And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 1 John 3:23

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:13

Higher Ground

A message from Pastor Vince Giardino

Dear Brethren,

We are so excited about this coming Memorial Day Weekend! This is our 15th year of bringing some of the greatest preaching on a “typical” holiday weekend on earth! Many of you have enjoyed hearing these men throughout the years in our Men’s Prayer Breakfast events. Now add the setting of mountains, with a camp-meeting flavor of morning and evening church services and you might be REVIVED!

Any pastor that wants to come for a day is covered by Gospel Light! We have nearly 150 people already signed up for the weekend so please let us know if you consider on joining us. Overnight accommodations are available is you’d like to stay a night or longer.

See glbbc.org for further details on the Video page, go to Family Camp promotion video !

Make sure you keep praying for our Men’s Prayer Breakfast on June 11th with Debate to follow. That’s only 2 weeks from this Saturday!

A lover of good men, Bro. Vince Giardino

On June 5th,please contribute

Our church family is growing. Gospel Light has seen an influx of souls seeking the truth of God. While this is certainly a blessing, we’ll soon be running out of available blue seats during regular Sunday morning services. During special events, we have been seating the overflow crowd in not-so-comfortable folding chairs.

We currently have 150 blue chairs in the sanctuary and Pastor Giardino has recently made the decision to purchase 50 more. In order to make this purchase, church members are being asked to contribute to a special offering on Sunday, June 5. Each chair will cost $75 (includes shipping). Please consider donating to this cause.

N.Y. ‘gay marriage’ battle could impact U.S.

Posted on May 18, 2011 | by Michael Foust ALBANY, N.Y. (BP) – With the strong backing of the governor and the likely approval of the assembly, New York state is toying once again with legalizing “gay marriage,” a move that observers both inside and outside the state say could have a monumental impact on the rest of the country.

To read the rest of this article, go to → the Baptist Press. Jason McGuire, president of the New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, is quoted.

Pastor Giardino is organizing a trip to Albany to attend the “Mayday for Marriage” rally. The rally is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24 from 11 AM to 3 PM. Grayson K. will be leading the contingent from Gospel Light. If you wish to be included, please contact Pastor Giardino before next Tuesday.


The Cult Series continues: Jehovah’s Witnesses

What? Your kidding, right? You missed this past Wednesday evening’s service? Well, I miss a few too, every now and then (sheepish grin). Nevertheless, let me tell you what you missed.

You’re probably not sitting at Gospel Light if there is not an excellent music special to go along with the service. Our music special was by our fearless music leader himself. With Julia G. at piano, Mateo V. sang “Hallelujah, What a Savior” with sincere love for his “Savior”.Before most Wednesday evening services, Pastor Vince Giardino prepares a prayer list composed of things to be thankful for and things & people to pray for. As is usual, Pastor canvased the congregation for additional items for the list. When all the requests had been made, Gabriel G. stood at the pulpit and we prayed with him to God, beseeching our Lord for His will to be done.

“Hinging on Heresy” is the name of the series on cults being conducted at Gospel Light on Wednesday evenings. Bernie W. was our teacher and Jehovah’s Witnesses was his topic. Part One of his PowerPoint presentation dealt with a detailed history of how this cult came into being. The name “Jehovah’s Witnesses” was based on Isaiah 43:10, “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord”, and was first adopted in 1931. But before that date, there is a long and convoluted history involving the gradual development of this cult and the beliefs of it’s founder, Joseph Russell. “Pastor Russell”, born in 1852, broke from the Adventist religion, and along with Nelson Barbour, created bible student groups that eventually evolved into Jehovah’s Witnesses. Just a few highlights from Bernie’s presentation included:

→ In 1981, the Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society was formed. Jehovah’s Witnesses have some of the largest printing presses in the world and distribute an inordinate amount of printed material.

→ By 1888, 50 people were going door-to-door full time. Door-to-door is now the major emphasis of the cult, rather than prayer, meditation, or bible study.

→ Russell produced a four part 8-hour film entitled “The Photo-Drama of Creation” which incorporated sound, moving film, and color slides. The presentation was show worldwide.

→ Russell was a 33 degree Free Mason. Bernie pointed out that “one thing common in all cults and occult religions is that one of the founders is a high degree Free Mason”.

