June 10

Victor's father came to America in 1905. He worked for 15 years in America and went back to China and brought his wife over when he was 31 and his wife was 18 at the time. He was able to return to San Francisco while Victor's mom lived on Angel Island for 10 days before moving here.

Victor is the only boy of 8 children and he didn't really know his father very well. He was very busy working different jobs and fortunately, Victor spent much of his time growing up at the Chinatown YMCA.

Years later, Victor and his sisters honored him by installing a plaque with his name and their mother's name on a wall on Angel Island. Victor spoke about his appreciation for the life his father gave to him here in San Francisco and remembers the sacrifices made knowing his Dad worked very hard to provide for his 8 children and hoped the family would have a better life here.

Everyone broke into groups and was given an opportunity to share thoughts about their father. He asked everyone t…

June 3

George spends some time sharing his thoughts about Bible interpretation and his views on why some scripture may not be used to justify a point. 

He catches up from last week and discusses Leviticus 18:22 / Romans and feels this may not be scripture that can be used against homosexuality.

Pastor Ong announced he would continue with Romans during his sermon for the day. The audio version of Pastor's sermon's is available on the FCBC website:

Pastor Ong says, continue to listen to each other, even if we believe we are right. When we are convinced that we are morally right often we are less likely to listen to opposing opinions.

1. Abortion:
    Pro Choice: Women have the right to to control their own body.
    Pro Live: The fetus's status as a human being means it has the right to live.

    Problem: they talk pass each other.

2. Homosexuality:
    Pro: The opposition is racist and prejudic…

May 27

Thank you George Lai for preparing your perspective on 3 scriptures that were included in the presentations given by Paul Fong, Robert Mah and Jimmy Lim.

1. Leviticus 18:22
2. Romans 1:26-27
3. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

George states that there are the ONLY 3 scriptures that the Bible references to homosexuality.

He also claims there is not a Greek word for homosexuality. But sexual immorality was mentioned in the Bible. 

George presents his view and makes rational argument against these 3 scriptures. 

Assumptions that people make:

1. Seeing is believing 

2. Absence does not mean it doesn't exist

3. Not all scriptures are equal in value and scriptures are not inerrant

4. Everybody, including Biblical writers (Jesus too) "cherry picks", i.e. this sciprture would be useful so i can use this for my presentation, sermon. But we must understand the source and why and how it can be taken out of context.

5. Absolute truth is uncertain and unattainable rationally, but consistency is highly desir…

May 20

  Have you ever been through tough times and lost faith in God?
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endure the cross, scorning it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Main points to remember:
1. Great cloud of wintesses 2. Focus on Jesus, so we won’t grow weary and lose heart Paul says we are in a race, Melanie says it’s a marathon and that we need people around to mentor us.
We need to train, compete and finish the race.
Like Steph Curry! Who has many people around him to train him, his coaches, his team mates, and constantly receives encouragement when he misses.

Even Curry admits he loses …

May 13

"5 minutes with George"

George Lai opens with last week's scripture (Benediction) and tells us it's important to understand each line when reading a Bible verse.

"Now may the God of Peace who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good, so that you may do his will, working among usthat which is pleasant in His sight through Jesus Christ, towhom be the glory forever and ever"If you have ever had a broken parts or spirit, George wants you to notice, Amen.

"make yourself whole in everything that's good"
Apologies, was not able to catch the entirety of this week's 5 minutes with George.
Click to view a brief segment from George:

Next week:
Melanie Low
Pray for our congregation, Reach out to each other, Trust in God 

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