Devotional – Receive mercy in our time of need – Hebrew 4:16

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16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need

The world teaches us not to show our weakness, not to apologize even we are wrong, always show up as a strong one.  But in the bottom of our heart, we know it is not true. It is just a false image we put up and want people to believe. Inside, we are weak and fragile.

Christ knows us well, we do not need to hide or pretend to be someone we are not.  Yes, indeed, we have many needs: physically and spiritual.  We have struggles with study and work. We have problems in our relationship.  Yet, we know God’s mercy and grace is sufficient for us.  We come to God with confidence because we are in Christ.  We can open our hands to receive mercy and grace in our time of need. He will surely comfort us and give us strength.

Nothing wrong to tell God we need Him (and Him alone).  This is something we need to experience more, we need to give testimony more.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, let us come to you and ask you to help. You are our Savior. You will not leave us struggling but help us in the time of need.

 

April 28, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 17/2017

Dear RCAC family:

Welcome everyone coming to worship on Sunday (4/23)

Main points for the message on 4/23 Keep Watch – Luke 12:35-48

Christ is our Coming King

11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”  Acts 1:11

Statement of Faith of C&MA

  1. The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This is the believer’s hope and is a vital truth that is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.

While you are waiting…

  • 有期待等候 Wait in expectation
  • 過聖潔的生活 Holy living: Live a sanctified life worthy of your calling
  • 忠心事奉 Faithful Service Work hard in completing the task the Master’s task

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Praise the LORD and big thank you for those who came back for the Annual Church Cleanup (4/22).  If you missed the chance to serve, we have our regular church cleanup every month (3rd Saturday).  Come and help. We want to see more people stepping up, taking ownership of task that God has entrusted us to take care.

We will have a music presentation for Mother’s Day, a song called “A Mother Love”.  Please come for the rehearsals. All are welcome to come and praise the LORD and show our gratitude to our earthly mother.

 

4/30  Sunday after lunch

5/07  Sunday after lunch

5/14  Presentation in service

 

“SAVE THE DATE – We are planning to have a church picnic/hiking on May 13, 2017 (Sat) at Carbon Canyon Regional Park located on State Highway 142 east of State Hwy 57.  The event will be from 10 am to 1 pm.  Entry fee is $5 per vehicle.  Further details to follow.  This is a great opportunity for a pre-mother’s day family outdoor activity.  If you have any questions, please contact Lawrence Tai.”

The youth summer camp will be held at Pine Springs Ranch Christian Youth Camp & Retreat Center on June 15-18. The theme is The True Voice based on John 10:27-28. Registration starts on April 2. Early bird price is $195 if registering before May 7 and regular price is $210. The deadline to register is May 21. Please see Megan Ma if you have any questions.

I (Pastor) have received some prayer request card.  I read them and also pray accordingly.  I believe the LORD listen to our prayers and He is pleased that we lift up our burdens to Him.  If you have any prayer request, there are prayer request cards on the back of the chair, please fill in the card and put in the suggestion & prayer box in the lobby. We would like to pray for you.

We print more copies of the Church Directories. We placed them on the table in the lobby, please take a copy.

April 27, 2017

Devotional – Die to Sin and Resurrect with Christ Romans 6:1-2

nail on the cross

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”

In Romans, Apostle Paul warns us that allowing sin lingering in our lives is not acceptable.  If we do not deal with sin, sin will kill us.  “The wages of sin is death”.  We cannot pretend that it is okay. Sin is heavy, powerful and destructive.  Perhaps we feel like we are doing fine with other aspects of life, sin cannot hurt us:  We can do well in our studies, do well in our career.  People may respect us because of other achievements.  But if sin is there and we choose not to deal with that seriously, eventually it will kill us.  We cannot cover it either.   Nothing hidden will not be revealed.  The LORD demands us to be accountable.  He would not allow us to linger in sin.  He is holy and we have to be holy.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, shine on us with your  Spirit so that we can see our sin.. By your power help us to deal with that.  Help us to submit to your discipline.  Let us crucify sin on the cross and resurrect with the power of your Spirit.

April 21, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 16/2017

Dear RCAC family:

Welcome everyone coming to worship on Easter Sunday (4/16). Praise the LORD for the testimonies in the early morning worship service.

Here are the main points of the message on Sunday 4/16: It is not finished yet – Luke 24:13-35

In this sinful world, life could be filed with disappointments, frustration and failure. But the resurrection of our LORD Jesus shows that there is always hope.  How to we deal with this? Here is what we learn from the two disciples in Luke 24:13-35

  1. 与基督同行 Walk with Christ
  2. 按照他的方式(不是我们的方式)
    Follow His way (not our way)
  3. 坚持神的应许 Hold on to God’s promise
  4. 确认他的同在 Recognize His presence
  5. 回頭(有一個新的開始)
    Return (Have a new beginning)

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Praise God for the wonderful proclamation of a risen King and Savior that you shared with RCAC this past Easter Sunday!  It was music sung from the heart through your voices and our instrumentalists.

There is a new song for Mother’s Day called “A Mother’s Love” – fairly easy to learn in 4 parts – that would be a beautiful tribute to all our mothers and wives.  Sungin will be directing the choir for this special occasion and requests the following schedule for rehearsals:

4/21  this Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. Sungin has a prior commitment for the weekend and won’t be available on Sunday.

4/30  Sunday after lunch

5/07  Sunday after lunch

5/14  Presentation in service

Annual Spring Cleanup is scheduled April 22 Saturday. We need a lot of helps. There is always a task suitable for you. So please come, all are welcome (even if you only have a hour to contribute). We will start around 8:00 am.

