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Christ our King: Christ Our Healer (2)

July 2, 3, 2022
From the Pastor’s Desk: Rev. Simon Lee

Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,

In our last article, we introduced our series on Christ Our Healer. We shared how our concept of healing in the Alliance church is unique as we focus on Christ as our healer. We also talked about the importance of health in general.

But the Bible teaches us that “health” is more than physical health. It encompasses our “spiritual being” as a physical-psychological-spiritual whole. Simply defined, the Hebrew and Biblical concept of “health” is “wholeness” (shalom) for our entire “spiritual being.” In our spiritual journey on earth, we as followers of Christ, still face physical, psychological, and spiritual challenges and trials, just like everyone else. This is because we are still flesh and blood, and oftentimes our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak. Our mortal bodies waste away day by day and none of us is immune to disease, sickness, and aging.

Also, the Bible tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things, and therefore Christians still sin, often grievously as our conscience can be dulled, sometimes even by head knowledge, preventing the work of the Holy Spirit. Sin is indeed one major cause of sickness. Because we are a spiritual whole, our body, our mind, and our soul affect each other, and we can all suffer from physical, mental, and spiritual illnesses stemming from any negative aspect of our whole being. Moreover, lest we forget, Satan is like a roaring lion ready to attack us when we are vulnerable, or when we let our guards down, telling us that “we can be like God…” We are therefore ultimately in a spiritual battle.

Furthermore, we do not preach a health and wealth gospel, and we are not in the charismatic tradition, but we do believe God answers prayers and God heals. In other words, we do not believe that by trying to be a “good” Christian we will automatically be blessed by the Spirit with health and wealth, as if we can earn them by doing good. We also are not in the charismatic tradition where the belief is that by our own efforts we can earnestly seek and get the special gifts of the Holy Spirit which includes physical and emotional health. However, we do believe that God is the healer and in Christ and His substitutionary atonement and redemption, we are healed according to His perfect will. What that means is we are healed by Christ through His sacrificial death. Because He died in our place, we are saved. His saving grace may include temporally saving us from illness according to God’s will and timing, but we are definitely and ultimately saved to have eternal lives, to be with God in heaven.

As an Alliance Church we also believe (and should put in practice more) in prayer, fasting and the anointing with oil as taught in chapter 5 of the book of James. Oil in the Old Testament have medicinal value. Kings, prophets and priests are also anointed signifying the authority and blessings of God. The important thing to note is that ultimately healing comes from God. May the Lord bless us all with His total health and healing.

Your servant in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Simon Lee,
Senior Pastor










Christ our King: Christ Our Healer (1)

June 25, 26, 2022
From the Pastor’s Desk: Rev. Simon Lee

Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,

In this summer quarter (July to September 2022), starting next week, we will be preaching on Christ Our Healer, the third part of our series on the Fourfold Gospel, the very heart of the distinctives and theology of the Alliance Church. Christ is not only our Saviour and our Sanctifier, He is also our healer. In the fall (October to December), we will end the series on Christ our Coming King.

In this series, we are going to start by introducing our Alliance distinctive on healing – looking at healing from the perspective of the salvation in Christ: “by His stripes we are healed.” We will then look at 4 stories of the healing of God found first in the Old Testament, followed by 5 stories of the healing by Jesus found in the New Testament. These stories will tell us that God indeed heals the sick in different circumstances. We also see how healing is an important part of Jesus’ ministries while he was on earth.

We are all very concerned about our physical health and rightly so, because if we are not healthy, we cannot enjoy anything else in life. Therefore, it is important that we all lead good healthy lives, eat well, sleep well, and have healthy lifestyle. But for many of us, trying to lead healthy lives is often a big challenge.

Rev. Rick Warren of Saddleback church wrote a book with Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mark Hyman in 2020 called The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life. It is much more than a diet plan. The 5 key areas of The Daniel Plan are: Faith, food, fitness, focus and friends. Biblical principles are first and foremost. Then learning the right foods to detox your body and lose weight is key. We all know that exercise is important. We need also to have the right combination of food and fitness. Finally, friendship is most helpful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We can see that this “5Fs”is a good guide to a healthier life, just like Daniel in the days of old.

