Devotional – But by my Spirit (Zechariah 4:6)

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It was a great time attending General Council 2017 in Columbus Ohio.  Here is the link of the video of different sessions I recommend you to watch : http://www.cmalliance.org/video/series/alliance-council/2017/

The theme of this Council is “Forward”.  As a mission organization of more than 100 years, how can we still move forward in advancing God’s kingdom and completing His Great Commission?

The answer is: It all depends on the His Spirit!

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.  Zechariah 4:6

This passage gave Zerubbabel’s courage to rebuild the Temple.

“What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’”  Zechariah 4:7

May the LORD bless our church! Bless our building project! May the LORD bless our evangelism and mission effort!

When we face difficult, we need to humble and come to God, surrender ourselves to Him.  Trust in Him.  Drink from the source of power!  The Holy Spirit will work! Indeed it is not by our ability, it is Him! We wait patiently and pray earnestly.  We will see the glory of God.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, let your Spirit fill us fully.  With your power, we can witness you and give glory to the Father.

June 9, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 23/2017

Dear RCAC family:

Welcome everyone came to visit and worship with us Sunday (June 4). Welcome Rev. Chao and Mrs. Chao coming to deliver the message and conducted the Holy Communion. Welcome Susie and Katie.

Key points of the message on June 4 Take Root (New Life, New Living, New Hope): Hebrews 10:19-25  往下扎根 (新生命,新生活,新盼望): 希伯來書 10:19-25

序:  又新又活的路上,不要讓魔鬼得逞

  1. 新生命讓主掌權. (VV.21-23)
  2. 新生命中的新生活. (VV.24-25)
  3. 新生命中的新盼望. (V.25)   Conclusion: Romans 8:24  結語:(羅8:24)

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Friday Basketball: “6/9 @RCAC (9640 Jurupa Road, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509) 5-7pm. Everyone is welcome to join regardless of skill level.  Come get some exercise and fresh air. Stay for fellowship after if you’d like”

We are planning to take a group photo this Sunday after Church (June 11) to celebrate our 26th Anniversary.  Please come, we love to see you in the photo!

We will planning to have BBQ lunch on June 18 to celebrate Father’s Day.  We invite everyone to participate and bring your favorite meat (or veggie) to cook.

The youth summer camp is next Week: June 15-18 at Pine Springs Ranch Christian Youth Camp

July 4 BBQ: We will have our July 4 BBQ at the Shum’s residence this year. We want to  thank the Shum’s family for hosting the event again.  Please reserve your time to go.

For Wednesday Morning Bible Study, we will take our Summer break. We will send out notice when we resume our meeting

Devotional – Love one another – 1 John 4:11

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Greetings from Columbus, Ohio!  It is really a pleasure to attend the General Council.  It is a refreshing event listening to encouraging testimonies and powerful messages.  Also it is a great time in fellowship with other pastors and missionaries.

Check out the highlights and livestream from C&MA website: http://www.cmalliance.org/events/2017/council/

On the first day of the Council, I attended a workshop conducted by Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales. I love VeggieTales because they are serious about the teaching of the Bible yet they make it so clear that even children can understand.   I found out many years ago, Phil is part of the Alliance family.  He was invited to the Council to give a workshop.  During the workshop, he told us about how he developed VeggieTales and his spiritual journey. One of the most important spiritual truths he put at the closing line of most of episodes:

Bob the Tomato: God made you special, and He loves you very much.

Yes, like what I preached last Sunday: God is love. And the Bible does not stop there.

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” 1 John 4:11

Five times in this letter of John mentions “love one another”.  So you know it is important.  This verse tells us our reason to love one another is because God first loves us. Church is a family of love.  It is a place for people to come to experience “true” love from God.   If we cannot do that, we cannot tell the world we are Christ’s disciple. We would lose our voice. What we do will have no meaning.

How do we let people know God’s love?  First we need to fill with God’s love fully.  Love is not something totally rational, it is something engaging our feeling. Use our spiritual sense to receive God’s love.  The more we feel God’s love, the less we are self-centered and the more we can love one another.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, help us to feel the deep love from the Father.  Take away our self-centeredness so that we can respond by loving the others.

June 1, 2017

RCAC Weekly 22/2017

Dear RCAC family:

Welcome everyone came to visit and worship with us Sunday (May 28).  We are some guests and newcomers.   Welcome Maria from Riverside. Welcome Parker (Jason and Helen’s friend). Welcome Wayne, Fe and family (Paul and Magee’s friend from Beijing)

Key points of the message on May 28 – No Fear in Love – 1 John 4:7-18

The Bible tells us “God is love” 1 John 4:16

18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love

  • The enemy tells us all the lies that make us fear (because of our sin and shame)
  • Do not let fear to stop you from loving God and serving Him.
  • We are God’s children. God loves us. He wants us to come to worship and serve  Him

Application

  1. What is one fear that you face?
  2. How does this fear control you?
  • Confess that fear aloud
  • Affirm God loves you.  His love is greater than your fear.

