Burbank Faith Today: May 15, 2017

How is your Bible reading going these days?

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

FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.”—Romans 8:5-8

You hate to go to deep on some things because when you go too deep, you can get lost in the weeds…(Wow! Tell me more Mr. Wizard!”)…Yes, it’s true…but the constant avoidance to go deep prevents us from getting to the deep issues and best answers in/for our lives.

The scripture is talking about our sinful nature…Not just sin…But our sinful nature. That which is inside of us working in constant counter reaction to the Lord. Best example would be asking ourselves why repeat the same sins (not mistakes even though we do repeat mistakes) over and over even though we feel horrible about them each time?

That is our sinful nature at work. That is the thing we have to get control of if we are to grow in Christ. This is because the sinful mind is hostile to God.

People will argue—and they’ll argue from within the church body—who are we to take away someone’s salvation. Or the 21st-Century showstopper, “We shouldn’t be judging people.”

I’m not taking away anyone’s salvation and aren’t their multiple Scriptures that encourage us to help our brothers and sisters who are straying from the truth of God? Spiritual cowardice is another topic, however.

Back to salvation, we all have to assess–constantly–where we are in our walk. Are we going anywhere? Are we in the same place spiritually that we were in ten years ago? Five years ago? A year ago?

Not asking for a show of hands, but do you know why believers stay in a perpetual state of struggle? It’s because they have not dealt with their sin nature.

If the mind of sinful man is death, then to gain life and peace we have to submit to God’s law (not Mosaic Law)—the law and life God requires of us as found in the Scriptures. This comes back to the old argument or surrendering our will…The cliched—but so true—expression of making Jesus not only our Savior but our Lord as well.

This cannot be stated clearer terms than these: As long as you are surrendering to your desires and your nature…You will never please God. You will never grow in God. You will always be stuck in the same place spiritually.

“Okay, but how do I get rid of my sinful nature?”

Glad you asked that question…How’s your Bible reading going? How’s your prayer life? Are you part of a church or do you just attend services somewhere? Who wins the tough decisions? You, or God? Is the direction of the Holy Spirit, confirmed through Scripture, the final say in your life? Or is it someone or something else because it makes you feel good or makes you feel better about yourself?

What you need for victory is holiness. I’m not disputing your salvation but if you’re going to overcome you’re going to need holiness and holiness is only achieved by living in a state of constant surrender to God.

This doesn’t make you perfect…but it makes every action you take lit/lamped/lighted under the will of God.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”—Hebrews 13:8

…but you don’t have to be.

Find a place to pray…In that prayer put Christ on the throne of your life…and surrender to him…and let him grow you in his grace.

Boom!
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Reminder: VBS is on the way…June 26-30…You can register ONLINE NOW!

A VBS Unlike Any Other:

VBS Goes to Rome: The theme for Vacation Bible School this year is “Rome: Paul & The Underground Church”

VBS Staff Meeting This Sunday: 1:30 PM

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.

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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You need to follow us on Twitter.

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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July is Camps Month: Remember July is camps month…Junior High, High School & Kids will all have separate camps at Granite Ridge.

Pastor Joe’s second book “The Dead Bug Tales” is now available in both paperback & Kindle on Amazon.com (click picture)—Or if you would like to order from Pastor Joe directly at a sale price contact me.

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 1686, Rev. Robert Ratcliffe arrived in Boston from England, with orders from King Charles II to establish the Anglican Church in Massachusetts.

…In 1943, German Lutheran theologian and Nazi martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in a letter from prison: “I read the Psalms every day, as I have done for years; I know them and love them more than any other book.”
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Church Calendar:
May 16 Women’s Bible Study—7:00 PM
May 17:
All Church Prayer Time: 7—to—7:30 PM
Worship Team Practices: 7:30 PM
Adult Bible Study—1 Samuel 18—7:30 PM May 21: VBS planning meeting, following morning worship.
May 21: Mother’s Day Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:00 PM
May 21: VBS meeting after church (1:30)
May 29: Memorial Day
June 3: Men’s Breakfast at Harry’s, 8:00 AM
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 Kamala Harris

Senator Diane Feinstein

California Governor, Jerry Brown

 

 

 

 

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