However, we still can be become ill because we are mortal and frail, and sometimes sickness is beyond our control, as we have seen in the past three years with the Covid-19 pandemic. Now that we have the vaccine, we should do our best to get vaccinated to be more protected against the ever-changing virus. When possible, we should still use all the precautionary measures available. Those who have very weak immune system should take extra precautions. When we develop symptoms, we should stay home and quarantine ourselves to help prevent the spread of the virus. Let us all do our best to stay healthy for ourselves and each other. (Next week: Christ Our Healer (2))

Your servant in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Simon Lee,
Senior Pastor







美國加州馬鞍峰教會創會牧師華理克牧師(Rick Warren)於2020年與Daniel Amen及Mark Hyman博士合著一書,書名為《健康標竿-40天但以理計劃》。內容不僅談論飲食計劃。《40天但以理計劃》所涉獵/包含的5個關鍵領域(5Fs)是:信仰(faith)、食物(food)、健身(fitness)、聚焦(focus)和朋友(friends)。聖經原則是首要的。並著重於學習如何以正確的飲食方式來排毒和減肥/瘦身。我們均明白運動的重要性。我們也需要正確地平衡飲食和健身以確保健康。最後,友誼是最有助於保持健康生活方式的因素。這5Fs 是健康生活的指南,有如昔日先知但以理健康的生活一樣。




Ciao, Shalom (II)


From the Pastor’s Desk: Rev. Simon Lee

Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,

Pray for wholeness and well-being

Last Sunday afternoon we had a very meaningful and moving prayer meeting for Newcomers from Hong Kong, attended by over 60 people. Of the newcomers there was even one young person who only arrived three days before the meeting! Quite a few of our members were there to pray with them. There were tearful reflections and sharing. In the end, prayers were offered to God in many ways. Indeed “shalom” was shared.

Continuing our reflection on the word “shalom” we find that it is used about 250 times in the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible). It is used primarily in three ways:

  • About 10% as a greeting or farewell. (e.g. Ezra 4:17)
  • About 25% refers to a state or relationship that is free from war or conflict. (e.g. 1 Sam. 7:14)
  • About 65% refers to wholeness, maturity and well-being in our daily lives: “And work for the peace and prosperity(shalom) of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare (shalom) will determine your welfare (shalom)” ( 29:7).

As we can see from this analysis, “shalom” is more than a greeting (hello and goodbye). It is also more than the absence of conflict. It is the concept of wholeness and wellness. We read in Genesis 43:27-28, Joseph, without his brothers recognising him, is asking about their health and his father’s health: And he inquired about their welfare (shalom) and said,Is your father well (shalom), the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?” 28 They said, “Your servant our father is well (shalom); he is still alive.” And they bowed their heads and prostrated themselves.” Here “shalom” refers to our welfare and well-being.

In the “Aaronic Blessing” (Numbers 6:24-26), Aaron was instructed by the Lord to pronounce the blessing of the Lord to the people of Israel (and to us today) with these personal words of blessing:

24 “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25      the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 26             the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace (shalom).”

Pray for the peace of the City

However, peace (shalom) is not just for the personal well-being of oneself. We need to pray for the peace of our city and nation, as we are shown in praying for the peace of Jerusalem (Ps. 122:6-9):

“Pray for the peace (shalom) of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you! 7 Peace (shalom) be within your walls and security within your towers!”8 For my brothers and companions’ sake, I will say, “Peace (shalom) be within you!”9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your good.

Today, we not only pray for our own peace and well-being, we also pray for the City “for the sake of the house of the Lord our God.” Today that must include for us Hong Kong, Vancouver, and for the cities in the many war-torn nations around the world (e.g.  in Ukraine).

Pray and be “shalom-makers”

We are therefore to be shalom-makers (peacemakers). In the beatitude, Jesus Himself taught us to be peacemakers: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9). By this, Jesus is not talking about being  “mediators or political negotiators” (Doug Hershey)

In this verse, Jesus is not referring to mediators or sympathizers, but children of God (you and I) are at peace with God and who help others to make peace with God and therefore peace with one another. The meaning of shalom is connection to God. As peacemakers, we share the peace that we have so that others can have the same peace, and be “called sons of God.” May all our prayers bring “shalom”!

