Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”—Ephesians 4:29
Often, we take too much pride in telling others what we think.
Am I suggesting that we shouldn’t share?
No, but I think—as it says in other parts of the Bible—we shouldn’t be so quick to speak even if we have the right answer. Two things come into play here, one being our pride and the other—most likely—being the need for validation.
The Scripture above says don’t let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths. Don’t cuss, don’t swear and no coarse joking. We get it, but I don’t think we get all of it.
When we speak too fast, when we speak for our benefit as opposed to the benefit of the individual we’re addressing, then we are being unwholesome in our speech.
Someone might need to hear the truth, but they might need to hear it in a way that they can better comprehend it. I’m not saying for you to remain silent when someone is doing something foolish or destructive. What I’m saying is calling them an “Idiot” right off the top might not be the way to go.
Who does this? The person who prides themselves on “keeping it real.” They don’t always call the other person an “idiot,” but they offer criticism or advice, in the same manner, one might swing a sledgehammer. This approach can blow up a situation, make something worse, cause severe damage…But it’s all okay to the deliverer because they’re “keeping it real.”
On the second part, we may have the right answer, but sometimes it’s better for the other person to discover the answer for themselves. And we might have the right answer, but we may need to pray for the appropriate time to share this answer or truth.
What keeps us from doing this? Vanity. We want, need, the validation of having everyone know—having the world know—we were right, that we provided the remedy to the dilemma or crisis.
It’s difficult to practice this sort of restraint, I agree, but when we just belt out our thoughts without reading the moment or the condition others are in…then we are being unwholesome. We are building ourselves up rather than building others according to their needs.
A key to living a holy life, Paul shares in First Thessalonians 4:11, is doing your best to live a quiet life. There are times we have to speak and speak boldly but in the dealings of the every day–in our comings, goings & interactions–we need to measure what we say and make sure we are lifting up our brothers and sisters, not contributing to their stress and woes.
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…
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.
Burbank Faith now has a Twitter account. You can follow us at; @BurbankFaithNaz
Eric Canto has created a Burbank Faith channel on YouTube and has placed all of our recent services there. Go check it out.
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
Did You Know?
On This Date…
…In 1802, pioneer Methodist bishop Francis Asbury wrote in his journal: “I am often drawn out in thankfulness to God, who hath saved a mother of mine and, I trust, a father also, who are already in glory, where I hope to meet them both.”
…In 1811, death of Robert Raikes, 76, the English philanthropist regarded by many as the founder (in 1780) of the modern Sunday School movement.
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 11: Women’s Bible Study—7:PM
April 16: Easter Sunday
April 29: March For Autism
April 8: 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.