Devotionals – Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD: Jeremiah 17:7

Perhaps some are still arguing the performance of the presidential candidates during the debate. And perhaps some are putting high hope on these presidential candidates. But remember we don’t see a candidate or certain party as a savior! Because only Jesus is our LORD and savior, He requires your total allegiance to Him and Him alone. Don’t pledge your allegiance to ideology or political party. It is not going to save us from the corrupted world. It is one of the biggest problems of Church in history. Church pledged the allegiance to the world’s power in exchange of certain authority and influence. This is exactly the warning from Revelation 17.

Only trust in Jesus that He is the only one brings us blessings and hope.

Jeremiah tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things” (17:9). Even we have the perfect legal system (which will never happen), it still cannot change people’s heart. And all evil comes from the heart!

‘I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind”. According to His standard, no one is righteous, not even one. Everyone falls short of His glory. May the LORD bless this nation and give us a leader with a fearful heart. Instead of arguing about politics, let me spend more time to pray for this nation and our future leader (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus,  help us to have wisdom in this upcoming election. Help us not to trust in human but turn our eyes to you. Give us love, faith and hope and we will pray for our nation and leaders.

 

September 30, 2016

 

RCAC Weekly Newsletter Week 39

leadership

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome Grant, Timmy’s friend from Cruz visited us Sunday.

Here is the summary of the message on 9/25: To be a Leader: Matthew 4:1-11

In Matthew 4, Jesus went through three temptations, I used it to illustrate that they are also temptation for us today, especially to those who are leaders:

  • Temptation of Fulfilling Needs
  • Temptation of being Spectacular
  • Temptation of Power

Through confession and forgiveness, we learn how to resist the temptation and stand firm in God’s grace to continue to be a servant of God:

  • Not for ourselves but for Christ
  • Not to be loved but to love
  • Not in control but in humility
  1. I am glad to report to you that all candidates are confirmed with majority vote to be serve in our election last Sunday 9/25David Fang will be our Elder for a three-year term. Lawrence Tai, David Wang and Shelton Yuen will be our Board members for a two-year term
  2. Family Fellowship will meet at David & Miko’s residence this Saturday at 5pm.  Dinner is potluck please bring your favorite things to share.   We will be studying James.
  3. The 242 (English) Fellowship will meet at 5pm today at Simon and Melody Lee’s home at 38249 Sherwood St, Murrietta, CA 92562. Everyone is welcome to attend.
  4. Please continue to pray for the progress of the Building Project and pray that we will receive the permit soon.
  5. Oct 2 is the first Sunday of the Month and we will have potluck lunch
  6. Annual Planning Meeting will be held Oct 15. Please submit your goals/suggestion to Pastor and Megan, also submit any budget change or suggestion to Stephanie

September 28, 2016

RCAC Weekly Newsletter 38 2016

Dear Brothers and Sister

  1. Welcome Charles Liu, Amy Chung and Joan Chung visited Sunday.
    Welcome Pastor Theo Lai and Mrs. Vanessa Lai. Praise the LORD for the message delivered by Pastor Lai. May the LORD bless him for his future ministry.
  2. Praise the LORD for our Mid-Autumn Festival. Thanks everyone for participation and contribution in this event.
  3. Nominating Committee nominates:
    David Fang to be our candidate of Elder
    Lawrence Tai and David Wang to be our candidates of Member-at-large
    Shelton Yuen (our current Member-at-large) agrees to serve another 2-years term

    This is time for the congregation to nominate: Collect a written consensus from the candidate and two written support from the member and let the Nominating Committee know within two weeks.
    There will be an election on 9/25 (This Sunday)

  4. Please continue to pray for the progress of the Building Project and pray that we will receive the permit soon.
  5. Oct 2 is the first Sunday of the Month and we will have potluck lunch
  6. Annual Planning Meeting will be held Oct 15.

September 22, 2016

Devotionals – Spiritual Journaling – Isaiah 30:15

Perhaps for many people, journaling is a “lost art”. Once upon a time, when we have time to do it, however, I am seeing a strong comeback of journaling. Indeed, it is a great way in processing our emotion, especially spiritual journaling. We focus on our inner feeling to God, to people around us and to ourselves. I started to pick up this “old” practice and trying not just to journal but lift up the content to the LORD.

Here is what I have been trying:

  • Write down my feeling
  • Write down the reason for the feeling
  • Pray and Listen from the LORD what is His response

September 15, 2016

RCAC Weekly Newsletter Week 37 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome everyone coming to RCAC to worship God.

