New Year’s Eve Service

The annual New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service at Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church is this Friday, Dec 31st. We start at 8 PM.

  • Each family should bring a dish to pass for dinner.
  • Men, please prepare a 5-minute message/testimony in case you are called upon.
  • We will “pray” in the new year as a church!

Don’t miss this great chance for fellowship and worship.


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Spiritual Icebergs

Key Verse:Which are blackish by reason of the ice, and wherein the snow is hid: What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place. Job 6:16-17

Our Pastor’s sermon this fine Sunday morning, Dec 26, was titled “Spiritual Icebergs”. Pastor Vince Giardino dealt with how problems in a Christian’s life can cause him/her to freeze over and be of little use to our Lord. He began with the story of the RMS Titanic and its sinking during the maiden voyage in the North Atlantic. The ship struck an iceberg and this huge “unsinkable” ship went to the bottom of the sea. This and many other examples were used by Pastor G. to show that “nothing is too big to fail”. Further, he mentioned that history demonstrates that no nation or empire lasts forever either. Notwithstanding, Christians also face icebergs in their lives that are freezing them over: issues, problems, and spiritual things they need to get a victory over.

  1. A Freezing Faith – It can be a freezing feeling when you have problems. Like icicles that are ignored on your house, damage happens little by little to those who ignore their faith. Eventually, a Christian (and a church) can become like an iceberg, frozen, becoming hard. Pastor referenced Heb 5:11-12 in asking if we are growing in our Christian faith. He warned of being susceptible to false doctrines as we grow in knowledge and being carried off in the wrong direction. “But have faith as a child … know that we can jump into the arms of our Father and He will catch us.”, Pastor Giardino taught. He spoke also of missed opportunities for Christians cold and frozen in their faith. And after listing the 3 stages of frostbite, he said, “The worst kind of spiritual frostbite is when you are so inactive for Christ, you may lose your ability to ever work again.” Citing I John 2:15-17, our pastor said we need to put away the world, to have “a funeral for the world” in our life. “Ask the Lord to melt your cold heart.”, he said.
  2. A Freezing Flaw – Forgiving is a hallmark of our faith. If you have the attitude of not forgiving people, then a life-changing transformation is needed. God saw that our greatest need was forgiveness, so he sent a savior. “Jesus Christ is the icebreaker”, Pastor said , breaking down the barriers, abolishing “in His flesh the enmity” (Eph 2:14-15) between God and us. It takes the blood of Christ to save us, to make us righteous before God. II Peter 1:8-11 says that if you don’t have forgiveness in your heart, you will be “barren” and “unfruitful”, being “blind” and having forgotten that you were purged of your old sins. Pastor G. said that without a forgiving spirit, you are spiritually cold, an iceberg, perhaps talking the game, giving opinions, but nonetheless, just spouting words. Likewise, we often excuse ourselves from helping “icebergs”. Borrowing Jeff’s cowboy hat and playacting in front of the pulpit, Pastor G. hooped and hollered that we need to “lasso some icebergs and bring them into warmer waters (i.e. church) and get them to thaw.”
  3. A Freezing Flow – “What is controlling you?”, Pastor Giardino asked us. What’s making you flow in the right direction? Icebergs have no power to go anywhere; they can only go with the flow. Regarding the issue of backsliding, Pastor quoted Martin Luther as saying, “when Christians degenerate, they are more godless than the heathen.” If you don’t know the Bible, you are freezing and backsliding. We were reminded of Peter denying Christ 3 times (Matt 14:72), warming himself by the enemies fire. “What have you done to leave the camp of Christianity?” our pastor asked us; “Have you denied the Lord this past year? Which flows have you gone with that have frozen you?” Pastor concluded by saying that, if you do what’s right in Christ’s eyes, everything else will fall in line.”

News & Notes:

  • Our music special at the morning service was Mateo V. singing “I’d Rather Have Jesus”, with Michael G. playing piano. Many came forward during this touching song.
  • Gospel Light yearly Bible-reading calendars are here, fresh from the publisher. Pick one up on the back table.
  • The start time for Friday night’s New Year’s Eve Watch Night service is 8 PM. Don’t forget to bring a dish to pass.
  • The new logo for next years theme, “Hoping for Heaven in 2011” has been completed by Salina G., Pastor’s daughter. This blogger has seen the logo; the color scheme and design are excellent.
  • An attempt was made to photograph Pastor G.’s cowboy act during his sermon, but sadly the photo came out blurred.

