RCAC Weekly Issue 15/2018

Welcome everyone came to worship April 8

Here is the summary of the message on April 8 – Wait Patiently on the LORD – Acts 1:1-14

After the Resurrection:

  • Jesus presented Himself to His disciples v3
  • Jesus spoke about the kingdom of God v3
  • Jesus ascended to heaven v9
  • Jesus intercedes for us (Hebrews 4:15, 7:25)
  • Jesus will return v11

We are waiting for Christ to return

  • Active Waiting
  • Waiting with Patience
  • Waiting with Expectation

Active waiting means:

  • Wait for the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Continue to learn
  • All joined together constantly in prayer

Waiting with Expectation

  • Waiting for Christ to Come v11
  • Waiting to be lifted up with Christ
    1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

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April

We don’t have Wednesday morning bible study this week (4/11). We will resume next week.

Rev. Gerald Chao will come to deliver the message this Sunday

April 15 Sunday 242 Fellowship at Ralm’s house

Spring Cleanup is scheduled to April 21 (Saturday). Please reserve your time to come. We need your help

We would like to encourage brothers and sisters to take Holy Communion together in the sanctuary.  We will only serve Holy Communion in the sanctuary

Rev. Gaw will come to deliver a message on 4/29.  We have not seen him for a few years. Praise the LORD that he can come!

May

May 1 Tuesday 7:15pm at the Grove, we have a special meeting with John Stumbo, our C&MA president. Hope you can come.

We will organize a Church outing on May 21 from 9am to 1pm.  It will be a great time of fellowship, please reserve your time. More information will follow

Devotional – From the depths of my being, bless the LORD – Psalm 103:1

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, from the depths of my being, bless His holy name”

The word “soul” is translated from Greek. The original word literally means “breath”.  People believe that our breath is our life. Indeed, the Bible tells us our soul is found in the breath God gives us.

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.  Genesis 2:7

Therefore, Psalm 103:1 tells us about our meaning of existence –  to bless the LORD with our life. Bless His name – to give Him glory from the depths of our heart.

How can we have an inner life to bless the LORD this way?  It cannot be done by law and commandment. It can only accomplish through grace (of our LORD Jesus)

17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

Grace means gift, the gift from Jesus Christ is the forgiveness of sin, and we become the children of God. Furthermore, we receive the eternal life through the power of the Resurrection.  That eternal life is a new life from above, starting from the time we believe. In another word, we can experience the power of the Resurrection even in this life.  Our own life is corrupted by sin, it is self-centered, seeking our own good and own glory.  But the power of the Resurrection can change a person from inside out.  That is the real transformation.  With this, we can joyfully give thanks from the depths of our heart and we can bless the LORD.

 

 

RCAC Weekly Issue 14/2018

Welcome everyone who came for the Easter Service on April 1, 2018.  Congratulations and praise the LORD for Tony Tang’s baptism and Mayling Lu becoming member of RCAC

***** Thanks everyone for coming early to prepare for the service and baptism *****

We celebrated the Resurrection of our LORD Jesus Christ.  Here is the summary of the message: Christ, the first fruits – 1 Corinthians 15:20-28

From this passage, we learn that resurrection means:

  1. Christ is the true Son of God. He is better than Adam. He is obedient and eternal life come from Christ
  2. Christ is the King of kings and LORD of lords. Christ claims victory over all the spiritual authorities, He overcomes the last enemy – death. He presents the Kingdom to God the Father and gives glory to Him
  3. Christ is the first fruits of the resurrection and we will follow

 

Resurrection gives us:

  1. Reason to live a holy life
  2. Courage to face any adversity
  3. Mission to work on in this life
  4. Hope for the future

 

 

 

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April

4/6 Friday

  • 5:00 pm Basketball time at church
  • 7:00 pm Friday Night Fellowship.

