[aacfucsb_mail] Circle of Life FRIDAY!

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  • Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 19:06:27 -0400

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This email is regarding the Circle of Life fellowship on Friday night.  You are all cordially invited to our 3rd meeting on Friday, July 28, 2006, and it will start at 7:30 pm.  There is a potluck that starts at 6:15 pm and you are all welcome to join us in breaking bread with the rest of the Chinese church.  You are welcome to bring food since it is a potluck, but if you are unable to do so, just come and enjoy the food!  For your information, here are the directions to the Chinese church.  Please feel free to call Dien at 805-259-9430 or myself at 805-895-8857 for rides to the fellowship.

If you are coming from UCSB:
Take the 101S
Exit Las Positas, and make a left.  (you will pass an Elementary school, and a golf course before you get to State street)
Make a right on State Street
Drive past Coffee Bean, and when you see Long's Drugs,
Make a right onto W. Calle Crespis and park at Long's Drugs.
The Chinese church is the white church-like building to the left of Long's Drugs (if you are looking at the store from the outside).

This Friday Night's topic will tentatively be "Washing the Feet".

Before leaving, I just wanted to share a wonderful moment where God brought me comfort and peace when I was struggling with issues at work.

I was having difficulty showing grace and love to a collegue whom I had a disagreement with.  As things were heating up, I started praying for grace because everytime I thought of the issue, my pride started to well up and I did not want to be the person who gave in especially since I had been wronged during this whole situation.  Yet realizing that it was my pride and my lack of humility, which was interfering with an opportunity for me to show God's love...I sat at my desk praying and struggling with my anger and frustration.  Then I thought of His grace, and what Jesus did on the cross for me...trying to understand that grace...then I decided to look up the definition of grace and on www.dictionary.com ... as the 3rd or 4th definition, it states:

Grace - (a) divine love and protection bestowed freely on people
(b) the state of being protected or sanctified by the favor of God
(c) an excellence or power granted by God  --- this led me to Ephesians...

Ephesians 3:14-20  As Paul is praying for the Ephesians, "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith--that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."

And as I was turning there to read it, I read the next page of my bible and this just shook me so hard to the point of me feeling so convicted, humbled... that I no longer had any anger, but a feeling of peace with regards to the whole situation.

Ephesians 4:17-5:2
"Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!-- assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

I hope to see you all Friday night.

In His grace and love,

Helicon

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