→ In 1916, Charles Russell died. Near his burial plot is a 9-foot stone pyramid memorial emblazoned with the cross of Free Masonry.

→ Joseph Rutherford, formally the Watch Towers Society’s legal counsel, succeeded Russell in 1917 and introduced his own organizational and doctrinal changes to the cult.

Please join us for the continuation of this series on Wednesday evenings at GLBBC. Upon completion, Bernie’s Jehovah’s Witnesses presentation will be available at the Gospel Light Cult Series Library on this blog web site.

One Book Rightly Divided

For one last time, Gospel Light welcomed Dr Doug Stauffer this past Sunday evening, this time as teacher. The white screen came down and we were treated to a slide show. Slides included various books and DVDs on sale, Brother Stauffer’s wife, son and daughter, travel pictures from Alaska, and slides from the Baptist History tour.

The major portion of the evening was spent going through the first two chapters of his book, “One Book Rightly Divided”. Those two chapters are available to be read at the web site http://www.rightlydivided.com/. Rather than try to hash through my notes, giving an imperfect summary of the chapter contents, I suggest to you, dear reader, to go to the web site and get this excellent content first hand. The book is available for purchase on-line for $20.00.

Bend Your Knees in Prayer

Each month at Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church, a deserving church member is presented with the “Servants Heart Award”. This is a special recognition award for a person’s faithful work in the church, work that would be sorely missed if not done. At this past Sunday morning’s service, Mateo V. presented the award to Sis. Pearl Caletz. Lydia G. was there to hand her flowers. At Gospel Light, Pearl has a well-deserved reputation of hard work, varied participation, knowledgeable mentoring, and a loving heart. God bless you Pearl.

Sanctuary” was the song that Michael G. sang at the piano. This music special moved many to come forward to the alter. Pastor Vince Giardino commented that the song “makes us appreciate what He did for us.” Pastor asked his congregation “When was the last time you came to His sanctuary?”

Our preacher for the morning, Dr. Douglas Stauffer, was introduced by our pastor and invited to the pulpit. Brother Stauffer titled his message, “Bend Your Knees” and was to show us “things in the book of Hebrews that changed my life”. His delivery was expressive and passionate throughout. A long acquaintance with his subject was apparent; his message was clear and none to difficult to follow.

Brother Stauffer said prayer is “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” 1 Peter 5:7. “God wants to hear from you”, he said. The world is “totally confused” and “wound up” he continued. The answer is to get on your knees and pray to God. Bro. Stauffer declared that “God answers every prayer you pray”, but sometimes the answer is “no”. However, the answer is always peace (please read Phil 4:6-7). We were told that the greatest gift God can give you is peace: peace of mind, peace of soul, and peace of heart.

Praying for your own wishes, rather than praying for the will of the Father, is not always wise. Bro. Stauffer warned that if we got our way all the time, we most likely would mess up our lives. The Apostle Paul had “besought the Lord thrice” (2 Cor 12:8) for his infirmities to be taken from him. God’s answer to him was “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” 2 Cor 12:9. Perhaps if Paul’s “thorn” had been removed, pride may have crept in, leading Paul to be “exalted above measure” 2 Cor 12:7.

“Just because something difficult comes into your life doesn’t mean it’s bad”, Brother Stauffer explained. A thorn in the flesh may be intended for our good and for His glory. Instead of blaming God, we should use it to get closer to God. Our God is able to deliver us from trouble; but if not, we need to understand that he still cares and loves us, wanting above all to give us peace. We were sent to Dan 3:16-18 to demonstrate this very same principle with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” Heb 4:16. “Day by day”, Brother Stauffer said, we need to seek “God’s mercy” and find “living grace”. Our preacher outlined five things mentioned in Hebrews that we, as believers, need to have or need to do, things that will help us in our prayer life:

  • We need to have boldness – to pray and come to God, to enter into the holy place, and past the veil, boldly. God knows we are sinners, but the matter is settled since we wear the righteousness of Christ. Likewise, we need to have boldness in the world, speaking God’s truth in love and not sitting back and letting the world go to hell. Refer to Heb 10:19-20.
  • We need to have assurance – full assurance of our salvation. “Believe what you know and know what you believe”, Brother Stauffer said. Getting into our bibles each and every day is the way to obtain and maintain our assurance. “You are required to be faithful”, he counseled, by giving to and attending the local church. Refer to Heb 10:22.
  • We are not to waver – in our profession of faith and in our love for God. By reading and studying the Word of God, we can be sure that our position is defensible. We know that God is faithful and He will not let us down. Refer to Heb 10:23.
  • We are to provoke one another – to love and to good works. Be a blessing to others in the church body. Refer to Heb 10:24.
  • We are to exhort one another – and not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together”, especially “as ye see the day approaching” Heb 10:25.

