Hear from RZIM President, Michael Ramsden on “Where is God in the Coronavirus?” on Thursday! Register now!

Thursday Online Event Series Kicks Off This Week

And It’s Free!

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Hey TD!

Wow, RZIM is really coming to bat big time!  They are hosting the Thursday Series each Thursday for the next few weeks.  This Thursday is with Michael Ramsden, President of RZIM!  He is amazing – sharp as a tack, yet witty, funny, and winsome.

If any of you saw Vince last week, you know that he is a cut above.  Well, Michael, Jo, and Max are in the same category.  Top, top notch.  If you’re able, you definitely want to hear them, especially during the live Q & A.

I want to give you the opportunity to access the tools to grow as thinkers, future orators, defenders, and ambassadors for Christ.  To know Him and how He thinks and feels well will be invaluable for your future.

If you consistently take advantage of these opportunities, you will find your “game” improving, without even really knowing how it happened exactly.  It’s just like sports, where if you keep playing with the big boys, your game naturally improves.  Anyway, I’d commend it, if you’re able! – Arthur

SCHEDULE:

Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 7:00 pm (EDT)
Topic: 
Where is God in the Coronavirus?
Speaker: Michael Ramsden (President of RZIM)

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 7:00 pm (EDT)
Topic: 
Love at Arm’s Length: What Social Distancing Teaches us About Relationships
Speakers: Dr. Vince Vitale (RZIM Director for the Americas & Director of the Zacharias Institute) and Dr. Jo Vitale (Dean of Studies at the Zacharias Institute & RZIM itinerant speaker)

Thursday, July 2, 2020 | 7:00 pm (EDT)
Topic: 
Life in the Marketplace Post-Pandemic
Speakers: Max Jeganathan (RZIM Asia-Pacific Regional Director)

Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 7:00 pm (ET)
Topic: 
A Christian Response to Past Pandemics
Speakers: Dr. Michael Haykin (Professor of Church History at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

COST:

We are grateful to Noetic Shift and the partners of RZIM Canada who have made it possible for us to offer this event series for free.

REGISTRATION:

Click the button below to register for the event series. Following the first event, subsequent email reminders will be sent with access to the next event. You can choose to unsubscribe from these at any time. Please check your junk mail or email us at events@rzim.ca if you do not receive an email upon registration.

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An Invitation to an Hour With God During These Times

An Hour of Impacting Prayer and Worship

During this one-hour online prayer time, various brothers and sisters, pastors and ministry leaders, as well as special musicians join together in a unifying moment of corporate prayer and worship.

The schedule for this one-hour livestream prayer event is as follows:

  • Song: “In Christ Alone,” led by Austin Stone Worship
  • Welcome and introduction (Julius Kim)
  • Prayers for the sick and suffering (Ligon Duncan, Jen Wilkin)
  • Prayers for medical workers (Joni Eareckson Tada, Stephen Um)
  • Prayers for provision/economy (Nancy Guthrie, John Onwuchekwa)
  • Song: “He Will Hold Me Fast,” led by Shane and Shane
  • Prayers for local, national, and global government officials (Kevin DeYoung, Jeany Jun)
  • Prayers for church leaders and missionaries (Darryl Williamson, Quina Aragon)
  • Prayers for families (John Piper, Melissa Kruger)
  • Prayers for the lost (David Platt, Jeremy Treat)
  • Next steps: #JesusChangedMyLife (Jeremy Treat)
  • Closing thoughts (Julius Kim)
  • Song: “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death,” led by Keith and Kristyn Getty

Hey TD!

My soul feels humbled, my heart strengthened, my mind sharper, my faith deepened, my longings focused, my perspective clearer.  I just spent an hour in prayer to God with Joni Eareckson Tada, John Piper, David Platt, Ligon Duncan, and many others.  I sang with Keith and Kristyn Getty and Shane and Shane.

Via the video of a livestream gathering today hosted by The Gospel Coalition, I came away humbled and sharper, as I now better understand how to specifically think of and pray for others during this coronavirus pandemic.  By the end, I found a greater energy and a softer heart than when the hour began.  I felt more connected with God’s Church universal and nearer in my soul to God.

I must say that in the 528 hours (and counting) since we’ve gone to strict social distancing, though I’ve spent many hours video conferencing, reading, memorizing, learning, studying, posting, playing Nerts and Rummikub, walking Joy, watching videos, singing, etc., this is the longest and most focused I’ve gone just praying in one sitting.

During these weeks, my prayer time has drifted to praying before meals, before sleeping, after Bible study, with short intermittent prayers throughout the day, but it hasn’t yet been protracted and concerted in this way.  It was enriching to do so.  My soul is in a better place.

So, TD, I wanted to share the opportunity with you as well in hopes that you will join me in trying to do whatever it takes to draw nearer to God, to His Church, and to love our world better during these times.

I hope you’ll invest an hour of your time.  I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you did.

– Arthur

Catching Up With Francis Chan, now in Hong Kong (3/25/20)

Challenging Interview with Francis Chan from his new home – Hong Kong

Hey TD!

