March 11

Warren Lee shared a real eye opener today and says Artificial intelligence (AI) is taking over the way we live. It has proven to be remarkably helpful in so many ways, but are humans able to survive with AI exclusively? 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is intelligence demonstrated by machines, as opposed to natural intelligence that humans possess, such as voice/face recognition, comprehending chess (better than humans), play simulated war strategies, and driving automobiles.
AI has become a threat to human society. What have we become? What will we be? Robots?  
We hope not!
Warren believes AI should help support humansnot replace them. Computers cannot duplicate the qualities of love, faith and hope.
John 13:34-35 talks about love. Warren shared a story about the time he graduated from college and was theoretically prepared to do the job but really had know idea how to do it! A person there became a mentor to him and guided him during this time of uncertainty. Can AI do this?
Luke 8:22-25 is …

February 24

Tommy Lim opens our discussion from Romans 15:5-6
"Unity and Praise"
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as 
you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our 
Lord Jesus Christ.
Tommy shared a sample of his Christian journey and talked about some of the ways he worships God at FCBC. He expressed his gratitude amongst his choir peers such as Wendy Quan and Victor Low. He acknowledged their wealth of experience and how they have helped him grow and develop as a member of the choir. He tells us his most meaningful ministry is through singing in the choir which he has faithfully been a part of for nearly 15 years! 
He tells us another story about another member of the choir, Bill Chinn and how he was able to show his love and dedication to help Tommy in a sticky situation. Tommy has been serving on the Illinois Alumni choir for the past 5 years. Every year they are asked to …

February 18

Today we heard from our very own Victor Low. If we only had more time! Vic had so much to share

about his Christian journey. It began long ago as a kid growing up in Chinatown. He spent endless

hours at the YMCA playing with friends and hanging out. It felt like an extension of his home.

Discouragement came when he was a young man and was given the responsibility of counseling very

young children at an overnight camp. He reminisced on how that one night felt like a lifetime. Hide

and go seek can only be played so much...and he was worn out! With no training or experience he felt

inadequate and believed he had failed.  At the time he felt frustrated but later realized his faith in God

would strengthen him and that God would be beside him no matter what circumstances confronted


What moment did you have that helped you find comfort once you surrounded yourself in prayer?

When did you feel helpless and frustrated? How did God help you?

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the Lord is good; b…

February 11

John 1:14

Today George began his explanation as to why there was much controversy about who Jesus was. Was Jesus God?  Was Jesus a human being?  Did he become God?

George says the early church believed that Jesus was first man and because he lived his life like God. He was perfect.  He sat on the right side of God and then He became DIVINE.

God revealed himself through him and when he was resurrected,he became divine.

Years later, The view that won out, was that Jesus was God. Not human.He WAS DIVINE and later became flesh. God reveals himself through Jesus because  Christianity is a "REVEALED" religion.

Is God "in you?" or does he need to relieve himself?

Much later, St. Paul comes along and says, "GOD REVEALS himself to you"...This is what people believed for many centuries.

1. In the beginning was the word (GOD)
2. and the word waswith GOD
3. and the word was GOD.

George will continue to share this scripture as it evolves through time.


February 4

George Lai opened today with scripture from John 1:1-14

George reminds us that James Chuck created The Gathering and he intended for us to learn (memorize) some scripture. It would be the basis and the foundation for our group.

First Matthew identifies Jesus as a descendent of Abraham. Jesus is a jewish person. Then Luke tells us that Jesus is not just a jewish person but is a human being. He traces the genealogy as far back to Adam when God created man. People argued, that can't be right...but John writes much later and says Jesus is not just a human being...he is God.  He begins his Gospel, similar to the Old Testament....

1. In the beginning was the word

2. And The word was with God

3. And The word was God

4. And The word became flesh

4. And he lived among us.

Because of these verses, the early church struggled for 100's of years.."how can God create / become man?"....George will follow up as to why...the church struggled with we continue learning this verse…

January 28

Jimmy Lim uses the San Francisco 49 Mile Scenic Drive to illustrate that this journey is similar to living the Christian Life. It is comprised of twists and turns, unexpected and surprising things to see and unknown to the person traveling.

The explorer driving this road could be a thrill seeker, someone who is ready for anything. This person is not rushed and wants to see and enjoy as much as he can on this drive.

Christian life parallels this idea of traveling this journey he/she does not know what is around the bend and will be faced with surprises both good and bad, joyful and sad.

The Christian journey is a life with God. Every move and decision that’s made is done with God in mind. God is leading us through the journey. And it’s important to note that the Christian life will be faced with good or bad, but it’s knowing how to respond in challenging situations is how we become more like God. So spend time with your Christian friends/family. Spend time praying. Spend timelearning t…

January 21

Here are is a brief summary of The Sunday Gathering~

Thank you George Lai! He led the group with scripture from Romans 12:1-2He told us that he and James Chuck have had discussions about this verse many times and that this verse easily “sums” up the first 11 chapters of the Bible. He also mentioned the verse is very timely for our Church because we are welcoming change and a new Senior Pastor.He broke it down in 2 very important sentences:“I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is spiritual worship.Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what it’s he will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.          Trust God, he has a plan for us, he knows what is best for us, we should joyfully give               Ourselves as living sacrifices for his service.
Thank you Shirlene! She led The Sunday Gathering planning…