declining capacity to stay in God’s Word for meaningful lengths of time.

Reading is a skill, a discipline, and … a necessity for thriving deep relationship with the Lord, for Jesus did not come as the video; He came as … the Word.  He is the Word made flesh (Jn. 1)

Many of you are admittedly not readers, but we would like to encourage you to work on it and learn, grow, be amazed, be held in suspense, go to new places, experience new worlds and cultures, learn from others’ lives.

Reading is a skill, a discipline, and … a necessity for thriving deep relationship with the Lord, for Jesus did not come as the video; He came as … the Word.  He is the Word made flesh (Jn. 1)

If I ask you to commit to reading 6 books a year, you’d be overwhelmed.  But broken down into daily bites, you’d see that it’s doable.  If you simply commit to reading 5 pages a day, you’ll read about 6 books a year!  That’s doable, right?  “But what should I read?” you may be asking.

Enter …

TD Summer Series: “The Books We Love”

We had a great start last month to our summer series, “The Books We Love.”  You can listen to Clara, Calvin, and Katherine share about books that have impacted them, with a Q & A at the end: The Books We Love – Clara, Calvin, Katherine.

Clara – Bonhoeffer (0:00 – 9:10)

Calvin – The Horse and His Boy – (9:50 – 29:22)

Katherine – Christ For Real – (29:38 – 35:52)

Q&A – (36:15 – 56:25)

Bonhoeffer: Pastor Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (2009)

The Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis (1954)

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Christ For Real by Charles S. Price (1987)

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Let’s get reading, TD!  We’ll see you Friday! – Arthur

One of the Best Messages I’ve Heard This Year! – “The Fact and the Fool’s Gold”

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Hey TD!

It was great to see a lot of you at the TD Banquet! Amidst many highlights, one that really stands out was the incredible message Daniel gave.  Have you ever watched a movie and wished it wasn’t going to end?  That’s how I feel every so often when I listen to Ravi Zacharias, RC Sproul, or Francis Chan, or someone similar.  That’s how I felt when Daniel was speaking – I was learning so much and my faith was so challenged that I didn’t want it to end.  It was gold.  It was also humbling, as I said to myself, “Wow, that was better than any message I ever preached.”

So, I commend this rich and challenging message for the working out of your salvation this summer. If we can all wrestle with it and prayerfully resolve to make appropriate adjustments in our lives, we’ll all be the better for it –

“The Fact and the Fool’s Gold” (mp3) – Daniel Hsieh

God bless you, TD! We’ll see you on Friday! – Arthur

TD Fri. – “Recalibrating Our Hearts” Pt.2

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(“Recalibrating Our Hearts” Pt. 1 “live-type” notes. Thanks Melody T.!)

Hey TD!

It was great to see the sea of green last Friday, with green snacks and Sandra’s green guacamole 🙂  It was also a great time for what Luther called “table talk” discussion and learning.

This Friday, we will continue to examine the x-rays of our hearts, where we will consider just how it is that we got here.  But don’t worry, we won’t stop there! We will also learn how to recalibrate our hearts toward the right!  Make plans to join us as we continue our “table talk” learning format!

Please review the mp3 of last week’s teaching prior to coming this Friday.  It will be very helpful to connect the dots (see notes above):

“Recalibrating Our Hearts” Pt. 1 (message) Arthur

See you Friday!

TD Fri. – New Message, Aileen, V4V collection …

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Hey TD!

Well, we have another great time in store at TD this week as we continue our Rebuild series on re-habituating our lives in Christ.  I think you’ll agree that getting back to the ground floor of our lives and beginning the process of re-evaluating our foundations and what our lives have been built on has been eye-opening.  And we need to press on …

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:14

– Our message this week is entitled “Recalibrating Our Hearts.”  It will be a very important lesson that builds upon our previous lessons.  But before we study that, PLEASE REVIEW what I shared during our last meeting in February as a proper segue into our new study – “… WITH God.”  It’s challenging teaching that we need to master (and it’s only 25 min. 🙂 :

“… WITH God” (mp3) Arthur

Previous Messages (mp3’s)

– Aileen will also be sharing this week of a new opportunity for us to regularly serve orphaned children in our area.  She’ll also be sharing why she is pursuing the major she is pursuing.  What major is she pursuing, you ask?  Come to TD and find out! 🙂

– V4V Collection – if you have collected your V4V funds, please keep them in your envelope with your collection sheets (so we can match them), seal the envelope, and write your name and the amount collected on the envelope.  Then, give it to Sandra.

See you at TD! – Arthur

Prep for TD Fri. – “Rehabituating Our Time With God” (small groups)

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Sandra will do anything to help young people grow closer to God!  You gotta love her 🙂

Hey TD!

As you can see, we’re serious about rebuilding your lives in Christ!  Last week, we focused on Upward engagement with God, working on our personal time with Him.  This is crucial and foundational to rebuilding a solid, worshipful, fruitful Christian life.

Join us this Friday as we spend time in small groups (preceded by large group), working on improving our personal time with God.

Please review last week’s sharing to help ingrain the proper mindset and heart:

“Rehabituating Our Time With God” Pt. 1 (Arthur)

“Rehabituating Our Time With God” Pt. 2 (Sandra’s QT with God)

Offerings 6: “Father to the Fatherless”is Coming – 2/17/17!

Daniel sings his original song, Souls and Faces, at Offerings 5 (lyrics below)
Hey TD!
V4V is well underway, and the theme ringing in my mind has been a quote from David Platt: “We care for orphans not because we are rescuers, but because we are the rescued.” Our souls were orphaned – helpless, malnourished, infected, abused, and without family. We were unable to offer anything to God but our burdens. But, God sacrificed His own Son to declare us as valuable and loved, and Himself as our Heavenly Father! This is why our lives hold value, and why these orphans with disabilities are valuable beyond measure: because God’s love for them is beyond measure. And we show this with the same love that our own adoptive Father showed us: sacrificial love to those who can offer nothing.
In this spirit, let’s come with hearts that offer nothing but love and gratitude, as we prepare and gather as a family to honor our Heavenly Father at our sixth Offerings Night: Father to the Fatherless, on February 17th.
Whether through music, literature, dance, or art; math, science, current events or history – come and simply share something that has struck you in a new, meaningful way about what it means to be adopted by God… and perhaps, how your own adoption has transformed you in the process.  – Rebecca
Souls and Faces by Daniel Hsieh
The ocean sings some honest songs at night. I cry with it about the fright of loneliness, ‘cause all around, throughout the day, we’re all hiding in our faces; but your pretty eyes – they give it all away.

The masks that we construct are so amusing. It’s like we all believe the guy who says this world’s a stage. But, I know we don’t want “amused” written on our graves. There’s a soul somewhere inside your painted cage. Come out of there. Give your soul some air and sky. I see an image of our Maker in your eyes. Don’t shy away; don’t take the anesthetic. Together we can long and cry for the Sun to rise.

Don’t hide behind the masks of a religion. Don’t hide behind the names that are just printed on our clothes. No image in some pixel-screen can ever do you justice. You’re not just physical; you’re an everlasting soul. Come out of there. Give your soul some air and sky. I see an image of our Maker in your eyes. Don’t shy away; don’t take the anesthetic. Together we can long and cry for the Sun to rise.

I know it’s hard to be away from Home. But – look at us – at least we’re not alone. Our deaths are catching up to us each day. So there’s no time for pretense or the games we play. Come out of there. Give your soul some air and sky. I see an image of our Maker in your eyes. Don’t shy away; don’t take the anesthetic. Together we can long and cry for the Sun to rise