Approaching other religions with the true gospel.

Adult Sunday School at GLBBC was about how to approach religious people with the true gospel. We talked about the many flavors and stripes of so-called Christian religions and denominations and how some followers are very religious and devoted to their faith. “How do you confront them?”, Pastor Vince Giardino asked his class. The first point he wanted us to be aware of is that if we are not prepared with the knowledge and understanding of our Bibles, then we face the real possibility of being shot down in our attempts to persuade. The second point was that we need to be able to put our finger on the important issues and to go deeper in order to successfully approach those of other religions. You need to go to the scriptures to theologically dislodge ministers or priests and “you better know what you are talking about”, our pastor warned.

Examples of useful scriptures were Eph 2:8-9, Heb 1:1-2, Rom 14:17, and John 6:63.

Pastor G. had Bernie pass around a handout. It was a copy of Hebrews chapters 8, 9 and 10. We were given a homework assignment! For next week’s class, we are to identify passages in the chapters that would be useful in confronting people of other religions. In addition we are to find related passages elsewhere in the Bible. Pastor suggested using highlighters and making notes right on the handouts.

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Merry Christmas!

Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church hopes you have a blessed and merry Christmas Day. Please don’t forget “the reason for the season”: the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7 (KJV)

A “Social Network” Christmas

A friend on Facebook shared the link to this heartening video at www.godtube.com. This video was just too clever, original, and inspirational not to share here at the blog. Facebook users in particular will get a kick out of this.

So please watch and COMMENT if you enjoyed it:

Men’s Prayer Breakfast Photo Album Now Available

Many of photos taken of the Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church on Saturday morning, Dec 18th, are now available on-line at the Gospel Light Photo Gallery. Click on the digital camera below to go directly there:

Or the long way to get there is to go to www.glbbc.org, click on “Pictures”, then click on Ministry Pictures. You will see all the available photo albums. Choose, of course, the Mens’ Prayer Breakfast album.

More photos of this event are expected to be uploaded soon (when they are made available by the photographer). So come back soon and you may find many more snap shots of the event.

God’s Plan

The commencement of the Wednesday evening service at Gospel Light was highlighted by the harmonious voices of a mixed choir of children and adults singing unto the Lord the Christmas Carol “Silent Night”. Raquel C. ably accompanied on piano. Michael G. then took her place at the piano to play during the special offering for the Parfitt family and Old Paths Bible Baptist Church.

The sermon delivered by Pastor Vince Giardino centered on “God’s Plan”, one that involved God’s recognition that “our greatest need was forgiveness.” The solution within the plan was to send humanity a savior.

Pastor read to us two poems from a dusty old book, “The Christmas Witness” (the star of Bethlehem was the witness) and “On Christmas Day” (delineating the delights of the day). He remarked how some in Christian circles have decided not to celebrate Christmas at all, finding the pagan aspects objectionable. However at the other extreme, there are those who go all out, being drawn in by the entire Christmas culture. Disregarding these two polar opposites, our Pastor simply views Christmas as a most wonderful and ideal season in which to preach the message of Christ, His birth and the redemption of mankind. Thus did Pastor begin to teach us about God’s plan and Christ’s part in it.

God Made a Move: Pastor G. pointed out two prophecies in Gen 3:14-15. The first is about a “seed”, which is that a savior will come. But this seed is “her seed” (i.e. Eve’s) and a woman has not a seed but an egg. From this we conclude the coming of a virgin birth. The second prophecy is the bruising of Satan’s head by the “seed” (meaning Jesus Christ). Because of Romans 16:20, “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly”, Pastor Giardino believes the bruising will occur at a future time, at the second advent of Christ.

