I hate Ty Gibson

by Roger Hernandez
 
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Actually I used to. Not hate, hate. Just no interest in…

You are probably wondering why that is. Is it because his good looks? His sharp wit or his inspirational quotes on twitter? Why do you hate Ty Gibson? Aren’t you like a pastor or something?

Let me share a story. Several years ago I met Ty Gibson for the first time. All I knew about him is what other people said about him.
 
*He leads an “independent ministry”. (that was used pejoratively)
*He does not support the work.
*We have some concerns about him.
 
Then we had a meal together. We sat around a table and started a conversation. That day I also met the Rosario brothers who were involved with GYC en Espanol. I knew no one in those circles either. Hispanic churches (as many ethnic churches) are usually on their own vibe without much interaction with the wider Adventist body.
 
A strange thing happened. The longer the conversation went on I found myself saying: “these guys are not crazy at all. In fact they are normal people!”
 
Fast forward several years. Ty has become a good friend. I have grown from suspicion to tolerance to acceptance to connection. How does that happen? Here are some lessons learned:
 
1. Let’s not pretend.
We are a fragmented body. There are websites and battle lines drawn. There are allegiances and dismissive comments. Attacks and dismissal of the “other”. The first step is not to play nice but to be loving. That includes realizing that you are not the sole possessor of ultimate truth in every single item. What we have now is the belief that being together is the same as unity. I made a decision to get to know Ty. Warning: it usually gets worst before it gets better, but it’s worth it.
 
2. Let’s get to know people, not caricatures of people.
Are you GYC or the TOP? For or against WO? Drums or organ? Vegan or super vegan? The list is interminable. For example here is a comment of a pastor I know. “Only in the crazy, wonderfully wacky world of Adventism can a Pro-life, 2nd amendment supporter republican be called a liberal because he preaches from the NIV.” So true. I am so happy to be friends with people who are not like me. That has given me a deeper perspective on life. If I have a God that always agrees with my positions what I really have is a God made in my image. That’s called idolatry.
 
3. You can have your preferences, but love trumps all.
I have a family member who loves Trump. In his mind Trump has brought prayer and God back to the White House and America. The best president ever! I’m not a big fan. One thing I noticed. I have my political preferences but I love my family member more than I do the donkey or the elephant. Someone said that when you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Instead of living my life constantly trying to convince people how dumb they are and hammering every position into people I want to seek a relationship. A deep relationship can change a heart with greater effectiveness.

I was just thinking the other day. What a great friendship I would have missed out on if I had never taken the time to get to know someone!

I love Ty.
 


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will begin a new sermons series called Fit For Life.  This week’s sermon is entitled Spiritually Fit.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having spaghetti.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  Last month, we provided 1057 meals to the hungry in our community through this partnership.  
 
A Women’s Bible study will begin this coming Monday (January 8).  They will be meeting at Mary Wilcox’s house (5949 Stigall Road, Kernersville, NC) from 7:30 to 9:00pm each Monday night.  They will be using the book She’s Still There (by Chrystal Evans Hurst).  You can purchase the book at Amazon.com.  If you have any questions, please contact Jill Shaw (jsvshaw@gmail.com), Autumn Davis (abd11876@yahoo.com) or Wendy Eglinger (wendyeglinger@hotmail.com).  Come out for fellowship, prayer, scripture, social support and self-reflection.  
 
A GriefShare group will be starting at the TAF Outreach Center on January 13 from 2:30 to 4:00pm.  This 13 week course will help you cope with any loss in your life.  It is free of charge and you can register at www.griefshare.org/groups/90571.  It is open to the public so feel free to invite anyone who is grieving.  
 
Men’s Ministry is starting soon at TAF.  To kick it off, a group will be attending the Triad Men’s Summit featuring Dr. Tony Evans at First Christian Church in Kernersville on January 20 from 9:15am to 2:30pm.  This event does cost $20 and lunch will be provided.  You can still participate in our Men’s Ministry program even if you can’t attend this event.  If you have any questions about this event or TAF Men’s Ministry, please contact Bill Shaw at 336-613-2015 or billshaw10@gmail.com
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


Learning to Give Deliberately

December 31, 2017                  |                       Kaleb Eisele
 
 

Even long before Jesus began his ministry on Earth, God’s people struggled to share their blessings with each other. It was one reason why God instituted societal structures like the Year of Jubilee, a widespread reset of land ownership, wealth, and social status. In Leviticus 25:35 God says, “If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. Do not take interest or any profit from them, but fear your God, so that they may continue to live among you. You must not lend them money at interest or sell them food at a profit.”

 

Living near Charleston, South Carolina, I have the opportunity to regularly run into people asking for money. Growing up in church, these situations were talked about fairly regularly. What do we do when we see someone with a cardboard sign at the intersection, or when we’re approached for money at the gas station? The easiest thing at this point is just to keep your window up. Tell them you don’t carry cash. That’s what I saw modeled by many adults around me as I was growing up and, sadly, what I’ve done myself many times. I’ve ignored the less fortunate. I’ve rationalized my own selfishness by thinking “they probably don’t really need this” or “they’re probably just going to buy alcohol.” But here’s a serious question: were poor people in Jesus’ time different than they are today? I doubt it. If that’s the case, how do we take Jesus’ words in Luke 6:30? He says, “Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.” No qualifiers. Not “give to everyone without a drinking problem” or “give to those who have a job.” 

