TD Fri. – “On Nakedness and Shame”


Hey TD!

What do you ENJOY more, being naked or clothed? Is your enjoyment, with or without clothes, situation specific? Does it have to do with culture, convention, or the company you are around? What do clothes reveal about us and what do they hide? What does it mean when the Scripture says that Adam and Eve were naked and felt no shame? What changed after the Fall?

Come out to TD this Friday to explore the sensitive yet significant aspects of human nakedness and need. Daniel will be leading our study and helping us to understand why a clear understanding of nakedness and clothing are part of the foundations of joy and enjoying Grace.

In Joy Podcast #2 – “Enjoying the Presence of God”

In Joy Podcast #2 – “Enjoying the Presence of God”

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In Joy Podcast #2 – “Enjoying the Presence of God” (Robert)

Hey TD!

God’s omnipresence means that He is present everywhere all the time.  That’s objective fact.  Some don’t realize it and live as if God not only isn’t present, but doesn’t even exist; others know He exists, but don’t believe He is personally present in human affairs; others know He is personally present and are terrified and anxious about it; and then there are those for whom God’s personal presence is there peace and hope.  How about you?

In today’s second In Joy podcast, Robert draws from his personal experiences with Kathy and Hannah to help point us to a more enjoyable (for both you and God) relationship with God.  Read Psalm 84 before or after listening to the podcast, and … enjoy!

Psalm 84

1How lovely is your dwelling place,

Lord Almighty!

2My soul yearns, even faints,

for the courts of the Lord;

my heart and my flesh cry out

for the living God.

3Even the sparrow has found a home,

and the swallow a nest for herself,

where she may have her young—

a place near your altar,

Lord Almighty, my King and my God.

4Blessed are those who dwell in your house;

they are ever praising you. c

5Blessed are those whose strength is in you,

whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.

6As they pass through the Valley of Baka,

they make it a place of springs;

the autumn rains also cover it with pools. d

7They go from strength to strength,

till each appears before God in Zion.

8Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty;

listen to me, God of Jacob.

9Look on our shield, e O God;

look with favor on your anointed one.

10Better is one day in your courts

than a thousand elsewhere;

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God

than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

11For the Lord God is a sun and shield;

the Lord bestows favor and honor;

no good thing does he withhold

from those whose walk is blameless.

12Lord Almighty,

blessed is the one who trusts in you.

TD Doubleheader This Weekend – Park on Fri./ SOS Sat.!

Hey TD!

We don’t have just one, but TWO great opportunities for you ENGAGE and ENJOY God and one another this weekend!

On Friday, we’ll be having a joint event at the park with BASIC, where you can visit with your old BASIC counselors, befriend the new kids there, and just have a fun time playing games and chillin’.

The event is from 7 – 9:30 p.m. at Almansor Park in Alhambra.  Get dropped off and picked up there.

On Saturday, we have SOS Saturday!  This is an opportunity for you to join in a monthly TD tradition that has been going on for 30 years, where we visit the So. Pasadena Care Center (formerly known as the So. Pas Convalescent Hospital).  Serving others is not only an essential aspect of TD’s life and ministry, it needs to be an essential aspect of yours; otherwise, you are not living your life the way God intends you to live it.

What you’ll find in serving and caring for others to the honor of God, with no strings attached, is a deep joy and satisfaction that God gives to those who obey Him and who take care of others, especially the weak and ignored.

Take advantage of this great opportunity!  Meet at the front of the Hsiehs’ at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.  You’ll return at around noon.

Social Media: Fight or Flee?

Vince Vitale: “Is Free Speech Dead?”

Hey TD!

A member of RZIM’s online community posted this recently, and I thought it was apropos for us to consider at TD.  My friend, Dr. Vince Vitale, does a great job in the video that sparked this member’s thoughts.  I hope it will do so for you as well.