A visit from the Baptist History Tour – May 11

The following article was written and submitted by Pearl Caletz. She graciously took notes of the visit to GLBBC by Jeff Faggart and the men from the 2011 Baptist History Tour.As we opened our Wednesday night service (May 11th) in prayer and singing songs heartedly unto the lord, we were joined by 60-65 men and teen boys who were on a Baptist History tour in NY. The tour led by Pastor Jim Faggart, began Monday and will end on Friday. Bro. Mateo did a fine job of leading us in song. We were blessed by a piano arrangement played by Iris Faggart. It was good to have Pastor Giardino introduce our guest speaker Pastor Faggart, who wasted no time in getting us in our bibles and to his text verse 1 Corinthians 15:12-26. We bowed our heads in prayer and then Pastor Faggart expounded to us the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Christ did not rise from the dead, then our faith is in vain. But we know the truth, that Christ did rise from the dead and we who are saved, look to Christ’s second coming. Pastor Faggart used the Word of God to bring the point of Christ’s resurrection over and over. We will see him again. What a time of coming together we enjoyed this night. The proofs that were shown to us! It was electric to hear words of agreements coming from different parts of the congregation which I liken to popcorn popping. The power of the Word of God to works in hearts even illicited an amen from a lady or two, and some nods. God raised Jesus from the dead that He might first be a blessing to Israel. God is still on the throne! Praise the Lord!

Pastor Faggart’s points:

  • To believe that Jesus rose from the dead, we would have to believe that Jesus is coming again.
  • If we believe that Jesus is coming again, we have to believe that we are going to give an account of the deeds done in our body, whether good or bad. Praise be to God.

With reluctance, the bible study came to a close. Pastor Giardino led the altar call, as men, women and children flowed to the altar. Obviously moved by the truths that were expounded tonight, from our sword, the Word of God. Once we closed in prayer, Gospel Light was able to be a blessing and treat the Baptist Tour men and teens to pizza and refreshments. After a time of fellowship, the tour group was called together to regroup and go over some rules for leaving the U.S. and entering into Canada. The 2 buses left our church to continue in their Baptist History tour. Praise the Lord and the people throughout history who have left their mark for us to follow. The bible is real, our baptist history is real. A heart felt thank you to the Faggarts for being a tool in God’s army to continue getting the word out. A grand time was had by all!

Sunday School with Dr. Stauffer

Adult Sunday School at Gospel Light featured our guest for the day, Dr. Doug Stauffer. He is considered an expert on dispensational theology and is the author of “One Book Rightly Divided”.The first topic that was introduced was the difference between the Kingdom of Heaven (a physical realm) and the Kingdom of God (a spiritual realm). In Matt 3:2, John the Baptist announces, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”, meaning that Jesus is to be ruler of the kingdom on earth. Later in Matt 4:17, Jesus likewise says, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”. He “went about all Galilee … preaching the gospel of the kingdom”, Matt 4:23, a kingdom that would have to wait until after the tribulation because of Jesus’ rejection by the Jews.

Dr. Douglas Stauffer

A transition occurs in Matthew chapter 12 where the spiritual kingdom becomes the focus. Jesus says, “if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.”, Matt 12:28. Dr. Stauffer spent time answering questions on this topic of the two kingdoms.

Calvinism became the source of discussion at this point. Dr. Stauffer was amazed by the Calvinist’s acceptance of the concept that unelected “people are birthed to die and go to hell”. He explained that the “elect” spoken of in 1 Peter 1:2 are only elect due to “the foreknowledge of God the Father”, who knows the beginning and end of all things. He said you are “not elect until you are elected.” We read 2 Thess 2:13, “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth” to understand that we have the choice to believe or not to believe. (See also Rom 8:28-29 and Rom 9:11.) God knew who would accept and who would not, but all men were given free will. “God will give you the tools if you want to disbelieve the Bible”, Dr Stauffer assured us. Pastor Vince Giardino was quick to add that Calvinism relies on twisting the scriptures and that we need to properly use the scriptures to dispel their doctrines.

