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Our Present Crisis
in the U.S.

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Events over the past two weeks have shaken our nation and provoked outrage, unrest, and anxiety. We as followers of Jesus, as His church, need to pray and seek understanding about what God would want us to think and do. My own opinion in these matters is shaped by academic studies in the area of the Bible and the American slavery controversy. Thank God that slavery was abolished! The sin of racism, however, underlying the institution of slavery was not abolished. It evolved into the racial segregation practiced in the Southern United States and elsewhere after slavery’s abolition. Thank God for the Civil Rights Act of 1964! It ended segregation. The present crisis of our country is forcing us again to consider the presence of racism in our nation. It deserves our prayer and attention.


How should I pray?

  • Pray for PEACE, because “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20).
  • Pray for PERSPECTIVE, because “the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17).
  • Pray for PATIENCE, because of God’s “kindness and forbearance and patience” toward us all (Romans 2:4).
  • Pray for an OUTPOURING of His wisdom and direction for our leaders and officials who are dealing with this crisis. Ask God to change hearts and heal this divide in our nation.  [  1 ]

What else should I do?


Be willing to listen to others.

In all of our conversations, let’s listen. This may involve listening to different opinions with which you disagree!

He who answers before listening, that is his folly and his shame. Proverbs 18:13


Be willing to learn from others.

Besides media influences we might label as “liberal” or “conservative”, sample other sources, especially longer articles written by people who are actually affected by what is happening.

For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food. Job 34:3


Be willing to love others.

Be alert for opportunities to show love and understanding to people who have been affected by this crisis, and be willing to support any changes in our society that you believe honor Jesus Christ.

Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:9-10


God is at work in what is happening right now in our country, and there are and will be many opportunities to share and show His love in Jesus. Be prayerful, be willing, and be ready.

-Pastor Jack Davidson


[1]  The outline for prayer is adapted from an article by Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse







  • 為和平禱告,因為“因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。”(雅各書1:20)
  • 為觀點禱告,因為“惟獨從上頭來的智慧,先是清潔,後是和平,溫良柔順,滿有憐憫,多結善果,沒有偏見,沒有假冒。”(雅各書3:17)
  • 為耐心禱告,因為神的“恩慈、宽容、忍耐”(羅馬書2:4)是向我們眾人所施的。
  • 為我們的領導人和官員有從神而來的智慧和方向禱告。求神改變人心,治愈我們國家的分歧。 [1]





“未曾听完先回答的,便是他的愚昧和羞辱。”  (箴言18:13)




“因為耳朵試驗話語, 好像上膛嘗食物。” (約伯記34:3)









[1] 禱告大綱改編自富蘭克林·格雷厄姆的一篇文章@撒瑪利亞人的錢袋


Our Present

Crisis in the U.S.


This past Pentecost Sunday while our fellowship, like so many churches, celebrated the wondrous coming of the Holy Spirit, something truly dreadful was coming upon our nation. Anger and despair over another tragic death of an African-American man caused by police exploded across the nation.

I am reminded today of James Russell Lowell’s poem “The Present Crisis” about American slavery. Lowell (1819-1891) wrote the poem to address the controversy over slavery leading up to the Civil War. Now, I do not believe that every problem in our society or the African-American community is traceable to slavery, however, as a Christian, I do believe the roots of sin to which slavery can be traced are no different than the roots of all social evil that provokes such a crisis as we are in. Accordingly, the truth of Lowell’s poem rings true for me in our “present crisis” and is worth considering. Here is an excerpt:

“Of those Crises, God’s stern winnowers, from whose feet earth’s chaff must fly;

Never shows the choice momentous till the judgment hath passed by.

Careless seems the great Avenger; history’s pages but record

One death-grapple in the darkness ‘twixt old systems and the Word;

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,—

Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,

Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.

We see dimly in the Present what is small and what is great,

Slow of faith how weak an arm may turn the iron helm of fate …”


We can have faith that God is in the shadow, keeping watch over what is happening in America. Our nation has been plunged into chaos. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered. We all pray for peace and justice and change. As for the evildoers who have looted and plundered and trampled on the grief and sorrow and longing of so many for a better world, I am confident, they will not succeed to ruin the purposes of God’s redemptive plan. He will bring good out of this and justice to the earth. As Job says of Him, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You (Job 42:2). We see it dimly now, as Lowell reminds us, but Almighty God is keeping watch over it all, working out His gracious purpose for humanity through Jesus Christ, our Lord. It cannot be withheld from Him!

