Friday, December 19, 2008

At the Sight of the Messiah

At the sight of the Messiah:

The Community was disturbed and diluted (Matthew 2:3). Our communities and towns, our governments and peoples are still disturbed at the nativity. People cannot stand it that what we celebrate at Christmas, it is the birth of Christ.

The Cosmos declared His Deity (Matthew 2:7). Unique events in the heavens and the earth pointed to the Christ so that all could see.

Why the Shepherds?

Jesus left all the splendor of heaven to be born in a manger, meaning a trough. He was a humble Savior. He was a helpless Savior, no room to stay (Luke 2:12) and He was a Heavenly Savior. He said I will prepare a mansion for you and you could not just open the door for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

He wore swaddling clothes and a robe marred with blood, but he clothed you in His righteousness. He was despised but the heavens rejoice over one repented sinner. He was beaten beyond His body could bear but he we are healed by His strips. He wore the crown of thorns by gave us the crown of life. He was hung amidst thieves but He has invited you to a banquet. He was born to die to bring life into your dead soul.

What have you got to offer the King this Christmas?

-- Sam Thomas

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Care India Mission - New Website

Binu John, a guest pastor at TIF's Sunday service a few weeks ago, has a new website for his project, Care India Mission.

Visit the site to find out more about his work and how you can help.

Monday, December 15, 2008

TIF Christmas Dinner Photos

Thanks to everyone who came to the TIF Christmas Dinner. It was so nice to see people from all over the world gather together to share fellowship and celebrate the birth of Christ.

You all made the event great!

Holiday sugar cookies made at Susana Hormann's cookie decorating station. Everyone had a lot of fun with this.

Silent Night in Korean.

Silent Night in Spanish.

Silent Night in Mandarin.

Silent Night in Mandarin.

Pastor Sam Kim sharing a great message about Christmas and the Impractical Gift that God has given all of us.

Ava Zhang sharing her moving testimony of coming to Christ.

Singing Christmas carols.

Family fellowship.

Dunamis, a Christian band from Lancaster played a wonderful series of Christmas songs.

Mary Did You Know was my favorite of the night.

Jenna, lead singer of Dunamis.


Can you tell it was fun!?

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Christmas Story

Listen to The Christmas Story at Faith Comes by Hearing.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Recipes

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Search the Bible online - over 100 languages and 50 versions.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Holiday Card Making Workshop Photos

Yesterday, TIF held a Holiday Card Making workshop facilitated by Jesse White of Pigeon Arts. We learned how to make tunnel cards, collage cards, and altered photo cards. It was a lot of fun and I'm sure friends and family will be happy to receive our handmade creations!

Collaging is a lot of fun, and is a quick and easy way to recycle cards or make your own. Cut out pictures, colors and shapes and glue them on your card to create your design. You can also combine techniques...

This beautiful card has a combination of photo altering and collaging, with a holiday message written with a gold gel pen. It says "Jesus, our Light and Our Joy," with images of the birth of Christ.

Jesse explaining how to make a tunnel card, and different ways to be creative with it.

This is a tunnel card made with different decorative papers and a silver gel pen. On the cover it says "Oh Divine Night" and on the inside, "Noel, Peace on Earth."

Each student was able to use their creative talents to make wonderful cards. The finished products were as diverse as we are.

Adding some finishing touches...

Displaying our creations! Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

TIF Christmas Dinner

TIF's Christmas dinner is less than 2 weeks away! We want to cordially invite you to the meaningful annual event. You are welcome to bring your family, friends, and relatives to the event as well.

The dinner will be a very meaningful evening. We will have Mr. Sam Kim to preach on "An Impractical Gift" from 2 Corinthians 8:1-9. A Chinese believer, Ava Zhang, will share her testimony. We will also have a gospel music group to present us Christmas songs. As in previous years, we will sing Christmas carols throughout the evening. Before wrapping up, we will have an Art and Craft time prepared by Susana and her crew. That will be a very good fellowship time. Do not forget we will have turkey, and ham, and other most delicious American food for dinner!

The evening is free for students, and children. Only $7 for working adults (please let me know if you need subsidy for this, especially for friends you bring). Children are welcome, and they will have a separate program before the sermon begins.

You can park your cars on streets sides, or Graduate Parking Garage at 18th and South st (discounted price $5 per evening. Please bring in your parking ticket to be stamped by Tenth’s official stamp). Other directions can be found here

Please register by emailing at by December 10th.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Bible via Txt??

The Bible has been and is currently being translated into many many languages. But did you know someone has already translated it into SMS?

The next text message you send your friends could be "4 God so luvd da world..." So says the website: "Each verse is translated into 'SMS Language' - the full Contemporary English Version (CEV) with a modern twist! True meaning and order of words retained - 100% faithful to original text."

Click here for more info about the SMS Bible.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008