In Joy Podcast #4 – “True Freedom” (Sandra)

In Joy Podcast #4 – “True Freedom” (Sandra)

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In Joy Podcast #4 – “True Freedom” (Sandra)

Hey TD!

In the midst of such historic times of social unrest, people of all colors have been protesting for the equality and freedom of those in black communities across the nation.  I sometimes wonder if everyone really knows the true nature and quality of that freedom that they are protesting for. It not only comes at a significant cost, but with a significant responsibility.

In this fourth installment of our In Joy podcasts, Sandra brings us to some of the history of this conflict through the lens of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, who was wrought with heaviness over a nation torn with racial strife over slavery.  It’s a timely podcast on the aspects of true freedom that aren’t often thought of … but need to be.

Listen, consider, and enjoy!

If you missed any of the other podcasts in the In Joy series, you can hear them by clicking below:

In Joy Podcast #1 – “Joy in the Un-Enjoyable” (Rebecca)

In Joy Podcast #2 – “Enjoying the Presence of God” (Robert)

In  Joy Podcast #3 – “Finding Rhythms of Enjoyment” (Angela)

– Arthur

What Does It Mean To Be Filled With the Spirit? – “Living By The Holy Spirit, Pt. 5”

“Living By The Holy Spirit, Pt. 5: Filled with the Spirit” (video)

Hey TD!

Jesus makes it clear that those that are of flesh are flesh and those of the Spirit are spirit (notice Spirit and spirit).  In Pt. 4 of Living By The Holy Spirit, Robert explained how spiritual birth takes place.  In this lesson, he discusses another aspect of being “of the Spirit” – being filled with the Spirit.

Are you filled with the Spirit? What do you think your life would look like if you were? How would it change … for the better?  What kind of power, perspective, and personality would you have if the living God was living inside of you?  It can happen.  Watch this video to find out how.   Enjoy!

When Does the New Birth Take Place? – “Living By The Holy Spirit, Pt. 4”

Living By The Holy Spirit, Pt. 4: New Birth From The Spirit (video)

Hey TD!

In this next installment of our Living By The Holy Spirit series, Robert works through a VERY IMPORTANT truth regarding the new birth that is so often misunderstood; namely, that the Spirit gives new birth PRIOR to our coming to salvation.  Quite commonly, people think that AFTER we “accept” Christ, we are born again. Robert argues from Scripture that in fact the opposite is true.

Does it really make a difference? Does it really matter? You bet it does, for what we believe always translates into how we live.  The implications of how you understand the new birth permeate to everything we do, including how we worship God.  Pay close attention.  It will be well worth the 10 minutes of your time. Enjoy!

“Living By The Holy Spirit, Pt. 3” (incl. BobKat Duet!)

Living By The Holy Spirit, Pt. 3: The Temple Builder (video)

Hey TD!

In our ongoing weekly series on “Living By the Holy Spirit,” Robert explains the significance of the Holy Spirit leading in building the Temple in the Old Testament and how that translates into not only the Church in the 21st century, but in His dwelling in and building our hearts! At the end of the video is a nice duet, sung by Robert and Kathy!

We encourage you to use this series to solidify your understanding of the Holy Spirit, sometimes referred to as the forgotten member of the Trinity, though He is the One dwelling in the hearts and souls of believers.  Enjoy!

“Living By The Holy Spirit, Pt. 2”

Living By The Holy Spirit, Pt. 2 (video)

Hey TD!

As we begin another week of the quarantined life, what was once novel is now becoming normal.  The truth is, either we passively allow circumstances, appetites, and feelings to establish our new normal, or we actively determine and plan what our new normal is like.  Though circumstances are different, the process is really the same as when we weren’t quarantined – we either fall into patterns of living or we purposely establish them.  With the Holy Spirit’s help, we can be every bit as effective and joyous as we ever were, if not more so.

Continuing the series we began last week, Living By The Holy Spirit, Robert guides us to better know who this Holy Spirit is that lives in and leads the life of the Christian.  Enjoy and use it to boost your confidence and security in life!

 

 

“Living By the Holy Spirit,” Pt. 1

Living By the Holy Spirit, Pt. 1 (video)

Hey TD!

Hope you came out of Passion Week with a renewed passion yourself for our incomparable Godhead.  If you did, and you want to begin living life more under His Spirit’s leading and power, we’re starting a weekly video series on Living By the Holy Spirit, taught by Robert.

