Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?

For those interested in current studies regarding the Dead Sea Scrolls, an informative article is available at the online version of the Smithsonian Magazine.

Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Resolving the dispute over authorship of the ancient manuscripts could have far-reaching implications for Christianity and Judaism

  • By Andrew Lawler
  • Smithsonian magazine, January 2010

The author came “to this harsh and remote site in the West Bank, known as Qumran, because this is where the most important religious texts in the Western world were found in 1947. The Dead Sea Scrolls, comprising more than 800 documents made of animal skin, papyrus and even forged copper, deepened our understanding of the Bible and shed light on the histories of Judaism and Christianity. Among the texts are parts of every book of the Hebrew canon, what Christians call the Old Testament, except the book of Esther. The scrolls also contain a collection of previously unknown hymns, prayers, commentaries, mystical formulas and the earliest version of the Ten Commandments. Most were written between 200 B.C. and the period prior to the failed Jewish revolt to gain political and religious independence from Rome that lasted from A.D. 66 to 70, predating by 8 to 11 centuries the oldest previously known Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible.”

Read more at:Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls

Memorial Day Poem

Patriotism – Sir Walt Scott

Sir Walter Scott (1777-1832)

Breathes there the man with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
‘This is my own, my native land!’ Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d
As home his footsteps he hath turn’d
From wandering on a foreign strand?
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no Minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung.

“Walter Scott was a superstar novelist of the early 19th century, and a pioneer in the art of the historical novel. His special interest was Scotland’s history and culture; his first literary success was a collection of Scottish ballads and narrative poems, the five-volume Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802-03). Over the next 30 years he produced a tremendous amount of novels, biographies, stories and poems. The best-known is probably Ivanhoe (1819), a romantic tale of chivalry with a cast that included Richard the Lion-Hearted and Robin Hood.” – Taken from Answers.com

“As the title indicates, Scott’s poem is designed to discuss the importance of love of one’s faith and land.  The first quarter of the poem extols the life and spirit of patriotism, and the results of a life devoid of it.  The poem then explores the implications of what happens when one is stripped of land and identity associated with it.  Being a native of Scotland, perhaps this is where there is some personal reflection in addressing the loss of one’s home or the absence of it through war and political strife.  Essentially, Scott argues that no matter the amount of personal wealth and titles, the identity one gains from their own faith, homeland and nation trumps all in fulfilling one’s identity.  As you read the poem, keep these ideas in mind and pay attention to the imagery of how Scott brings out the reality of both being in love with one’s country and how the absence of this love impacts an individual.  Scott does a very admirable job of bringing out both realities in the poem.” – Taken from Enotes.com

You know this song, don’t you?

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How to witness to family.

Wednesday evening’s service (May 26) included the episode of the “Way of the Master” that we’ve all been waiting for (or not): How to witness to family members. Ray Comfort called witnessing to family his “greatest weakness”, being awkward and very difficult. Kirk Cameron asked, “Why is it so much harder than talking to strangers?” The answer, of course, is that your family knew you before you were saved. Nevertheless, Kirk understood that there is “nothing more important than witnessing to family members because you love them the most.”

In this episode, 6 keys to reaching your loved ones were given:

1. Pray for them. Ask God to work in their hearts.

2. Be blameless. Make sure that you loved ones see you living a life without hypocrisy.

3. Confront them, at least once, but use an approach that includes your personal testimony. Don’t pressure them to make a decision.

4. Make an agreement with a friend. Both of you will approach the other’s family to share their testimony and the gospel.

5. Be rich in good works. By well-doing, you will silence criticism.

6. Be faithful. Seek first the kingdom of God. Trust God.

The last segment of the episode was used to demonstrate how to bring your children to Christ:

1. Be genuine. Set an example for your kids.

2. Establish a family alter. Set aside a place and time for daily devotions.

3. Teach them the Ten Commandments so that they will see their need for Jesus.

The Shumakers, Missionaries to Africa

At Wednesday evening’s service (May 26), Gospel Light gladly welcomed the surprise visit of Missionaries to Africa, Keith and Rebecca Shumaker and their four children. Without exaggeration, these friendly folks fit in like they had been coming to GLBBC for years. Our regrets were that so few showed up that evening to meet and greet them, and so little time was available to hear their testimony. (Note: Their picture is a few years old.)

