Devotionals – Thanksgiving

1 Thessalonian 5:16-18

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

This is a brief command on the norm of Christian living, which is dramatically difference from the standard of this world. Our salvation is the ground for joy. Christian is able to rejoice always. It is our nature and the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We are called to pray frequently, this is what we can commit to do. As a result, we will have the insight and motivation to give thanks.

The emphasis here is “always”, “without ceasing” and “in all circumstances”. By the power of the Holy Spirit, this is something we can experience and need to practice. He who calls us to do this will certainly give us power to do so.

Apostle Paul who was under persecution wrote this to the Church in Thessalonica. He is confident to tell us this is the “will of God” for us to be joyful, prayerful and thankful in any time and any place.

Happy Thanksgiving


If you feel like it is difficult to give thanks, let us learn to focus on the goodness of God, His sovereignty and His plan to this world. Let us trust that His will prospers in all circumstances.


May His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. May we give thanks the provision and protection He has given us. LORD, help us to rejoice, pray and give thanks in all circumstances.

November 25, 2015

Weekly Newsletter 48/53 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Praise the LORD for the baptismal service on November 22. Here is the summary of the message on “the Beauty of Baptism” Acts 2:36-39

“Baptism is a sign and a seal of the covenant of grace, of the believers ingrafting into Christ, of regeneration , of remission of sins, and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to walk in newness of life “

Baptism signifies:

  • The Atonement of Christ  Colossians 2:13-15
  • Union with Christ  Romans 6:1-5
  • Union with the Church 1 Corinthians 12:13
  • Consecration to God  Romans 6:13

(Taken from the booklets: Baptism and the LORD’s Supper by Thabiti Anyabwile & J.Ligon Duncan III)

I want to give thanks for the Thanksgiving gathering on Nov 21. Thank you for those who helped and contribute in this gathering. Praise the LORD for all the wonderful sharing. It was a great encouragement to all of us.

Welcome all the guests and friends coming to the Baptismal Service on Nov 22. Praise the LORD for the testimonies given by those got baptized and the new members. We heard the power of the Gospel demonstrated on them. May the LORD continue to guide them in growing to maturity in Christ.

2016 Calendar is available. Please take a copy.

As an outreach effort to serve the community, we will be collecting can goods from now until the end of January in the church lobby for Second Harvest Food Bank. Details and fliers will be in the church lobby on Sunday


Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be on Friday Night Fellowship on Nov 27.


Family Fellowship on Dec 5 (Saturday)

Special Christmas gathering will be on Dec 19 (Saturday) 5:00 pm at church

Year-end gathering will be Dec 31

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Genesis 22:14

14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

 November 25, 2015

Devotionals – Reconciliation


1All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21

God so loves the world.  He wants to reconcile the world to Himself. He does that through Christ.  We are the ambassadors for Christ to continue to carry out this ministry on earth.

I read an illustration that gives us a practical way of reconciliation. We talked about conflict resolution in the beginning of 2015. I found this helpful in practicing it:

  1. First take an initiative in reconciling with the others
  2. Have an one on one meeting
  3. Start the conversation by catching up
  4. Acknowledge the pain and hurt that happened during the conflict
  5. Invite the other to express the feeling and opinion in an open but positive way
  6. Suggest to view the incident/issues in a different perspective
  7. Come up with a plan to go from here

Inspired by an illustration on Wall Street Journal Tuesday November 17,2015


Is there anyone in our life that we need to forgive and reconcile to?


Dear LORD, give us strength and courage to reconcile to those who wronged us. Help us to be an ambassador for Christ to reconcile the world to God. It is a difficult task but that is why we are being called. Show us your way and teach us how to practice it. When it is too difficult, grant us your love and grace.

November 19, 2015

Weekly Newsletter 47/53 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Thanks Elder Ed Lu in delivering the message Sunday (11/15): He is mighty to send – Judges 6:7-16. Here are the main points:

  1. God hears the cries of His children and His great mercies pour out to those who call His name
  2. God is patient to those He calls as long as they are acting out of reverence and obedience towards His commands
  3. We must seek after God’s will and go after God’s way in courage and confidence knowing He is always with those whom He sends

Thanks everyone for participating in the Annual Congregational meeting. May the LORD bless us in our goals and budget that we can further expand His kingdom this our surrounding area.

