TD’s 20/20 (Pt.2) – TD’s Top 20 Blog Posts & Top 20 Videos in 2020!

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Hey TD!

To help us look back at 2020 and see how God worked, we’re sharing TD’s 20/20 – the 20 most viewed videos on the TD channel and the 20 most viewed TD Blog posts in 2020! Yesterday, we shared the videos. Today, we’re sharing the top 20 blog posts. They are great to review. Not eligible for inclusion are update or announcement posts. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

20. The Pernicious Lie: Self Esteem

An insightful essay, written by former TD counselor, Jenny, on the seductive traits of self-esteem.

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

A spliced 15-minute message that gives solid checkpoints to bring before God, and to pray for His adjustment and realignment, so we can be who He desires and made us to be.

18. Ravi Zacharias (1946 – 2020) – A Singular Life

Ravi was a giant and hero to so many across the globe; his reach and effectiveness for Christ to both the world’s highest leaders as well as the world’s most destitute had few parallels.

(Ravi has posthumously been under investigation for sexual misconduct. The interim reports confirm that misconduct seems to have taken place)

17. Remembering RC Sproul (MUST reading)

This post is indeed must reading. By reading MUST READ tributes, you will gain gumption, courage, and vision for your life. Contributors include Joni Eareckson Tada, John Piper, John MacArthur, Al Mohler, Steven Lawson, and Sinclair Ferguson.

16. TD Vlog – “How the Arts Can Deepen Your Faith” w/Jill Carattini

Also a Top 20 finisher in TD videos, I had a chance to spend some time with dear friend, Jill Carattini, writer extraordinaire on the deeper spiritual life, former managing editor of Ravi Zacharias Int’l Ministries’ (RZIM) Slice of Infinity, and former curator of RZIM’s formal art gallery, Stillpoint, in Atlanta, where this interview was filmed.

15. Wanna Memorize Psalm 34 With Us?

An invitation to memorize Psalm 34. Full chapter included.

14. The Beauty of the Dandelion

A powerful piece by Vaneetha Rendall Risner (shared to the TD leaders by Kathy). Vaneetha was 3 months old when she contracted Polio.  Within 24 hours she was paralyzed due to a doctor’s mistake.  She has had a lifetime of immense suffering … and ensuing God-given joy.  Her blog Dance in the Rain is a powerful source of truth, sharing, honesty, vulnerability, and hope, as is her book, The Scars That Have Shaped Me

13. The Importance of Friendship

True lasting godly friendships are few and far between, not easy to develop or maintain, but are worth the effort to forge and protect! Proverbs 18:24 shares, “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Here’s a good article for us on the importance of friendship by Michael Haykin, a friend of Ligonier Ministries.

12. Ravi Zacharias: A Personal Conversation

Here’s Part 2 of the Interview: Ravi Zacharias: A Personal Conversation, Pt. 2

A personal interview Arthur had with Ravi years ago. Powerful content that can make a difference in your walk with God.

(Ravi has posthumously been under investigation for sexual misconduct. The interim reports confirm that misconduct seems to have taken place)

11. The Bible: Don’t Neglect It!

Convicting letter written by prolific preacher, Alistair Begg, to friends of his ministry. It is worthy of your time.

10. What Being Alive Looks Like! Watch Joni and Nick!

Here’s what Sandra had to say after I asked her to watch this video:

“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!!!”

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

An encouraging video from the one and only, Joni Eareckson Tada, at the beginning of the pandemic.

8. Touching God’s Heart This Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving devotion showing the value and importance of actually giving thanks.

7. “God, Racism, and Us: A Look Inside”

Posted amidst all the protests after the George Floyd incident. Includes links to valuable resources.

6. “A Christmas Meditation” by Ravi

It’s exactly what it says it is.

5. A Way in a Manger

Another insightful article by Vaneetha Rendall Risner, who is well acquainted with suffering, having experienced 21 surgeries by age 13, multiple miscarriages, the death of a child, unwanted divorce, just to name a few. The pain and disappointment she writes about in this particular post is about her diagnosis with post-polio syndrome, which involves increasing pain, weakness, and limitations in her body.

4. “Ravi: A Poetical Sketch” – A Tribute to Ravi Zacharias (mp3)

An amazing, heartfelt, and spot-on poem by Daniel for Ravi when he was dying of cancer. In writing to Ravi before sharing his poem, Daniel wrote:

” … I have never known a day in my life without your influence in it–from the time I was conceived until now. To me, you are not just someone IN this world; you are part of what I understand “world” to mean. You and your ministry are constitutive of my perception of life on this planet and the hope of the Gospel that you’ve shared on this planet.”

