Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“For the Lord almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?”—Isaiah 14:27
Staying within context, this Scripture is dealing with God’s promised judgment on Assyria.
(After the death of Solomon, Israel split into two. Israel in the north and Judah in the south. Israel (the northern kingdom) fell to Assyria around 722/721 BC. Judah would fall to Babylon roughly 135 years later.)
While we are not Assyria—nor part of the northern kingdom looking for redemption—there is a very clear takeaway from this passage, and it is, the Lord is going to do what he says he’s going to do.
It’s impossible to have an effective/effectual faith if we don’t believe the Lord is going to do what he’s going to do. I mean, why bother?
This isn’t a question of believing in God. The demons believe in God and, of course, shudder. This is a reminder that God is going to do what he is going to do. If you’re described as “Faithful” and “True” (Revelation 19) that means you have a character for and a history of following through.
When you read this verse again, you don’t see anything in the wording about the Lord trying his best…or of him just trying. When he has purposed himself–Purposed: intentional/deliberate–he will not be denied. He puts something into motion, and it stays in motion until it is played out.
We can have a discussion on Hezekiah getting more time after the Lord told him to put his house in order. We can have a discussion about the Lord being fed up with the Israelites and Moses pleading for them not to be destroyed…The point being made, however, is the Lord is not going to divert from doing that which is righteous. He will follow through. If you claim a faith in Christ…you have to believe that he is going to follow through on what he says he’s going to do.
It’s amazing how we can declare we have a “walk” with the Lord but simultaneously believe he doesn’t really mean the things he says in the Scriptures. If we’re going to deny the stuff we don’t like how on earth can we have faith in the truth of the stuff we do like?
Some of this can be related to how we mature in the reading of God’s word. The first time we read something in the Bible we are in awe. The second time around is discovery as we pick up on the things we never noticed before. The third time around—or maybe the fifth, fifteenth and hundred and first time around—its as if we are sitting across the table from our mom and dad (or similar authority figure). They are speaking with authority, and we don’t dare doubt them.
We wouldn’t, and we shouldn’t doubt them. Good parents love us enough to not worry about if we’re going to be angry with them. They’re not worried about us hating them. Their purpose is to love and protect us.
For most of us when it comes to having faith that our parents will do exactly what they say they’re going to do. We know they will, so we listen to them.
Why should we doubt our heavenly father, who gave his son in trade for us, will be any less sincere or truthful when he has purposed himself?
We have the freedom to disobey the truth of God…But we will never be able to dispute the truth of what he says he’s going to do.
So have faith in it…because it will come about.
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 1453, Constantinople, the capital of Eastern Christianity from A.D. 324, fell to the Turks. The city afterward became the capital of the Ottoman Empire and was renamed Istanbul. Its conquest marked the end of the Middle Ages.
…In 1698, Construction began on Old Swedes (Holy Trinity) Church in Wilmington, Delaware. The structure has been used continuously as a place of Christian worship ever since.
…In 1774, Pioneer American Methodist bishop Francis Asbury wrote in his journal: “Lord, keep me from all the superfluity of dress, and from preaching empty stuff to please the ear, instead of changing the heart.”
…In 1736, on this Patrick Henry U.S. patriot (“Give me liberty or give me death”) is born.
…In 1837, Birth of Charles W. Fry, the English musician who, along with his three sons, formed the first Salvation Army brass band. Fry also authored the hymn, “Lily of the Valley.”
…In 1944, German Lutheran theologian and Nazi martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in a letter: “We are to find God in what we know, not in what we don’t know; God wants us to realize His presence, not in unsolved problems, but in those that are solved.”
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 4: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:00 PM
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.