Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him while he is near.”—Isaiah 55:6
The Scripture above causes us to reflect on the aspect that our opportunities with God are not open ended. This can be problematic because we believe, rightfully, that all we have to do is repent and confess and the Lord will save us.
I’ve been at enough deathbeds—with eternity in the balance—to know that the offer of salvation through Christ expires when we leave this earth. A decision has to be made for the Lord now because to die in our sins is to separate us from God forever. In spite of what some clever theologians—needing to be loved—want you to believe, you will not be absolved of your sins unless you seek forgiveness and repent.
No matter how much you—or the theologian—may wish it otherwise, the Scriptures are very clear on this.
So seek the Lord now…and be saved.
Yeah, that works…
But this Scripture, I feel, also hits on opportunity. The Holy Spirit speaks to us, opens doors and encourages us to walk in faith. And if we can walk in faith, through those doors—not knowing what’s on the other side—then we’ll see and experience things we never dreamed were possible.
Believe me, I know.
He speaks to us in our youth, he speaks to us as adults, he speaks to us after we’ve been redeemed, but we have to heed his call and seek him while opportunity is there because it won’t always be there.
Doors close because we allow them to close…Does the Lord abandon us? No…But he’ll move on if we reject him. The door will close, and another may open, but nothing will change until we seek him when he is near.
Of course, the Lord’s love remains but have you ever considered the blessings you’ve missed out on because you haven’t sought him?
The old saying, “strike while the iron his hot” truly applies. The Lord called me to ministry when I was young, and I waited five years to answer that call…What did I miss? What blessings did I forfeit?
Have I still been blessed? Absolutely…but there will always be a part of me—the part that makes me respond now—that will always wonder about what he wanted to do through me at the beginning.
You love roller coasters and thrill rides? You love adventure? Seek the Lord, and you’ll experience the excitement of the unknown while knowing the creator of the universe has you in the palm of his hand.
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.
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.
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 1523, German reformer Martin Luther wrote in a letter: “There has never been a great revelation of God’s Word unless God has first prepared the way by the rise and the flourishing of languages and learning, as though these were forerunners, a sort of John the Baptist.”
…In 1847, birth of Winfield Scott Weeden, American sacred chorister and hymnwriter. During his life he led music and singing schools for the YMCA and Christian Endeavor. Of his several musical compositions, Weeden is best remembered today for the hymn, “I Surrender All.”
All Church Prayer Time: 7—to—7:30 PM
Worship Team Practices: 7:30 PM
Adult Bible Study—Judges 13—7:30 PM
April 1: Men’s Breakfast at Harry’s, 8:00 AM
April 2: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:PM April 16: Easter Sunday
April 3: “Riders On The Storm”—7:PM
April 4: Women’s Bible Study—7:PM
April 29: March For Autism
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.