3. “The Real Meaning of Thank You”

A valuable devotion by Sandra, adapted from her talk at the SP Care Center.

2. What Did Jesus Do On Saturday?

We know Jesus was crucified on Friday and that He rose again on Sunday, but what did He do on Saturday? Artist Ron Dicianni discusses this in this post.

1. A Personal Conversation With RC Sproul

Here are parts 2 and 3: A Personal Conversation With RC Sproul, Pt. 2 of 3; A Personal Conversation with RC Sproul, Pt. 3 of 3

This incredible personal interview that Arthur did with RC years ago is viewed literally every single day, multiple times a day. It is far and away the most viewed post in the TD Blog’s history. It is accessed from all over the world and laps the field many times over. More importantly, it’s food for the soul and worth reading!

TD’s 20/20 (Pt.1) – TD’s 20 Most Viewed Videos & Top 20 Blog Posts in 2020!

Hey TD!

As we begin 2021, we would do well to reflect on the singular year 2020 has been. While most of us think of 2020 only in negative terms, it’s important to look back and see how God was at work. In these final posts of 2020, we’ll share TD’s 20/20 – the 20 most viewed videos on the TD channel and 20 most viewed TD Blog posts in 2020! They are enriching.

Today, we’ll share 2020’s most viewed TD videos (irrespective of when the videos were originally posted). Enjoy and be blessed!

20. “Becoming the Coach I’ve Become (incl. CIF-SS Championship video)

Arthur’s intro to the first session of TD’s ’20-’21 theme (Christ For Real), entitled, “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become.” (that video came in 21st). Filmed on location on the tennis court.

19. “Good For Nothing” (What We Are Good For) – Sandra

Sandra teaching the year’s 3rd session in our Christ For Real series (emceed by Charis and Elijah)

18. Rebecca Recaps [REFRESH] Ready for College? Day 2

This was the first year [REFRESH] was held virtually. It was probably the best conference of the year. Enter Refresh in our search bar to access each day’s sessions.

17. 2020 V4V Sunday Service Announcement

By God’s leading, through the generosity of His people, we raised a record $105K for Adoption Aid Grants through Show Hope. TD’s time of sharing during Sunday service was anointed and special (song to come!).

16. A Real UCLA Education?

2020 has forced us to evaluate what’s really real and what’s not – online school and church? Shot on location at an empty UCLA campus.

15. Michelle Chen – What Would Jesus Do With Bullying?

Michelle’s 2017 CA Southern Baptist Youth Speakers Tournament winning speech, given at the 2027 Ignition Youth Conference in Sacramento.

T13. 2020 V4V Song – Is This What Love Looks Like?

As part of the V4V Sunday service announcement, members of TD sang this moving song, accompanied by a moving video. Not a dry eye in the place (Daniel, Robert, Gaby, Raina, Cassie, Rebecca, Angela)

T13. ’20 – ’21 TD Opening Night – “Christ For Real”

Opening Night of Christ For Real included worship, freshmen intro, TD Mobile, Sandra/Daniel theme interview (emceed by Allison and Aaron)

12. Way Maker (Cover) w/Daniel & Robert

Worship alongside Daniel and Robert. Shot on location at Lacy Park.

11. Joy to the World (Steven Curtis Chapman Cover) – Robert

Relive Christmas with this fresh remake of a classic Christmas hymn.

10. Charles Wong Memorial Service – 1/18/20

The meaningful memorial service of Sandra’s beloved father, Daniel’s and Angela’s grandfather, MBCLA architect, long-time TD supporter. So much to learn from his life. Eulogies include Arthur’s, Sandra’s, Daniel’s. Sky Rose Chapel – Rose Hills. 4 videos.

9. ’20 – ’21 TD Kick-Off

Kick-Off includes Art Gallery, TD Mobile, live worship, What is TD? (Daniel), Happy B-day, Gaby, Intro to Ministry Groups (Kathy), Daniel interviews Arthur about TD while driving (emceed by Michelle and Calvin)

8. Worship Session w/Daniel and Angela

Heartfelt, personal, and intimate worship to a heartfelt, personal, and intimate God – Holy Spirit, Way Maker (chorus), Open Space, Great Are You, Lord.

7. Ravi Wishes Sandra a Happy 50th

Birthday greetings from 20__? 🙂 from the late Ravi Zacharias.

