- Who We Are
- I’m New!
By Alice Wang
Hi Church Family!
I think we all agree that so far 2020 has been a crazy year with this pandemic changing daily lives. For me even more crazy when right before the shelter-in-place, I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. Since then I have had chemotherapy treatments to shrink the tumor and two weeks ago surgery to remove my tumor. And today I feel very blessed to be able to share with you how I have seen God working through this experience.
When I was diagnosed I knew immediately that I would want to return to Texas for treatment where I could have support from my family. It would be WAY more comfortable to recover at my Mom’s house instead of being cramped in my one-bedroom apartment in California. And I am very blessed that my company gave me full support. I got the first opinion on treatment in California – Stage 1, surgery only. Read more
At the start of this lockdown, like most people, I was stressed out and experiencing major changes and disruptions to my life as I knew it.
Within a week of the lockdown and uncertain about my job situation, I had to transition to working from home. After a week of working on the kitchen table, being in Zoom meetings with the TV blaring CNN updates of the pandemic in the background, I was struggling. The lockdown was triggering old memories of the communist takeover of Saigon, when my parents were under house monitoring and their freedoms were taken away.
I was overwhelmed by the thought of having to work from home and worse, being home 24/7. You see, my life had a huge tension, even before the Coronavirus. My life as a Christian with my church family and “ministry” was totally separate from my household situation. Most of my faith was lived out — outside of my house, worshiping at a church building, serving others in various ministries, praying with others, gathering with small groups and different circles of friends, and attending workshops, events and conferences. But when it came to my home life, I did not feel I was supported or could fully be my authentic self in my even own house. Read more
Rev. John Young
It was one of the most exciting days of his life. After a year of patiently teaching, with a myriad of miracles performed right before them, it finally came down to this moment: “Who do the people say that I am?”…“Who do you say that I am?” Peter blurted out: “You are the Messiah!” (Mark 8:29). WOW! What an earth-shattering pronouncement! They finally recognized who Jesus was! How could Jesus not be excited? After all, it was not a casual acknowledgement that any ordinary person could make and it was not something one would say without any consequence, because acknowledging who Jesus was was directly tied to what would happen to Him later… Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again (Mark 8:31). Jesus clearly knew what His destiny was, and was resolutely marching toward it. Yet for the disciples, especially Peter, such was not acceptable, that Christ, the Messiah, the chosen of God to save the world would suffer and be killed? “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you” (Matthew 16:22).
Now, isn’t it just shocking that an advice out of good intention on Peter’s part would invite such a sharp rebuke from Jesus? “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human thing.” (Mark 8:33). But pay close attention, even though Jesus appeared to rebuke Peter, he was actually rebuking Satan. What did Satan do to incur Jesus’ severe reprimand?
Satan’s trick was, and is, to capitalize on human nature of fear, worry, jealousy, or anger… to sow seeds of doubt in a person’s heart, causing him or her to doubt God and God’s plan. Even Jesus Himself was the object of Satan’s attack. The human heart is in reality the war zone of spiritual warfare.
The Lord God said to Cain: “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it” (Genesis 4:6-7). This is the classical picture of the warfare being waged in a person’s heart. We must identify who our enemies are. So, take a long look inside yourself. Who are your enemies lurking behind the door? Maybe it is fear, or the broken relationships in your life. They are driving a wedge between you and the Lord, so that you cannot experience intimacy with Him, nor can He come near you to minister to your soul.