Here are some main points the message My Soul Waits in Silence: Psalm 62

  • vv1-7 Testimony of trust 信心的見証
  • vv8-12 Summon to trust 一同堅立信心
    • v11-12 Praise God 赞美神

Great reminder and comfort in v11-12

“Power belongs to you, God, 12  and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”; and, “You reward everyone according to what they have done.”

September

  1. We will have our regular church cleanup 9/17 10:00 am. Please come to help cleanup before the Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
  2. Good Food and Good News – Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration 9/17. It is coming! This Saturday!

RCAC invites you to join us for our annual Mid-Autumn Festival as we celebrate God’s love and being part of His big family. Food will be available for purchase beginning at 5pm. Worship and message begins at 7pm.

  • Asian Night Market Foods
    傳統美食
  • Fun & Games
    娛樂和遊戲
  • Worship Music
    音樂讚美
  • Good News Message
    好消息講道

3.  The 242 (English) Fellowship will meet at 5pm this coming Sunday 9/18 at Pastor Wayne and Alison Chu’s home at 7641 Greenock Way, Riverside, 92508. Everyone is welcome to attend.

4.  Nominating Committee nominates:

  • David Fang to be our candidate of Elder
  • Lawrence Tai and David Wang to be our candidates of Member-at-large
  • Shelton Yuen (our current Member-at-large) agrees to serve another 2-years term
  • This is time for the congregation to nominate: Collect a written consensus from the candidate and two written support from the member and let the Nominating Committee know within two weeks.
  • There will be an election on 9/25

Highlights of September Board of Ministries meeting:

  • We will be moving to the next step of our building project. We will start working on loan application and selection of constructor or building manager while we are waiting for the response from the city.
  • We will have a 25th Anniversary Celebration banquet at church Oct 22. Please reserve your time to come. It will be a time of celebration and thanksgiving.
  • The Board approves to use the Benevolence Fund to support a family in need.
  • Thanks for brothers and sisters signed up for helping in the Children Ministry. The Board approves to buy some small chairs and table to use.
  • Annual Planning Meeting will be held Oct 15.

September 15, 2016

Devotionals – Precious Child of God: John 1:12

“12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—“

We love our children. How much more does God the Father love us?

Like Jesus Christ, to whom God the Father says to him during Jesus’ baptism, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22.   We long to hear this from God, to sense the deep and unconditional love from Him.  For parents, God gives us children so that we can practice this kind of love.  For Christians, we can practice this love to our brothers and sisters.

“22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.” 1 Peter 1:22

Image a fellow Christian is a child. How you can help him/her to understand God’s love in a deeper sense? When this person makes a mistake and makes you mad, how do you respond?  You wouldn’t yell, criticize or blame the child, right?. Instead, you would listen in a caring manner and speak gently to him/her just like he/she is a child, so this person would make the same mistake in future.  We want God to treat us like this, so let’s start to treat each other in this loving way.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, please help us to see the other as a precious child of God and to love one another deeply from our heart.

September 9, 2016

RCAC Weekly Newsletter Week 36 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome Bro. Zhu from Detroit visited us. Welcome Justin, student of UCR.

Here is the summary of the message on 9/4 – More will be given: Luke 19:11-27

The Parable of the Ten Minas:

  1. 一切都属于神, 我们只是祂的仆人Everything belongs to God, we are His servants
  2. 神期望我们盡量運用祂的资源
    God expects us to make the best use of His resources
  3. 祂会跟我们算帐
    He will hold us accountable

September

  1. Nominating Committee nominates:
    David Fang to be our candidate of Elder
    Lawrence Tai and David Wang to be our candidates of Member-at-large
    Shelton Yuen (our current Member-at-large) agrees to serve another 2-years term (will need confirmation from the election)

    This is time for the congregation to nominate: Collect a written consensus from the candidate and two written support from the member and let the Nominating Committee know within two weeks.

    There will be an election on 9/25

2.  Good Food and Good News – Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration 9/17

RCAC invites you to join us for our annual Mid-Autumn Festival as we celebrate God’s love and being part of His big family. Food will be available for purchase beginning at 5pm. Worship and message begins at 7pm.

  • Asian Night Market Foods
    傳統美食
  • Fun & Games
    娛樂和遊戲
  • Worship Music
    音樂讚美
  • Good News Message
    好消息講道

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

4. We will have our regular church cleanup 9/17 10:00 am. Please come to help cleanup before the Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from 1 Peter 1:22

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart

22 你們既因順從真理潔淨了自己的心,以致愛弟兄沒有虛假,就當從心裡彼此切實相愛。

September 8, 2016