Good day Gospel Lighters. Are you feeling a little lackadaisical and “blah” on this dark and rainy day? Feel like getting roused up a bit. Then head on over to this web site and view the video. And, oh, by the way, did you know that Jesus was a Palestinian magician? Watch this true coward who would never dare criticize the Muslim faith, but joyously and regularly bashes the Christian faith.
Addressed by “He that hath the seven Spirits of God,” the Church of Sardis had a name of life but was in fact dead. Protestant reformers came out of the indulgence selling Roman Catholic Jezebel mentioned previously with the battle cry “Only Faith; Only Grace; Only Scripture;” but they brought most of the rest of Jezebel’s doctrines with them! They used Bible criticisms and allegorical interpretations to frame up their covenant and replacement theology which denies Israel her place and keeps the catholic church intact. Protestant Churches ended up like the Sardis Church, with the name of life, ‘i.e. sola fide‘ but a doctrine of death, ‘i.e. replacement theology.’ Jesus’ command to them “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, … remember how thou hast received and heard (i.e. sola fide, sola gratia, sola scriptura) and hold fast and repent.” Nothing good is said about the Church of Sardis. The post-post-reformation church, called evangelical and neo-evangelical, still cannot understand the independent local church, nor its rapture, nor the 1000 year Millennial reign of Christ. And so the returning King of kings, who will sit on the Throne of David in the Hills of Zion in the City of Jerusalem warns this group; “if therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” Reformers have changed their battle cry to “only election, only catholic, only a millenial covenant theology!” It is distressing that GARB and Southern Baptist Churches are readily being swallowed into the Sardis Church, with faulty reformed catholic doctrine. Historically, Baptists have not needed reform nor been reformed. Ever since Christ taught it to them they have held to the three sola’s without any Latin or Catholic flavorings.
An Essay from week # 8, Sunday, February 19, 2012
Good Samaritan Baptist Church, Dresden NY
- 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)
- And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (John 10:28)
- Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (Phil 1:6)
- All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (John 6:37-39)
- In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (Eph 1:13-14)
- Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Heb 9:12)
- The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. (Psalms 37:23-24)
- For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. (Psalms 37:28)
This past Sunday morning at Gospel Light, Pastor Vince Giardino began his sermon by reading I Sam 18:1-4. Here is a passage showing the splendid relationship between David, who was not yet King, and Jonathan, who was the son of King Saul and the heir apparent to the throne. “The soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David” 1 Sam 18:1. Pastor made these analogies:
- Saul was a type of old man in the flesh.
- David was a type of Christ, a picture of Jesus Christ.
- Jonathan was a type of Christian, a believer torn between allegiances.
Thus we see Jonathan caught between love for his father and love for David. Jonathan’s choice? “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul” 1 Sam 18:3.
Pastor made mention of the recently deceased Whitney Houston who grew up in a Baptist Church. Her life and career showed that she loved Christ, but she was also in love with the world. Like ships that have gone down at sea, we can be raised to walk as Christians, but find ourselves on the wrong path and on the way to ruin. Whitney Houston “cast her pearls before swine”, our pastor preached. The lyrics of her chart-topping song, “Greatest Love of All”, spoke of love of self as that greatest love. We know that the greatest love is “the love of Jesus Christ”, Pastor Giardino declared. Whitney Houston made the wrong choice and failed to make a covenant with Christ.
“Will we make the wrong choice?”, we were asked. Pastor directed us to 2 Sam 1:24-26 where David laments over Saul, who lavishes his people with worldly goods, and over the recent death of Jonathan in battle. Pastor then exhorted his flock to “make the choice to go against the Sauls in your life” and choose to use your God-given talents for Christ. The relationship between Christ and the believer surpasses any love that exists on earth.
