(Video) 2020 TD Year-End Celebration!

Full video of ’20 TD Year-End Celebration

Hey TD!

By all accounts so far, the ’20 TD Year-End Celebration was the best Zoom event that any of us has ever had!  Even the coronavirus couldn’t keep us down and couldn’t keep us from whole-heartedly celebrating God’s abundant goodness and faithfulness to us this year!

It’s easy to see that SO MUCH planning and hard work went in to making this the best event possible.  A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who did their part in making this such a memorable celebration, especially to Aileen, Calvin, Daniel/Sandra who hand-delivered all the Martinelli’s to each and every home!

ENJOY!

’20 TD Year-End Celebration Table of Contents

0:00 – 8:50                         Daniel’s Awesome Recap of the ’19 – ’20 TD Year

8:50 – 9:18                         Intro to Worship – John emcee

9:18 – 17:07                      Worship – “Sovereign Over Us” – Robert, Kathy, and Hannah

17:08 – 17:51                    Guess That Baby! – Allison emcee

17:51 – 20:43                    Tribute to Parents – Anabell

20:49 – 21:14                    Guess That Baby! – Gaby emcee

22:34 – 23:04                    Intro to Game – Charis emcee

23:36 – 31:48                    Round 1 – ’19 – ’20 TD Trivia Game – Arthur

31:52 – 34:45                    B-Ball “Knockout” – Angela v. Daniel v. Arthur

34:46 – 36:56                    Joke Break – Alycia emcee

36:56 – 51:13                    Address – “Drawing Near at Arm’s Length?” – Arthur

51:14 – 51:58                    Charis/Raina emcees

51:59 – 55:03                    Round 2 – ’19 – ’20 TD Trivia Game – Arthur

55:04 – 59:32                    Ping Pong – Stella v. Arthur

59:46 – 1:00:30                Guess That Baby! – Caleb/Harmony emcee

1:00:50 – 1:03:36             Tribute to Parents – Benson

1:03:40 – 1:04:10             Guess That Baby? – Caleb/Harmony emcees

1:04:15 – 1:06:40             Tribute to Parents – Stefan

1:06:49 – 1:07:10             Guess That Baby! – Harmony emcee

1:07:27 – 1:07:48             Allison/Rebecca emcees

1:08:10 – 1:13:05             Round 3 – ’19 – ’20 TD Trivia Game – Arthur

1:13:35 – 1:17:40             Nerts – Sandra v. Daniel v. Angela v. Stella

1:17:45 – 1:18:04             Gaby/Alycia – emcees

1:18:53 – 1:24:36             Thanking TD Leaders – Sandra

1:24:48 – 1:25:33             Rebecca/Harmony – Emcees

1:25:37 – 1:30:17             Thanking Arthur/Sandra – Kathy

1:30:17 – 1:30:55             Charis – Emcee

1:31:18 – 1:36:19             Tribute to Anabell – Sandra

1:36:25 – 1:40:56              Tribute to Stefan – Robert

1:41:00 – 1:46:13             Tribute to Paul – Calvin

1:46:25 – 1:51:26             Tribute to Jade – Rebecca

1:51:30 – 1:57:14             Tribute to Benson – Daniel

1:57:15 – 1:57:39             Raina emcee

1:57:40 – 2:05:32             ’19 – ’20 TD Year-End Slideshow

2:05:47 – 2:06:16             Harmony emcee

2:06:17 – 2:07:05             Daniel thanks Jonathan

2:07:06 – 2:10:00            Trivia Game Winners Announced – Arthur

2:10:07 – 2:17:19             Year-End Toast – Daniel and Friends

2:17:19 – 2:18:02             Closing Remarks – Allison emcee

2:18:03 – 2:18:35             Daniel Thanks Juniors

2:18:40 – 2:21:07             Closing Prayer – Sandra

2:21:08 – 2:23:44             Remarks to Parents – Arthur

 

A Father’s Day Podcast – “That’s My Dad”

Daniel and Arthur’s “A Father’s Day Tribute” Podcast

* If you cannot directly access the podcast via the embedded icon above, please click the link below:

“A Father’s Day Tribute” Podcast (mp3)

Hey TD!

