Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, O Lord our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.”—Jeremiah 14:22
When you read Exodus (or watch Yul Brynner in “The Ten Commandments”) do you ever wonder what Pharaoh is thinking? Time after time Moses, the God of Moses, keeps getting the better of him. You wonder, “When is the light going to go on for this guy?”
I catch myself thinking the same thing when reading through the Gospels, by the time I get to John I’m thinking Pilate is going to figure this out but he never does.
It’s almost as frustrating as watching the world spin its wheels in search of answers and never humbling itself before God.
What is even more frustrating beyond Exodus/Pharoah/Yul Brynner and the world, is the one who claims to know the truth of God but never submits to his authority. I keep wondering, “When is the light going to go on for this person?”
The Scripture above subtly touches on this.
We look to something or someone else to bring us rain. We look to something or someone else to bring us joy. Better put, we look for something or someone else to bring us fulfillment/peace. When living life this way God is a marvelous addition to the mantle above the fireplace, something for friends and family to notice but in terms being the difference maker in our lives?Forget it.
It’s a classic conversation that we’ve all had with someone, or someone has had with us…The question that bakes and pops in this conversation is, “How has rejecting God worked out for you?” The person asked is usually in a broken place of life. Sometimes they’ll tilt their chin down and come to understand their error.
Often, the person asked about how their life is going in rebellion to a God they know and have accepted in the past will be a tough-guy/tough-gal response through clenched teeth, of, “I don’t need anyone’s help.”
Family broken, career in ruins, self-worth wrecked and no hope…Sounds a lot like Pharaoh to me…And it looks a lot like Pharaoh to God.
The rest of the world is a different matter, but for the believer, life will only get better when they recognize every true desire of their heart is found in and through the Lord. Why do we look for other answers? Why do we look beyond the Scriptures? Why do we look for another Savior? Why do we hope and pray that we can find another dispenser of truth, hope, salvation?
“Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.”
You got dreams? Plans? Goals? I get it, I did and I still do. It’s easy to go Jeremiah 29:11 (Please, feel free)…But we have to humble ourselves to the point where we understand God is not against us…God is for us (John 3:16)!…He looks after us and has things in store for us we are incapable of dreaming about and unable to even fathom.
So how do we get to that point?
Well, it comes back to the sticky, problematic word that takes power out our hands and puts it in the palm of the one who can do all things…The word is…Faith.
A VBS Unlike Any Other:
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Burbank Faith now has a Twitter account. You can follow us at; @BurbankFaithNaz
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 1518, German reformer Martin Luther stated in his Disputation at Heidelberg: “Grace is given to heal the spiritually sick, not to decorate spiritual heroes.”
…In 1877, The residents of Minnesota observed a statewide day of prayer, asking for deliverance from a plague of grasshoppers that had been ravishing their farm crops this year. (The plague ended soon after, in the summer.)
…In 1956, English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in “Letters to an American Lady”: ‘One of the many reasons for wishing to be a better Christian is that, if one were, one’s prayers for others might be more effectual.’
…In 1989, Lucille Ball comedienne/actress (I Love Lucy), dies of a massive heart attack at 78
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
April 30: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:00 PM
May 1: “Riders On The Storm”—7:00 PM
May 2: Women’s Bible Study—7:00 PM
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.