Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“If anyone does not provide for his relatives, especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”—1 Timothy 5:8
Many are—or may not be—familiar with the phrase; “So heavenly minded, you’re no earthly good.”
It’s a perfect description of what often happens to those who are involved in church work.
People get involved in church…Hooray!
Then what happens? They are out of the house Sunday, often Saturday, a week-night…When home they’re often working on a project. This doesn’t only happen with church; this happens with families involved in youth sports or the arts programs in schools. They go, go, go and often have dinner either at McDonald’s after they leave church or the snack bar at the park. Nothing says family time like nachos made with nuked processed cheese.
It never stops. These folks—I’ve been guilty of this in the first degree—will keep going because it is a good thing to do…Or there is no one else to do it…Or they are doing it for their kids…Or they want to help other kids…
Who could be against any of that? It’s all good stuff.
Except it’s not. It’s not.
Your big heart, your giving attitude, ceases to do good when it upends your family life. You’ll tell yourself, “Oh, my kids like being involved—in EVERYTHING!”
But big deal…You’re the adult, step back…Is it best for them–your household–to be involved in EVERYTHING?
Sometimes it’s better for us to withdrawal and make sure we have times (“Times” I said)—not just “time”—with our family as a family. When the family can be together and not just running from one stop to the next.
The church gets a bad wrap for a lot of things that are not its fault…but a church that fosters families being out night after night—and families that commit to either church or civic priorities night after night…are not, repeat not, doing good.
I understand the Scripture above is emphasizing the tangible. Food, clothing, roof-over-the-head, but we have to have time with our families, or we fail.
Ministers are guilty of this. Many churches are guilty of making their ministers guilty of this…The common belief arises in Churchianity that everything is impossible unless the pastor of the church is present. Everyone soul needing salvation is up to the pastor to save…
Sometimes the best thing we can say to somebody working at the church or nuking nachos in the snack bar at the park is…”Go home.”
Dine with your children at the table…Have God-Talk with them…Pray as a family before bedtime. Catch your breath and ask yourself—in the middle of all your good deeds for the day—have you sought the Lord? Have you stopped—in the midst of all your actions—and opened your heart to him?
Good deeds are awesome…a big heart is great…but doing the right thing will always be the best thing.
Join us Easter Sunday for breakfast–Drop-in anytime between 9 & 10:15–Service starts at 10:30.
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
April 16: Easter Sunday
Easter Breakfast begins at 9:AM—Worship at 10:30
April 17: “Riders On The Storm”—7:PM
April 18: Women’s Bible Study—7:PM
All Church Prayer Time: 7—to—7:30 PM
Worship Team Practices: 7:30 PM
Adult Bible Study—1 Samuel 18—7:30 PM
April 23: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:PM
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.