In Christ,
Pastor Simon Lee

Ciao, Shalom 問好,平安 (下)



上星期日下午在教會舉行的「香港人分享祈禱會」,有超過60人出席。參加的來賓包括一位剛到步3天的年青人!有好幾位我們的會友也前來支持。會中看見不少來賓都是帶着眼淚!我們以不同的方式一起禱告,可說一起分享在主內的「平安」(shalom) 。


  • 約有10%用於問候或告別。(例如:拉4:17)
  • 大約25%用於形容沒有戰爭或衝突的國家或關係。(例如:撒上7:14)
  • 大約65%是指我們日常生活中的完整、成熟和幸福:“我把你們擄到的那城,你們要為她求平安(shalom),為她向耶和華祈禱;因為她得平安(shalom),你們也得平安(shalom)”。(耶29:7)

正如從這個分析中看到,“shalom”不僅是一個問候(問安和再見),更是指整體(wholeness)和健康(well being),兩者是沒有衝突。我們在創世記43:27-28 中讀到,約瑟在他的兄弟們沒有認出他的情況下,問及他們和他父親的健康狀況,他詢問他們是否安好:約瑟先向他們問安(shalom),然後又問:“你們的父親,就是你們所說的那老人家平安 (shalom)嗎?他還在嗎?”他們回答:“你僕人我們的父親平安 (shalom),他還在。”於是他們低頭下拜。”這裡“shalom”是指我們的平安和福祉。

在“亞倫的祝福”(民6:24-26) 中,亞倫被主指示用以下的個人祝福語向以色列民(以及今天的我們)宣告主的賜福:24 願耶和華賜福你,保護你;25願耶和華使他的臉光照你,賜恩給你;26願耶和華敞臉垂顧你,賜你平安(shalom)




祈求並成為“shalom-makers” “使人和平者”

因此,我們要成為使人和平的人(締造和平者)。在八福中,耶穌親自教導我們要成為和平的締造者:“使人和平的人有福了,因為他們必稱為神的兒子。”(5:9)在此,耶穌並不是在談論成為“調解人”或“政治談判者”(Doug Hershey) ;在這節經文中,耶穌不是指向調解或同情者,是指向作為神的兒女(你和我)要與神和好,也要幫助他人與神和好,從而帶來彼此的和好。沙龍(shalom)的意思是與神的聯繫。作為使人和平者,我們要將從神而的平安與別人分享,好讓其他人也能擁有同樣的平安,並被“稱為神的兒子”。願我們所有的祈禱都帶來“平安”!


Ciao, Shalom (I)

From the Pastor’s Desk: Rev. Simon Lee

Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,

Pray for “shalom”

“Ciao” is an Italian greeting that means both “Good-bye” when you are leaving a person or place, and “Hello” when you meet someone when you arrive. This is used in our poster for our “Hongkong Newcomer Prayer Meeting.”  In the past eight months we have many such Hongkong newcomers coming to our Church services, especially to the 2 Cantonese services and AYAYA. For many of these people, saying “good-bye” to Hongkong was often a very sad and painful experience. It is not any easier when they arrive here to start anew all over, as saying “hello” must be filled with a lot of mixed feelings which include anxiety and a lot of uncertainty.

I personally have underscored again and again to all our staff that RCAC is politically neutral, and we welcome people, just like us, from the whole socio-political spectrum. Pastor Francis the organizer for the Prayer Meeting agrees fully. Our “Hongkong Newcomer Prayer Meeting” is organised solely to welcome them with open arms, whatever their background maybe, and to pray for them and with them that our Lord will give them peace and joy, and they will settle faster and find a spiritual home.

Interestingly, “shalom” is also a word that comes to mind that means in Hebrew both “good-bye” and ”hello,” used in the greetings among Jewish people even today.  Actually, the word is translated most often as “peace” but it is much more than our concept of “peace.” So, in saying “goodbye” or “hello,” we are saying, put simply, “shalom” be with you. In fact, “goodbye” is shortened from “God be with you.”  The Christian Community Development Association describes “shalom” this way:

“When God created the heavens and the earth, he wove it all together like a million silk threads forming a dazzling garment never before seen, each thread passing over, under, and around millions of others to create a perfectly complementary, tightly-woven interdependent, amazing whole. This wondrous webbing together of God and man and all of creation is what the Hebrew prophets called shalom. Shalom is a word packed with hope for a broken, bruised, and wounded world. It speaks of wholeness, right relationships, justice, salvation, and righteousness, all of which can be missed when we read the English word “peace.” God’s intention for every community is that his shalom would reign.”

