Prophecies about Christ

Halley’s Bible Handbook

The Bible prophesied:

  • That Jesus would be of David’s family: II Sam. 7:12-16, Psa. 89:3-4, Isa. 9:6-7
  • That He would be born of a virgin: Isa. 7:14
  • That He would sojourn in Egypt: Hos. 11:1
  • That His coming would occasion the massacre of Bethlehem’s children: Jer. 31:15
  • That His mission would include Gentiles: Isa. 4:1-4
  • That His ministry would be one of healing: Isa. 53:4
  • That He would teach by parables: Isa. 6:9-10
  • That He would be disbelieved and rejected: Psa. 69:4, Psa. 118:22, Isa. 6:10
  • That He would make a triumphal entry into Jerusalem: Zech. 9:9
  • That He would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver: Zech. 11:12-13, Psa. 41:9
  • That He would be given vinegar and gall: Psa. 69:21
  • That no bone would be broken in His body: Psa. 34:20
  •  That He would rise from the dead: Psa.16:10-11, Luke 24:46

A Personal Testimony: by Fred Beggs

I wrote this to someone who told me that it was hard to examine his faith and finally conclude that God is not real.

God was never revealed to you? How does God reveal himself? One thing for sure, given the multiple choice of what’s available, I cannot put my trust in man as man alone.

How did you examine your faith? Questioning is good since you will never know if you don’t ask questions in your heart. Not knowing your circumstances or you, I can only give you my testimony.
I left the church I was first introduced to Jesus , the Bible, and Christian activity. I was a young man struggling with natural affections and at the same time I sensed something wasn’t right. I left the church thinking I was leaving God. I never really stopped believing in him because I gave God the credit for allowing me to appreciate beauty by sight, touch, sound and to appreciate that which was not. The house fly has no such appreciation for ugly when it comes to what they eat. I realized that was caused by chemical released to my brain by the stimuli. How could I know beauty?

After several years, two children, and a pending divorce later. I was hurting so bad. I was wondering about going back to the church. I did meet some people that helped me to just hang in there. However I would have never seen it coming: One night I was struggling between all I knew was true but they seemed to contradict each other. Then almost like someone turned the lights on I saw it all. I often use the analogy of those trick eye pictures that suddenly you see it. No one else does but you. I sat up in my bed and said louder and louder, “It’s real!” I bowed my face right to the floor.

It was like a seedling sprouting out of the ground for the first time to see the sun and a whole new existence.

I would die for that, in hope that maybe one other person might come to the knowledge of God. I still struggled with sin until most recent I grasped how God has released me from the law of sin and death through the Son by way of the cross.

Sometimes I doubt God’s power to save me but I do not have a doubt God is and Jesus is.

God’s Wonderful Creation

Check out this awe-inspiring web site: The Scale of the Universe

You will get some idea of the size, scope and complexity of God’s handiwork. Go from atoms and quarks to galaxies and nebulas. Enjoy.

Mothers’ Day Poem – by Brenda Derefinko

“Mama Is” – written by Mrs. Brenda Derefinko

Read at the pulpit by Mrs Shirley Jenkins this Mothers’ Day, May 13, 2012

Mamas do so many things, the hats they wear are many;
Their lists of jobs are endless, and the skills they have are plenty.
 
Mama is a nurse, for with her kisses she can heal;
And mama is a gourmet chef, for she can sure cook a meal.
 
Mama is a police officer, for the law she does not bend;
But she also is a lawyer, and ready to defend.
 
Mama is there to listen, for her couch is always free;
That’s why I know that mama has a psychology degree.
 
Mama is a bodyguard, she’ll protect you with her life;
Shielding you from evil, hurt, and undue strife.
 
Mama’s taught me many things, I know she is a teacher;
Her lessons are convicting, that’s when mama is a preacher.
 
I think mama’s in the UFC, it shows with her correction;
But she is only instructing, and guiding me to walk in the right direction.
 
Mama is a dictator, she tells you when and how and why;
She says “because I said so”, now do it and don’t you cry.
 
Mama didn’t have to say anything, sometimes all it took;
That I knew mama was a mime, when she gave me “The Look!”
 
The one thing mama wasn’t, and she made this one thing known;
“Mama’s not a maid”, she said in a forceful tone.
 
So with all of mama’s talents, and the many hats that she does wear;
Why just take one little Sunday, to show how much you care.
 
Celebrate her everyday, and skip all the drama;
Thank God for her talents, and take your hat off to mama!
 
 

Youth Rally “Thank You” Letter

Pastor Giardino recently received a letter of thanks from Pastor Jose Rodriguez of Bible Baptist Temple. He was present at our Youth Rally last month with a sizable contingent of young folks. His letter is one of great encouragement. Be sure to click the link below to read the letter, (which is also available using the Pages menu in our blog side bar.→)

Thank You Letter

 

Coming soon: A commentary by Pastor Giardino!

