He’d Rather Have Jesus – By Roy Exum

“Glen Coffee, a 23-year-old kid who had a $2.5 million contract and a promising career in pro football, walked away from the San Francisco 49ers on Friday and none of the cynical national media knew quite what to do or say. That’s because Glen, a back-up running back for the 49ers, calmly said he’d rather walk with Jesus instead of playing games anymore.” Read the rest of the story at The Patriot Post.

The Christian and the Lion

One day in ancient Rome, a lion chased a Christian through the streets. Finally, it became obvious to the exhausted man that the lion was going to catch him. So he turned suddenly, dropped to his knees, and prayed, “Lord please make this lion a Christian!”

Instantly, the lion dropped to his knees too. He folded his forepaws in front of his face and prayed, ” Dear Lord, for this meal of which I am about to partake…”

Heirs together of the grace of life.

The enthusiasm to worship was kicked into high gear at Sunday evening’s service at GLBBC by the singing of our reliable and lovable trio of Gabriel, Jeremiah, and Mateo. “Sweet Beulah Land” was the hymn they chose to praise God with.

Opening with I Peter 3:7, our key verse, Pastor Vince Giardino continued with his series on marriage, “Delicate Order”. Once again he used the auto union, UAW, to make analogies to marriage and union benefits. Since marriage is a union, it has “benefits that the Lord instills to keep it healthy”, he said.

Pastor Giardino described the situation of a divorced Christian couple that split because of a lack of communication. With the experience that comes with being a pastor, he could confidently tell us that there are “few good testimonies among Christian couples.” Breaking marriage vows in the church is off the charts”, he lamented. The UAW at least bargains and eventually works things out. A marriage union needs a mediator, and Jesus Christ is who that should be.

Pastor Giardino then read I Cor 7:2-4. Using the UAW acronym, he said “A” stands for “auto” or independent, one unit. “You and your wife are a self-contained unit”, he explained. “A” also stands for appreciation, attention, and adoration. Thus, we need to show our wives appreciation by attending to her desires; “money’s tight, but it’s better than alimony payments”, Pastor G. quipped.

Further in the lesson, our pastor used Deut 5:21-25 to warn against covetousness. The devil uses the “divide and conquer” tactic, so we must be wary not to desire people or things that displace love in our marriage. God’s wife was Israel, Pastor Giardino taught, but “Israel stepped out on God … The more God blessed Israel, the more she forgot God.”

“Marriage is a reward system”, Pastor said, where you are “heirs together of the grace of life.” A wife should esteem her husband, not focusing on the negative, and a husband should honor his wife as she is not a lesser thing. “Lean on each other”, he advised, “in every part of your Christian lives.” Marriage should be like a weld, binding and cleaving husband and wife into one flesh.

Note: Next time on Sesame Street at Gospel Light, we’ll look at the letter “W”. May God richly bless you, dear reader.

Stephen’s Sermon – Acts Chapter 7

But he, 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. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. Acts 7:55-60 (KJV)

Hook, Lean and Sitter – Sunday morning sermon

Good morning dear Gospel Light souls. When a blogger can’t sleep, then it must be time to read the Word of God, amen. The Word was instilled all through Sunday morning’s sermon by Pastor Vince Giardino, so the decision to review my notes and write is a blessed alternative.Pastor G. continued on his theme of “hook, line and sinker” by first reading Luke 22: 31-32, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not” and then praying that “God open the eyes of those who may be blinded”. Using the movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, Pastor made the analogy between the movie’s deep sea monster “The Kraken” and “leviathan”, described in chapter 41 of Job, a frightening sea monster that defines Satan. “The devil wants to sink your ship”, Pastor G. warned; using snares and traps, the devil can get your testimony and morality even if he can’t get your soul. Pastor said that, if you are saved, the devil is limited, but he can still “sift” you, “work you over” with the many addictions that our pastor listed. “After the sifting, is there going to be any faith left?”, Pastor Giardino asked.