6. TD Vlog – Jill Carattini on How the Arts Can Deepen Your Faith

A poignant and insightful interview from [REFRESH] at the Stillpoint Gallery in Atlanta on the value of the arts in the Christian life.

5. Welcome to TD! ’20 – ’21

TD leaders have fun welcoming TD’ers to TD!

4. 2018 CIF-SS D5 Girls Tennis Champions – Maranatha Minutemen

Recap of MHS’s 2018 CIF-SS championship. Includes Arthur getting a surprise ice bath. The Championship Ring Ceremony in the Maranatha HS gym was also a top 20 finisher, but was combined with this video.

3. Total Devotion Year-End Celebration – 2020

Though virtual, it was a blast and chock full of surprises – includes Daniel’s recap of the year, live competition between the Hsiehs (b-ball, ping pong, Nerts), Class of ’20 senior tributes, Arthur’s message, Year-End slideshow, Year-End toast. (emceed by Class of ’21)

2. 2020 V4V Video – Stella’s Story

V4V’s 2020 promo video featuring our very own Stella and her incredible journey helped launch our record-setting V4V campaign. The Chinese version also was a top-ten finisher.

  1. Joni on Painting Light and Being Light

The incomparable Joni Eareckson Tada – quadriplegic, author, speaker, singer, and … artist extraordinaire shares how she brings light out of her paintings … and out of her life! On location at the grand opening of the International Disability Center in Agoura Hills, a special place members of TD have visited a few times. Part of 3 videos – Joni and the Knife of God’s Word and Joni’s Art Introduction on 47th Anniversary of Her Accident.

Worship with Cassie, Daniel, and Robert – “Be Thou My Vision”! (video)

Video: “Be Thou My Vision (Ascend the Hill)” – TD Cover (play at 1.25x speed)

Hey TD!

Worship is at the heart of life. Everyone on the planet worships. We were made for worship. Unfortunately, the object of our worship is often misplaced. During quarantine, we’ve all really missed worshiping God in song together as a TD family.

It’s great singing to videos put out by famous Christian singers; but it’s often more fun to worship with those you know and love. Here’s another worship video you can sing to with Cassie, Daniel, and Robert! We recommend playing it at 1.25x speed. May it help you in making God the vision and hope of your life!

Below are the previous two videos with our very own TD leaders for you to worship our great God with. Enjoy!

Video: Worship set w/Daniel & Angela – “Holy Spirit”/”Open Space”/”Great Are You, Lord”

Video: Worship w/Daniel & Robert – “Waymaker”

“Becoming the Christian You’ve Become, Pt. 1” videos (God and performance)

Intro video – “Becoming the Coach I’ve Become” (incl. CIF-SS Championship video)

Video – “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become, Pt. 1” (God and performance)

Hey TD!

We kicked off our year’s theme, Christ For Real, with an opening session called, “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become, Pt. 1” and focused on thinking through our performance mindset through biblical lenses. What is the role of our performance in our lives in God’s eyes? Does it enhance our worth and standing before God? Does it not really matter one way or another since we’re saved?

We also explored the area of our motivation in performing, as well as the pressure of expectations, both from within and without.

This Friday, we’ll head into Part 2 by looking at how our desire to do God’s will can sometimes go wrong. We’ll spend time in small groups hearing from one another and start working out how to follow God’s lead.

Be sure to review last week’s session beforehand to be able to ramp up to this week’s session, as we march towards becoming the Christians we’ve become!

See you Friday!

Follow TD’s New IG Account!

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Hey TD!

For those of you with Instagram, TD now has an account, so you can stay connected that way. Follow us at Total Devotion MBCLA!

Here’s our first post – a great recap video of last week’s discussion, courtesy of Michael Chan of the TD Media Team!

“What’s Really Real?” Recap Video

For the full discussion, see ’20-’21 TD Opening Night videos.

TD Fri. – “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become”/Opening Nite videos

TD’s Opening Night ’20 – ’21 (w/Table of Contents)
“A Real UCLA Education?” intro video to Christ For Real

Hey TD!

Why are you a part of the TD family? What brings you back week after week? What are you looking for? Hoping for? Longing for?

Whatever your reasons are, somewhere in there is the latent desire to connect with your Creator and the purpose for which He made you. Deep inside, you want to live life better and more meaningfully. Ultimately, you want to learn how to actually love and be loved.

You know in your head that all that is found in Christ (or so you’ve been raised), but somehow you have yet to really experience Him that way. That’s why this year’s theme is Christ For Real. We want to truly experience Christ … for real.

We begin this Friday, as Arthur leads us in our first session – “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become.”

