Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 4:4-7
The perfect acid test for every believer. It’s a heart test, a soul test…If you find this Scripture as something to identify with then: Hooray! Hooray!! Hooray!!!
If you find this Scripture as something foreign, faraway, vaguely recognizable, then you may have some issues with your walk.
Am I judging your walk with the Lord? Nope…I’m not analyzing anyone’s outer presentation…I’m asking everyone, can/does this Scripture apply to your life? Only you can answer, and God is the only one to share with.
It’s the elementary things that tear us up as believers. We paste on our faces, say we’re happy, represent the best of Churchianity…but on the inside we feel like we’re crumbling. Rejoice? What is there to rejoice about? Family is hurting, finances are in ruin and there is always this sense of pending doom.
I’m not asking for anyone to raise their hands and say, “Yeah, that’s me.” Twenty-eight years of ministry assures me that a big chunk of God’s people are in permanent spiritual struggle. They also accept it as the way it should be. Normal.
It’s not normal, it shouldn’t be normal, and it is not what the Lord desires for us. Nothing wrong with having a struggle…I get it…But the struggle should be for a moment, for a period…Rejoicing in the Lord should be a way of life.
If you can’t find your way to God—to set aside time for him, to pray to him, to listen to him, to obey him—your struggles will never end. And while Churchianity will still force you to conform and say everything is alright…The Lord knows better…You know better.
“The Lord is near.”—That should take a load off right away.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”—This is not hard when you decide you’re going to trust in him.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”—This is why we’ve always been amazed at the testimony, the life witness, of believers as they go through pressure cooker experiences. They know and experience the peace that God gives them in all situations…But that’s not just for them, that’s for you as well.
The question today is, do you know the peace that God gives in all situations? And if not, why not?
TONIGHT! The Burbank Bulldogs (23-8) will face the Brentwood Eagles (22-8) at the Felix Center on the campus of Azusa Pacific University to decide the CIF’s Boys 3AA title.
The Bulldogs are playing for their first ever basketball championship…I’m gonna be there…It’s a great arena…and a great way to spend your Friday night. Tip Off is at 7:PM
Getting The St. Baldrick’s Buzz:
Pastor Joe T., Pastor Bill and Matt Fruchey have committed to getting their heads shaved to support the St. Baldrick’s campaign to raise funds to stop childhood cancer.
More information to come.
Burbank Faith now has a Twitter account. You can follow us at; @BurbankFaithNaz
VBS Planning Meeting in Sanctuary after service on Sunday. Go out, grab lunch and meet back with Seana. Expect the meeting to go about two hours.
Eric Canto has posted a digital recording of Sunday’s service on the church’s Facebook page.
The music is great…the speaker…might be a little hard on the eyes.
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…
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 1744, Colonial missionary to the American Indians, David Brainerd wrote in his journal: “In the morning, spent an hour in prayer. Prayer was so sweet an exercise to me that I knew not how to cease, lest I lose the spirit of prayer.”
…In 1931, American linguistic pioneer Frank Laubach wrote in a letter: “If we only let God have his full chance he will break our hearts with the glory of his revelation. That is the privilege which the preacher can have. It is his business to look into the very face of God until he aches with bliss.”
…In 1950, Trappist monk Thomas Merton wrote in “Sign of Jonas”: “The Christian life…is a continual discovery of Christ in new and unexpected places. And these discoveries are sometimes most profitable when you find him in something you had tended to overlook or even despise.”
***Trappist being akin to—monastic***
March 4: Men’s Breakfast at Harry’s, 8:00 AM
March 5: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:PM
March 5: VBS planning meeting, Sanctuary, after service.
March 6: “Riders On The Storm”—7:PM
March 7: Women’s Bible Study—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
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
As believers, we have to remain in continual prayer for all of our first responders…all our leaders…not a political party but for those carrying the heavy burden of leadership in our country and communities.