Thankfully, brother Keith, a dynamic and motivated speaker, was able to squeeze in quite a bit of information in the time allotted to him. His first comment before providing their testimony was how they not only need prayer, but covet prayer. Ironically, after learning that Keith grew up Catholic, it was by noticing how different his saved friend prayed that led to his salvation. His own prayers were with words that were taught to him, while his friend spoke freely to God as though he had a personal relationship with Him. Eventually, brother Keith was saved through the Romans Road, accepted the call (reluctantly due to stage fright) to preach, and was then called to the mission fields of Africa. His time in the Ivory Coast was interrupted by that country’s civil war. Most recently, he and his family have been spreading the Word in Burkina Faso, Africa. Before coming home, the Shumakers had left their mission in the hands of trained nationals.

Brother Keith had in the past been asked about the sacrifices of overseas missionary work. His response was that it is “not a sacrifice, it is an honor to serve God.” The message he left for Gospel Light is that we should be willing servants; “Are you truly a willing servant?” God does not take us from the world after we are saved, he noted, but God’s purpose is “for us to be a light” in this world.

The Schumaker’s set up a colorful display on a table in back of the sanctuary and it was very popular with the children. Many well made, hand crafted toys and games from his mission country were set in front of beautiful photographs. Rebecca pointed out that the people will use almost any material available to them to create their crafts. The Shumakers maintain a wonderfully informative blog and it is located on their web site: http://www.theharvest.net/

Prayer Requests

Tonight, we at Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church would like to ask your prayers in the following matters:

Please pray for Pastor Vince Giardino, for safety in his many travels today and tomorrow, for his numerous burdens, and for the chance for him and his family to have a renewing and blessed time at Family Camp. Thank you pastor, for all that you do in the service of the Lord.

Please pray for the Ireland family and for the memorial service for their daughter Carissa. The service will be held at First Bible Baptist Church in North Greece at 7 PM Thursday evening.

Please pray for Missionary Scott Allis as he preaches on Stewardship this Sunday at GLBBC, and as he leaves once again on Monday for the mission fields of the former Soviet Republics.

Tonight, our prayer list and requests were filled with many people with various illnesses. Please pray earnestly and ceaselessly for the health of those in our church family.

Because the Bible tells me so…

What happens when a Christian man or woman dies? 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 tells us that when Christians are absent from the body, they are present with the Lord. Here are some of the things the Bible says happens to Christians after they die.

We are escorted by angels into heaven: During Jesus’ parable of the begger, He said, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: Luke 16:22

We are received and greeted by Jesus: “But he (Stephen), being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55-56 As Stephen died, he said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Acts 7:59

We enter into the joy of the Lord: During Jesus’ parable of the talents, He said, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matt 25:21

We are no longer under the curse: John was being shown heaven: “And there shall be no more curse:” Rev 22:3

We no longer suffer sorrow or pain: “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Rev 21:4

We become like Christ: John declares, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him;” 1 John 3:2

We serve God: John was being shown heaven: “the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:” Rev 22:3

We dwell with God: John heard a great voice say, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” Rev 21:3

We are with God forever: Christ was teaching Nicodemus: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Prayer Versus Worry

Author Unknown

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:25-34

Thanks to Bill Brinkworth at OpenThouMineEyes.com

Radio, The Christian Way

Gospel Light is not affiliated with any radio stations, nor do we sponsor or advertise with any. However, one among our congregation helps operate a Christian radio station located in Brockport, NY. Our very own Gail Reed has been working for The SONshine Network ever since the days that our church was Gates Baptist Temple. The station is broadcast from two locations on two separate frequencies:1590 AM WASB Brockport, NY and 1310 AM WRSB Canandaigua, NY. The SONshine Network web site cheerfully states, “Serving metropolitan Rochester and Western New York with first and foremost, the Word of God, beautiful Christian music and the truth in today’s events in light of scripture” Have a listen and see what you think!

Sunday morning at GLBBC: May 23

Good morning, my dear friends at Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church. My heart is heavy with the burdens that you and I bare. Pastor Giardino has often said that we are under attack from the demons of this world and we all know why. GLBBC is growing, people are awaking to God’s calling, and wonderful things are happening. That God is working in our lives and in our church makes us enemies to those who disbelieve and to all unrighteousness.

The summations of our Sunday morning services will be brief ; just a few highlights will be touched on. I implore you to spend time listening to these Spirit-filled messages on our sermons page of the web site: Sermons

Part 1: Scott Saxton continued his message on soul winning.

