After entering the Sanctuary, please
quietly be seated and turn off your cell phone to prepare your heart for
1.Entrance to Sanctuary: please
do not bring tea and snacks in a place to worship, so that it will not
distract yourself and others from worshiping God.
2.Please be on time to attend
Chinese Sunday School & Children Program: classes
begin at .
Please arrive on time. Thanks.
will be on Sun. July 25, after Worship Service. Thanks to All Nations
Congregation for preparing the food and Kenwood Fellowship for setting up and
for cleaning up afterwards. Please stay and enjoy the wonderful fellowship in
4.EntireChurch Prayer Meeting: will meet on Wed. July 28, at Mason. Brothers and Sisters please participate in the
5.E/D Meeting: will meet on Sun. Aug. 1, at Mason. Please pray for the Elders, Deacons, and
year Anniversary Evangelistic Meeting:
will be on Fri. Aug. 13, at Mason. Speaker: Pastor David Wu. Topic: “A Blessed Life”. Welcome
to invite your friends attend.
Congregations Combined Worship Service at Mason: due to the 40th Anniversary celebration,
church service will not be held at Compton, but instead at Mason on August 15.
8.2010 Teacher & Bible Study Leaders Retreat: will be
held on Sat. Aug. 21, at Compton. Please
reserve time in your calendar, for all workers, teachers or those that lead
Bible Study in small groups or fellowship, be sure to come. Please register
9.Church parking reminder: Bros and Sis
please do not park where it is not marked, especially the driveway beside the
church. Thanks for your cooperation.
10.Study guide Bible in
Simplified script: Cost including shipping is $53. If interested please contact Suchin.
“Her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.”
One beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon, there were some parents with
their children flying kites in the open area of a park.The multicolored variations of shapes and
sizes of kites filled the sky like beautiful birds darting and dancing in the
blueness above the earth.As a strong
wind blew against the kites, the string that kept them in check enabled them
to go high.Instead of flying away
with the wind, they rose against it and achieved great heights.Every time the person flying the kite
pulled on the string to adjust the angle against the wind, it shook and
danced.The kites seemed to try and
escape, but the restraining string and cumbersome tail kept them in tow.As the kites struggled and trembled against
string, they seemed to say: “Let me go! I want to be free!”Finally one of the kites succeeded in
breaking loose.Suddenly the kite
stopped all struggles and flew easily in the air. “Free at last” it seemed to
say. “Free to fly with the wind.”Yet
freedom from restraint simply put it at the mercy of an unsympathetic
breeze.Without direction it went
nowhere.It fluttered ungracefully to
the ground and landed in a tangled mess of weeds and string on against a dead
bush then it was blown helplessly along the ground, finally to lodge lifeless
in the dirt.
How much we are like kites sometimes.God gives us adversity and restrictions, or difficult situations, or a
handicap by birth, or a merciless boss, or a nagging partner from which we
can grow and gain strength.Restraint
is a necessary counterpart to the winds of opposition, especially in the
current evil environment of a sinful world.Some of us tug at the restraint so hard that we never soar and reach
the heights that we might have obtained.We should not forget that all restrictions and restraints are like the
string in God’s hand.It is the basis
of why we have to depend on Him.Only
through Him can He direct us and give us strength and confidence to rise
high.Let us each rise to the great
heights that our Heavenly Father has in store for us, recognizing that some
of those restraints, we may chafe under are actually the steadying force that
helps us ascend.If we choose to
disobey and break the string, we may have temporary freedom, but will loss
all the eternal glory in Him.