Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”—Colossians 3:2-3
Of course, the extreme of this Scripture is the cliche of being “so heavenly minded; you’re no earthly good.”
The other extreme, the extreme Paul is warning about, is to grow up. There was nothing required of you to come to Christ—nothing but repentance and a confession of faith—however, at some point we all have to grow up. We have to mature and take our eyes off earthly things—ourselves.
This is the guard against getting saved and never moving forward. Never advancing and always letting others carry you along. This means when someone from behind the pulpit promotes a thought or write’s a book or develops a new theory or cause, you just go along with it because it sounds good. Or, better, because it sounds holy.
This happens when prayer life is indifferent, Bible study is optional and church becomes an uninspired, cross off the checklist, routine.
So the question begs, what’s the point of the Christian life if it never changes us?
The call is for us to set our minds on things above and not on earthly things. We’ll convince ourselves that our good works are all heavenly minded but sometimes, quite often, our works are about us only. About the good they make us feel, and that is earthly.
Setting our minds on heavenly things brings conviction about what the Lord would like to prune from our lives. Not what the pastor says, not what the denomination says, but what the Holy Spirit says and the Scripture confirms. Like beginning an exercise routine, this is difficult, this is painful but ever so important to our spiritual life and growth.
When I study myself in the mirror, I do see but a poor reflection. I see only what I want to see. Yet, when I look to the Lord, his light shines on all of my flaws and provides an avenue for me to shed them…and the opportunity to become so much more.
A VBS Unlike Any Other:
Our VBS director Seana Zilbert ran her first “official” teachers/workers meeting this past Sunday. We say “official” because Sean’s has been putting together VBS for 2017 since last August.
Breaking News: You can sign up your child and their friends here on our website. Look the button up top, click, and follow.
Getting The St. Baldrick’s Buzz:
Pastor Joe T. has committed to getting his head 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
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 1925, Tennessee Governor Austin Peay signed legislation prohibiting the teaching of evolution within the state’s public school system. (A celebrated violation of this law led to the famous July Scopes Monkey Trial.)
March 13: “Riders On The Storm”—7:PM
March 14: Women’s Bible Study—7:PM
March 15: Big Wednesday
All Church Prayer Time: 7—to—7:30 PM
Worship Team Practices: 7:30 PM
Adult Bible Study—Judges 13—7:30 PM
March 16: Church Board Meeting, 6:30 PM
March 19: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:PM
March 19: Church Board Elections
March 25: Collectible/Antique Sale 8:30 AM
April 1: Men’s Breakfast at Harry’s, 8:00 AM
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.