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.

TD Fri. – “Living on God’s Terms”! (videos)

Video: “Good For Nothing” (What we are good for) – Sandra

Video: “Good For Nothing” – recap video (courtesy Michael Chan)

Hey TD!

From the moment God bestowed life to us, our lives have been a giant tug-of-war between living on our terms and living on God’s terms, haven’t they? That was the dilemma facing Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, where God unambiguously set out the terms for life and death. We have been on the wrong side of those terms ever since.

Join us this Friday as Kathy leads our study, “Living on God’s Terms.” We are continuing our ongoing series, Christ For Real!

You can view the last session, “Good For Nothing,” or the recap video above. If you’d like to catch up or review the previous sessions in the series, just click below:

Video: “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become,” Pt. 1 (God and Your Performance)

Video: “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become,” Pt. 2 (What’s Wrong With Dedication to God)

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

See you Friday at 8 p.m.!

“Good For Nothing” (videos) – recap and full session videos

Video: “Good For Nothing” (What we are good for) – Sandra

Video: “Good For Nothing” – recap video (courtesy Michael Chan)

Hey TD!

To prepare for next Friday’s session in our ongoing series, Christ For Real, here a recap video, as well as the full recording of our last session, “Good For Nothing,” where Sandra led us in exploring our problems with our mortality, our morality, and what the Messiah actually provides for us. It would be a great way to focus on Christ and His purpose for coming to earth during this Advent season!

Below are videos of the first two sessions of the year, “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become,” Pts. 1 and 2:

Video: “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become,” Pt. 1 (God and Your Performance)

Video: “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become,” Pt. 2 (What’s Wrong With Dedication to God)

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

TD Fri. – “Good For Nothing” with Sandra

Video: “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become,” Pt. 1 (God and Your Performance)

Video: “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become,” Pt. 2 (What’s Wrong With Dedication to God)

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

Hey TD!

In continuing our series, Christ For Real, we will now take the next step towards going from the religion that so many of us have been practicing, to the real relationship that God wants to have with us in Christ. It’s all the difference in the world.

This week, our beloved Sandra will lead our session, entitled, “Good For Nothing.” It’s essential teaching for you if you want the real and living Christ in your lives, and not just Christ-information in your heads.

To bring yourself back up to speed, we recommend reviewing the first two sessions in this series (above), “Becoming the Christian You’ve Become,” Pts. 1 and 2, getting the teaching solidly in your minds, and giving it a chance to season to take root in your souls.

Memorize Colossians 3 With TD!/”The Walk” (video)

Video: “The Walk” – Sandra on the power of reciting Scripture (warning: really cute Golden Retriever footage!)

Hey TD!

This year, our hope and prayer will be for all of TD to memorize the entire chapter of Colossians 3 together by the end of the school year. In memorizing chapters, you not only will be memorizing God’s thoughts (content), but His though patterns (intent) as well. Colossians 3 is a rich chapter that God can use to change your life.

In the midst of all the memorizing you do for school, TD leaders will affirm that there is nothing better to memorize than God’s Word. In doing so, the Holy Spirit will have something to work with in your souls, something to use to minister to you and through you. Watch the video above to hear how memorizing God’s word ministers to her.

Our aim is to have verses 1 – 2 memorized by the end of October.

Colossians 3 (NASB)

1Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

      5Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— 11a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

      12So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

      18Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. 20Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord. 21Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.

      22Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 25For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.

Happy Birthday to Our Dear Friend and Hero in the Lord, Joni!

Photo: Visiting and singing to the one and only, Joni Eareckson Tada, on her 71st birthday!

Photo: The coronavirus can’t stop us from celebrating a life well-lived!

Hey TD!

Would you please join me in rejoicing and celebrating the birthday of the incomparable and singular Joni Eareckson Tada! One of the most beloved Christians in the world today – who Francis Chan said he believes to be the godliest woman on the planet (his words) – and one for whom living each day itself takes an Olympian effort, Joni is a true spiritual hero to so many, including my family.

We had the joy of paying her a surprise birthday visit at her home to sing to her and wish her a very happy birthday. What a delight it was to visit with her and her husband, Ken (socially distanced, of course), and to have the refreshment of being in the Spirit’s presence, who always graces us in a unique way when we’re together.

Many of you TD’ers don’t even know who Joni is … but you should, you really should. All TD alumni know of her and have been graced and inspired by her many times over, as she has a special heart for TD. Just ask them.

In honor of Joni’s birthday, and for your own inspiration and growth, would you please watch and be immensely enriched by the following videos? You will be strengthened, sharpened, humbled, and moved: A Deeper Healing

And for you artists out there, this is inspiring too: Painting for God’s Pleasure

Here’s a bonus video of TD visits Joni at the International Disability Center. This beautiful luncheon with Joni and Ken was for the top V4V award winners.

Joni is not into herself. She just wants God to be glorified, Jesus to be cherished and loved, the Spirit to move powerfully and freely, and the vulnerable – especially those with disabilities – to be valued and empowered. She would be so thrilled to know that you watched her videos and were strengthened in these ways. That would be all she would want for her birthday.

So, if after you watch, you are so inclined and moved to write her a note of how your faith was strengthened, I’ll pass it on to her!

Would you stop and say a sincere prayer for our dear sister, who is now in her 54th year of quadriplegia? That would mean the world to her.

Happy Birthday, Joni, 71 years young!

– Arthur

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!

TD Fri. – “(Un)answering Life’s Big Questions: Conversations About …”

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Hey TD!

“Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.”

Being stuck in quarantine, it may feel that life is progressing at a snail’s pace. But the reality is that our souls are always in motion, ascending the stairway to glory or being sucked into a spiral of sin. The fleeting pleasures of this world provide a momentary distraction, but eventually they lose their luster, and we begin to see our lives with a brutal clarity.

As we lie staring up at the ceiling at night, certain questions begin to float in our minds: what am I meant to be doing? Does my life even matter? Where will I go when I die? We know the answers that we’ve been given, but is it really that simple? We know that Jesus is supposed to be the solution, but why is he not the one I desire?

If you have found yourself in this position, perhaps feeling lost and directionless, we invite you to join us this summer in dialoguing about some of life’s most difficult questions. Together we will explore how Christ addresses the search for truth throughout his ministry.

Based on your feedback, our summer’s theme is “(Un)answering Life’s Big Questions: Conversations About …” !

This Friday, join us in conversing with our very own Auntie Sandra about the many questions that Jesus asked and the few He answered. What questions did He ask and which did He answer? How are they pertinent to our life’s journey? We hope you come and venture with us in breaking down and “unanswering” some of life’s biggest questions!