Is This the Best Ad You’ve Ever Seen?

Hey TD!

I saw this article from Focus on the Family a few weeks ago and then watched the ad. Indeed, it was a great ad. I encourage you to watch it and then do your part with your own grandparents, our seniors at church, and those at the Care Center.

Here’s the article from Jim Daly of Focus on the Family:

“Buzz surrounding television commercials is usually reserved for the Super Bowl, and for good reason. For last year’s big game, NBC commanded in excess of $5 million for a 30-second advertisement.

But I have to tell you, I saw a spot the other day from Gillette that put a lump in my throat and a smile on my face.

Yes, it’s an ad for a new razor, of which there are many, but it’s a lot more than a company simply hawking its wares. It features the story of a middle-aged man caring for his elderly father, who has suffered a debilitating stroke.

Here is the spot:

Isn’t that beautiful? Maybe it touched me so deeply because my own father died when I was 12, and I was never in a position to care for him in his time of need. It’s poignant and yet sometimes painful to watch roles reverse in a parent/child relationship. Many of my friends and colleagues have walked this road, and it’s not an easy one. In fact, I’m told that when you’re in the midst of it, the experience can be overwhelming. It’s only looking back that you can often see just how special and meaningful the journey has been.

When we talk about the sanctity of life and stress the fact that every person is precious in God’s eyes, we have people like Mr. Rex in mind. Aging can be both beautiful and cruel all at once. The stoic Epictetus once suggested that we’re “but a piece of crockery and a few quarts of blood.”

Of course we’re a lot more than that – but you get the point. Life is fragile.

Indeed, once strapping and vibrant people see their strength and mobility diminished, sometimes overnight.   According to the United States Census Bureau, there are nearly 50 million people in the United States today who are over the age of 65. That number is expected to double by 2060. How we treat our most vulnerable citizens says a lot about us both personally and as a nation.

I’m grateful for people like Kristian Rex. The world is a better place when we sacrifice our own comforts for the sake of others. And thank you, Gillette, for adding so much decency and heart to your promotion.

Are you caring for an elderly loved one? I salute you. Please share your situation below. Your story may encourage others to do likewise – or inspire others who are in the middle of a care-giving season to hang strong and keep going.”

– Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family

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Must Every Church Be Multi-Ethnic?

Hey TD!

Now that the new school year has begun, it’s a great time to think about our approach to the year ahead. Will you pretty much just keep plugging along as you did last year? Or is there a change in approach to life, to people, to church, to family, or to God that you’d like to see happen? If so, as I always say, success doesn’t happen by accident.

Or as Coach John Wooden used to say,

“If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Coach John Wooden

One area of my life that God has been working on over the years, and one where He has made a big impression on me this summer is the valuing, appreciating, and delighting in the differences and uniqueness of all types of people from all types of backgrounds, seeing the value behind nearly all stories and all experiences.  I have seen a fuller picture of God’s person and character in doing so, and have been pleasantly humbled in the process.

How is your perspective on those from other cultures and backgrounds? Are they “out there” in your eyes, or are they part of … you … and your family? Are they “out there” to be ministered to … or do we see them as one of us? Are we better staying within our own Chinese-American cloisters … or is our calling to not only mingle with, but do life with the brethren of all backgrounds?

The question has often been raised about whether our church is being biblical in being a Chinese church. It’s a legitimate question. Many from our church have not felt comfortable bringing non-Chinese friends to our church for obvious reasons. So how should we think about our church being mono-ethnic? Should changes be made? Or do are we doing fine the way we are, ministering to a specific demographic?

I found the above video from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to be fair, biblical, and desirous of God’s heart.  Watch it and let’s discuss this further amongst ourselves in the days to come. – Arthur

TD Fri. – “Out of This World”- final study on Rom. 12

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Hey TD,

I’m excited to wrap up both our TD summer and our journey through Romans 12 this Friday with a message on Romans 12:16-21! In our study of Romans 12, we’ve seen that Christians are transformed people who are also continually being transformed into the likeness of their Savior and Master, Jesus Christ.

In these last 6 verses of Romans 12, Paul tells us what a transformed life looks like when we interact with anyone in the world, no matter who they are. No one is excluded—not the lowly, not unbelievers, not even our enemies. The humility it takes to follow these commands is out of this world. It’s OK to gulp when you read these imperatives. Do you have what it takes to be a peacemaker? To seek peace and do good even with those who seek your harm? Most people would look at this passage and scoff: “Don’t be so naive, that’s just not the way the world works.”

But that’s exactly the point. What this world needs is otherworldly love and grace. Join us as we explore our calling to reflect the only One who has given exactly what the world needs.

– Robert

Romans 12:16

16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

You Can Be a Bring Me Hope Intern!

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Hey TD’ers!

Is God calling you to … grow deeper in faith? … do more for Him with your life? … equip yourself with more ministry skills? … If so, a one year internship with Bring Me Hope may be for you!