 

I think there’s more to this than just sharing our money, though. We are called to help people financially when they ask, that’s hard to get away from biblically even if we try. It’s God’s money, anyway, right? But beyond that we’re called to interact with people like Jesus would. Jesus didn’t just tolerate the poor, he loved them. He listened to their stories and provided for their specific needs. So what if we really don’t have any cash on us? Is there anything else we can do? Usually there is. Even something as simple as stopping to talk with someone for a while about there life can make a big difference. I’ve learned all kinds of things about people this way, and the stories of how people found themselves asking for help are pretty incredible. If you’re on your way to lunch, planning to pay with your credit card, why not invite them to eat with you? Better yet, plan ahead. Hide a $20 in that back pocket of your wallet, pray over it, and ask for God to send you someone who needs it. What are we so afraid of, anyway? The Christian way isn’t always easy. In fact, we know from history that it can be downright dangerous. But if we aren’t willing to follow Jesus’ example, what do our beliefs matter anyway?

 



This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will continue his Christmas sermon series.  This week’s sermon is entitled What Gifts Did The Magi Give?  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having curry.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  
 
It’s time to deliver your second food box to “your” family.  We will provide a turkey for you tomorrow to add to your box.  If you didn’t get a box, we still have boxes at the church.  
 
Even though our 40 day Season of Service has ended, keep looking for ways to serve others and to establish relationships with people.  
 
Please bring individually packaged toiletry items for those in need and if you have a gently used winter coat that you are not using, consider donating it to TAF and we will distribute them to those in need.  
 
Many of you may remember Esther Conze from the Kernersville SDA Church.  She passed away this week.  Her memorial service will be December 27 at 1:00pm at the East Market Street SDA Church (1804 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401).  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Consider making a special year-end donation to the church budget to help us fulfill our mission.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


Moving past your “Almost”

Our lives can be full of “almost.” Sometimes we almost share Jesus with someone. We almost reach out to someone, who is hurting. We almost pray for someone. We almost care for someone in need. We almost tell someone that we love them.

Consider this: What if this week you trusted Jesus with your “almost?”

Imagine what great things we could accomplish if we turned on the heat adding one more degree to push past our “almost.”

 
Time to leave “almost” behind.  
 
#TAF4ALL 


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Our guest speaker will be Javier Diaz.  Javier is a member of the Ministerial Department of the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  He will be speaking for our main service and then will have a workshop after lunch on reaching the next generation through healthy churches.  Please stay for the workshop as we continue to prepare for Roger Hernandez’s series in March 2018.  Join us for lunch as we are having baked potatoes and chili.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  
 
What have you done during our 40 day Season of Service?  If you can’t answer that question, it’s not too late.  Get busy!
 
Please bring individually packaged toiletry items that we can give to the homeless and needy in our community.  If you have any gently used winter coats that you are not using, consider donating them to TAF and we will distribute them this winter.  
 
If you shop online and want to support TCA at the same time, go to schoolstore.com and select Tri-City Christian Academy.  A percentage of your purchases will go to help TCA.
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Consider making a special year-end donation to the church budget to help us fulfill our mission.  Together we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.
  Matt Stockdale will begin a Christmas sermon series tomorrow.  This week’s sermon is entitled The Sign of the Season.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having lasagna.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  Last month we were able to provide 868 meals to the hungry in our community through our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank.  Every check-in this month will again support Second Harvest Food Bank.
 
Irene Tise (a long time member of the Kernersville SDA Church) passed away this past week.  The viewing will be held 
Sunday, December 3 at 1:00pm at the Kernersville SDA Church.  The service will follow immediately at 2:00pm
 which will then be followed by the internment.  A time to visit with her family and friends will follow the internment.  Let’s keep her family in our thoughts and prayers.  
 
We hope you’ve been intentional in building relationships and helping others during our 40 day Season of Service.  
 
The annual Christmas program at TCA will be tomorrow at 3:30pm.  Come out and support our students at TCA.  
 
If you shop online and want to support TCA at the same time, go to schoolstore.com and select Tri-City Christian Academy.  A percentage of your purchases will go to help TCA.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.
 
Our breakfast, Sabbath Schools and fellowship will begin at 10:15am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will continue his sermon series — Naming Your Life.  This week’s sermon is entitled Your Name and Your Calling.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having lasagna.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF donates money for each check-in to worthwhile community service projects.
 
The end of summer is quickly approaching.  That means the beginning of a new school year is right around the corner.  We are collecting school supplies and backpacks this August for needy children in our community.  Please buy a new backpack and fill it with school supplies (see attached document for suggestions) and bring it to church during the month of August.  Consider filling one for both a boy and a girl (or as many as you want).  We will make sure they are delivered to needy children in our community.  Wendy Eglinger told me this morning that Aldi has backpacks for only $6.99.  She bought 20 of them and will bring them to church tomorrow to distribute to save you a step.  Thanks Wendy!!  
 
