Burbank Faith Today: April 18, 2017

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite people, who doesn’t attend our church. Rick Howard (Jackie K.’s father) is such a good guy that if free agent contracts could be offered to laymen…I’d offer him a guaranteed deal and plug him into the south-side second row right away.

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

FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining from sensual indulgence.”—Colossians 2:20-23

The Nazarene Church has 16 Articles of Faith…Listed in the Manual of the Church of The Nazarene, they lay out the doctrinal theology of the denomination and are supported by Scripture…What it means is, is that if an Article of Faith cannot be supported/defended by Scripture, then it is not be considered an Article of Faith.

“…whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith.”—ARTICLE IV HOLY SCRIPTURES, Manual Church of The Nazarene

This is a good/appropriate example–historically–about how the doctrine of the denomination is formed. It’s comforting.

The Scripture above, out of Colossians, is massive in terms of its weight. It speaks to one generation coming through the first century…It speaks to the generations living through the middle-ages…And it speaks to us today.

What it continues to say, to all believers, through all generations, is not to go beyond what the Scriptures say. Don’t set about to create something that you believe will make it better…Something that you think will make the truth of God “more holy.”

We’ve done this with communion when more often than not it is treated like we’re going to a funeral instead of celebrating a resurrection. We hail the elements…We treat them as some elixir of salvation when all the elements are meant to represent are the actions of the one who brings us salvation.

We’ve done this by making people stand, making people sit, worship this way or that. Dress like this, dress like that…We attempt to make the Scripture “more holy” by presenting and making it culturally acceptable as opposed to declaring its truths.

Churchianity—which includes heavy-handed denominationalism as well as concepts of enlightened & “re-thunk” church—creates more hoops for seekers to jump through. It turns the individual from seeking justification from God to the “more holy” effort of desiring validation from man/culture/society advancing the vogue cause of the day.

All of these things will perish…like the bumper stickers that said; “I FOUND IT!” back in the 1970s…It’s going to come and go like the “Holy Laughter” movement, like the “The Prayer of Jabez” like the “What Would Jesus Do?” push…All these things—some that very much have the appearance of wisdom & sanctimony—will go away…Because they carry no authority beyond the energy of man.

What remains is the one that is permanent…The one that is eternal…The one who has given us his Word.

We are required to do two sacraments: communion & baptism.

Nothing else…

Your pastor doesn’t have to wear a collar…Your pastor doesn’t have to wear a robe…You don’t have to stand when you worship…You don’t have to sit when you worship…You don’t have to take a journey while you pray…You don’t have to do anything man says you have to do—to become “more holy.”

You are required to be obedient to a higher authority; you are required to obey the direction of the Holy Spirit as confirmed by the Scriptures.

Wouldn’t it be marvelous if everything we were led to do—especially those things/acts/efforts of a spiritual nature—were confirmed by what the Scripture says and not the pastor, not the society, and, most certainly, not “the cause”…?

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 YouTube channel for Burbank Faith…Sign Up/Subscribe…All of our recents services have been uploaded there.

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:
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.

Ask Sorsha K., she can tell you about Granite Ridge.

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 1521, German reformer Martin Luther, at the Diet of Worms, proclaimed that a biblical foundation supported the theological position of his “Ninety-Five Theses.” Luther ended his defense with the famous words: ‘Here I stand! I can do nothing else! God help me! Amen.’

…In 1775, Paul Revere & William Dawes warn “the British are coming!”

…In 1906, San Francisco earthquake & fire kills nearly 4,000 & destroys 75% of the city

…In 1930, American pioneer linguist Frank C. Laubach, while serving as a missionary in the Philippines, wrote in a letter: ‘After an hour of close friendship with God, my soul feels clean as new fallen snow.’

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Cannonade…Five Scriptures–read by the congregation–every Sunday–before the message…or there will be no message!

Church Calendar:
April 17: “Riders On The Storm”—7:00 PM
April 18: Women’s Bible Study—7:00 PM
April 19:
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-7:00 PM
April 27: Board Meeting: 6:30 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.

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 Kamala Harris

Senator Diane Feinstein

California Governor, Jerry Brown

 

 

 

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