Thus, Pastor Giardino continued point 3 of his series, “Hook, Lean and Sitter” (concentrating on “lean”). He said that there are all types of hooks the devil uses; “people fall for all kinds of things”. He brought forward an artificial tree from the behind the stage and used that as an illustration of worldly things that fail when you need to lean on something. Using 4 men of the congregation to surround himself, he began to lean back and forth, and these Christian men were able to support him. Pastor taught that we are to surround ourselves with like-minded Christians, lean on the “staff” (Heb 11:21) of the Bible, and that Jesus is there to lean on. When hard times come, “it’s good to be in church”. “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” Deut 33:27. Pastor said that you should “want God in your corner” and “lean upon the everlasting arms of Jesus Christ” because “there are going to be tests in life – it’s the Christian life.”

The apostle John leaned upon Jesus (John 13:23), his savior, maker, and God, and was given insights, for it was he that wrote the book of Revelation. In like manner, we also should “draw closer to God”. In Mark 5, the man whom Jesus had removed the legion sat at Jesus’ feet. Just as people feared that man, people will fear us, Pastor Giardino explained, because they don’t want to be changed, they still love their old life of sin.Not to mention our music special for the morning service would be especially egregious. Our Grayson’s Gospel Gobblers were at it again upon our pastor request, with the song “I’ll break the chains that bind”. Our 4 players were Julia with violin, Melodie with vocals, Josh with rhythm guitar, and Grayson plucking away at the banjo. The delightful sounds of praise emanated throughout our church. Praise God for the wealth of musical talent here at Gospel Light.

Lessons in the Life of Samuel: Part II

Brother Bob Brado was back this Sunday morning to finish his teaching on the life of Samuel. In last week’s adult Sunday school, we learned that Samuel ministered to God even before he had a full understanding, Eli taught Samuel how to hear from God, and Samuel becomes God’s new messenger. After his review, Bro. Brado picked up at I Sam 3:19-20,And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel …knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.” Many pulpits today become without power because they have let the Lord’s “words fall to the ground”, taught Bro. Brado. As in verse 20, people know when we are “established” in the Lord, he said. We need to stop worrying about fitting in; we won’t fit in, “so stop trying”, he continued.

In I Sam 4, Eli and his two sons die; the end of Eli was ugly because he did not listen to the warnings of God. Brother Brado said we must discern hat is being delivered by God, “that is why you have a Bible on your lap.” So how did Samuel fare?” he asked, turning to chapter 7. Samuel delivered the tough messages to Israel, but also prayed for the people. Likewise, we need to turn to the Lord and fast and pray; Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7. Israel was delivered from the Philistines in I Sam 7:14 and in 7:15, “Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.” Br. Brado said he wanted to be known as someone who served God all the days of his Christian life. However, “when you stumble, you don’t have to quit, get back up and go.”, he advised. When Israel demanded a king in chapter 8, Samuel advised against it, but God said to let it happen. Saul was anointed Israel’s first king and Samuel counsels, “stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.” 1 Sam 9:27. We also need to “stand still” and listen to the Word because there so many distractions; “something is always being pumped in.”

Brother Brado spoke about the end of Samuel’s life and contrasted it to the way Eli’s life had ended. I Sam 12:1-5 is a testimony of Samuel’s character and with his last charge to Israel, Samuel leaves giving the whole counsel of God. Samuel finished his life strong and with conviction and is an example on how we should strive to finish.



Men’s Prayer Breakfast at GLBBC – A Recap

Men’s Prayer Breakfast at GLBBC (08-28-10) began, of course, with breakfast. Our church’s master chef, Jeremiah Rodell, and his band of merry men, created a scrumptious meal of sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, and an out-of-this world potato casserole (secret recipe – hashed brown potatoes, sour cream, cheddar cheese, green peppers, onions, and garlic).Breakfast was followed by enthusiastic, singing of hymns: “Are You Washed in the Blood”, “There is a Fountain”, “Saved by the Blood”, and “Nothing but the Blood”. We were then blessed by the opening prayer by Pastor Zac Dressner (Southeast Bible Baptist Church, Penfield) and welcomed by our very own Pastor Vince Giardino. Eleven visiting pastors and missionaries introduced themselves and were rewarded with gas cards for their efforts to travel to Gospel Light. Pastor Giardino, as promised, also awarded a gift (Cheesecake Factory gift card) to the person who brought the most gifts, which turned out to be Pastor Strobel. The music special for the morning was done by Michael Giardino, who sang while playing piano the song, “His Life for Mine”.Pastor Giardino then stepped forward to introduce our guest preacher, Pastor Scott Strobel of First Bible Baptist Church in Lockport, NY. Having a “treasured” friendship that reaches back to the mid 80’s, Pastor G. said Pastor Strobel has been a “wise counselor” over the years. “I would highly recommend that you have wise counsel”, our pastor stated.

