Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”—1 Peter 1:14-16
The holy life is the life that pleases God. Much like when raising our children, while we are proud of their achievements, we are happiest when they are obedient to us.
When we were young—even though we might not have liked it at the time—we accommodated our actions in large part to please our parents. We knew things would be better in the house, going somewhere, at the end of the day or sitting at the dinner table if our parents knew we had been obedient to them.
When we were disobedient, our parents were put out. They were upset but did they cease to love us? Of course not.
You might think God hates you…but he doesn’t.
You might think God is finished with you…but he isn’t.
You might think what you’ve done is unforgivable…but it’s not.
Does willful disobedience help our relationship with the Lord? No, but he never stops loving us.
The result of continual disobedience—The last word in the opening line of the passage above is ignorance. If we’ve accepted Christ we no longer get to claim perpetual ignorance—is that we never grow. We disobey, God calls out on it, we feel bad and then repeat the offense. God calls out, we feel bad, and then we repeat the offense…knowingly!
If spinning your wheels and remaining stationary in your spiritual life is something you aspire to then knock yourself out. But when God becomes boring, and you begin to ask why you are always struggling—you cannot plead ignorance when you practice disobedience.
If he calls us to be holy, that means he’s called us to grow. To never remain stationary in our spiritual walk. Satan is a great problem solver, and the longer you stay still the odds of him finding a way into your heart and thoughts become greater.
God calls us to be holy because he is holy. And when we seek a holy life we draw closer to him by the day.
“I am the Lord who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.”—Leviticus 11:45
Just having your Fire Insurance—salvation—doesn’t cut it for an 80 to 100-year life on this planet. A holy life doesn’t mean you’ll live without struggle…There will always be a struggle in this life…but you’ll have victory over those struggles. Then new ones will come—because Satan is always looking for a way in—and you’ll use the wisdom gained from the earlier struggles, the increased faith in overcoming them, to have victory over the recently arrived ones.
If the struggles you’re having at 33 are the same ones you were having at 13, then you’ve been lax about developing your walk with Christ and decided to stop with the attainment of your salvation.
Okay, rock on! Your salvation is between you and the Lord…You know if you’re living right before him or not…Other believers only know when you’re not because they see the struggle–when they see the same old stuff from way back when still hanging around. They know from personal experience.
Take the next step with God…There is no activity, habit, passion that you’re holding on to now that a daily obedience to the Lord won’t exceed and blow away.
We get caught up in the trap of saying/believing, “But I can’t live without…(fill in the blank).”
The Scriptures, the Holy Spirit says otherwise…You can be freed from what you think your life is and must be…And you can have a life of abundance and joy…You don’t have to find a four-leaf clover…You don’t have to clack your ruby slippers three times…You don’t need to make a wish upon a falling star.
Opportunity/restoration, from the Creator of the universe, is available for the mere price of obedience.
You think there’s a better offer out there?
I can promise you there’s a flashier one, and it opens the door to let you do anything you want to do, and it–absolutely–guarantees brokenness at the very end.
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 597, Augustine, missionary to England and first archbishop of Canterbury, baptized Saxon king Ethelbert. Afterward, the Christian faith spread rapidly among the Angles and Saxons.
…In 1738, writing of his contemporary, English revivalist George Whitefield penned in his journal: “The good which John Wesley has done in America, under God, is inexpressible. His name is very precious among the people; and he has laid such a foundation that I hope neither man nor devils will ever be able to shake.”
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.