Our church has people who aspire to be spiritually mature. This is a good thing, but should we think this can occur without making some changes from the over-active lives we live, we err. The integration of our spiritual walk with our daily experiences must become natural and blended so much that we can’t distinguish one from the other. Studying Scripture has importance well beyond academic purposes for the Father desires to see our lives revealing obedience to what we learn. We care for others and share Jesus’ love because He has become our Savior in every sense of the word and He loves through us! We grasp that our relationship with Christ is beyond emotional music, feelings experienced at camp, fun with Christian friends or even listening to a “famous television teacher!” With Jesus as our model, we remember that He served the spiritual and physical needs of mankind “as He was going”in His daily routine/life. “As you are going/walking today in Christ,” it would be my hope that you don’t have to concentrate too heavily to be the Biblical “salt/light” that you should naturally be as you trod this earth! My hope is that the Father’s identity in your life will be so real that others will feel the overflow of God’s love in who you are. May being like Jesus make us an integrated body of Christians that impact all that come in contact with the people of FCBC.
我們教會許多人热望靈命成熟。 這是一件好事，但是如果我們以為我們不用改变我们每日过分忙碌的生活也可以做到，那我們就錯了。属灵生命和每日生活，應該是自然合一，不分彼此的。研讀聖經的重要远超过學術上的学习，天父要看到我们顺服我们所学习的。我們關心別人，分享 基督的愛，是因為 祂是我們的救主， 祂的愛會從我們生命中表顯出來！我們與 基督建立的關係不是從激情的音樂、營會的感動經驗、與基督徒朋友一起的快乐或聆聽「出名」电视传道人得來的！ 耶穌是我們的模範，我們该記得 祂是在「每天日常生活及侍奉」中服事人靈命及肉體的需要。今日及每天你的事奉中，我盼望你不必專心在意，而是自然成為圣经中所说的「鹽或光」！盼望人看到你生命中天父的型像是这么真切，以致感受到 上帝丰盛的愛。希望活得更像 耶穌，讓我們基督徒完整合一地影響所有来到第一华人浸信会的人！
First Chinese Baptist Church is excited to be hosting our local Arcadia-Osborn Neighborhood Association’s Block Watch Forum 2019! Come by this week on Thursday, March 28th, to learn more from special guest speakers about best practices for the community while reducing and preventing crime. As an active member of the neighborhood, FCBC’s focus is to lead, engage, and care for all people in our community.
First Chinese Baptist Church of Phoenix, AZ will be participating in the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering which supports missionaries and allows them to reach people for Christ all across North America.
On Saturday morning, Sue and I visited a 70-year-old friend in a hospice nearby. On Saturday evening, this friend went to be with her Lord. On that same day, I learned of the “Life Celebration” for a 57-year-old co-worker whom I had worked alongside for years. He was a dedicated missionary, but illness pushed his departure from this world very early.
I mention these two examples to remind us that time, and how we use that time, is important. We often joke that if we “blink our eyes three times, 10 years will have gone by!” If we look at Biblical examples, we can find individuals with very focused lives. Of course, those individuals didn’t have the same amount of advertising and “me first” materials coming at them daily as we do. Our world’s goal is to convince us that life is only about meeting our personal needs. Indeed, there are even so-called “Christian materials” that push our comforts and our needs before the concerns and values of God. I suppose this is one reason that I so greatly respect the “I Am Second” videos that we sometime share in worship services. Within those videos, we are reminded that the our primary focus for how we use our lives and time is not on me, my family, my activities, my career, my reputation, or my anything. The goal in our lives is to be HIS FIRST with all the decisions and planning centered around the Will of God.
My prayer for you and me is that we may slow down a moment and reflect on the life that God has given to you. We don’t know much about tomorrow, but we do know that we are surrounded by people with needs more intense than ourselves. With Jesus as our model, and our Lord, is there a need for all of us to use our time and lives more for the meaningful purposes of serving His desires? We have but one life to spend in the name of Christ.
星期六早晨，我和妻子一起去探访一位70岁，住在安宁病房的朋友；当晚这朋友就离世去到天父家。在同一天, 我也获知一位57岁,一起服事多年的同工也在“庆祝他的生命”； 他是一个委身的传教士，但是病痛非常早得把他推离这个世界。
我提这两例子是要提醒我们“时间”— 我们如何使用这个时间，是非常重要的。我们常开玩笑说“一眨眼，10年就过去了！” 如果我们查看圣经，我们可以找到一些有标的生命意义的个人。当然这些个人没有像我们一样收到大量的广告说”我是首先的”。世界的目标是要说服我们, 生命只是为了达到我们个人的需要；是的，甚至有一些基督徒资料都将我们个人的舒适和需要, 摆在上帝及其价值之上。我想这可能是一个原因，我非常尊敬我们过去数周崇拜中分享的“我是其次的”影片。在这些影片中，我被提醒我们生命主要重点是要如何使用我们的生命及时间，不是在我们自己的家庭、活动、事业、名誉或者我的所有事上。我们生命的目标，应该是 祂的是第一；我们所有的决定、计划，应该以 神的旨意为中心，祂的是第一的。
我祷告祈求你我停一下，想想上帝给我们的生命。我们不知道明天是怎么样，但是我们周遭有许多有需要的人。以 耶稣为模范，并且 祂是我们的 主，有需要用我们的时间和生命更多去服侍他的愿望吗？ 在 基督名下，我们只有一个生命。