April 18, 2009
?Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory? (Colossians 3:1-4). We often feel trapped by our circumstances, or at least overwhelmed by them. It could be a momentary thing, like a day filled with worry.
February 7, 2007
I love the story in Mark 2 where Jesus calls a man named Levi to follow Him. They go to Levi's house and end up eating dinner with many tax collectors and "sinners" who had been following Jesus. It happens in this story that the Pharisees see Jesus eating with these so-called "sinners" and they ask His disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?" (Mark 2:16b; Holy Bible, New International Version). I appreciate this portion of Scripture because it gives an accurate portrayal of how Jesus lived His life and why He came to this earth.
January 7, 2006
The New Year may have passed a week ago, but for Burbank's Armenian Americans, the biggest celebration of the year took place Friday. More than 800 of Armenian-Americans gathered at the Armenian Church of North American Western Diocese on Friday night to celebrate Christmas on the day they believe marks the birth and baptism of Jesus Christ, said Father Sipam Mekhsian of the church. Burbank houses the headquarters of the Western Diocese and the home of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, primate of the Armenian Church of the Western Diocese.
December 10, 2005
Commentator Bill O'Reilly is on a campaign to promote the use of the holiday greeting "Merry Christmas" in retail stores, reflecting a concern that outlets are replacing the greeting with non-denominational sayings such as "Happy Holidays." Do you think secular forces are wiping out such seasonal displays? Are you offended by the lack of the word "Christmas" in such displays and advertising? Corporate America and the "secular forces" are doing a great job of removing Christ from Christmas, but it's not because of a reference to a generic holiday.
January 5, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK - City attorneys have filed another argument in their appeal of a judge's ban on references to "Jesus Christ" during City Council invocations. Oral arguments have yet to be heard in state appellate court, but written arguments on both sides have been filed. The case was filed by Jewish activist Irv Rubin against the city in 1999 after a Mormon bishop referred to Christ in a City Council prayer. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge agreed with Rubin, stating that sectarian prayers are unconstitutional.
December 17, 2008
In keeping with their original offbeat version of the story of Christ’s birth, directors have added a live animal to “Nativity! The Musical” in its fourth year at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Burbank. Bringing Mary to Bethlehem this year will be Bugsy the pony, said Greg Baldwin, who wrote and directs the show with his wife, Melissa. “Seeing an animal in our little sanctuary will be quite a surprise for the audience,” Greg Baldwin said. “It’s not what you expect to see.” Bugsy is a consummate professional, the Burbank resident added.