Last year, Angela, Sissi, Megan, Calvin, and Aileen spent a year interning with BMH. It was a year well-spent and much more productive than most internships.

Here’s what Angela and Calvin have to say:

“Heading into Senior year, I was wondering if my schedule would allow me to participate in this internship, as it takes commitment and dedication of time and energy. Yet looking back, I am very thankful I did so. It was an enriching experience that opened my eyes to the larger vision of orphan care as well as the practical aspect of nonprofit work. Being able to do hands-on work and take ownership of the ministry, become apart of the Bring Me Hope team, and further what God’s already doing is a priceless opportunity. One of my favorite parts was being assigned a specific child from camp (for me, a 10 yr old boy named Zander) and then learn how to go about advocating for him/her to be adopted.
This internship has given me the chance to step out of my comfort-zone for the benefit of another, and for that I am grateful. I pray you will be open to God’s leading, and will actively participate in this sacred work – caring for the the fatherless – in whatever capacity you can.”
-Angela
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“Being the only intern with a Y chromosome, I was afraid things would be super awkward for me. However, I was totally welcomed into the BMH family. I was super encouraged by the heart my sisters had for God and for orphans. This internship is a commitment, but so worthwhile! It gives you so much insight into a non-profit and grows your heart for the orphan crisis. Moreover, it gives you a way to help tangibly and empowers you not just now but for the future! This is stuff that you won’t learn in college or high school :). Don’t miss out on it! “
– Calvin

TD Fri. – Prayer and Praise Night!

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Hey TD!

Well, school is starting back up very soon for TD’ers – 😦 or 🙂 Regardless of whether you’re excited for the start of school or not, it’s coming! So, we’d like to get a start on the school year on the right foot … or should I say, knees; for prayer is the right way to start off any endeavor; as is gratitude and praise.

So, come to TD this Friday and spend some precious and needed and meaningful time in prayer and praise! It will be a glorious time to draw close to God’s heart and reconnect with His power and purpose; all in a setting of grateful jubilation and musical praise.

See you Friday!

TD Vlog/updates – Bringing Hope to the Orphaned in China

Thursday BMH Summer Camp update from Megan

Friday BMH Summer Camp update from TD’ers (missing Rebecca & Tammy)

Hey TD!

Some of our team from China have returned from serving the orphaned at Bring Me Hope’s Summer Camp at Zhengzhou, while some are still on their way. For Megan, Calvin, Sissi, and Elissa, it was their second straight year serving these precious children in our Father’s Name and love. It was Rebecca’s and Tammy’s (a TD alum) first year. Again, it was a life-impacting trip.

Here are a couple of updates:

“My heart breaks over these kids, seeing how trauma has affected the way they sleep, interact, and play. One kid won’t go anywhere without his water bottle. He would have a cow if his translator takes it away; and I wonder … is he like this because there was a time in his life he went without water for days …? One of my girls gets violent when she’s happy/excited … I spun her around and then she bit my ear!!!! I see potential of so much growth – if only they had families!” – Megan

“Having dealt with all types of behaviors and disabilities at work, I was not expecting anything too surprising for the first day. After lunch on the first day, one of my girls led us to the convenience store and started grabbing a snack and a drink, but we said she could not have them. She fell to the ground and had a tantrum. That was surprising to me. She also did not have verbal expression so she communicated by vocalizing and gesturing. With the language barrier, I had a harder time being firm with her. By the third day, all the volunteers were pretty exhausted and various difficulties have come up. However, that afternoon during break, I read Mark 4:35-41 which was the story of Jesus calming the storm. It reminded me that God is sovereign over all things, even nature, our hearts, and just everything happening at the camp. For these children as well, their lives may be a storm and there is so much uncertainties for their future. What will happen with them after the camp? Will they ever be adopted? Will they have a good family? Will they be ok in the future? Will they come to know God? Will they recognize His love for them? Yet I can hope in the fact that God is sovereign and compassionate over their lives. Being a little bit older, I tried to view things more as a parent. Usually, at work, I would want to have the kids do things as independent as they could – like dressing, putting away their dishes, picking up their trash, etc. But I thought about, what would a parent do? Maybe they would want them to be independent but maybe they also would show love by serving them by dressing, putting away their dishes, picking up their trash, etc. I am thankful that we got to spend the time in China for a week to “visit the orphans”. We may ask, what does God want us to do and what can we do? This camp was an active way of obeying what God wants. It is His grace to have commanded us to visit the orphans. He has not forgotten them.” – Tammy (TD alum)

 

“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

TD Fri. – MBCLA Missions Celebration!

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Hey TD!

This Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Main Campus Sanctuary, TD will join the rest of our church for a time of prayer, praise, and hearing sharing from most of our church’s short-term missions teams! It will be a time to celebrate God’s work and to hear God’s heart for reaching the world with the hope of salvation. See you there!