TD Fri. – A Chance to Help Change a Young Girl’s Life

Hey TD!

Well, we’re down to the final month of the year. Can you believe it? This Friday at TD we’ll be sharing about how you at TD can play a real part in changing a young girl’s life. I hope you’re up for it.

We’ll also be working on our Romans 12 memorization, as well as discussing it, AND we will have our TD Pre-Party at 7:15 p.m.!

In the meanwhile, please be working on memorizing Romans 12, up to where we should be, below. It is a great passage to have sown in your mind and soul:

1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

      3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

      9Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

      14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

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Serve Our Society (SOS) Saturday!

You cannot lead well if no one wants to follow you … and no one wants to follow selfish people …

Hey TD!

Will you begin to take the steps towards learning how to become the future leaders our church and our society desperately need?

It begins by intentionally loving God and loving others, especially the “least of these.”

This Saturday, we have SOS Saturday and you will have a chance to begin taking those steps.

Care Center

Meet in front of the Hsiehs’ home at 9:30 a.m. You will return at noon.

Hillsides Children’s Services

Meet at the Hsiehs’ home at 12:30 p.m. We will return by 2:45 p.m.

Let’s get going, TD!

8 Worst Body Language Mistakes/Tips For Non-Verbal Communication Skills

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Hey TD!

Both the guys and the girls groups had tremendous times at T&T Night.  Not only did we discuss issues, but we began learning little nuances that go a long way towards not only fulfilling the bottom-line big-picture practical duties of becoming future men and women of God, but also the manner in which we learn to fulfill those roles.

At church, often times, we focus on what to say to people; we don’t spend enough time on how we say it … including our body language. While we want to make sure we don’t use learned external mannerisms as ways to portray ourselves or to manipulate how people think of us, we don’t want to go to the other extreme and not pay any attention to what our mannerisms may communicate to others.

When I saw this list from learnex, I immediately knew this would be useful for us at TD, as many of us can be … hmmm, let’s be honest … underwhelming … in the vibe we give and the impression we leave. Some of it may indeed be that we really don’t care much about the vibe we give people. For those of you who fall into that category, that needs to change. However, for others, it’s not that you don’t care; rather, it’s that you don’t know what needs to be adjusted or how to do it.

So, for the sake of continuing conversation with those around you – both outside and inside the church – check out these body language mistakes and see where you could improve (I’ve edited, added to, and adjusted some parts for conciseness and clarity):

Eye contact

The first one is avoiding eye contact.  When you are not looking into the person’s eye, it shows that you’re either nervous or not confident about yourself … and you’re being a little disrespectful. So you definitely don’t want to show these emotions. You’re probably just nervous, but making eye contact is extremely important.

Slouching

When you slouch in front of people while talking with them, it shows you’re not confident, have poor self-esteem, and don’t have the energy for them. It conveys that you’re bored talking with them.

Hand-shake

Make sure that you give a firm but warm handshake to the people that you meet because it’s a sign of  … of confidence and engagement. When you give a poor or weak handshake, it shows that you are least interested in shaking hands or dealing with that person. A very aggressive, very firm handshake is also not acceptable.

Arms folded

Folded arms can possibly show that you’re nervous, not confident, or uninterested. If you lean back with your arms folded, it could give off the impression that you are skeptical or wanting to keep your distance.

Frowning & Scowling

Frowning and scowling while conversing with someone may give the vibe that you have already jumped to a conclusion and made a negative judgment before knowing the context and considering all the facts. This could make someone more reticent to share openly and freely.

Invading Privacy & Space

There are people who love to invade others’ space. For example, you’re at your workplace and your co-worker comes in and just sticks around you way too much and you don’t want that. You want him or her to maintain distance. There are people who treat your possessions or your space as if it’s their own. They may be crossing personal boundaries. It’s important to maintain your boundaries when you are talking to a person or hanging around them. You want to maintain the appropriate space and distance commensurate with your relationship – not too close and not too far.

Fidgeting

Fidgeting with an item in your hand, with your hair, or constantly moving are signs of nervousness and being uncomfortable in the conversation, which can lead the one you’re speaking with to become uncomfortable conversing with you as well.

Glancing at the clock/checking your phone

Glancing at the clock or checking your phone during a conversation gives the impression that you can’t wait for this conversation to be over or that the person you’re speaking with isn’t very important to you. You may have legitimate reasons to look at your watch or the clock, or you to check your phone – maybe you have another appointment afterwards and you don’t want to be late, or you are expecting an important text; just make sure you communicate that with the person you’re with, so you don’t leave them wondering and feeling unimportant.


1 Cor. 10:31 implores us, “Whether then you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” This includes working on glorifying God in the way that you converse with others; loving others enough to work on communicating with them considerately and with care. It’s something for all of us to consider, including me. Let’s keep working on it! – Arthur

T&T Night on Friday! Info here

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Hey TD!

This Friday is T&T Night! For those of you who don’t know, T&T Night is the night where all the gals and all the guys meet together in our own gender groups to discuss and work through issues and topics relevant and pertaining to our genders.

THIS WOULD BE A GOOD NIGHT TO INVITE A FRIEND (perhaps an FFT friend), so they can interact with us and get to know us. They’ll also be able to see what a Christian approach to various issues looks and sounds like. Hopefully, they’ll be able to see that looking through God-centered biblical lenses is not only quite reasonable, but quite profitable as well. Obviously, the same goes for you TD’ers.

Info:

Girls – meet at 6 p.m. at church

Guys (potluck) – meet at 6:30 p.m. at Arthur’s home for Tri-Tip and more. Bring a main dish or a side dish.

Please RSVP with your small group leaders!

Food For Thought ’18 Photo Album, Message, and Offer

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Hey TD!

Click the link below to see the first FFT ’18 photo album!

Food For Thought ’18 Photo Album

Click on the right to listen to Daniel’s message: “Identified – FFT ’18” – Daniel (mp3 message)

As we’ve shared in TD, we want to follow-up on FFT and continue to help you reach your friends with the love and security of Christ. Just let one of your leaders know and we’ll get behind you and help you continue in conversations that count with your friends, maybe over boba and popcorn chicken? 🙂 (our treat!) You get your friends together and we’ll be there!

 

TD Fri. – TD Pre-Party @7:15, Msg. & SG Discussion

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Hey TD!

We have a fun and full TD in store for us this Friday, starting with the TD Pre-Party @ 7:15 p.m. We’ll also have time in our small groups, as well as a short message on “Blessing Those Who Persecute You” from Rom. 12:14, as we continue our series, “Renew: Transforming Our Life in Christ”.

Please work on trying to have Romans 12:1-14 memorized by this Friday:

1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

      3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

      9Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

      14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

Let’s finish the year strong, TD!

TD Fri. – “Food For Thought ’18” is Over – Now What?

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Hey TD!

Last Saturday night, high schoolers came to Food For Thought ’18 from all over the SGV to have a great time over great food and to engage in great open, honest, and safe dialogue that was spurred on by a great talk given by Daniel. Conversations were vibrant and alive as people stayed well past the designated finish time to continue discussing things of significance. But now what do we do, now that FFT is over?

Listen to FFT ’18 message here: “Identified – FFT ’18” – Daniel (mp3 message)

This Friday night at TD, we’ll learn how to continue the conversations meaningfully and respectfully, yet effectively in His Name.  We’ll work on next steps to take to not only continue the conversations with your friends, but to do so in a way that leaves everyone feeling refreshed and challenged at the same time.

See you Friday!