TD Fri. – Small Group Study – “Loving Unhypocritically”

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Hey TD!

This Friday, we will be in our small groups discussing love and hypocrisy.  As usual, each small group will be planning their own evening, so make sure you’re in contact with your small group leader for time and location.

Please prepare for this Friday’s discussion by working through the small group study Judy prepared below.  You’ll also find the Table of Contents for the message that you’ll need to bolster your understanding of the study.

“Loving Unhypocritically” Rom. 12:9 (sg study)

“Loving Unhypocritically” Rom. 12:9 (mp3) – Judy

“Loving Unhypocritically” Rom. 12:9 (mp3) – Judy Table of Contents

“Renew” theme  review and introduction (Arthur) – 0:00

Paul’s purpose and context in writing Romans – 23:15

The outline of the letter of Romans – 27:35

Let’s talk about love  (four loves, CS Lewis) – 31:50

The what and how of exercising spiritual gifts with love – 40:00

Stewarding what you’ve been given – 43:15

Hypocrisy and why God hates it – 50:50

Abhor what is evil – 54:50

Cling to what is good (“Blowing the Fluff Away” poem) – 1:02:40

 

 

 

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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

 

TD Orientation Presentation

TD Orientation Prezi

Hey TD,

If you weren’t able to make it for the TD Orientation, here is the great Prezi presentation Judy made, as well as the mp3 of all the presentations by the TD leaders corresponding to the Prezi “slides.” Please review the material so you can not only get a deeper look “under the hood” of TD, but can get a better idea of where in TD you may feel the Lord is calling you to invest more of your talents and energies!

TD Orientation Prezi

TD Orientation Presentations (mp3)

 

TD Fri. – T&T Night is Back!

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Hey TD!

Due to popular demand (well, Judy … but she’s popular!), T&T Night is back! Guys meet with guys and talk guy stuff and girls meet with girls to talk girl stuff.  That’s all we can really tell you right now.  Oh, we can also tell you that it’s going to be a blast!

T&T Night is from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. and is NOT at church.  But it IS for dinner!  Contact one of your small group leaders for your location and for what food item to bring.  RSVP today!

 

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!

Pics/video – Offerings 6 – “Father to the Fatherless”

Hey TD!

We had a terrific time kicking off our Voiceless for the Voiceless campaign with Offerings 6’s “Father to the Fatherless.” The theme came through so vividly and clearly in the wide variety of offerings offered.  Enjoy the pictures shot by Peter (and a few cell phone shots as well), as well as Judy’s and Harmony’s reminder that we have a Good, Good Father!

“Father to the Fatherless” – Offerings 6 pics

“Christ as One Shrouded in Mystery” (Judy)

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Hey TD!

Heading into Christmas, here’s a piece Judy has written for us to think upon as we fight to keep Christ in Christmas.  Thanks Judy!

Christ as One Shrouded in Mystery by Judy Wu

It is needless to describe how the Christ has been taken out of Christmas in this nation. What was once a sacred time where folk would count down in Advent to celebrate the coming of the Lord into humanity has been turned into explosions of lollipop red, glittery sparkles, and blasted commercialism in every direction. “Happy holidays” becomes more commonly proclaimed than “Merry Christmas.” But if Christ is not at the center of the holiday, then what is?

Aside from the ridiculousness of our ignorance comes another form of absurdity in its recognition. Frederick Buechner describes the Incarnation as “a kind of vast joke whereby the creator of the ends of the earth comes among us in diapers… Until we too have taken the idea of the God-man seriously enough to be scandalized by it, we have not taken it as seriously as it demands to be taken.” It is almost blasphemous to proclaim so boldly that the Lord of the infinite galaxies chose to lay in a foul-smelling, rank animal habitat in order to give a new definition to humanity. And yet we set up euphemus nativity scenes with a placidly smiling Jesus, a Jesus with a perfectly spherical halo around his head, a clean and glowing Jesus, when in reality, his birth was a literal physical manifestation of being born into a world terribly tarnished by sin. As Frederica Mathewes-Green writes “We grew up with the Jesus story, until we outgrew it.1

There is much mystery in the Incarnation, and the more knowledge acquired about Jesus and the drawing close of the relationship does not detract from the enigma, but rather adds to it. How could someone so great choose to be so small? How could someone so far above the confines of space and time want to reside in me? As we understand more about the vastness of God, the more mysterious the Incarnation becomes. And mystery is heaven’s soft whisper that this is not all that there is.

Let us never outgrow the Jesus story. It is our natural inclination to be familiar and therefore, lord over our surroundings. But with something so absurd yet beautiful, it is impossible to truly grow accustomed with it. Like a diamond, it reflects new colors at every turning of the facets. It is only until we reach the source of heaven’s beckonings that we will ever understand. But until then, may our numbness of the birth of baby Jesus be turned into mystery with our every drawing close to Him.

1 At the Corner of East and Now, Frederica Mathewes-Green