Update: More photos can now be found here -> Family Camp Photos
Notes from Family Camp written by Sis Leah Kaz:
Well, the morning started out early here at Camp Li-Lo-Li with a prayer marathon starting at 5am. Paul Schreiner led the crew and it was a beautiful time of fellowship, prayer and worship to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We just about missed breakfast, but got there just in time for the left-overs.
After breakfast the families that have already settled in got ready for some sweet preaching from Brother Strobel. Wow did he come out of the gate swingin. The message was on “Lessons from Peter’s denial of Christ” and it was right over the plate. Unfortunately the message was unable to be recorded, so it was a special message just for those who arrived early to camp this year. We have some notes for you to take a look at below. I know that I got what I could, but I sure missed some of the content of this loaded message.
LESSONS FROM PETER’S DENIAL OF CHRIST
1) It doesn’t feel good to deny Christ.
2) People are likely to find out.
3) Why did Peter deny Christ?
4) After denial you have to face the Lord about it.
5) Even if you deny Christ God can still use you!
WHERE THERE IS LIFE THERE IS HOPE!!
Okay, I am going to go eat some lunch and then finish the Prayer Marathon. If you have denied Christ or are even contemplating sin, get it taken care of now and get back to work for the Lord. He needs you active in His army!
Just to help you make up your mind on who you intend to vote for in this fall’s presidential election, we thought you might like a bit of background information on one of the candidates … “accomplished enthusiast“.
(Disclaimer: This post is not an endorsement of any kind and is only intended to inform.)
(Given the season of summer arriving, it is often a time when we relax our guard. The young men and women will be out and about. The “Vanity Fair” opens its doors, free admission.)
Pastor Vince Giardino opened with Proverbs 23:1-3. Before reading the scripture he explained to us about John Bunyan and his book of “Pilgrim’s Progress”. John spent many of his Christian years behind bars in England because his ministry was outside of the protacal church set up by England’s authorities. That was the Catholic Church. Pilgrim’s Progress was a symbolic, metaphorical book based on the life of a Christian. In the book Christian comes to a place known as “Vanity Fair”. A place where all kinds of desirable things and offerings were available. (It seems that the vanities of Vanity Fair are presented to us regularly during our Christian life.)
Proverbs 23:1-3 Pastor explained that we could consider the ruler in verse 1 as what rules us. Ps. 141:3-4 was David crying out to God to keep him from wickedness and to not eat of their dainties.
Just saying “No” does not work alone, but it is our faith in knowing that God delivers us out of the house of bondage. (That Egypt, in us; the ruling Pharaoh.) By faith we can say “No” and not reconsider later. It is the trust and the hope that is set before us. God has delivered us and will bring it to completion.
Pastor Vince Giardino combined the important day of Mother’s day with a message of “Worship”. Quite a leap but WOW, what a message.
OK, who knows who Moses’ mother was, by name??? A question asked to the congregation by Pastor. I was stupid and thought the Egyptian woman was his mother. Though God ordained Moses to be raised by the Egyptian, Ex: 6:20 clearly says Moses was the son of Jochebed, his mother and Amram, his father. Moses was a Hebrew child.
Mother, Mom, Mama, Ma, no matter how you put it, it is clear “Mom Loves You Best”. She saved Moses from being killed by the Egyptian Pharaoh by putting him in a basket and sent him on the bank of the water. Ex.2:3 (Moses was drawn out from the water.) “Water” … remember that word for we are baptized through water. Pastor directed us to the opening scripture: Is.66:13. God loves us like a Mother.
“Women” were so incredibly important in Biblical history and faith history as Pastor read to us the moments of Lady Jane Grey before her murder/martyr because of her faith. She was not biblical but her story is documented.
Worship seems to be different between men and women. Men are to worship with humbleness and surrender, while women worship with their demeanor and dress. 1Tim.2:8-10. I really loved this message.
After pastor couldn’t wait to get to Luke chapter 1, with several delays, we find Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary was an example of worship. We read Lk 1:26-38. Verse 38 was her worship. Lk 1:38 And Mary said,”Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”
John 4: 23-24 Explains to us that God is a Spirit and those who worship Him MUST worship in Spirit AND in Truth. Not about a physical assembly at a certain place but as a gathering in Truth by His Spirit.
Check out this awe-inspiring web site: The Scale of the Universe
You will get some idea of the size, scope and complexity of God’s handiwork. Go from atoms and quarks to galaxies and nebulas. Enjoy.
