It’s your friendly neighborhood seniors. As the world gets crazier each day, it gets hard to process what’s going on, especially with no human contact outside of our families. That’s why we’re hosting a TD Hangout tomorrow, Wednesday, 8-9 pm, run 100% by us. It’ll be a time where we can chill, talk, and you can ask us (aka the Seniors) anything you want over Google Hangouts, whether it be about highschool, preparing for college, or managing your spiritual life through high school.
To join the video meeting, contact your small group leader or Anabell, Benson, Paul, or Stefan for the link.
Show Hope and the Chapmans (yep, all of them – Steven Curtis, Mary Beth, Emily, Caleb and Will from Colony House(!), and their adopted daughters from China) will be hosting a LIVE jam session with singing, chatting, and conversation about Show Hope from their home in Tennessee! Sounds like it’s going to be a blast!
It’ll be at 5 p.m. PST. It will be heart-warming, faith building, and a lot of fun to spend time with them. They are a fun family! Here’s the link:
Challenging Interview with Francis Chan from his new home – Hong Kong
Through the decades of speaking at colleges, high schools, retreats, etc., I’ve been told by people that when I speak, I remind them of so-and-so; or so-and-so (one person said when I speak, I really reminded her of Obama! And that was a half a year before he was elected as the POTUS!). I’m not surprised when I hear that I remind some people of some theologian or apologist because some of the people they have mentioned have indeed had a strong impact on me, both personally and through their ministries of teaching, writing, and personal conversation.
One person that has come up a few times is Francis Chan. Even Joni Eareckson Tada told me during one conversation that when I speak, I remind her of Francis, whom she knows and loves personally, and vice versa. While I’ve had a few conversations with him, we don’t really know each other outside the occasional run-in at a conference.
And though I do have a great admiration for his work, I have an even greater admiration for his life. One of Ravi Zacharias’s favorite authors, F.W. Boreham, once wrote:
“It puts iron into the blood to spend time with one for whom the claim of conscience is supreme and who loves the truth of God with so deathless an affection.”
I must admit that whenever I read Chan, listen to a message or him interviewed, it puts serious iron into my blood and leaves me yearning to love Christ better. His trust in the Lord and His courage to follow Him truly humbles me and sends me to God praying for Him to have His way with me.
When you watch this interview that was done just a few days ago, I know it will do something similar for you too!
As is the case with many small businesses and small non-profits, our friends at Bring Me Hope (BMH) are trying to find ways to pay their bills. They have already begun to make budget cuts (including salaries) and are already donating extra time to the ministry. As you know, they do great work and have been instrumental in helping us at TD work towards defending the fatherless.
Please get the word out and make the most of the opportunity that is before us to still help vulnerable children in Jesus’ Name, even in the midst of being quarantined!
Here’s a fun way to help them out. Remember the moving movie we watched on V4V Saturday? Well, it’s currently streaming on Amazon Prime, and BMH will get PAID for every minute that is watched.
So, if each of us hosts a movie night for our families, we will be helping BMH keep its doors open to help orphaned children in China. And if we ask all of our friends and family to watch the movie, we can be an even bigger help! Pop some popcorn and enjoy!
If you were at the Virtual TD meeting last Friday, you heard that I went to law school for a year. Perhaps it was a prelude to my son being the lawyer that he is today!
My experience in law school was valuable for a number of reason, not the least of which is how it has helped me in my Christian walk. Listening to the podcast, The Defense Rests, by RZIM Vice President and former Michigan Super Lawyer, Abdu Murray, was like going back to law school.
In a clear and understandable way, Abdu treats the listener as the jury as he explains the application of law and rules of evidence as they pertain to oft-debated Christian, as well as atheistic propositions, allowing you to come up with your own verdict.
In this first podcast episode, Abdu takes the time to explain a huge fundamental component of any trial: the burdens of proof.
This is huge because every conversation you have with someone about the Lord is a trial of some sort, where God is on trial and you are responsible for keeping the conversation truthful, objective, fair-handed and conducive for the evidence to emerge. This podcast will help you in that endeavor, as it isn’t always easy to do, especially if things get heated.
TD’ers, I highly encourage you to listen well and internalize this profitable lesson in law!
On this Lord’s Day, I want to encourage you spend protracted time before God, just you and Him. With more time on your hands than you’ve had in a long while, use some of this time to be Sabbath time – a time of real rest … IN God. Real Sabbath is not more time to yourself OF yourself, but more beautiful time with God, in His beautiful healing, transforming presence. It’s also a good time to let Him perform periodic check-ups on our souls.
