TD Fri – “The Books We Love”/mp3’s

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Hey TD!

We’ve had a great summer series hearing from some of TD’s leaders in “The Books We Love”!

This Friday will be the series finale, as we hear from Kathy, Daniel, and Rebecca! Don’t miss it!

Last week, we had a blessed time hearing from Abigail, Robert, and Sandra 🙂 You can listen to their “book reports” on mp3 below, including a full-reading from Sandra:

Abigail (incl. an intro on reading from Arthur) – The Lord of the Rings (mp3) by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Robert – The Scarlet Letter (mp3) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Sandra (full reading) – The Velveteen Rabbit (mp3) by Margery Williams

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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

One of the Best Messages I’ve Heard This Year! – “The Fact and the Fool’s Gold”

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Hey TD!

It was great to see a lot of you at the TD Banquet! Amidst many highlights, one that really stands out was the incredible message Daniel gave.  Have you ever watched a movie and wished it wasn’t going to end?  That’s how I feel every so often when I listen to Ravi Zacharias, RC Sproul, or Francis Chan, or someone similar.  That’s how I felt when Daniel was speaking – I was learning so much and my faith was so challenged that I didn’t want it to end.  It was gold.  It was also humbling, as I said to myself, “Wow, that was better than any message I ever preached.”

So, I commend this rich and challenging message for the working out of your salvation this summer. If we can all wrestle with it and prayerfully resolve to make appropriate adjustments in our lives, we’ll all be the better for it –

“The Fact and the Fool’s Gold” (mp3) – Daniel Hsieh

God bless you, TD! We’ll see you on Friday! – Arthur

TD Fri. – “The Sub-Conscious and the Way God Made Us”

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Hey TD!

There’s so much to say about the picture above, isn’t there?  Sandra really hit it out of the park in opening the door for us to begin walking through as we begin to observe, discover, and consider the unique ways God has wired and designed each of us, the people and culture He has placed us in, as well as the experiences He has ordained for us that has shaped us thus far.

Click on the link to listen (sorry, you won’t get to hear the movie clips!):

“The Power of Sub-Conscious Liturgies” mp3 (Sandra)

This Friday, we will take another step or two towards walking through the doorway by engaging in activities designed to help us discover more about ourselves, the way God made us, and what to do with that.

Jonathan Edwards stated that the two most important forms of knowledge are knowledge of God and knowledge of ourselves.

Jonathan Edwards stated that the two most important forms of knowledge are knowledge of God and knowledge of ourselves.  We often spend so much time on the former and so little time on the latter.  This is an area of my life that I’ve been personally working on in recent years and have found humbling, fascinating, and powerful.  It’s something we must all be working on.

Come join us for TD this Friday as Katherine and I facilitate some exercises and discussion that will hopefully open doors of discovery and transformation in your life.  Katherine is a psychology major at UCLA and has been experiencing the transforming power of Christ in her own life the last few years.  I look forward to our time together. See you Friday! – Arthur

TD Fri. – “Recalibrating Our Hearts” Pt.2

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(“Recalibrating Our Hearts” Pt. 1 “live-type” notes. Thanks Melody T.!)

Hey TD!

It was great to see the sea of green last Friday, with green snacks and Sandra’s green guacamole 🙂  It was also a great time for what Luther called “table talk” discussion and learning.

This Friday, we will continue to examine the x-rays of our hearts, where we will consider just how it is that we got here.  But don’t worry, we won’t stop there! We will also learn how to recalibrate our hearts toward the right!  Make plans to join us as we continue our “table talk” learning format!

Please review the mp3 of last week’s teaching prior to coming this Friday.  It will be very helpful to connect the dots (see notes above):

“Recalibrating Our Hearts” Pt. 1 (message) Arthur

See you Friday!

TD Fri. – New Message, Aileen, V4V collection …

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Hey TD!

Well, we have another great time in store at TD this week as we continue our Rebuild series on re-habituating our lives in Christ.  I think you’ll agree that getting back to the ground floor of our lives and beginning the process of re-evaluating our foundations and what our lives have been built on has been eye-opening.  And we need to press on …

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 3:14

– Our message this week is entitled “Recalibrating Our Hearts.”  It will be a very important lesson that builds upon our previous lessons.  But before we study that, PLEASE REVIEW what I shared during our last meeting in February as a proper segue into our new study – “… WITH God.”  It’s challenging teaching that we need to master (and it’s only 25 min. 🙂 :

“… WITH God” (mp3) Arthur

Previous Messages (mp3’s)

– Aileen will also be sharing this week of a new opportunity for us to regularly serve orphaned children in our area.  She’ll also be sharing why she is pursuing the major she is pursuing.  What major is she pursuing, you ask?  Come to TD and find out! 🙂

– V4V Collection – if you have collected your V4V funds, please keep them in your envelope with your collection sheets (so we can match them), seal the envelope, and write your name and the amount collected on the envelope.  Then, give it to Sandra.

See you at TD! – Arthur

Prep for TD Fri. – “Rehabituating Our Time With God” (small groups)

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Sandra will do anything to help young people grow closer to God!  You gotta love her 🙂

Hey TD!

As you can see, we’re serious about rebuilding your lives in Christ!  Last week, we focused on Upward engagement with God, working on our personal time with Him.  This is crucial and foundational to rebuilding a solid, worshipful, fruitful Christian life.

Join us this Friday as we spend time in small groups (preceded by large group), working on improving our personal time with God.

Please review last week’s sharing to help ingrain the proper mindset and heart:

“Rehabituating Our Time With God” Pt. 1 (Arthur)

“Rehabituating Our Time With God” Pt. 2 (Sandra’s QT with God)