My son, Daniel, knows my heart.  He knows I love my family.  And he knows my mind is always thinking of how to edify those under my spiritual care.  So, for Father’s Day a few years ago, he produced a 12 minute multi-generational podcast for me that kills 3 birds with one stone: 1) his introduction honors me (while leaving me laughing); 2) the message honors my father, K.C., who raised and led me to my Eternal Father; and 3) through this podcast, you will come to understand who I am and why I am the way I am better (you’ll learn a lot about me that you didn’t know); which will help us both, as I attempt to push you, challenge you, lead you, cheer for you, support you, teach you, provide for you, protect you, inspire you, equip you … to love, honor, cherish, and live for your Eternal Father in a fuller and more meaningful way.

So, click on the icon above and enjoy!  I hope it will be an encouragement to you. Thanks, Daniel!

TBN Father’s Day Special - That’s My Dad with Steven Curtis Chapman - Watch Now

That’s My Dad TV special hosted by Steven Curtis Chapman

The title of today’s post is inspired by a special TV show that my friend, Steven Curtis Chapman, hosted this weekend, called That’s My Dad.  It was a terrific show that was fun, encouraging, uplifting … and challenging … to me.  You’ll recall that his daughters, Emily (Executive Director of Show Hope) and Shaoey were so kind to join us at TD several weeks ago!

That’s My Dad has everything

– great music from Tauren Wells, Jillian Edwards, and of course, SCC himself (including the world premiere of his new song, That’s My Dad.

– great interviews with Naomi and Nathan Zacharias, Tauren Wells, Ernie Johnson, Jr., and Scotty Smith,

–  great recollections from Michael W. Smith, Zach Williams, the Chapman kids, and Mary Beth Chapman of their fathers.

I’d encourage you to watch it with your family.

Since Steven forgot to ask me to be on his show, the podcast is my tribute, as I join the others in saying … that’s my dad!

Would you take the opportunity to give thanks to God for your dad this Father’s Day? And then would you go to your dad, tell him you love him, and share with him why you are thankful for him?  I know you’ll bless his heart when you do.

– Arthur

TD Fri. -“God, Racism, and Us: A Look Inside”

Video: Dr. Tony Evans on Social Injustice

Hey TD,

It’s been an historic week for our nation.  Paradigm shifting.  Explosive.  Peaceful.  Violent.  Hopeful.  Emotional.  Confusing.

Join us for TD this week as we dialogue about the issue of racism, both from without as well as within.  We’ll take a look at it societally and biblically and attempt to navigate our way towards God’s heart in all of this.  With all that’s going on, we are being forced to sit up and respond, and that’s a good thing; but each one of us will be required to do our own research, form our own convictions, and make our own statements … hopefully under His leading.

Amidst the cacophony of voices, each espousing a call and a cry, it hasn’t been easy to think and evaluate clearly.  One thing is for sure, His perspective is the fullest, fairest, most loving, and … the best one; and thus, His voice has to  have the most authority.  We’ll begin the journey of discovery this Friday.

It’s very difficult to empathize and sympathize with others unless we have experienced something similar ourselves.  Most TD’ers – students and leaders alike – have had minimal meaningful interaction with black people, so it has been hard to feel as emotional for blacks in America as we should.  That has undoubtedly led to an ignorant unawareness of and an indifference to their circumstances and plight.  They are letting the world know now how they are feeling; as Christians, we must listen – with our minds, with our hearts, and with God’s Word – and then meaningfully respond.

Here are some meaningful resources to read/watch to help us hear, listen, consider, and then act:

A Christian’s Thoughts on the Death of George Floyd

Eschatology and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Bryan Stevenson on the Frustration Behind the George Floyd Protests – The New Yorker

Regarding Chinese in America, here’s a lighter, but fascinating article about Bruce Lee (my childhood idol), his impact in America, and the racism that existed, which may help you empathize better:

Bruce Lee: Asian Pioneer, American Original

See you Friday for this valuable meeting!

 

Ravi Zacharias (1946 – 2020) – A Singular Life

Video of Ravi’s message to Sandra on her 50th a “few” years ago

Hi TD,

A few days ago, I posted “Ravi: A Poetical Sketch” – A Tribute to Ravi Zacharias alerting you to the fact that Ravi’s departure from earth would soon be near.

It is with profound sadness that I inform you of his passing on May 19.  Ravi was one of the most unique and singular lives I have ever witnessed, known, and loved.  His battle with a rare form of cancer, sarcoma, lasted 2 months before he was sent home on May 8 to spend his final days with his family and close friends.