God Made a Means: I John 4:9 tells us that “God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” Moreover, in I John 3:5 we learn that Jesus “was manifested to take away our sins”. This was God’s means of redemption in His plan. Pastor had us laughing as he then sang, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. Isn’t it cuddly?” he added. But as usual, there was method to his madness; Pastor G. pointed out that the word “lamb” appears 29 times in the book of Revelation, 28 times directly referring to Jesus Christ. “He is no longer a cuddly baby in a manger”, Pastor declared, but “a knight in shining armor.” Various scripture verses dealing with Christ as the “Lamb” were referenced: John 1:29, 35, Acts 8:32-35, I Peter 1:18-21, Rev 5:11-14, and Rev 7:9-10. These verses describe various roles and attributes of our Lord and Savior as the Lamb of God. “Because redemption was on God’s mind, Pastor said, and “because of God’s love, He has a plan.” That plan is salvation for humanity through the Lamb.Don’t Miss This:The Back Pew” has a creative and funny take on God’s Plan. Click HERE to see it.

Prophecies about Christ’s Birth

Prophecies about Christ’s Birth

By Bill Brinkworth

“The Bible View” at http://www.openthoumineeyes.com/

Long before Christ’s birth, the Bible described His coming. Here are some of the many prophecies and the approximate dates they were foretold.

  • 1872 B. C. was when it was told He would be of Abraham’s lineage. Genesis 22:18
  • 742 B. C. was when Isaiah said the Child would be born of a virgin. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
  • 740 B. C. was when Isaiah foretold that the child would be God in the flesh, amongst His other abilities. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 “Prince of peace” was fulfilled in Luke 2:14.
  • 740 B. C. was when Hosea said the Child would live in Egypt, and would be called out of it, Hosea 11:1. This prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 2:13-14.
  • 713 B. C. was when it was told that the child would be of Jesse’s family line also, Isaiah 11:1.
  • 590 B. C. was when it was told that He would be a descendent of King David. Jeremiah 23:5-6
  • 510 B. C. was when it was prophesied that the Saviour would be born in Bethlehem, and of the tribe of Judah. “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Micah 5:2 The prophecy was fulfilled in Luke 2:4-7.
  • Psalms 2:7 states He would be the Son of God. Luke 3:22 tells of the fulfillment of that prophecy.

The birth of Jesus was not an ordinary birth of just any person. It was a well-planned, special event by God. The birth of Christ ushered in God’s promise that a Saviour would come, and through Him, any could have God’s promise of eternal life.

Hallelujah Chorus

Sis Valerie sent a link out via e-mail to this YouTube video. The singing is quite inspiring and the expressions on people’s faces are priceless. Please spend a few minutes to view this video.

The 3 Steps of Contentment – Evangelist Scott Saxton

Gospel Light was delighted to welcome back Evangelist Scott Saxton and his wife Lorraine this past Sunday evening. Although they were back in town due to the passing of Lorraine’s father, they were fixed on things above and saw this visit as a way to reach the lost for Christ. Brother Scott was asked by Pastor Vince Giardino to preach at the evening service. The office of evangelist is defined in Eph 4:11-12, Pastor said by way of introduction. Brother Scott “is burdened for revival” and “will give us something that God laid on his heart”, Pastor G. said as he gave over the pulpit.

Brother Scott began by quoting Matt 6:8, “for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”, implying that the Spirit will lead him to provide a message appropriate for the evening. And indeed he did, drawing from his personal experience of driving up from Florida this past week. Bro. Scott shared the harrowing details of the 23 hour trip, especially through Virginia were snow, rain and fog hindered safe travel. Only after seeing his third wreck, a tracker trailer completely burned to the ground, did he heed God’s message to stop and get off the road. Thus did Brother Scott learn the lesson that he imparted to us: to “be content where God has you.” He said, “The Lord gave me peace. The next morning, it was clear sailing.”

The 3 Steps of Contentment

Brother Scott lamented how “the power of Christ and how limitless it is in a Christian’s life” goes “unappreciated” and “undeveloped” in most Christian’s lives. He used the often imprisoned apostle Paul as an example of someone content through trust in God, citing Phil 4:11, “for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Just like Paul, we need a “willingness to be content to allow God to work in our lives.”, Bro. Scott said. He defined contentment as “a perfect condition in life where nothing is needed, a calm satisfaction, and a complete trust in God.”