We’re expecting!

Spied in a front yard tree of the Beilman family today, God’s miracle of life:

“Preparation for the Time”

Note: Portions of this article have been edited. With a surprise visitor present, Pastor Vince Giardino reminded us, by reading Psalm 100, to be joyful and thankful to the Lord. And how could we not be after a blessed weekend at Gospel Light, which included the much anticipated (and highly successful) Youth Rally this past Friday evening. Our Pastor called for individual testimonies of thanks from his flock and many gladly spoke.

As mentioned, this was a evening and we were greatly blessed by the presence of one of our church’s great friends, Charlie B. Most of us know his younger brother, the local piano teacher Brad, with whom many among us have taken lessons from.

With great admiration for his evident passion for the Israeli people, we listened to Charlie detail his plan to return to the that nation with his wife and family in order to pursue charity work.

The lights were dimmed, the big screen lowered and a slide presentation was given of Charlie’s previous visit to Jerusalem. We saw many Israeli people and the streets of Jerusalem. He gave testimonies of the many doors opened in Israel and of the people he interacted with to spread the gospel message. His method of approach on the streets is that of engaging in conversation. He spoke of how Orthodox Jews are very well versed in the Old Testament. Likewise however, the entire Bible to our missionary friend is as familiar to him as the alphabet. Thus, with intelligence and Spirit-driven compassion, Bro. Charlie was often able to direct the conversation to Christ and His sacrifice. “Jews require a sign”, Charlie said, and showing you care about the people and their country is surely a sign that works.

Charlie began a sermon from the book of Esther (2:7-8,10, 4:13-15), that he titled “Preparation for the Time”. We read how Esther, blessed with beauty and grace from God, went from a slave to being chosen queen of Persia. God had prepared Esther for this purpose. God brought her to a place in time where she could help save the scattered nation of Israel. It was hard to misunderstand where the sermon was going: God will put each of us in a position to do something for His glory and purpose … if we allow it. We were warned that our potential to do God’s purpose is diminished, if not destroyed, by our bad testimony. With sin and skeletons in our closet, then there can be no glory for God.

Thus, how do we get to that place where we can fulfill God’s purpose for us? How can we be sure that we will be able to do what God wants us to do with the position He puts us in? We were given a four step process to “Prepare for the Time”:

  1. Daily Devotions – Daily reading greatly help to stay in the Lord. God to speaks to us through His Word.
  2. Careful Communication – Read Titus 2:1-2. We need to watch our speech, keeping it sound and pure. Be discreet even in computer texts and tweets. “People are going to want to find a reason you are dirty”, we were told.
  3. Strive for Mastery – Whatever you do for the Lord, do it well. And with everything you do, do it as a testimony for Christ.
  4. Realize Our Purpose – Read Rev 4:11. The purpose of our creation is to please God. “Our goal should be to live every single day for God … we serve a higher being”, Brother Charlie taught.

It is not hard to appreciate and admire the man, Charlie B. But he would be the first to tell you to appreciate and admire our Lord, who is working through this faithful man to bring the truth to foreign lands. Nevertheless, thank you Charlie for choosing to let God work in you.

The Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for thee”

Paul the Apostle, a great soul smitten and scourged, but fortified with the knowledge of the everlasting God and His promise of redemption and eternal life. And now, an inspired and triumphant message from Paul, one to take to heart:

Lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.   2 Cor 12:7-10 (KJV)

April Fools Follow-Up

We must assume that Michael Giardino has returned to his previous position at Gospel Light (please look back at this blog’s posting from April 1st). He was observed at last Sunday evening’s service launching people (and the Pastor) to tears with his inspirational performance at the piano. Is it not marvelous the number of people here at GLBBC who develop and use their God-given talents to praise and worship our Lord Jesus Christ?

Evidence of His Creation

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  There is no speech nor language, wheretheir voice is not heard. Psalms 19:1-3
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.  Romans 1:19-20

Which really disturbs you most?

Which really disturbs you most:

  • A soul lost in Hell …. or a scratch on your new car?
  • Your missing the worship service … or missing a day’s work?
  • A sermon ten minutes too long … or lunch half an hour later?
  • A church not growing … or your garden not growing?
  • Your Bible unopened .. or your newspaper unread?
  • The church work being neglected .. or housework neglected?
  • Missing a good Bible study … or your favorite TV program?
  • The millions who do not know Christ … or your inability to keep up with the neighbors?
  • The cry of the multitude for bread … or your desire for another piece of German chocolate cake?
  • Your tithes decreasing … or your income decreasing?
  • Your children late for Sunday school … or late for public school?

