Devotionals – Genesis 9:16-17

Genesis 9:16-17

16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
Rainbow is  beautiful, but it has a very important meaning behind it. It is a sign of covenant God has made with all life on the earth (v17). This is a covenant of God’s love to every creature on earth. The Rainbow reminds us the account of the flood in ancient time. It was a horrible events. Yet it also reveal to us God’s character.  He is “love” (1 John 4:8) and He is “light” (1 John 1:5). He is light means there is no darkness in Him. He is justice. He will maintain justice on earth. He will save the righteous but punish the wicked.

The account of the flood begins in Genesis 6:

“5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” Genesis 6:5

This verse tells us how bad the situation was. I am not sure how does it compare to our today’s world. When I look at the world today, there are troubles everywhere, crisis and wars are happening every day. Even in America, we see many injustices happening in front of our eyes. We want to see justice established on earth. It can only come when Jesus comes. He will come with authority to judge the earth.

The sign of Rainbow reminds us that judgment would surely come as it did come before.  It is also a sign to tell the world God is patient. He does not want to see people perish but saved.  Therefore, when there is time, repent!

September 30, 2015

Weekly Newsletter 40/53 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Here is summary of last Sunday’s message: 9/27 The Authority of Compassion Mark 6:30-44

We are called to be faithful in offering what we have to Jesus. Even though it is just 5 loaves and 2 fish (seems insignificant). Jesus can use them to greatly.
“It is compassionate authority (Jesus’ authority) that empowers, encourages, calls forth hidden gifts and enables great things to happen”, as an author said.  Surely, we need the Spirit to empower us to have the same kind of compassionate authority to love and to serve, that including teaching the truth and serving the needy. Then we will see the glory of God manifested on earth

Upcoming events:


Oct 3 (Saturday) we have Family Fellowship meeting at Simon and Melody’s residence. We will meet at 5:00 pm

Election for Treasurer and Secretary on Oct 4 Sunday

Oct 4 is the first week of the month, we will have potluck lunch. Please bring your favorite dish to share

Church Retreat will be held in Oct 9-11 at Oak Glen Christian Conference Center.   We will have our worship service at Oak Glen on Oct 11. There will be no worship service at 9640 Jurupa Road on that day. If you do not go to the Church Retreat, you may visit the Grove Community Church at 19900 Grove Community Dr, Riverside CA 92880 9 am or 10:45 am

(Picture Day) If you missed the Picture Day Sunday, Oct 18 is the “Make up day”


Nov 15 is our Congregation meeting (right after Sunday worship)

We will conduct a Baptism Preparation during November. We plan to have a Baptismal Service in December, if you are interested in being baptized or joining the church as member, please let Pastor know.

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Genesis 9:16-17

September 30, 2015

Weekly Newsletter 39/53 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Here is last slide of the powerpoint of the last Sunday message 9/20 But if not – Daniel 3:1-18

Advice given by Pastor Bush on “Finding purpose on the spiritual journey” when difficulty comes:

  • Do not hesitate to ask God about what He is doing
  • Look at the people God has brought into your life
  • Seek God’s new purposes for your life in this new phase of the journey
  • Find spiritual companion to walk together
  • Keep your heart open to God

Welcome Paul and Miga Tien, our friends coming back to worship with us Sunday.

Upcoming events:


Our Mid-Autumn Festival Gathering will be this Friday 9/25.  We will set up games at 6:00 pm. Please come! there will be prizes for the games! 7:00 pm potluck dinner. Bring your favorite food to share. Don’t forget to bring some mooncake to share.

Sept 27 (this coming Sunday) is our Picture Day. It is time to take a picture for the church directory


Election for Treasurer and Secretary on Oct 4 Sunday

Church Retreat will be held in Oct 9-11 at Oak Glen Christian Conference Center.   It will be the last week to register without increased registration fee. Please get your form from Amy or Shelton.