TAF will be starting an Adventurer Club this fall.  Registration will be held August 29 from 6:30pm to 7:45pm at the Outreach Center.  Please see Russell or Olivia Worthen if you have any questions.  
 
Make sure you visit our website to stay up to date on what is happening at TAF.  You can also download our mobile app for additional information.  
 
Please continue to support TAF financially and prayerfully consider increasing your support as we move forward and expand our mission — to present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  You can now make donations through both our website and our mobile app.  You can choose to use the AdventistGiving platform (which requires registration) or a new, easier to use platform (which does not require registration).  You can also financially benefit TAF by using AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) and designating TAF as your preferred charity.  The TAF Outreach Center is going to provide many opportunities to reach the community.  Please consider making a special donation to help defray the renovation costs.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!
 


This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Sabbath Schools and fellowship will begin at 10:15am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Our praise team will be taking over our service this weekend — you won’t want to miss this!  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having lasagna.  
 
Each Facebook check-in this month will provide 14 meals for needy school-aged children this summer through Second Harvest Food Bank.  We provided 1652 meals last month!!  Let’s try and top that this month.  
 
We are now in possession of the TAF Outreach Center (500 Americhase Drive, Suites L and M).  We solicit your suggestions in how we can use this facility to further our mission and outreach in the community.  Your help (physical and financial) will be needed as we transform a blank canvas into the TAF Outreach Center.  A lot of hard work, but very exciting times are ahead!!
 
TAF will have an Adventurer Club (for ages 4 to 11) starting this fall.  If you are interested in your children being involved or if you are interested in helping with the Club, please see Russell or Olivia Worthen.  
 
Join one of our small group Bible studies.  Times and locations are listed on our church calendar        (www.triadadventistfellowship.org).  
 
Please continue to support TAF financially and prayerfully consider increasing your support as we move forward with our mission — To present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ. 
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


YOU Can Make a Difference as WE Make a Difference Together

American Christians have been conditioned by our cultural surroundings in many ways, and none is more prominent than our shift from communal thinking to individual thinking. We love inspirational and motivational content that revolves around memyself, and I. That’s why we sell so many books about how I can be successful, how can get rich, and how I can be a better master of my own universe.

The Bible, on the other hand, speaks far more of we than of I. Two thousand years ago, Jesus gathered some ordinary misfits into a little community called the church. He trained them as His disciples, died for their sins, rose again and breathed life into them by sending His Holy Spirit. He commissioned them to go forth into every nation and share the gospel.

We usually interpret that commission individualistically. That’s why we have so many books and courses on how I can witness and share my faith. We think of evangelism as an individual enterprise and the church as merely an afterthought.

I even see a bothersome trend in church planting that encourages planters to hold off on planting a church and just “plant the gospel” and hope a church forms. So planters, without the benefit of a gathering community called the church, are winging it individually and getting discouraged after a year of waiting for fruit.

Bad News For Lone Rangers

The fact is, while God indeed chooses, uses, and blesses people in the fruitful telling of the gospel of Jesus, He does so when those individuals are in healthy community. There is no place in the body of Christ for an unattached part, or in the family of God for an estranged sibling.

Are there exceptions? Only in that God gives some an apostolic, pioneering gift mix and sends them into the completely uncharted waters of the mission field, but historically these individuals have usually had a supportive church back home rooting and praying for them from a distance.

I think people want to hear about how significant their individual contributions to the world can be, but God calls us to carry out His assignments in groups, in communities called churches. In other words, YOU can make a difference in the world as WE make a difference in the world TOGETHER.

If you’re still waiting to become the rockstar at the top of your evangelical bubble, there are two things you need to know.

  1. You can’t do this by yourself.
  2. You shouldn’t do this for yourself.

It’s never been about you, or about me. It’s about Him using us together to reach as many of them as we can before He comes back.

Good News For Eager Believers

This isn’t so much a word of correction as it is a word of encouragement. Have you ever felt helpless as to what to do for a hurting friend? What to say to a lost soul? How to serve an unfortunate person you meet? Here’s a plan: bring them to the community!  The whole family can help!

We often miss out on the beauty of the church because we see the church as a place to show up, or an event to attend, or an institution that needs our allegiance and our money. But what if we really valued the church as a community of people on a mission together to tell the good news of the cross and resurrection of Christ to the rest of the world?

On a practical level, this sometimes means inviting someone to the weekend worship gathering to observe what your faith is all about. When they do come, they see a body of people, witnessing together to the truth about God in Christ.

It may mean involving them in a small group in a home or a coffee shop. And when that happens, you’ll be involving them in an extension of the life of the local body of believers to which you belong.

It could even mean asking them to serve, in the trenches, alongside you and your church as you serve the community. There is a kinship found when we meet the needs of others together, and people who don’t yet know Jesus need to see our love-in-action.

You don’t have to do this alone. And you shouldn’t try. The church, with all of its faults and imperfections, is God’s chosen institution for telling the redemptive story of Jesus and drawing people into life in His Kingdom. We get to do this together, and we’re always better together!

 
 by Brandon Cox