Author Archives: Wayne Chu

Devotional – The message of Christ’s peace – Titus 3:3-8

This is our time: after a few decades of relatively peaceful living, now the whole world is filled with violence and hatred.  Someone may account it to economic injustice and social issue. But I believe this is human nature – this is sin! We pretend it does not exist during the good days, but no, it is always here.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another” Titus 3:3

“4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us” Titus 3:4-5

Christ is our only hope.  He gives us a message of peace. He sows the seed of peace because of has already died on the cross. He carried all hatred, anger and pain away.

The Bible teaches us “15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.”  1 Thessalonians 5:15. It is very difficult not to dwell in the emotion of anger, hatred and thinking about how take revenge. But we know those feelings are not from God. It is either from the Enemy or from our flesh. Those feelings trigger the sin inside of people and then spread along.

Let us first pray for ourselves not to be infected by these feelings. Our justice is limited and cannot be justified in front of Christ.  Help us fill with the Spirit, immerse in the Word of God instead.

Pray for those who are still hurting. Pray that the love Christ will give them comfort and healing. Pray for those who did evil. Pray that God will capture their hearts and open their eyes to see all the wrong behind what they have done to the others and they will repent.

This is the press release from John Stumbo, our president of C&MA to urge the church to stand firm in hope and peace.

August 18, 2017

 

RCAC Weekly Issue 33/2017

Welcome Philip Chu from Ontario. Welcome Geraldine (back from Summer vacation) and her roommate visited us.

Here is the summary of the message on 8/13 Preach the Unsearchable Riches of Christ Ephesians 3:7-21

We are the steward of the Gospel

3:7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.

To preach the gospel is to:

  • Be near to the heart of the Father
  • Be a witness of Christ
  • Trust in the fruit of the Spirit

We share the abundant love of God and be a living sign of love

How do we do that? We need to:

  • Burn with love of Christ
  • Be a joyful witness
  • Be an unconditional witness

Even though we may not see the result of our labor, we trust in the Spirit that our faithful witness will be fruitful

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Regular Church Cleanup with be held August 19 Saturday 10:00 am

Mandarin Fellowship will be held at Bro. Peter Li’s residence in Perris.  August 26  Saturday 5:00 pm Potluck and 6:30 meeting

We are planning for a special meeting on Sept 30 (Saturday) to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and outreach to the incoming Chinese students.

The theme of RCAC’s 2017 biennial retreat is “Bear Fruit Now”. It will be held at Thousand Pines Retreat Center Oct 27th to Oct 29th.  The early bird registration deadline is September 3rd. Early bird registration cost will be $100/adult, $90/child age 3-11. A day camper participation option will be available for $50/person. Please sign up by completing and returning the registration form to Shelton Yuen or David Wang.  You can also register online at  app.campdoc.com/register/tpcc/rcac1027 Please see Shelton or David for more information.

August 17, 2017

Devotional – God’s justice and extreme violence 2 Kings 9-10, Hosea 1:4

These two chapters of 2 Kings are filled with blood.  Jehu who was a commander of Israel, was anointed as king. He then killed the king of Israel Joram, king of Judah Ahaziah, Jezebel, the Queen mother and the priests of Baal. Even more, in Chapter 10, Jehu threatened the officials of Jezreel and eventually made them kill all Ahab’s children (70). Moreover anyone related to Ahab, the chief men, his friends, his priests or those just came to visit the king, none could escape (2 Kings 10:13).  Perhaps, someone might say: this kind of killing seems common in history when there is change in dynasty.  Also, it seems to be the fulfillment of word of the LORD spoken to Elijah (2 Kings 10:17).  Even so, we still  have to ask these questions: Does God really approve this kind of extreme violence? Were all killed deserved death?

According to 2 Kings 10:30, seems like we get an answer.  Yet we found another one in Hosea 1:4.

We hear the voice from God: “And the Lord said to him (prophet Hosea), Call his (son) name Jezreel, for in just a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.”

God’s nature is love, justice and righteous.  He is the ultimate standard of justice. He cares for the poor and the innocent. He would not be pleased if innocent one dies, even the one who kills is the anointed one! He holds him accountable.

History gives us lesson, but are we learning from it?  We are in the blink of war again. When war breaks out, with the mass destruction weapon, many innocent people would die. In a globalized word today, we all will be affected.  As the follower of Christ, I believe there is something we can do: let us pray for peace and pray for the leaders of the world, that they will exercise patience and give more consideration of the people instead of their own interest.

August 10,  2017

 

RCAC Weekly Issue 31/2017

Welcome everyone came to worship Sunday, especially those who traveled and returned.

Here is the summary of the message on 8/6 Characteristics of a Spiritual Person 1 Corinthians 2:10-16

We will continue to study the letter to Corinthians

There are three kinds of people mentioned in the letter to Corinthians:

  • The Natural People (2:14) (Belonged of breath)
  • Spiritual People (2:15)
  • People of the flesh (3:1)

The natural people are those who do not know Christ that they act and live according to their natural tendency, which is sinful. Spiritual people are those with the Spirit of Jesus Christ

Characteristics of a Spiritual Person:

  • The same mind of Christ: Philippians 2:5-11
  • A Steward of the mystery of God: The Gospel, the special revelation from God
  • Care about others more than oneself: Build up the others and continue Christ ministry on earth

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Grace Chinese Alliance Church invited our youth and their parents to join in their Managing Relationships Workshop on August 12th. Event flyers in church lobby.