A giant and hero to so many across the globe, his reach and effectiveness for Christ to both the world’s highest leaders as well as the world’s most destitute had few parallels.  He cared for the person first, regardless of status or stain.  His life and ministry demonstrated his whole-hearted love for God and for the individual clearly and compassionately.

Ravi was a real hero to me and has influenced my vision for life and ministry, as well as my character, as much as anyone has over the last few decades.  For him to have called me “a true friend” is an honor.  I owe him so much.

This video he recorded for me for Sandra’s 50th shows some of his humor, warmth and kindness as a person.  Though traveling and focused on speaking (he was on the road defending Christ and the Gospel over 250 days a year, criss-crossing the globe several times), he was happy to record this for Sandra.

Please pray for his family – his wife, Margie, his children, and his 5 grandchildren as they process their loss.  Though mourning, his daughter Sarah writes,

“Today my beautiful father is more alive than he has ever been. We thank God for him and recommit our lives to sharing this truth with all who will hear, until He calls us to our eternal home.”

We’ll be posting more on Ravi’s life and ministry in the weeks ahead in order to help strengthen your confidence in the Gospel and your winsomeness to the world.

– Arthur

Here is the official obituary, as well as some personal reflections from Sarah:

Obituary: Ravi Zacharias

Obituary: Ravi Zacharias (1946-2020) - chvnradio.com

When Ravi Zacharias was a cricket-loving boy on the streets of India, his mother called him in to meet the local sari-seller-turned-palm reader. “Looking at your future, Ravi Baba, you will not travel far or very much in your life,” he declared. “That’s what the lines on your hand tell me. There is no future for you abroad.”

By the time a 37-year-old Zacharias preached, at the invitation of Billy Graham, to the inaugural International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Amsterdam in 1983, he was on his way to becoming one of the foremost defenders of Christianity’s intellectual credibility. A year later, he founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), with the mission of “helping the thinker believe and the believer think.”

In the time between the sari seller’s prediction and the founding of RZIM, Zacharias had immigrated to Canada, taken the gospel across North America, prayed with military prisoners in Vietnam and ministered to students in a Cambodia on the brink of collapse. He had also undertaken a global preaching trip as a newly licensed minister with The Christian and Missionary Alliance, along with his wife, Margie, and eldest daughter, Sarah. This trip started in England, worked eastwards through Europe and the Middle East and finished on the Pacific Rim; all-in-all that year, Zacharias preached nearly 600 times in over a dozen countries.

It was the culmination of a remarkable transformation set in motion when Zacharias, recovering in a Delhi hospital from a suicide attempt at age 17, was read the words of Jesus recorded in the Bible by the apostle John: “Because I live, you will also live.” In response, Zacharias surrendered his life to Christ and offered up a prayer that if he emerged from the hospital, he would leave no stone unturned in his pursuit of truth. Once Zacharias found the truth of the gospel, his passion for sharing it burned bright until the very end. Even as he returned home from the hospital in Texas, where he had been undergoing chemotherapy, Zacharias was sharing the hope of Jesus to the three nurses who tucked him into his transport.

Frederick Antony Ravi Kumar Zacharias was born in Madras, now Chennai, in 1946, in the shadow of the resting place of the apostle Thomas, known to the world as the “Doubter” but to Zacharias as the “Great Questioner.” Zacharias’s affinity with Thomas meant he was always more interested in the questioner than the question itself. His mother, Isabella, was a teacher. His father, Oscar, who was studying labor relations at the University of Nottingham in England when Zacharias was born, rose through the ranks of the Indian civil service throughout Zacharias’s adolescence.

An unremarkable student, Zacharias was more interested in cricket than books, until his encounter with the gospel in that hospital bed. Nevertheless, a bold, radical faith ran in his genes. In the Indian state of Kerala, his paternal great-grandfather and grandfather produced the 20th century’s first Malayalam-English dictionary. This dictionary served as the cornerstone of the first Malayalam translation of the Bible. Further back, Zacharias’s great-great-great-grandmother shocked her Nambudiri family, the highest caste of the Hindu priesthood, by converting to Christianity. With conversion came a new surname, Zacharias, and a new path that started her descendants on a road to the Christian faith.