  1. We have to learn to want what we have – The apostle Paul, of course, was the best example of contentment. However, Paul wrote that he had to learn to be content; it was not by nature (Phil 1:13-18). The next example was himself and his wife. They gave up must of their possessions to move into their trailer and have been trusting Christ to provide for their needs on a month-to-month basis. Brother Scott said, “Everywhere God has us, it is for one purpose, to bring glory to Him. Be content no matter where you are.” Even if it is not where you desire to be or with people you don’t desire to be with.
  2. We need to learn to pray for our needs and desires – “But in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.Phil 4:6. God knows in advance what we need. However, “God desires us to pray because he desires that intimate relationship with us”, Brother Scott explained. It please God when we come to Him and ask in prayer. Further he said, “churches could have the power to through down the gates of hell” if they could learn to gather together in prayer. Through his experiences as an evangelist and by walking in faith, he has found that God provides through labor, savings, and sometimes miracles.
  3. We need to learn to give – By giving, Brother Scott means everything: our possessions, our heart, soul, mind, and life. “You will not learn contentment until you give everything”, he taught. We might not have the contentment would could have because we don’t have the heart to give. “Trust God and give and God will bless you”, he said, “Then you will experience contentment.”

We will learn to be content by living a life that pleases God, always keeping our eyes firmly on Jesus. Paul encouraged us by writing “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil 4:13.



A Christmas Amen

We had a musical start to our Sunday morning (12-19-10) service at Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church. A service dedicated to the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ saw Julia and Raquel sitting together at the piano, combining their talents to play “Ring Christmas Bells”. Up marched the entire church choir to sing and praise God with “Joy to the World”. The congregation followed with hymns that Pastor Vince Giardino declared had “tremendous truths about Jesus Christ”. During the offering, we were treated to the pairing of Carolyn on flute and Raquel on piano playing “What Child is This?”. Lastly, a beautiful and moving rendition of “O Holy Night” was song by Rachel and Julia, with Michael on piano.

Pastor Giardino opened his sermon with II Cor 1:20 to introduce “one of the greatest promises of all of history”, the hope and saving grace in Jesus Christ. In the verse, “Amen” means truth. Then Pastor spoke of the promise God made to Simeon (Luke 2:25-34), that he would not die until he saw the Christ. The Holy Ghost was upon Simeon (v25) and he was a just and devout man with high expectations of fulfilling of the promise. His life was complete when, having come by the Spirit, he saw the child Jesus in the temple. Pastor used Simeon as an example to show us, that as Christians, we should also be excited about the return of Jesus Christ.

Titling his sermon “A Christmas Amen”, Pastor Giardino asked us, “What will be the last ‘Amen’ in your life? … If your life ended today, would you say ‘Amen’?”. So many of us “compartmentalize” our faith; we are “all too quick to leave our ‘Amen’ at the door”, Pastor said. However, we should be broadcasting the truth day and night, letting the Spirit control us. “God should be in control of your ‘Amen’”, our pastor urged, that is God’s will for our lives. Every child of God should be checking thir standing with God at all times. Pastor spoke of the many deaths of this past tragic week, mentioning the various ‘Amen’s or legacies left behind. “Time and chance happeneth to them all”, Eccl 9:11, Pastor G. reminded. “What will your last ‘Amen’ say about your life?” he asked again. Here is Pastor’s sermon outline:

  1. Amen of Exposure – The birth of Jesus Christ can give exposure to your life. In demonstrating this, he used a camera to show how a brief instance of light exposes the film. Likewise, in a sliver of time, there was an exposure of God to the world in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the light of the world and the image of God. See Luke 4:3-4.
  2. Amen of Composure – God wants to compose with you, to make music with you, Pastor Giardino explained. “He wants your life to be a continuous ‘Amen’ … a symphony of ‘Amen’s … He should be making a masterpiece out of your life.”, was how our pastor put it. The famous composer Handel created his greatest work, Messiah, during his life’s lowest moments. So should we be able to say ‘Amen’ to the trials in our lives, using them as an opportunity to praise God.
  3. Amen on Closure – At the closure of your life, you should be able able to say ‘Amen’, to know you “fought a good fight” II Tim 4:7, as the apostle Paul wrote. Pastor showed how Paul never lost his ‘Amen’ despite opposition and defections. The grace of our Lord is what held Paul up. What will be said about you at the end of your life? The last word of the bible, our pastor reminded us, is ‘Amen’.

Dwelling With The Word

Our Total Picture bible study this Sunday morning was lead off with Brother Rey Caletz walking us through the New Testament time line. This was followed up by Brother Bernie Wheater who spoke about an “amazing” handout from a few weeks back. It uses the alphabet to sequentially go through the life events of Jesus Christ. Our shepherd, Pastor Vince Giardino, reiterated the purpose of our Sunday school class, which is to equip us to know the bible and answer gainsayers.