The discussion turned to modern versions of the bible and their distortions, especially the NIV. The initial focus was on the controversy around the “voice” that the Apostle Paul heard in Acts 9, passages that critics claim show errors in the KJV. The common sense explanation to this “error” was what cemented Dr. Stauffer’s belief in the Bible. Acts chapters 22 and 26 clear up the matter; the voice only spoke to Paul and the others with him just heard a voice like thunder. Dr. Stauffer also spent time on Titus 2:13, a verse that some believe shows the NIV to be stronger on the diety of Christ. Not only did Dr. Stauffer debunk the idea using Titus 1:3-4 & 3:4-6, but he showed how the NIV version kills the originally intended meaning. He said that evidence destroys the ability to have faith in modern bibles. (Pastor G. mentioned Isaiah 43:11 as a cross reference.)Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Rev 4:11. Dr. Stauffer called this a “life changing verse”, one which we should all memorize. “’I want to please God’ should be our focus”, he said. We should realize that nothing is more important in our lives than to use our free will to please God.

Photos of the Baptist History Tour visit to GLBBC

This past week Pastor Vince Giardino and his son Ross went on the 2011 Baptist History Tour. This yearly event is hosted by Brother Jeff Faggart and Baptist History Preservation Society. They arranged to visit our church this past Wednesday evening and Bro. Faggart was invited to preach. Roberto C., an aspiring young photographer, borrowed his father’s camera and snapped off a series of photos of the tour’s visit. Please take the time to view them at the “Gospel Light Photographs” page on the church web site: http://www.glbbc.org/gal2/main.php

God’s Great Plans

“God has great plans for every child of God. His plan is not just to have them saved from hell, but also to have them serve him. The new convert would be amazed at what God has planned for his future. The newly saved person has a great future in serving God in the way God desires to use him. Disobedience to God can change everything. Sidelines are filled with Christian folks that had excuses or reasons to disobey God’s commands in their lives.

How sad it is to hear of the great numbers that have missed God’s blessing in their lives because of their refusal to obey the commandments of God to be baptized, faithful in attending church, or to witness for Him. The numbers are astronomical of those that choose the world’s way to live rather than God’s way. It is those that remain faithful to what they know and are shown to do, that God uses for His glory. Our responsibility is to obey all God has shown us to do. Obedience always leads to more opportunities to serve God. – gratefully borrowed from The Bible View Vol. #102

Every Day Is Resurrection Sunday!

Pastor Giardino recently remarked:

“Every day is Resurrection Sunday!”

Don’t believe everything you read …

Rumor Mill, Part I – A local preacher’s young daughter noticed that her father always bowed his head in prayer before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why. “Well, Honey,” he began, “I’m asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.” “How come He doesn’t answer it?” she asked.

Rumor Mill, Part II Quite recently at Sunday School, the teacher had described how Lot’s wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. One child spoke up, saying, “My Mommy looked back once while she was driving, and she turned into a telephone pole!”

Rumor Mill, Part III The same Sunday school teacher happen to ask the class, “Do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark ?” ”No”, a thoughtful child replied. “How could he with just two worms?”

Hinging On Heresy – What A Sword

Hinging On Heresy – What A Sword

Wednesday evening at Gospel Light featured an inspiring music special. Brenda D. and Derek M. harmonized beautifully to sing “I Call Him Lord”. Playing piano during the offering was Dan P. and playing during the invitation was Michael G. We thank God for the many talented musicians that help lead us in worship.
Many prayer requests came from the congregation and were added to those on the prayer list. Pastor Vince Giardino asked Kevin S. to the pulpit to lead us in prayer.
Details concerning upcoming debate between Reformed Theology and Bible Baptists were given. Pastor Scott Strobel (FBBC) and our pastor had recently met in Lockport to discuss plans. The debate will occur 1 hour after the conclusion of the Men’s Prayer Breakfast on June 12th and is open to all.Our evening saw Pastor add a twist to our Cult series of presentations by speaking about the instrument by which to dissect cults – the Bible. Our key verses were Eph 4:11-16. In them we see the Apostle Paul giving instructions and knowledge to the officers of the church and giving encouragement to the church body. Paul says to “be no more children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine” Eph 4:14. In the fulness of Christ, we need to be strong, growing up into Christ in all things, and guarding against “the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” Eph 4:14-15. The church is the body of Christ, with Christ as the head. Paul wrote that from Christ, the whole body is “fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth” Eph 4:16. Pastor Giardino explained that through the knowledge of the Son of God (Eph 4:13) is that perfect unity of the church obtained. (Refer also to Eph 2:19-21, where Paul wrote that “the household of God” is “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord”.)