2016 Calendar is available. Please take a copy.


Memorial Service for Bro. Phath Sechang will be held this Saturday Nov 21 11:00 am at Preciado Funeral Home 923 W Mill Street San Bernardino CA 92410

This Sunday we will have a baptismal Service. We have 3 ready to get baptized this time. We also have 2 new members. Please pray for their preparation and sharing on Sunday

Our annual Thanksgiving meeting will be held Nov 21 Saturday 5:00 pm. Hope you can come and we will celebrate and give thanks for God’s provision and God’s love in 2015.


Special Christmas gathering will be on Dec 19 (Saturday) 5:00 pm at church

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

November 19, 2015

Devotionals – Ecclesiastes 3:11

Ecclesiastes 3:11

3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3 is a grand passage. The author tells us God creates and maintains everything in order. There is time for everything according to God’s order. Like the Creation in Genesis when God says His creation is good. Here the author says. “God has made everything beautiful in its time”. We can live securely in God’s creation. Moreover, God put the idea of eternity in our heart so that we understand we work hard, we accomplish but that is not everything. What we can do is limited by our life. Only God is immortal and sovereign. It is a balanced view of life. The scripture teaches us how to see ourselves in a healthy way. Great wisdom!

As human, we learn to

  • Respect Him
  • Submit to His plan
  • Seek and understand His purpose at this moment
  • Work according to His timetable
  • Enjoy our portion and our cup


What is the season of time in your life? What is God’s purpose for you at this moment?


Dear LORD,

Grant us a heart of wisdom. Give us discernment and strengthen us when we work according to your will.  Allow us to enjoy our time on earth and we may give thanks to you for your provision and providence.

November 11, 2015


Weekly Newsletter 46/53 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

A summary of Sunday’s (11/8) message: Be a good example 1 Timothy 4:6-16

In the letter of Timothy, Apostle Paul charges Timothy:

  1. To be a godly person (v7,8)
  2. To be a model for other believers (v12)
  3. To be a good teacher to preach the truth (v11,13)
  4. To work diligently in the ministry (v15)
  5. To be watchful in his own life and the doctrine (v16)

May that be our goals. May the LORD help us to do these that we will become a good example for the others

Welcome Ben, Sookie and Ling-fei (Valarie’s friend) visited us last two Sunday. I pray that they find RCAC a place filled with love and would like to continue to come to know Jesus Christ.

Our beloved brother Mr. Phath Sechang went with the LORD Nov. 11. Please keep his family in your prayer.


Baptism Preparation class will be held Sunday from 10:00am. Baptismal Service will be on Nov 22. We have 3 ready to get baptized this time. Please pray for their preparation.

Annual Congregation meeting will be held this Sunday (November 15) after the worship. Take a copy of the goals and budget for 2016 and review them. We will need you to vote on these items during the meeting.

Our annual Thanksgiving meeting will be held Nov 21 Saturday 5:00 pm. Hope you can come and we will celebrate and give thanks for God’s provision and God’s love in 2015.


Special Christmas gathering will be on Dec 19 (Saturday) 5:00 pm at church

Call to worship

This week call to worship is taken from Ecclesiastes 3:11

November 12, 2015

Devotionals – Genesis 17:4-5

Genesis 17:4-5

“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.

It is the most significant turning point of the life of Abraham. God gave him a new name. This name reminds him of God’s promise that Abraham’s descendants will be like the stars in the sky and sand on the seashore.

I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.

Even more, this covenant will have eternal impact. God will always will the God of Abraham’s descendants.

I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.

What a tremendous blessings! This covenant is repeated on Mount Sinai when the descendants of Abraham became a nation – Israel. This specific group of people belongs to God.

In the New Testament, Apostle Paul reminds us that it is Jesus Christ the seed and descendant of the Abraham who fulfills the promise and the covenant. As we are “in Christ”, we become the descendants of Abraham and God is our God, therefore, 28 there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:28


Is there any significant turning point in your spiritual life? How does it impact you everyday life?


Dear LORD, help us to remember the covenant you made with us in the blood of our LORD Jesus. Help us to understand how precious it is. Strengthen us that we can rely on your Spirit to walk blameless before you.

November 4, 2015