Video: “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become,” Pt. 1 (God and Your Performance)
Video: “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become,” Pt. 2 (What’s Wrong With Dedication to God)
Video: “Becoming the Coach I’ve Become” (incl. CIF-SS Championship video)
In continuing our series, Christ For Real, we will now take the next step towards going from the religion that so many of us have been practicing, to the real relationship that God wants to have with us in Christ. It’s all the difference in the world.
This week, our beloved Sandra will lead our session, entitled, “Good For Nothing.” It’s essential teaching for you if you want the real and living Christ in your lives, and not just Christ-information in your heads.
To bring yourself back up to speed, we recommend reviewing the first two sessions in this series (above), “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become,” Pts. 1 and 2, getting the teaching solidly in your minds, and giving it a chance to season to take root in your souls.
Video: Highlights of various “Offerings” over the years (for much more, enter “offerings” in the search bar)
You just got a glimpse of some of the fun, amazing, and original Offerings we’ve seen over the past 5 years in this short clip! This year, we will be hosting Offerings 10 on November 20!
“Offerings” was originally developed to get you TD’ers more in touch with your creative side, to help restore holistic balance to otherwise often-imbalanced lives. Today, most TD’ers are spiritual consumers, with few producers. We’d like to work towards changing that reality by challenging you to sit with the Lord, meditate on His Word, and dream, allowing you to create an “offering” to give Him for His pleasure.
Unlike your typical talent show, which highlights the performer, Offerings highlights the greatness of our Creator — through the talents He has given us to create with! Whether through art, music, writing, poetry, reciting, baking, dancing, or whatever you can create, Offerings lets us celebrate and enjoy an amazing God who created amazing people!
Your “offering” doesn’t have to be great or anything; it just has to be from your heart. If it’s great, then great! If it’s amateurish, then great as well! 1Samuel 16:7 says “Man looks at the outward appearance; the Lord looks at the heart.” It’s the heart He’s after … a heart that’s willing to create for Him and take a risk for Him in pointing others to Him.
So, we highly encourage you to take a risk and participate in Offerings 10! The theme is CHIRST FOR REAL. You can do it on your own, or you can collaborate with others. Let your small group leaders know you’re interested, ASAP, so you can start brainstorming and collaborating!
Theme: Christ for Real
Event Date: 11/20/20
Time limit: ~5 minutes (for live sharing/pre-recorded video)
Submission deadline: 11/13/20
P.S. Need inspiration? Search “Offerings” on the TD blog and take a look at the posts for previous “Offerings”. You’ll get plenty of food for thought! Let any of the leaders know if you have any questions.
Rich conversations are immensely vital to healthy and strong relationships. It’s something found right at the universe’s core relationship itself – the one found in the Godhead.
The most foundational and fundamental earthly relationship is the family; and that’s where great conversation should be most healthy and most robust. The family is what God instituted to be the primary influencer and shaper in the future of young men and women. Whether we like it or not, our relationship with our families – good or bad – is going to have profound influence on the way we live and do family ourselves in the future; and how we converse or don’t converse is going to impact how we raise our future families. This is fact.
At TD this Friday, four members of the Hsieh family will engage in conversation to discuss the role of conversations in family life, as well as some of the challenges inter-generationally and inter-culturally, especially as it relates to matters of faith.
Our hope is for you and your parents to sit together to watch and to participate in the conversation; so please invite them to come!
Video: “Be Thou My Vision (Ascend the Hill)” – TD Cover (play at 1.25x speed)
Worship is at the heart of life. Everyone on the planet worships. We were made for worship. Unfortunately, the object of our worship is often misplaced. During quarantine, we’ve all really missed worshiping God in song together as a TD family.
It’s great singing to videos put out by famous Christian singers; but it’s often more fun to worship with those you know and love. Here’s another worship video you can sing to with Cassie, Daniel, and Robert! We recommend playing it at 1.25x speed. May it help you in making God the vision and hope of your life!
Below are the previous two videos with our very own TD leaders for you to worship our great God with. Enjoy!
Video: Worship set w/Daniel & Angela – “Holy Spirit”/”Open Space”/”Great Are You, Lord”
The election is fast approaching for the presidency, the Senate, local leadership, propositions, etc. Amidst all the specific people, parties, and issues to consider, it’s important for us to step back and know what God has in mind for government in the first place.
That’s exactly what we’ll be exploring this Friday at TD, as we were pause from our studies in Christ For Real to get a stronger handle on what God’s design for government really is. Part of our time together will include a vote to see who TD would elect as POTUS!
Video: “The Walk” – Sandra on the power of reciting Scripture (warning: really cute Golden Retriever footage!)
This year, our hope and prayer will be for all of TD to memorize the entire chapter of Colossians 3 together by the end of the school year. In memorizing chapters, you not only will be memorizing God’s thoughts (content), but His though patterns (intent) as well. Colossians 3 is a rich chapter that God can use to change your life.
In the midst of all the memorizing you do for school, TD leaders will affirm that there is nothing better to memorize than God’s Word. In doing so, the Holy Spirit will have something to work with in your souls, something to use to minister to you and through you. Watch the video above to hear how memorizing God’s word ministers to her.
Our aim is to have verses 1 – 2 memorized by the end of October.
Colossians 3 (NASB)
1Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
5Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— 11a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
12So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
18Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. 20Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord. 21Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.
22Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 25For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.
If you’re going to grow to become the Christian you’ve become, it all starts with knowing the real score, and knowing how God actually scores things. What is the role of performance in our lives, and why do we misunderstand it so much?