Our Sunday evening message was another hit from Bro. McDonald.
We heard about some kids in the Bible.
Jacob and Esau
If you aren’t sure what we could learn from such a mixed group, click on the “Hear Preaching” button in the middle of our home page at www.glbbc.org. Listen to the message from Bro Ken. Join us next Sunday! We’ll be looking forward to seeing you!
Where were you on Sunday morning, September 11th? Maybe you had something better to do? Maybe you figured you didn’t need to be in God’s house and excused yourself for another activity, or because you were too busy to put the Lord’s Day first.
If so, you missed a phenomenal message from an evangelist who is in touch with the heartbeat of the Christians of this day and age…the last days. The Laodicean church.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Are you in denial? or does this describe you, like it does most of us?
Brother McDonald blessed the people of GLBBC this past Lord’s Day.
In the morning sermon, we turned to Ecclesiastes 12:1-7
Bro. Ken took this passage apart as he spoke of the last days and the need for us to get to know God and to do it NOW!
Today’s victories will help us later in life. David was just a kid, but he was victorious over Goliath.
Later he held the sword of the giant in his hand and was again the victor in battle.
In verse 3 of the text, he points us to the keepers….“the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble”,
The keepers are likened to the preachers of today. Many are losing their grip and using artificial means to uphold the services of the church and to get the people excited. ie: entertainment, no preaching on sin and holiness. No real conviction anymore.
Another point was the eyes ” and those that look out of the windows be darkened,”
People of today are living on feeling, not seeing….”don’t confuse me with the facts…I know what I felt” (Have you ever heard anyone say that before?)
The eyes have gone bad. We don’t see things spiritually.
Yet another point…“Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high,”
Are you afraid of taking the high road? Could you sing this hymn and not be lying with your words?
I’m pressing on the upward way
New heights I’m gaining every day
Still praying as I’m onward bound
Lord, lead me on to higher ground.
My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Tho’ some may dwell where these abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground
I want to live above the world
Tho’ Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.
I want to scale the upmost height,
And catch a glimpse of glory-bright;
But still I’ll pray till Heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground
Lord lift me up and let me stand
by faith on heaven’s tableland
A Higher plain than I have found
Lord plant my feet on higher ground.
This blogger isn’t going to tell you all of the message. It was all good and you need to hear it, but you will have to make the effort to get the CD or listen online. It should be posted by the end of the day. This is a hot one!
Generally the GLBBC blog is a place where we recap the things that have taken place here at church. This post is to let you know what is coming!
Saturday morning at 9:30 we have a Men’s Prayer breakfast. Bro. Ken McDonald will be preaching and there will be great food and fellowship. Come on out and join the men of GLBBC.
Brother McDonald will also be preaching our Sunday services. Don’t miss it!
This evening ( Sept 9), our ladies gathered to fellowship. We sang a couple of songs and then got down to business. Our speaker, Mrs. Terri McDonald, was willing and ready to speak to us and help us to better see what God wants for us.
Her message, I’ll call it ‘Downsizing,’ was about surrender. If you missed it, GET THE CD! Everyone, especially the women, needs to hear this message of faith. We hang on to too much baggage in our lives and are not willing to relinquish the strongholds that really keep us from doing the Lord’s will.
Our time together was sweet. Ladies, please try to include yourself in these meetings. It’s so important to gather and fellowship with one another. You are missing out!
Between Two Worlds
We took a break from the “Hinging on Heresy” Cult series this past Wednesday September 7th. Pastor G brought us a message that really could be a help to many. He preached about Paul.
Phil 1:19-28 Paul was in a strait betwixt two. In reading the scriptures carefully we found that Paul’s life had changed radically. What was rocking his life?
Sometimes we go through a trial and make the false assumption that God is punishing us or doesn’t want us serving when in fact, He is testing our faith and making us stronger for His service.
Look earlier …Acts 14:19 Paul is stoned but goes back into the city after… It appears that he may have died and he revived! Look at Phil. again. He wanted to be with Christ, but staying in the flesh was more needful! 2 Cor 12:1-4 it seems he may be recounting what had happened to him. (about 14 years after.)
Phil 1:19 – 22 is about 4 years later. He doesn’t know what choice to make . He is between two worlds. This doesn’t keep him from what is importatnt.
He wants Heaven but is here on Earth. v28 he establishes a reason or at least figures it out.
