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Devotional – Persistent Prayer – Luke 18:1-8

Prayer is so important in our Christian life but very often Christians struggle with prayer. Here in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells us a parable to teach us to pray consistently and do not lose heart. Why is it important? Two reasons: First, it is a timing issue. Sure, God will listen and answer our prayer. But most of the time, He has His own timing which is usually different from ours.  We want to see things happen right away, but God wants to teach us to be patient and trust Him more. Second, prayer is not magic.  Prayer is a process to help us align our heart to God’s heart.  Prayer helps us to understand God’s plan so that we will be keeping in step with Him.  That needs time and again needs patience.

Note that the judge in this parable is NOT representing God’s character.  Jesus is using the “Rabbi formula” – giving an earthly example and tells us “how much more” God is better than that example. Even that unjust judge would listen to the helpless widow.  Our loving God sure will listen to us.

“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (v8)

What is your burden in your heart? Have you persistently prayed for it?

RCAC Weekly Issue 7/2018

Welcome everyone came to worship on 2/11.

Thanks. Bro. Ralm Jung for the message. The outline of the message on Sunday 2/11 –  I am a runner, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27  Hebrews 12:1-3

I Corinthians 9.24-27: Race to win

  1. How I started running–No natural talent
    —Suffering
    —Why I did it
  2. Natural talent—academics
    —Loved to learn
  3. Christian foundation—learning
    —Christian Reformed Church & Woodcrest Christian
    —Foundation in the Bible (study & prepare)
    —Simplicity, develop a relationship with God
    —Love with Heart, Soul, Mind (pastor Chu)

Hebrews 12.1-3: Run with Endurance

  1. My story
    —Stopped running for 6 years (Bike/BK/RqB)
    —Bill Vaughn (coaching)
    —LA Marathon 1994 (racing)
  2. Endurance
    —Through coaching, I learned to study
    —Through the marathon, I learned to prepare
  3. Christian endurance
    —Learn to study your craft—studying the gospel
    —Learn to prepare—spreading the gospel
    —We are children of God—love who you are

I am a runner; I run for God

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February

2/17 9:00am RCAC family time. Please come to join us in fellowship and help us to cleanup and decorate for the Chinese New Year Celebration in the evening.

2/17 Chinese New Year celebration 5:00pm potluck and 6:30pm meeting.  Please review your time and bring your friends to come.

2/18  242 Fellowship will be held at Chuck and Betty’s residence 5:00pm

Please continue to sign up for offering flowers for Sunday worship.  If you have any questions, or if you are interested in helping with flower arrangement, please contact Brother Lawrence Tai.  He can be reached by email at LTai99@hotmail.com”

March

Mission Conference will be held March 7-11

Daylight Saving will start on March 11 (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

Devotional – Jesus Cares – Luke 7:11-16

11 Soon afterward  he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” (ESV)

I could understand sometimes, we would distance ourselves from the unfortunate. Perhaps, because we feel like we could not do anything, or we are so afraid we would get “infected.  Once I read, “Care is compassion, to care is to be human”.  Indeed, we are capable because we all receive this gift from God.  We just need to make the first step.

Jesus shows us: He cares.  His heart went out to this poor widow.  “He had compassion on her”.

Will you have compassion to the poor, to the sick and to the sinner?

14 Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.

Once we care, the Spirit will prompt us to ask God to give His grace.  It is not that we have power. But it is His healing and His power.

When I care for someone, I will pray and ask God what would be the best for this person.  God is gracious, He would give us what we need to reach out to this person.  Then we will see God’s glory and know that God is among us!

16 Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!”

 

RCAC Weekly issue 6/2018

Welcome everyone coming to worship on 2/4.  Welcome Joy (Celine’s roommate), Lavinia and Alan (Della’s friends) and Serena (Joan’s friend) visited us Sunday and worship together.

The highlights of the message on Sunday 2/4:  The Greatest Task for us – Matthew 22:34-40

RCAC Core Value 核心價值

  • Family   家庭
  • Love      愛
  • Word     神的話語
  • Mission 宣道

We focused on our second core value “Love”.  The main scripture of the teaching is from Matthew 22:34-40.   Jesus tells us the greatest commandment is to “Love God” and “Love the others”.    There are three things I would like to emphasize:

  1. God is Love: if we want to learn how to love, we need to believe in God
  2. We love because he first loved us
  3. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind

God loves us with His unconditional love

He wants us to respond to His love by

  • Building a relationship with Him
  • Follow His command to obey Him
  • Mediate on His Word to know Him

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February

This coming summer, Adelaide will be participating in a service project with a team from CBU. They are currently fundraising by collecting shoes (old or new) until February 11th. There will be a box in the foyer until Feb. 11th. If you have any questions or would like details about the trip, feel free to talk to or contact Adelaide.