The outline for brother Scott’s sermon was presented in this blog post: Soul Winning. The teaching was based on 1 Thess 2:4-9 The passage in verse 8, “we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us”, was especially moving because it does reflect the Saxton’s ministry. They have indeed imparted there own souls, giving up so much of their past lives to serve the Lord. Lost people should be dear to us and “we must be willing to be inconvenienced”, brother Scott said. Scott and Lorraine had sold or given away almost all their possessions, including the tools Scott used for his own livelihood, all household furniture, and many dear and memorable items; all was surrendered for the Lord’s calling to minister to the lost. A lesson to be learned is that material things may hinder you from serving the Lord. As far as saving souls, which is the glory of God, there is no time to lose; one never knows when the last day on earth is for any man.

It was noteworthy that, although brother Scott did not mention it directly, he did describe the soul-convicting methods used in the “Way of the Master” series, which includes bringing the law of the Old Testament into witnessing conversations. Once again, brother Scott implored us to memorize passages in the bible so that “God will have something to work with” when you witness to others.

Bother Scott reminded us that “it is not what goes into a man’s mouth that defiles him, it is what comes out.” What a man says is a reflection of his heart. Do we use our tongues to glorify God? Further, he strongly urged us to be a “praying church”, to have prayer meetings, to depend on God in all things with prayer.

Interlude:

Pastor Giardino stepped into the baptismal waters to baptize two members of our congregation. Justin James and Mark Taylor were baptized in fulfillment to the scriptures as children of Christ. Both had been discipled by Pastor G. Justin’s parents were present.

Michael Giardino’s promotional video for Camp Li-Lo-Li was shown on the screen. John Lawton of the Niagara Falls Baptist Examiner posted an online article advertising this weekend’s 4-day excursion. Maps to the camp are available.

Part 2: Pastor Giardino concluded his 3-part message on Stewardship

Will a Man Rob God” has been the theme of Pastor Giardino’s messages about tithing. Leading off his sermon, pastor read from three verses from Proverbs: 8:19, 23:5, and 30:7-9. All reveal the temporal nature of money and riches and pastor suggested that “every American needs to read these messages.”

With the screen still up, a 3 ½ minute video was played featuring, self-professed, self-made millionaire Stewie Jacobs. This comical satire was aimed at the topic of tithing (or not), with Stewie selling his book, “Tithing Tricks, Volume 1”. He claimed, “all you see behind me came from not tithing.”

Pastor then read a story about a bank robber who, while pointing a gun at the woman teller, handed her a note demanding cash. He teller read the note, became very angry, and proceeded to pummel the robber with the cash drawer. The robber turned and fled and was later captured. When asked why she ignored the gun and acted as she did, the teller explained that the note contained a very bad word; nothing else mattered to the woman. Likewise, pastor explained, when it comes to money, people behave as though nothing else matters, ignoring more important concerns in life.

Unlike the “protection” one gets from the extortion from the mob, Pastor Giardino said that God wants to protect us, provide a hedge around us (Job1:10); through exhortion, pastor asks us to live by the principles of the bible. Blessing come as we give back to God that which he has given to us.

Pastor’s sermon included 7 points; please listen to the sermon online for details.

Fated Facts – There is something worse than greed; it is envy for what others have. “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing”. 1 Tim 6:3-4

Fabulous Fold – “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Tim 6:6

Foolish Fall – “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 1 Tim 6:9

Failed Faith – “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Tim 6:10

Fantastic Faith – “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Tim 6:12

Flagrant Faith – “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;” 1 Tim 6:17

Financing Faith’s Fund – “That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Tim 6:18-19

Monday Morning Madness

On Sunday morning, Pastor Giardino spoke about a hedge of protection that God puts around his saints. Garfield seems to have stepped outside the hedge!

Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. Job 1:10 (KJV)

GLBBC Magazine: Celebrity Profiles

Volume 3: A continuing series of celebrity interviews with the ladies of Gospel Light.

Behind the scenes with Melodie Crane.

Questions and Answers: Because an inquiring church congregation wants to know.

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In high school, were you cool/nerdy/tomboy/other? I guess “cool”, but deep down I really wanted to be a “nerd”…or maybe it was the other way around.

What was your first impression of your husband after meeting for the first time? Patient and laid back.

What is your favorite TV show ever? America’s Funniest Home Videos…never gets old.

