Sat. Night – “An Evening of Christmas: Breath of Heaven” at Ambassador Auditorium

Hey TD!

If you want to get in the Christmas spirit, Maranatha High School will be putting on “Evening of Christmas: Breath of Heaven” Saturday, 12/7/19 at 7 p.m. at the world-renowned Ambassador Auditorium on Maranatha’s campus in Pasadena.  It’s always a meaningful and moving time to experience the meaning of Christmas through the energy and talents of high schoolers.

Tickets are $5 for TD’ers (they are higher to everyone else).  Let your small group leader know if you are interested in going.

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Here’s a description of the show:

This week, our performing arts students will be ministering … Their performance, “Evening of Christmas: Breath of Heaven,” is their gift to us with the hope it will prepare our hearts for worship as we enter into this Christmas season. Their many weeks of rehearsal will surely bless the audience through music and dance as they portray a beautiful story of hope inspired by a novel written by one of our own faculty.

Carrie Arcos is a well-known young adult novelist and an English teacher here at Maranatha High School. Her last novel, “We Are All That’s Left,” is about a young woman caught in the winds of war in Sarajevo in the early 1990s. One of the scenes in the book takes place in a burned-out church basement in that war-torn city. That’s where “Breath of Heaven” begins—with a young woman named Nadja attending a Christmas mass in that basement.

Fade to another war-torn world 2000 years previous and another young girl facing a world without much hope as well, except for the words of the angel. We trace the story of Mary and Joseph from the Annunciation to the Birth. We discover together how they found hope in the child born in the manger; the hope for all people facing hopeless situations. Jesus was the hope for a young woman in Sarajevo, surrounded by death and tragedy. Jesus remains the hope for all of us in uncertain times. That hope that is echoed in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem, “The Bells of Christmas,” written during the fear and uncertainty of the Civil War, recited and sung as part of our Showcase:

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

 

We invite you to join us on December 6 or 7 for “Evening of Christmas: Breath of Heaven” and together we can re-discover the hope of that child one more time.

Strive for True Victory (CIF-SS Championship Video)

Recap video of Maranatha’s CIF-SS D-5 Girls Tennis Championship

Hey TD!

Last week, we had a post entitled, We Must Play. It’s a must read.  Well, along those lines, a few weeks ago, Sandra and I had the privilege of coaching the Maranatha High School Varsity Girls Tennis Team to a CIF-SS D-5 Championship.  It was a stressful but thrilling two weeks of intense playing, soul-searching, and figuring out how to be able to produce our best when our best is needed.  The playoffs are not for the faint of heart. Sports is a great revealer of things.  It has been said that when you play competitive sports, the real you comes out.

It is incredibly difficult to win a championship at any level; there is an incredible amount of focus, discipline, character, desire, perspective, and providence that must all come together for the desired result to occur; and even then, there are no guarantees it will.  So many others want the same thing, yet only one will be left standing.

I want to remind you that while only one team or one person can win the championship, it is absolutely possible for more than one to come out a champion.  Your “thing” may or may not be sports; but whatever it is, you can come out a true winner – if you figure out how to do it to His honor, to represent Him well, with your very best effort with integrity, with grace and fairness towards your competitors – regardless of the outcome.  Col. 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord rather than for men.” If you do that, you are a winner in the eyes of the only One that matters.

We are grateful for God’s generosity and kindness to us in granting us the championship; but as I told our team, it comes with great responsibility of stewardship and giving credit to Whom credit is due.  Our theme verse was 1 Cor. 10:31, “Whether then you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  While our team really wanted to earn championship rings, we agreed that, more than for the ring alone, we are playing for the “King of the ring.”

Your “thing” may or may not be sports; but whatever it is, you can come out a true winner – if you figure out how to do it to His honor, to represent Him well, with your very best effort with integrity, with grace and fairness towards your competitors – regardless of the outcome.  Col. 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord rather than for men.” If you do that, you are a winner in the eyes of the only One that matters. 

This was the first time in my years of coaching boys and girls tennis that both finalists were Christian schools, both bearing witness.  After the ceremony was over, a long-time CIF official made a point to come to me and let me know that it was the finest display of sportsmanship at the ceremony that he’s seen, and that that’s how high school sports should be.

Indeed, it has been an opportunity to give thanks to God and attempt to represent Him well.  If you’re interested, here are a couple of newspaper articles.  They don’t always include the faith aspects into their stories, even when you share it with them, but you can still catch the drift:

Pasadena Sports Now

Pasadena Outlook

TD’ers, none of us is going to go through the game of life smoothly.  We’re going to have bumps and bruises, successes and failures along the way.  My dad used to remind me that failure is the foundation of success.  He’s right.  Failure can be such a powerful teacher.  I’ve always told people that the mark of a Christian is not whether you fall (you will), but the manner in which you get up when you fall.

I encourage you all during this finals season to prepare well, think well, treat others well, put God first, love your family, live honorably and consistently inside and out, and trust Him. If you do, whatever the results, you will have earned true victory.  Amen.

Go get’ em! – Coach Arthur 🙂

 

 

Join TD for Performing Arts Show this Sat., 4/8 – RSVP!

Hey TD!

Last year, after going to Maranatha HS’s Performing Arts Chapel, I texted TD’s leaders suggesting we cancel our regular TD meeting to go see “Beauty in Brokenness.”  They agreed to give it a try.  TD went and was blessed, moved, and touched by the theme, the beauty, and artistry of fellow high schoolers really putting out to the glory of God.

Well, Sandra and I went to the Performing Arts Chapel again today, and, once again, my heart was moved.  We both had tears in our eyes.  So, once again, I texted the leaders and asked them if they’d like to go again with TD.  They agreed.  What’s great is that this year, there is a Saturday night performance for us to go to!

So, we’d like to invite you to join us at the world-renowned Ambassador Auditorium on the Maranatha campus for an evening of revisiting the stories that have touched us; but this time through the creative arts.

“Join the MHS Performing Arts Department this Spring as we bring the wonder and joy of childhood stories to the Ambassador stage. Stories come in many forms and provide a unique connection to memories, personal/spiritual growth, and remind us what it looks like to live without fear and doubt. With the creative collaboration of dance, choir, and orchestra, this show will take you on a journey that you won’t want to miss!”

Please let your small group leader know … NOW … if you can make it! I will be purchasing group tickets on Friday.

If you can meet at Maranatha at 6:30 p.m., that would be great since car space is limited.  But if you need a ride, we’ll try to find you one! – Arthur

 

 

TD CHANGE on Friday!!! Not at Church!

Hey Everyone,

We decided on a last minute change to TD tomorrow.  Instead of meeting for the small group study at church, we will be going to Maranatha High School and watching the Performing Arts Showcase, “Beauty in Brokenness” at the world-renowned Ambassador Auditorium!

“Beauty in Brokenness”:

“Join the Performing Arts Department as we take you through the struggling journey of brokenness in the world, in culture, and in ourselves. This show uses the elements of dance, choir, and orchestra to bring awareness into places of need. We are blessed to serve a God who brings hope into dark spaces and is able to create beauty out of our brokenness. We hope you are able to join us for this one-night-only event!”

The show starts at 7 p.m., so if you can get a ride to Maranatha and meet at 6:45 p.m., that would be much appreciated, as our car space is limited.  If you need a ride, however, please let your small group leaders know ASAP and we’ll get you one!

Please contact your small group leaders NOW to let them know if you can make it!