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Come join us for some fun this evening as the teens of GLBBC treat us to a night of good clean fun!
They have been preparing skits, etc. All proceeds will help them take their trip to the Sight and Sound theatre in PA.
Cost is $2 per person
7:00 PM at GLBBC on October 28
Cotton Candy, Popcorn, cider and donuts will be available.
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OK, so admittedly, the blog posts have not been the first thing on my mind of late, but let me just fill you in on what has been going on around GLBBC! It’s been a busy place to be! Although it may be a bit long, Please read all of the following as I recap several services here.
Gerald Sutek, Missionary to the Philippines visited us with a message of the love of Christ and our ( I say OUR because we as Christians are ALL called) calling and obligation to win the lost.
Jesus took a step down – He became sin… ( Phil 2:5-9) so we must be willing to step down if necessary, to see souls come to Him.
Jesus was sent to do a work of faith. Pro. 3:5-6 What are you trusting in other than Jesus….whatsoever is without faith is sin. Trust God, not man. In this point, Bro. Sutek told us of stories where he trusted only in the Lord for providing for his needs. Owe no man anything.
Jesus was on a journey of love. John 3:16 Do you love your neighbor? do you have love for that crowd of peeople. Jesus had compassion on them all.
Are you willing to go where there aren’t any beautiful people? A rescue mission, a homeless shelter or the slums? Paul said he was the chiefest of sinners. What about you?
the greatest thing in life is to serve Christ.
Another blessing of a guest preacher was Evangelist Brian DelGrande. Although his visits were unplanned by us, God planned them FOR us.
One thing we need to keep in mind is that
QUITTING IS NOT AN OPTION!
“Once we learn to quit, it becomes a habit” ~ Vince Lombardi – American Football coach
It’s not always easy to read daily, pray, win souls, attend church, give.
Sometimes family will wear you out. Finances will wear you out. Friends will wear you out.
You may quit just before the blessings come!
Make sure you take the time to listen to this one! CD’s are available as well as the opportunity to listen online. Although all messages are not posted yet, we are working on it, so come back often for more!
We were treated to a second helping of Evangelist Brian Del Grande. He first spoke on a Wednesday night and by God’s grace was available to speak to us again. The air sparked with anticipation as we, the congregation sang hymns and readied ourselves to be fed. We were treated to a sweet song, Sanctuary, by Mike G. This song moved a few people to visit the altar before the preaching began. After a brief reminder of our Family Conference coming up this weekend with John and Lee Marshall, Brother Del Grande came armed with a message aimed towards the youth of our church. Adults and I listened intently as the meal was laid out before us.
The name of the message was entitled: What Can Cause A Wounded Spirit?
1.) Words – Proverbs 18:8, 12:18, 25:18, in chapter 25, verse 18 the word that was emphasized was maul. ( heavy, wooden hammer). Negative words can adversely affect a person. Especially from a family member or a friend.
2.) Wrong Choices – can cause a wounded spirit. example: no children, leaving the ministry, marriage w/o biblical counsel. In 2 Corinthians 6:14 God specifically warns us against being unequally yoked. If you are a Christian, there are 3 people in your life you are to seek counsel from; God, parents and your pastor. Remember, no one is perfect. How can you look to the future if you are always looking back to the past? Philippians 3:13
3.) Whipping – don”t get me wrong, discipline is necessary and biblical! Proverbs 22:15, and Proverbs 29:15. For instance, if a child can watch a 2 hour movie, they can be trained to sit still during a church service. God does get the glory for all goodness. Maestro please, (Bro. Del Grande demonstrates a conductor’s action of directing an orchestra). Get the point? Discipline is needed. Some parents whip but not out of love, it ought not to be so. Ephesians 6:4. Discipline w/o love brings about rebellion.
4.) Wayward children – Genesis 28:8-9, Proverbs 17:25, 10:1.
Children when you turn your back on the very God that created you, you wound your parents. Not to mention, our Creator. if, you as a parent have a child that has jumped ship. Don’t let anyone ride you as a failure. The last time i looked, everyone has a free will.
