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A Long Drive Through God’s Word

May 7/8, 2022

From the Pastor’s Desk: Pastor Alex Poon

Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,

Have you ever been on a long drive? It’s wonderful, of course for those of us who aren’t affected by motion sickness.

Going on long drives reminds me of James’ exhortation for the Church. “Be doers of the Word, and not just hearers only” (James 1:22).

How do we become doers of the Word? First, it involves the deep and consistent work of understanding the Word of God. Before we may respond to Scriptures, our minds must first comprehend the Scriptures.

And to do this, long journeys in a car remind me of three similarities between a road trip and meditating on God’s Word to us.

Both, ask us to (1) slow down to soak in the scenery, (2) be intelligent to understand the task at hand, (3) grow in patience, so we may find joy.

Slow down and soak in the scenery.

Slow down on your road trip so you may shift your gaze from not only what is in front of you – but all around you. Like a drive through the deep forest – did you see that birds nest way up high? Did you notice the bright sun in how its light hit the treetops?

Slow down as you receive the Word of God. Scriptures doesn’t only give us words of comfort, or the words we are longing to hear… it gives us an argument, a reasoning, a logic – how can we understand the train of thought when we don’t take time to ponder?

Did you notice the nuance of the Biblical authors, in how they used the most descriptive expressions to call attention to this one specific aspect of our glorious Creator? Did you see the fine-tuned word that is written to tune our hearts to His? Did you pace yourself – just enough – to see the majestic detail hidden in the author’s language?

Did you give yourself time to admire, to be mesmerized, so that your heart may be moved?

Be intelligent to understand the task at hand.

The pathway towards worship in our hearts begins first with our minds.

On the Emmaus Road, when Jesus finally revealed himself to those he was walking with, the men asked each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us?” (Luke 24:32). Every disciple of Jesus wants to feel something with God. And to light their hearts ablaze; Jesus opened the Scriptures to them, interpreting it all for them. Their touched hearts started first with their minds.

So, follow the logic behind each thought. Bring your intelligence into the task of reading Scriptures, and let the reason evoke your mind.

Grow in patience so we may find joy.

Patience is a virtue we all need. When we prayerfully and thoughtfully take lingering step after step towards the heart of God, we will know what He says to us, and how He says it.

And with the aiding of the indwelling Spirit who proclaims the truth of God to us, we will feel His presence so near to us, and joy in worship will arise.

His Servant
Pastor Alex Poon










在以馬忤斯路上,當耶穌最終向與眾人顯現時,他們彼此說:“我們的心不是火熱的嗎?” (路加福音24:32)。我們有否有這種敏銳的心呢?我們需要全人的投入,才能夠感受。




“The Spirit is Willing, But the Flesh is Weak”

From the Pastor’s Desk: Pastor Alex Poon

Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,

In Matthew 26 Jesus, after falling on his face in prayer, praying words that never cease to amaze us, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will”, found his disciples sleeping.

He said to Peter, “… the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41b)

In one sense or another, you may find yourself weak these days. And that’s ok. Sometimes we get up in the morning finding ourselves just in a bit of a sour mood. We wonder why. It wasn’t like the previous evening was eventful in that there was anything to upset us. You might even think to yourself that there isn’t one particular issue in your life that is causing you great stress. Or there might be. There might be something causing you to wake up in anxiousness, or as the saying goes, “on the wrong side of bed”. Sad to say, but that reality is ok too.

How does our Lord Jesus invite us to respond?

He went and fell on his face in prayer when the most trying moment of his life was just around the corner. And then he showed understanding to his disciples when he found them asleep – even if their spirit was willing, their flesh was weak.

And then Jesus went and prayed a common prayer familiar to all of God’s people, “your will be done.”

The point is this; consider, on the days where you want to pray but find it difficult to pray, to pray the words gifted to us by God and the inspired authors.

Consider praying the common words of God’s people.

Consider finding the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 and praying as he teaches us to. Consider opening the book of Psalms to allow the Biblical authors to usher us into seeking God in all circumstances.

You see, in God’s loving heart of compassion; He knows His children need Him. He knows that for those children who depend on Him, our hearts are longing to cry out to Him – but sometimes we just don’t have the words to muster up. And so, He left us with some.

In particular seasons we will experience tiredness, despair and indifference and we’re assured that without exception we’re all going to experience seasons where prayer is dry and honestly really challenging.

And so, it’s like God has left us with handrails to grip onto so that we might know how to pray and what to pray.

Know this; prayer doesn’t have to be full of enthusiasm and passion, but sometimes it will feel like a challenge of enduring stamina.

Keep praying and may you long to pray, still.

Our Lord inclines his ears to us, to hear our every word and cry. And He understands both the joy and longing that fills our hearts.

When the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. When we are falling on our face about to enter into a deep darkness, our Lord Jesus invites us to lean into the words that keep us tuned to Him.

