No TD, SPCH Tmrw, RC Update

Hey TD,

1. Just a reminder that TD is not meeting tonight!

2.  TD is meeting at my home at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, 4/25, for our monthly ministry to the South Pasadena Convalescent Home.

3.  Here’s an update about RC’s condition:

Update (4/23/15)

Good news: Dr. Sproul is home from the hospital. As many of you know, he suffered a stroke, which required an extended hospital stay. We give thanks to God that there has been no paralysis and he remains his same jovial self. But there are some remaining effects of the stroke that affect his speech and strength. Further, he’s been diagnosed with a diabetic condition that will be addressed through diet and regular medical attention. He is fatigued and in coming days will be concentrating on regaining his strength as well as his speech therapy. Again, Dr. Sproul expresses his thanks for all of the prayers that have been lifted up on his behalf to our merciful, sovereign, and faithful heavenly Father.

Thank you, Lord!

Did you watch “The Lightlings” video on the last post?  Insightful, wasn’t it?

Bearing Light with you,

Arthur

Please Pray for RC

Hello TD’ers,

I would like to ask you to pray for our friend and teacher, RC Sproul, who is in the hospital after suffering a mild stroke this past weekend.  Here’s what was shared on the Ligonier Ministries web site:

“Last Saturday, Dr. Sproul checked himself into the hospital. The doctors suspect he had a mild stroke. He remains in the hospital for further testing and observation. The Sproul family requests your prayers.

Update (4/21/15)

Thank you for your continued prayers for Dr. Sproul. The doctors did confirm a stroke occurred but we are thankful to God that there is no paralysis. In fact, he is very alert, feeling well, and resting comfortably. And the hospital staff is enjoying his sense of humor.

Update (4/22/15)

After consulting with the neurosurgeon yesterday evening, Dr. Sproul decided to undergo a short procedure this morning to attempt to clear the partial arterial blockage in his brain. He is receiving expert care from the hospital staff. Your continued prayers to God on his behalf are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

After further consult with the doctors, Dr. Sproul preferred to pursue a non-invasive path that would stabilize his newly diagnosed diabetic condition. The risk/reward ratio for the surgical procedure was not acceptable. He is resting but did express his gratitude for all who are praying for wisdom and healing.”

 Watch “The Lightlings” in Tribute to RC

In the meanwhile, here’s a great insightful children’s story narrated by RC that he wrote called, “The Lightlings”. In The Lightlings, RC weaves an allegorical tale that captures the essence of the biblical story of redemption in a manner that will fascinate and delight children. A race of tiny beings known as lightlings are a picture of humanity as they pass through all the stages of the biblical drama – creation, fall, and redemption. In the end, children will understand why some people fear light more than darkness, but why they need never fear darkness again.

Enjoy and live in the Light! – Arthur

How Do You Handle Shame?

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Hey TD!

With most of you growing up in Chinese (or Asian) households within Chinese communities, most of you are well aware of the “shame based culture” that exists that is not able to deal well with shame.  We deny our shame, hide it, run from it, acknowledge it; but rarely do we actually deal with it … honestly … before God and man.  Unfortunately, shame isn’t often handled much better within the Chinese church.  Even though we are Christian, there is a LOT of our culture that often has to be sifted through first.  I think many of you know what I mean.

Sandra and I have been having meaningful, thought provoking discussions this week about shame, prompted by beginning to read the April, 2015 edition of Tabletalk magazine, the theme of which is, “Shame.”

I believe you all received a copy of this April edition when RC Sproul, Jr. and Chris Larson came to speak to us.  If you didn’t get one, make sure to let me know and I’ll give you a free copy at TD.

I would HIGHLY encourage you all to begin reading through the articles and working them out in your own souls, discussing them with trusted friends and counselors.  If you do, I believe you can begin to turn the tide on unhealthy views and uses of shame, allow God to walk you though it, and begin a new healthy direction in your future, and possibly your future family’s.   – Arthur

TD This Friday – “Forgiveness and the Justice of God” and “300 Word Worldview Write-Up”

Hey TD,

1.  This Friday will mark Francis’ speaking debut as we continue in our year-long theme of “Christ for Real.”  The message is entitled, “Forgiveness and the Justice of God” and will explore the surprisingly often misunderstood and often difficult-to-really-understand issue of real forgiveness from a righteous God.

2.  We will also meet in our small groups to work through your 300 word write-up assignment that is due this Friday!  As a reminder, this is the follow-up assignment to your interviews with your friends.  You are to write up your worldview around the four basic questions of life that you asked your friends to answer … in 300 words or less.  It will be a valuable exercise for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask you small group leaders!  See you Friday!

Passion Week Podcasts: Easter Sunday Finale

Well, today marks our final Passion Week podcast.  It’s the one Daniel saved for the culmination of this series.  It’s a life-altering piece of teaching that should leave you in a good and healthy place.

It would be appropriate this Easter Sunday to surrender your soul, your life, your ALL to the Lord in heart-rending surrender, obedience, and worship.

What a great day to begin a new pattern and direction for the rest of your life.  Perhaps you can take protracted times of Bible study, prayer, singing, learning, podcast listening :), and serving Him.  Whatever it takes to get your soul set on Him, do it … and enjoy! – Arthur

(link for those who can’t listen directly on the blog)

“The Cross: An Excruciating Glory” link

Passion Week Podcasts: Day 4

Hey TD!

I hope you’ve had a reflective and poignant Good Friday.

Today’s podcast is personal as I share some of my testimony of how I came to Christ … through the love of my late father.  It’s the love of a father that we will focus on today, specifically, the love the Heavenly Father has for His Son.  Today’s teaching may shock you a bit, but the truth of it needs to be heard and known, for it puts everyone in their rightful place.

As usual, after listening, I encourage you to spend time in heartfelt prayer to the Lord, surrendering your life to the One who surrendered His Son for you. – Arthur

(here’s the link for those who can’t listen directly on the blog)

The Cross: A Father’s Love link