Pastor Strobel began his charge by reading from Rev 3:7-13 as a way to bring up his topic on pillars. He talked about pillars and columns in the architectural sense, describing various types in the ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Gal 2:9 was used to show how the bible sometimes refers to people as pillars, in this case, James, Peter, and John. In similar fashion, in II Chron 3:17 pillars are given men’s names, “Jachin” (meaning “he will establish”) and Boaz (meaning “in him is strength”).

All this preaching on pillars was to make the case that “pastors need men in church as pillars.” “Pillars come in all shapes and sizes, so do men”, Pastor Strobel quipped. Thus, if you are to be a much needed pillar for your church, he presented several essential characteristics:

1.) First of all, you need to be saved. He recommended that you search your heart if you have any doubts.

2.) You need to be submitted to Jesus Christ, as Christ is the head of the church.

3.) We need to be anointed pillars; we need the power of God. He stated that to “be filled with the Holy Spirit” is a command of God. Evidence of this is “singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” and “giving thanks to God” always (Col 3:16-17).

4.) Pillars are at the house of God. “A church needs pillars to hold it up… to support it”, Pastor Strobel said. The support he described included giving to, praying for, and participating in the church. “Saying ‘amen’ to your pastor (during his sermon) is like saying ‘sic ’em’ to a hound dog”, he joked.

5.) “Pillars are straight”, Pastor Strobel said to an amused congregation. Clarifying “straight”, he spoke of righteous living and going “to war with your secret sins”, which are “robbing you of your blessings.” He warned that “wrong living leads to wrong doctrine” and backed it up with Gal 15:19, where heresy is show to be a work of the flesh.

6.) Finally, pillars are always there. By this, he meant “folks you can count on” to be there in the house of God every time you come. A pastor is looking for someone like-minded (Phil 2:20). “A pastor needs a band of men whose hearts God has touched”, he said.Pastor Strobel ended in prayer, asking God to give each church “men who will be pillars” and to “make us to be men you want us to be.” The invitation to come forward was given by Pastor Giardino and many came to the alter in prayer. Prayer requests were taken from each of the pastors and missionaries present and prayers were made for those requests by Pastor Joe Camilleri (Victory Baptist, Rochester) and Pastor Dave Underwood (Waterloo Baptist).

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with our dear visitors to Gospel Light and we look forward to future fellowship.

Flock Swapping by Pastor Dickson Beam

 

Flock Swapping

by Pastor Dickson Beam

Pastor Vince Giardino’s Preface:

Pastor Dickson Beam is the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Medina, New York. He is a dear friend of this pastor. I respect his insight and tenacity as he plows and cultivates the field the Lord has given him.

Earlier this year he blessed me with this essay he wrote about how like-minded churches sometimes have to deal with very tricky and finely-detailed matters of ethics within our churches. I believe his simple yet profound words will help anyone in a good church to learn. Even pastors can take notice and learn from this pastor’s timely wisdom in these matters.

Please take time to read it and then read it again! It will liberate church members under authoritarian pastors and “sheep” that have feared to even pray about exiting a ministry where they do not belong.

To read the article, click here: Flock Swapping

Editors Note: Pastor Beam’s article resides conveniently under “Pages” on the GLBBC Blog front page.

People of GLBBC: The General

Next in the series of the GLBBC trading cards: collect them all.

General Grayson Krol: ... after 12 more call ups.

Missionaries Erick and Staci Knight – Thailand

This post will center on the missionary visit this Wednesday evening (Aug 25) to GLBBC. However, before I do, please allow me to write that our hymns were beautifully accompanied by a mini orchestra: Luke and Grayson with guitars and Julia and Nancy with violins. Surely our Lord was as pleased with their efforts to use their musical talents in praise as we were grateful for the skillful musical accompaniment. One other note, Michael played an outstanding and unique rendition of “It is Well with My Soul” on the piano during the second offering.