Feel free to watch the videos to review Opening Night and to prime the pump for this week’s session. The Table of Contents will send you directly to the point in the video you want to see.

See you at TD!

Start Your Week by Worshiping Our “Way Maker” w/Daniel & Robert (video)

“Way Maker” Worship Cover by Daniel & Robert

Hey TD!

In our ongoing effort to help you worship during the pandemic, here’s another worship video for you to sing to, as sometimes it’s more personal and meaningful to worship with those you know and love!

If you missed the last one, here you go:

“Worship Session w/Daniel & Angela”

Enjoy!

– Arthur

TD Fri. – “Feeling With the Psalms”

The Psalms – Calvary Chapel Ft Lauderdale

Hey TD!

This Friday, I will be inviting my friend from college, M. E. Hildebrand, to have a conversation with me about the nature of the Psalms as poetry, poetry as a way to train our emotions, and trained emotions as an important element of mental health.

M. E. and I both majored in English and Humanities and have spent countless hours studying literature together over the years. We have also worked on creative writing together, particularly poetry.

My hope is that, by discussing the role and nature of the Psalms, we will see the dire need of healthy sentiment formation in our lives and in society as well as come to appreciate the beauty and power of biblical poetry.

After our conversation, there will be a time for small groups, during which we’ll all have the opportunity to share about our own experiences with the Psalms and, perhaps, journeys with mental health. I hope to see you all there.

– Daniel

Worship Session w/Daniel & Angela (video)

Worshiping God w/Daniel & Angela (video)

Hey TD!

Some of you have been longing to worship in song with some in your own community.  Singing to Hillsong or Elevation Worship videos is great, of course, but sometimes it’s nice to sing with those we know and with less production – familiar songs with familiar faces and voices.  Unfortunately, it looks like it will still be a while before we’ll be able to come together to sing at TD; and it’s pretty impossible to sing together over Zoom (we tried it! It wasn’t pretty).

We hope this video will at least bring some familiarity and allow you to sing in the “company” of TD family to express your worship and heart to God.

In this worship session, Daniel and Angela sing much like they sing at home – simply,  intimately, and heartfelt to the Lord.  We invite you to join them in expressing your desire for Him to have His way in your life.  Songs include:

Holy Spirit, Way Maker (chorus), Open Space, Great Are You, Lord

A Father’s Day Podcast – “That’s My Dad”

Daniel and Arthur’s “A Father’s Day Tribute” Podcast

* If you cannot directly access the podcast via the embedded icon above, please click the link below:

“A Father’s Day Tribute” Podcast (mp3)

Hey TD!

My son, Daniel, knows my heart.  He knows I love my family.  And he knows my mind is always thinking of how to edify those under my spiritual care.  So, for Father’s Day a few years ago, he produced a 12 minute multi-generational podcast for me that kills 3 birds with one stone: 1) his introduction honors me (while leaving me laughing); 2) the message honors my father, K.C., who raised and led me to my Eternal Father; and 3) through this podcast, you will come to understand who I am and why I am the way I am better (you’ll learn a lot about me that you didn’t know); which will help us both, as I attempt to push you, challenge you, lead you, cheer for you, support you, teach you, provide for you, protect you, inspire you, equip you … to love, honor, cherish, and live for your Eternal Father in a fuller and more meaningful way.

So, click on the icon above and enjoy!  I hope it will be an encouragement to you. Thanks, Daniel!

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That’s My Dad TV special hosted by Steven Curtis Chapman

The title of today’s post is inspired by a special TV show that my friend, Steven Curtis Chapman, hosted this weekend, called That’s My Dad.  It was a terrific show that was fun, encouraging, uplifting … and challenging … to me.  You’ll recall that his daughters, Emily (Executive Director of Show Hope) and Shaoey were so kind to join us at TD several weeks ago!

That’s My Dad has everything

– great music from Tauren Wells, Jillian Edwards, and of course, SCC himself (including the world premiere of his new song, That’s My Dad.

– great interviews with Naomi and Nathan Zacharias, Tauren Wells, Ernie Johnson, Jr., and Scotty Smith,

–  great recollections from Michael W. Smith, Zach Williams, the Chapman kids, and Mary Beth Chapman of their fathers.

I’d encourage you to watch it with your family.

Since Steven forgot to ask me to be on his show, the podcast is my tribute, as I join the others in saying … that’s my dad!

Would you take the opportunity to give thanks to God for your dad this Father’s Day? And then would you go to your dad, tell him you love him, and share with him why you are thankful for him?  I know you’ll bless his heart when you do.

– Arthur