Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which in you through the laying on of my hands.”—2 Timothy 1:6
This is the older pastor writing to the younger pastor. The experienced Christian writing to the one who is new in the faith. The mentor writing to the mentee…so to speak.
In this particular case, Timothy is in Ephesus–with all of its blessings and issues–and Paul is telling him to remember that he has been called. That there is a purpose and a plan for his life. Also, though it is not mentioned, it is clear Timothy is committed to the faith.
So Timothy is a believer—just like we are.
Timothy’s life has a purpose—just like ours.
God has a plan for Timothy’s life—just like he does for ours.
Cool, so what else does Timothy/We need?
Paul reminds Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God…To not settle for a spark when he can have a light. To not settle for a light when he can have a fire.
This is the issue of our spiritual lives. Willingly or unwillingly we take and accept just enough of God that will ease our conscience and give us a moral high ground. Is this wrong? No, it’s not…but settling for an eased conscience and moral high ground is like settling for the barest of the barest scraps of what the Lord has to offer. It’s like standing in line at the DMV for three hours and being grateful you didn’t have to stand there for three and a half.
Paul is encouraging Timothy/Us to go the distance, to fan into full flame the life we can have in the Lord.
Few things are worse spiritually than when a believer puts the brakes on the power of God. You have that power, the power to reject God…And that power to reject God is only offset by the power to say, “yes” to God.
And when we say, “yes” to God—every single day—doors will fly open. You will see opportunities you never saw before…You will find strength you never thought you had…Courage, you never thought you could muster…Joy, you never thought was possible.
And all of that is on this side of the river…Meaning on this side of heaven.
How marvelous would the world be if all believers had a Nike attitude when it came to going the distance with the Lord? If our attitude when it came to fanning the flame of the gift he’s given us through Christ was, Just Do It?
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 73 AD, according to Jewish historian Josephus, 967 Jewish zealots committed mass suicide within the fortress of Masada on this last night before the walls were breached by the attacking Roman Tenth Legion. (Two women and five children survived by hiding in a cistern, and were later released unharmed by the Romans.)
…In 1906, the Azusa Street Revival — proto-mission out of which the modern Pentecostal movement spread world-wide — officially began when the services led by black evangelist William J. Seymour, 36, moved into the building at 312 Azusa Street in Los Angeles.
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 20: Board Meeting 6:30 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.