Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“But as for me, I will always have hope: I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.” — Psalm 71: 14-15
I want to live perpetually in that sort of expectation, but to get there I have to believe, no matter the conditions on the ground, the health of my body, the status of my bank account, God is always prepared to do something wonderful.
Let’s settle this part now…Something wonderful happens every day. All the time. The abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in the world and in our lives confirms this. The wonderful happens every single day. The birth of children, salvation, revelation and joy from above. Every day.
So we’re not arguing that. The question begging is, are we capable of seeing the wonderful God is doing or are we sitting in the bleachers, on the sidelines, in our easy chairs, waiting for him to do our “wonderful” first?
The wonderful things we have at the top of our lists, the things so important they disease us with a spiritual form of glaucoma. We can only see straight ahead and nothing else on the periphery.
It’s easy to survive difficult situations, bad bodies, and poor bank accounts compared to a disposition, an attitude, or a warped sense of fairness.
Where the believer struggles in seeing the wonderful of God, is when said believer comes to believe something is their right. When the believer feels they are entitled to something.
Ancient (back in the 1970s) Christian folk singer Danny Taylor had this great line I never forgot.
He sang: “Each one of our lives is like a taste of sweet wine to God. It is something that is very cherished. But we are like little children to him. Always wanting our own way. Always wanting to do what we feel is right, instead of what he feels is right, instead of what he knows is right for our lives…”
A little child can be expected to forget important things, but so can a believer.
What the believer forgets is he/she/we were deserving of death…and God did something marvelous, something wonderful in the giving of Jesus.
How can I claim rights? How can I claim priority when he rescued me from death? The old Christian adage, line, cliche, is true: We don’t have rights, we have responsibilities.
“Always keep your life measured by the standards of Jesus. Bow your neck to His yoke alone, and to no other yoke whatever; and be careful to see that you never bind a yoke on others that is not placed by Jesus Christ.”
— Oswald Chambers
Never want to minimize struggles, wounds, or hurts, but if I can trust in the Lord, who has spared nothing for the redemption of my soul, then I know he is working out all things to his glory and my great benefit.
We need to recognize it doesn’t have to be our way. What is out of our hands, is in his hands. Our responsibility is to be faithful and obedient. As a believer, we can’t prevent a shock to the system. We can’t prevent something unexpected from falling out of the sky.
But following the unexpected—when the world scrambles like a line of ants after being disturbed—we can confidently expect something wonderful from our God.
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 1944, D-Day: 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France
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 6: Church Board Meeting
July 12-14: District Assembly
August 12: Church Garage/Yard Sale
“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.