Devotionals – the righteous will live by faith: Habakkuk 2:4


I believe many saw the picture of the boy rescued from Aleppo, Syria are shocked. Even though we know it has been years that Syria is filled with violence and death, it is still unbearably heavy to see such a picture.  It reveals the horrible reality and it cries out loud against the war.

We may ask the LORD the same question Prophet Habakkuk asked, “Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife and conflict abounds”  Habakkuk 1:3

Let us admit that these are the questions we cannot find absolute answer. Let us also admit that we are helpless and powerless when we see normal innocent people suffer.  On the other hand, by faith, we affirm the goodness of God while we acknowledge that evil is in the world. But like Prophet Habakkuk, the LORD gives us His promise: the righteous will live by faith. If we trust in our LORD Jesus, He is our Savior! We trust that He knows what is going on. He will keep and protect His loved one. We will also vindicate those who died in injustice. Indeed, He is the Savior of the world. Perhaps it is still the waiting period, but He will surely come to save!

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, lift up those who are suffering and protect them. Give us patient.  Let us keep our trust in you.

August 25, 2016

RCAC Weekly Newsletter Week 34 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Praise the LORD for Baptism of Ashley and Vanessa. Give thanks to the LORD for Nate becoming RCAC member. Also welcome James and Anna from San Diego. Welcome Michael and his wife (TJ’s friend) visited us again from L.A.

Key verses from 1 Corinthians of the message on Sunday 8/21 Rejoices in body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body….and we were all given the one Spirit to drink
26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

August

Thanks for everyone who came on August 20 to help cleanup and building the play set. We are almost done. We will set the ground and make it nice for children to play.

 

Mandarin Fellowship August 27 (Saturday) 5:00 pm at Peter and Yuki’s residence. The gate code is #1999

 

RESCHEDULED: C&MA Annual Mission Conference – Mission 1:8 “Local Church & Global Engagement” will be held at the Awakening Church on August 30 (8:30am to 4:30pm)

September

The next quarter Sunday School curriculum will start 9/4. We will study 1 and 2 Peter and the book of Jude. Please come to study the Word of God 10:00 am Sunday.

Children Ministry:

Starting from September, we will resume our Middle School (& upper elementary) class from 10:00 to 11:00 am.

During 11:00 to 12:30am we will have two classes: One is for kindergarten and up. The other is for the younger one. I encourage you to bring your children to join the class.

September 17 is our Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration. It will be a fun time. Please invite your friends to come.

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Psalm 56:3-4

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
    In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?

August 24, 2016

Weekly Newsletter Week 33 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Welcome everyone came to worship Sunday. Welcome Timmy coming back from STM.

Main points from the message on Sunday 8/14 Give thanks and tithe – Deuteronomy 26
Why do we give?
We give because He has First Given us (based on 1 John 4:19 to respond to God’s love)
What should we do?
Deuteronomy 26:
• Present the Firstfruits (26:1-11) – Special
• Give the Tithes (26:12-15) – Regular
• Commit to the Covenant (26:16-19)
How can we do it?
By remembering!
• Remember who we are
• Remember what the LORD has done
• Remember the Needy

August
A special baptismal service will be held August 21, please let Pastor know if you would like to get baptized.

Church cleanup on August 20 (Saturday) 10:00 am. We also need around 10 to help setting up the play set. Please come and help. We will start around 8:30 am.

Mandarin Fellowship August 27 (Saturday) 5:00 pm at Peter and Yuki’s residence.

RESCHEDULED: C&MA Annual Mission Conference – Mission 1:8 “Local Church & Global Engagement” will be held at Awakening Church in Murrieta  on August 30 (8:30am to 4:30pm) If you interested to go please let Pastor know.

September

9/17  Mid-Autumn festival Celebration

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Important Notice:
We can now write “RCAC” in our offering check. Thank you for your patience.

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Call to worship for 8/21
This week call to worship is taken from Psalm 55:22
22 Cast your cares on the LORD
and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous be shaken.

August 18, 2016

Devotionals – Rejoice! Your King is coming : Zechariah 9:9-10

Big thing happened in L.A. sports scene last Saturday. The Rams is back! After 22 years and finally, Los Angeles has a football team again. People were so excited in Coliseum waiting for the return of the Rams Saturday. I know people love football, but their comments are beyond what I can imagine. They equate the Rams as the “lost sheep that went astray but finally returns home” and “like Lazarus that it resurrected”. A fan even said, “We’ve been counting every single day for them to return”.  Oh well, people surely love the game.

However, it is nothing compared to the celebration when Christ returns! Our King is “righteous and victorious”.  Yes, the righteous one will come. He claimed victory over sin and death.  He will bring joy and peace with Him. In fact, it will be everlasting peace (v10).

We will rejoice.  With hope like this, therefore, even though we may endure sufferings, we know it is light and easy compared to our future glory and reward. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us”  (Romans 8:18)

Let us count every single day for Him to return!