Pastor Giardino warned what would happen if the church did not have good teachers and used a wrong bible (i.e. “rubber sword” as Pastor calls them). The true inspired Word of God is required to get the knowledge needed to grow up into Christ. Without this, a church will not be tightly fit, the body will be disjointed and will be wide open to the “sleight of man”, deception, and wrong doctrine. It is in this environment that cults are born.Not only can the Word of God dissect cults, but it is a discerner of of men. “The bible can read you”, Pastor Giardino said. The basis for this part of Pastor’s message was Heb 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Pastor G. defined “piercing” as “going down deep … down to the very essence” of a man. Why is the Word so sharp? That sharpness is essential to process of salvation.

We were told that, before we were redeemed, we were bond servants to Satan. Pastor used 1 Pet 1:18-19 to remind us that we were bought back by “the precious blood of Christ”. “If you have not been saved, your souls and spirit are together”, Pastor explained. “You need an operation”, he said, “one much deeper than man can perform”. When we are saved, an operation takes place that pierces down to our very essence, “dividing asunder” our soul and spirit (Heb 4:12). This is the “mechanics of being saved”, Pastor Giardino revealed, where the piercing of the gospel sanctifies us and preserves us blameless (1 Thess 5:23). This also is “the faith of the operation of God” written of in Col 2:12.

“Who’s power are we under?” our preacher asked. Before we were saved, we “were by nature the children of wrath” and “children of disobedience” Eph 2:2-3. When a child becomes of age, when a child realizes good and evil, he/she becomes an indentured servant of Satan. But we are now “quickened” by the scalpel of God, Pastor said, becoming a saved, adopted child of God. We now “walk as children of light” Eph 5:8. We are “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation” 1 Pet 1:5.

Pastor Giardino emphasized that it is not enough to be saved. We must also be nourished by the Word, that “may grow up into him in all things” Eph 4:15. We need to grow “in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” Eph 4:13. If we don’t do this, Pastor warned that we will be “spiritual midgets”, prone to wrong doctrine or the wrong church. He further stressed that in a true church, the true Word of God is preached.

A Doubtful Mind – Part II

Who was that on piano during the offering? Why it was Joe C. pounding away at those keys at the evening service this past Sunday. Add one more to the endless parade of musicians at Gospel Light. Joe C. is a blessing in many ways in our church family.

Powerful. That’s how to describe the performance of the Ladies Quartet. Singing “He is God, He is Lord” were Koari, Lori, Melody, and Bonnie. After their performance, someone yelled out, “Sing it again!” and Pastor had them do just that. Back to their mikes they went, singing again with vigor and joy.Just as at last Sunday evening’s service, testimonies from those involved with the Youth Rally were given. Among the many thoughtful and thankful testimonies, your blogger took note of what Mike W. had said: “God just took the vision of Pastor and his son Michael and blessed it … People’s lives were impacted with this and they will remember forever.”

Pastor Vince Giardino’s title for the evening sermon was “A Doubtful Mint – Part 2”. He started with 2 Peter 3:1-4, with special note to the scoffers that will come in the last days “saying, Where is the promise of his coming?” Concerning scoffers and doubters, Jesus asked his disciples “If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? Luke 12:28. People forget what God has done for them, what He is doing now, and what He will do for them in the future. Pastor said, “We expect the unsaved will doubt the second coming of Christ and the gospel.” But what of the believers in Christ? The Apostle Thomas in John 20 was not the only “Doubting Thomas”. The way we live our lives is often evidence of our own doubt. “There is a doubting throng in Christianity”, Pastor exclaimed.

