Devotionals – When the rain comes (Matthew 7:24-27)

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We have quite a lot of rain this year. I heard it is going to rain again tonight and tomorrow. If you have any water issue in your house: leaking from the roof, gutter blocked or flooding in your yard, you would want to fix it now.

At the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount,  Jesus uses the parable of rain and building a house on the rock to illustrate the importance of practicing what we learn. (Therefore, Sermon on the Mount is teaching Jesus expects us to practice – even though it seems to be very difficult, if not impossible to do so)

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.

We face many spiritual storms in life, something we really feel we are going to “die”.  But if we practice what Jesus teaches us (in this case, the Sermon on the Mount) our faith will be secured.

26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Remember it is not about how much we learn, it is about how much we practice.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, we need you every day. Give us reminder and help us to practice the Word. Strengthen our faith in our time of spiritual storms.  Keep us in your love.

February 16, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 7/2017

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Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome everyone came on Sunday to worship

Summary of the message on 2/12 Finish the work of the Father – Gospel of John

The work of God, the Father is a main theme in the Gospel of John

Here is a summary of the major verses of related to this theme:

为什么 Why?

  1. 工作是食物 Work is food 4:33-35, 6:27
  2. 工作导致荣耀 Work leads to glory 9:3, 17:4

什么 What?

  1. 相信是“工作”Believe is “work”  5:36, 6:28-29, 10:25, 14:11, 15:26

怎么做 How?

  1. 天父在工作 Father is at work 4:38, 5:17, 5:20, 14:10
  2. 儿子做父的工作 The Son does the work of the Father  5:17, 8:41, 10:32, 10:37-38, 15:24
  3. 你会做更大的工作 You will do greater work 14:12
  4. 一起工作 Work together 4:37-38

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2/17 Friday Night Fellowship: The Youth will have an outing this Friday and the adults class will skip one week and there will be no meeting at church this Friday

2/18 Regular Church cleanup. Please come and help us to keep the church clean and neat

2/19 We will have Bro. Gilbert & Edith Chen coming. Gilbert will deliver a message and will tell us some exciting works God is doing in the field

2/19 We will have a meeting during lunch on the Short Term Mission trip during Summer. Join us if you are interested.

2/19  The 242 (English) Fellowship will meet at 5pm today at Pastor Wayne and Allison Chu’s home at 7641 Greenock Way, Riverside, 92508. Everyone is welcome to attend.

2/19 We will have a Congregational meeting on approving the following Article of Incorporation

“RCAC has to update the Articles of Incorporation according to the latest guidelines by C&MA.  Incorporation is necessary in order for RCAC to remain as a non-profit organization per the IRS requirements.  An updated copy of the A of Inc is available for review by members at the hall table in the foyer.   A special member meeting will be called on Feb 19 to approve the A of Inc.  The A of Inc has been reviewed by the General Counsel of the C&MA, and will be approved by the Board of Ministry at its monthly meeting on Feb 12, 2017.   If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Chu or Lawrence Tai.”

Please sign up for offering flower for Sunday worship. The signup sheet for the floral ministry is posted in the lobby. Notice that there is an option of bringing your own flower.  Otherwise, the floral ministry team will prepare the flower.

February 16, 2017

Devotionals – Grace and Law (John 1:17)

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“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” 

Grace and truth set people free while law binds people in certain bondage.  Law emphasizes on behavior and grace concerns about the issues in the heart. Grace promotes God’s righteousness but law tempts people to express self-righteousness

Law is from the top and grace is from besides.  Grace acknowledges a person and respects him/her as the precious creation of God.  Law tries to treat everyone the same.

Law is important because it is used to maintain justice and protect people’s right. On the other hand, grace takes care of people’s spiritual and emotional aspect. It touches people’s lives in an intimate way

Our LORD Jesus came to show us what grace is. The greatest expression of grace is in forgiveness of sin that we are judged under the power of law.

Prayer:
Dear LORD Jesus, let us sing praise to your grace. You came to save us! Remove our self-righteousness. Help us to see that we need the washing every day.  Praise and give thanks to our LORD and Savior.

February 10, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 6/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome everyone came on Sunday to worship

Key verses of the message on 2/5 Be Earnest and Repent – Revelation 3:14-22

3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.

3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

The LORD teaches and rebukes because of His love to the church. His teaching is firm yet He gives us second chance.  Do not be deceived by wealth or desires for other things that chokes our spiritual life.  Be sensitive to His message, examine our hearts and repent. He wants us to worship Him alone and be His witness to the world

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Praise the LORD for Steve’s visit on Friday (2/3). We are blessed by the message and will continue to pray for the ministry

  • Pray for Steve’s schedule in sharing his ministry in different churches
  • Pray for the revision of the curriculum to target for the cult issues
  • Pray for his father in PA for his health issue
  • Pray for a minister that has depression, ask the LORD to give him healing

2/11 Family fellowship at Shelton and Gail’s house this Saturday

2/11 Board meeting will be held Sunday after church

2/18 Regular church cleanup

“RCAC has to update the Articles of Incorporation according to the latest guidelines by C&MA.  Incorporation is necessary in order for RCAC to remain as a non-profit organization per the IRS requirements.  An updated copy of the A of Inc is available for review by members at the hall table in the foyer.   A special member meeting will be called on Feb 19 to approve the A of Inc.  The A of Inc has been reviewed by the General Counsel of the C&MA, and will be approved by the Board of Ministry at its monthly meeting on Feb 12, 2017.   If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Chu or Lawrence Tai.”
Please sign up for offering flower for Sunday worship. The signup sheet for the floral ministry is posted in the lobby. Notice that there is an option of bringing your own flower.  Otherwise, the floral ministry team will prepare the flower.

