TD Fri. – “Loving Our Neighbors”

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Hey TD!

We had a great February working on the Outward prong, discussing “How We Are Supposed to Live” and getting the chance to live it out during Love One Another Night.  Each small group had a very special time of spending the evening with someone special in our church.  From all accounts, it was a real blessing  – and much needed – in their lives.  One said that she hadn’t had that much fun in years.  It was also a real blessing for each of us that participated.  And that’s no surprise, because loving is fun!  It’s what we were made for, and we are at our very best when we are loving; and we all love being at our best.

This month, we begin expanding that sphere of influence as we look further outward to explore “hows, whys, and what fors” of fulfilling God’s call on our lives to reach our “neighbors.”  It starts this Friday with our study, “Loving Our Neighbors.”

Make sure you arrange your schedules to come and begin grounding yourself in learning how to live out your calling.

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TD Sat. – Serve Our Society (SOS) Saturday!

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Hey TD!

We have a great opportunity to build on Love One Another Night by befriending and hanging out with some wonderful elderly friends this Saturday.  It’ll be a feel-good time of encouragement, doing what’s right, perspective, and fun.  The residents at the Care Center are so special and rich in heart, you’re sure to be blessed.

Meet at the Hsiehs’ at 9:30 a.m. You’ll return to the Hsiehs’ by around noon, where we will have lunch together (or you can go home).  Let your small group leader know if you can make it!

TD Fri. – “Love One Another Night”

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Hey TD!

This Friday, we will put the “love one another” mandate into practice as each small group will be reaching out to and ministering to someone or some family from church.  We’ve heard the teaching, we’ve discussed it, and not we live it out.

Please check with your small group leaders for the time and place to meet.  Go in the love and name of our Lord, and give it all you’ve got!

 

TD Fri. – Student-Led SG’s/Feb. Schedule

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Hey TD!

We’re looking forward to a great time of discussion this Friday in our small groups.  We will be meeting at church at the regular time for a time of fun, musical worship, and small groups, led by student discussion leaders!

Click “How We Are Supposed to Love” mp3 and Table of Contents to review and prepare for our small groups this Friday!

In light of last week’s message, please take a look at the plans for February:

2/1/19 – Hearing God’s thoughts, values, and plan (the teaching) – “How We Are Supposed to Live”

2/8/19 – Working through the teaching and then prepping to implement

This Friday, the desire is to work out, discuss, fine tune, and work through the specific teaching, passages, commands, etc. that were brought forth last Friday – not for discussion’s sake, but for action’s sake, for implementation’s sake.

We need to ensure that we plan for the following week’s night of action.  Ideally, we want all TD’ers to begin developing a lifestyle of  loving God and loving our neighbors, and to actively make loving/serving others a regular given in our lives.

The last portion of this night will be planning/prepping for “Love One Another” Night.

2/15/19 – Implement/execute the teaching – “Love One Another” Night

The teaching is about loving “one another,” and as I taught, one of the greatest testimonies is loving the “one anothers” that are harder to love or who we naturally wouldn’t love and spend time with.  So, before we go to the outside world, let’s follow Jesus’ game plan and love some of the “one anothers” outside our natural sphere; and in doing so, hopefully, TD’ers will get closer to one another in the process.

2/23/19 – SOS Saturday – Care Center only

One of the most important ministries TD has ever had … and the least participated in, by far … to our shame, truth be told.  Hear Jesus Himself in Matt. 25 …

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Any community is only as strong as it takes care of the weak.

There you have it; the month of February; the month of love.  Let’s love, TD, and see what God does as we do! – Arthur

 

TD Fri. – “How We Are Supposed to Live”

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Hey TD!

In the Fall, we began our year-long theme, Engage: Living Life in HD, by looking at the Upward prong of life and how to engage with God.

In January, we began to explore the Outward aspect of our life and calling by going to the root of any God-ordained interaction with people – love.  Before meaningfully engaging with anyone, we need to better understand what love is and how it grounds us and calls us. (See below for the mp3 message and Table of Contents to review)

This would be a great Friday to invite your friends!

This Friday, with understanding true love as our anchor and catapult, we will look at how we are supposed to live our lives, according to the God who designed and created us.

Make TD this Friday the beginning of a new direction in your life! This would be a great Friday to invite your friends! – Arthur

“Straight Talk on Love” (mp3) Arthur (Table of Contents)

0:00 – 1:02                      Opening Prayer

1:05 – 11:33                    Why are we to serve the world?

11:33 – 15:55                  Grounding Ourselves in Who God Is

15:55 – 22:25                  The Ontology of Love

22:25 –   29:29                A Closer Look at Love: Real Love vs. True Love

29:50 –   47:27                Q: Can you love if you don’t believe in God?

47:40 –  1:08:00             Q: What about non-Christians who love more than Christians do?

1:08:00 – 1:09:16           Closing Prayer

TD Fri. – “Straight Talk About Love”

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Hey TD!

In preparing for the topic of Impacting Our World, I have ended up spending most of my prep time on the topic of love – the nature of love, real love vs. true love, like vs. love, levels of love, love vs. lust, whether you need to believe in God to love, etc.

So love will be the topic this Friday.  It is necessary to explore and understand this prior to delving into a discussion about impacting our world, as is indeed love that “makes the world go ’round.”  Make plans to come out to TD this Friday! – Arthur

TD Fri. – “Learning How to Impact Our World”

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Hey TD!

This Friday, we continue our year’s theme:  Engage: Living Life in HD.  We spent the first part of the year looking at our engagement UPWARD with God.  This week we begin heading OUTWARD, as we begin looking at how to engage and impact our community and world around us.  We will spend a few months here and work towards softening our hearts, growing our perspective, and improving our impact in our world.

This week, we’ll begin exploring our calling and the type of impact God wants us to have in the world … an impact, it’s probably safe to say, that most of us are not having.

Start the new year off right and get in step with God’s vision for 2019!

See you Friday!