Watch the 5-minute video, read her questions, and let us know what you think! – Arthur

Social media is a double-edged sword – we have so many opportunities to speak, but so few opportunities to be heard. I’m a millennial working in communications, and social media perplexes me as a Christian. It’s been on my mind lately, and Vince Vitale’s recent YouTube video got me awonderin’.

  1. What are social media examples you have seen of someone sacrificing themselves to show both love and truth online?
  2. WWJD[SM] – What would Jesus do … with social media? :slight_smile: Jesus is God’s Son, but He also chose to walk with us humans here on earth. What are practical ways you are are deliberate in being a member of social media communities while still shining His light?



“Who Do You Answer To?” (mp3) – Ruth Malhotra’s Testimony

Ruth at TD

Ruth Malhotra answering TD’ers’ questions

Hey TD!

Please listen to the following  inspiring mp3 before our first small group this Friday, as we’ll be using it as a launching pad for our small group discussions:

“Who Do You Answer To?” (mp3) – Ruth Malhotra’s Testimony

Last month, Ruth Malhotra (Director of Public Relations, RZIM) shared her amazing testimony with us.  It’s an incredible story of courage and conviction as she stood up to one of America’s major universities, filing a court case in support of the ability to live out one’s faith and hold conservative views.  The case was filed in “opposition to the school’s ironclad speech codes, which severely curtailed any student conversation, publications, events, or activities administrators arbitrarily deemed “intolerant.” The codes banned free exchange of ideas except in very limited areas of campus, denied student activity funds to clubs and organizations that engaged in ‘religious activities,’ and officials even instituted a program, “Safe Space,” designed to demonize anyone or any group that considered homosexual behavior immoral.” (courtesy Alliance Defending Freedom)

Not only are the details of the story pretty crazy, but the outcome was landmark for our nation.

We at TD are committed to do our part to help you TD’ers think through what you believe and don’t believe, help you to know what God wants you believe and not believe, and then help you to be able to live out what you do believe.

Ruth says she loves TD, and we feel the same; so much so that we’ve made her an honorary member of TD! 🙂


TD Going to “Is God Dead?” Debate feat. John Lennox/Dave Rubin – RSVP today!

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Hey TD!

This Friday, we will be heading down to Orange County to attend a live recorded broadcast of “The Big Conversation: Is God Dead?”, a conversation/debate on faith, culture, and the modern world.

The conversation/debate will be between the UK’s world renowned author, speaker, apologist, John Lennox, and popular American political commentator, Dave Rubin, host of The Rubin Report.

The cost is $15 to the public, but TD’ers get in FREE! You just need to RSVP with a TD leader by Wednesday!

Here’s some info on the debaters:

John Lennox

John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, is an internationally renowned speaker on the interface of science, philosophy and religion. He regularly teaches at many academic institutions, is Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum and has written a series of books exploring the relationship between science and Christianity.

He debated Richard Dawkins on “The God Delusion” in the University of Alabama (2007) and on “Has Science buried God?” in the Oxford Museum of Natural History (2008). He has also debated Christopher Hitchens on the New Atheism (Edinburgh Festival, 2008) and the question of “Is God Great?” (Samford University, 2010), as well as Peter Singer on the topic of “Is there a God?” (Melbourne, 2011). Furthermore, he has participated in public discussions on similar topics with many other academics on campuses around the world.

Lennox is also a member of the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) global speaking team.

Dave Rubin

Dave Rubin is a “free thinking classical liberal” who has had quite a journey.  As a gay married man living in America, Dave spent the majority of his adult life subscribing to a certain political belief system based primarily on his immutable characteristics. Fed up with the mainstream media narrative and click-bait news, Dave decided to open up about his awakening, for all to see. He came to realize that no person or idea should be expected to join a side, but rather they should embrace their status as an individual. He now feels that the modern left has lost its way by taking political correctness and groupthink to a dangerous level, distracting from the true American dream of the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.

The Rubin Report is one of the world’s most popular talk shows on free speech and big ideas. His YouTube channel and podcast have over 1 million subscribers each.