Devotionals – Acts 12 – Miracle or not

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Chapter 12 of Acts begins with the persecution of the church from King Herod.  James, the brother of John, was put to death with the sword. Now, it was Peter’s turn. He was kept in Prison waiting for the “trial”. It seems that evil prevailed. But the Bible tells us “the church was earnestly praying to God for him” (12:5). Then, miracle happened; God’s angel took Peter out of the prison. Halleluiah!

But some of us may ask: why James died but Peter lived? Well, we just learned it last week: God does not have favoritism. So it is a difficult question, I don’t pretend to know the answer.

I believe it is all for His glory. In His wonderful plan, He gives us the opportunity to live is to serve Him. Everyone has a unique and personal part in His plan. The most importance is we live a life to give glory to God that people will love and know God because of our life. In this life, we serve and glorify Him; After this, we will enjoy the presence of God in Christ.

Prayer

Dear LORD, according to the prayer you taught us: lead us not into temptation and save us from the evil one.

May 26, 2016

Weekly Newsletter week 21

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome everyone who came to worship with us Sunday May 15. Welcome Ms. Sherry (Joyce Huskey’s friend) .

Here are some main points of the message: The LORD shows himself holy – Numbers 20:1-13

Lesson for us today:

  • Honor God
  • Anger does not bring about God’s righteousness 雅各书 James 1:20
  • Disobedience has a consequence
  • We can certainly do it if we trust in God
    哥林多前書 1 Corinthians 10:13

Do no lose the blessings before our shortcomings and weakness in our personality.  Live like Christ and submit to God’s commandments.  We will live out our purpose of life and see the glory of God.

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cleanup

Church cleanup this Saturday 10:00am at church. We need your help to make the church clean and neat.

This coming Saturday Mandarin Fellowship will be held at John and Serina’s residence May 28 (Saturday) 5:00 pm. It will be a BBQ. John and Serina would like to invite everyone to come.

REACh College/YA Retreat during Memorial Day Weekend, 5/27/16 Friday evening to 5/30/16 Monday afternoon, Contact Ian for link to online registration form or if you have any questions.

June

REACh Youth Camp  June 16 to June 19. For Registration form, please contact Asa or Amy

Great Commission Sunday is scheduled on June 12. Please prepare for your special offering to support the Great Commission Fund

June 19 – We will have a BBQ after church to celebrate Father’s Day

June 26 – Graduation Day – celebrate with our graduates this year

General

We set up a suggestion box in the lobby, if you have any suggestion of improvement, please write it down and put it in the box. We will check it regularly.

Please sign up for the Flower Offering on Sunday. The sign up poster is on the door in the lobby

We are finishing up the last lesson of the Sunday School curriculum of this quarter this Sunday. Starting in June, we will study 1 Samuel. Please come and join us in studying the Word of God 10:00am Sunday

Friday night fellowship: our English class is studying the Epistle to Romans. We welcome everyone.

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from – Acts 12:11

11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”

May 26, 2016

Devotionals – God does not show favoritism – Acts 10:34-35

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34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.

Acts 10 shows us another turning point in the history of the early church. God’s intention is clear that He wants to save everyone. Not just the Jews, but everyone, including even Roman, the enemy of the Jews. Here is an example, Cornelius, a centurion who was devout and God-fearing (Acts 10:2) received the gift from God

Praise the LORD, God is still working in the world today. God is moving people so that they can listen to the gospel where they did not have such a chance in their homeland. Perhaps for some, they are considered as enemy. But God’s love is to tell them about Jesus Christ. That is the true peace making.

The Gospel is for everyone. It is grace from God. As Apostle Peter submitted to the authority of the Holy Spirit, we need to submit to the Spirit and pass on what we have received.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, let me know our role in the kingdom. Help us cross the cultural boundary and bring the Gospel to the people around us

May 18, 2016

Weekly Newsletter week 20 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome everyone came to worship Sunday May 15. Here are some main points of the message: We Can Certainly Do It – Numbers 13

God wants us to hold on to this Promise. His promise is to bless us. If we do so, He will show us His almighty power and glory. There is nothing too big for Him

There are many promises in the Bible:

  • 6:2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
  • 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
  • 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

May the LORD keep our faith strong that we can hold on to His Promises.

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Praise the LORD for the Envision L.A. Service Day last Saturday May 14. We had a chance to serve the community in Watts and listened to the wonderful testimonies from the brothers in that church. Great time works with other Alliance churches too.

Our training on Board member and Elder is rescheduled to May 21 Saturday. I encourage you to come. Let us learn to be a good steward and spiritual leader.

RCACFam Leader Training: how to lead a small group will be held May 22, Sunday 1:00 pm

This month (May) Mandarin Fellowship will be held at John and Serina’s residence May 28 (Saturday).   It will be a BBQ. John and Serina would like to invite everyone to come.