Zacharias saw the Lord’s hand at work in his family’s tapestry and he infused RZIM with the same transgenerational and transcultural heart for the gospel. He created a ministry that transcended his personality, where every speaker, whatever their background, presented the truth in the context of the contemporary. Zacharias believed if you achieved that, your message would always be necessary. Thirty-six years since its establishment, the ministry still bears the name chosen for Zacharias’s ancestor. However, where once there was a single speaker, now there are nearly 100 gifted speakers who on any given night can be found sharing the gospel at events across the globe; where once it was run from Zacharias’s home, now the ministry has a presence in 17 countries on five continents.

Zacharias’s passion and urgency to take the gospel to all nations was forged in Vietnam, throughout the summer of ’71. Zacharias had immigrated to Canada in 1966, a year after winning a preaching award at a Youth for Christ congress in Hyderabad. It was there, in Toronto, that Ruth Jeffrey, the veteran missionary to Vietnam, heard him preach. She invited him to her adopted land. That summer, Zacharias—only just 25—found himself flown across the country by helicopter gunship to preach at military bases, in hospitals and in prisons to the Vietcong. Most nights Zacharias and his translator Hien Pham would fall asleep to the sound of gunfire.

On one trip across remote land, Zacharias and his travel companions’ car broke down. The lone jeep that passed ignored their roadside waves. They finally cranked the engine to life and set off, only to come across the same jeep a few miles on, overturned and riddled with bullets, all four passengers dead. He later said of this moment, “God will stop our steps when it is not our time, and He will lead us when it is.” Days later, Zacharias and his translator stood at the graves of six missionaries, killed unarmed when the Vietcong stormed their compound. Zacharias knew some of their children. It was that level of trust in God, and the desire to stand beside those who minister in areas of great risk, that is a hallmark of RZIM. Its support for Christian evangelists in places where many ministries fear to tread, including northern Nigeria, Pakistan, South African townships, the Middle East and North Africa, can be traced back to that formative graveside moment.

After this formative trip, Zacharias and his new bride, Margie, moved to Deerfield, Illinois, to study for a Master of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Here the young couple lived two doors down from Zacharias’s classmate and friend William Lane Craig. After graduating, Zacharias taught at the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York and continued to travel the country preaching on weekends. Full-time teaching combined with his extensive travel and itinerant preaching led Zacharias to describe these three years as the toughest in his 48-year marriage to Margie. He felt his job at the seminary was changing him and his preaching far more than he was changing lives with the hope of the gospel.

It was at that point that Graham invited Zacharias to speak at his inaugural International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Amsterdam in 1983. Zacharias didn’t realize Graham even knew who he was, let alone knew about his preaching. In front of 3,800 evangelists from 133 countries, Zacharias opened with the line, “My message is a very difficult one….” He went on to tell them that religions, 20th-century cultures and philosophies had formed “vast chasms between the message of Christ and the mind of man.” Even more difficult was his message, which received a mid-talk ovation, about his fear that, “in certain strands of evangelicalism, we sometimes think it is necessary to so humiliate someone of a different worldview that we think unless we destroy everything he holds valuable, we cannot preach to him the gospel of Christ…what I am saying is this, when you are trying to reach someone, please be sensitive to what he holds valuable.”

That talk changed Zacharias’s future and arguably the future of apologetics, dealing with the hard questions of origin, meaning, morality and destiny that every worldview must answer. Flying back to the U.S., Zacharias shared his thoughts with Margie. As one colleague has expressed, “He saw the objections and questions of others not as something to be rebuffed, but as a cry of the heart that had to be answered. People weren’t logical problems waiting to be solved; they were people who needed the person of Christ.” No one was reaching out to the thinker, to the questioner. It was on that flight that Zacharias and Margie planted the seed of a ministry intended to meet the thinker where they were, to train cultural evangelist-apologists to reach those opinion makers of society. The seed was watered and nurtured through its early years by the businessman DD Davis, a man who became a father figure to Zacharias. With the establishment of the ministry, the Zacharias family moved south to Atlanta. By now, the family had grown with the addition of a second daughter, Naomi, and a son, Nathan. Atlanta was the city Zacharias would call home for the last 36 years of his life.

