Burbank Faith Today: June 7, 2017

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

FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?”–Psalm 56:3-4

I’m gonna risk passing over some dangerous ground.

But I believe there are times we pray too much.

(Say What?!!!)

Seriously, there are times, times I remind you when we pray too much.

Breaking down parts of my prayer routine, I came across a section where I’m asking for the Lord’s will, the Lord’s guidance, and the Lord’s strength.

Good stuff?

Absolutely.

It is fitting, proper and very necessary to seek the Lord’s will for my life.

It is fitting, proper and very necessary to seek his wisdom for guidance in every facet of my life.

It is fitting, proper and very necessary to rely on his strength and not my own.

So where’s the dangerous ground?

The dangerous ground, the sinking sand, is when I continually, repeatedly, over and over again ask for his will, guidance and strength after I’ve received it…but have done nothing with it.

In my own life, in the lives of others, in many of the good people, I’ve come across after twenty years in the ministry biz… I’ve seen people ask for an open door… I’ve seen God provide the open door… And I’ve seen the very same people ignore the door and continue to pray for an open door.

(It’s like a Marx Brothers routine)

There are parts of my life I’ve nailed down pretty good, happy to talk about them but there are other parts of my life I’m not so happy to talk about.

In areas of discipline regarding my spiritual walk, I feel like I’ve been giving and giving; and when I feel like I’ve given my all, God comes back and asks for more.

As I kneel and pray, I know what he wants from me… I know what he wants me to do… I just don’t want to do it because it will upset my apple cart, my little world.

It’s in these moments, on my knees, as I beseech the Lord… I can almost sense the spirit saying to me; “Put up or shut up! Stop wasting my time.”

Far too often, as God takes us down the road, we take the detour when we arrive at the road block.

God is saying with his strength, with his will, with his guidance we can smash through this road block… But we settle for the detour because it is easier to turn away than to forge ahead.

This is me today, I know what the Lord wants me to do, but it’s almost as if I’m afraid.

Are you afraid to follow through? Are you afraid of the answers you pray for?

God gives us answers. God has never failed me. God has never left me without a direction to go… I just don’t always like the way…

You can stay on your knees and pray up a storm, pray all day and night, but God will never contort, conform, or contain his plans into your visionless agenda.

So you’re wasting your time in what you may believe is ‘righteous prayer’ if you are going to continually ignore what God has given you to do and become.

“For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.”–Psalms 48:14

Continue to pray, but woe to us when he gives the answer, and we continue to seek a better one to suit our purposes.

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.

Note to Church: Expect much work to be taking place around the church throughout the month of June as we prepare for VBS.

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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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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

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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 1099, the armies of the First Crusade (1096-99) reached the walls of Jerusalem.

…In 1776, Richard Lee (delegate from Virginia) makes motion Declaration of Independence at the second Continental Congress

…In 1891, English Baptist clergyman Charles H. Spurgeon preached the last sermon of his 38-year-long ministry at London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle. He died the following January.

…In 1913, Ohio-born Methodist evangelist George Bennard introduced his new hymn, ‘The Old Rugged Cross,’ during a revival he was conducting at Pokagon, Michigan.

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Church Calendar:
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.

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