Family fellowship will be held at Sun and Wei’s residence 4/7 Saturday 5:00 pm. Dinner is potluck

4/8 Board of ministries meeting after church

Spring Cleanup is scheduled to April 21 (Saturday). Please reserve your time to come. We need your help

We would like to encourage brothers and sisters to take Holy Communion together in the sanctuary.  We will only serve Holy Communion in the sanctuary

May

We will organize a Church outing on May 21 (More information will come)

Devotional – Love on the Cross – Romans 5:8

How could someone love to an extent to sacrifice his/her life for the others?  I could understand if that person is our loved one, our children or our good friend.  But no, “Christ died for the ungodly”.  It is something unimaginable.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

It is indeed a demonstration of godly love; not ordinary love we could find on earth, but something comes from heaven.

And Jesus said:  11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep…18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.”  John 10:11, 18

“The Savior of the world knows the true value and worth of every living soul” – A.W. Tozer, The Radical Cross, p.43

When we look at another person, do we see the same thing as our LORD Jesus?  The love on the cross is so radically. It compels us to follow Jesus and love as He first loves us.

May we experience His radical love during this Good Friday.  And we will give thanks and praise the LORD

 

RCAC Weekly Issue 13/2018


Welcome everyone who came to worship March 25.

March 25 is Palm Sunday.  We commemorate our LORD Jesus entered in Jerusalem and prepared His way to the cross.  We welcome our LORD Jesus to enter into His Church and be with us when we worship.

Here are the highlights of the message: The Word of God will not return empty – Isaiah 55

God’s Word Alive and Active because:

  • The Spirit inspires (the authors to write them down)
  • The Spirit illuminates (the reader when he/she humbly read the Word)

Isaiah 55 tells us about “the Power of God’s Word”

  1. Give Life  v1-2
  2. Lead us to Salvation  v3-6
  3. Reveal God’s Way v7-8
  4. Fulfill God’s plan  v10-v13

What should we respond?

  • Come v1
  • Seek  v6-7
  • Listen v2-3

 

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March

Good Friday service will be held March 30 7:00pm at Church

April

April 1 Easter Sunday we will have our early Easter Service at 8:00am. Then breakfast at 9:00.  The Easter baptismal service will start at 10:00 am. There will be no Sunday school and no lunch on Easter.

Spring Cleanup is scheduled to April 21 (Saturday).  If you think of any project, please let Elder Ed Ng know.

We would like to encourage brothers and sisters to take Holy Communion together in the sanctuary.  We will only serve Holy Communion in the sanctuary

May

We will organize a Church outing on May 21 (More information will come)

Devotional – Come to Save the World – John 12:47

“….For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.”  John 12:47

As an author says, “we are living in a generation that we throw away things that are slightly damaged”.  No one repair things.  That seems to be true.  When I discover that a printer toner is more expensive than to buy a new printer, there is really not much I can do to resist this trend.

Unfortunately, because of this culture, we treat people in the same manner.  We don’t want to involve ourselves with those who are sick, who have problem, mental or spiritual.  We close our door to them. Perhaps, we are afraid of being infected or perhaps we are afraid that we will be treated the same.

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”  Mark 2:17

Jesus never gave up on us.  He came to save and not to destroy.

May we learn to see the value of people as the way Jesus sees them.  May we learn to love instead of to judge. Remember we are all the same, we need Jesus.

RCAC Weekly Issue 12/2018

Welcome James from Moreno Valley visited us Sunday

Here is the highlights of the message on 3/18 Children of Light – John 12:35-36

35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

  • Walk in the Light
  • Believe in the Light
  • Become the Children of Light

Some practical ways on how to become the Children of Light

  • Obedience and good work
  • Ask Him to renew our thought
  • Listen well, Surrender to His guidance
  • Live out the Word
  • Obedience and good work

 

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March

We would like to encourage brothers and sisters to take Holy Communion together in the sanctuary.  We will only serve Holy Communion in the sanctuary starting March

Good Friday service will be held March 30 7:00pm at Church

April

April 1 Easter Sunday we will have our early Easter Service at 8:00am. Then breakfast at 9:00.  The Easter baptismal service will start at 10:00 am. There will be no Sunday school and no lunch on Easter.

Spring Cleanup is scheduled to April 21 (Saturday).  If you think of any project, please let Elder Ed Ng know.