Our missionary visitors were Erick and Staci Knight, who will be staying with us in the “Gospel Light Hotel”. This delightful and dynamic couple are being sent into the mission fields of Thailand by Happy Valley Baptist Church in Georgia, lead by Pastor Eddie Wyatt (who Pastor Giardino referred to as the “task master pastor”). Brother Erick Knight spoke about his and his wife’s journey since being saved leading up to Thailand. They are hoping to be back in Thailand by this October. The big white screen came down, the lights were dimmed, and we were treated to a very colorful and informative video on Thailand.

The following is a quote from the Knight’s prayer card: “Thailand is 30% larger than the state of Texas and has a population of approximately 66 million people. Of those, 94.6% are Buddhist, 4.6% are Muslim, 0.7% are Christian, and 0.1% are other. There are many areas of Thailand where there is no Gospel witness of ANY kind. Our plan is to team up with Dr. Wayne Sehmish as he starts an Independent Baptist Church and Bible Institute in Nahkon Sawan to train national Pastors and workers.” Brother Knight stated that currently only 23 Independent Baptist missions exist in all of Thailand.

Brother Erick Knight was given 20 minutes to give the charge for the evening. Reading from Romans 12:1-2, Bro. Knight got right to the point. With being “saved” the most important thing in a person’s life, second most important is finding the will of God for your life, something found by reading the Word of God. His lament was that too often people don’t grow after being saved; “they never progress” and continue to be “babies in Christ”. The devil has “sidetracked people from church and from further growth”, he said. Likewise, because of the lack of maturity in the congregation, Baptist churches themselves show immaturity and contention.

Continuing through Romans 12:3-13, Brother Knight illustrated many of the attributes that are part of being mature and active members of the body of Christ. He said that people need to get to the place in the church where they are being used as God intended. Only then, as “each individual gives his reasonable service”, will the church be heading in the direction of God’s will. Brother Knight said that, to find God’s will for your life, there are three main points to consider: (1) You are going to have to want it (through desire), (2) You are going to have to work for it (seeking with wisdom), and (3) It will require you to wait for it. A process of “preparation to make you better not bitter” will occur in your life, just as with Joshua and David in the Old Testament and with our own Pastor Giardino.

Brother Knight said “the Spirit is telling you what is hindering you from serving the Lord.” He exhorted us to “keep pressing on; God can help you go through what you are facing.”

Pastor G.’s Decree: Toward the end of service, Pastor Giardino announced that Erick and Staci Knight are being added to Gospel Light list of supported missionaries. Several in the congregation volunteered monthly financial support. Later in the evening, a nosy blogger asked our pastor what motivated his decision. Four reasons were given: (1) They are connected with Pastor Wyatt, (2) Bro. Knight gave exactly the charge the church needed, (3) They are well trained, (4) They are a great investment. Praise God for people who answer the call to serve in foreign lands.

For those who missed it: Pastor Giardino’s Latest E-Mail

Hi Gospel Light Church and Friends,

Good  morning and what a weekend the Lord gave us. For those that are “regulars” at Gospel Light, you missed a tremendous moving of the Spirit of God Sunday night at Gospel Light. As I share this e-mail with you and my thoughts, I’m reminded of this all important principle as I “grew up” in the Lord over the last 35 years. This principle that needs to be constantly before all of us is faithfulness to your local church. If some of you were as “spotty” to your secular job as you are to the Lord’s Church you’d be on the street on your ear looking for new employment … money does drive ones ambitions doesn’t it?! Proverbs 16:26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.

One of the traits the Lord looks for when promoting a Christian in service is how faithful his kids are to HIS Church…it’s that simple. It’s willingness to be faithful and where the action is or the spiritual-feeding-trough! Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

Many that come to Sunday morning services think that’s good enough and excuse themselves from Sunday night and Wednesday services, fellowship, activities etc. I don’t beat up the sheep for this and pray that the Lord will open those eyes in their version of “spiritual hooky” regarding church attendance. I know how you might thinking about these statements I’m making, but before you let your carnal mind go too far on justifying YOUR LIFE, let me ask you a question: WHO’S YOUR FATHER? ( John 8:44). If you’re bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ, then what’s the problem?

