Burbank Faith Today: January 27, 2017

Bill Leone

Pastor Bill has a developed a very comfortable worship style… “I’ll tell you what, come to worship and you can make my sermon optional.”–Pastor Joe T.

Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
91501

Scripture For The Day:
“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”—Romans 20:22-24

Paul explains in this passage exactly what our task is. Our task is testifying about the gospel of God’s grace. Nothing else is of higher importance. For Paul, especially when you think of his background and the station in life he came from, this his motivation. He remembers and, as he articulates in scripture, fully recalls what he once was.

We all remember what we once were…and…if we are looking for a good analogy. Think about your children, or the children, perhaps, that you’ve been given stewardship of. What else matters more than their happiness and safety? Our life?—So important to us in you youth—Our life is forfeit in the matter of achieving this goal/task.

When I read, when I pray and, mostly, when I worship…I am reminded of what I once was and that I was redeemed. I haven’t faced prison, but hardship? I’ve faced some, but I’ll gladly face both because of the life given to me by God. The task? I will testify to the gospel of his grace…Absolutely.

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Fact: Research shows that while most Americans will say they identify with their “church roots”…most will attend only 12 times a year.

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Note:
The theme for Vacation Bible School this year is “Rome: Paul & The Underground Church”
The dates are June 26-30…Look at your calendar…share with your friends…Pray for Seana Zilbert, who is directing…Make plans to volunteer.

Remember: July is camps month…Junior High, High School & Kids.
District Assembly is July 12-14
(It is one month later this year due to General Assembly (Indianapolis) being held June 21-30.)

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Did You Know?
On this date in 1774 Pioneer American Methodist bishop Francis Asbury wrote in his journal: If my labours should be in vain for the people, the Lord gives me a gracious reward in my own soul.”

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Church Calendar:
January 29: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:PM
January 30: “Riders On The Storm”—7:PM
January 31: Women’s Bible Study—Tonight—7:PM
February 1:
All Church Prayer Time: 7—to—7:30 PM
Worship Team Practices: 7:30 PM
Adult Bible Study—Judges 13—7:30 PM
February 4: Men’s Breakfast at Harry’s, 8:00 AM
February 16: Church Board Meeting, 6:30 PM
February 26: “You Are Loved”—Potluck, following morning worship.
March 4: VBS planning meeting, Martin Hall, 11:AM
March 19: Church Board Elections
April 16: Easter Sunday
May 13: Ladies Tea
May 14: Mother’s Day
May 21: VBS planning meeting, following morning worship.
May 29: Memorial Day
June 26-30: VBS Week

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