Let us follow Him, let us pray together,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:9-13 ESV)
For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Alex Poon




馬太福音26 章39-40節述說耶穌俯伏在地上禱告後,回頭卻看見祂的門徒睡著了。祂禱告說:“我的父啊,可能的話,求你使這杯離開我;但不要照我的意思,只要照你的旨意”。一個我們驚嘆不已的禱告。












Our God Who Knows Our Routines

Sep 25-26, 2021
From the Pastor’s Desk: Pastor Alex Poon

Just like you, I’m adjusting to a new routine.

September has always been a hectic month. Students going back to school, parents juggling carpool schedules, sports team and extracurriculars releasing their calendars… we’ve all longed for more sleep during this month. But this year, add in face masks and a mix of Zoom and in person event and doesn’t it all seem a bit too much to handle?

I’m adjusting to a new routine too. After 18 months of not going to the gym, I’m back at it… and I’m sore all over. But the ache I feel, the limp in my legs, it’s all teaching me a great lesson – slow down.

Pace yourself. Don’t do too much at once. Practice self-forgiveness when I don’t meet my targeted goals, reach out to friends for kind words of encouragement when I’m in need of support. But most of all, I’m being reminded that while I’m in the thick of the chaos, I can turn to a loving God so in control yet so compassionate He knows my every weary thought, sigh, and
groan. While I may feel out of control – He is not. While I may become lost and tired, He is bountiful in strength and generous in comfort. And He by His grace comes to find me – us.

This is God, so attentive to detail. This is God who knows the flight pattern of every bird in the sky. This is God who times the crash of every ocean wave against the rock. This is God who has set the sun and moon in its place, delivering to us the precious gift of rhythm.

And this is God who keeps attentive to those made in His image. As the Psalmist declares, He inclines His ear to hear every cry and every plea from all those calling out His name (Psalm 116).

Feel lost amongst the tasks? Feel the burden of the incoming events? Face anxiety from the daunting University syllabus? Know your compassionate Father is by your side. He has a plan for you this year, there is a point to it all. Know He works in all the beautiful yet busy parts of your day to reveal to you His good character. And know that as you cope and adjust, He is offering to you the precious gift of His love that will bring you strength by grace.

May you notice Him in your hours. May you notice how the rhythms of your day proclaim His dwelling in your life. May the opportunities each day turn your heart to marvel at His excellent greatness, and may you turn to Him to see Him receiving you in your weariness.

May you find stillness to know that He is God.



Sep 25-26, 2021



我也在適應新的常規。我已經有18 個月沒有上健身室,再回到健身室健身…一下子我感到渾身酸痛,雙腿無力,這一切身體的疼痛正正在告訴我—我也要慢下來。









<p><b>Jun 05-06, 2021</b><br><b>潘啟華傳道</b></p>






我們為何要有耐力?當他的讀者被試探丟棄信心時(希伯來書 10:35,39),當他的讀者開始失去對福音的熱情,失去向外傳福音的心志;希伯來書的作者寫信給他們說:“你們還需要忍耐,好使你們行完了神的旨意,可以領受所應許的。”(希伯來書 10:36)。

他鼓勵信徒要竭力堅持和忍耐-緊緊抓住上帝的應許。但更重要的是,作者將他的讀者指向耶穌,祂是“…那位信心的創始者和完成者”(希伯來書 12:1-2)。這是耶穌賜給我們從神而來的愛之禮物-耐力,是耶穌送給祂孩子的禮物。



那我們該怎麼辦?我們可以隨時禱告,詩篇 16:11 :“你必把生命的路指示我,在你面前有滿足的喜樂,在你的右手中有永遠的福樂。”讓我們一起為自己的靈魂以及周圍的人的靈魂向神祈禱吧。



<p><b>Jun 05-06, 2021</b><br><strong>From the Pastor’s Desk: Pastor Alex Poon</strong></p>
Have you ever run a race before? Maybe, like me, you haven’t run any sort of race in many, many years. But here’s what I remember; the last 3 minutes were always the hardest. The finish line is in sight, and you’re able now to count down the seconds until your body will no longer feel the burning pain of exhaustion. You think to yourself, “I can’t wait to take that relaxed breath… soon”.

It’s the mental challenge that’s the most difficult at this point. With all your resiliency, you must will your body to cross the finish line… speedily. Your mind is tempted to convince your muscles to slow down, to begin your relaxation a touch early, jogging if not walking across the finish line. But all good runners know that’s not how you finish a race.

I think that’s what a lot of us are feeling these days. We see the finish line of the pandemic, things are beginning to reopen, I mean, we’re now able to eat inside the restaurant now right? With restart plans being announced, we now have somewhat of a better view of what the finish line looks like. If we can’t see the finish line yet, we know it’s right around the corner. We just have to keep on running.

Well, this mentality to “keep on running” is called endurance. And endurance reaches beyond the pandemic, it’s something we must deal with for the rest of life. Endurance is something the author of Hebrew knew all children of God needed.

It’s needed in the midst of a pandemic; it’s needed when Christian’s feel fatigued in discipleship or even our worship. It’s needed when life is confusing, disorienting, full of turmoil in one difficult sense or another. Therefore, the author of Hebrews did not mince his words to his readers.

