TD at Ligonier Conference Friday

Why We Can’t Choose God

Does God Hate the Sin But Love the Sinner?

Hey TD!

We just got back from having dinner with our good friends at Ligonier Ministries, the Teaching Fellowship of RC Sproul, and I’m really excited for our outing on Friday and Saturday!

So, just a reminder that TD will NOT be at church on Friday.  Instead, we will be “Discovering the God of the Bible” with Ligonier Ministries.   If you want to join us, either on Friday or Saturday, let your small group leader know asap.

Otherwise, we’ll see you next Friday for our final TD meeting of the year!

In the meanwhile, enjoy RC’s teaching above on “Why We Can’t Choose God” and “Does God Hate the Sin and Love the Sinner?”  They are short, but very poignant, and more importantly … true. – Arthur

Voiceless For the Voiceless Info!

Hey TD’ers!

Well, the social media portion of Voiceless for the Voiceless (V4V) is underway! From the sounds of it, it’s been doable, but getting tougher each day. The daily email small group devotional discussions have been insightful, thoughtful, and engaging. If this is a taste of our small group discussions to come, we’re going to have a powerful time together this weekend, when we’re not only without social media, but without our voices as well!.

*** IMPORTANT CHANGE TO NOTE ***

The pick-up time from my house is  now 6:45 p.m., NOT 8 p.m.  My family has to leave the house at around 7 p.m., so please plan to be picked up accordingly.  But don’t worry! We’ll still be having a yummy dinner together and an awesome time of debriefing!  🙂

Our time of being voiceless remains the same, however – 12 p.m., Fri., 3/3 – 6 p.m., Sat., 3/4.

Author and War Orphan Stephanie Fast at V4V Friday

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As you’ve undoubtedly heard, the author of the book that so many in TD and in church are reading, She is Mine, will be at V4V on Friday.  Please feel free to invite your families and sponsors to come.  It will be worthwhile to hear.

We will be meeting in the chapel in the Main Campus at 7:30 p.m.  I would recommend that you come at 7:15 p.m., as it seems like we’re going to have a full house.

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)

How Do We Make Disciples of All Nations if We’re Not Gifted in Apologetics or Evangelism?

Hey TD!

Each year at our church we have a missions conference, encouraging and exhorting us to consider going overseas to be a missionary and to “do missions.”  This weekend was no different.  Some leave these weekends feeling challenged and called to make plans to do just that.  Others, on the other hand, feel a conflict within, like they are being slighted as Christians if they don’t go.  Some feel uncomfortable when a missionary comes to speak because they feel that they are made to feel guilty and less of a Christian than overseas missionaries are.

“Some feel uncomfortable when a missionary comes to speak because they feel that they are made to feel guilty and less of a Christian than overseas missionaries are.”

I want to remind you that it is your obedience to what you know God is asking of you that is the key to all of this.  It’s not about going overseas or not.  It’s about obeying Him, being who He wants you to be and doing what He wants you to do, doing it how He wants you to do it and where He wants you to do it.  And that is different for each person.  It’s not a matter of what geographical state you are in as much as it is a matter of what spiritual and mental state you are in – a state of wanting what you want and living for that, or a state of wanting what He wants and living for that.

“It’s not a matter of what geographical state you are in as much as it is a matter of what spiritual and mental state you are in …”

The truth is that Christ’s followers are missionaries everywhere, all the time.  For those who are Christ’s, heaven is your real home, and anywhere on planet earth is a foreign place to you – whether you’re in the SGV or in China.  And we need to live like that, doing missions everywhere, all the time.  If you are doing that, you are a certified, bona fide missionary.  It’s not the location of your body; rather, it’s the location of your heart.  But that heart will be willing to stay or go wherever the Lord wants.

And that’s what our friend, Greg Koukl (Stand to Reason), in today’s video above is focused on – figuring out a way to represent the Lord well wherever you are, even if apologetics or evangelism is not your particular gifting or bent.  I hope it is helpful to you.

Watch and then work with your small group leader to help you figure out how to obey the call. – Arthur

 

Why Don’t We See Christians Living the Transformed Life?

Hey TD,

That is a very good and convicting question, isn’t it?  The fact is that this is the number one reason given by non-Christians as to why they reject the gospel.  We talk, tweet, an type so much about the gospel, but living like we really believe the gospel and God’s promises is another story.

RZIM apologist, Michael Ramsden, shares some thoughts on this in the video above.  TD actually saw this Q and A live at UCLA a few years ago, as some of you may recall.

Please take a listen, pray about how your can live a life with Christ within your communities.  Then, act on it! – Arthur

TD This Friday – Look Inside!

Hey TD!

We’re excited for TD this Friday at my household (… well, most of us), as you’ll see in the video (incl. special guest appearance by …)  We’ve got a great TD planned this Friday, chock full of goodness! What do we have planned, you ask?

  • Well, Show Hope is coming!  Yep, Phil and Dan from Show Hope are on a West Coast tour right now with Steven Curtis Chapman, Mac Powell of Third Day, and Brandon Heath.  But they wanted to break away from the tour for a day to come visit TD!  They will be driving up Friday from San Diego to come be with us, and then will drive out to Phoenix on Saturday morning to rejoin the band for the Saturday night concert!
  • We’ll be unveiling TD’s theme for the year and I’ll be giving the opening address that will begin the process of what I believe could be a life changing year for many of you.
  • We’ll explain some of the new happenings and initiatives at TD.
  • Great worship and great fellowship, beginning with the Pre-TD Party at 7:15 p.m.!

So, make sure you come out to TD this Friday, be ready to hear from the Lord, be ready to engage with your fellow TD’ers, and be ready to have a good time!

See you Friday!

–  Arthur

I Am Proud of You, TD!

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(photo courtesy of Peter Low)

Hey TD!

Well, at the TD Kick-Off, God unexpectedly challenged us right out of the gates to see what we were going to do when presented with someone in need.  We had to make some game time decisions as to whether “the show must go on” or whether we would incorporate and receive what God brought our way.  It was a poignant and powerful time with Gilbert, and I am incredibly proud of the way you responded, in word and in deed.  Your understanding of the situation and your willingness to generously seize the opportunity to be His hands sets the tone for the year ahead, where TD will be more generous, liberal, and joyful with our time, talent, and treasure than we’ve ever been in any year of TD’s history.  And I have a suspicion that we just may be more blessed than ever, as well, in the ways that count.  Great job, TD!  I am proud of you! – Arthur

9/16 – Offerings 5 – “SEE”

We look forward to SEEing you all tonight as we begin to SEE and experience Him perhaps in new and refreshing ways, as well as to encourage those who will be making their Offerings to the Lord.!

(Cherry on the Pipa during Offerings 4)

9/24 (Sat.) – ReThink Student Apologetics Conference

This is always a great time of learning, sharpening, and challenge in order to engage our communities with the credibility of the incredible gospel of Jesus Christ!

RSVP by this Sunday to receive your Total Devotion discount (!!!), where you will only pay $20 for the conference (everyone else is paying $45)!