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

 

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Raw Voice Memo to Myself

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Hey TD!

Sometimes I record memos to myself on my phone when I’m not at a place that I can write those thoughts down, and I want to remember some thoughts I’ve been thinking, impressions that were made on me, or convictions I’ve developed.  I usually then type out and clean up the thoughts from the voice memo on a Word doc.

Two weeks ago, while at RZIM’s Summer Institute, I had Aha! moments all week long and came home with new focus and resolve, making some resolutions and some adjustments to my daily habits and focus.  While there in Atlanta, I made notes to myself all week (written and audio recorded).  After recently reviewing a raw voice memo I made purely for myself in my hotel room, I realized that there are items in there that I think will be helpful for most of you as well, especially as you try to grow your Christian effectiveness this summer, in preparation for the new school year.

Instead of editing and cleaning those thoughts up for you, I decided to just go ahead and share that voice memo to myself with you all in its raw, unedited form.  It’s only 7 minutes, but I think you’ll glean some insight and energy to help you take another step or two towards living for Him with excellence. – 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