Meeting the thinker face-to-face was an intrinsic part of Zacharias’s ministry, with post-event Q&A sessions often lasting long into the night. Not to be quelled in the sharing of the gospel, Zacharias also took to the airwaves in the 1980s. Many people, not just in the U.S. but across the world, came to hear the message of Christ for the first time through Zacharias’s radio program, Let My People Think. In weekly half-hour slots, Zacharias explored issues such as the credibility of the Christian message and the Bible, the weakness of modern intellectual movements, and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Today, Let My People Think is syndicated to over 2,000 stations in 32 countries and has also been downloaded 15.6 million times as a podcast over the last year.

As the ministry grew so did the demands on Zacharias. In 1990, he followed in his father’s footsteps to England. He took a sabbatical at Ridley Hall in Cambridge. It was a time surrounded by family, and where he wrote the first of his 28 books, A Shattered Visage: The Real Face of Atheism. It was no coincidence that throughout the rhythm of his itinerant life, it was among his family and Margie, in particular, that his writing was at its most productive. Margie inspired each of Zacharias’s books. With her eagle eye and keen mind, she read the first draft of every manuscript, from The Logic of God, which was this year awarded the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Christian Book Award in the category of Bible study, and his latest work, Seeing Jesus from the East, co-authored with colleague Abdu Murray. Others among that list include the ECPA Gold Medallion Book Award winner, Can Man Live Without God?, and Christian bestsellers, Jesus Among Other Gods and The Grand Weaver. Zacharias’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into over a dozen languages.

Zacharias’s desire to train evangelists undergirded with apologetics, in order to engage with culture shapers, had been happening informally over the years but finally became formal in 2004. It was a momentous year for Zacharias and the ministry with the establishment of OCCA, the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics; the launch of Wellspring International; and Zacharias’s appearance at the United Nations Annual International Prayer Breakfast. OCCA was founded with the help of Professor Alister McGrath, the RZIM team and the staff at Wycliffe Hall, a Permanent Private Hall of Oxford University, where Zacharias was an honorary Senior Research Fellow between 2007 and 2015. Over his lifetime Zacharias would receive 10 honorary doctorates in recognition of his public commitment to Christian thought, including one from the National University of San Marcos, the oldest established university in the Americas.

Over the years, OCCA has trained over 400 students from 50 countries who have gone on to carry the gospel in many arenas across the world. Some have continued to follow an explicit calling as evangelists and apologists in Christian settings, and many others have gone on to take up roles in each of the spheres of influence Zacharias always dreamed of reaching: the arts, academia, business, media and politics. In 2017, another apologetics training facility, the Zacharias Institute, was established at the ministry’s headquarters in Atlanta, to continue the work of equipping all who desire to effectively share the gospel and answer the common objections to Christianity with gentleness and respect. In 2014, the same heart lay behind the creation of the RZIM Academy, an online apologetics training curriculum. Across 140 countries, the Academy’s courses have been accessed by thousands in multiple languages.

In the same year OCCA was founded, Zacharias launched Wellspring International, the humanitarian division of the ministry. Wellspring International was shaped by the memory of his mother’s heart to work with the destitute and is led by his daughter Naomi. Founded on the principle that love is the most powerful apologetic, it exists to come alongside local partners that meet critical needs of vulnerable women and children around the world.

Zacharias’s appearance at the U.N. in 2004 was the second of four that he made in the 21st century and represented his increasing impact in the arena of global leadership. He had first made his mark as the Cold War was coming to an end. His internationalist outlook and ease among his fellow man, whether Soviet military leader or precocious Ivy League undergraduate, opened doors that had been closed for many years. One such military leader was General Yuri Kirshin, who in 1992 paved the way for Zacharias to speak at the Lenin Military Academy in Moscow. Zacharias saw the cost of enforced atheism in the Soviet Union; the abandonment of religion had created the illusion of power and the reality of self-destruction.

A year later, Zacharias traveled to Colombia, where he spoke to members of the judiciary on the necessity of a moral framework to make sense of the incoherent worldview that had taken hold in the South American nation. Zacharias’s standing on the world stage spanned the continents and the decades. In January 2020, as part of his final foreign trip, he was invited by eight division world champion boxer and Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao to speak at the National Bible Day Prayer Breakfast in Manila. It was an invitation that followed Zacharias’s November 2019 appearance at The National Theatre in Abu Dhabi as part of the United Arab Emirates’ Year of Tolerance.

