TD Sat. – Come to SOS SUPER Saturday!

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Hey TD!

We will not only have SOS Saturday this weekend, but we’re having an SOS SUPER Saturday!  What’s a SUPER Saturday?  It’s a double-header, two opportunities to keep cultivating the all-important Downward component of our Christian lives!

Care Center Ministry – 10 a.m. – noon.  Meet at my home at 9:30 a.m.

Come minister to the elderly at the So. Pasadena Care Center.  They are gaining lots of momentum ever since they got re-certified and converted back to making the elderly their primary focus of care.  TD has been ministering here since 1989.  Our last two visits were very special.

These are folks who have been largely forgotten and who need to be valued and reminded that they are still loved by God and still have much worth.

“You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:32

Orphanage Ministry – 1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Meet at my home at 12:30 p.m.

On the other spectrum are children who also have no one to really call their own.  They don’t have parents!  What would you do if you grew up without parents?

These are darling kids who face a very uncertain future and need to know they are valued.  God has a heart for them, part of which they can experience by being with us.

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27

 

True Downward service is so crucial and essential to a true Christian life, so please take advantage of the opportunities to fulfill His calling for us through our SOS Saturdays.
Let your small group leaders know if you can make either ministry or both this Saturday! – Arthur

 

 

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How Are You at Keeping Confidences?

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Hey TD,
As we continue to work out our faith during the summer, here is a convicting and challenging reminder by the legendary Chuck Swindoll about an essential part of Christian maturity. There are lots of Christians who are expert in giving a good “Christian” show to people and to the public, but are loose on the inside in matters of personal honesty and integrity; and yet this is exactly where the Lord’s pulse is with respect to evaluating how we’re really doing (on the inside, where no one else but God is watching).
There are lots of apropos applications and self-confrontations for us to make after reading this – and probably with other people – but let’s start with ourselves and work it, ok? – Arthur
Keeping Confidences

“3 Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips. 4 Don’t let me drift toward evil or take part in acts of wickedness. Don’t let me share in the delicacies of those who do wrong.” Psalm 141:3-4

Can you keep a secret?

Can you? Be honest, now. When privileged information passes through one of the gates of your senses, does it remain within the walls of your mind? Or is it only a matter of time before a leak occurs? When the grapevine requests your attention from time to time, do you refuse to help it climb higher, or do you encourage its rapid growth, fertilizing it by your wagging, unguarded tongue? When someone says, “Now this is confidential,” do you respect their trust or ignore it . . . either instantly or ultimately?

The longer I live, the more I realize the scarcity of people who can be fully trusted with confidential information. The longer I live, the more I value those rare souls who fall into that category! As a matter of fact, if I were asked to list the essential characteristics that should be found in any member of a church staff or officer on a church board . . . the ability to maintain confidences would rank very near the top. No leader deserves the respect of the people if he or she cannot restrain information that is shared in private.

Our minds might be compared to a cemetery, filled with graves that refuse to be opened. The information, no matter how juicy or dry, must rest in peace in its coffin, sealed in silence beneath the epitaph “Shared in confidence—Kept in confidence.”

You and I wouldn’t give a plugged nickel for a doctor who ran off at the mouth. The same applies to a minister or an attorney or a counselor or a judge or a teacher or a secretary . . . or a close, trusted friend for that matter. No business ever grows and remains strong unless those in leadership are people of confidence. No school maintains public respect without an administration and faculty committed to the mutual guarding of one another’s worlds. When leaks occur, it is often a sign of character weakness, and action is usually taken to discover the person who has allowed his or her mental coffin to be exhumed and examined.

Information is powerful. The person who receives it and dispenses it bit by bit often does it so that others might be impressed because he or she is “in the know.” Few things are more satisfying to the old ego than having others stare wide-eyed, drop open the jaw, and say, “My, I didn’t know that!” or “Why, that’s hard to believe!” or “How in the world did you find that out?”

Solomon writes strong and wise words concerning this subject in Proverbs. Listen to his counsel:

Wise men store up knowledge,
But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand. (10:14)

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
But he who restrains his lips is wise. (10:19)

He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets,
But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter. (11:13)

The one who guards his mouth preserves his life;
The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. (13:3)

He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets,
Therefore do not associate with a gossip. (20:19)

Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot
Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.

Like a city that is broken into and without walls
Is a man who has no control over his spirit. (25:28)

From now on, let’s establish four practical ground rules:

  1. Whatever you’re told in confidence, do not repeat.
  2. Whenever you’re tempted to talk, do not yield.
  3. Whenever you’re discussing people, do not gossip.
  4. However you’re prone to disagree, do not slander.