There will be a special Mission Sharing gathering at Celebration Church April 26 (next Wednesday) 10:30 am.  If you are interested, please let Pastor know.

We have some brothers and sisters submitted prayer requests.  I read them and also pray accordingly.  If you have any prayer request, there are prayer request cards on the back of the chair, please fill in the card and put in the suggestion & prayer box in the lobby. We would like to pray for you.

We print more copies of the Church Directories. We placed them on the table in the lobby, please take a copy.

“SAVE THE DATE – We are planning to have a church picnic/hiking on May 13, 2017 (Sat) at Carbon Canyon Regional Park located on State Highway 142 east of State Hwy 57.  The event will be from 10 am to 1 pm.  Entry fee is $5 per vehicle.  Further details to follow.  This is a great opportunity for a pre-mother’s day family outdoor activity.  If you have any questions, please contact Lawrence Tai.”

The youth summer camp will be held at Pine Springs Ranch Christian Youth Camp & Retreat Center on June 15-18. The theme is The True Voice based on John 10:27-28. Registration starts on April 2. Early bird price is $195 if registering before May 7 and regular price is $210. The deadline to register is May 21. Please see Megan Ma if you have any questions.

April 20, 2017

Devotional – He died so that we can be free – Leviticus 14:7

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Leviticus 14.  “These are the regulations for any diseased person at the time of their ceremonial cleansing”:  They are to bring two live clean birds to see the priest. One of the birds be killed, then the priest will take the live bird and dip it, together with the cedar wood, the scarlet yarn and the hyssop, into the blood of the bird that was killed over the fresh water.  At the end, the live bird will be released in the open fields.

I believe Leviticus tells us about our LORD Jesus, He died on the cross and His blood cleanses us, so that we can be “free” from sin and death.

Today is Good Friday – this is the day we commemorate the saving sacrifice of our LORD Jesus. It is good to spend some time of meditation, confess and repent in front of the LORD, for it is our sin that costs the life of the Son of God.  It is Good Friday because God’s love is “good”. When we are still sinner, Christ died for us. That demonstrates the love of God.  We are no longer a slave to sin and death. We are free indeed.  Therefore, let us use our freedom to worship Him and live a life worthy of the sacrifice He have made.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, lend us to confess and ask you for your forgiveness. Help us to respond to your love and your action with faith, hope and love.

April 14, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 15/2017

Dear RCAC family:

Welcome Miko’s mother visited us from China. Welcome Andy, Shirdy and Janson Lee (Wicy’s friends) visited us Sunday.

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Here are the main points of the message on Sunday 4/9 He will speak peace to the nations: Zechariah 9:9-12

Shalom (Peace) – Well Being is not just an inner state. It is action that includes:

  • Engagement 投入參與
  • Good Relationships 良好关係
  • Purpose 人生目的
  • Accomplishment 成就

On the Cross, Jesus Christ accomplishes these:

  • 耶稣在十字架上为我们而死
    Jesus died for us on the cross
  • 救我们脱离法律的诅咒和脱离罪恶Redeems us from the curse of the law and from sin
  • 我们與神和好 Reconciles us with God
  • 主耶稣击败黑暗的勢力
    Jesus defeats the power of darkness

Jesus Christ gives us peace through His incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection.

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Praise the LORD we had a great training day at the Grove. I pray that we can use what we learn and will give a positive impact to our next generation.

If you have any prayer request, there are prayer request cards on the back of the chair, please fill in the card and put in the suggestion & prayer box in the lobby. We would like to pray for you.

We printed more copies of the Church Directories. We placed them on the table in the lobby, please take a copy.

Good Friday Meeting will be on April 14  7:00 pm at church (There will be no dinner on this Friday)

Early Easter Service on Sunday April 16  8:00 am in the morning. Then we will have breakfast together.  Sunday School starts at 10 and Easter Worship Service on 11:00 am

Annual Spring Cleanup is scheduled April 22 Saturday. Please reserve your time to come.

“SAVE THE DATE – We are planning to have a church picnic/hiking on May 13, 2017 (Sat) at Carbon Canyon Regional Park located on State Highway 142 east of State Hwy 57.  The event will be from 10 am to 1 pm.  Entry fee is $5 per vehicle.  Further details to follow.  This is a great opportunity for a pre-mother’s day family outdoor activity.  If you have any questions, please contact Lawrence Tai.”

The youth summer camp will be held at Pine Springs Ranch Christian Youth Camp & Retreat Center on June 15-18. The theme is The True Voice based on John 10:27-28. Registration starts on April 2. Early bird price is $195 if registering before May 7 and regular price is $210. The deadline to register is May 21. Please see Megan Ma if you have any questions.

April 13, 2017

Devotional – Look back Jeremiah 31:18-20

look back

In Hebrew, the word “repent” is to “look back”.  This is an analogy, if your life is like a timeline, the Spirit may call you from behind from time to time.  What do you need to do? When you hear the call: Look back.

After I strayed,
I repented;
after I came to understand,
I beat my breast.
I was ashamed and humiliated
because I bore the disgrace of my youth.   Jeremiah 31:19

When you look back, you will see sin and wrong attitude toward God and toward people.  With this understanding, repent now! Do not quench the Spirit  1 Thessalonians 5:19

Do Christian need to repent? Yes, definitely, sometimes we use the term confess, it is pretty much the similar concept. Confess is more on acknowledge our wrongdoing in front of God. Repent includes “cutting to the heart”, acknowledging the sin and putting effort to change.

Prayer

Dear LORD Jesus, your Spirit prompts us to look back and strengthen our faith to change.

April 6, 2017