In 1992, Zacharias’s apologetics ministry expanded from the political arena to academia with the launching of the first ever Veritas Forum, hosted on the campus of Harvard University. Zacharias was asked to be the keynote speaker at the inaugural event. The lectures Zacharias delivered that weekend would form the basis of the best-selling book, Can Man Live Without God?, and would open up opportunities to speak at university campuses across the world. The invitations that followed exposed Zacharias to the intense longing of young people for meaning and identity. Twenty-eight years after that first Veritas Forum event, in what would prove to be his last speaking engagement, Zacharias spoke to a crowd of over 7,000 at the University of Miami’s Watsco Center on the subject of “Does God Exist?”

It is a question also asked behind the walls of Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola Prison, the largest maximum-security prison in the United States. Zacharias had prayed with prisoners of war all those years ago in Vietnam but walking through Death Row left an even deeper impression. Zacharias believed the gospel shined with grace and power, especially in the darkest places, and praying with those on Death Row “makes it impossible to block the tears.” It was his third visit to Angola and, such is his deep connection, the inmates have made Zacharias the coffin in which he will be buried. As he writes in Seeing Jesus from the East, “These prisoners know that this world is not their home and that no coffin could ever be their final destination. Jesus assured us of that.”

In November last year, a few months after his last visit to Angola, Zacharias stepped down as President of RZIM to focus on his worldwide speaking commitments and writing projects. He passed the leadership to his daughter Sarah Davis as Global CEO and long-time colleague Michael Ramsden as President. Davis had served as the ministry’s Global Executive Director since 2011, while Ramsden had established the European wing of the ministry in Oxford in 1997. It was there in 2018, Zacharias told the story of standing with his successor in front of Lazarus’s grave in Cyprus. The stone simply reads, “Lazarus, four days dead, friend of Christ.” Zacharias turned to Ramsden and said if he was remembered as “a friend of Christ, that would be all I want.”

Ravi Zacharias, who died of cancer on May 19, 2020, at age 74, is survived by Margie, his wife of 48-years; his three children: Sarah, the Global CEO of RZIM, Naomi, Director of Wellspring International, and Nathan, RZIM’s Creative Director for Media; and five grandchildren.

By Matthew Fearon

RZIM U.K. content manager and former journalist with The Sunday Times of London


About RZIM

Founded in 1984 by Ravi Zacharias, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) brings the gospel of Jesus Christ to millions around the world. RZIM focuses on evangelism, apologetics, spiritual disciplines, training and humanitarian support. The organization’s goal is to touch both the heart and the intellect of the thinkers and influencers in society by tackling some of the toughest questions about faith and providing thoughtful answers. For more information visit RZIM.org.

Ravi Zacharias, Now with Jesus

Ravi Zacharias, Now with Jesus | Zacharias Trust | RZIM Europe

On January 4, my dad recited a stanza from this hymn from the late Richard Baxter (1615-1691):

“Lord, it belongs not to my care
Whether I die or live;
To love and serve Thee is my share,
And this Thy grace must give.

If life be long, I will be glad,
That I may long obey;
If short, yet why should I be sad
To welcome endless day?

Christ leads me through no darker rooms
Than He went through before;
He that unto God’s kingdom comes
Must enter by this door.

Come Lord, when grace hath made me meet
Thy blessed face to see;
For if Thy work on earth be sweet
What will thy glory be!

Then I shall end my sad complaints
And weary sinful days,
And join with the triumphant saints
That sing my Savior’s praise.

My knowledge of that life is small,
The eye of faith is dim;
But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all,
And I shall be with Him.”

None of us could have imagined just two months after reciting that last stanza that my dad would learn he had cancer and he would experience the realization of this more than 300-year-old hymn so soon. Today we affirm, as my dad recited and Baxter penned, “But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all, and I shall be with Him.” My dad, at 74, has “join[ed] with the triumphant saints that sing [his] Savior’s praise.” We who knew and loved him celebrate his life, and more importantly, his Savior.

It was his Savior, Jesus Christ, that my dad always wanted most to talk about. Even in his final days, until he lacked the energy and breath to speak, he turned every conversation to Jesus and what the Lord had done. He perpetually marveled that God took a seventeen-year-old skeptic, defeated in hopelessness and unbelief, and called him into a life of glorious hope and belief in the truth of Scripture—a message he would carry across the globe for 48 years.