Through the decades of speaking at colleges, high schools, retreats, etc., I’ve been told by people that when I speak, I remind them of so-and-so; or so-and-so (one person said when I speak, I really reminded her of Obama! And that was a half a year before he was elected as the POTUS!).  I’m not surprised when I hear that I remind some people of some theologian or apologist because some of the people they have mentioned have indeed had a strong impact on me, both personally and through their ministries of teaching, writing, and personal conversation.

One person that has come up a few times is Francis Chan. Even Joni Eareckson Tada told me during one conversation that when I speak, I remind her of Francis, whom she knows and loves personally, and vice versa.  While I’ve had a few conversations with him, we don’t really know each other outside the occasional run-in at a conference.

And though I do have a great admiration for his work, I have an even greater admiration for his life.  One of Ravi Zacharias’s favorite authors, F.W. Boreham, once wrote:

“It puts iron into the blood to spend time with one for whom the claim of conscience is supreme and who loves the truth of God with so deathless an affection.”

I must admit that whenever I read Chan, listen to a message or him interviewed, it puts serious iron into my blood and leaves me yearning to love Christ better.  His trust in the Lord and His courage to follow Him truly humbles me and sends me to God praying for Him to have His way with me.

When you watch this interview that was done just a few days ago, I know it will do something similar for you too!

– Arthur

“True Love in a Time of Crisis” – An Important Sabbath Checkup From Ravi

“True Love in a Time of Crisis” – Ravi Zacharias

Hey TD!

Blessed Lord’s Day to you all!

On this Lord’s Day, I want to encourage you spend protracted time before God, just you and Him.  With more time on your hands than you’ve had in a long while, use some of this time to be Sabbath time – a time of real rest … IN God.  Real Sabbath is not more time to yourself OF yourself, but more beautiful time with God, in His beautiful healing, transforming presence.  It’s also a good time to let Him perform periodic check-ups on our souls.

With the coronavirus rampant in our world, this is an important time as any for us to check who we really are, what we’re really about, and what we’re really made of.  This spliced 15-minute message from Ravi gives solid checkpoints to bring before God, praying for His adjustment and realignment, so we can be who we desires and made us to be.

May His grace be with you as you meet with Him! – Arthur

Noted ID Biochemist Michael Behe on “Why Are There Viruses, Anyway?” (podcast)

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Hi TD,

I recently heard Discovery Institute’s informative podcast ID the Future, where noted biochemist and author, Michael Behe, was interviewed on the coronavirus.  Here’s the description of the podcast:

On this episode of ID the Future, host Andrew McDiarmid and biochemist Michael Behe discuss the pandemic coronavirus known as COVID-19. The two move through a series of questions, some straightforward, others more speculative. What is a virus and where did this one come from? Why is it so much worse than other coronavirus strains? What sort of evolution is involved here? Does the human species have any ancient, shared genetic relationship with viruses? And why are there viruses in the first place?

I thought the 15 minute podcast might be interesting to some of you. Just click the link below to listen.  Enjoy!

“Why Are There Viruses, Anyway?”

Podcast with Michael Behe

Must See: A Calming Word from Joni During Coronavirus … and more!

A Calming Word from Joni During the Coronavirus

Hey TD!

It was great to “hangout” with you all during our first “Virtual TD” hangout last night. I particularly enjoyed the extra hour I got to personally spend with those who hung out for the post-TD discussion, almost half of you.

During this time of quarantine, we will be utilizing this blog more frequently to provide you encouraging, stimulating, and ENJOYable resources to strengthen and equip you to help turn this Coronavirus lemon into lemonade!

As Cassie shared last night, this is an opportunity for us put God back in His rightful place in our lives, and get our lives properly  realigned … because honestly, we’re all just too busy.  As I said last night, sure, the things we may be doing may be “good,” but good is the enemy of BEST.  Let’s use this to either get back to BEST practices or to learn BEST practices for living.

Please watch the VERY encouraging video above from our dear friend and hero, Joni Eareckson Tada, to begin the work of getting back to the right place in your heart and mind.

Looking forward to being with you all next Friday for our next Virtual TD meeting.

We’ll continue to work on making our time better, so if you have any suggestions, please let your small group leaders know!

In the meanwhile, here are a couple of fun V4V videos, one from V4V weekend and one from our visit with Joni in 2013 (the top V4V fund raisers).  You’ll see some current adults in their TD years (always a fun thing!):

2013 V4V Lunch with Joni

2020 V4V – Humming Worship

– Arthur

Virtual TD Tonight! (no mtg. @ church) – info inside

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Hey TD!

Due to Coronavirus precautions, our church has decided not to meet at church for services, fellowship groups, or other meetings.

So, we decided to have “Virtual TD” tonight via Google Hangouts tonight from 8 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. We will have a Bible study discussion on Matthew 6:25-34, entitled “Enjoying God in the Midst of Fear and Anxiety”.

To join in, contact your small group leader for the Hangouts link.  Please review the passage before jumping in on the call.

Matthew 6:25-34

25“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.