Oct 18 Picture Day (Make up day)


Nov 15 is our Congregation meeting (right after Sunday worship)

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Genesis 4:26


September 23, 2015

Call to Worship – Genesis 4:26

The beginning of Genesis 4 tells us another big fall in human history. Cain killed his brother Abel out of jealousy. Violence continues to increase. The poem made by Lamech tells us the gravity of human sin: anger and violence increases ten times. We see from the Bible how human beings corrupted within a few generations.

At the end of chapter 4, we see hope. When everything seems so helpless, God is working again.

25 Adam made love to his wife again, and she gave birth to a son and named him Seth, saying, “God has granted me another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him.”” (Genesis 4:25). The name Seth means “granted”. It is the beginning of a new human lineage. Some believe it is a pre-figuration of the church and its relationship to the world. Anyway, we see God is at work and grants hope to human. The profound verse in 26 tells us that “At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.” (Genesis 4:26)

“Call on” means call out to. It can refer to proclaim or worship. It is difficult to explain the full meaning of this verse.   But we can understand that God’s revelation of His name YHWH (translated as the Lord in the Old Testament) is early in human history. People started to worship Him in this new lineage of human. However, the name of the Lord was lost early on. So in the time of Moses, the LORD needed to re-introduce His name to Moses. And history repeated, the Israelites lost the true meaning of the name YHWH again (we do not even know how to pronounce the name of the Lord).

But God is love, He revealed to us again in His Son, Jesus Christ. Through Him we see the glory of the Father (John 1:18). Through Christ, we can come to God again (John 14:6).

I am sure the worship at the time of Genesis would be quite difficult from what we do every week here. But the concept of worship remains the same. We give our reverence to God and call out to him for help. To save us from the corrupted generation, trust in the name of God so we can be saved (Acts 2:40). And the name is revealed to us as Jesus Christ, our LORD and our Savior. “12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Act 4:12)

September 23, 2015

Devotionals – Day of Atonement

Today (September 23) is the Day of Atonement which is called “Yom Kippur” in Hebrews.

Yom Kippur is considered as “the” most important day in the Jewish calendar for many Jews. The tradition of the pious is to have the “ten days of repentance”, fasting and ended with worship on this day. This is the time to ask God for forgiveness of disobedience in the previous year. And this is also a time to offer forgiveness to the others. Even though there is no Temple nowadays, the Jews around the world will spend time to fast and grief for their transgression against God and the others and ask God for forgiveness during this day

The details of the tradition can be traced back from the commandment given to Moses in Leviticus 16:

34 “This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.”

During the Day of Atonement, Aaron made the sacrifices for himself (his priestly family), the people of Israel and for the tabernacle for the uncleanness and rebellion, whatever their sins have been.

Even though we do not need to make sacrifice today, there is something we can learn from the Day of Atonement.

First, we learn about God’s nature: God is holy. Everything belongs to Him should be holy. We need to keep ourselves holy to represent Him and for His service. Even though we do not observe the Day of Atonement, it is good to take some time to confess.   When we repent, God is faithful, He will forgive us our sins and purify us with the blood of Christ (1 John 1:9-10).

Second, we do not need to make sacrifice because Jesus sacrificed himself for us as the most beautiful and complete offering. “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10).

Finally, we continue to make offering of thanksgiving to God and doing good deeds to the others. 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Hebrews 13:15-16)

September 23, 2015


Devotionals – The coming of our King

We are two important persons visiting U.S. this week: Pope Francis from Vatican and President Xi from China. They are both influential persons in the world today. President Xi is busy meeting with the tech executives in Northern Calif. and Pope Francis is welcomed with a crowd of thousands in D.C.

I am thinking, how do we welcome our LORD Jesus when He comes back?

When Jesus came to this world two thousand years ago, He drove a big crowd of people. He proclaimed, “The time has come,” He said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:14-15). While He continued His path to the cross, people started to leave. At the end, even His own disciples deserted Him: “Then everyone deserted him and fled” (Mark 14:50).

