“Living By the Holy Spirit,” Pt. 1

Living By the Holy Spirit, Pt. 1 (video)

Hey TD!

Hope you came out of Passion Week with a renewed passion yourself for our incomparable Godhead.  If you did, and you want to begin living life more under His Spirit’s leading and power, we’re starting a weekly video series on Living By the Holy Spirit, taught by Robert.

This series will be a good way to begin training yourself to walk in the Spirit more and in the flesh less.  Today’s lesson is an introduction that will help pave the way for the lessons to come towards a Spirit-led life.  Enjoy!

An Invitation to an Hour With God During These Times

An Hour of Impacting Prayer and Worship

During this one-hour online prayer time, various brothers and sisters, pastors and ministry leaders, as well as special musicians join together in a unifying moment of corporate prayer and worship.

The schedule for this one-hour livestream prayer event is as follows:

  • Song: “In Christ Alone,” led by Austin Stone Worship
  • Welcome and introduction (Julius Kim)
  • Prayers for the sick and suffering (Ligon Duncan, Jen Wilkin)
  • Prayers for medical workers (Joni Eareckson Tada, Stephen Um)
  • Prayers for provision/economy (Nancy Guthrie, John Onwuchekwa)
  • Song: “He Will Hold Me Fast,” led by Shane and Shane
  • Prayers for local, national, and global government officials (Kevin DeYoung, Jeany Jun)
  • Prayers for church leaders and missionaries (Darryl Williamson, Quina Aragon)
  • Prayers for families (John Piper, Melissa Kruger)
  • Prayers for the lost (David Platt, Jeremy Treat)
  • Next steps: #JesusChangedMyLife (Jeremy Treat)
  • Closing thoughts (Julius Kim)
  • Song: “Christ Our Hope in Life and Death,” led by Keith and Kristyn Getty

Hey TD!

My soul feels humbled, my heart strengthened, my mind sharper, my faith deepened, my longings focused, my perspective clearer.  I just spent an hour in prayer to God with Joni Eareckson Tada, John Piper, David Platt, Ligon Duncan, and many others.  I sang with Keith and Kristyn Getty and Shane and Shane.

Via the video of a livestream gathering today hosted by The Gospel Coalition, I came away humbled and sharper, as I now better understand how to specifically think of and pray for others during this coronavirus pandemic.  By the end, I found a greater energy and a softer heart than when the hour began.  I felt more connected with God’s Church universal and nearer in my soul to God.

I must say that in the 528 hours (and counting) since we’ve gone to strict social distancing, though I’ve spent many hours video conferencing, reading, memorizing, learning, studying, posting, playing Nerts and Rummikub, walking Joy, watching videos, singing, etc., this is the longest and most focused I’ve gone just praying in one sitting.

During these weeks, my prayer time has drifted to praying before meals, before sleeping, after Bible study, with short intermittent prayers throughout the day, but it hasn’t yet been protracted and concerted in this way.  It was enriching to do so.  My soul is in a better place.

So, TD, I wanted to share the opportunity with you as well in hopes that you will join me in trying to do whatever it takes to draw nearer to God, to His Church, and to love our world better during these times.

I hope you’ll invest an hour of your time.  I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you did.

– Arthur

Very Special Guests at Virtual TD This Friday – Don’t Miss It! (new time/new link)

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Emily Chapman Richards and Family

Show Hope

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Steven Curtis Chapman House Concert at the Hsiehs’

Hey TD!

We’re so excited to announce that Emily Chapman Richards and Shaoey Chapman will be with us LIVE at Virtual TD tomorrow night!  Since they are in Tennessee, we will start TD a little earlier – at 7:45 p.m. – and we will be moving to Zoom to hold our meeting.  So, please ask your small group leader for the link; you’ll also need to download Zoom onto your computer or phone.

We’ll also announce the total amount of money raised for V4V!

Emily and Shaoey are daughters to 5-time Grammy Award winner/58 Dove Award winner, Steven Curtis Chapman, and New York Times Bestseller, Mary Beth Chapman, founders of Show Hope.

It was Emily, who, as a young teenager, believed that God was calling her family to adopt (even though they had 3 biological kids already), and persistently told her parents so.  Eventually, the message got through to them, leading them to adopt Shaohannah (Shaoey) from China, for whom Show Hope was named after.  They then adopted two more girls from China, Stevey Joy and Maria.

Emily now serves as the Executive Director of Show Hope and has appeared on numerous TV shows and radio programs across the country.  Shaoey is a student at the University of Alabama.

See you at TD!

Catching Up With Francis Chan, now in Hong Kong (3/25/20)

Challenging Interview with Francis Chan from his new home – Hong Kong

Hey TD!

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!

– Arthur

Fun Way to Bring Hope to Bring Me Hope! (and see Calvin & Daniel in action!)

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“Where Love Found Me” movie link

Hey TD!

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!

Here’s the link:

WHERE LOVE FOUND ME (BMH movie)

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 are some fun Instagram features of Calvin and Daniel, two of The Men of BMH Camp!