Indeed, what we Christians at RCAC have to offer these newcomers is more than a warm welcome. Jesus, the Prince of Shalom (Isa. 9:6), Himself said to us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) In this article (I and II), I would like to study and share with you the rich meaning of “shalom.”

In Christ,
Pastor Simon Lee

Ciao, Shalom :問好(hello) 和再見(good-bye) (上)



“Ciao”是意大利問候語,意思是在與人話別或離開一個地方時的“再見”(good-bye)及與人見面時的打招呼用語“您好”(hello)。這是我們“為香港新來賓禱告會”的海報用語。在過去的八個月裡,我們有不少來自於香港的新朋友參加我們教會的聚會,尤其是參加兩堂的粵語崇拜和 AYAYA青年崇拜。其中許多位的新朋友要與香港道別,到這裡重新開始。對於他們來說,說“再見” 往往是一種非常傷感和痛苦的經歷。而來到要說“您好”包含著很複雜的感受,如充滿焦慮和必須面對多方面的不確定性。


饒有趣味的是,“shalom” 此詞浮現在腦海中。在希伯來語此詞也同樣表示“再見”和“您好”,即使在今天也用於猶太人之間的問候。實際上,這個詞最常被翻譯為“平安/和平”,但它不僅僅指我們一般對 “平安/和平” 的概念。所以,在說“再見”或“您好”時,即等同說,“shalom ,願您平安”。事實上,“再見”(good-bye)一詞是“神與你同在”(God be with you)的縮寫。基督教社區發展協會對“shalom”有以下的描述:

“當神創造天地時,祂將天地萬物編織在一起,就像一百萬根絲線,形成了一件前所未有的耀眼服裝,每一根線上下穿越、縈繞、環繫著數以萬根絲線,創造出完美互補、緊密編織的相互依存,令人驚艷的整體。神和人類以及所有受造物的這種奇妙的網狀結構連繫就是希伯來先知所說的平安/和平。“shalom” 這詞含蘊著對破碎、受創傷和傷痕累累世界的整全盼望,是論述完整、正確的關係、正義、拯救和公義。當我們讀到英文單詞平安“peace”時,往往把所有這些豐富的含意都可能被忽略。神對每個社區/社群的意願是讓祂的平安掌權。”

事實上,我們列宣家的信徒必須為這些新來賓提供的不僅僅是熱烈的歡迎。主耶穌,和平之君(賽9:6),親自對我們說:我留下平安給你們,我把自己的平安賜給你們;我給你們的,不像世界所給的。你們心裡不要難過,也不要恐懼。(約14:27) 。透過本文(上、下),我想和各位學習和分享“shalom”的豐富含義。

(下期Ciao, Shalom :問好(hello) 和再見(good-bye) () )


Don’t deceive yourself: Receiving, practicing, and being true to the Word (II)


Dear brothers and sisters of RCAC,

Last time I shared on “receiving the Word” (James 1:19-21) In this article, I am going to conclude with “practicing the Word” (22-25) and “being true to the Word” (26-27).

  1. Practicing the Word (22-25)

The contrast of the hearer of the Word only verses the doer of the Word is obvious and the illustration of the actions after looking at the mirror is most illuminating, as the Word of God is indeed like a mirror, showing us clearly who we are. Someone who just hears but does not act upon what one sees is either just glancing at oneself from the mirror, or forgets what one sees in the mirror, or fails to act on what one sees.

In contrast, the doer of the Word is “the one who peers into (examine) the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out.” (1:25, NET) He is blessed as a result.

I notice that James refers to the Word as “the perfect law of liberty,” as the function of the law is not to restrict our freedom but rather to liberate us. We live in a world that pays high premium on freedom and human rights, and therefore we feel that the law takes away our freedom. But Jesus Christ Himself teaches us with these words: “Hold to My teaching, then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).