OK, so things get a bit delayed at Gospel Light from time to time. It’s not like you didn’t notice that people are busy this winter doing the Lord’s work. God’s Word is timeless, and so also are our dear pastor’s inspired messages. So with that thought in mind, here is a sermon capsule from way back to January 11th, written by one of our sister’s in Christ.Our Service was entitled “Worry Wart”! Pastor Giardino used several Bible references pertaining to worrying, anxiety, depression, and anything else that troubles our minds. He pointed out how the word “worry” is not in our Bible. 2 Chronicles 20:15 “The battle is not yours, but God’s.” Pastor G emphasized to us how we need to move forward! In addition, if we fear, worry, & stress, we become paralyzed and stand still. The Bible uses the word “affliction” but “anxiety” nor “anxious” are not found in the Bible. The word TRUST was emphasized!!! TRUST in God and put the Lord first.
Psalm 37:3 says just do good! God will get you through, give it to the Lord! Sometimes we think too much about materialistic and unnecessary things. There are people who have no food, no money, no clothes, and we worry about other things that make no sense. When you are afflicted and are going through pressure, grab your Bible. You must TRUST in the Lord to get you through your situation. Pastor G says we need to be responsible, but should not take life so seriously. He stated that when you are fretting or fretful, and worry, you turn from the things you should not and need the most. KEEP GOD FIRST!!!!
On this past Sunday evening, GLBBC welcomed Staff Evangelist Tony Petronico from Grace Baptist Church in Gaylord Michigan to the pulpit. Generally when Bro. Petronico is in the area, he gives us a call and asks if he can join us. Each time he comes, it is a little impromptu, but always a needed blessing for the people of Gospel Light. Not surprisingly, he brought us a great message.
We sang a hearty round of hymns and, for the very first time, Roberto Caletz stood in front and sang a solo. As Bro. Tony approached the pulpit, he commented on the hymns, telling us that a message had already been preached in song. Our first hymn, “Who is On the Lord’s Side?” asked the question, and “I am Resolved!” answered the question. Because we are resolved to live on the Lord’s side, we have the privilege of looking forward to “Beulah Land!” The lesson in this, Bro. Petronico pointed out was: “Stop coming to church and waiting for the preaching to be the blessing. All of the service is important!” It was already a great start to an evening of worship and preaching.
As for the rest of our evening, we listened to Bro. Tony Petronico deliver his penetrating sermon. His main theme was that, if we ever need revival in our families, today is the day. “Normal” should be the Bible and living by it. However, the truth is that normal is just what we accept; we tend to settle rather than strive for more. Have we forgotten that Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” John 10:10?
Several questions were put before us. “Are you living the abundant Christian life?” “Am I?” “Why is it that Bible principles become options when they interfere with our plans?” These are questions that sit heavy on one’s soul.
Bro. Petronico then provided a critical analysis of the many distractions we allow in our lives that divert us and our children from Bible principles. We let in abominations, just as did Jerusalem (see Ezekiel chapter 16), forgetting about Christ.
We read 2 Chron 29:5, “And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.” We were encouraged to “Sanctify” – To separate, set apart or appoint to a holy, sacred use. But just as the “fathers have trespassed” in 2 Chron 29:5, today also fathers have trespassed, neglecting their responsibilities toward toward their families.
Thus inevitably, one learns to “be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Gal 6:7. And so the people of Israel suffered for the evil of their fathers: “Wherefore the wrath of the Lord was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble” … “For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this” 2 Chron 29:8-9.
Bro. Petronico warned that there is trouble on every side because we don’t do what God says. Our families are held captive by Hollywood, the world, TV, movies, our computers, and so much more. Now is time to covenant with the Lord! “Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the Lord God” 2 Chron 29:10.
What is our problem? Assuredly it is this – Idols! An idol is anything that takes up more of our time than God does! If we were to tithe our time, we would give God 2.4 hours each day. It is easy to give the TV that much time, but do we give as much to the Lord? Bro. Petronico gave testimonies of tithing of both money and time. One example was people that pray for 3 hours daily, but end up having more than enough time to do what else they need to do. This is due to God multiplying their day because of their faithfulness to give of their time. This can apply to every area of our own lives!
If God lives in us, we force Him to sit there and watch our abominations and to listen to His name being blasphemed. Just as in Israel of old, we, as fathers, turn our backs to God and toward that which is evil in His eyes. Can we not then expect the same consequences that befell Israel? What is the fate of our children, who are being bombarded and “devoured” by the seductive idols and degrading images of this world. We are killing our kids. There was no subtlety in Bro. Tony Petronico’s admonishment: “Men, protect your family. YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE!”