What is guaranteed to make you laugh every time? A laughing baby.

What is your favorite meal? Anything Italian.

What is your worst kept secret about yourself? I love vacuum cleaners!

What is the worst kept secret about your husband? I don’t know…he hasn’t told me.

How old are you? I asked myself this same question last week.

What do you do to relax? Vacuuming …just kidding…reading my Bible by my fish pond.

What is your dream job? I have it…Praise the Lord…being a mommy.

If you had the means to travel anywhere, where would you go? Across the country in an RV.

What is something people would find surprising about you? I am an only child.

No really, how old are you? 34…wait 35…ooops…Madison says I’m 34 (good girl).

What was the first car you ever drove? A red Chevy Cavalier.

Do you have any hidden talents? Now hiding “talents” would be unscriptural…wouldn’t it?

What is one thing that your husband owns that you wish you could throw out? His army issued glasses…Who needs a weapon with those hideous things…the enemy just needs to look at you.

What was your first job? I WAS Chuck E. Cheese…I’m not kidding, I wore the costume…those children were relentless. I still have nightmares.

Did you ever have a nickname as a child or in school? What what was it? Melly, Mel Bell or Mel.

Outside of family, who was the first boy you ever kissed? A little six year old boy got out of line in Kindergarten and kissed my cheek. He got in very big trouble.

What is your favorite binge/junk food? Donuts.

To you, what animal makes the ideal pet and why? This is a very dangerous question to ask me. I would like to say an ALPACA…but my friends will kill me…so I will say a DOG because they are always happy to see you, loyal forgiving and protective.

Psalm 113:3

Psalm 113:3 KJV from Barry Adams on Vimeo.

“The King James Version of Psalm 113:3 says… From the rising of the sun until the setting down of the same, the name of the Lord is to be praised. I have taken a time elapsed video of a sunset and applied this verse as a simple reminder that every thing that has breath should praise the LORD!” – Barry Adams

Get ready for Camp Li-Lo-Li

As most members of Gospel Light know, Family Camp at Camp Li-Lo-Li is just around the corner, i.e. May 27-31. Hopefully you have registered yourself and your family by now. Most of you have take the time to view the Camp Promo video on the front page of our web site www.glbbc.com. But maybe you haven’t had a chance to preview Camp Li-Lo-Li at their wonderful web site http://liloli.org/. It is well worth the look, since the web site has a map of the entire grounds and many delightful pictures of campers having fun. For first time visitors, the Camp Li-Lo-Li web site provides an excellent preview of what is in store for you during your weekend visit. Take a peak at their blog Camp Blog also!



Getting the Gospel from Gabriel Gonzalez

The 4 Gs: Getting the Gospel from Gabriel Gonzalez

Thursday Evening Street Preaching: Brother Gabriel leads a contingent of faithful out each Thursday evening at 6:30 pm for old fashioned street preaching. His usual location is at the southwest corner of Lyell and Howard Roads. You may wish to have a look at The Street Preachers Home Page for some pointers. Please contact Gabriel Gonzalez for information.

Friday Evening Bible Study: Brother Gabriel conducts a bible study each Friday evening at 7:00 pm and Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church. Ages 16 and up are welcome. Come on out to open the Word of God and enjoy some good fellowship.

New GLBBC poll is up on this blog

In an effort to make the new blog POLL more visible, it has been relocated to the sidebar. You can’t miss it now, unless, I suppose, you are blind in your right eye. Click on an answer and then the VOTE button to participate in the poll. Hopefully soon, more interesting questions will appear. Don’t try voting more than once (I know you thought about it) or you’ll get a shock through your mouse.

Can this be Stewardship?

Ok, so on occasion, I check out the funny pages… sue me.  Wednesday’s Hagar comic strip had me puzzled. Was there a message on stewardship hidden in the the one panel strip?  After almost giving up, I recalled last Sunday morning’s sermon, “Will a Man Rob God?“, which had a whole treatise dealing with “booty”. Since booty is what Hagar is carrying, one could use stretch what Pastor Giardino was trying to say to match this strip (use your imagination, for crying out loud). You weren’t there last Sunday to hear the sermon? Too bad, so sad. But you are not to fret. Click on the earlier link (above) to go directly to the Gospel Light sermon’s web page, and golly gee, there for your edification is the entire sermon!