I’ve said several times as I was “cutting my teeth” on being in a good church, that if for some reason I missed a church service, I would make sure I ordered the message to try to “get in on the action” and ask someone I knew that was there, ”what went on in the church service?”. I was spiritually hungry and couldn’t get enough of what the Lord would have for me to eat! Well with that being said the “three coarse meal” from this Sunday filled us up, of which I’m thanking the Lord.

For using three voices: Pastor Bob Brado in Sunday School, yours truly at 11am, and testimonies from Teen Camp at 6pm. The Lord moved in edification, saving souls, and getting folks right – PTL!  Many missed out…some for good reasons….and some for petty, selfish, and lame reasons.  The evening service at 6pm was one of few service over the years where the Spirit of God REALLY moved….truly indescribable and touching. Bro. Joe Beilman has done a good job a capturing this past Lord’s Day on the Blog…CHECK IT OUT!

The Lord is blessing  Gospel Light: “Pound for Pound the Best Church Around”…just coined by me. So come and get some meat!

BE PRAYING ABOUT YOUR PART in the SPECIAL OFFERING THIS COMING LORD’S DAY for “BLING FOR THE KING”….these monies will be used for the new TEEN ROOM & ENTRANCE!

****THIS COMING SATURDAY A REQUEST FOR ALL MEN AND YOUNG MEN OF GOSPEL LIGHT TO BE AT THE MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST****

Hey all you people that know how to sing, or want to learn, GET ON BOARD WITH CHOIR. Bro. Mateo has a vision you’ll regret not being apart of if you don’t get in on it!

I’m copying in the e-mail I sent out to my event list about 1am this morning. This was after a wonderful visit Monday night with a family interested in becoming members!

WEDNEDAY AT 7pm… Can’t wait to see YOU!

Addicted to the Lord…. “Hook Line and Sinker” Love you guys, Pastor G

(Original e-mail sent 8/24/2010 10:20 AM)

Men’s Prayer Breakfast: Saturday Aug. 28 at 9:30am

No use in your blogger re-inventing the wheel, so to speak. Pastor Giardino sent out a comprehensive e-mail reminder to the pastors of other churches. The text of that early Tuesday morning e-mail is as follows:

Dear Brethren,

Good late evening! As I’m burning the mid-night oil a bit, I still have an inner excitement about this coming Saturday’s Men’s Prayer Breakfast at 9:30am (Aug. 28th). As the summer of 2010 comes to an end, we’d love to have you be our guest for this exciting and edifying time together. Our guest preacher will be Pastor Scott Strobel.

Just think of sitting down to eat a nice breakfast and fellowshipping with a bunch of men THEN singing some hymns together! It is with great anticipation I’m looking forward to Pastor Strobel preaching to us. We’re coming off of a wonderful time together at our June gathering as Evangelist Dave Spurgeon preached to almost 80 in attendance. This may be the very sermon you need as you enter into the busy-time of fall.

Please remind your men in your church and the one who brings the most guests will receive a nice gift from Gospel Light BBC. Yes I’m bribing you a bit…why? Because I believe in men of like faith rubbing shoulders and edifying one another in this kind of setting! I’m truly persuaded of this (Rom 14:5b) so much so that we’re putting our money where our mouth is and will embellish this event by giving away gas cards to pastors, missionaries, evangelists that are present.

Pastor Strobel will be ready to preach so please be ready to come!

Would you be kind enough to let me know how many of you are coming so I can plan accordingly? Even send me a text message at: 585-370-4039 to let me know. Thank you beforehand.

A lover of good men,

Bro. Vince Giardino

Youth Camp Testimonials: The Power of the Holy Spirit

Dear Lord, heavenly Father, how do I put into words the Gospel Light service I just departed from? I am truly humbled in this task; how does one put into words the glorious workings of the Spirit of God, who moved with such power in the hearts of our young people at youth camp and continued His holy work of salvation this evening.