Key Verse: Jer: 48:11 “Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed.”
Topics: (1) Empty Tomb (2) Empty Whom (3) Empty Womb
Interesting how those three topics apply to each other.
(2) If we are alive in Christ then we should be Empty of Whom. Moab was not emptied, the assumption is there was something to empty out. (Empty oneself with the fullness of God in us) because of the Empty Tomb. Key Verse above.
(3) Now, if the Tomb is empty and Christ is now in us we empty ourselves which brings fruit to the body of Christ. It should be natural to want children.
This IS how it works. We can be Filled and Full and Runneth Over or stagnate because we want it to be about us, not Him.
Pastor Vince Giardino’s sermon this past Sunday, Feb 12, was titled “Running On Empty”. He began with Jer 48:11 to introduce the sermon’s main idea of empty vessels. The tireless faith of John Knox from Scotland was used as an example of a man who had emptied himself of “self” and filled his “vessel” with the Lord’s will. This famous preacher was praying for others right up to the moment of his death. He was “a man emptied of himself, filled with God”. Nahum 2:2 was used to show God emptying Jacob and Israel of themselves.
Pastor Giardino suggested people feel empty and with no purpose because they had thought their lives would be better after being saved. The hopelessness comes from still relying on things of this world instead of Christ, who would bring “a life of fulfillment, joy, peace, and love”. Reading Jer 48:11, Pastor showed Moab living a life of self and not willing to go forward for God. For a child of God, it should be opposite. In Zeph 1:12, Zephaniah intended to search Jerusalem and punish those living for self, settled and neutral. We also can be neutral, saying that the Lord won’t chastise me, nor will he bless me. Are we emptying ourselves for Christ?
Using Job 21:32, Pastor asked us if we are remaining in our tomb, rather than like Christ who rose from the tomb, leaving it empty. Do we live the resurrected life, a life that reflects what Christ did for us? Do we remain in our tomb?
2. The Empty Whom
In Gal 1:13-23, Pastor showed us how, after his conversion, Paul needed to get emptied of himself in order to be used of God. Paul was alone with Christ, being emptied of self, for three years so that he could transform from the persecutor to the preacher. We were reminded that its not about what we want, but its about God’s will on earth. We need to be emptied of everything.
In Heb 11:23-25, Moses refused to seen as the son of the Pharaoh’s daughter, his worldly profile, but chose to suffer with the people of Israel. Pastor Giardino asked, “Have you been emptied of whom because of an empty tomb?” We learn from Moses that there are better riches in Christ than the riches of Egypt.
3. The Empty Womb
Pastor Giardino used Gen 30:1 to show it is normal for a child of God to bear children, just as Rachael pleaded to bear a child for Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die” Gen 30:1. John Knox, in his devotion to God’s will, played off this scriptural passage when he said, “Give me Scotland, or else I die.” Our children should be spiritual children, as we invest in others, vessel to vessel. Our existence should be toward bearing children of God through the second birth. Rom 6:18-22 reveals that being made free from sin, we become servants to God and should be experiencing the fruit of leading someone to Christ. Rom 7:4-5 indicates that we are as good as married to Christ and “we should bring forth fruit unto God”. Just as Isaac asked God that his wife bear a child (Gen 25:19-23), so does Christ entreat that his church produce fruit.
Pastor concluded with Gal 4:27-29. He pointed out that the unsaved are adding more heathen to their roster, adding more fruit than us. Nevertheless, “Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise” and were “born after the Spirit” Gal 4:28-29.
I was asked to write something from a life experience by the powers that be and this incident came to mind. I wish to write this with the hope that it will inspire someone in their moment of doubt and despair.