5.) The World – think of the prodigal son in Luke 15: 11-24 This son had his eyes on the world, he left home and spent all. He did return home, but at what cost? He lost his purity, and no inheritance, but he got forgiveness. You are not missing anything by staying away from the world. John 8: 33- 36.
We were left to ponder these points and Brother Del grande gave us some ways to heal our wounds.
a) Word of God – Psalms 119:15-17, the book will do nothing for you unless you read it. When you are hurting, i don’t know about you, but I don’t run to the book of chronicles. When I am hurting I turn to Psalms, where i can find comforting words. We must stay in the bible.
b) The Work of the Holy Spirit – John 14:16, need i say more?!
c) The Wonderful Saviour – Isaiah 53: 3-4, Psalm 34:18
God is fully able to heal all spiritual wounds. Cast all care upon Him for He careth for you. Has anyone wounded you with their words? Let’s look up and not down. Praise the Lord for his wonderful mercy and grace. The service ended and we were dismissed.
Evangelist and ministry leader Bob Creel came in and preached a message on David’s mighty men. and What a message it was! You MUST hear it! Go to our main web page. Click on the “Hear messages” button and find Bob Creel. You don’t want to miss this one.
OK…enough for one post. Add these fine preachers to the preaching and teaching that we hear on a regular basis and you have a crowd with no excuse when we each stand before the Lord. We have been given much to ponder. Praise the Lord!
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Pastor Giardino continued the Family Conference with his morning message.
Is. 49:2And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me
Admitting that in urging people to do the right thing, pastor will be preaching to himself as he is still raising and training children.
We went to Is 49:1-3 and then to Ps 144:12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:
The methods of polishing and buffing haven’t really changed much in the last several hundred years. It still takes work.
1. Grinding for Good – In order for children to be surrendered to God we must be willing to grind away at them. It takes a spirit filled parent to hone the child. Are you spirit filled?
2. Buffer for the Benefit – Ps 128:1-3 We read earlier that they are like olive plants. the olive has oil in it. oil gives light it takes pressure to get that oil from our children.
Ps 127:4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Get those arrows ready to fire and send a lighted shaft into the world.
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Our recent Family Conference was a success. We live in a day and age when the family is under attack. Divorce, unfaithfulness, rebellion, dishonor of parents, disobedience, etc. have all become woes of the time we live in. But does it have to be that way?
We were privileged to have Mr. & Mrs. John Marshall with us for the weekend. This wise couple is the parents of ten children, all grown now, but also all serving the Lord in their lives. Some are missionaries and/or wives on foreign mission fields. Others are leaders, pastors wives and laymen in the churches they attend. If there is anyone who can help us with the family, this couple is it. More on them at www.johnmarshallfamily.com
We started out with a message from Bro. Marshall on Friday evening. His message was on family revival. Although many of us wish for it, there will be no revival in our land if the family is not revived first. And before the family has revival, the marriage must be revived.
After the rape of their sister, Simeon and Levi take things into their own hands. The burden doesn’t fall on them though. It falls on Jacob. Verse 30″ And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land,”
in chapter 35 Jacob meets with God. this is no small thing. Bethel is a picture of the house of God. Jacob met with God and got some things in order.
The head of the house must be in charge. He must put away the strange god’s. What strange god’s are in your home? What takes your time from God. What gets your attention before you have time with the Lord? Get your house cleaned up and don’t bring those things back!
Get your family and home in order. Work together. Be a sweet smelling fragrance to the Lord. Sell out and be revived!
On Saturday morning we had split sessions. The men heard from and asked questions of John Marshall. The ladies met with Mrs. Lee Marshall. The information we gleaned from these two fine examples is priceless. We heard of how to keep our marriages intact. We learned what is expected of a wife and/or a husband. We know better what our role is as a parent and what we should expect from a child as well as how to get them to love the Lord and be joyful doing it. All of these sessions, including the question and answer portions will be available on CD. Please do yourself a favor and order a copy.
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