Our service began routinely as our good shepherd, Pastor Vince Giardino, opened with announcements. We were asked to pray for Pearl and to remember to ask how we can be a help in her time of mourning. Pastor asked for prayers for increases in monies, especially in regard to gold and silver collection this coming Sunday. A point man is needed to help organize a “work day” for Monday August 30. Volunteer help is needed also for the Labor Day picnic.

Julia with her violin and Grayson with his banjo played “I’ll Fly Away”, a blessing to us and a delight for the Lord. Our teens, the counselors, and adults who attended Happy Valley Youth Camp this past week stood up together on the bleachers behind the alter and sang with gladdened hearts, “He Paid The Debt”. Pastor then had them sit along the alter steps to individually give their testimonies, which was the main reason for our gathering this evening. As Pastor Giardino would later say, it was obvious that the “Spirit is prompting these kids” to search their hearts and get closer to God.

So many testimonials were given, so much was passionately spoken, and so very many tears were shed. Please forgive your blogger for just listing the names, but my dear readers should fervently seek to listen to the audio when it is posted on our web site. Containing their tears of joy was next to impossible for our teens and adults who experienced the power and love of the Lord through the fellowship and teachings at camp. The testimonials came from:

Ross G. (saved Friday night, Bonnie would later say that he had a whole new countenance), Leticia G., Derek M. (saved Friday night with Grayson’s help), Abigail D. (saved this Sunday morning), Grayson K. (serving as a counselor), Julia G. (who had been lovingly praying for her younger brother’s salvation), Roberto C. (saved at last year’s camp), Madison D., Drew W. (one of our bus drivers), Analyse R. (saved on Wednesday and looking forward to baptism), Luke C. (in his new role as counselor), Madison C., Michael G. (“one thing God showed me was patience”), Leah G., Roxanne W. (our other bus driver, “It was a wonderful blessing to be with these kids”), Jesenia V. (who is praying fervently for her unsaved mother), Raquel C., Bonnie V. (who read the testimonies of Elisabeth C. and Abigail C., talked about the walkie-talkie comedy by Luke and Grayson, and mentioned the touching testimony at camp of Kyle M.), and our own Pastor Giardino (edified by Bro. Wyatt’s “junkyard” sermon).

Emotions were running high and God reigned in our hearts as the teens sang “God is Good” with Michael at the piano. Now was the time for our Pastor to pray, and with our head bowed, he gave the invitation to all to get right with God. As Michael continued on piano and sung, two young men were being led in back with the Word of God and we prayed for there salvation. Before our evening was out three souls were saved, Jim Reese (Mateo’s friend), Ethan Crane, and Lydia Giardino. One more soul recommitted himself to the Lord, Joe McClarrie. God richly blessed all at Gospel Light, demonstrating His love and grace through the hearts and minds of our kids, and cementing lasting bonds within our church family. It was hard to leave the building tonight, but I took solace in knowing that the opportunities to praise God along with my brothers and sisters in Christ will be plentiful. “Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.” 1 Chron 16:10-11

Sunday Morning Service, August 22: Lures, snare, and thorns

  • Marilyn Wolfe (wife of the late Dr. David Wolfe, pastor of Gates Baptist Temple) and her son Dan Wolfe were in attendance for the start of service this morning. They own and operate the Christian radio stations WASB out of Brockport and WRSB out of Canandaigua.
  • Brother Bob Brado was welcomed before the congregation. He provided an overview of North Star Bible Institute and listed some of the upcoming fall courses. Bro. Brado will be teaching our adult Sunday school again next week and promised to bring brochures from the institute.
  • Our music special this morning featured Michael on piano with Julia, Grayson, and Derek singing “Amazing Grace”.

Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.Prov 22:5 was the opening to Pastor Giardino’s sermon Sunday morning. “Hook, Line, and Sinker” was the title for the first part of his message. Lures, snares, and thorns were defined, especially in regard to the tools that the devil uses to keep us away from God and prevent our growth as Christians. Our pastor said “Some Christians are playing hookey on Jesus Christ; it should be fundamental to be at church on Sunday.” Preoccupations and addictions keep us away from God; but Jude 1:21 says “Keep yourselves in the love of God”, which will keep you away from addictions and out of trouble.