Pastor’s study this December morning was about Dwelling with the Word:

  1. Initialize the Word: Pastor said we need to initialize the Word, where initialize means to start from the beginning. In I John 1:1, the word “That” refers to Jesus. Pastor used this verse to show that we need to be handling the Word of life, to take seriously the bible.
  2. Identify the Word: We should identify where we are according to prophecy. We also need to “identify who we are” and “who we really need to be”, Pastor G. said.
  3. Investigate the Word: “Study to show yourself worthy”, Pastor Giardino reminded us, and “rightly divide the Word.” We need to have a desire for knowledge and know where to find it. Pastor spoke of his library for study and devotion and recommended that we also read as much as we can.
  4. Interpret the Word: “The bible is a big puzzle”, our pastor said. Isaiah 28:9-13 teaches how to understand doctrine, “precept upon precept; line upon line”. We are to be “weaned from the milk” or the easy things of the Word of God. (See also I Peter 2:2.)
  5. Internalize the Word: We need the bible inside of us, in our hearts. We should be memorizing scripture and meditating on the Word of God day and night. Please refer to Psalms 1:1-2 and Joshua 1:8.
  6. Incarnating the Word: We should be living and breathing the Word of God. It should be “part of your anatomy” our pastor inferred. Just as “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us”, John 1:14, so also should we be embodied with the Word.
  7. Imparting the Word: Talking about Jesus should be part of our lives. We are impelled to preach the Word to the world, imparting truth to others. Read Luke 14:23.

Men’s Prayer Breakfast: The Power of Prayer

Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church welcomed men from various churches around Western New York for a Prayer Breakfast this morning, Dec 18, 2010. We had an attendance of 71 souls with 13 from Walker Bible Baptist Church. This won Pastor Phil Huber a gift card for bringing the most guests.

Our Chefs

We opened the morning with a sumptuous breakfast prepared by the Rodell brothers, Jeremiah and Benjamin. The highlights of the meal were the ham off the bone, french toast, and cheesy potatoes with peppers. The food was simply outstanding. They were both later applauded. Michael G. was busy providing a musical background, lightly playing the piano while we ate. With bellies full, we were led by Mateo in the singing of hymns. Enthusiasm was evident in the hearts of our brothers as we we sang out joyfully.

Breakfast is served

Pastor Vince Giardino asked Pastor Jose Rodriguez of Baptist Bible Temple to come forward and speak on the topic of unifying the churches in fellowship. Brother Rodriguez cited I John 1:3 in urging us to “come together” in Christ. He called our fellowship this day “a work of the Holy Ghost”. “We are doing that which is in the heart of God”, he continued, by going out and preaching and by “encouraging one another in the hard fight.” Pastor Giardino then had Brother Peter Bard pray for the offering, which was a special collection for the family of Kenneth Parfitt who went to be with the Lord this week. This morning’s memorial service at Old Paths Bible Baptist Church was the main focus of prayers this morning, as well as for the Parfitt family, the church pastors and congregation. May the Lord be a comfort in their sorrow.

Mateo Vasquez leads the hymns

Our preacher for the morning was Pastor Phil Huber, who gave a charge on the Power of Prayer. He opened by reading James 5:12-16, with the key verse being “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Although we ought to have a regular time during our day where we stop and pray, Brother Huber urged us to “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thess 5:17. “We need to be men of prayer”, he said, “The engine that moves the heart of God is prayer.”

Pastor Phil Huber

He then took his key verse and broke it down into three parts:

  1. Prayer is effectual: “Prayer should be effective.”, Brother Huber explained. “Prayer changes things”, he said, “But do we really believe this?” Rather than offering lifeless, “form letter” praying, we need to “have a meaningful relationship during our communication and fellowship with God.” We can “come boldly unto the throne of grace” Heb 4:16, Pastor Huber stated, because through Christ we have that right. However, “we ought to treat it as a privilege”, he continued. Not only does prayer change things, but prayer also changes us as God shows us things in our lives.
  2. Prayer is fervent: “We want to do the best we can and the most we can, but we will be ineffective if God is not in it.”, Brother Huber advised. We have to make sure that we are what God wants us to be. To illustrate an important characteristic of God, Brother Huber went to Heb 12:29, “For our God is a consuming fire.” Once God gets moving, once he sets His mind to something, “it will get done”, we were told. “Shouldn’t God’s character have an effect on you?” Brother Huber asked. Casual, meaningless prayer will not move God. The issues in your prayer must consume you, be personal to you, you must understand the gravity of what you are praying for. Pray for others as though their problems are your own. Be moved as King David was moved in the Psalms, with all your heart, soul, and mind.
  3. Prayer availeth much: “God’s name is righteous”, Brother Huber reminded us, and we have no business approaching God in an unrighteous state. “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” I Pet 1:16. God gave us a way to do this, so that we may not offend him in word or deed. “We sin because we want to sin”, Brother Huber flatly stated, “We do it willingly.” Asking God for things after being disobedient does not make sense. For as a man “thinkth in his heart, so is he” Prov 23:7. “God has called us to be holy.” Pastor Hubor said, and to answer to God for our own actions and lives, not blaming circumstances or others. He then explained that the outward show of prayer is not important; it is the inward man that moves God … “by our hearts”. Examine your inward hearts”, he urged, “It gets things done.”

Pastor Vince Giardino

Our morning was coming to a close and Pastor Giardino asked us to “bend a knee to the Lord … to seek His face”, as the invitation to come forward was given. With heavy hearts, we prayed for the Parfitt family and the memorial service. From the pulpit, Pastor G. asked for prayer requests. Then Pastors Russo, Rodriguez, and Strobel led us in earnest prayer for those things which we had asked.

The photo album of this event is now available on the GLBBC web site here.

Note: Old Paths Bible Baptist Church has established a fund for those who wish to donate to the Parfitt family. Their church website has more information.

A Letter from Pastor Vince Giardino

BELOW IS LAST CALL FOR MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST:

Dear Brethren,

Tomorrow at 9:30 am is the Men’s Prayer Breakfast right here at Gospel Light. Please try to make this event, we’re praying for 100 men. Here’s the deal men…

I’ve been entreating you for several months/years and yes I admit telling it like it is regarding some of the SMUG attitudes some of the brethren have toward unifying together for the cause of Christ and seeing something done in a good God honoring way.

Some deaths have happened this week that truly are heart wrenching esp. the passing of Bro. Ken Parfitt. At the risk of being opportunistic, for the Lord I might add, please show up tomorrow and join dozens of men at Gospel Light’s Men’s Prayer Breakfast. At 11am Old Paths BBC will grieve their lose at Bro. Parfitt’s memorial service. We can knit our hearts together for the Lord and pray to the God of all comfort to surround them and also pray that the Gospel of Jesus Christ would go forth with power!

1 Thes 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance….

This unifying together is important for many of our upstate New York Churches and would please the Lord how we bear the burden for others mourning their loved ones. Moreover I believe, as we see through a glass darkly, a TIMELY banding together for our Christian community of like-minded churches would be healthy. This was so evident at our last event with Pastor Eric Capaci!

So looking forward to seeing you as you plan to come and join us!

Please e-mail or text me back (585-370-4039) to let me know how many you are bringing so that my cooks can plan.

A lover of good men, Bro. Vince Giardino

Linus has an idea for Sunday …

… to be continued …


Wednesday Evening Service, Dec 15, 2010

Wednesday evening brought us another installment of the Cult Series here at Gospel Light. Bernie Wheater presented part two of his presentation on Scientology. He opened with two bible verses. “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thess 5:21. “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1. Brother Bernie advised us to check in the King James Bible to see if what other religions are saying is right or wrong. Rather than get into the details of his presentation here, we have posted the Scientology study in the Cult Series Library on this blog. The link to this Library can always be found under the Pages heading in the right-hand column of the blog. Or click HERE.

As always, Wednesday evening is a time for prayer requests and earnest praying at Gospel Light. This week we heard the very sad news of the passing of Ken Parfitt from Old Paths BBC. Many here at Gospel Light were well acquainted with this man of God, who sustained his injuries in his efforts to be a Good Samaritan on an ice roadside. Please take time to pray for the widow, Jaime Parfitt, and her family. Pray also for Pastors Joseph Cammilleri and Jay Folk as they minister to their church. As Pastor Giardino has reminded us often, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16.