 

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Pastor and Nina are attending General Council of C&MA this week. It has been a blessing to listen to many testimonies and messages. It is also a great time to hang out with fellow pastors and missionaries.

Rev. Gerald Chao will be coming this Sunday to deliver the message and conduct Holy Communion.

“Summer is almost here. We are going to try to start playing basketball on Friday’s again. This Friday 6/2, @RCAC (9640 Jurupa Road, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509) 5-7pm. Come get some exercise and fresh air. Stay for fellowship after if you’d like.”

This Saturday, June 3rd  4:00 pm  We will have our Family Fellowship.  We will be meeting at Paul and Magee’s place (6906 Rivertrails Dr, Eastvale, CA 91752).  Dinner is potluck.

We will start a new quarter of Sunday school curriculum on the book of Psalm.  Please come to attend Sunday school 10:00 am and take a book back home to study.

This coming Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, we will have potluck lunch. Please bring your favorite food to share

This year is our 26th Anniversary.  We are planning to have a Church Retreat in Oct. Also,  we are planning to take a group photo on June 11 to celebrate.  Please reserve your time and come

We will planning to have BBQ lunch on June 18 to celebrate Father’s Day.  More information will come.

The youth summer camp will be held at Pine Springs Ranch Christian Youth Camp & Retreat Center on June 15-18.  Please see Megan Ma if you have any questions.

June 1, 2017

Devotional – “Deny yourselves” Leviticus 16:29

Five times in Leviticus talks about “deny yourself”.  All of the context of these scriptures is related to worship.  So we know it is the proper attitude of coming close to the LORD. to serve Him and worship Him.  Now what does it mean by “deny yourself”:

  • To be humble
  • Not to focus on yourselves
  • Also not to think of your own problem, shortcomings or burdens

That is not to be self-centered but to move to God-centered.  It is an everyday attitude and especially when we come to worship God.   In the New Testament, Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”  Matthew 16:24.  Not to think about ourselves, our plan, our interest and our desires but God’s plan, His interest and His desires.

What a difficult (if not impossible) thing to do? Who would be able to do that? Yet Jesus demands all of us to do that, to deny ourselves and take up the cross.  To follow Jesus is to follow Him with the cross.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, we are not able to do what you require of us.  Have mercy on us and help us with your Spirit that we can follow you with the cross.

May 25, 2017

 

RCAC Weekly Issue 21/2017

Dear RCAC family:

Welcome everyone coming to worship on Sunday (5/21).

Key points of the message on May 21 – Enjoy Peace and Joy in Christ – Romans 5:1-11

Our peace and joy is received through God’s love that sent His only Son to us while we are sinning, Christ died for us, so there is reconciliation through sufferings of Christ.  It is also through our faith in Christ.

God expects us to reconcile with the others and with the world after we reconcile with Him.

Our basis for forgiveness (in this passage):

  • God’s sacrificial love
  • Work of the Spirit
  • Hope of future glory

Application:

  • Is there someone in your life that you know you need to extend forgiveness?
  • Extending forgiveness is the key to healing

 

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Pastor will attend General Council of C&MA from May 29 to June 4 at Columbus Ohio.  He will present the GCF offering during the mission rally.  Thank you for your offering to support Mission. May the LORD bless you as you bless the others and participate in the work of the Kingdom

There is no Wednesday Morning Bible 5/31 (Pastor will be in General Council)

This year is our 26th Anniversary.  We are planning to have a Church Retreat in Oct. Also,  we are planning to take a group photo on June 11 to celebrate.  Please reserve your time and come

We will planning to have BBQ lunch on June 18 to celebrate Father’s Day.  More information will come.

The youth summer camp will be held at Pine Springs Ranch Christian Youth Camp & Retreat Center on June 15-18.  Please see Megan Ma if you have any questions.

May 25,2017

Devotional – More blessed to give than to receive – Acts 20:35

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In his farewell speech to the elders of Ephesus, Apostle Paul taught them:

35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Somewhere, our LORD said: it is more blessed to give than to receive. We receive blessings so that we can give.  See, there is a process of transformation here.   People come to Christ (church) looking for blessing, there is nothing wrong about it. That is the beginning, after we taste the goodness of the LORD, we should be like a channel of God’s blessings, like one of the hymns we sing, to share what we have.  The LORD knows our nature: we need to first receive before we can give.  The difficulties would be not holding on what we have and share, like what we teach our children.

Let us be generous to the others.

When I talk about generous, it is not just material, it is also has a strong spiritual sense.

Do you give your time and effort in supporting the weak? Do you pray for people, encourage them?  Do you frequently forgive people?  There are the blessings you cannot buy with silver or gold.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, remind us on the blessings we received and help us to give generously.

May 19, 2017