Preacher Mike and Heather Gross, Missionaries to Sierra Leone, reminded us of a plea used often in the Bible, “Come and see.” When you are headed out to preach the Gospel in a country which is 78% Muslim, you want to be well acquainted with the verse “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Ps39:8) Jesus came to John the Baptist who said “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” After Jesus’ Baptism (by immersion), John identified him as the Christ; “Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.” Surely this great truth is one that must be seen for oneself. John the Baptist said it “And I saw and bear record that this is the Son of God.” Then when John the Baptist appointed two of his disciples to follow the Christ he again said, “Behold the Lamb of God,” and when they approached the Christ he said to them “Come and see.” To those who are searching, the longing, those hungering and thirsting after righteousness repeat the refrain; “Behold the Lamb of God, … come and see!” When Nathanael said “Can there any good come out of Nazareth?” it was Philip who said, “Come and see!” When the Samaritan woman knew that Jesus was the Messiah she said to all, “Come and see!” Nowhere in the Bible is a soul won by lifestyle evangelism, it is done when a genuine believer and witness says with their mouth, “Behold the Lamb of God … Come and see.” Got a mouth? Be a witness. They need the invitation.An Essay from Sunday, May 06, 2012 Published at www.GSBaptistChurch.com/pulpit
“Mommies can’t be daddies, and daddies can’t be mommies, children need both!”, proclaimed Brother Ralph Stokes to the Sunday evening crowd at Gospel Light. Brother Stokes is canvasing local churches for the purpose of encouraging ministry to troubled youth. “Victory for Troubled Youth” is the name of his mission to the juvenile delinquents of America. He has been preaching to kids since 1995, starting in his home state of Alabama. His concern locally is the Industry School in Rush.
We were presented with a short video presentation of the sad story of juvenile detention centers. Brother Stokes hit the nail on the head when he stated that “the problem isn’t the kids, the problem is the home.” His ministry aims to put a King James Bible into the hands of every boy and girl, where hopefully the Word will reach their hearts. Brother Stokes preached out of the books of Joshua and Judges, encouraging saved Christians to choose to hear God’s voice and get busy doing His will. He reminded that will be judged not for what we did, but why we did those things. The evening ended with a question and answer period where we learned more about what these troubled youth face in their lives.
Pastor Vince Giardino brought us to Ecc. Chapter 3 after viewing a beautiful video put together for the Youth Rally’s “Moment in Time”.
Titling the message “Definite Time” we read the 1st verse: “To Every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Have we ever asked ourselves or God, “What is my purpose?” God has laid down a time for “Every” purpose under heaven.
The author of this book, Solomon, had a very unique and special call and purpose. Having been given the gift of great wisdom, he was allowed to live and experience freely and still maintain his mind, through the Holy Spirit, in order to make evaluations of man’s purpose upon the earth. Pastor used the analogy of a Gold Credit Card, drawn from Heaven’s account in that he was able to get all that he wanted.
Solomon, having started with verse 1, summed up the evaluation in verse 17 of Ecc. Chapter 3. “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” Pastor encouraged all believers to read this book as the synopsis would be, “Man is in need of a Savior.” Though man, in his heart, cries out for a Savior they still spends their life in vanity rather than to acknowledge God. It is shown in this chapter that God is in control.
Pastor pulled out a device called a “Definite Purpose Contact” that is used in electronics to perform a definite purpose. Are we aware, as believers, that we have been given a definite purpose to good works. Eph. 2:10. There is a 1st birth (earthly) and a 2nd birth (spiritual). James4:14 For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
How about all my excuses as to why I cannot go to the great banquet. Lk 14:16-21 Even Peter in similar context as Ecc. 3:17 encourages us in 1Pet 4:1-6 to let the time past suffice to the evil things and to rather live out the rest of our time as Christ lived.
We have too much and we bury ourselves with bills and worldly burdens. What will it take? Will it take the food shelves being empty and the gas stations having no gas before we kindle the fire of our faith and respond to the time remaining?
Let us look upon Christ who binds no heavy burden and has lifted the sting of sin (Our Guilt) in order that we may be filled with all joy through his love and be children of God. Consider it a great blessing to bring the gospel to the dead that they might live according to God in the spirit. 1Pet 4:6.
Gospel Light’s adventure to Camp Li-Lo-Li, May 24-28, will be quickly upon us. If you and your family wish to participate, please get your deposit and registration in to Mateo Vasquez. We need to know how many to expect. Cost is $110 per adult and $55 per child ages 4-12. The cost includes all meals and lodging for four days and nights! Information sheets and registration forms are available at church on the back table in the sanctuary.
Call 585-352-4964 for additional information. Church Bell
One of the articles on this blog, “The Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one”, from April 3, 2011, recently received a comment from Pastor Gary Lockyer, a Baptist preacher in Australia. Please take the time to read his comment, listed in the right-hand sidebar on this page. At issue is the interpretation of scriptures and how meanings are changed by using the NIV version of the bible.