Please continue to sign up for offering flowers for Sunday worship.  If you have any questions, or if you are interested in helping with flower arrangement, please contact Brother Lawrence Tai.  He can be reached by email at LTai99@hotmail.com”

2/11 This Sunday we will have our February Board of Ministries meeting

2/17 Saturday Morning we will have RCAC Family time. Please come to enjoy a time of fellowship and help us in cleanup, preparing for the Chinese New Year Celebration on that evening

2/17 Chinese New Year celebration 5:00pm potluck and 6:30pm meeting.  Please review your time and bring your friends to come.

Devotional – He shares in our humanity – Hebrews 2:14-18

“No one is an island”, we all need friends, especially when we are suffering and in pain. There are so many people who are lonely, feeling depressed and they couldn’t find anyone to talk to. Even though we don’t know how to help them, sometimes, just being with people in suffering is already a great help.  The word compassion literally means “to suffer with.”  Suffering with us: it is the theology of incarnation. The letter of Hebrews tells us Our LORD Jesus came in to this world as fully human in every way. Sure, He wants to identify with us and much more than just a friend, he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God (Hebrews 2:17).  Priest is someone standing between human and God. His task is to make atonement and pray for the people.

Praise God we have our LORD Jesus Christ. He walks with us and gives us help in every moment.  Let us always come to Him and ask Him for mercy and compassion.  Let us also act like Jesus, to offer our presence to those who are in pain and suffering.

RCAC Weekly Isssue 5/2018

Welcome everyone coming to worship on 1/28.

The highlights of the message on Sunday 1/28: You are all Children of God through Faith – Galatians 3:23-29

RCAC Core Value 核心價值

  • Family   家庭
  • Love      愛
  • Word     神的話語
  • Mission 宣道

God uses “family” as a vehicle to bring His salvation to people. But salvation is not based on “flesh and blood”.  It is by faith in Christ Jesus.

3:26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith – Galatians 3:26

1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God  – John 1:12

God’s promise never fails. His promise is fulfilled in Christ

3:29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise  – Galatians 3:29

Our union with Christ is expressed through our genuine faith:

3:27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Being transformed by Christ

  • Do not yield to the evil desire
    • Romans 13:13-14
  • Yield to the Spirit and bear fruit
    • Galatians 5:22-23
    • Colossians 3:12-14
  • Resurrect with Christ

This genuine faith is evidence that we belong to God’s family.

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February

This coming summer, Adelaide will be participating in a service project with a team from CBU. They are currently fundraising by collecting shoes (old or new) until February 11th. There will be a box in the foyer next week, Feb. 4th, and it will be there until Feb. 11th. If you have any questions or would like details about the trip, feel free to talk to or contact Adelaide.

Please continue to sign up for offering flowers for Sunday worship.  If you have any questions, or if you are interested in helping with flower arrangement, please contact Brother Lawrence Tai.  He can be reached by email at LTai99@hotmail.com”

2/4  First Sunday of February, we have potluck lunch. Please bring your favorite dish to share

2/3 Saturday  Family Fellowship will be held this Saturday at Simon & Melody’s residence.  Potluck dinner starts at 5.

2/11 February Board of Ministries meeting

2/17 Chinese New Year celebration 5:00pm potluck and 6:30pm meeting.  Please review your time and bring your friends to come.

Devotional – All of them may be one – John 17:21

Before Jesus left the disciples to go up to the cross, He prayed for them.  Not just for the twelve but for all who had believed and will believe in Him.

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

We are all connected in Christ’s love.

Some may have a misunderstanding that our spiritual life is personal only: What we do will not affect the others. We just need to withdraw and practice spiritual disciplines, like prayer, reading bible, then we will become spiritual.  Then the worst comes when we start to compare our spiritual maturity with the others and think we are better.

But we forget we are indeed just one body.

Spirituality is not measured based on our personal achievement.  In fact, the purpose why we receive love of Christ is we can pass it on, in the service of love to the others (perhaps first to our loved one in our own family). This love, which we found in Christ, helps us to seek good of the others rather than our own momentary interest or pleasure. This is how we continue Christ’s ministry with His sacrificial love.

John 17 is consecration for the disciples.  Jesus prepared them for the mission ahead. They were being sent to the world to witness Christ.  And Jesus prayed for us too, so let us get ready (always), to love the others like Jesus does and bring the Gospel to them, like someone brought it to us.