“Youth Speakers” Info Meeting This Sunday! (watch this video!)

Watch this “vintage” video of our 1st Youth Speakers team and the “Speakers” process, and you’ll get to see Robert and Kathy when they were in high school! 🙂 

Hey TD!

One of THE most life-changing and transformative processes in TD through the years has been “Speakers,” as it is affectionately called.  It has changed the course of some of the lives of those who have gone through the process.  In fact, the majority of TD counselors and interns over the last decade have been “Speakers” alums; and this year’s TD leadership is no different: Robert, Kathy, Eunice, Daniel, Megan, Frances, Michelle, and Angela all participated as Speakers in high school!

If any of you 10th – 12th graders are curious or interested to learn more, we will have a mandatory information meeting THIS Sunday from 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in one of the classrooms at the GWC. During this meeting, we will answer any and all questions regarding the 2019 CA So. Baptist Youth Speakers Tournament (YST).

You don’t have to know for sure if you are going to do “Speakers” or not this year to come to the meeting.  In fact, the meeting is being held to help you decide one way or another.  And don’t worry, there will be no pressure to join.

Hope to see you there! – Arthur

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Called to Live Lives “Out of This World”

Hey TD!

In August, Robert wrapped up our year-long series, “Renew: Transforming Our Life in Christ,” by teaching on Romans 12:16-21. It’s a very challenging message to live lives that are “out of this world” in relation to the rest of the world.

Below are his mp3 message, two moving videos he showed, and an article of uncommon faith.

“Out of This World” (mp3) Rom. 12:16-21 – Robert

Christianity Today Article – Forgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the Unimaginable

 

TD Fri. – “Out of This World”- final study on Rom. 12

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Hey TD,

I’m excited to wrap up both our TD summer and our journey through Romans 12 this Friday with a message on Romans 12:16-21! In our study of Romans 12, we’ve seen that Christians are transformed people who are also continually being transformed into the likeness of their Savior and Master, Jesus Christ.

In these last 6 verses of Romans 12, Paul tells us what a transformed life looks like when we interact with anyone in the world, no matter who they are. No one is excluded—not the lowly, not unbelievers, not even our enemies. The humility it takes to follow these commands is out of this world. It’s OK to gulp when you read these imperatives. Do you have what it takes to be a peacemaker? To seek peace and do good even with those who seek your harm? Most people would look at this passage and scoff: “Don’t be so naive, that’s just not the way the world works.”

But that’s exactly the point. What this world needs is otherworldly love and grace. Join us as we explore our calling to reflect the only One who has given exactly what the world needs.

– Robert

Romans 12:16

16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation.17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Throwback Thursday – The Original Speakers!

The original Speakers story featured on the TD Commotion (with surprise anchors and cameos!) Produced by TD alum, Jenny, over a decade ago, it’s still a great piece.

Hey TD!

As we begin a new season of training youth speakers for the 2018 CA So. Baptist Youth Speakers Tournament (YST), I thought you’d enjoy a blast from the past! Back when we had the “Total Devotion Commotion” video program, we did a feature on the very first YST we entered in 2006.

About a week before the Los Angeles Association Drill, I had somewhat of an epiphany and saw a vision to begin training TD’ers to be able to communicate God’s Word effectively.  I pitched the idea to four seniors, asking them to be the guinea pigs and to take the first steps to open the doors for future TD’ers to walk through.  Even though all the other churches had already been preparing months in advance, I just wanted them to open the doors.  There was no way we were going to win or anything, but even entering would start the ball rolling for us.

I thought the four accepted the challenge, but one of them said she never did, so when she received my email thanking all of them for buying into the vision and being willing to do something crazy like enter YST with only a week to prepare, she went to the bathroom and cried.  Who could blame her? Public speaking is America’s greatest fear. Who was it? I’ll let you watch the video above to find out.

We spent nearly everyday at my home the following week preparing.  One speaker dropped out early, and then another had a scheduling conflict, leaving only two speakers left.  But God led us here and God’s hand was all over this (and clearly has been ever since).  The rest, as they say, is history.

Though we have had 13 tournament champions and 8 runners-up since then, we have had many, many more true winners – in the most important ways – before God. Through fierce struggle, perseverance, tears, and the mercy and grace of God, we have had speakers who thought they were Christians coming in, actually become Christians during Speakers.  We’ve had life re-dedications, victory over fear, personal “dragons” slain, and many tears of joy and triumph.

All I can say about the Speakers process is that it is … magic.  Enjoy the video! – Arthur

 

TD Orientation Presentation

TD Orientation Prezi

Hey TD,

If you weren’t able to make it for the TD Orientation, here is the great Prezi presentation Judy made, as well as the mp3 of all the presentations by the TD leaders corresponding to the Prezi “slides.” Please review the material so you can not only get a deeper look “under the hood” of TD, but can get a better idea of where in TD you may feel the Lord is calling you to invest more of your talents and energies!

TD Orientation Prezi

TD Orientation Presentations (mp3)

 

TD Orientation This Fri. (Pre-TD Party @7:15)/Sights and Sounds of the TD Kick-Off

’17 – ’18 TD Kickoff – Hanging Out

’17 – ’18 TD Kickoff Worship

Hey TD!

What a great time we had at the TD Kick-Off! The energy was amazing as seen in the videos above! Daniel’s message to us, “Getting a Real Education,” (mp3) was “lights out” as one described it. Click to listen for yourself!

TD Kickoff

We aim to keep building on that energy this week as we’ll open TD’s doors and explore the nuts and bolts of TD’s various ministries and opportunities, and how you can experience life-change through them.  We’ll explore the engineering of TD, how we do what we do and why we do it the way we do.  You’ll not only hear our vision, but will have the chance to interact with it, as we have a meaningful Q & A time with various TD leaders.

But before the TD Orientation will be our Pre-TD Party at 7:15 in the TD room!  Come play games, hang out, and have some fun before TD starts!

Before you come to TD this Friday, get familiar with Daniel’s message above to put in the first building block of the year.

See you all Friday! – Arthur

September 2017

9/8 – TD Kick-Off at the Hsiehs’

9/15 – TD Orientation

9/22 – Small Groups

9/29 – TD Open House (aka Parent Nite)

9/30 – SOS Saturday

Make TD a priority this year and see God work in your life and world! – Arthur

TD Fri – “The Books We Love”/mp3’s

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Hey TD!

We’ve had a great summer series hearing from some of TD’s leaders in “The Books We Love”!

This Friday will be the series finale, as we hear from Kathy, Daniel, and Rebecca! Don’t miss it!

Last week, we had a blessed time hearing from Abigail, Robert, and Sandra 🙂 You can listen to their “book reports” on mp3 below, including a full-reading from Sandra:

Abigail (incl. an intro on reading from Arthur) – The Lord of the Rings (mp3) by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Robert – The Scarlet Letter (mp3) by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Sandra (full reading) – The Velveteen Rabbit (mp3) by Margery Williams

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