His thoughts and conversations in recent years and his final weeks were saturated with gratitude for this team of evangelists, apologists, and staff that he called family: RZIM—Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He spoke of our evangelists’ tender hearts and their love for people. Some have said my dad blazed a trail when he began commending the Christian faith and addressing life’s great questions of meaning nearly five decades ago. As one friend dear to him remarked, he has also paved that path, desiring that his teammates around the world would continue so untold millions might know the same Jesus he faithfully served—the one he now sees face-to-face.

My dad’s humility, grace, tenderness for people, and above all love for the Lord are forever imprinted on my mind, my heart, and my life. His love for our family will be impossible to replace until we join him in heaven one day. Ravi and Margie just celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary. My mother was entirely committed to my dad’s calling and to this ministry, believing God called them together. I cannot recall even one moment when I saw her commitment to this calling weaken, because she always placed unwavering trust in the God who called them and in His purposes. We experienced God’s kindness and faithfulness in so many ways as we felt Him journeying with us in bringing my dad home. For this we are at peace and filled with deep gratitude to God for the innumerable expressions of His love. Naomi, Nathan, and I are deeply grateful for your continuing prayers for our mother, Margie, and the many expressions of love you have shown to her and to us.

Soon our family will gather for a graveside service. In the days ahead we will provide details for a memorial service to be held in Atlanta and streamed around the world.

The Gospel of John records these words of Jesus: “Because I live, you also will live” (14:19)—seven words that changed the trajectory of Ravi Zacharias’s life some 57 years ago. It is a verse etched on his grandmother’s grave stone and will be etched on his too. Today my beautiful father is more alive than he has ever been. We thank God for him and recommit our lives to sharing this truth with all who will hear, until He calls us to our eternal home.

With deep love and gratitude, and on behalf of Margie, Naomi, and Nathan,

Sarah Davis

Margie and the Zacharias family have asked that in lieu of flowers gifts be made to the ongoing work of RZIM. Ravi’s heart was people. His passion and life’s work centered on helping people understand the beauty of the gospel message of salvation. Our prayer is that, at his passing, more people will come to know the saving grace found in Jesus through Ravi’s legacy and the global team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.

On January 4, my dad recited a stanza from this hymn from the late Richard Baxter (1615-1691):

“Lord, it belongs not to my care
Whether I die or live;
To love and serve Thee is my share,
And this Thy grace must give.

If life be long, I will be glad,
That I may long obey;
If short, yet why should I be sad
To welcome endless day?

Christ leads me through no darker rooms
Than He went through before;
He that unto God’s kingdom comes
Must enter by this door.

Come Lord, when grace hath made me meet
Thy blessed face to see;
For if Thy work on earth be sweet
What will thy glory be!

Then I shall end my sad complaints
And weary sinful days,
And join with the triumphant saints
That sing my Savior’s praise.

My knowledge of that life is small,
The eye of faith is dim;
But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all,
And I shall be with Him.”

None of us could have imagined just two months after reciting that last stanza that my dad would learn he had cancer and he would experience the realization of this more than 300-year-old hymn so soon. Today we affirm, as my dad recited and Baxter penned, “But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all, and I shall be with Him.” My dad, at 74, has “join[ed] with the triumphant saints that sing [his] Savior’s praise.” We who knew and loved him celebrate his life, and more importantly, his Savior.

It was his Savior, Jesus Christ, that my dad always wanted most to talk about. Even in his final days, until he lacked the energy and breath to speak, he turned every conversation to Jesus and what the Lord had done. He perpetually marveled that God took a seventeen-year-old skeptic, defeated in hopelessness and unbelief, and called him into a life of glorious hope and belief in the truth of Scripture—a message he would carry across the globe for 48 years.

His thoughts and conversations in recent years and his final weeks were saturated with gratitude for this team of evangelists, apologists, and staff that he called family: RZIM—Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He spoke of our evangelists’ tender hearts and their love for people. Some have said my dad blazed a trail when he began commending the Christian faith and addressing life’s great questions of meaning nearly five decades ago. As one friend dear to him remarked, he has also paved that path, desiring that his teammates around the world would continue so untold millions might know the same Jesus he faithfully served—the one he now sees face-to-face.