– Pastor Jack Davidson

For More

Read “The Church & Racial Reconciliation” from the Synod Executive of the ECO denomination.





今天,我想起了詹姆斯·羅素·洛厄爾(James Russell Lowell)關於美國奴隸制的詩歌“當前危機”。洛厄爾(1819-1891)寫下這首詩是為了解決內戰前關於奴隸制的爭議。現在,我不認為我們社會或者非裔美國人社區中的每個問題都可以追溯到奴隸制,但是,作為一名基督徒,我確信那追溯到奴隸制的罪的根源與今日社會上的罪惡而激起了的危機的根源是一樣的。因此,洛厄爾在“當前危機”這首詩中的真相對我來說是正確的,值得深思。摘錄如下:




正記錄了在黑暗中的死亡    “將古老的體制和聖言相提並論;








– 戴惟信牧師

We’re Almost There!

F.Fong signing the Reverter Deed

We are on schedule to be dismissed from PCUSA at the end of this month. Elders Mark Wong and Frank Fong donned their face masks, venturing out on Friday to meet with the notary for the signing of the final document (the grant reverter deed). Stay tuned for the final steps. Thanks be to God!

教会按計劃在本月底脫離美國長老宗(PCUSA),黃良德長老和方獻旗長老戴上口罩, 於週五與公證人見面並簽署最終文件(返還契據)使用。請繼續關注後續更新。感謝神!

M.Wong signing the Reverter Deed

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear... Psalms 46:1-2

Services and Gatherings Suspended 


Due to the COVID-19 national and worldwide crisis we have cancelled Sunday services and other gatherings for our church community. We continue to stay informed and pray about when to resume. For now we encourage you to stay in prayer with us, connect with us via ATLPC’s Facebook page throughout the week, and receive Sunday sermons through ATLPC on YouTube. We will provide you with timely updates.

由於新冠病毒引發的全國和全球性危機,我們取消了主日崇拜及其他聚會。我們繼續保持跟進時局,並祈禱恢復聚會的時間。目前,我們鼓勵您與我們一同禱告,您可以通過教會的Facebook頁面與我們聯繫,並通過YouTube上的教會頻道觀看主日講道信息。 我們將為您提供及時的更新。

Sermons on YouTube 


This past Sunday we sent you the link for a live stream broadcast from the main sanctuary engineered by one of our members from the Mandarin ministry. A/V ministry people from our English and Cantonese ministries were also present to lend their support. It is really great to see members of the body of Christ working together this way to bless the entire church. Generally there is agreement that live streaming is a simple and successful method we can use in such an emergency. Thanks to God, and thanks to all of you for all the encouraging responses we received about last Sunday. This is a ministry we can improve upon and continue when our regular services resume. Please keep our A/V ministry members in prayer as they work together on other ways to record and transmit our worship each Sunday.

在過去的幾周日,我們向您發送了一個鏈接,該鏈接是由我們國語部的一名同工設立的主要發佈主日崇拜的現場直播,來自英語和粵語部的影音部同工也提供了技術支持。真高興看到基督的肢體成員以此方式共同祝福整個教會。通常大家同意直播是一種在這種緊急情況下可以使用的簡單而成功的方法。感謝神,也感謝大家在給我們鼓舞人心的回應。這是一個我們可以改進和在回復日常聚會後繼續的事工。 請為音響部的同工禱告,因為他們以其他方式共同記錄和傳播我們每個禮拜天的崇拜。

 on Sunday morning 


For your worship and devotion to our Lord this coming Sunday, we will send a Sunday Connections with the link for sermons on YouTube. We’re hoping to also add some music to encourage and build you up in your faith.

Offerings for Church 


We are working on ways for you to make your offering electronically and we will keep you posted on our progress. For now, please just use the postal service and mail your offering to the church address (20 W. Commonwealth Ave., Alhambra, CA 91801). You can also drop it in the mail slot located at our office entrance facing Commonwealth Ave.

我們正在研究更多線上奉獻的方式,我們將及時向您發布進度。 目前請使用郵政服務,將您的奉獻郵寄到教會地址(20 W. Commonwealth Ave.,Alhambra,CA 91801)。您也可以將其放入位於Commonwealth Ave的辦公室入口的信件投遞口處。


For up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the sites below:


Center for Disease Control & Prevention 疾病預防控制中心

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health 洛杉磯縣公共衛生局

World Health Organization 世界衛生組織