Burbank Faith Today: May 23, 2017

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

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

FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Now all has been heard: here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”—Ecclesiastes 12:13

This passage is almost impossible to interpret when we are young–the reason being that it is so simple and so true. It’s to the point, it cuts the fat, omits unnecessary words and is very clear.

When we’re young, we’re looking for meaning. Something with a vitality that is profound and impressing and bound to leave its mark on the world. Something that will sustain itself in the minds of our peers and link us to the philosophical.

…And that is great…It is great to think big and search for nuance and complexity in everything…As long as we are honestly searching for nuance and complexity and not window dressing for the world to see.

The passage above works because it is very clear in its desire. Fear the Lord—which means respect the Lord, who he is and his power…And keep his commands…A five-year-old, a fifty-five-year-old and a 105-year-old can figure it out.

But the Scripture also allows for nuance and complexity. The conclusion of the matter—the investigation of what is truly true can go on and on—and that’s okay—as long as we come to the right conclusion. As long as we fear/respect the Lord.

We can look deep into the reasons why God wants us to keep his commandments and the necessity of keeping them for our own personal welfare. We can look for meaning in everything we do in life. We can ask questions, search things out but it still must lead back to fearing God, keeping his commandments and understanding that obedience is the calling and duty of our existence.

If you want to keep pushing for nuance and complexity, then search for the rewards that come with fearing the Lord and obeying his commands as the prime directives of your life. What are they?

You can start with: peace, hope, joy, understanding, unimaginable compassion, creativity, endurance.

The Scriptures are far more simple and much easier to understand than they are given credit for. Basic, true and powerful.

Then when our hearts truly want to go deeper—and if we are honest about truly seeking him and not seeking an avenue to pull away from him or absolve ourselves from his authority—we will come to know the richness of God in ways we never thought were possible.

Or even dreamed of.

Keep it simple. Keep it true….What does it say in Matthew 6:33?

“Buscad primero el reino del Dios
y su virtud
y todas estas cosas se te añadirán”

…And in English?

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And his righteousness
And all these things shall be added unto you.”

When it comes to the Lord, the simpler we think, the deeper our experience with him will be.

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”

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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Check out Burbank Faith on YELP and be sure to write a review of our church.

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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.)

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.

SrHi Camp: July 16-21
Kids Camp: July 23-28
JrHi Camp: July 30-August 4

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“Big September” every Thursday in the month of September (7, 14, 21, 28)…Old Testament overview. We’ll feed you and care for the kids. Mark your calendar. Big September is just like Big Wednesday times four…
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Did You Know?
On this date…

…In 1633, by French edict, only Catholic settlers were permitted permanent residence within the country known as New France (called “Canada” today), thus ending 30 years of attempted colonization by Huguenots (Protestants).

…In 1903, Death of American Congregational missionary Henry Blodget, 78. He served 40 years in China (1854-94), and helped translate the New Testament into the colloquial Mandarin language of Peking.

…In 1926, Birth of Wilbur Nelson, Christian broadcast personality and for many years the host of “The Morning Chapel Hour,” a radio ministry originating in Paramount, California.
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Church Calendar:
May 23 Women’s Bible Study—7:00 PM
May 24:
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 28: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:00 PM
May 29: Memorial Day
June 3: Men’s Breakfast at Harry’s, 8:00 AM
June 26-30: VBS Week
“Big September” every Thursday in the month of September (7, 14, 21, 28)

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

Will Rogers, Mayor of Burbank

California Governor, Jerry Brown

 

 

 

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