Newest member of Gospel Light

A wonderful blessing has come into the lives of Joel and Emmy Clavijo. This new bundle of joy arrived on Monday, May 17th and was given the name Tatiana.

Joel, Tatiana, Kayleanna, Emmy



How to Identify a Good Church

The following article was take from “The Bible View”, a weekly newsletter distributed by www.OpenThineMineEyes.com. The article asks “how can one tell if one is in a good, Biblical church?” and presents several points to use in answering the question. Readers from GLBBC will rightly be well pleased with how well the church matches up with the author’s criteria. This blogger prays that GLBBC is diligent in maintaining these criteria. Note: The point dealing with music is exactly what brother Jim Donath preached about here at Gospel Light this past Sunday evening!

How to Identify a Good Church

By Bill Brinkworth

With all the buildings that call themselves a “church,” how can one tell if one is in a good, Biblical church? One should always pray, search the scriptures (II Timothy 2:15), and seek God’s will as to where they should attend. Here is a brief checklist that will help you avoid unbiblical churches quickly, and find one that is more in line with what the Bible teaches a good church should be:

►Is the main ministry of the church preaching that trusting in Christ’s finished work for salvation is the only way to heaven? If the church adds anything to salvation, (like good works, sacraments, or baptism) to keep one’s salvation, then it is not preaching Biblical salvation, and should not be a church that one who wants to hear the whole teaching of the Word of God should attend.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”Ephesians 2:8-9

►Is there an invitation to be saved at most services? One of the main purposes of a church is to point unsaved people to a saving knowledge of what God says is the only way to heaven.
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” Acts 5:42
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” Proverb 11:30

►Is there proof that the church has a burden that all hear the Word of God? Are there ministries providing people the opportunity? Is there a bus, deaf, blind, youth, singles, Spanish, or similar ministry to reach others? If they have assorted ministries, it shows that someone cares enough for the souls of others to spend their time and money to reach them. Again, that is one of the most important reasons for having a church — to reach the unsaved.
And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:” Matthew 15:30

►Are the preacher’s lessons and sermons quoted from the King James Bible? If not, it indicates that the preacher is not really sure which Bible God promised (Isaiah 40:8) to preserve. He may be using a modern, altered bible that has words missing, doctrine changed, or has words added to it. How can one grow in the truth from the Word of God, if he is not reading it or taught its truths? If the preacher is not even preaching from a Bible and is more interested in preaching his opinion or what is socially or politically correct, he is not doing what God requires a preacher to do. A church should always teach what is in the Bible.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Col. 2:8

►Is the preacher a man? If not, then the woman in the pulpit is violating what the scriptures say about women not taking the leadership of a local church.
A bishop then must be blame less, the husband of one wife (that means he is a man), vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;” I Tim. 3:2, Titus 1:6
“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.” I Corinthians 14:34

Is the music glorifying God or appealing to the flesh? If you find yourself or others bebopping to the music’s beat, or find most of the audience gyrating or swaying to the music’s rhythm, then the music is not glorifying God; but is glorifying the feelings and emotions of the flesh. If you listen to the whole song and are not sure if they are singing about their girlfriend or God, it is not glorifying God. Music’s main purpose is to bring honor and glory to God alone. It is the world’s music that stimulates the flesh and has no business in the house of God. We are on the winning side, why would we want the losing side’s music there in God’s house?
Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.” Psalm 9:11
“I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.” Psalm 35:18
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or what so ever ye do, do all to the glory of God
.” I Corinthians 10:31

►When the preacher is finished preaching, did the message edify you? Did the message glorify God? Were you encouraged to serve God better? Were you convicted about your sin or lack of not doing more to serve God? If not, it could be God is not doing anything in your life. Either you need to be saved, get things right between you and the Lord, or you may not be where God wants you to be.
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15

►Is there a place for you to serve God in the ministry? We are saved to serve, not just to sit and soak up the Word of God. If there are no ministries, and you cannot start one there, you should seek God’s will in a church where you can serve Him.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one an other.” Galatians 5:13
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” II Timothy 2:24-26

Finding the right church is a very important decision. It is in a good church that many have gotten saved, and it is in a good church that people grow spiritually and go on to serve God. Unbiblical churches have done much damage to Christians and the cause of Christ. It is in some of those churches, that although faithful in attendance, many still die without ever hearing the saving message that can get them to heaven; or if they are saved, never grow to live the Christian life or serve God the way He desires. Are you faithfully attending a good church?