This series will be a good way to begin training yourself to walk in the Spirit more and in the flesh less.  Today’s lesson is an introduction that will help pave the way for the lessons to come towards a Spirit-led life.  Enjoy!

V4V Sunday Service Song/Presentation

2020 V4V Sunday Service Presentation

2020 V4V Song – Is This What Love Looks Like?

Hey TD!

Here are the videos of our V4V presentation and song, “Is This What Love Looks Like?” that we did last week.  May they encourage you and remind us why we are doing what we’re doing.

 

Youth Speakers Info Mtg. on Sunday! (watch this vintage video!)

Watch this “vintage” video of our 1st Youth Speakers team and the “Speakers” process, and you’ll get to see Robert and Kathy when they were in high school! 🙂 

Hey TD!

One of THE most life-changing and transformative processes in TD through the years has been “Speakers,” as it is affectionately called.  It has changed the course of some of the lives of those who have gone through the process.  In fact, the majority of TD counselors and interns over the last decade have been “Speakers” alums; and this year’s TD leadership is no different: Robert, Kathy, Abigail, Daniel, Megan, Aileen, Michelle, Angela, and Jason all participated as Speakers in high school!

If any of you 10th – 12th graders are curious or interested to learn more, we will have a mandatory information meeting THIS Sunday from 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in one of the classrooms at the GWC. During this meeting, we will answer any and all questions regarding the 2020 CA So. Baptist Youth Speakers Tournament (YST).

You don’t have to know for sure if you are going to do “Speakers” or not this year to come to the meeting.  In fact, the meeting is being held to help you decide one way or another.  And don’t worry, there will be no pressure to join.

Hope to see you there!

– Arthur

In Joy Podcast #2 – “Enjoying the Presence of God”

In Joy Podcast #2 – “Enjoying the Presence of God”

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In Joy Podcast #2 – “Enjoying the Presence of God” (Robert)

Hey TD!

God’s omnipresence means that He is present everywhere all the time.  That’s objective fact.  Some don’t realize it and live as if God not only isn’t present, but doesn’t even exist; others know He exists, but don’t believe He is personally present in human affairs; others know He is personally present and are terrified and anxious about it; and then there are those for whom God’s personal presence is there peace and hope.  How about you?

In today’s second In Joy podcast, Robert draws from his personal experiences with Kathy and Hannah to help point us to a more enjoyable (for both you and God) relationship with God.  Read Psalm 84 before or after listening to the podcast, and … enjoy!

Psalm 84

1How lovely is your dwelling place,

Lord Almighty!

2My soul yearns, even faints,

for the courts of the Lord;

my heart and my flesh cry out

for the living God.

3Even the sparrow has found a home,

and the swallow a nest for herself,

where she may have her young—

a place near your altar,

Lord Almighty, my King and my God.

4Blessed are those who dwell in your house;

they are ever praising you. c

5Blessed are those whose strength is in you,

whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.

6As they pass through the Valley of Baka,

they make it a place of springs;

the autumn rains also cover it with pools. d

7They go from strength to strength,

till each appears before God in Zion.

8Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty;

listen to me, God of Jacob.

9Look on our shield, e O God;

look with favor on your anointed one.

10Better is one day in your courts

than a thousand elsewhere;

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

11For the Lord God is a sun and shield;

the Lord bestows favor and honor;

no good thing does he withhold

from those whose walk is blameless.

12Lord Almighty,

blessed is the one who trusts in you.

“Youth Speakers” Info Meeting This Sunday! (watch this video!)

Watch this “vintage” video of our 1st Youth Speakers team and the “Speakers” process, and you’ll get to see Robert and Kathy when they were in high school! 🙂 

Hey TD!

One of THE most life-changing and transformative processes in TD through the years has been “Speakers,” as it is affectionately called.  It has changed the course of some of the lives of those who have gone through the process.  In fact, the majority of TD counselors and interns over the last decade have been “Speakers” alums; and this year’s TD leadership is no different: Robert, Kathy, Eunice, Daniel, Megan, Frances, Michelle, and Angela all participated as Speakers in high school!

If any of you 10th – 12th graders are curious or interested to learn more, we will have a mandatory information meeting THIS Sunday from 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in one of the classrooms at the GWC. During this meeting, we will answer any and all questions regarding the 2019 CA So. Baptist Youth Speakers Tournament (YST).

You don’t have to know for sure if you are going to do “Speakers” or not this year to come to the meeting.  In fact, the meeting is being held to help you decide one way or another.  And don’t worry, there will be no pressure to join.

Hope to see you there! – Arthur