With the coronavirus rampant in our world, this is an important time as any for us to check who we really are, what we’re really about, and what we’re really made of. This spliced 15-minute message from Ravi gives solid checkpoints to bring before God, praying for His adjustment and realignment, so we can be who we desires and made us to be.
May His grace be with you as you meet with Him! – Arthur
I recently heard Discovery Institute’s informative podcast ID the Future, where noted biochemist and author, Michael Behe, was interviewed on the coronavirus. Here’s the description of the podcast:
On this episode of ID the Future, host Andrew McDiarmid and biochemist Michael Behe discuss the pandemic coronavirus known as COVID-19. The two move through a series of questions, some straightforward, others more speculative. What is a virus and where did this one come from? Why is it so much worse than other coronavirus strains? What sort of evolution is involved here? Does the human species have any ancient, shared genetic relationship with viruses? And why are there viruses in the first place?
I thought the 15 minute podcast might be interesting to some of you. Just click the link below to listen. Enjoy!
Wow, what a powerful and moving V4V weekend that was for those who participated. God was in our midst stirring our hearts and challenging the way we live our lives. One highlight was Ember Ngur’s sharing and Q&A at the Hsiehs’ home on Saturday.
Ember Ngur’s Testimony/Q&A
0:00 – 15:12 Ember’s Story
15:39 – What happens to kids after doing foster therapy?
16:35 – How did you get involved with CarePortal?
17:45 – Are there qualifications for fostering? What are they?
18:37 – Why did you move to CA?
*19:35 – Where there times when you didn’t want to love someone? How did you overcome it? Did you have any kids that were hard to love?
*23:06 – What kind of person was your father like? The kind of person who can listen to God’s plan and do everything. What did you do after?
27:38 – What are your siblings doing?
30:00 – Did you have a community to support your family in fostering?
30:54 – Did all your siblings respond well for taking in foster children?
31:50 – Fostering is supposed to help kids. Why are the statistics so bad with respect to the kids who have gone through foster care?
*33:21 – What would you say to a youth group like ours – suburban, middle class, cautious, achievement oriented, etc.? Any “kick-in-the-pants” charge or encouragement for us?
39:00 – Do you have any amazing stories of transformation where the kids completely turned their lives around?
41:33 – How did you guys approach the kids that faced a lot of trauma and weren’t really connected with society?
*43:31 – “Comfortable” is our church’s middle name. Can you just give us what you really want to say – what the Lord wants you to tell us, without worrying about offending us. In other words, preach it, Sista!
46:10 – With the last young man you mentioned, how did he do after leaving home after a year? Do children know that they just have to go? Or does it cause more feelings of loss after being in a beautiful home and then having to leave?
48:58 – How did differences in culture (Nigerian/American) affect how your family fostered?
52:03 – The stats on fostering (racially)
*54:34 – Ember leads a powerful and stirring time of prayer and beseeching God on TD’s behalf, that God would spectacularly transform the members of TD into courageous Christ-followers and Christ-ambassadors.
* The entire Q&A is worth listening to, and these are particularly poignant.
I came up with a great idea to get to know some of your leaders’ stories and life-journeys more personally and intimately, so we can not only know them better, but learn from what they’ve been through thus far in their lives.
So, I couldn’t think of anyone better to start off with than my wife, Sandra! There’s just so much to learn from her life, attitude, and journey that I was sure would be interesting, helpful, and enjoyable to hear … especially if I was the interviewer, asking the good stuff 🙂
So, the TD leaders “met” last night (without me), but I gave my thoughts to them through Daniel. The next thing you know, he reports back to me that they loved the idea … except …
So, the TD leaders “met” last night (without me), but I gave my thoughts to them through Daniel. The next thing you know, he reports back to me that they loved the idea … except they voted to interview me instead! Somehow, Sandra finagled her way out of it and switched me with her! Take note, that’s what happens when you’re not at a meeting!
So, dear TD’ers, it looks like you’re going to be hearing my story, and Sandra was voted to do the interviewing (yikes!). I will not have any forewarning of what questions are coming my way; but there will be time for you to ask your personal questions of me as well. If I’m going to do this, then I want to give you the real stuff, so feel free to ask whatever you want. Nothing is off limits. I want it to be helpful and not just surface-y stuff.
Like last week, ask your TD sg leader for the pass code and link to Virtual TD this Friday! We’ll also be playing a game! (I’m curious to see how it will work out!)