Nehemiah, Servant and Leader

Nehemiah, Servant and Leader

What The Bible Says – Nehemiah A Leader

Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

When Nehemiah heard that the remnant which left the captivity and returned to the Promised Land were in great affliction and reproach, and that the wall of Jerusalem was broken down, the Bible portrays for us certain ingredients which rose this valiant leader to so daunting a task. When the burden on our heart is the burden on God’s, when ‘the desire of our heart’ comes from God, when His priorities override all of our own, we are poised to do great things. God does not raise up great ministries, he raises up great men. Great men take His burden for people and fall on their face before God with the burden. “I heard, … I sat, … I wept, … I mourned for days, … I fasted, … I prayed before the God of heaven, … and I said ‘I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, … Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant,…” A leader needs no permission to lead, only the opportunity, and when Nehemiah’s opportunity came he boldly steps through the open door. Even so Nehemiah was ‘very sore afraid’ but he knew how to pray on his feet. “Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said unto the king, … ” (Neh 2:4) Nehemiah also knew how to think on his feet. He had not mission statement nor mission plan, no recommendations from committee, board or Sanhedrin, he had only a burden, a prayer life and an opportunity. Lastly Nehemiah had a remarkable ability to employ others. He sets out on a solitary quest to do something great for his God. He does, will you?

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Idle Tales

Did you miss service at GLBBC this past Sunday morning? You need not be troubled, for the sermon (and every Sunday morning service) is available at our website, Click on the Hear Preaching button.

This past Sunday’s sermon, titled “Idle Tales”, is 52 minutes of blessed soul food. As you begin to listen, be sure to open to Luke chapter 4. “Our life should not be an idle tale”, Pastor Vince Giardino preached. What did he mean by this? He explains in his sermon in three points:

  1. Idle Worship – Is your life empty, without meaning, and without satisfaction? We need to be either saved or need revival.
  2. Idle Words – Ultimately, we will have to give account for all our idle words and electronic texts. God has recorded everything ever said. Unless it is covered by the precious blood of Christ, we will be held accountable.
  3. Idle Works – John Wesley once said, “What I can do, God helping me, I can do.” Our works must be for the glory of God, doing all things “in the name of the Gospel”, Pastor said. Idle works will be burned up when the Lord returns (Peter 3:10) and judged (Rev 20:12-13).

“Preparation for the Time”

Note: Portions of this article have been edited. With a surprise visitor present, Pastor Vince Giardino reminded us, by reading Psalm 100, to be joyful and thankful to the Lord. And how could we not be after a blessed weekend at Gospel Light, which included the much anticipated (and highly successful) Youth Rally this past Friday evening. Our Pastor called for individual testimonies of thanks from his flock and many gladly spoke.

As mentioned, this was a evening and we were greatly blessed by the presence of one of our church’s great friends, Charlie B. Most of us know his younger brother, the local piano teacher Brad, with whom many among us have taken lessons from.

With great admiration for his evident passion for the Israeli people, we listened to Charlie detail his plan to return to the that nation with his wife and family in order to pursue charity work.

The lights were dimmed, the big screen lowered and a slide presentation was given of Charlie’s previous visit to Jerusalem. We saw many Israeli people and the streets of Jerusalem. He gave testimonies of the many doors opened in Israel and of the people he interacted with to spread the gospel message. His method of approach on the streets is that of engaging in conversation. He spoke of how Orthodox Jews are very well versed in the Old Testament. Likewise however, the entire Bible to our missionary friend is as familiar to him as the alphabet. Thus, with intelligence and Spirit-driven compassion, Bro. Charlie was often able to direct the conversation to Christ and His sacrifice. “Jews require a sign”, Charlie said, and showing you care about the people and their country is surely a sign that works.

Charlie began a sermon from the book of Esther (2:7-8,10, 4:13-15), that he titled “Preparation for the Time”. We read how Esther, blessed with beauty and grace from God, went from a slave to being chosen queen of Persia. God had prepared Esther for this purpose. God brought her to a place in time where she could help save the scattered nation of Israel. It was hard to misunderstand where the sermon was going: God will put each of us in a position to do something for His glory and purpose … if we allow it. We were warned that our potential to do God’s purpose is diminished, if not destroyed, by our bad testimony. With sin and skeletons in our closet, then there can be no glory for God.