What are YOU doing here? What is your reason for what you do?
Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
If this truth is not established, we will not make it through the day to day trials of life.
Phil 1:25 it wasn’t about him….it was about others.
We have taken a couple of Sunday evening services to sit and watch a movie. No we aren’t compromising. The film/documentary that we viewed is
“The King James Bible: The Book That Changed the World.” See the trailer here:
If you have ever wondered about some of the history behind the writing of the preserved and inspired Word of God, the King James Bible, this is a great place to start. One of our viewers said, “I would have to spend hours of time reading books of historical value to get what this movie has taught me in 90 minutes.”
Check it out! You won’t regret it.
(We are hoping to add this to our bookstore either at the church or online in the near future.)
Pastor’s Sunday morning message was a poignant reminder that we live in the last days.
Pastor opened up with an article regarding the marketing that is targeted toward the “tweens” in our culture. These ‘children’ are in the 8 to 12 year range. Not teens yet, but not allowed to be children either as the world foists sexuality and the importance of ‘body image’ on them.
A quote from the Media Awareness Network really says it all when they state “By treating pre-adolescents as independent, mature consumers, marketers have been very successful in removing the gatekeepers (parents) from the picture—”
Whoa! Wait just a minute! Shouldn’t parents continue to be the ‘gatekeepers?’ Not according to the researchers in the marketing world Let’s leave them out of the equation.
We ‘the church’ need to reach them for the Lord! What are we doing?
The typical Christian is spoken of in Revelation 3 as being ‘wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:’ ‘Romans 2-3 tell us the cold hard facts of how wretched and wicked our culture really is.
Romans 2:4 – They don’t know!
Romans 2:5-8 the desensitized culture we live in.
Matt 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Matt 24:12 While we should be hotter and hotter for Christ, we wax colder and colder. The culture is an indicator of where Christianity is.
The points to the message are this.
1. Stone cold hearts
In Joshua there are spies sent out. In spite of the odds ( 2 out of 12 were trustworthy) Joshua and his men overcame the situation.
Joshua 2:!0. Rahab had already heard stories of these Israelites. Who told her? She was witnessed to by someone and her heart had melted. It was no longer stone cold.
2. Stone cold faith
Joshua 3:5 The people were told to be sanctified. God honors clean living.
Joshua 6:18-19 Not just clean in heart and body but their money and possessions were consecrated to the Lord! Can a ‘Thing’ be evil or accursed? YES! Read the Bible!
3. Stone Cold Facts
Joshua 7 One man has done a great deal of damage because of his sin. Achan has been dishonest.
Vs. 12-13 Holiness is needed
We are to be a living sacrifice Romans 12:1
The old testament sacrifices won’t do any longer. WE must be willing to sacrifice some things. Sacrificing ourselves!
4. Stone Cold Victory
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet,
We have news for a lost and dyig world. We must tell the transgressors!
Joshua 6:25 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.
Joshua saved Rahab
Jesus Saved YOU!
Lift up your voice and tell the news!
As we close the summer, we also close the Back Yard Bible Clubs for 2011. To celebrate, we had Super Saturday on September 3 and invited everyone to GLBBC so we could have some fun together.
Lugia’s Ice Cream truck
We are thanking the Lord for a beautiful, hot, sunny, summer day! Watch this space for pics and some video footage!
Do you ever feel like you just can’t get warm? Imagine living in a home where warm is 55 in the winter…(that’s INSIDE folks) and outside temperatures rarely hit the 70’s in summer. The first snow could fall as early as late September and that snow will not melt until springtime comes again. The sun will set in mid November and you won’t see it again until late January (65 days) at which time the average temperature is 16 degrees BELOW zero but can drop to -70! Makes you really appreciate warm, sunny, Rochester, doesn’t it?
We had the distinct privilege of having a veteran missionary in our service this past Wednesday evening. It isn’t often that we have had such an opportunity and when the Lord made it possible, we knew it was His will that opened the door.
Missionary Nick Serino and his family have served on the Alaskan North Slope for 29 years. Having started four churches in a hard, cold land, Bro Serino has proven himself to be the man for the job. The message he brought us after showing his slides, was meant for everyone and highly recommended for your sermon CD library.
For more information, please see the Serino’s website at http://www.northslopebaptistministries.com/
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