Pastor Giardino listed many addictions that ensnare us and delight the devil: video games (a type of idolatry), lying (media disinformation for example), drugs and marijuana, pride, pursuit of the American dream (leading to debt), rock and roll music, sports, alcohol, and pornography. “The devil wants to hook you on something to keep you out of church”, he said, “and out of the bible.”

Hook, Learn, and Sender” was the title of part two of Pastor Giardino’s sermon. After reading Isaiah 50:4-5, Pastor implored us to “get hooked on reading the bible” as God wants to send you the messages in His Word. Likewise, you have something important to send – the message of salvation; God wants to send you. “God has a plan for your life, but too many Christians don’t know it”, Pastor Giardino said. Christians are not connected to God and are addicted to something other than God. Pastor read some of the stanzas to the hymn “So Send I You” (#97 in our hymn books). He then compared the lyrics to those of songs in progressive, modern churches, which have been “dumbed down so that Christians won’t have to deny themselves anything” and will feel good. Jesus said, “as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.John 20:21.

Brother Bob Brado teaches on the “Life of Samuel”

On this rainy Sunday morning, this blogger was delighted to find Pastor Giardino introducing Brother Bob Brado as our adult Sunday school teacher. Bob Brado is the Director of North Star Bible Institute, which provides classes in the Bible and theology.

The topic Brother Brado chose to speak on was the Life of Samuel. For our lesson, he worked his way through select verses in I Samuel chapters 2 and 3. The following points were made during the lesson:

  • A child can be a minister before the Lord, even before God calls them to service, just like with Samuel as a child.
  • We need to teach our children to respond to God given authority, just as Samuel would run to Eli’s commands.
  • It is our responsibility as parents to teach our children how to hear from God and to open the Bible and read. We should hold their hand through the process.
  • If you are a new believer in Christ, it is best to be quiet and listen.
  • The Spirit illuminates the Word, so don’t quench the Spirit with sin in your life.
  • Eli was training his replacement in Samuel. We likewise should be training our replacements in the ministry.
  • We need to take care of what God reveals to us through his Word.
  • If you don’t listen to what the Lord tells you, your eyes will “wax dim”, just as Eli declined spiritually.
  • If we don’t read the Word of God, we will lose our edge, lose our ability to discern between good and evil, and will starve spiritually.
  • If your children are doing something contrary to the will of God, you should at least say something and attempt to rebuke and reprove. Eli, regarding his children’s sin, “restrained them not”.
  • Just like Samuel, we need to discern between the voice of the Lord and the voice of man.
  • The bible can be a mirror, teaching you how you must change.

Brother Brado, at one point, joyfully held up his bible and said, “It’s not the latest and greatest, it’s the oldest and the best”, exclaiming that the Word of God is the only advice we need for our lives. As Bob left the pulpit with a prayer, Pastor Giardino stepped forward with an important point. Pastor G. said that Bob Brado’s teaching was an “excellent example of expository teaching.” He continued saying “the Word of God is being displaced by visions and feelings” and reminded us that “God reveals himself to you by the Word of God” and no other way. (Note: This blogger later asked and learned that “expository teaching” is a method of instruction that presents a clear, comprehensive meaning to biblical passages by going through and explaining verse by verse.)

Bling for the King

Oh no. We at Gospel Light have a much better idea of what to do with that old jewelry. Offer it to the Lord.

Bling for the King!

That’s right. Donate your old, unused, dusty, or broken jewelry to the gold and silver offering at GLBBC on August 29th. Do you have a class ring you haven’t worn in 30+ years? How about those broken or tangled chains at the bottom of your jewelry box? Still hanging on to that ring from an old flame? Bring them all to “Bling for the King” offering.

The monies from this offering will be used directly for the improvements to the youth room at Gospel Light as we renovate for the benefit of our young folks.


Please come and help on Saturday

This is post is a plea to all Gospel Light church members  to consider coming out to visit our elderly brothers and sisters at Wedgewood Nursing Home Saturday, August 21! Please consider being a blessing to souls who are in need of visitations. We need assistance.