Thus, how do we get to that place where we can fulfill God’s purpose for us? How can we be sure that we will be able to do what God wants us to do with the position He puts us in? We were given a four step process to “Prepare for the Time”:

  1. Daily Devotions – Daily reading greatly help to stay in the Lord. God to speaks to us through His Word.
  2. Careful Communication – Read Titus 2:1-2. We need to watch our speech, keeping it sound and pure. Be discreet even in computer texts and tweets. “People are going to want to find a reason you are dirty”, we were told.
  3. Strive for Mastery – Whatever you do for the Lord, do it well. And with everything you do, do it as a testimony for Christ.
  4. Realize Our Purpose – Read Rev 4:11. The purpose of our creation is to please God. “Our goal should be to live every single day for God … we serve a higher being”, Brother Charlie taught.

It is not hard to appreciate and admire the man, Charlie B. But he would be the first to tell you to appreciate and admire our Lord, who is working through this faithful man to bring the truth to foreign lands. Nevertheless, thank you Charlie for choosing to let God work in you.

Report From A Missionary

Dr. Doug Whiteside was visiting GLBBC this past Sunday night to speak on his new church planting, called the Fort Dix Project. Called the Ambassador Baptist Church, we watched a slide presentation of the stages in of the church building being refurbished from what used to be a Payless shoe store and a pet shop. Because of the unexpected help and donations that supported the creation of this church, Dr. Whiteside called it the “Lord’s doing”. “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes” Psalms 118:23. Saved in 1961, Dr. Whiteside has ministered to troops in Korea, Russia, Phillipines, Romania, Liberia, and South Africa for Globe Span Ministries. He left brochures for people who may be interested. We were asked to pray for the declining health of Dr. Whiteside’s wife, Carol, who entered hospice this past Saturday.

For the Love of Christ

Sunday Morning, 04/15/2012 Pastor Giardino


After prayer for God’s help in delivering the message and opening hearts pastor gave us the opening verses of 2Cor.5:14-15. Pastor read words from a song written by Elisabeth Prentiss (26 October 1818 – 13 August 1878) called “More Love To Thee, O Christ”.

The message began to unfold as it would unveil why we love Jesus our Lord and Christ.

The word “Constrained” came to life, from the opening verses as Pastor used good words to explain its meaning. I especially remember the word “irresistible”. The Love of Christ is powerfully irresistible and causes us to respond because of God’s great outpouring of sacrifice. When WE should experience death and hell, Jesus did it in our place, proving His great love and then raising from the dead to prove He has the power to love us.

Pastor lead us to various verses to bring us into, and persuade us to, the Love of Christ. Do we lightly esteem Him?

I couldn’t help but realize how this is not about religion or rules to follow, it is about a bond of an eternal relationship.

Pastor ended with this:

  • An Exchanged Life
  • An Exclaimed Life
  • or and Excused Life

All of 2Cor. Chapter 5 is about the “Exchanged Life”. Paul is an example of an “Exclaimed” life as everything out of his mouth is an exclamation. Paul ended the chapter with verses 20-21 showing the move from the Exchanged life to an “Exclaimed” life.

Or we may decide to have an “Excused” life, where we make excuses, similar to those in Luke 14:16-20. Let us cling to the cross of His love and hold fast without entertaining any thoughts of discouragement.

GLBBC Baseball

GLBBC BASEBALL by Darryl Marcoux

Psalm 133:1  “A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

It was a bright beautiful spring day that started out door knocking with a team of 16 faithful members including our Pastor. One person was saved because of this effort! We started at noon and went until two in the afternoon. When all returned to church we broke out the mitts and a few softballs to warm up. When we were all set we started a caravan to Hamlin where we were to meet Walker Bible Baptist. “I think they are afraid to come to us to host the game?” On the way there we encountered a little rain on our windshields. It doesn’t look good for our game so far from home! As it turned out overcast was in our forcast as well as high winds; normal for Hamlin. The cheering section had half a dozen GLBBC’s and one little girl from Walker. We had the crowd support.

