Devotional – Ready to be Challenged – Matthew 15:21-28

challenge of faith

Here is the story: a Canaanite woman came to Jesus and asked Him for mercy on her daughter who was demon-possessed and suffering terribly. First Jesus did not give any answer. And the disciples wanted to send her away.  I think at that moment, this Canaanite could be anxious or worry.  But this woman did not leave.  She kept crying out after them.  Without Jesus’ blessings, she continued to beg for mercy.

Finally Jesus answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel”.   Basically, Jesus said, “no”.  But this woman did not give up.  The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.  And Jesus replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

What did Jesus actually want to do at that time?  It sounds somewhat insulting.   Well, I don’t think Jesus actually wanted to turn her away.  Jesus wanted to give challenge to her faith.   Yes, our faith needed to be challenged that faith will grow.  It may be uncomfortable to hear these words  from Jesus.  But this woman passed the test!

The woman replied, “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”   She totally humbled in front of the LORD.  Moreover, her great faith is on Jesus Christ.  First, she knew He is all powerful and can heal her daughter.  Second, more importantly, she knew Jesus is mercy, compassionate and righteous.  He would not see the suffering girl and did not do anything.

Great faith is shown through the challenged by the LORD.  Brothers and sisters,  if we want to grow and bear fruits, we need to get ready to be challenged and respond humbly to Him.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, help us to be humble but hold on to you tight. Give us courage to face the challenge and our faith can grow

March 24, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 12/2017

Dear RCAC family:

Welcome Wayne Zhao (Grace Ni’s friend) visited us Sunday.

For these few weeks, we will focus on the topic of “faith”

Here is the summary of the message on 3/19: Spiritual Growth and Faith – James 1:2-8

Faith is the essential element of Christianity

How to describe faith?

  • Faith is certain confidence, trust and commitment
  • Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1)
  • Faith is to transcend ourselves, to act against our “natural” nature and not to be limited by our situation.
  • When we face trials, it is really a testing of your faith. So that faith will produce perseverance and eventually you will be mature and complete (Hebrews 1:2-3)
  • We please God with faith. He will reward those who seek Him with faith (Hebrews 11:6)

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Playground setup date: March 25 Saturday. Bring your tools and come to help us in setting playground with mulch

Updated Church directory is available. Each family please takes a copy

Choir practice after lunch today

“All In” Next generation training is a training date for both Children and Youth ministry. It will be held April 8 (Saturday) at the Grove 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  I encourage you to go.  Let me know I will register you.

March 23, 2017

Devotional – Let the “Light” enlightens us – Genesis 1:3-4

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“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep”  Genesis 1:2  A description of the world before creation. The Hebrew word for formless and empty does not really mean empty as nothing. It means chaos and confusion, of no use and of no meaning.

In a spiritual sense, human life is in chaos.  We live in chaos and confusion. We struggle with people and events, most desperately. We struggle with ourselves trying to create order and meaning.  That is human life.

But God is always in front of us, it is in the beginning, He said, “Let there be light, and there was light” Genesis 1:3

Have you seen a small animal (turtle) gets stuck in a swamp filled with wildrye.  We are like that little creature get stuck in chaos and confusion.

Many people with effort and opportunity, they come to some kind of “enlightenment”, perhaps with knowledge, with relationship or with power. However, the light from the world is not true light

In the Gospel of John, the author tells us:  Jesus is “the true light that gives light to every man” John 1:8.  God gives light to us so that we can break through the chaos. He gives us meaning of our life, order, purpose come into us

“The light shines in the darkness”  John 1:5

We are once in the darkness but now is under the light. However, there may be some darkness inside of us we try to hide and do not want to come under the light.

Do not hide

Do not be afraid

Receive the light

It is a “healing light”.  “God saw the light was good” Genesis 1:4

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, help us to come to the light every day.  Let you shine in every corner of our room. Submit to the true light

March 17, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 11/2017

Dear RCAC family:

Welcome Marybeth (Gail’s friend) visited Sunday. Welcome Vincent and Jessica visited us

Praise the LORD for Rev. Hui visited us last week. We enjoyed his presence. Those of you had meeting with him would agree that he has the gifting in listening and counseling. May the LORD continue to bless Rev. Hui’s ministry that he will continue bless the others.