February 8, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 5/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome Ken (Molly’s son) visited us. Welcome Mark from Corona visited again. Welcome Jill and April’s parents and Geraldine’s family from China visited us Sunday.

Summary of the message on 1/29: Open the door for us, LORD – Revelation 3:7-12

  • Our LORD Jesus is the LORD and Savior of the world: The door of evangelism and mission that He opens no one can shut.
  • Even though we have little strength, we need to try our best to witness Christ
  • He will acknowledge us and shows His love to the world as we are His disciples.
  • Therefore, we have to keep His command to endure patiently, He will also keep us from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

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2/3 This Friday, Steve Wible will come to share with us the ministry.  Please come and join us in listening to the exciting things God is doing.  7:00 pm Potluck dinner, 8:00 pm meeting

2/5 This Sunday is the first Sunday of the February, we have potluck lunch, please bring your favorite dish to share

2/5 242 (English) Fellowship will meet at 5pm at David and Miko Wang’s home Dinner is potluck. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please sign up for offering flower for Sunday worship. The signup sheet for the floral ministry is posted in the lobby. Notice that there is an option of bringing your own flower.  Otherwise, the floral ministry team will prepare the flower.

“RCAC has to update the Articles of Incorporation according to the latest guidelines by C&MA.  Incorporation is necessary in order for RCAC to remain as a non-profit organization per the IRS requirements.  An updated copy of the A of Inc is available for review by members at the hall table in the foyer.   A special member meeting will be called on Feb 19 to approve the A of Inc.  The A of Inc has been reviewed by the General Counsel of the C&MA, and will be approved by the Board of Ministry at its monthly meeting on Feb 12, 2017.   If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Chu or Lawrence Tai.”

February 2, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 4/2017

2017 Chinese New Year

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome Shirley and Joe (Linda’s friends) from Riverside. Welcome Mark from Corona visited us Sunday.

Summary of the message on 1/22: Wake up! – Revelation 3:1-6

Our LORD Jesus holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars 3:1. He is all knowing and His judgment is fair

If He speaks to us today, we should examine our heart and make changes:

  1. Wake up!
  2. Strengthen what remains and is about to die
  3. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard;
  4. Hold it fast
  5. Repent

3:3  But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

This is consistent to what we hear from the Gospel message: Matthew 24:42-44, Luke 12:39-40

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Chinese New Year Celebration will be held Jan 28, Saturday 5:00 pm potluck dinner and 6:45 pm meeting. Please reserve your time to come. Bring your favorite dish to celebrate the year of rooster!

Children ministry committee meeting after lunch today.

Please sign up for offering flower for Sunday worship. The signup sheet for the floral ministry is posted in the lobby. Notice that there is an option of bringing your own flower.  Otherwise, the floral ministry team will prepare the flower.

2/3 Friday, Steve Wible will come to share with us his ministry.  Please come and join us in listening to the exciting things God is doing.  7:00 pm Potluck dinner, 8:00 pm meeting

2/5 Sunday is the first Sunday of the February, we have potluck lunch, please bring your favorite dish to share

January 26, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 3/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome Rev. Calvin Lai and Mrs. Lai visited us and praise the LORD for the message delivered by Rev. Lai.  Welcome Esther and her friends from Taiwan visited us Sunday.

Summary of the message on 1/15: Motive of Ministry – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Christ’s love constraining us and only that will keep us faithful in every situation.  Our motive of ministry is “our response to the great love of our LORD”

The three steps of preparing disciples for ministry

  • Jesus prayed for his disciples that they would have the love of the father in them (John 17:26)
  • Jesus asked Peter three times that if Peter loves Him (John 21:15-17)
  • Jesus gave the great commission to his disciple (Matthew 28:18-20)

Great quote from the message:  “God’s work, do it according God’s way, will never lack God’s supply” -Hudson Taylor

May we all sense the deep love of God and respond in action!

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Because of the rain, we will postpone our playground cleanup and mulch setup. We will let you know when we do that.

However, we still have our regular church cleanup this Saturday Jan 21.  Please come and help.

Chinese New Year Celebration will be held Jan 28, Saturday 5:00 pm potluck dinner and 6:45 pm meeting. Please reserve your time to come. Bring your favorite dish to celebrate the year of rooster!

2017 Chinese New Year

Please sign up for offering flower for Sunday worship. The signup sheet for the floral ministry is posted in the lobby. Notice that there is an option of bringing your own flower.  Otherwise, the floral ministry team will prepare the flower.

 

January 18, 2017