Burbank Faith Today: May 17, 2017

Board Meeting Thursday Night!

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

FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commend for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”—Hebrews 11:1-3

Faith is not a cautious word. You shouldn’t have to make faith the second, third or fifth point in a discussion about what you believe in Christ. We/you/me often do this because faith, of course, is not something you can point to in the physical.

It’s not an object you pull out of your purse or back pocket and show to someone you are trying to convince.

“Oh, it comes in blue?”

“This one is in blue but next year’s model is supposed to come out in a metallic silver.”

“Cool.”

“Suave.”

It doesn’t work like that. If faith were something you could pull out of your back pocket or purse, it wouldn’t be faith.

Faith is absolutely what the Scripture says above. It is about being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Faith is not unique to the Christian experience. The whole world in committed to some form of faith. They’ll try to convince you they’re not but they are.

The evolutionist’s argument is based on faith because they don’t have the evidence to deal away a creator. They have faith they will find a missing link. They have faith they can argue you down from your faith to theirs.

The climate scientist will point to his computer model as true, but he will still have to trust in what he can’t see.

The world religions, along with Christianity, all operate on a condition of faith.

Atheists cannot prove there is no God, so they operate on faith.

The point is faith in intrinsic to human nature. It is nothing to be ashamed of or to shy away from.

Faith, having faith, people trusting to faith is not the real question…The real question is what/who you have placed your faith in.

People will place their faith in many different things…And we see the evidence of misplaced faith by the condition the world is in.

The only faith that is true, the only faith that works…the only faith that truly sustains inspiration…is faith in Jesus Christ.

But you can’t pull it out of your back pocket…So what do we do? We demonstrate our faith by living our faith. We don’t allow our faith to be rattled as the world is rattled. We maintain our faith through the things we don’t understand and through the storms of derision the culture throws at us.

Faith is not faith if it changes with a political election or the failure of a spiritual leader. Well, it might have been faith at first, but it was a weak faith.

So I cling to my faith—like we would cling to the old rugged cross—and the longer I cling, the longer I hold on, the stronger my faith becomes. I weather the storm, and I realized I was strong enough to hold on. When the next one comes, I’m stronger. When the next one comes, I’m stronger…But as there is no end to the storms of this life there is no limit to faith in the one who gives us eternal life…eternal hope…and eternal joy.

And there is one tangible thing we can point to after all of this…What we point to—drum roll please—is us. Not to others but to us and what our faith has done for us. That is real. That is something we can put our hands on.

Boom!

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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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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.

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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Church Calendar:
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 18: Board Meeting: 6:30 PM
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 23 Women’s Bible Study—7:00 PM
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.

 

 

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