Regular Church Cleanup with be held August 19 Saturday 10:00 am

Mandarin Fellowship will be held at Bro. Peter Li’s residence in Perris.  August 26 Saturday 5:00 pm Potluck and 6:30 meeting

We are planning for a special meeting on Sept 30 (Saturday) to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and outreach to the incoming Chinese students.

The theme of RCAC’s 2017 biennial retreat is “Bear Fruit Now”. It will be held at Thousand Pines Retreat Center Oct 27th to Oct 29th.  The early bird registration deadline is September 3rd. Early bird registration cost will be $100/adult, $90/child age 3-11. A day camper participation option will be available for $50/person. Please sign up by completing and returning the registration form to Shelton Yuen or David Wang.  You can also register online at  app.campdoc.com/register/tpcc/rcac1027 Please see Shelton or David for more information.

August 9, 2017

Devotionals – We need the LORD – 2 Kings 4:8-37, 8:1-6

2 Kings has two passages mentioned about a woman from Shunem. We do not know her name, Elisa referred her as Shunammite. Accordingly to 2 Kings 4:13, she was quite well off. She enjoyed a good life, did not seem to need anything (while many were struggling at that time in Israel). She was generously and served the LORD with what she had.

But she had no son and her husband is old. This is the same old story we see in the Bible: godly people with no son to inherit what they had.  Because of her faithfulness to the LORD and generosity, the LORD granted her a son through the word of prophet Elisa.

Everything went well, but one day, the boy probably got a heat stroke and he died (4:20).  The woman filled with faith and went to see Elisa, held on to him until Elisa agreed to try everything he could to ask the LORD to save the boy. The LORD sometimes allows bad thing happens to us so that we can sharpen our faith, learning how to hold on to God and Him alone.  All the material possession could not raise her beloved back to life. She needed the LORD.

Another incident is recorded in chapter 8, when the famine came, the family moved to Philistines. When the famine was over, she moved back and hope to claim back the land. You know it is easy, even today, when someone took your property and lived for seven years, it would be very difficult to get back what belong to you.  However, because of the event that her son was restored to life, it became a testimony and the king granted the request.

Initially, she thought she had everything.  She never thought she would need anything from the LORD.  But eventually, she needed the LORD to take back her son and her belongings.

There are a few things we learn from this:

First, we need the LORD.  Perhaps you feel like you have everything, a good family, a good job and a good saving. But the world we created is fragile; it is not dependable, only the LORD is our portion.

Second, hold on to the LORD when bad thing happens. He is all powerful and we need to trust in him and not to give up.

Third, submit ourselves to the LORD, obey Him and His word.  He keeps what He grants to us.

August 3, 2017

RCAC Weekly 31/2017

Welcome Emily, her parents and the Chinese students who attending the summer camp. Welcome Lilian Lu and the students from Shanghai visited us again.  Welcome the group of Chinese students visited us last week that they came again.

Here is the summary of the message on 7/30 The Power of Christ’s Spirit – 1 Corinthians 2:1-9

We will continue to study the letter to Corinthians

7/30 We learned about the work of the Spirit is to continue Christ’s ministry on earth through:

  • Giving us power to witness Christ
  • Giving us comfort
  • Giving us wisdom to know Christ

Let us rely on the Spirit to work diligently to expand God’s Kingdom and make Christ’s  name known among the people

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8/6 is the first Sunday of August, we will have Holy Communion. Please prepare your heart to receive the Communion. Also, we will have potluck lunch. Please bring your favorite dish to share.

Please continue to remember our STM team for the Youth Camp in QD this week.

Family Fellowship will be held this Saturday 8/5 at 4:30pm at Peter & Yuki Wang’s residence.  Dinner will be potluck.

Grace Chinese Alliance Church invited our youth and their parents to join in their Managing Relationships Workshop on August 12th. Event flyers in church lobby.

We are planning for a special meeting on Sept 30 (Saturday) to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and outreach to the incoming Chinese students.

The theme of RCAC’s 2017 biennial retreat is “Bear Fruit Now”. It will be held at Thousand Pines Retreat Center Oct 27th to Oct 29th.  The early bird registration deadline is September 3rd. Early bird registration cost will be $100/adult, $90/child age 3-11. A day camper participation option will be available for $50/person. Please sign up by completing and returning the registration form to Shelton Yuen or David Wang.  You can also register online at  app.campdoc.com/register/tpcc/rcac1027 Please see Shelton or David for more information.

August 3, 2017

 

 

Devotionals – You were called to peace Colossians 3:15

ESV gives chapter 3 a title:  Live as those who are alive in Christ

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above (where Christ is)” (3:1) That gives us reason of doing all the good deeds described in chapter 3.  It also tell us that we will be taken accountable to the One who sits on the throne above.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace” (3:15)

I found that peace is what the world longing.  Sadly many do not know that true peace can only be received through Christ.  We are called to peace. We acts as a demonstration to the world on this peace.  Peace is in us and among us.  Here, Apostle Paul tells us to put into effort to maintain it in our family, workplace and of course in Church too.

We are at the time of crisis. War (in a large scale) could start any time.  I pray that we will maintain peace; especially I pray for the leaders of the world, I pray that they will be humble and put into effort to maintain peace. Let the LORD be the judge, so they do not to seek personal gain and do not stir up people against people for their selfish ambition (Unfortunately, this is what I see around the world today). Those who are in the world seek power and control, but we followers of Christ preach peace and humility.  May the LORD have mercy on this generation!

 

July 28, 2017