So “practicing the Word” is first of all deeply examining ourselves and then make changes needed accordingly based on the Word of God. Paul teaches us: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16, 17) Yes, all inspired Scripture is “profitable” for changing our lives around. The perfect law is the law of liberty, that can make us “complete” and fruitful in our lives.

  1. Being true to the Word (26-27)

The one who is truly “religious” is the one who can demonstrate adherence to the Word by controlling his tongue, that is, his own words and interaction with others. Paul teaches us: “Rather, speaking the truth (practicing the truth) in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” (Eph 4:15)

Being “religious” can merely means external observances or ritualistic practices which are commendable but ultimately “worthless” and superficial, and they can be just self-deception (misleads or seduces his own heart) (1:26).

Paul describes this type of people this way: “They will maintain the outward appearance of religion (godliness, ESV) but will have repudiated its power.” (2 Tim 3:5, NET) Being outwardly religious is of no worth and devoid of true power to live our lives in the true image of God.

In contrast “pure and undefiled” religion before God is first displayed in action, caring for those who are disadvantaged or suffering, and secondly, it is derived from a life with godly character, “keeping oneself unstained from the world” (1:27). True “religion” is not just superficial religiosity or ritualism. For true “godliness” (religion from living godly lives) is living out the true character of Christ, which is compassion and integrity of heart.

The description “Pure and undefiled” reminds us of the sacrifice of unblemished animals in Old Testament times. We see Jesus as “the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.” Paul says, “Therefore I exhort you, brothers, and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice—alive, holy, and pleasing to God —which is your reasonable service. 2 Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.” (Rom 12: 1,2, NET)

As before, it is my prayer that we are all hearers as well as doers of the Word. Let’s practice the Word and be true to it by living out the true character of God. Let’s “Quit kidding ourselves”!

Your servant in Christ,
Rev. Simon Lee




在上文「不要自欺欺人:領受、實踐和忠於主道(上) 」,我們看了「1. 領受主道」(雅1:19-21) 。在本文我們將討論2. 實行主道(22-25) 及3. 忠於主道(26-27)

  1. 實行主道(22-25)


相比之下,聖經的實行者是那些“凝視(仔細查察,peers into (examine)神完美自由的法則並將注意力集中在那裡的人,不會成為一個健忘的受眾,而是將所領受的付諸實踐的人。”(1:25英文新譯本)結果他得到了祝福。

我注意到雅各將聖經稱為“使人自由(liberty)全備的法則(perfect law)”,因為律法的功能不是限制我們的自由,反而是釋放我們。耶穌基督親自用這些話教導我們:“持守我的教導,你就會知道真理,真理會讓你自由”(約8:31-32)。

故此「實行主道」首先是誠實地檢視自我的實況後採取修正的行動,不可自欺欺人。然後修正行動必定要按神「全備的法則」,即是神所默示的聖經。保羅教導我們說:「16全部聖經都是神所默示的,在教訓、責備、矯正和公義的訓練各方面,都是有益的,17 為要使屬神的人裝備好,可以完成各樣的善工。」(提後3:16, 17) 原來神的話語有益(profitable)於「教訓、責備、矯正和公義的訓練」,還可以装備我們成為更完整(complete) 屬神的人,完成各樣的美事。這正是真「自由」的美好的成果。

  1. 忠於主道 (26-27)

真正“虔誠”(religion)的人是能夠藉著控制自己的舌頭,也就是控制自己的說話來表明對神話語的持守。我們必需要「用愛心(love)說誠實話(真理,the truth)」,或「要在愛中過誠實的生活,在各方面長進,達到基督的身量。」(弗4:15)  這便是「忠於主道」,我們要表裡一致,言信一致。


相比之下,在神面前“純潔無玷污”的信仰/宗教首先是在行動上,關心那些處於不利地位或受苦的人,其次是在品格上,使自己不沾染世俗(1:27) ,缺一不可。真正的“宗教”(religion)不僅僅是膚淺的宗教信仰或儀式主義。因為真正的“敬虔”(godliness)是活出基督的真正品格,就是具有同情和正直的心。