Some key points of the message by Rev. Hui on March12 Way-Makers: Luke 3:1-6

  1. Yield to the Holy Spirit and be transformed
  2. Give priority to God for your time and money
  3. Love people rather than fear them
  4. See people from God’s perspective
  5. Don’t hesitate to join mission
  6. Reach out to the lost and be the Way Maker with God
  7. Tell the message of salvation of Jesus Christ

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242 English Fellowship will be held 5:00 pm Sunday March 19 at Ralm Jung’s house at 16309 Green Leaf Ct, Riverside 92503

Playground setup date: March 25 Saturday. Bring your tools and come to help us in setting playground with mulch.

“All In” Next generation training is a training date for both Children and Youth ministry. It will be held April 8 (Saturday) at the Grove 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  I encourage you to go.  Let me know I will register you.

 March 16, 2017

Devotionals – Let it be done according to your faith – Matthew 9:27-31

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Two blind men followed Jesus and asked Jesus to have mercy on them.
“Do you believe that I am able to do this?”  Jesus asked Matthew 9:28

Great question on faith!

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”  Hebrews 11:1

These two blind men had faith and hope that they knew that Jesus could heal them, they answered “Yes, LORD”

Faith transcends our limitation.  Faith can let us see the possibility in God.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him  Hebrews 11:6

Do you believe the LORD can help you with your problems: no matter it is financial, relationship, job-related or health issue?

Do you believe the LORD can change the situation?

Do you believe and trust that the LORD can change a person?

Yes,  LORD! Let it be your answer!

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, give us a stronger faith to overcome our unbelief and trust in you always

March 10, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 10/2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Welcome everyone coming to worship on Sunday.

Key points of the message on 3/5 – Prepare the Way for the LORD: Luke 3:1-17

  • Our LORD Jesus will surely come back Acts 1:11
  • Let us prepare the way for him by:
  • Daily Walk with the LORD
  • Working diligently on evangelism and mission
  • 3:8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance!
  • Jesus Christ will come back to exercise judgment for the unbelief but He will save His people

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We will have the Memorial Service of Mrs. Peggy Murvine on March 18 Saturday 11:00 am. The Murvine family were members of Neighborhood Church (church before RCAC)

Special Church Cleanup this Saturday morning 3/11 10:00 am at church (Because we cannot have the regular cleanup 3/18)

Rev. Hui is here. We have the following activities during the weekend:

3/10 Friday Night Fellowship 7:00 pm

3/11 Mandarin Fellowship 5:00 pm at Sam and Joan’s residence

3/12 Sunday Worship

Just a friendly reminder: 3/12 Daylight Saving begins.  Move your clock one hour forward Saturday before you go to sleep. Hope to see you on Sunday

March 9, 2017

Devotionals – Substance or shadow: 1 John 2:15-17

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16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

As an author once says, “Material gain, pride and power are just the shadows of life. They do not have substance, have no content and cannot be truly possessed.  They are not life.  Lust and desires are the power to drive people to reach those shadows. They cannot lead us to life. Well, the possession of material gain, pride and power lead us to certain excitement and temporary happiness.  However, they cannot lead us to true satisfaction”.  True satisfaction is joy in Christ, which is the content and substance of the life, and the life in Christ is eternal.

When we live in this “world”, we experience lust and desires. They become a powerful machine to keep pushing us to move forward.  But where are we going? Without Christ, without eternal life, moving forward is just getting closer to death.

17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Do not spend your lives to chase after the shadow of life, it will pass away.  Instead follow Christ and walk in His way that will lead us to the Father and we will enjoy the true life.

Therefore:

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, help us to discern what is real and what is only a shadow.  Help us to choose wisely and to walk in your way.

March 3, 2017