After the resurrection, He drove the disciples back to Him (Acts 1:4). Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the disciples became the witnesses of the resurrection. This time, even more people come to Jesus through the Holy Spirit and the Apostles (Acts 2:41).

Jesus teaches that one day He will come back. “They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30). Jesus teaches many times in the gospels that He will return personally and imminently (John 14:3, Luke 12, Luke 19:11-27, Matthew 24, 25). Apostle Paul (1 and 2 Thessalonians) and Apostle Peter teaches the same (2 Peter 3:8-10). Even Angels also give a testimony in Acts 1:11, “The same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven”.

The Fourfold Gospel is “one” gospel in four perspectives. They are connected with each other. Christ is our savior. He saves us from sin and death. Since He also saves us from the effect of sin, He is our sanctifier to lead us in our everyday walk. Sickness as the effect of sin keeps hurting us every day, Christ is our healer that we can taste the resurrection power and being saved from of the hook of sickness and pain. Even we are being healed and we walk with the LORD, we will still sleep (die) if the LORD does not come back at that moment (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Therefore, we need to understand that the world and all our lives must lead to the climax of the purpose of God salvation. Christ will return as the King to start the millennial reign on earth and then the final resurrection and judgment of all. It will lead to a new heaven and a new earth. History is not an endless cycle, it has beginning and it has an end. Everything in this world is telling us about that. All events in history will find their meaning in the light of this highest goal: the return of Christ as our King

Let us be watchful! Be prepared for the coming of our King.

September 23, 2015

Devotionals – Respect


In our current culture: Respect needs to be hard earned. And even it is earned; it can be lost in a very easy way. Respect to the authority: something that is taken for grant in the previous generations becomes a question. People start to ask why on this fundamental value. Either the recent clashes between the police force and public or the case that public servant does not follow decision by the court (Ms. Kim in Kentucky) reveal a crisis in the society. Some may worry that this kind of disrespect is shaking the foundation of our society.

On one hand, I believe it is indeed a crisis. On the other hand, there is a reason in each of these cases. We hear and see those who are being suppressed by the authority. These people speak out with horrible stories or video clip, telling us about the reality of the corruption of the powerful.

So we are facing with this question: can we blindly respect just because this person is in position? (the police or the judge)

For example, police force. I believe the law enforcement agents need to respect the law themselves. If they do not, they lose creditability. They need to be kept accountable. Are we (all citizens) the same? No. Are we asking for a high standard of respect of certain individual? Yes. Because they are law enforcement agent, they have been given “power” that common citizens do not have. Therefore, they have to show a higher commitment to the law and procedure.

“Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” James 3:1

In the same way, not all receive power to maintain justice. But those who receive power will be judged more strictly.

What about the Church? A troubling situation Church find herself in today is even she supposes to be the light of the world (in a place of apparent leadership to the society), she really lacks true authority. People remember all the scandals of the Church more than the good things Church has done (been doing). People do not easily give their respect to an institution and Church as an institution has no exception.

We do need to be an example. What we do, people will see.

“Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:17)

The first chapter of the book of Genesis tells us God creates the world in an orderly fashion. After the day of creation, God proclaimed it as “Good”. While we respect God, we also respect His creation order. On the same basis, the respect we give to the system is the respect we give to the people who worked hard and even gave their lives to build up this system.

A teacher once says: when our children go to school, they learn “respect”. They learn to respect school, respect teacher and respect his/her fellow classmates. And they learn to respect learning itself. Without that, our education is a failure.

“Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded” (Proverbs 13:13)

I agree. “Respect” is fundamental to our relationship. We come to Church to learn to respect God. The Ten Commandments teaches us to honor our parents. It is also a kind of respect. While we respect God, we also respect the Church Structure and leadership that God ordains. Finally we learn how to respect brothers and sisters no matter what background they are, what color they are and what socio-economic status they have. Because if we do not know how to respect the visible brothers and sisters, how can we say we respect the invisible God.