REACh College/YA Retreat during Memorial Day Weekend, 5/27/16 Friday evening to 5/30/16 Monday afternoon, Contact Ian for link to online registration form or if you have any questions.

June

REACh Youth Camp  June 16 to June 19. For Registration form, please contact Asa or Amy

Great Commission Sunday is scheduled on June 12. Please prepare for your special offering to support the Great Commission Fund

June 19 – We will have a BBQ after church to celebrate Father’s Day

June 26 – Graduation Day – celebrate with our graduates this year

July

VBS – July 23-25

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Acts 10:34-35

34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.

34 彼得就開口說:「我真看出神是不偏待人, 35 原來各國中那敬畏主、行義的人都為主所悅納。

May 18, 2016

Devotionals – Temptation to be looked spectacular – Matthew 4:5-7

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down…”

The temptation to which Jesus was exposed was to do something spectacular, something that could win him great applause
– Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus, p38

Jesus refused to be looked spectacular. To look good is not what He came to do. He came to do the “will of God”.  Great reminder He has given to His servant: we aim at completing the task God has given us. It is all for the glory of God.  God may give  us some spectacular spiritual gift. But spiritual gift is never intended to be used to draw people to us. We are living in a society that people desire stardom and individual heroism. Look at those presidential candidates, how many of them are really doing it for the people or just for their own ambition? Unfortunately the answer is too clear too see. But that is not Jesus Christ, who came as a humble servant and even died on the cross for our sin. Therefore, let us stay away from the temptation to be looked spectacular. Do not care how people see us, only care about how Jesus Christ sees us.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, help us to refuse the temptation of glorifying ourselves. Help us to serve with a humble heart and draw people to you

May 11, 2016

Weekly Newsletter 19 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome everyone came to RCAC to worship Sunday.  Praise the LORD for the message and sharing given by Pastor Lai.

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Parents

Here is an outline of the message on May 8: A Commandment with A Promise

        (Why should we honor our parents?)

(           (Honor our parents because it is right.)

(         (Honor our parents will reap benefits) 

()     可以   (Honor our parents sets examples for our children)

(How to honor our parents?)

() (Honor our parents is to provide for them and take care of them) 

  • (Provide for them with dignity and honor)
  • (Take care of them with unconditional love) 

()           他們 (Honor our parents is to obey them in the Lord, i.e. submit to them);

( 使 心和   (Honor our parents is not to cause them to grief or worry);

()        们。(Honor our parents is to tell them the truth in love).

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I pray that you learned something and will put it into practice

May

renew-city

This Saturday May 14 is the Envision L.A. Service Day. We have 9 signed up to go to Watts L.A. to do one day community work. I pray that the LORD will help us to serve the community and let us see the glory of the LORD manifested in the area

We will have our Board of Ministries on Mary 15 after church

The 242 (English) Fellowship will meet at Pastor Wayne and Alison Chu’s home this coming Sunday May 15 5:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Training on Board member and Elder will be on May 21 Saturday. I encourage you to come. Let us learn to be a good steward and spiritual leader.

RCACFam Leader Training: How to lead a small group will be held Sunday May 22 1:00 pm at church

This month (May) Mandarin Fellowship will be held at John and Serina’s residence May 28 (Saturday).   It will be a BBQ. John and Serina would like to invite everyone to come.

REACh College/YA Retreat during Memorial Day Weekend, 5/27/16 Friday evening to 5/30/16 Monday afternoon, Contact Ian for link to online registration form or if you have any questions.

June

REACh Youth Camp  June 16 to June 19. For Registration form, please contact Asa or Amy

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from  Acts 9:34-35

34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.

34 彼得對他說:「以尼雅,耶穌基督醫好你了。起來,收拾你的褥子!」他就立刻起來了。 35 凡住呂大和沙崙的人都看見了他,就歸服主。

Aeneas

 

May 9, 2016

Devotionals – Go – Acts 8:26-40

Last Sunday, we learned about Philip the Evangelist in our Sunday school class.
Acts 8:26An angel of the LORD said to Philip, “Go south to the road, the desert – that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza”. He followed the guidance of the Spirit and he went (without knowing what is ahead). Then we know God has already prepared an Ethiopian eunuch to receive the Gospel. It is of great significance as we know Ethiopian is a Christian nation early on perhaps because it received the Gospel from Philip. Many people, many generations know Jesus because of Philip’s obedience to the Spirit.

Of course, Philip was prepared. The Bible tells us Philip was a person full of the Spirit and wisdom (Acts 6:3). God chose a noble vessel to do His work. But the key here is Philip made himself ready and he followed the guidance without hesitation. Similar to Abraham, the Father of faith. Philip example is very important to us. God choose you to bring the Gospel to people around you. Are you ready? Have you prepared? Listen to the Spirit. He will show you the person who has been waiting to know Jesus.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, help us to get ready and help us to listen to the guidance of your Spirit. When you tell us to go, we will go.

May 4, 2016