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Meet Calvin Tong!⁣ ⁣ 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐩𝐞?⁣ ⁣ I first considered orphan care when my youth group leader started preaching on the importance of reaching the least of these. As one adopted into the family of God by the blood of Christ, I could not deny the reality that God cared for the voiceless and the defenseless. If my Heavenly Father’s heart was so fixed on the misplaced, the lost, and the helpless, how could I not love them? I saw orphan care as an opportunity for me to extend the hand of Christ to one that was looking for hope and peace in this world. Thankfully, around that time, we became acquainted with Bring Me Hope and eagerly went out to their summer camp in Zhengzhou.⁣ ⁣ 𝗪𝐡𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐲𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐩/𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞?⁣ ⁣ Having been to camp for the past 3 years, I can say that the need for positive male role models is huge for these kids. They are crucial in discovering one’s identity and avoiding unhealthy/ delinquent behavior. For you to be there is big for some of these kids because sometimes the only male relationships they have are with fellow peers who can be terrible models for them. ⁣ ⁣ 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐩?⁣ ⁣ A great memory that I have a camp was 3 years ago when I met these two brothers from a private orphanage. They were aged out and no longer able to be adopted. Though their situation was undoubtedly depressing, it became apparent to me that the brothers held tight to the faith communicated to them by their caretakers. One night, by God’s providence, we were able to sing a worship song together. Reflecting on the lyrics, I realized that though these brothers were deprived of the love of earthly parents, they had experienced the comforting love of their Heavenly Father. Though they had little to lean on this world, they were confident that they were in the powerful hands of Christ. That moment reminded me of the power of the gospel and it’s ability to heal even the most broken hearts. We were able to connect so deep

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Meet Daniel Hsieh ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐨 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐩𝐞?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Some friends from my church went to BMH one summer, and when they came back and shared about it, I remember thinking, I gotta go to camp. I knew they experienced something special. Sure, they talked about the challenges and messiness that sometimes accompanies caring for orphaned children and children in general. Sure, there was a language barrier. Sure, it was expensive. But there was an unmistakable smile, a "but it was so worth it" look in their eyes that was bursting from them. Their sharing changed the very energy of the room. I remember feeling chills of excitement just hearing about their time at camp. I was experiencing second-hand joy, and I knew that I wanted to taste it for myself. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ 𝗪𝐡𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐲𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐥𝐞 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐬 𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐩/𝐢𝐧 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ So much of life is "caught not taught." Our mirror neurons do a lot of the heavy lifting in our development. For young boys especially, a living role model, an older bro who can affirm them and tell them, "You're a cool kid. I believe in you." — these figures can make deeper impressions than we imagine. They can help tip the scales of self-doubt and feelings of worthlessness. They can be an antidote to messages of shame. If the Chinese saying is true that "a picture is worth a thousand words," imagine the influence exerted on a child by the presence of a positive male figure embodying tangible care and trust.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭'𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐩?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Hector and I were having a lot of fun at the water park in the kids' pool, but I thought it was time he try something more challenging. I pointed to the water slide some fifty feet away and asked him if he wanted to try it. He turned away and said "scary" — fair enough, considering that, compared to him, the slide was huge, and Hector does not have use of his legs. CONTINUED IN COMMENTS

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“True Love in a Time of Crisis” – An Important Sabbath Checkup From Ravi

“True Love in a Time of Crisis” – Ravi Zacharias

Hey TD!

Blessed Lord’s Day to you all!

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

What Being Alive Looks Like! Watch Joni and Nick!

Video of Joni and Nick

Hey TD!

I texted this video of our family friends, Joni Eareckson Tada and Nick Vujicic, to all of my family members the other day.  After Sandra watched it, here was her reply:

“I loved, loved, loved the video with Joni and Nick.  They are so incredible and ALIVE!!!! They are hilarious as well, and to think we personally know them :).  They aren’t the ones with disabilities, we are!  They make us look like zombies and burdened by all the unnecessary distractions of life … YOU MUST TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH THIS!!!”

TD, I’ve been trying all year to get us to be more alive.  Would you use this quarantine time to let God bring you back to life? Please watch this 30 minute video and … behold.  Just marvel and try to fathom this …

… a man born with no arms and no legs … a woman who was very active until the age of 17, before becoming a quadriplegic 52 years ago … HOW IS IT THAT THEY ARE SO HAPPY AND HAVE SUCH JOY???

ENJOY this video, TD, and let God have His way with you!

– Arthur

Must See: A Calming Word from Joni During Coronavirus … and more!

A Calming Word from Joni During the Coronavirus

Hey TD!

It was great to “hangout” with you all during our first “Virtual TD” hangout last night. I particularly enjoyed the extra hour I got to personally spend with those who hung out for the post-TD discussion, almost half of you.

During this time of quarantine, we will be utilizing this blog more frequently to provide you encouraging, stimulating, and ENJOYable resources to strengthen and equip you to help turn this Coronavirus lemon into lemonade!

As Cassie shared last night, this is an opportunity for us put God back in His rightful place in our lives, and get our lives properly  realigned … because honestly, we’re all just too busy.  As I said last night, sure, the things we may be doing may be “good,” but good is the enemy of BEST.  Let’s use this to either get back to BEST practices or to learn BEST practices for living.

Please watch the VERY encouraging video above from our dear friend and hero, Joni Eareckson Tada, to begin the work of getting back to the right place in your heart and mind.

Looking forward to being with you all next Friday for our next Virtual TD meeting.

We’ll continue to work on making our time better, so if you have any suggestions, please let your small group leaders know!

In the meanwhile, here are a couple of fun V4V videos, one from V4V weekend and one from our visit with Joni in 2013 (the top V4V fund raisers).  You’ll see some current adults in their TD years (always a fun thing!):

2013 V4V Lunch with Joni

2020 V4V – Humming Worship

– Arthur

Pics and Videos from V4V Weekend!

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2020 V4V Group Pic

Video – Breaking the 30 hour silence!

Video – Celebrating!

Hey TD!

To see the photos and videos from the 2020 V4V weekend, click on the link below!

2020 V4V Photos and Videos

Great job TD’ers! Let’s keep moving forward in serving and advocating for vulnerable children and families in Jesus’ Name!