What are we enduring towards? In the midst of his readers being tempted to throw away their confidence (Hebrews 10:35,39), when his readers began to lose their compassion, or their passion for proclaiming the gospel to each other and perhaps to their own hearts; the Hebrews author wrote to them, “You have need for endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” (Hebrews 10:36).

He encouraged them at length to faithfully persevere and endure – to hold tight to God’s promises. But most importantly, he pointed his readers to Jesus, “the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2). It’s Jesus who gifts us with God’s loving gift of endurance, a gift he gives all his children.

How? Jesus stirs our hearts to move towards him more and more. Jesus opens the eyes of our hearts to see his love, compassion, mercy and help more and more. When we feel we are lacking, it’s Jesus who gives us strength. Even on the days where our love for Jesus seems dry, it’s Jesus first who refreshes our awe and wonder of him. He gives us another reason to worship him, he gives us with another touch of intimacy, another new breath of life. He gives us a fresh reminder how we can lean on him, find our refuge in him, find our help with him. All we need to do is earnestly admit our need for such love. All we need to do is ask and receive. That’s the wonder of our Saviour.

Endurance is a beautiful, yet complicated reality of our lives. On one hand we long for more of it, but on the other hand, we don’t like how we get more of it. Like all athletes know, in order to gain a little more endurance, they must put their bodies to the test. Pain, a good kind of pain rooted in discipline is the kind of experience that will grow us in endurance. We must sit in the experience of the discomfort. But it is there, that Jesus stirs our hearts to seek and rest in him.

So what shall we do? A prayer on our lips can be found in Psalm 16:11 “You make known to them the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Let’s pray this for our own souls, and for the souls of those around us.

Seek Jesus and endure well.

Again, and Again

Feb 20-21, 2021
From the Pastor’s Desk: Pastor Alex Poon

Have you begun to notice that your days are beginning to blur together? Are you beginning to realize you’re forgetting which day of the week it is?

It might be because all our days seem to be so similar now. Our routines are the same day in and day out as we find ourselves spending more time safely at home. Each morning begins in the same way, and each bedtime routine follows the monotony of the day before.

I’ve noticed the same repetitions in my life. And I know others feel the same. Just some enjoy the same routines more than others.

I realize that for me and others who continue to work, we have tasks to separate our weekdays from weekends.  At least we’re more prone to recognize the date on the calendar. But for those of you who are retired, I wonder how you’ve been able to separate your days apart?

While our days may all look similar, let us be sensitive to the nuances of each fresh day.

Monotony or routine can be exciting and fun in their own unique ways. Because through the sameness, you’ll really notice the subtle differences. You’ll notice the smaller variations that rise up above the stillness. You’ll notice the distinct conversation you had today that you didn’t have yesterday. You’ll notice the thought that peaked your curiosity today, that didn’t come to mind yesterday. You’ll notice the budding leaf that’s grown on your living room plant that wasn’t there the day before. Or you’ll notice how the patch of snow you encounter on your daily walk has been turning to water, day by day.

But on the other hand, let’s not deny that the same routine can cause a level of dreariness, or boredom – especially if we’re in a constant state of waiting for the “more”.

I recognize that in this temporary season, while we’re all living under Provincial Health Orders, it may be harder than usual to find the moments of our tomorrow to look forward to. We wonder what the next day will bring and if there will be anything to look forward to. But there is. There’s a blessing in tomorrow’s monotony, because this again-and-again is a direct reflection of the God we worship.

He is God of again-and-again.

God calls the oceans tides to crash against the rock of the cliff day after day, hour by hour, minute after minute, seconds apart.

God causes the sun to come up each fresh morning. To give rise to each new day’s activities. Then, He causes it to go down again for each night’s good rest.

God circles the clouds around the world and back, travelling the skies – as the song goes, “all-the-day long”.

We might be quick to be lost in the monotony, but God thrives in the routine.

Because for God, every petal that grows on the flower, every wildflower in the fields, every blade of grass on the lawn – while they may look all the same to us, to Him, they are so vastly set apart.

In our over and again, let us be quick to be sensitive to the nuances of the day. There, let us notice a new thought that comes, a new curiosity that arises, and those fresh encounters with a wonderment of who God is.

There are thrilling moments to seek. There are fresh encounters to experience. Our God is a creator God, who creates uniquely each new day.

We have reason to worship God for His nature of again and again. Because the piece of routine that draws our worship, is God’s everlasting grace each fresh day.

We rest upon His mercies, which are new every morning. His steadfast love never runs dry. Great is his faithfulness, for He gifts His grace again and again.

My prayer for you is that you find peace in your everyday routines. There is a beauty in doing things the same over and over again. The more you grow in familiarity with each day, the more you’ll notice the subtle differences of it all. And there, in the peace of routine, may you find comfort that you’ve been gifted with an opportunity to just simply… relax.


<p><b>Feb 20-21, 2021</b><br><b>潘啟華傳道</b></p>