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, help us to be patient but work diligently to bring the Gospel to the end of the world while we are earnestly waiting for you to return.

August 17, 2016

Devotionals – To Win the Crown of Glory 1 Corinthians 9:24-25

Do you watch the Olympics game? I am so impressed to watch Simone Biles, the best gymnast competes. It is amazing to watch her doing all the difficult jumps, so skillful and confident, yet filled with joy. I am sure she spends many hours of strict practice in order to achieve this. That reminds me of what Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9 –

“25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training”

For Christian, we need spiritual training: Spiritual training includes regular prayer, reading bible, bible study, worship and serving. It requires effort and perseverance. It sometimes works against our feeling. For example, people would say, “I don’t feel like I want to pray”, “I don’t feel like I want to worship today”….etc. I believe our feeling is real but in order to “win the prize” God has prepared for us. We need to focus and work hard, including working against our feeling. “Run in such a way as to get the prize” v24

And we know: “we do it to get a crown that will last forever” – the glory Christ will share with us when He comes back.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus,
help us to work hard on our spiritual training. Help us not to do it with our feeling but with our conviction and faith.

August 12, 2016

 

 

 

 

Weekly Newsletter week 32 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome Jeremy and Jenny from Riverside. Welcome Winnie’s relatives from Italy visited us and worshiped with us Sunday.

Main points from the message on Sunday 8/7 Be a Good Steward – 1 Peter 4:7-11

Why do we need to exercise “Stewardship”?
Because we are created to take care of God’s Creation (創世記 Genesis 2:15, 詩篇 Psalm 8:6, 路加福音 Luke 19:17)

What area should we exercise Stewardship?

  • 地 Land (神的創造 God’s Creation )
  • 家庭 Family
  • 國家 Kingdom
  • 教會 Church
  • 資源 Resources
    • 金錢 Money
    • 時間 Time
    • 身體健康 Body

How do we exercise Stewardship?
Use the Spiritual Gifts God has given to you (1 Peter 4:7-11)
When we do that we will Glorify God (1 Peter 4:11)

Remember this is who we are:
Everything we have belongs to God. We are His stewards

Alliance Core Values

August

  1. Family Fellowship will be held Saturday 8/12/16 at 5:00pm at the Yuen’s residence. Dinner will be potluck so bring your favorite dish
  2. Board of Ministries after church on Sunday 8/14
  3. A special baptismal service will be held August 21, please let Pastor know if you would like to get baptized.
  4. Church cleanup on August 20 (Saturday) 10:00 am. Please come and help.
  5. Mandarin Fellowship August 27 (Saturday) 5:00 pm at Peter and Yuki’s residence.
  6. C&MA Annual Mission Conference – Mission 1:8 “Local Church & Global Engagement” will be held at the Grove on August 28 (3 – 8 pm) and 29 (8 to noon). If you interested to go (on either Sunday or both Sunday and Monday), please let Pastor know.

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Important Notice:
We can now write “RCAC” in our offering check.  Thank you for your patience.

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Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Psalm 54:6-7

I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
You have delivered me from all my troubles,
and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

我要把甘心祭獻給你,耶和華啊,我要稱讚你的名,這名本為美好。
他從一切的急難中把我救出來,我的眼睛也看見了我仇敵遭報。

Weekly Newsletter Week 31 2016

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Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome May’s Son from Illinois visited us Sunday. Welcome Della’s friends from China worshiped with us Sunday.

Main points from the message on Sunday 7/31 God’s will for all of us: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

God’s will for us is to be:

  • Secure in Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
  • Free from the slavery of sin and idolatry (1 Thessalonians 1:9)
  • Spiritual and Physical Healthy (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
  • Able to give generosity (2 Corinthians 8:1-2)
  • Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
  • Become a model to the others (1 Thessalonians 1:7)

August

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VBS 2016 will be August 4-6.  This year theme is Submerged – Finding Truth Below the Surface, it is based on Psalm 139:23-24.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

We will have two days of activities August 4 and 5 from 9 to 11:30 am at Church. Then on Saturday, we will visit Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.  We will go for the evening session starting 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. Address: 100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802,  $14.95 for each person

For the VBS, we welcome children 8 and under (if your child is older than 8, he/she is welcomed to come and help).  Please spread the word and invite friend to come.

This Sunday 8/7 is the first Sunday of the month, we have potluck lunch. Please bring your favorite dish to share

A special baptismal service will be held August 21, please let Pastor know if you would like to get baptized.

C&MA Annual Mission Conference – Mission 1:8 “Local Church & Global Engagement” will be held at the Grove on August 28 (3 – 8 pm) and 29 (8 to noon). If you interested to go (on either Sunday or both Sunday and Monday), please let Pastor know.

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Important Notice:
Our bank told us that for the offering check, we need to write “Riverside Christian Alliance Church” instead of RCAC. It is effective now.

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Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Psalm 31:7

I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction
and knew the anguish of my soul