Burbank Faith Today: April 4, 2017

People have been asking for a current picture of Pastor Joe & Ana T. …here you go. Just snapped this the other day.

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

FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”—Galatians 5:25

A definition of Forgiveness: A conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.

A definition of Repent: To turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life.

This Scripture hits on these points—even if we don’t see it clearly. For many believers, we love the forgiveness aspect of our faith. It’s great. Forgiveness for the asking, for the sincerely seeking, through God’s grace, is granted.

Hooray! Hooray!! Hooray!!!

But to repent…well, that’s another story because forgiveness and repentance are two different things. Forgiveness we understand, but repentance—or to repent—requires us to turn from our sin and dedicate ourselves to a new direction. For the believer that direction would be Christ.

What Paul calls for us to do in his letter to the Galatians is to walk our talk. If we’ve gained life through the Spirit then maybe we need to keep in step with the Spirit? Maybe we need to consistently seek the Spirit for direction, answers, joy and hope?

The mentality for too many of us is that we want all the goodies, but we don’t want the calories that they bring. In other words, we want to sin in haste and repent at leisure. That is if we want to repent at all. We want the forgiveness but do we really want to change direction?

The good news is we don’t have to change before we come to Christ…The responsibility of living by the Spirit and staying in step with it comes after. We’ve all seen and experienced people—loved ones—who fall for the lie that they have to work things out before they come to God.

That is a complete lie…We can come to God just as we are…But after forgiveness is granted the conviction of the Holy Spirit—not the Pastor/not any guilt applied by Churchianity—will come to call us to repentance. It’s truly the first hurdle to our new life.

Quite often we are broken, bruised or lost when we come to God…He gives us hope…But unless we truly repent—turn/change course—and get in step with the Spirit we will fall into the same abuses that brought us low.

Here’s the clincher…since we live by the Spirit and we are called to stay in step with the Spirit…This means we are called to holiness (again, not talking about an unachievable earthly perfection)…We are called to live a holy life…More importantly, this demonstrates that we need holiness to make it victoriously through this life.

…And holiness is something we can have…by keeping in step with the Spirit.

Boom!
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Department Leaders: Be sure to get your year-end reports to Jackie K. for the church report coming out at the end of this month. Matt, Bill, Seana, Pastor Joe T., etc. etc…

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Reminder: VBS is on the way…June 26-30…You can register ONLINE NOW!

A VBS Unlike Any Other:
You can sign up your child and their friends here on our website. Look the button up top, click, and follow.

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Burbank Faith now has a Twitter account. You can follow us at; @BurbankFaithNaz

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Eric Canto has created a Burbank Faith channel on YouTube and has placed all of our recent services there. Go check it out.

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Note:

I believe VBS Director Seana has said; Be There or Be Square!

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 will all have separate camps at Granite Ridge.

District Assembly is July 12-14
(It is one month later this year due to General Assembly (Indianapolis) being held June 21-30.)

SrHi Camp: July 16-21
Kids Camp: July 23-28
JrHi Camp: July 30-August 4

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Did You Know?
On This Date…

…In 1507, Future German reformer Martin Luther, at age 21, was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic church.

…In 1944, German Holocaust victim Anne Frank, 14, wrote in her diary: “I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this gift…of expressing all that is in me.”

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Ladies Bible Study

Church Calendar:
April 4: Women’s Bible Study—7:PM
April 5:
All Church Prayer Time: 7—to—7:30 PM
Worship Team Practices: 7:30 PM
Adult Bible Study—Judges 13—7:30 PM
April 9: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:PM
April 10: “Riders On The Storm”—7:PM
April 16: Easter Sunday
April 29: March For Autism
May 6: Men’s Breakfast at Harry’s, 8:00 AM
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.

Kourtney Zilbert (Left) is one of our own…Keep her and her partner Austin in prayer.

President Donald Trump

Mayor of Burbank, Jesse Talamantes

Senator Diane Feinstein

Senator Kamala Harris

California Governor, Jerry Brown

 

 

 

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