Now that we are fully vested into the summer, I’d love to encourage you to brush up your mental game, so to speak. The Apostle Paul exhorts us to not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but to be TRANSFORMED … how? … by the RENEWING OF OUR MINDS (Rom. 12). In a culture that is increasingly thinking with its feelings, Ravi Zacharias cautions us to remember that our feelings ought to be connected to thinking, and our thinking ought to be right; if we don’t think rightly, we will feel the repercussions of whatever it is that we’re thinking. As Proverbs 23:7 comments, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”
RZIM’s Margaret Manning perceptively and honestly challenges us to work through the origins of our own thought patterns with the following contribution to RZIM’s A Slice of Infinity. Think about it! – Arthur
by Margaret Manning Shull
In honor of 4th of July weekend, we will not have TD on Friday. We will have our first TD meeting of the summer on July 12.
In the meanwhile, please be in prayer and in support for the following missions trips:
All year, we’ve been offering opportunities for you to love God by loving your neighbors, especially those close to God’s heart – the orphans and widows. Not many of you have made the effort to take advantage of the opportunity to bless God’s heart in this way, but you can this Saturday by befriending and hanging out with some wonderful elderly friends. 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.
We’ll also be visiting our friends at the orphanage and will be playing games and making crafts with them. God’s heart is especially for the widowed and the fatherless; we have a chance to visit both this Saturday!
For the Care Center, meet at the Hsiehs’ at 9:30 a.m.
For the orphanage, meet at the Hsiehs’ at 12:30 p.m.
Let your small group leader know if you can make it!
The first day we met Stella in China
Celebrating 1 year together!
One year ago today, we officially adopted Stella as our daughter. So today, we celebrated Stella’s adoption day with her favorite food: hot pot! I guess you can get the girl out of China, but you can’t get China out of the girl! 🙂
It’s hard to imagine that it’s already been a full year since we adopted Stella. It’s been quite an incredible journey of life and love together, and you all at TD have been such an important part of helping her adjust to life in America. Thank you!
We love having Stella as a full-fledged member of our family; each one of us loves and admires her quite a bit and can’t imagine life without her. We look forward to what God has in store for us and for her, and we know that you all will have an important role to play in her life as well.
Here’s to new beginnings, God’s grace, and the love of family!
This Friday is our final Friday meeting of the 2018 – 2019 year! As is customary, we will finish the year with a town hall Q & A discussion. Each year, we do it a little differently and this year is no different. This year, we’d like you to submit questions and topics you’d like for us to discuss. We will still have an open Q&A time, but questions submitted prior to Friday will get first priority.
You can ask any question or submit any topic for discussion that you’d like. Our hope is that in doing it this way, there will be a nice balance between answers given on the spot and answers that have been given a bit more thought. Both are useful. If you have a particular counselor or intern that you’d like to address your topic or question, just say so.
Submit your questions and topics HERE
See you Friday!
***Note that TD has moved to the church library across the hall during construction***
In the final Bible study of the 2018 – 2019 year, Daniel will once again lead us in an interactive, open-ended large group study, similar to last month’s study in Luke 14. This time, we will work through 1 Chronicles 13 together.
Some say that we shouldn’t fear God, that it’s not healthy nor right. Others say we should absolutely fear God, and quote the verse, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Should we be more afraid of God than we are today? Or should we be less afraid than we are? The answer is probably most rightly answered, it depends …
This month, we will discuss the character and nature of God that prompted the Bible to record, “David was afraid of God that day …” Is there actually a right and wrong way to engage with God? Is He to be more feared or loved? Is there an Old-Testament God and a New Testament God? Has His nature changed over the ages?
We encourage you to read through 1 Chronicles 13 (and even the chapters surrounding it), make notes, and prepare to engage with God, alongside your fellow TD’ers. I’m sure God has something special in store for us.
See you at TD! – Arthur