Ravi @ “Refresh ’18” – “Building Your Private Life”

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Ravi’s recap of Refresh (look who made it in the video!)

Hey TD!

Many students responded in faith and commitment at Refresh ’18, including some of our own TD’ers. Ravi’s message at Refresh ’18 brought conviction and perspective to all of us present. Even though it’s not the same as being there, you can still watch the videos above and glean from one of God’s choice servants. In our day and age, where the private life has not only gone so public, but has gone so wrong, this is a timely message calling for integrity and transparency before God. Please watch, pray, and obey. God bless you. – Arthur

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TD Fri. – Guess Who’s Speaking ???

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Sandra and Judy on MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority), heading to the hotel from the Atlanta airport.

Hey TD!

I am excited to invite you to TD this Friday as Judy makes her TD teaching debut! Judy is a talented communicator and pursuer of Truth that Sandra and I have had the privilege of counseling and mentoring since her freshman year in high school (in TD, Speakers, discipleship groups, as a TD intern, etc.).

In fact, as a high school junior, Judy made the effort and raised the funds to join my family in Atlanta to participate in Ravi Zacharias International Ministry’s week-long Summer Institute, a 32+ hour intensive apologetics training forum geared towards adults.

Judy is a hungry girl (for both spiritual and physical food, might I add!) and does what it takes to try to keep growing in Christ. Judy will be continuing our year’s theme from Romans 12, Renew: Transforming Our Life In Christ, teaching on verse 9:

“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.”

Please meditate on this verse this week and continue to memorize Romans 12.  By the end of this month, you should have memorized verses 1-9:

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 

so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, [f]according to the proportion of his faith;

if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 

or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.

See you on Friday! – Arthur

 

Join Us For an Open Forum with Ravi & Os on Thursday!

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Hey TD!

I would like you to join us in Atlanta this Thursday for RZIM’s Open Forum at Georgia Tech with Ravi Zacharias and Os Guinness!  The theme is: “Unlimited? The Challenge of Human Freedom.”  The event will be live-streamed at www.rzim.org, beginning at 4:30 p.m. PST.

I encourage you to use this as a tool to begin connecting with your friends.  Invite them to watch it with you and then discuss it with them in a gracious and humble manner.  It’s going to be an excellent time as they both present as well as answer questions during the Q & A.

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We have been having a rich, life-impacting time here, and we are looking forward to being at the open forum.  We’d love for you to join us on the live feed and get sharpened, edified, and inspired.  You may even see us!

Let’s stay in the fight for doing what God made us for, TD! – Arthur

Greetings From Atlanta!

Hey TD’ers!

Sandra, Daniel, Angela, Eunice, Judy, and I are in Atlanta for RZIM’s Summer Institute this week.  I’ll share more about this later this week.  But something struck me during service this morning as songwriter, Matt Redman, led worship.

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He has a new cd that is being released this week, Unbroken Praise, that was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios in London.  The album cover is inspired by the white wall outside the studios, where anyone can sign their names or write a note on it … and tons of people have done it over the decades.  The wall is cleaned and/or repainted consistently, making it white again before more people write on it.  It used to be cleaned every 6 – 8 weeks, but now must be cleaned weekly due to neighbors complaints.  But the studios still encourage people to do it and are willing to keep cleaning it.  Now that’s commitment.

I couldn’t help but realize afresh how persistent, committed, and complete God’s forgiveness of sins is, washing our sins once and for all at the cross, so that our “walls” will perpetually be “white” before the throne of God.  But what also amazed me anew is how committed and patient God is in persistently washing our souls afresh each day with the blood Jesus spilled 2000 years ago, as we continue to “mark” our souls afresh each day (though decreasingly so!).

Isaiah 1:18 declares, “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.”  What a promise.  Hallelujah! What a Savior!  Jesus is Life!

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As you embark on a new week, go and live hard for the Lord!  Be daring.  Be courageous. Be biblical.  Be obedient. And as you do, know that your Savior is right there, ready to continue to clean your soul and to work on completing the good work that He began in you the day you surrendered your life to Him!

Each light bulb you see on the sign represents the new life of new believers in Jesus at the church.  Each bulb is signed by the new believer and placed in the socket.

May we do our part to bring the life and light of Jesus to our world.

– Arthur