Devotionals – The Harvest is plentiful Matthew 9:37-38

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In Matthew Chapter 9:35, the Scripture begins to tell us “Jesus went through all the towns and villages…” While He ministered to the people by teaching, preaching and healing, this is what He saw and felt: “people were harassed and helpless”. Harassed and helpless literally mean ‘torn and thrown down’, it is related to metaphor of the sheep which are unprotected from predators, as they don’t have a shepherd. And Jesus showed His mercy and compassion to them. The verb to have compassion (literally referring to a ‘gut reaction’) is a term always in the New Testament by Jesus Himself, as if He literally senses the pain of the people.

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As you continue to read in Chapter 10 of Matthew, Jesus sends out the Twelve. This is in the middle of the Gospel. And then in Chapter 28 after Jesus resurrection, He gives the Commission to His disciples again. So we understand, sending out is a major ministry for Jesus on earth. With all the preparation of being with the disciples, guiding them in teaching, preaching and healing, the goal is to send them out.

Do you genuinely love the lost people? Mission is driven by love and compassion: Sensing the pain of the others, having the conviction that people are lost without Christ, willing to sacrifice to reach out to them. There are a lot of sheep waiting for shepherd. Are you ready?

Prayer

Dear God,  May the LORD open our spiritual eye, so that we can see the harvest, be excited and get ready. Send us to Your harvest field LORD.

 February 4, 2016

Weekly Newsletter Week 4 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome Melody, Jwen’s friend visited us Sunday

Here is the highlight of the message on Sunday 1/31 Receive and Extend Grace Genesis 50:15-21

Extend Grace in the Name of God:

  • Joseph’s life is a typology of Christ and for us
  • Forgiveness is the way to freedom
  • Forgiveness heals your hearts
  • Forgiveness is the cement of community life

February

Chinese New Year Celebration will be Feb 6 Saturday 5:00 pm at church. We will start early. Feel free to come early to play basketball, hangout or have a cartoon portray. It’s going to be a fun time. Please invite your friends to come.

Our friend, Monte Race will visit us Feb 7 Sunday. He will deliver a message and give us an update of his work in the field.

We finished collecting can food for Second Harvest. We will have a blessing this coming Sunday and send the collection to them. Thanks for your participation.

Feb 7 is the first week of the month: we have potluck lunch at church. Please bring your favorite food to share

February 20, 2016 – Children’s Ministry Training Seminar (organized by District). It will be a great opportunity for parents, teachers and anyone who has an interest in children ministry

Part of 91 will be closed during 9 p.m. Feb. 19 until 4 a.m. Feb. 22. If you are coming from OC to church, please plan ahead.

http://www.pe.com/articles/closure-792873-corona-officials.html?nstrack=sid:1440455

March

Baptismal class will be held to prepare for the Baptism in Easter March 27. If you are interested to be baptized or to be member of RCAC, please let Pastor know.

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Matthew 9:37-38

37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

37 於是對門徒說:「要收的莊稼多,做工的人少。 38 所以,你們當求莊稼的主打發工人出去收他的莊稼。」

Devotionals – About His Righteousness – Matthew 6:33

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

This verse is in the context when Jesus talked about worry. Many people worry about everyday lives, worry about things on earth, especially on money. Some worry about what to eat, some worry about what to wear. But Jesus tells us not to, instead, we should put our focus on the Kingdom. Indeed, if we live with this mentality, we can be satisfied. Otherwise, no matter how much we have, we will still feel not enough.   In America, we live an affluent life (comparing to people in other places in the world). But for many, they still feel not enough. (Do you know how much an average American spends on lottery each year? $350)

People forget to give instead they keep asking for more. However, God wants us to use His blessings to bless the others, so that they can also give glory to God?

Also:

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” Romans 14:17

Our goal on earth is to seek righteousness of God. While we are doing that, we will enjoy peace and joy. For all the other things, like Jesus says, God will give to us.

Prayer

Dear God,

Help us to seek your righteousness always and do not focus on the temporary, but focus on the eternal. Encourage us when we are weak and have not enough faith.

January 28, 2016

Weekly Newsletter week 4 2016

theme 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome Louis and Tiffany from UCR joined us to worship Sunday.

Here is the highlight of the message on Sunday 1/24 Together we live out the life of Christ – Philippians 1:27

1:27 … I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel

This verse is Philippians is our theme in 2016. It reminds us about our unity in Christ

  • One Spirit 一靈
  • One Body 一个身体
  • One Faith 一信
  • One Gospel 一个福音

We are talking about “Relational Unity”. That is we unify in Christ’s Grace and Truth: gracious to one another, forgiving of one another, teaching and encouraging one another.

Let us put into practice this year:

  • We will LOVE 愛
  • We will PROCLAIM 宣講
  • We will REACH 外展
  • We will LAUNCH 啟動

May the LORD work among us to make us ONE and be more like Christ!

January

This Sunday (1/31) is the last Sunday for collecting can goods for Second Harvest Food Bank. Thanks for your contribution so far. We have collected a good amount this time.

