Burbank Faith Today: April 20, 2017

Are you familiar with the Warsaw Ghetto uprising? No message, just asking.

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

FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”—1 Peter 5:6-7

There’s a hidden word here not mentioned in the 27 words used to make these two verses.

The facts of this passage are:

Be humble—Get it.
Being humble isn’t just stepping aside for someone else to get attention. Being humble isn’t just being publicly gracious. Being humble is also admitting you can’t take care of all your anxieties. You have to give them up to God whether it makes you feel weak or not. He can handle it, and best of all he wants to handle it because he cares for us. It’s hard to let someone else take control, but I get it.

God’s mighty hand—I understand.
The creator of the universe can do it all. He knows the big things; he knows the small things. He speaks the universe into existence. He knows not only my name but ever atom, molecule and gene in my body. He’s also created a plan for me–a plan that is better than anything I could ever dream of. It’s hard to let someone else take control, but I get it.

Anxiety—Oh, yeah.
I know I’m not asking the Lord for tax relief, my mortgage to be paid off or for a better football team. What I want are the anxieties of this day-to-day life to be taken from me. And if not taken from me at least for the strength/victory to rise above it.

Is that too much? I don’t think so.

Here’s the kicker…these anxieties that weigh you/me down are the anxieties that we have not cast on him. Look at the back half of the passage above (Verse 7)…It says ‘Cast all of your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’

Somehow, for some reason, we hold on to all of the garbage in our lives. We protect it; we guard it, we have thoughts that our garbage is necessary and that eventually—when the time comes—we’ll take out the garbage. But what really happens is we don’t ever take out the garbage, we just end up importing more garbage—anxiety.

Generally, I don’t invite people over and have them take out my garbage. It’s not easy—nor does it seem nice—to let someone else take control of your garbage, but I get it.

He’ll lift me up in due time—That’s the one.
That’s one that causes me and my finite reasoning to have a bit angst during a tough day. Ugh! Why can’t God just lift me up now?

When I pray, when I ask for something, I want it to be answered in the affirmative yesterday. I’ll accept today, but I want it answered in my favor pronto/ASAP/immediately. Yet, when I look at what it means to be humble, what it means to know that the Almighty has me in his hands–I have to step back.

(Here comes the hidden word. Get ready for it.)

I have to have FAITH that the Lord knows exactly what is best for me…He knows exactly the right time/moment to lift me up.

This faith is contingent on my being humble, understanding that he is the eternal God. Remembering that he loves me beyond measure and that he knows what is best for me.

There will be valleys and dark moments in this life, but my faith/our faith reminds me/us that we will be blessed as long as we abide in his perfect timing.

In the hurricane that life can be, how do I know his timing is perfect? How can we surrender to that? It’s hard to let someone else take control; I get it…

But I get it because I have faith.

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 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.

Soren K. reminds us–with just his look–how much fun summer camp can behind. Granite Ridge Camp Director, Shay Stewart offers encouragement.

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 1943, in Poland, Germans Nazi troops massacred the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.

…In 1999, deadliest school shooting in US history at Columbine High School, Littleton, Colorado. Thirteen were killed and were 23 wounded.

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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 23: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:00 PM
April 24: “Riders On The Storm”—7:00 PM
April 25: 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 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

Senator Diane Feinstein

Senator Kamala Harris

Mayor of Burbank, Jesse Talamantes

California Governor, Jerry Brown

 

 

 

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