“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
Today we are celebrating another year of God’s goodness. Thirty-one years ago, the Lord led us to this place where we began our journey of faith individually and corporately. Many of you accepted Christ and were baptized here, a few of you exchanged your marriage vows here, some gave birth and raised your children here. Through all these events, you have experienced the marvelous goodness of God.
The promise of Philippians 4:19 has been fulfilled in the life of our church many times over. I could without hesitation say that our church is probably one of the most generous Chinese churches in Southern California. Up to today, we have gone through at least seven phases of church planting and building endeavors; in 1988, we purchased our Cerritos campus, in 1989, we acquired the Berean Educational Center, in 1992, we built our Alpha Worship Center, in 1999, we completed our Family Life Center, in 2010, we demolished the old building and built anew our current Discipleship Training Center, in 2012, we church-planted and acquired the facilities in Fullerton, and in 2014, we church-planted our Oakland campus and acquired its facilities in 2017.
Not only are we focus on the needs of our church in expanding and extending His Kingdom, we also participated in many of the disaster programs in India, Philippines, China, etc. Furthermore, we sponsored over 100 children through Compassion International. For all these tremendous projects, the Lord has shown His goodness to us by providing for all our needs. The main reason people respond to God’s work was because they experienced the generosity of God. The more they gave, the more they were blessed. “The merciful, kind and generous man benefits himself.” (Prov. 11:17 Amplified)
In the same manner, just think of the people around you. Whom are you most grateful for? Aren’t they not the ones who invested the most in you, gave you their time, money, energy, love, etc.? Our God is a generous God. The Bible reminds us the law of the universe is: Whatever you plant, you’re going to harvest. Reap what you sow. In other words, whatever you give out, you get them back and more. Since we freely receive, let us freely give as a demonstration of our gratitude. In celebration of God’s goodness, let us make August a thanksgiving month. Give thanks to God by showing others His goodness. You cannot give thanks without giving. You cannot love without giving. Remember, you make a living by what you earn, but you make a life by what you give.
Let’s celebrate! To God be the glory !