Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.’”—Jeremiah 17:5
This is the warning to the “good person.” The individual who clocks in every day. The person who checks off all their boxes, takes care of their family, and helps those who have a need.
A Christian right?
No…Because in this description of the individual doing all of the right things, one thing—the most important thing—was omitted. Where was the mention of them turning their life and trust over to Jesus Christ?
From the outside looking in this is just another case of Christianity—The Church—being uptight but it’s not. The truth is nobody can make it on their own strength. For some of us, it is plain to see…For others—those who have become masters of disguise—they hide it better than the rest of us and make the argument tougher.
Tough argument or not, nobody can make it through this life on their own—no matter what pride made indicate to the contrary—and nobody, repeat nobody, will make it on their own without Christ.
Just talking about life here, only the 80 to 100 or so years we are given in this place…Not eternal life…That’s for another time.
They’ll have decades long marriages, happy homes, beautiful children, little to no debt, an awesome dog, great vacations and document all of it on Facebook or in the Christmas update letter every December. Underneath all of it, however, there is an erosion taking place. Fears, insecurities, frustrations…they all remain.
I gave up on presenting the perfect life a long time ago…but I do have victory over fears, insecurities and frustrations through my faith in Christ. This doesn’t mean fears, insecurities and frustrations don’t attack. They do, every single day, but my reliance on Christ—Faith in Christ—allows me to overcome them.
So all Christians must have this life wired?
BEEEEEP…Sorry Hans, wrong guess!
The Christian fails when the theologian/pastor becomes the hero; When denominational doctrine supersedes the truth of Scripture and adherence to the program becomes the necessary basis for salvation…the believer fails when these things occur.
How does this happen? It happens because in our frailty we feel more comfortable with what we can see instead of what we can’t see. Scripture talks about what is seen being temporary and what is unseen being eternal…Man’s strength—his wisdom, his muscle, his achievements—are all temporary
Trusting only in what we can see causes us to turn hearts/trust away from God…This leads to erosion and eventually our destruction.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”—Proverbs 3:5-6
We want to put our trust in things we can handle, things we can see…I get it…But we have to ask ourselves, are we only doing it so we can fit in with the rest of the world? Not be scorned? Not be mocked? Not be isolated?
Looking for approval from the world is like looking for the living among the dead. Because he—Christ—is not of this world and our hearts should always be turning towards him.
Flesh versus the almighty…We know the right answer…The questions boils down to will we choose it or not?
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 1960, Swedish statesman and Secretary General of the U.N. Dag Hammarskjld noted in his journal “Markings”: ‘Forgiveness breaks the chain of causality because he who forgives you — out of love – – takes upon himself the consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice.’
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.