  • During our last visit, we were saddened to find out that Ruthie had passed away. She was one of my favorite residents. Ruth used to sit quietly in her wheel chair in the back corner. She was disabled with one leg and had difficulty breathing.  You would hardly notice her in her corner and that’s why I made a special effort to greet her and include her. Ruth needed oxygen to breathe and you would need to get real close to her to hear what she had to say. She told me that her husband had passed away many years earlier and when I asked who came to visit her, with tears, she said her daughter would come by once a month. She spent much of her time reading novels, but she was struggling with the small print on the paperbacks she held. My wife Joy and I would buy large-print novels written by her favorite author at the used bookstore in Spencerport. But by the time I brought the last book to her, she was no longer attending our visits at Wedgewood; she had become so ill. She once told me she had attended a Christian church, I don’t remember the denomination, and she knew the words to the hymns we sang during our visits. I pray to our dear Lord in heaven that she had found salvation during her years on earth, which is something only Ruthie and the Lord know for sure.

Our visit begins at 1 pm and and continues until 2 pm.  So drive on over to downtown Spencerport and be a blessing.  It’s likely that you will be blessed also.  Plenty of parking is available across the street from the home.

Family Dedication Sunday – presenting our child to our Lord God

Family Dedication Sunday, August 15th, 2010, was an opportunity for parents belonging to Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church to dedicate their children to the Lord God by prayerful, parental vow and confession before the church congregation. A slide presentation on the large screen in front presented photographs of the children. Each family was greeted by Pastor Vince Giardino after their child/children were displayed and were presented “Certificates of Dedication” to sign. The following five families participated:

Josh and Melodie Crane dedicated: Josiah, Olivia

Andres and Jen Clavijo dedicated: Mivette, Mivelys

Joel and Emmy Clavijo dedicated: Kayleanna, Tatiana

Linden and Rachel Overhiser dedicated: Jenna

Joe and Joy Beilman dedicated: Emily, Christopher

The certificates, signed by Pastor Giardino and the parents, contained the following solemn promise: That the parents of this child, in accordance with biblical precept and in the spirit of the 127th Psalm, will teach their heritage by loving example and in continuous instruction from God’s holy Word. It is our prayer that this child, as God’s reward and as an arrow in the hand of a mighty man, would straightly follow our Lord Jesus Christ, joyfully bearing the appointed cross, and cleave unto Him in true faith, firm hope, and ardent love.

GLBBC Magazine: Celebrity Profiles

Volume 5: A continuing series of celebrity interviews with the ladies of Gospel Light.

Behind the scenes with Lisa Stupia.

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

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In high school, were you cool/nerdy/tomboy/other? Other.

What is your favorite TV show ever? Don’t have a favorite.

What is guaranteed to make you laugh every time? The movie “What Happens in Vegas” (sorry).

What is your favorite meal? Lasagna – of course.

What is your worst kept secret about yourself? If I tell you, then…

How old are you? 41.

What do you do to relax? Walk / Ride bike.

What is your dream job? Psychiatrist, but then I woke up – ha, ha.

If you had the means to travel anywhere, where would you go? Across country stopping at every state.

What is something people would find surprising about you? That I am 41.

No really, how old are you? 41.

What was the first car you ever drove? Chevy Celebrity.

Do you have any hidden talents? No.

What was your first job? Burger King.

Did you ever have a nickname as a child or in school? No.

Outside of family, who was the first boy you ever kissed? Unknown / Can’t remember his name.

What is your favorite binge/junk food? Relish potato chips.

To you, what animal makes the ideal pet and why? Cats, because they are so very independent.

Today’s Music Industry And Your Children

Twice this year, Gospel Light has played host to Pastor Jim Donath and his wife Lois. On both occasions, Brother Donath preached on the perils of secular music and the deliberate attempts by today’s music industry to influence our children, and not in a good way. For reviews of his visits, go here and here on this blog.

A recent article has appeared in The Patriot Post which continues on the theme of deliberately corrupting your children through music. This article is a must read for parents with children of any age, but especially for those with preteens or younger. The article “Music Industry Sexualizes Your Children” was written by Rebecca Hagelin, a senior communications fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C.