Leadership training for the youth will meet this coming Sunday 1/31 9:00 am at church.

February

Chinese New Year Celebration will be Feb 6 Saturday 5:00 pm at church. It’s going to be a fun time. Please invite your friends to come.

Our friend, Monte Race will visit us Feb 7 Sunday. He will deliver a message and give us an update of his work in the field.

February 20, 2016 – Children’s Ministry Training Seminar (organized by District). It will be a great opportunity for parents, teachers and anyone who has an interest in children ministry

Part of 91 will be closed during 9 p.m. Feb. 19 until 4 a.m. Feb. 22. If you are coming from OC to church, please plan ahead.

http://www.pe.com/articles/closure-792873-corona-officials.html?nstrack=sid:1440455

March

Baptismal class will be conducted during March to prepare for the Baptism in Easter March 27. If you are interested to be baptized or to be member of RCAC. Please let Pastor know.

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Matthew 8:17

17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

“He took up our infirmities
and bore our diseases.”

17 這是要應驗先知以賽亞的話說:「他代替我們的軟弱,擔當我們的疾病。」

 

January 28, 2016

Devotionals – Courage to Follow Jesus – Acts 4:13

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13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

13 他们见彼得约翰的胆量,又看出他们原是没有学问的小民,就稀奇,认明他们是跟过耶稣的。

When Apostle Peter and Apostle John were threatened by the Sanhedrin – the ruling council, they showed no fear. Where did the courage coming from? It is from Jesus. The scripture tells us: “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them….“ (Acts 4:8)

We need courage to follow Jesus because we need courage to change! To change is difficult, especially radical change like following Jesus. Often we know cognitively what is the right thing to do, but without the courage to do so. We would sink into agony for not seeing it happens. For ministry, we know it is a spiritual battle. A solider cannot fight a battle without courage. It is so important that God reminds Joshua three times that he needs to be courageous in the beginning of entering Canaan. In the same, we need courage to serve Jesus. Courage is not all that rational, even with full understanding, we may still lack of courage to finish our commission. That is why even as assertive as Apostle Paul, he would feel discouraged and trembling sometimes (1 Corinthians 2:31),

My personal experience is the Spirit of Jesus gives me courage through prayer. When I pray, I sense power coming from above. Encouragement and power comes. Therefore, spend time in prayer, ask Jesus with fill us with His Spirit and give us courage to change, to follow Him and to serve Him

Prayer

Dear Holy Spirit, fill us with your power, so that we will have courage to do the work of our LORD Jesus Christ.

January 20, 2016

Weekly Newsletter Week 3 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome everyone came to worship with us Jan 17. Welcome Della’s friends from China, Pastor’s friends from Texas and Ethan (Eric’s brother). I pray that they had a meaning time of worship and will see them some days when they visit us again.

Here are the key points of the message: Follow Me – Luke 5:1-11, 27-32

Follow Jesus means…

  • Follow Jesus wherever He goes
  • Give up your own way of life
    • Your career
    • Your wealth
    • Your interest
  • Love what He loves and enjoy what He enjoys
  • Do what He does and Suffer what He suffers
  • Receive the reward like Him

January

Mandarin Fellowship will be held at the Tai’s residence Jan 23 5:00 pm potluck and 6:30 meeting. Please reserve your time to come

One more weeks to go! Please bring in can goods and for Second Harvest Food Bank. We will continue to collect until the end of January. Thanks for your contribution. We have collected a good amount this time.

February

Chinese New Year Celebration will be Feb 6 Saturday 5:00 pm at church.

Chinese New year 2016
February 20, 2016 – Children’s Ministry Training Seminar (organized by District). It will be a great opportunity for parents, teachers and anyone who has an interest in children ministry

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Matthew 7:24:25

House on the rock

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

24 “所以,凡听见我这话就去行的,好比一个聪明人,把房子盖在磐石上。 25 雨淋,水冲,风吹,撞着那房子,房子总不倒塌,因为根基立在磐石上。

 

January 20, 2016

Devotionals – A time to plant – Jeremiah 31:28 Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 

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Gardening is an example frequently used in the Bible to tell us about God’s work to this world. (Well, Adam was made to be a “gardener” to take care of the Garden!). Perhaps, it is a bit early to plant this year. But sure, it is time to get ready.

It is exciting to plant and see the plant grows. Eventually we can enjoy the fruit/vegetables produced. In the same way, Jesus said, the Word of God is like the seed (Mark 4). When it falls on the good soil, it will produce a crop, thirty, sixty or even a hundred times. God is pleased when He found the harvest.

There are works to do in order to see the harvest: Planting, weeding, watering etc… God has given the tasks to us (1 Corinthians 3:5-9). Labor! And we will see the crop one day. Do not let the labor to break you though. It could be difficult and it could be slow! But let us work faithfully in God’s garden. He will let us enjoy the product of it when it is time of harvest.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, help us to plant your seed of salvation at the right time. Help us to take care and love them. May You make them grow.

 January 14, 2016