Devotional – Take heart! I have overcome the world – John 16:33

“In this world you will have trouble”, Jesus told His disciples before He left.  This is what we experience every day.  We are under all kinds of trouble. Trouble comes to you, to anyone, there is no exception, rich or poor, healthy or sick, Christian or non-Christian (Perhaps there are more troubles for those who hold on to their faith).  For example, random violence: tragedy comes in an ordinary day when we go to school or go to work.  Sickness is another trouble we cannot avoid, no matter how healthy you are, you cannot control the person who is next to you.  Frustration from work: You may put in a lot of effort to work, to help people, to do ministry, but there may be no result, no good outcome.  This happens a lot.

Jesus told us that this is the reality.  However, “take heart, I have overcome the world!”  In Him, we can also overcome.  As Jesus told His disciple, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.”  He gives us peace so that we can continue to live and continue to serve Him.  We can be positive and we can give thanks!

Prayer

May the LORD strengthen our faith to trust in Him even more when trouble comes upon us.

November 17, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 46/2017

Welcome everyone came to worship Sunday.

Main points for the message on Sunday (11/12): Overcome Failure – 1 Kings 19:1-1

In the middle of the books of 1 Kings and 2 Kings, we have the account of Elijah, one of the greatest prophets.  However, in chapter 19, we see how he failed in his mission.  He went away after being threatened by Jezebel (He showed a typical example of depression)

What contribute to his failure?

  • Exhaustion
  • Comparison  (v4)
  • Not being appreciated
  • Loneliness  (v10,14)
  • Cannot see the outcome of his ministry

How did God help Elijah to overcome?

  • Take rest (v5-6)
  • Come near (v7-8) to God on Mount Horeb
  • Talk to (v9-14) him and let him talk to God about his feeling. Then God reminded him about his calling and his mission
  • Move on (v15-18) to prepare for his succession: Appoint Elisha as prophet, Jehu as king of Israel and Hazael as king of Syria

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RCAC family time is this coming Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Church. Come and enjoy a time of fellowship and help to cleanup and prepare for the gathering in the evening.

Nov 18 Saturday Thanksgiving gathering 5:00 pm potluck dinner and 6:30 sharing meeting

Nov 19 Rev. Wallace Mang will come and deliver a message

Choir Practice after lunch

Nov 19 5:00 pm 242 at Mark and Diana’s house

December Events

Dec 3 Congregational meeting

Dec 23 Christmas special program

Devotional – They are before the throne of God – Revelation 7:15

Someone came to me after the message Sunday. He told me about the shooting incident in Sutherland Springs, Texas. I did not know how to response with such tragedy.  I believe we are still saddened by the tragedy happened.  We may ask why? Why did those Christians die immaturely through injustice and violence?  Talking about dying early, what about sickness? I have a high school classmate, a very good Christian doctor who always helped the others, both in Hong Kong and in Mainland, who went back to the LORD recently, leaving three young children behind. It is another moment I ask “why”.

We often wonder what the value of their short lives is. It seems that their journeys have been cut off before they could reach any of their goals, realize any their dreams, or accomplish any of their tasks”, as an author once said.

But Revelation tells us their stories do not come to an end.

“They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence”

They continue in heaven with the presence of the LORD.

16 ‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’  nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne  will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

May the LORD bring comfort to those who lost their loved one and wipe away every tear from their eyes also.  Help us to trust that one day we will see them again in the LORD

November 10, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 45/2017

Welcome everyone came to worship Sunday. Welcome Mr. Ni (Grace’s father) came back again.

Main points for the message on Sunday (11/5): I will build them up – Jeremiah 24:1-10

There are a few times in the book of Jeremiah, the LORD proclaims, “I will build them up” 24:6, 31:4,  31:28, 42:10.  His heart is to restore His people.  However, there are works to do before building them up.  That is in the calling of Jeremiah :

1:10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”  Jeremiah 1:10

The two baskets of figs in Chapter 24 is a Gospel message in the Old Testament.

  • The good figs receive discipline and will be built up
  • The bad figs refuse to receive discipline and will be destroyed

Change and repent, that is the way to receive salvation

What don’t produce real change?

  • Fear
  • Facts
  • Force

What produce change:

  • New Creation
  • New Way of living
  • New Community

24:7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart

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Thanks everyone participated in the election last Sunday 11/5

We confirmed

  • Jenny Truong as our Secretary 2 years term
  • Betty Seto as our Treasurer 2 years term
  • Edward Ng as our Elder 3 years term

Nov 11 Annual Planning meeting 8:30 am at Pastor and Alison’s house

Nov 12 Regular Board meeting will be held after church

Nov 18 9:00 am RCAC family time, please come and enjoy the time together and help the church in cleanup and doing small projects.

