Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus.”–Galatians 1:15-17
Let me check this real quick…Okay…Got it…
The Trinity is composed of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Trinity…Trinity means three…Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
I’m good with that…Are you good with that? I think it works now, it worked before, and it will continue to work going forward. Amen, hallelujah, …Preach it, brother!
The struggle comes when we attempt to add a fourth into a mix built for three.
What do I mean?
What I mean is often we delude ourselves, as do many other brothers and sisters in the Lord, with the notion that some among us are very special. (As if to say in Orwellian terms: “More Special”) And without official declaration, we casually insert these “heroes” into that great Power of Three…We add a fourth person to the Trinity.
In short, we suffer from favoring what is part of creation instead of the Creator.
When I was a young youth pastor any time a ministry group wanted to sell curriculum, a mission trip, a concert, or tee shirts the image of youth ministry sage, Jim Burns’ bald head would appear somewhere in the promo or the on the flyer.
“Oh if Jim Burns endorses is involved it must be great…”
It was nothing new…a generation before it was all about Pat Boone…
Now we may be a little more dignified, but we still nominate people for the fourth spot. Everyone from Joel Osteen, John MacArthur, Billy Graham, the General Superintendents of the Nazarene Church, to a professor, to a mentor…to Tony Campolo.
I’m not denying or attempting to tackle anyone’s walk with God. All of the above are great guys…but please…these are just guys…they will age, they will commit gaffes, their bones will grow brittle, they will go bald, and eventually, they will die.
What is that to you? What is that to any of us?
Other than the graduation of another believer to the Lord and the sorrow of departure, what is that to us?
In the last few years, I’ve really backed off of reading Christian literature. I haven’t backed off from reading the Bible…but I have backed off from those who write books (well intended, no doubts about that) telling me what the Bible says.
Because when these folks shine a little light on a verse when they wonderfully highlight a verse, I believe our natural inclination is to be drawn to them…not to the scriptures and the author thereof.
Soon we find ourselves in a pattern of constant curiousness as to what this person or that person may think on a particular stretch of scripture.
Do you know why the Trinity is perfect with three? It’s perfect because it doesn’t need a fourth. It doesn’t need a Graham, a Dobson, a Lucado, or a MacArthur… What we think man can provide for us, the Holy Spirit is already willing and able to do.
Studying your Bible does not come back void, and we know when we are earnestly seeking, the Holy Spirit will reveal truth.
Am I advocating no further study, no further growth? Absolutely not, but I will tell you this, you/we/I must become so familiar with the scriptures and the prodding of the Holy Spirit that we will have the ability to discern the ‘smart guy’ books, and defend our hearts from becoming advocators of mere men and their opinions. Instead, we should be rushing and trusting headlong into a deeper faith in Jesus Christ.
We don’t need a fourth member of the Trinity…the three we have do just fine.
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
Eric Canto has created a Burbank Faith channel on YouTube and has placed all of our recent services there. Go check it out.
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?
…Europe’s most important leaders are all childless:
President of the European Commission: Jean-Claude Juncker,
United Kingdom: Theresa May
German: Angela Merkel
Italy: Paolo Gentiloni
Netherlands: Mark Rutte
France: Emmanuel Macron
Sweden: Stefan Löfven
Luxembourg: Xavier Bettel
Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon
Latvia: Raimonds Vējonis
Lithuania: Dalia Grybauskaitė
Romania: Klaus Werner Iohannis.
June 11: 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.