Even in Peter’s mind there were doubts as to what was taking place as he saw the empty tomb, “wondering in himself at that which was come to pass” Luke 24:12. After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to two disciples and walked with them (see Luke 24). Even though the two know all the details of what had happened, they still had doubt in their minds and were in need of a revival. Jesus rebuked them, saying, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?Luke 24:25-26. Pastor related this to the present, saying there is “all kinds of doubting in Christianity” with people “slow of heart” and “slow to believe”.

Pastor continued with the story of the two disciples in Luke 24, showing how eventually their eyes were opened and were finally convinced. They “returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together” Luke 24:33, and said “The Lord is risen indeed … and they told what things were done” Luke 24:34-35. In verse 36, Jesus returns, but the eleven were troubled, their minds having been “messed up because they had doubt”, Pastor said. Pastor Giardino explained that they were still wondering and believed not because their faith had been stretched. Jesus did open their understanding and dispelled their doubt, telling his disciples to “tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on highLuke 24:49. With their joy and belief having returned, the disciples stayed continually in church because their doubts were gone.

REPOST: Brother Vince Massa Interview – Family Camp

Vince Massa Interview

Once again, Gospel Light’s annual trek to Family Camp is just around the corner. By May 26, individuals and families from our church will be making there way down to Camp Li-Lo-Li in Randolph, NY, near the Pennsylvania border. Among those that will be preaching again this year is a man of God we at GLBBC have become quite fond of: Brother Vince Massa, Pastor of Landmark Baptist Church in Stamfort, CT. The church blog had a chance to catch Brother Massa during his stay in Rochester for Fellowship Weekend. That Sunday evening, we had a chance to lob a few questions his way about Family Camp and its significance. Here is that interview:One of the teens who attended Family Camp last year wrote in her blog, “Camp truly was a life changing experience for so many.” What can happen in a five day visit to a rustic Western NY camp that can be so special that it can change a person’s life?

You never know what’s going to happen in someone’s life. People have gotten saved at Family Camp. People have been called into the ministry. People make decisions about their family, such as to have a family alter at home and to pray more.”

How long have you and your wife Roxanne been attending Family Camp and what/who initially drew you there?

This is our ninth year at Family Camp. We came as a result of Brother Vince Giardino inviting us to preach. We had no hesitations. Vince was called to preach at the Bad Attitude Baptist Blowout nine years ago, where we met and that’s when he asked as to preach.”

Last year at Family Camp, you spoke on heaven and the return of Christ. Have you thought about the messages you will be preaching during Family Camp?

Because I’ve been going to Family Camp for all these years, it has been in the back of my mind. But not until it gets down to May, when it gets down to crunch time, will I decide what to preach on.”

Anyone keeping up with the news knows we are living in interesting times. What do Christian families in 2011 need to know about?

People need to realize that all they need do is watch the evening news or read a newspaper to see the signs of the times regarding the Lord’s return. His coming is very soon and we need to prepare for the coming rapture.”

Camp Li-Lo-Li offers a variety of fun activities for its campers, including a number of high rope events that the web site says will “have you shaking in your boots”. Have you tried any, such as “Heaven Bound” or “Leap of Faith”?

I have done ‘Heaven Bound’. I have not done the ‘Leap of Faith’. I’ve done the repelling and the wall climbing. But to me, that’s a time to lay back and relax. Between the preaching, I like to lay out in the sun and relax.”

Campers are treated to wonderful meals. Can you think of a dinner or dessert that you can’t wait to get back to?

One thing I can say about the food, it seems to me that the meals and the desserts keep getting better and better each year.” (Editor’s note – Bro. Massa diplomatically had no particular favorite entrée or dessert).

What is that one memorable moment about Family Camp that you will remember for the rest of your life?

Several years ago, maybe my second year, a young couple came to Family Camp. The husband, a Spanish fellow named Francisco, wasn’t saved. We were praying for his soul. On Sunday morning when I preached, Francisco was saved. I was preaching from Luke 15, the prodigal son message, really about the father, and he got saved that Sunday morning. He started attending the church that his wife, Lisa, was a member of. A couple of years ago, in 2007, he was in a car accident and died. I know I will see him again because he went to Family Camp and was saved 4-5 years before he died. Two years ago, Lisa was back at camp after the death of her husband.”