Nov 18 Saturday Thanksgiving gathering 5:00 pm potluck dinner and 6:30 sharing meeting

Nov 19 Rev. Wallace Mang will come and deliver a message

December Events

Dec 3  Congregational meeting

Dec 23 Christmas special program

 

Devotional – He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD – 2 CHRONICLES 29 & 30

There is a quite long passage covering the reign of King Hezekiah, one of the great kings of Judah in Chronicles. When we talk about King Hezekiah, people probably remember how the LORD delivered Jerusalem from the hands of Assyrians. But before the great deliverance came, Hezekiah showed his loyalty love to the LORD. 

The letter he sent to Israel and Judah shows his faith:

“People of Israel, return to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that he may return to you who are left, who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria. Do not be like your parents and your fellow Israelites, who were unfaithful to the Lord, the God of their ancestors, so that he made them an object of horror, as you see. Do not be stiff-necked, as your ancestors were; submit to the Lord. Come to his sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever. Serve the Lord your God, so that his fierce anger will turn away from you. If you return to the Lord, then your fellow Israelites and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will return to this land, for the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.”

It is difficult to live against the tradition or the culture. At that time, the temple of the LORD was shut, no one worshipped the LORD. Instead,  people worshiped idol, even his own father, King Ahaz was an idol worshipper.  Hezekiah knew their affliction was caused by their unfaithfulness.  But Hezekiah also knew the heart of the LORD.  God would show compassion to His people if they return to Him.

The kingdom of Israel was destroyed by Assyrians in Hezekiah’s time. Perhaps it was the alarm that made Hezekiah change, we don’t know for sure.  If so, let us be aware of what God is doing today.  Help us to be alert and repent.  Be faithful even though it may against the culture or against the tradition. 

November 3, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 44/2017

Praise the LORD! We had a great time during the retreat at Thousand Pine.  Thanks everyone in helping during the retreat and praise the LORD for your participation.

Main points for the message on Sunday (October 29) by Pastor Moses Cho:  How Long, O Lord? Psalm 13

  • We need to face our issue with honesty and sincerity: No need to hide from God
  • Admit the difficulties and problem we have (when we are weak He is strong)
  • Trial, despair and suffering make us come back to God and question and ask (with faith)
  • See what God is going to reveal to you about yourself (about your sin and your weakness)
  • Trials and difficulties give us opportunity to experience grace through faith
  • Faith enables us to fly higher
  • Be strong in the LORD
  • God will praise and honor our faith

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Saturday

Family Fellowship will be held this Saturday on 11/04/17 at Shelton & Gail’s residence.  Dinner is potluck at 5:00pm.   Please let me know if you are planning to attend.

Sunday

  1. Daylight Saving ends on Nov 5 (Sunday). Set your clock back one hour before you go to sleep Saturday.
  2. We will have Holy Communion this Sunday
  3. There will be an election on this Sunday for Board members.  If you are member, please come and vote.
  4. The Nominating committee nominates: Jenny Truong as secretary Betty Seto as Treasurer Ed Ng as Elder This is the time for the congregation to make nomination.  First, you will need to obtain the written consensus of the nominee. And then you will need to have two supporting signatures from RCAC members. Submit your nomination to Pastor or the Nominating Committee (Ed Lu, Betty Seto, Wendy Yao or Stephanie Zhao) before November 3.
  5. This Sunday is the first Sunday of November, we will have potluck lunch. Please bring your favorite dish to share
  6. The 242 (English) Fellowship will meet at 5pm today at Ed & Florence Ng’s home.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

November 2, 2017

Devotional – Repeat them in our day – Habakkuk 3:2

Habakkuk lived in a time of trouble.  Judah was on the verge of destruction by the army of the Babylonians.  Habakkuk had many questions to ask the LORD.  Indeed, I believe the LORD wants us to do that: when we are in doubt, He wants us to come to Him and ask.  Ask in faith:

Lord, I have heard of your fame;     I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day,     in our time make them known;     in wrath remember mercy

We need you LORD.  We are facing all kinds of trouble every day, the natural disasters and the calamities from men. There is no way we can deal with them by ourselves.  The only thing we see from human is sin. Sin gives us more troubles. We need your mercy and compassion.  We read and heard about your great deeds in the Bible and in history.  We want to experience them today.

Strengthen our faith! keep us focus on you while we are waiting for your deliverance.

October 27, 2017