TD’s UNI-versity Night. One.

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Hey TD!

Come be a part of TD history this Friday, as we host TD’s UNI-versity Night. One., our first 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. One. 

TD’s UNI-versity Night. One. bios

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

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TD Fri. – SG Study – “Hatred” Ps. 139:19-22

Hey TD!

This Friday will be our final small group discussion meeting of the year! Let’s make it a good one!

Here are the discussion questions, as well as the mp3 to review prior to our meeting:

“Hatred” Psalm 139:19-22 mp3 (Eunice)

“Hatred” Psalm 139:19-22 (small group study)

We should be working on having verses 1 – 22 memorized by the end of the month:

Psalm 139:1-22

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.

19 O that You would slay the wicked, O God;
Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
20 For they speak [l]against You wickedly,
And Your enemies [m]take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.

TD Fri. – “Hatred”

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Hey TD!

This Friday, we will be tackling the most challenging, awkward, disturbing, puzzling portion of Psalm 139 – verses 19 – 22:

19 O that You would slay the wicked, O God;
Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
20 For they speak [l]against You wickedly,
And Your enemies [m]take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.

Why are these thoughts and sentiments in our beloved and beautiful Psalm 139? What is up with these verses?

Come as our one and only Eunice will bring a unique perspective and angle on this topic and try to navigate us through the minefield!

In the meanwhile, please be memorizing!.  Here’s where you should be:

Psalm 139

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.

19 O that You would slay the wicked, O God;
Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
20 For they speak [l]against You wickedly,
And Your enemies [m]take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.

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

“The Beginning of the End” Bible Study is Here!

This Friday, we will further unpack and explore the beginning of of the end for Jesus as He begins His public life in Luke 14:14-30.  PLEASE download the study below NOW and work on completing it this week before TD.  Our small group times will be SO much better if we all spend some thoughtful time completing them. So, can you guys PLEASE work on it this week?  And when you do, please do not treat it like “another assignment.”  Carve out some daily time in your busy schedule to actually meet with God during this study.  This isn’t another Christian task to complete.  It’s an opportunity to meet up with your Best Friend and King.  THANK YOU in advance.

Eunice’s insightful message is below as well for listening and reviewing.

“The Beginning of the End” – Bible Study

“The Beginning of the End” – Eunice (message)

TD This Week – “The Beginning of the End” Luke 4:14-30

Hello TD!

Last month, we explored how Jesus survived the onslaught of Satan in the desert and was able to find God’s absolute best.  This week we find Jesus as He begins publicly living out His calling and pointing people to His Father. It is the beginning of the end for Him. 

Join us as we continue our journey through Jesus’ middle years.  Eunice will lead us to the scene of Jesus’ return to Galilee, where Jesus would begin His public ministry and leave people amazed … at first.  It will be a very interesting time of studying our Lord.  See you soon! – Arthur