Why People Don’t Witness to Others

Why People Don’t Witness to Others

by Bill Brinkworth of www.OpenThouMineEyes.com

I have heard most of the excuses not to win others to Christ. Honestly, I have experienced most of these excuses myself and have heard the same excuses from many of the most-used-of-God soul-winners I have encountered. None of the reasons for not obeying God’s command to win souls to Christ are biblical. Here are some of the most common reasons many give for not winning a lost soul from their eternal destiny of hell to eternal life in heaven:

  • “I’m too shy.” All feel like this at one time or other, but should not obedience to God’s commandments supersede our pride and selfish feelings? Is not a soul’s eternal destination more important that our feelings of self-consciousness?
  • “I don’t feel like it.” Laziness to do the right thing is another non-biblical reason many hide behind.
  • “I didn’t know a Christian was supposed to tell others.” Too many do not read for themselves the Word of God, so they do not know what they are commanded to do. Unfortunately, many preachers who do not want to offend their members also do not make their flock aware of what they are expected to do.
  • “I’m afraid of what others may say or think.” It is a shame that a person that we may never see again may not have the blessing to hear the salvation message from our lips because of our fear. Jesus was not afraid to show others the true way to heaven even though He knew it would cost Him his earthly life; nor were the Apostles; nor the many that gave their lives so that others could hear it; nor were the many that attempted to tell us.
  • “I don’t know what to say.” Most people do not know how to tell others how to be saved when they first are saved themselves. Tell them how you got saved; then begin to memorize different scripture on salvation. God always convicts others through the use of His Word. Hide scripture in your heart; so that when the Holy Spirit uses you to witness to another, you have it there ready to win a soul to Him.

 

A WORD OF THANKS

A WORD OF THANKS
by Darryl Marcoux


I would like to publicly thank all those wonderful people who have been praying for me about the pain I experience shooting down my right leg. Through this church I benefited by prayer from the Saints at GLBBC a high level of comfort in the leg region.

I would especially like to thank Valerie Goodhew for taking pity on me and inviting me to her home, taking time to pick me up and introducing me to Alan who worked on me by way of homeopathic medicine philosophy and in 15 minutes made it so that I was totally pain free for two to three days! At present I am 70% better as far as pain goes.

Thursday I had an appointment with the primary doctor and basically told her that her medication was not working and I stopped taking it. I also told her of this homeopathic treatment and she responded with she also goes to massage treatments herself and believes wholly in the benefits through massage. Unfortunately insurance companies do not recognize massage therapy as a legitimate practice.

A while back I blogged about the power of prayer. That blog was a true story that happened in California. This story is also true only I am the recipient. I owe all this to you, the congregation from Gospel Light. You are all graceful, wonderful feeling people who think more of others than you do for yourselves. What true to the heart Christians are supposed to act because Jesus is in your hearts and you let Him work through you. Bless you all, every one of you deserve to be acknowledged by name but there isn’t enough room on the internet for that!

What They Said …

The Lost Soul, Part 3

The Security of Knowing

The Bible provides assurance and the security of knowing to those “that believe on the name of the Son of God”:

  • These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13)
  • And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (John 10:28)
  • Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Phil 1:6)
  • All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (John 6:37-39)
  • In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (Eph 1:13-14)
  • Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Heb 9:12)
  • The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. (Psalms 37:23-24)
  • For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. (Psalms 37:28)

The Power of Prayer – by Darryl Marcoux

I was asked to write something from a life experience by the powers that be and this incident came to mind. I wish to write this with the hope that it will inspire someone in their moment of doubt and despair.

I was invited to an outreach center in the city of Los Angeles five days in January 2001. On this particular day our assignment was to go to McArthur Park and invite people to the center for a free dinner and some fellowship in the form of music worship that evening. There was a representative from the center and my immediate team leader and myself working one side of the park. I noticed a Hispanic man sitting by himself by the shore of the pond. I walked up to this fellow and invited him to the event that evening. He responded negatively and asked me to leave him alone. It was obvious that he was in a bad place so I kept talking to him in an easy going manner keeping the conversation light. He started responding to my conversation but very reserved. This went on for 10 minutes or so and again asked me to leave him alone. I left him be and found my two teammates where I explained the situation at the edge of the pond. We were about fifty feet from him and decided to join hands and lift him in prayer. We were at it for about 90 seconds when he turned around and waved me over to him. He took the invitation to dinner and admitted himself to the center. I found out later that he was considering suicide. I did not know this at the time but they told me he had a loaded gun and handed it in to the center when he decided to give God a chance. Later in the month I received an email from the center that he was Mexican, addicted to drugs, completed his program and gave his life to Jesus. Amen.