I was invited to an outreach center in the city of Los Angeles five days in January 2001. On this particular day our assignment was to go to McArthur Park and invite people to the center for a free dinner and some fellowship in the form of music worship that evening. There was a representative from the center and my immediate team leader and myself working one side of the park. I noticed a Hispanic man sitting by himself by the shore of the pond. I walked up to this fellow and invited him to the event that evening. He responded negatively and asked me to leave him alone. It was obvious that he was in a bad place so I kept talking to him in an easy going manner keeping the conversation light. He started responding to my conversation but very reserved. This went on for 10 minutes or so and again asked me to leave him alone. I left him be and found my two teammates where I explained the situation at the edge of the pond. We were about fifty feet from him and decided to join hands and lift him in prayer. We were at it for about 90 seconds when he turned around and waved me over to him. He took the invitation to dinner and admitted himself to the center. I found out later that he was considering suicide. I did not know this at the time but they told me he had a loaded gun and handed it in to the center when he decided to give God a chance. Later in the month I received an email from the center that he was Mexican, addicted to drugs, completed his program and gave his life to Jesus. Amen.
Now that the football season is over and a champion crowned, it’s time to take a look back at a very unique story from this past season, a rare story for American sports. A wrench was thrown into the smooth workings of the NFL. That wrench was Tim Tebow, quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
The story of Tim Tebow should have been one about a young man of singular devotion to Christ, of uncommon and frequent acts of charity, and of courage to voice his beliefs. Tim Tebow was not an athlete who would just point to heaven after a touchdown, but one who walked his Christian life constantly, unafraid and humbly. Sports personalities and pundits in the media handled this story well. However, when the main stream media (MSM) got a hold of this story, a stink arose. For the liberal and atheist media, Tim Tebow was a dangerous man who needed to be put in his place, and that place was in the mud. “How dare a man bring Christ into our secular sport”, was one theme. “The man is a hypocritical showoff kneeling in prayer on the playing field” was another line of attack. Because Mr. Tebow would lose a game, they would crow, “His prayers don’t work.”
The MSM just doesn’t get it. For Tim Tebow, his life is not one to be judged by the world’s standards. He is not after the riches and rewards of this world. The stage that is professional football is where God blessed him with talents to be a witness for Christ. Tim’s prayers are for God’s will to be done, on the field or off, and for God’s strength and protection against the wolves of this world. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.” 1 Cor 3:19.
Pastor Bob Brado filling in for Pastor Giardino brought home such an enlightening message.
Key Verses: 1Cor. 8:1-13
You may want to read this passage and note how the theme Paul the Apostle was pointing to was how our burdens our eased.
Beginning with 1Cor.8:2-3, liberality and willingness will open doors because it is God doing the works through our faith.
Ending with 1Cor.8:11-12, to perform what we are willing. To act on it. Sow an act, reap a habit. Sow at habit, reap character. Sow to character, reap your destiny. Our willingness is accepted based on what a man has and not on what he does not have. (Ex. If you are willing to give money but do not have any to give, then the willingness is fruitless.) Don’t compare yourself to others. Give as it has been given to you, even your very selves. (1Cor.8:5)
1Cor.8:13 Our burden will be eased when we go along with the program. It proves we trust Him and proves our sincerity.
Pastor Vince Giardino started a new series this Sunday at the 11 a.m. service called Salt-lution. He expects to take 3 to 4 weeks to get through this series. Pastor used several props to illustrate his sermon, such as a Morton Salt container, a bag of Fritos corn chips, and the necessary glass of water. But the highlight of the sermon was when Pastor Vince got down on all fours and did his cow impression. Out in front of the podium, there was placed a large, heavy, square, white block of Action-Melt salt. Our pastor (the cow) mosied on over and took a big long (cow) lick of the salt, illustrating the immediate need for water. (I wonder if he saw the look on his wife’s face at that moment.) Pastor Vince demonstrated that it is natural to thirst after God if you are saved and read the salt of His Word.
The sermon began with a reading of Matthew 5:13-16 and ended with Ezekiel 16:2-4,9,49. Jesus was also quoted using Mark 9:50. Pastor spoke of 3 attributes of salt that he will expound on: birth, brilliance, and brevity. We expect the sermon to be up on the website soon. If you could not make it service today, this sermon is well worth your time to listen on-line.
