Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Ask the former generations and find out what their fathers learned, for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.”—Job 8:8-9
This is excellent advice.
The context of the Scripture is from Job’s friend, Bildad who has come with two others (Eliphaz & Zophar) for the well intended—if not poorly executed—effort to comfort Job after all of his losses.
Chapter eight is a great discussion about faith equalling prosperity—Bildad’s point. Yeah, we can talk about that…The great thing about Scripture, however, is one passage can have many applications.
In the deep, this passage is great. On the surface, it is also a home run.
It begins with the encouragement to seek the wisdom of our elders and what they learned. Notice how it doesn’t say, “seek an old person because they are always right.”
Instead, it encourages us to find out what they learned. The experience of life—of course—continues to gather from year to year and from decade to decade. We all look into our past, let out a sigh, and wish we knew then what we know now.
We can stop right here and say, “Amen.”
But…On the surface, the back half of this passage reminds us that we are pretty stupid, and if not stupid then ignorant; and if not ignorant and stupid then we are rebellious. We’re smart. In fact, we are so smart—often the smartest person in the room by our own estimations—that we view instruction with contempt.
This happens to us when we are young, middle-aged, old, Christian, non-Christian and/or a politician…We believe we know better and don’t seek out the wisdom to be gained from the past. We neglect what the saints in the pews experienced; as if even the consideration of asking for some enlightenment from them is an insult to our intelligence.
I understand that the “in-thing” is to re-think how we do church. And I’m all for the abolishment of Churchianity, but remember the people who handed the church over to us are part of the generations back to the time of Christ that kept the church alive and going.
The church has not always been perfect…but it has been right far more than it has been wrong.
Most of us grew with the adage of two wrongs don’t make a right. The current culture of the church universal is more inclined to believe one wrong cancels out a lifetime of rights.
And since we’re on the subject of pride and the modern church, what does the 21st-Century Church do to make better the wrong that overrides the lifetime of rights? It goes back and reinstates the wrongs of the church.
The chief being putting buffers between man and God…Creating doubt in the message from God that is the Bible…Creating actions that supersede faith as the most important component in coming into a relationship with God.
Translated: We have robes/vestments/labyrinths/“critical-esoteric-thinking”/works…All the wrongs of the church in the past being re-instituted because of our great pride. Our refusal to learn from those who came before us and our failure to acknowledge that our experience has been but a shadow compared to those who built the church we now steward.
Doesn’t Proverbs 16:31 say gray hair is a crown of glory and that it is found in the way of righteousness?
History has something to teach us. It might be good, or it might be bad, but it will always be something we can learn from.
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.
Note to Church: Expect much work to be taking place around the church throughout the month of June as we prepare for VBS.
Burbank Faith now has a Twitter account. You can follow us at; @BurbankFaithNaz
Check out Burbank Faith on YELP and be sure to write a review of our church.
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
“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…
Did You Know?
On this date…
…In 1899, Future President William McKinley, 56, wrote in his notebook: “My belief embraces the Divinity of Christ and a recognition of Christianity as the mightiest factor in the world’s civilization.” (McKinley had been “born again,” at age 10, during a revival meeting, and later joined a Methodist church.)
May 28: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:00 PM
May 29: Memorial Day
May 30 Women’s Bible Study—7:00 PM
June 3: Men’s Breakfast at Harry’s, 8:00 AM
June 18: Father’s Day
June 26-30: VBS Week
July 12-14: District Assembly
“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.