Mark Bennett opened us in prayer before we took the field. Our team was at bat first and we took a demanding 4 run lead. Then Walker came to bat and stole our lead by one. It was an epic battle back and forth for the rest of the game with plenty of antics in between. We had two GLBBC women on our team but Walker were afraid of our women and did not want us to play them even though they had an extra player over us. At the third inning we got our women in with Jessenia C. at first base and Leah K. at second base. Both were tremendous in the field and both could slam the ball at the plate. Jess went six for six and Leah only once drove the ball back to the pitcher for an out. I’m sure  he cradled his hand for some time after catching that ball. Both girls crossed the plate each time they got on base! GO GIRLS. Anyways we must have played twenty innings through and through but I can’t tell you who won the game. We have no recorded account of the score and I thought GLBBC won by at least three runs but there is a dispute where some say Walker beat us 32 to 20. At the end of the game we all shook hands and congratulated each other for a fine game. Then brother Mark Bennett closed us in a beautiful prayer and agreed to another game on May 12th 2012. We love you Walker and look forward to the next game. These are real fun games because we include the Lord before we start playing. So plan on coming out May 12th to support your team! Possible weenie roast after the game at the Bennett’s residence?

Great Moments in GLBBC Sports History

GABRIEL GONZALEZ: prize street fighter preacher. Professional Status: still active, older, wiser, knows when to duck.

Pastor’s Letter: “A Moment in Time” Youth Rally

Dear Brethren,

Gospel Light is looking forward to seeing what the Lord will do one week from today! Last year the Lord fed over 400 souls and 400 hungry tummies so please get there early.

For a seat. Many churches are talking/praying and social networks are buzzing with many in expectation of a blessed time in the Lord!

Philemon 1:20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.

A lover of good men, Bro. Vince Giardino

He Arose Because

He Arose Because
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

The AP wire blurted through every TV-network showing ‘Good-Friday’ and Easter to be the Holiest Week of ‘Christians’; accompanying footage showed pagan, penitent, Catholic, hooded, marchers whipping themselves with chains or black shrouded women in chains dragging crosses through the streets. One local report said “Some Christians even believe that Jesus arose from the dead after he had been crucified!” Easter, is carefully calendared each year to be the Sunday after the Jewish Passover so that it aligns with the day the Christ arose from the dead and his tomb was found empty. If one does not believe in the resurrected Christ they are NOT Christian! The resurrection is integral to the gospel. “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, … how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:” (1Cor 15) It is integral to the Christ being restored to his position of preeminence wherein he “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature; For by him were all things created, … And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Col 1) Lastly the resurrection of ‘God in the flesh’ from the dead is essential because He and He alone could perform the work of the High Priest. On Yom Kippur only the high priest could take the atoning blood into the holy of holies and sprinkle it seven times before God on the mercy seat. These practices were images of what was actually before God the Father in Heaven. And the resurrected Christ had to ascend to Heaven and in full measure be our High Priest, and atone for our sin.

An Essay from week # 15, Sunday, April 08, 2012

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Street Preaching at Lyell & Howard Roads

 by Darryl Marcoux

Saturday April 7th we at GLBBC went out preaching at the corner of Lyell and Howard roads. It was a bright but very cold morning. There must have been 13 disciples from GLBBC there sharing the good news that Christ Jesus has died for our sins and given us a way to gain entrance to the Heavenly plains which we do not deserve.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Such a fine message but there are people out there that totally reject such a message. Me, I don’t understand why they reject the message. Why would anyone be angry with a person who lived a perfect life? He did not hurt anyone, indeed He healed them! He showed by example how we should live our lives and attempted to show the pharisees the error of their ways. Nonetheless, they rejected Jesus ways as they do today.

All thirteen of us had personal experiences but I can only speak for myself: holding a sign on the southeast corner of Lyell Ave. People drove by me and with their windows rolled up all the way would yell at me negatively. Some take offense to such a reaction but Jesus said, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also” John 15:20. I prayed, “Thank you Lord, for that person was convicted in his or her heart”.  Otherwise why such a reaction for simply reading a sign? Take heart people of GLBBC.

Come join us for street preaching and door knocking Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays! You will have an experience that you will not soon forget, plus another benefit you aren’t even thinking about, by obedience to what Jesus commanded you to do (Matt 28:19,20), you gain treasure in Heaven for your obedient nature! You cannot lose, you’re in a win-win situation if there ever was one!

The Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for thee”

Paul the Apostle, a great soul smitten and scourged, but fortified with the knowledge of the everlasting God and His promise of redemption and eternal life. And now, an inspired and triumphant message from Paul, one to take to heart:

Lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.   2 Cor 12:7-10 (KJV)

April Fools Follow-Up

We must assume that Michael Giardino has returned to his previous position at Gospel Light (please look back at this blog’s posting from April 1st). He was observed at last Sunday evening’s service launching people (and the Pastor) to tears with his inspirational performance at the piano. Is it not marvelous the number of people here at GLBBC who develop and use their God-given talents to praise and worship our Lord Jesus Christ?

Jesus Suffered for You

Jesus Suffered for You
by Bill Brinkworth

Many of the details of the most important event in human history are listed in Matthew 27. It is the event that had to happen to give all the opportunity to see and live with God forever. This event was the death of God’s only begotten son, Jesus.

In God’s plan Jesus’ death was the only way anyone’s sins could be paid for. Our good deeds, works, doing religious ceremonies, and obeying tradition cannot pay for one sin we have done, let alone the countless number of which we are guilty. The only payment acceptable to God for our sins was the sacrificial death of His son. Jesus’ death on the cross was not for anything the sinless Saviour had done, but for what all mankind has done.

Although Jesus was God’s son, the pain and suffering He encountered were not lessened. Here is a list of some of what Jesus suffered when He went to the cross for our sins:

  • He was bound (vs. 2).
  • He was betrayed (vs. 3).
  • He was falsely accused (vs. 12).
  • He was unjustly convicted. He was so hated that a man guilty of murder and robbery was released, so that Jesus could die in that man’s stead (vs. 26).
  • He was whipped (vs. 26).
  • He was stripped of His clothing and humiliated (vs. 28).
  • He was repeatedly mocked and ridiculed (vs. 31, 37, 40, 41 …).
  • He was spat upon (vs. 30).
  • He was beaten (vs. 30).
  • He was nailed to a cross, and allowed to hang there.
  • His death only meant the value of His clothing to some (vs. 35).
  • He and his disciples were not trusted (vs. 42).

All this, and more, Jesus did to pay for our sins! All the words we know are insufficient to tell Jesus how thankful we all should be to Him for all He has done for us. None of us is worthy of the great price Jesus paid for our iniquities. He is worthy of only good things, yet He suffered all this for us! What great love He has for all of us that He would lay down His life; so that we could have the opportunity to go to heaven, because of what He has done!

Has His death on the cross been in vain for you? If you have not made Him your personal Saviour and asked Him to save you from an eternity in Hell, His death was! Admit your sinnership, and ask Him to be your payment for sin today.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” Romans 10:9-11

There’s No Good Friday

There’s No Good Friday

What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

The last days of our Saviour’s life, often called his passion from Acts1:3, are extremely well documented in 30 chapters, or 1/3 of the four Gospels. On this Palm Sunday the Christ is escorted into the city of Jerusalem, and for the next three days a blow by blow description of each event, parable and teaching in the Christ’s ministry is therein presented. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are equally described in great detail. But when Protestant and Evangelical scholars try and account for an additional day and make the crucifixion occur on a Good Friday, like their Roman Mother Church taught them, they come up a whole day short. Rather than following their Bible they follow the errant tradition of Catholicism and pretend that Jesus spent one day in complete seclusion. They are not careful about adding things or removing things from their modernist bibles. There was no day in seclusion or retirement in Christ’s life in this week. Jesus Christ, the Passover Lamb was slain on Thursday the 14th of Abib just as it was prophesied 1,520 years earlier in the passover lamb’s selection and sacrifice. Protestors only reformed the grossest errors of Roman Catholicism. Their errant traditions and doctrines are peppered throughout Protestant commentaries, footnotes, and teachings. The Catholic Good Friday tradition is a good example. Baptists have always known that the wide gate and broad path of reading Roman Catholic pagan traditions into the Bible constitutes misleading error. Throw out your commentaries and foot notes, study the week of passion from a King James Bible, and you can easily discover for yourself the 3 week days which led to his betrayal and crucifixion and the 3 days which he spent in the tomb. On Sunday, the first day of the week, they will find that tomb empty.

An Essay from week # 14, Sunday, April 01, 2012
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Michael Giardino starts job as airport director

Mar 28, 2012 | Democrat and Chronicle | by Staff writer |  Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks introduced as the new director of the Greater Rochester International Airport, former naval aviator video producer Michael Giardino, who started the job Wednesday. His appointment still requires confirmation by the Monroe County Legislature etc, etc, etc … a GLBBC April Fools posting …Check out the  source at