May

We will organize a Church outing on May 21 (More information will come)

 

Devotional – Listen Well – Psalm 34:11

“11 Come, my children, listen to me;
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord”  Psalm 34:11

The author of Psalm 34 makes this invitation: Come and listen! What does he want us to listen? Listen to the commandment of the LORD,  so that we will gain reverence and receive wisdom (Proverbs 1:7)

We all know to listen is very difficult.  Because we want to speak, we want to argue or we want to make statement before the others.  That is the desire to prove ourselves through speaking and to make our presence known.  Instead if we listen to the Word of God, we pay full attention to Him. It is a way to humble and to move our focus from ourselves to Him.

When we listen, we create a space to allow His presence come into our hearts. We welcome the true “Wisdom” which is Christ Himself. Every time when we receive Him into our beings, we sense the sweetness of peace.  That moment of rest is very important. It will subsequently give us power and courage to move on in our spiritual journey.

RCAC Weekly Issue 11/2018

Welcome everyone came to worship on March 11, especially welcome our IW coming to deliver the message and share with us Peace Making principles

Here is the highlights of the message on 3/11 Peculiar People 1 Peter 2:4-12

Sometimes, we just want to be the same as the others, so that we can be accepted. But to be a Christian, we are different.  As Christ Himself was rejected by the people, we may not be accepted by them. On the other hand, we are accepted by God.

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 2:4-5

Brothers and sisters, whether we are here in Riverside or we are overseas, we live a holy life style, we speak in truth and peace that we can proclaim God’s grace to the world.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  1 Peter 2:9

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March

We would like to encourage brothers and sisters to take Holy Communion together in the sanctuary.  We will only serve Holy Communion in the sanctuary starting March

March 17 (Saturday)  All-In: Youth and Children ministry training will be held at the Grove March 17 Saturday 9:00am to 3:00pm.  Pastor encourages all Youth leader and teachers of Children ministry to attend this training.  Please let Pastor know if you can go.

March 17 (Saturday)  RCAC Family time will be held this Saturday 9:00am at church. Please come for a good time of fellowship and help to make our church nice and clean

March 17 (Saturday)   David &Miko will be hosting dumpling night at their residence this coming Saturday 3/17.  @4:30pm.  We will make dumplings together and hang out.  Please bring any drinks, snacks, fruits, or games.    See you there!

March 18 (Sunday)   242 Fellowship will be held at David and Miko’s home. 5:00 pm Potluck dinner. Everyone is welcome

March 18 (Sunday)  Choir Practice for Good Friday and Easter will be held after lunch Sunday

Good Friday service will be held March 30 7:00pm at Church

April

Easter Service will be on April 1. We will have baptism on Easter, if you would like to get baptized or become a member of RCAC, please contact Pastor

Special Announcements

For the fellowship luncheon after Sunday worship: RCAC subsides the lunch and would like to see people staying for fellowship.  We are seeing a deficit continuously.  I would like to remind brothers and sisters to contribute to the luncheon ministry.  This is our responsibility.

Devotional – Do the right thing – James 4:17

“17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” James 4:17

As Christian, you may be careful not to do the wrong thing. Follow what the Bible says and you may feel that is okay.  But God’s standard is much higher.  He requires us to do the right thing.  Even more, if you don’t do what ought to do, it is considered as sin.

This passage gives us a great reminder; especially applying to the Kingdom’s work – the ministry.  God gives us opportunity to do His work.  He leads people to us and we ought to be prepared and grasp the opportunity and preach the gospel.  If we don’t do that, the opportunity will be gone and it is a matter of salvation, life or death. It is therefore, SIN.

When I ponder on this, I think we won’t intentionally sin, but there could be a few reasons why we don’t do the right thing:  It could be we are lack of faith, not enough commitment, thinking too much about our own matters and forget about the church and the ministry or simply slacking.  For all these, may the LORD forgive our sins.   LORD, I pray that you will continue to give us opportunity to do your work.  Your Spirit helps us to accomplish the task you have given us.