TD’s Final Summer Meeting – Look Inside!

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Hey TD!

Wow, summer has swept by! Come join us for our final summer TD meeting! In addition to worshiping our God in song and having fun with each other, we have more:

  • Praise God! Most of our Bring Me Hope team is back from the Big Country after serving orphaned children at the Bring Me Hope summer camp! Come hear their stories, see their pics and videos, and catch their passion as they share with us what God is doing for orphaned children through BMH in the Big Country … and what He may be leading some of you to do in the future.
  • Aileen and Ashley have also returned from Taiwan after living at an orphanage for most of the summer.  They too will be sharing what God did in their lives and what He’s doing for orphaned children in Taiwan.
  • Last, but not least, Friday is our last time to hang out with Clara at TD before she defects … errr … moves on to serve at BASIC :), so make sure you come and sit next to her this week!

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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

TD’s UNI-versity Night. Two.

Hey TD!

Come be a part of continuing TD history this Friday, as we host TD’s UNI-versity Night. Two., our second-ever event honing in on celebrating the diversity of gifts, talents, pursuits, interests, and passions of TD’s leaders and students alike, with a focus on empowering that diversity in unity towards fulfilling our calling in Christ!  Breakouts will be insightful, engaging, and inspiring as we learn to see God at work in various spheres of our world.

This would be a great opportunity to invite your friends!

You will select two sessions to participate in. Check out the sessions and profs below on Cloudup.  You can download them from Cloudup to send them to your friends as well.

Check out the sessions and profs below:

 

If possible, please email us at totaldevotionmbcla@gmail.com with your two selections, so we can get an idea of room sizes needed.

Here are the pdf’s in case Cloud up doesn’t work for you:

TD’s UNI-versity Night. Two.

TD’s UNI-versity Night. Two. bios

See you Friday at 7:15 p.m. for the Pre-TD Party!

TD Friday – “The Author of Life” (Ps. 139:13-18) SG Study

Hey TD!

We hope you’ll make every effort to join us for one of our last small group studies of the year!  We will be delving deeper into the implications behind a correct understanding and acknowledgement of Psalm 139:13-18.

Please review Ps. 139 and review the study questions in preparation for some great discussion.  Here are the study and message, courtesy of Jenny and Clara (apologies for the poor quality of the audio):

“The Author of Life” message (Jenny/Clara)

“The Author of Life” small group study

Also, here’s Arthur’s message, Present and Not Present, Ps. 139:7-12, that was previously unposted:

“Present and Not Present” message (Arthur)

Lastly, have you been memorizing Psalm 139?  If not, get on it!  Here’s where you should be by now:

Psalm 139:1-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know [a]when I sit down and [b]when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You [c]scrutinize my [d]path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
[e]Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in [f]Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will [g]overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even the darkness is not dark [h]to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.

13 For You formed my [i]inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for [j]I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My [k]frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.

TD Friday – Offerings 3!

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Hey TD!

August 28th is approaching … meaning Offerings 3 is right around the corner. That’s right, round 3 is here! The past two nights of Offerings have been such a blessing, how could we not take another opportunity to give heartfelt praise to our Creator, who has given us our unique abilities, talents, and skills?

Now, if you have never heard of Total Devotion’s night of Offerings, then you’re in for a treat. It is a night where God is the main audience, and we, as children of God, present our offerings and sacrifices of praise in honor of Him. It can come in any form: a song that you wrote, a song you just want to sing, a piece of artwork, a memorization of a Bible passage/verse, a skit with your friends, etc. ANYTHING! So long as it has come from the heart and has the intention of honoring and loving God, the possibilities are endless 🙂

During our summer series, “Potent Once More”, Arthur reminded us of the importance of our “being” and how it comes before everything we do. Spend some quiet time before the Lord and prayerfully ask Him how He can be honored that night in light of the new beings He has made us to be … in Christ!

If you are interested in being a part of this very special night, please contact your small group leaders with a description of your offering (and approximate length) by this Wednesday!!!! Your small group leaders will also be emailing you reminding you to sign up as well! 😀

Thank you guys so much! – Dora & Clara

“Offerings 2” – Feb. 27

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Hey TD!

For those of you who weren’t there, last summer we had a special night of “Offerings” to God – a dedication and presentation of gifts, which came in all shapes and sounds and sizes.  It was unconventionally spectacular (or spectacularly unconventional), and – can you believe it – in less than 2 weeks (Feb. 27) we have the privilege of participating in another “Offerings” night – “Offerings 2”!  This is a special opportunity for us to bring “a smile to God’s face” as we create for our Creator using the talents that he blessed us with.

“But I don’t really have any gifts,” you might say.  “There’s nothing special about me.”

Exactly.  There’s nothing inherently special about jars of clay – but there’s something immensely special about the treasure inside, which shows “that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (2 Cor 4:7).

If you came to our “Offerings” last summer, you probably remember that it was different from any “talent show” you’ve been to.  It wasn’t about showcasing talent and skill – it was about bringing God what you have, with all you have.  That is what He deserves, and that is what He desires.  Even the greatest talent in the world pales in comparison to the beauty of a simple act of love.

“Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.” – Psalm 50:2

Now isn’t that something (or SomeOne) worth giving thanks for?

If you are interested in offering God a 5 minute long “sacrifice of thanksgiving” and/or want to know what exactly God is looking for, please read and meditate and pray over Psalm 50, which will be the theme of our upcoming offering night.

Then if God has put this on your heart, please let your small group leaders know by this Friday how you desire to bless His heart! 🙂 – Rebecca & Clara