On the evening of February 5th, Gospel Light was host to a missionary soon to be traveling to Iraq as a minister to the Muslim people. Imagine the courage in answering God’s call to this mission field! Discretion suggests we don’t mention names in this web blog. Nevertheless, the following sermon outline will give you some idea of the message this missionary blessed us with that evening.
Jonah 3:1-5 So the People of Nineveh Believed God
The story we have heard all our lives is not really the story of Jonah and the Whale, but rather of ‘God and Jonah’, as we shall see …
The people of Nineveh were very wicked people. The name of ‘Nineveh’ struck fear in the hearts of people. You didn’t mess with these people. In Jonah Chapter 1, God says that the wickedness of the great city of Ninevah has come before Him. However, God was willing to give them one more chance and sent Jonah. Jonah had other ideas, however, immediately flees the face of God. People do this every day! We don’t run from problems, we run from Jesus; we say NO to God.
God delights in mercy and longsuffering. He is the same God when He is just and a justifier. This gives hope to those who are lost. God had planned that Jonah be the vessel through which hope was given to the people of Nineveh. Thus it was that God dealt with his rebellious prophet by way of a hungry whale (Jonah 1:17).
After Jonah’s prayer of repentance in the belly of the whale, he was delivered “upon the dry land” (Jonah 2:10), offering Jonah a second chance. “And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord (Jonah 3:1-3).
God saw more than six-score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand” (Jonah 4:11). Who can not tell right from left? Young children! God saw the innocence of the children and did not want to destroy the city because of them!
The Hatred of the Prophet
Why did Jonah initially flee from God? He was mad at God, but more than that, he hated the people of Nineveh. He hated them so much he would rather die than see them saved.
Is that our heart toward people? Do we look at those we view as hopeless, maybe someone who is steeped in false religion, and say “I hate those people”? (Or perhaps we fear them too much?) And because of our own hate, we withhold the promise of the Saviour from them?
The Hearing of the People
The people didn’t hear because of Jonah’s great message; his message was pitiful. He gave them 8 words. “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown” (Jonah 3:4). The people heard! But not because Jonah was willing to see them turn from sin.
Those we see as hopeless may be the very people who are nearest to a decision. We need God’s heart! God is not willing that any should perish, but we so often don’t feel the same way. We will avoid walking down the same aisle with someone who makes us feel uncomfortable. Shame on us when are hearts are hardened. God has dealt with us with patience and longsuffering, yet we often choose not to extend our faith through sharing the Word and charity to others?
Valentines Day is almost here. Gospel Light is having its annual Valentine Dinner on Tuesday, February 14th, from 6 PM to 10 PM. Please sign up at the back of the church or see Miss Bonnie. Note: The previous sign up sheet went missing, so you will need to make sure Bonnie knows you are coming.The cost is only $30 per couple ($15 per single). Payment needs to be in soon. Singles and couples are both invited. Don’t miss out – treat yourself and your loved one to a great night out!
This is the 4th part of a series which started 1/8/2012. The 1st of three parts entitled “Much More” from Romans 5. The main scripture reading is Moses’ song in Duet 32.
The 2012 theme for GLBBC is “More of Him, Less of Self”.
The series had led into many avenues pertaining to God’s jealousy in all respects, the character of God and the character of Moses, the dangers of jealousy working within the church, and “Shadow of Egypt” based on Isaiah 30:1-2.
(1) Armchair Christians – Like Israel in Deut 32:15 “Waxed Fax” Idleness.
(2) Armpit Christians – Not a pleasant place. Provoking God to anger by sitting in idleness while the poor go unfed. (Esp. Spiritually) God invested everything for us. Not a time to go to sleep but rather to shake off every weight of sin that clings so closely and run the race.
(3) Armrest Christians – Is the righteous rest we have in God. Security. Not the same as resting in idleness. God is our heavenly Father and always will be so He treats us as his sons and daughters.
This message is likened to the pep talk from a coach who sees the team not performing. An encouragement, not a lashing. God loves us so much. Let us encourage each other to “More of Him, Less of Self”.
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