Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
— Jeremiah 29:11
I do believe there are times when God gets put out with me.
His love is not removed from me. His spirit is definitely not removed from me, and I don’t believe his salvation is taken away from me.
(Although I do come from a theological background where I believe I can lose my salvation. Better termed, I can reject my salvation.)
God doesn’t come to despise me, and God doesn’t necessarily have his “anger burn against me” (ala Moses in Exodus).
But there are times, I believe, he’s laid out what’s expected of me and then backs away.
I believe there are significant moments in my life–perhaps yours as well–where he’s not going to put up with excuses, procrastinations or hesitations, any longer.
The point in the road of my life, perhaps yours as well, has been reached where he has directed me to a particular thing, and the choice is now up to me to follow or stand down.
God has not called us to be one thing. I think there places in our life where he wants us to flip burgers and clean toilets…and then advance us to another plain.
Some will say I’m taking a shot at those who flip burgers or clean toilets for a living…well…no and yes…
It’s a place to start, it’s a place to begin again, but do you really think God created some of us to spend all of our lives being rocket scientists and some us to spend eighty years of asking, “Would you like cheese with that?”
There are periods in our lives we fill certain roles; we learn different skills, we gain the experience of struggle and overcoming.
And the Lord, I believe—and perhaps you do to—keeps maturing us. He keeps growing us and taking us to the proverbial higher ground.
It was explained to me that at one time one of the highest paid employees at Disneyland was a guy who started when the park first opened in the 1950’s and climbed the ladder all the way up to street sweeper.
No, it’s not about the money you make but about the calling and direction God places in your life to fulfill.
Settling to be a street sweeper, instead of managing a business of street sweepers or something more, your entire life to me is a wasted life.
I believe God has called us all to fulfill something more than just the ordinary, but the extraordinary.
Some of us mess up, some of us have to start over, some of us fail, but we always have the opportunity—provided we stand against that which interferes—to mature and succeed.
So if my God, our God, is looking for us to succeed who are we to make excuses, procrastinate, and hesitate when he gives us direction?
I’m not attempting to make you fearful of losing your salvation. I’m not trying to make you feel you’re lost to sin, or that you are the scum of the earth.
But I would like to ask at what point do our excuses, our procrastinations and hesitations in the face of God’s direction and will become sin?
I wish I could say that God coddles me, that he pats me on the head, and says; “That’s okay son, I love you.”
He doesn’t. With me, it’s a kick in the butt, a pull of the ear, and/or a slap in the face because it is how I best respond.
As believers, we must recognize there is something more to achieve in this life than just fire insurance (our salvation)…There is a victorious life to be lived and a glory to be given to God because of it.
This isn’t a destiny placed on you by man, by a pastor, a church or a government. It is God’s divine plan for all of us individually—as revealed through scripture, prayer and life in daily touch with him.
God does get put out with me, possibly with you, but the good news, the great news is I don’t have to jump through a hoop, take a written exam, or mow the church lawn to return to the center of his will…All I have to do is fulfill is plans for me…All I have to do is be faithful…All I have to do is be obedient.
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?
On this date…
…In 1950, American missionary martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: “Earthly blessing is no sign of heavenly favor. Behold how many wicked prosper.”
June 18: Father’s Day— Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:00 PM
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.