Author Archives: Wayne Chu

Devotional – Love the sojourner – Leviticus 19:34

There is a journalist being invited to make a speech in a University on the topic of the strength of America.  I read his speech.  It is quite reasonable and when I reflected on it.  I feel like it can apply to the church as well (Of course with a different context).

So the first principle of how to make a church great is: how well we treat the outsiders who come to the church!

This is the scripture says, 34 You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”  Leviticus 19:34

There are few things we can learn:

  • Treat the seekers and new believers well. When they come to church we welcome them warmly and treat them as if they are one of us, part of the family.
  • It is because once we are stranger from outside. Just like the Israelites, they were sojourners in Egypt.  As Peter reminds us, we are “temporary residents and foreigners” in this world 1 Peter 2:11
  • It is God’s nature to love, to be patient and to forgive, especially those who are weak and vulnerable.  We are doing the same to express God’s nature in us.
  • New comers are not perfect, especially if they have not believed in Christ.  We should show them love and patience.  They indeed offer us an opportunity to learn and change as we are not perfect either.

Once I visited a well-known church in NJ when I was traveling. The church was very well organized.  But I didn’t feel warm.  I felt bad about this church.

Brothers and Sisters, in this special season, let us make our church a warm place for the outsiders, visitors and new comers.  Bring them the love of Christ.  Be conscious and actively reaching out the people you are not familiar with but sitting just next to you.

December 8, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 49/2017

Welcome everyone came to worship Sunday.

Main points for the message on Sunday (12/3): Christ our Friend and our Sanctifier – John 15:1-17

Sanctification is the next step after Salvation:

3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  John 15:3

Christ is our friend and He will tell us about the heart of the Father:

  • Perfect union with Christ (v1, 4, 5, 7, 9)
  • Bear fruit to glorify the Father (v8, 16)
  • Experience Christ’s love and joy (9-13)
  • Perfect union with the others (v12, 17)

Christ glorifies God the Father with His life.  We are His disciples; when we remain in His Word, we bear fruit and we can glorify the Father.

How do we remain in Him?

  • Ask (v7, 16)
  • Keep His command (v10, 14)
  • Let Him prune (v2)

In this special season, may we bring joy and love of our LORD to the people around

December

12/10 Annual Congregational meeting after church.  Everyone is welcome to join. Member please reserve your time to come.

12/10 Regular Board of Ministries meeting after lunch.

We will collect a special GCF offering (12/17).  Please prepare the offering to support the Missionary in this special season.

12/23 Christmas special program.  5:00pm potluck and 6:30 meeting. Please reserve your time to come and invite your friend to come.

December 7, 2017

Devotional – All will be disclosed – Luke 8:17

“17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open” Luke 8:17

Recently we found out so many cases of sexual misconduct.  It is so shocking to know certain popular politicians, news anchors and celebrity are involved.  There is something common; these are all “powerful and popular people”.  They used their power, money and fame to exploit and take advantage of the others.  And these are not isolated issues; they are repeated crime, not just one instance; but multiple instances and multiple victims.  Perhaps these people thought it would never be disclosed and they would escape the consequence.  But no, as the scripture says, “Nothing hidden that will not be disclosed”, you cannot hide sin.

God is just and He will punish.  No one can escape and no one can hide.  I am confident that God will maintain justice, judgement will come (big one or small one).  On the other hand, God provides a way of salvation for us: Jesus Christ died for us and He saves and redeems us from sin.  Now if a person does not confess and repent his/her sin, it will have a consequence and it will be a devastating one. The gravity of sin is huge.  No matter how powerful, how popular that person is, sin will destroy that person.  “But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door” Genesis 4:7

Therefore, listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Constantly examine ourselves. Be humble and come to the LORD to confess. Put into action to repent.  Make a U-turn when it is still possible.

November 30, 2017

RCAC Weekly Issue 48/2017

Welcome everyone came to worship Sunday.  Welcome the college students who came back for Thanksgiving. May the LORD bless them when they return to school.

Main points for the message on Sunday (11/26): Christ our Shepherd and our Savior – Psalm 100

Psalm 100

  • Give thanks and Praise Him
  • Know and Follow Him
  • Worship and Serve Him

John 10:14

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep

John 14:6

14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 10:27

27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

Do you sense the guidance of Christ?

Do you follow His guidance?  (Anything you need to change?)  (Face your weakness and overcome it with God’s power)

Do you give thanks for His guidance?

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December

12/1 Friday Night Fellowship 7:00pm at Church

12/2 Saturday Family Fellowship will be held at Melody & Simon’s residence at 5pm.   Dinner will be pot luck!   We will continue our study of the book of James.

12/3 Sunday.  This is the first Sunday of the Month, We will have Holy Communion and we will have potluck lunch after church

The 242 (English) Fellowship will meet at 5pm 12/3 at Simon and Melody Lee’s home. Dinner will be potluck. All are welcome.

12/10 Annual Congregational meeting after church.

We will collect a special GCF offering (12/17).  Please prepare the offering to support the Missionary in this special season.

12/23 Christmas special program.  5:00pm potluck and 6:30 meeting. Please reserve your time to come and invite your friend to come.

A new Calendar for 2018 is available as a gift from Church. Every family will take one.

Please sign up for cleanup duty after lunch Sunday.  We need a lot of help to keep our church clean and neat.

November 30, 2017

Devotional – Give Thanks – Psalm 136:1

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.

Today is Thanksgiving Day. It is a day of celebration and it is a day for gathering of family and friends.  It is especially meaningful for those who came from other places and now live here in America.  Perhaps, 2017 is not an easy year for many.  In these days of troubles, Thanksgiving offers a nice break.

On Thanksgiving Day we may quiet down and count the blessings from the LORD.

As you read Psalm 136, you find that it is a reflection of the history of Israel.  The people of Israel did not have an easy time either, they experienced a lot troubles and sufferings.  Most of the times in their history were filled with injustice, oppression, grief, mourn and sin.  However, when they look back to history, they found out that the LORD is good!  He has been leading them in different places and different generations that they survive. They were not consumed is because of the love of the LORD. From the bottom of their heart, the worshipper sings “His love endures forever”. 

I believe if you look careful in your lives, you can count the blessings, big or small, all pointing to the LORD of love.  Therefore, Let us to be thankful, let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him”  Colossians 3:15-16

 November 24, 2017

 

RCAC Weekly Issue 47/2017

 

Welcome Rev. Wallace Mang and Mrs. Angel Mang coming. Praise the LORD for the message delivered by Rev. Mang.  Welcome Della’s friend (high school student from China) coming to visit us.

Main points for the message on Sunday (11/19): Give Thanks in All Circumstances – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

This is what we do:

  • Be joyful always
  • Pray continually
  • Give thanks in all circumstance

In order to do that, we need to:

  • Know the grace
  • Fellow the grace
  • Thank the grace

Reflection Question:

  1. Do you aware of God’s grace to you every day?
  2. Do you thank God for His grace?
  3. Do you share God’s grace with the others?

November

11/24 We do not have Friday Night Fellowship this Friday. We will resume our meeting next week.

11/26 We will collect a special Year-End offering for our Church this Sunday. “God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly”  2 Corinthians 9:7-8

December Events

Dec 10 Congregational meeting

Dec 23 Christmas special program

Nov 23, 2017

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