My dad’s humility, grace, tenderness for people, and above all love for the Lord are forever imprinted on my mind, my heart, and my life. His love for our family will be impossible to replace until we join him in heaven one day. Ravi and Margie just celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary. My mother was entirely committed to my dad’s calling and to this ministry, believing God called them together. I cannot recall even one moment when I saw her commitment to this calling weaken, because she always placed unwavering trust in the God who called them and in His purposes. We experienced God’s kindness and faithfulness in so many ways as we felt Him journeying with us in bringing my dad home. For this we are at peace and filled with deep gratitude to God for the innumerable expressions of His love. Naomi, Nathan, and I are deeply grateful for your continuing prayers for our mother, Margie, and the many expressions of love you have shown to her and to us.

Soon our family will gather for a graveside service. In the days ahead we will provide details for a memorial service to be held in Atlanta and streamed around the world.

The Gospel of John records these words of Jesus: “Because I live, you also will live” (14:19)—seven words that changed the trajectory of Ravi Zacharias’s life some 57 years ago. It is a verse etched on his grandmother’s grave stone and will be etched on his too. Today my beautiful father is more alive than he has ever been. We thank God for him and recommit our lives to sharing this truth with all who will hear, until He calls us to our eternal home.

With deep love and gratitude, and on behalf of Margie, Naomi, and Nathan,

Sarah Davis

Margie and the Zacharias family have asked that in lieu of flowers gifts be made to the ongoing work of RZIM. Ravi’s heart was people. His passion and life’s work centered on helping people understand the beauty of the gospel message of salvation. Our prayer is that, at his passing, more people will come to know the saving grace found in Jesus through Ravi’s legacy and the global team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.

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!

An Invitation to an Hour With God During These Times

An Hour of Impacting Prayer and Worship

During this one-hour online prayer time, various brothers and sisters, pastors and ministry leaders, as well as special musicians join together in a unifying moment of corporate prayer and worship.

The schedule for this one-hour livestream prayer event is as follows:

  • Song: “In Christ Alone,” led by Austin Stone Worship
  • Welcome and introduction (Julius Kim)
  • Prayers for the sick and suffering (Ligon Duncan, Jen Wilkin)
  • Prayers for medical workers (Joni Eareckson Tada, Stephen Um)
  • Prayers for provision/economy (Nancy Guthrie, John Onwuchekwa)
  • Song: “He Will Hold Me Fast,” led by Shane and Shane
  • Prayers for local, national, and global government officials (Kevin DeYoung, Jeany Jun)
  • Prayers for church leaders and missionaries (Darryl Williamson, Quina Aragon)
  • Prayers for families (John Piper, Melissa Kruger)
  • Prayers for the lost (David Platt, Jeremy Treat)
  • Next steps: #JesusChangedMyLife (Jeremy Treat)
  • Closing thoughts (Julius Kim)
  • Song: “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death,” led by Keith and Kristyn Getty

Hey TD!

My soul feels humbled, my heart strengthened, my mind sharper, my faith deepened, my longings focused, my perspective clearer.  I just spent an hour in prayer to God with Joni Eareckson Tada, John Piper, David Platt, Ligon Duncan, and many others.  I sang with Keith and Kristyn Getty and Shane and Shane.

Via the video of a livestream gathering today hosted by The Gospel Coalition, I came away humbled and sharper, as I now better understand how to specifically think of and pray for others during this coronavirus pandemic.  By the end, I found a greater energy and a softer heart than when the hour began.  I felt more connected with God’s Church universal and nearer in my soul to God.

I must say that in the 528 hours (and counting) since we’ve gone to strict social distancing, though I’ve spent many hours video conferencing, reading, memorizing, learning, studying, posting, playing Nerts and Rummikub, walking Joy, watching videos, singing, etc., this is the longest and most focused I’ve gone just praying in one sitting.

During these weeks, my prayer time has drifted to praying before meals, before sleeping, after Bible study, with short intermittent prayers throughout the day, but it hasn’t yet been protracted and concerted in this way.  It was enriching to do so.  My soul is in a better place.

So, TD, I wanted to share the opportunity with you as well in hopes that you will join me in trying to do whatever it takes to draw nearer to God, to His Church, and to love our world better during these times.

I hope you’ll invest an hour of your time.  I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you did.

– Arthur