Honestly now, can you keep a secret? Prove it.

What you’re told in confidence, don’t repeat. When discussing people, don’t gossip.

— Charles R. Swindoll

Excerpt taken from Come Before Winter and Share My Hope, copyright © 1985, 1988, 1994 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission. For additional information and resources visit us at www.insight.org.

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TD – Help Bring Supplies for Orphans This Friday

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Hey TD!

Your help is needed to bring supplies for the orphaned children in China that our team will be meeting up with next week during their trip with Bring Me Hope.  They are running low on supplies.  If you can help pick up a few of these items and bring them to TD THIS Friday (or on Sunday), that would be much appreciated.

Though you aren’t going on the trip to serve, you can still serve the Lord and these kids by contributing and sending these items with our team.

Please give your items to Megan, Calvin, Josh Chang, Elissa, or Melody Tang.  The others have already left and will meet them there next week.

– Swim diapers (especially larger sizes!)
– Lice shampoo
– Pool toys
– Pipe cleaners
– Rubber bands
– Craft sticks
– Big beads
– Brown paper bags
– Hot glue sticks
– Colorful plastic straws

 

Thanks for your help!

 

TD Fri./Sat. – TD Missions Sharing and TD Tennis Tourney!

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Hey TD!

We’ve got a great weekend of TD faith and fun coming up!

ON FRIDAY, we’ll be hearing from some of TD’s summer short-term missionaries to Arizona and Taiwan, as well as the ones that will be leaving next week to serve the orphaned in China!

ON SATURDAY EVENING, we will see the return of the TD Tennis Tournament!  We’ve had 5 tournaments in the past, but none since 2010.  Well, it’s back!

Check the video above for a fun 10 anniversary look at the 2007 TD Tennis Tournament!  You’ll see some TD alum that you now see serving at church in various capacities, including Pastor Garrett, Lynette (organist), Jon Ma (worship coordinator), Hubert (IFG leader), Jon “Duh” Lee (worship leader and admin), Tammy (YAF leader), amongst others (including Sandra, a 2x girls winner)!

Check out 2008 TD Tennis Tournament photos, with Robert, Kathy, Pastor Garrett, Sandra, Daniel, Randall, Nathaniel, Peggy, Angela, et al, all back in the day! Hit the drop down menu and click on the 2008 – Tennis Tournament.

You don’t have to be good at tennis to play, but you do need to RSVP to be included!  We will have playing opportunities for players of all levels!

We’ll meet at the Hsiehs’ home at 5:45 p.m. (eat dinner first) and get picked up at around 9:30 p.m.  RSVP with your small group leader  TODAY!

See you this weekend!

TD Fri. – Summer Theme – “The Books We Love”

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Hey TD!

Hope you’re staying cool and growing your “game” this summer.  TD will meet on Friday and will continue to chillax  and enjoy together while learning more about God and each other through the first session of our new summer series, “The Books We Love.”

It will be an exciting opportunity to not only gain exposure to books that have been influential to TD leaders and TD’ers alike, but to learn more about members of our TD family!

See you at TD!

One of the Best Messages I’ve Heard This Year! – “The Fact and the Fool’s Gold”

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Hey TD!

It was great to see a lot of you at the TD Banquet! Amidst many highlights, one that really stands out was the incredible message Daniel gave.  Have you ever watched a movie and wished it wasn’t going to end?  That’s how I feel every so often when I listen to Ravi Zacharias, RC Sproul, or Francis Chan, or someone similar.  That’s how I felt when Daniel was speaking – I was learning so much and my faith was so challenged that I didn’t want it to end.  It was gold.  It was also humbling, as I said to myself, “Wow, that was better than any message I ever preached.”

So, I commend this rich and challenging message for the working out of your salvation this summer. If we can all wrestle with it and prayerfully resolve to make appropriate adjustments in our lives, we’ll all be the better for it –

“The Fact and the Fool’s Gold” (mp3) – Daniel Hsieh

God bless you, TD! We’ll see you on Friday! – Arthur

TD Fri. – Block(heads) Party at the Hsiehs’!

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Hey TD!

To kick off the summer, we’re going to have some summer fun at my home – hanging out, playing games, eating snow cream from Blockheads Shavery, drinking unique drinks, celebrating God, and more.  You can even hang out in our new “man cave,” Daniel’s new favorite place at our home!

You can come over at 7 p.m. and get picked up at around 10 p.m.  Let your small group leaders know if you can make it!

See you Friday! – Arthur