Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
Scripture For The Day:
“But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, your are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. ‘God will give to each person according to what he has done.’”—Romans 2:5-6
It’s become almost cliche to say, “holding on to your anger doesn’t work.”
Of course, it doesn’t work…Of course, there are great arguments where anger is justified—Jesus overturning the money-changers in the Temple—but quite often we miss the other aspect/consequence of anger.
When we give in to anger, not that initial flash that hits us when something goes wrong, but that anger we hold on to and refuse to let go of, it has an effect on us. Dr. Phil, probably, can better explain why anger feels good enough for us cling to, but perhaps anger gives us focus, gives us direction, anger might even give us purpose…so there is this (dubious, I know) reward that comes with anger. But we know this is a lie.
If sin wasn’t enticing…then it wouldn’t be sin. If all sin looked like food from Burger Death—I mean Burger King—then we wouldn’t have any temptation at all, but it doesn’t. Sin is attractive; sin is a rush, sin gives a very temporary feeling of control and power.
While it’s not sex, drugs, and rock & roll, doesn’t anger attract us? Doesn’t anger give us a rush? Doesn’t anger give us a—temporary—feeling of power and control?
So what are we missing in terms of consequence? “Yeah, anger is sinful…thanks Pastor Joe any other newsflashes you want to share?”
Only this, harboring and cultivating our anger is a direct rejection of the work of Jesus on the cross.
I said hanging on to our anger—no matter how justified you might feel it is—is a rejection of Christ.
The work of the cross was about forgiveness. Jesus in the moment seeks the forgiveness of those who are crucifying him…Jesus in the eternal gets nailed to the cross so we can be forgiven of our sins.
So your hard-heartedness, your bitterness, your stubbornness not only are they doing something ugly to your face…they are destroying your soul…and your spirit…and putting you in direct opposition to God.
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YOU ARE LOVED SUNDAY, February 26
…One of the things we do really well at Burbank Faith is the Potluck…Our potlucks are so good that YELP wants to list us in its “Best Places To Eat in Burbank” file…So mark your calendar…connect with us here…at church…sign up…but be sure to join us for our after-church potluck following the worship service on February 26.
…Oh, and bring a friend.
Lori Barrett Update:
Earlier this week it was posted on FB that Miss Lori was sick. Well, it turns out that a “Lori” was sick but it wasn’t our “Miss Lori.”…A phone call came to Melissa Marak’s house and she, along with her sister Janeice spoke to a woman, who was extremely sick. They thought they were talking to Lori Barrett…This “Lori” on the phone knew them…they spent several minutes on the phone…and said we/the church would pray for her…Turns out no one knows who this woman was…Melissa and Janeice dialed the number back and it was no longer in service…Interesting mystery…but the good news is our “Miss Lori” is healthy and strong.
BIG WEDNESDAY—March 15…We are planning on having an All-Church dinner/Bible Study in Martin Hall…If you were around in the old days we used to call these “Dime-A-Dips” and we talked about missions…Dinner will start at 6:30 and then Larry Marak will share a Bible Study…We will have childcare available—Megan Torosian & Emmy Chavez have already volunteered…As of right now we are not intending for this to be a potluck…we will be asking people to sign up…if we reach a certain threshold we may rethink that…We will not being doing pizza…This will not be a weekly thing…but perhaps a couple of times a year…You have six weeks, check your calendar and be a part.
VBS Goes to Rome: 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.
July is Camps Month: 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.)
Did You Know?
On This Date in…
…1889, Billy Sunday, 27, baseball player-turned-preacher, made his first appearance as an evangelist in Chicago. A strong fundamentalist, Sunday preached temperance and opposed evolution. Over 100 million are estimated to have heard Sunday preach before his death in 1935.
…1943 New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio, enlists into the US army
…1953 Baseball star/pilot Ted Williams uninjured as plane shot down in Korea
February 19: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:PM
February 20: “Riders On The Storm”—7:PM
February 21: Women’s Bible Study—Tonight—7:PM
All Church Prayer Time: 7—to—7:30 PM
Worship Team Practices: 7:30 PM
Adult Bible Study—Judges 13—7:30 PM
February 26: “You Are Loved”—Potluck, following morning worship.
March 4: Men’s Breakfast at Harry’s, 8:00 AM
March 4: VBS planning meeting, Martin Hall, 11:AM
March 15: Big Wednesday
March 16: Church Board Meeting, 6:30 PM
March 19: Church Board Elections
April 16: Easter Sunday
May 6-7: Burbank Relay For Life
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