Pastor Vince Giardino plans on responding to this issue, specifically with regard to the verses in question, 1 John 5:7-8. In the mean time, for those who are interested in this topic, Pastor G. is referring us to the Chick Publications article by David Daniels at this link:
David Daniels asks “Now we have to ask ourselves a question: Who had the most to gain by adding to or taking away from the Bible?” Read the whole article. You will find links to many related topics also.
Pastor Giardino recently received a letter of thanks from Pastor Jose Rodriguez of Bible Baptist Temple. He was present at our Youth Rally last month with a sizable contingent of young folks. His letter is one of great encouragement. Be sure to click the link below to read the letter, (which is also available using the Pages menu in our blog side bar.→)
Thank You Letter
Coming soon: A commentary by Pastor Giardino!
A certain lawyer ask two questions of Jesus “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” and “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus answers both questions in one awesome parable of the Good Samaritan. Missionary Harris to Colca Canyon, Peru, reminds us that South America is our neighbor. My son is a missionary to Cajamarca, Peru, so his message rings close to home. Unlike the priest of organized religion, unlike the Levite of ‘works’ religion, the Samaritan had compassion. The true born again Christians in America need a revival of Christlike compassion. The Good Samaritan was so filled with it that he made the sacrifice it took to help. He gave up the time, the transportation, and the talent it took to make the difference. He became a giving man who wrote, as it were, a blank check for the salvation of his neighbor. The bigger picture in this parable, aimed at answering the bigger question, is a portrayal of what Christ did for fallen man who could not do for himself. But the clear application for those who would be Christlike is that His compassion in us will cause selfless sacrifice and the issuance of more blank checks to accomplish the commission we have been given. America has had the Gospel of Jesus Christ saturated throughout. It has been rejected on the larger part, only agnosticism, hedonism, and humanism being taught to our children. There is a remnant who received that Gospel and that remnant needs a new fire of compassion to help us answer the question “Who is my neighbor?” and answer it on a national level. People need the Lord, and some nations are still hungry to hear the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Rally behind a missionary, they need your support.
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by Bill Brinkworth – www.openthoumineeyes.com
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” Ephesians 5:11-12
The Bible clearly commands Christians to keep far away from the luring hold of sin. We are not only to do our best not to commit sin and avoid those that are involved in it, but we are not even to talk about the iniquities others are involved in.
This last principle has not only been ignored by most, but the opposite is practiced. Many, instead of obeying God’s command, “educate” the masses about certain behavior. Their hopes are that knowledge of the side-effects of certain socially unacceptable practices, often what the Bible identifies as sin, will help people stay away from them. Unfortunately education about something one should not do often stimulates an interest in trying that very thing.
Programs to educate youth about not doing drugs quite often put the ideas in their minds about doing it and show them how to do something they never would have known about, if they had not been shown how or introduced to it by “education”.
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D. A. R. E.), a publicly-funded program that uses law enforcement resources to help children resist drugs and gangs, illustrates this fact. Instead of reducing the number of children involved in those things, it has been found that there has been an increase in their involvement in drugs and gangs. The Family Counsel of Drug Awareness reports, “Since its curriculum (D. A. R. E.’s) went national, two patterns have emerged: more students now do drugs, and they start using drugs at an earlier age.” Education, about something that should not even be talked about, many times increases the practice, not decreases it.
Billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money have been spent over the decades to give young people a sex education under the guise that knowledge will help them keep from making “mistakes”. Instead, the education about sex has increased and encouraged its practice at an early age before marriage. Birth rates quickly prove this fact. In 1950, when sex outside marriage was not openly talked about, especially in the school curriculum, birth rates for unmarried women were about 30 per 1,000. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that birthrate has decreased from previous years, but it is now still 450 per 1,000 unmarried women. The CDC also notes that abortions in 1970 were 10 per 1,000 and have increased to 70 per 1,000, not including the effects done by increasing usage of birth control, including the day-after “emergency” birth control drugs. Again, education about not doing something has become a “how-to” and an invitation to “do”.
Other once unwelcomed behaviors are also on the increase. There was a time when few even knew a divorced couple; now it is difficult to find couples that have not been divorced. Perhaps, the exposure in movies and television about divorce and adultery has made a once feared occurrence to be a ho-hum common one. Homosexuality, imprisonment, poor-parenting, lack of respect for Christianity, crime, and hosts of other once frowned-upon activities are so common in public-school lesson plans and media “entertainment”, that they have lost their social stigma and are now acceptable and even encouraged in some areas. Knowledge of taboo areas again have contaminated society by going against God’s commandment of discussing something that should not be even whispered about.
The world often defends their efforts in “educating” by belittling God’s command and labeling it as making the masses willfully ignorant or “censoring the truth”. The truth, however, is that in most situations, speaking of practices that should not be committed only puts the idea in one’s head, and it does not take much thought to develop the idea to, “I’ll just try it this once”. Once it is experienced, inhibitions are worn-away and more frequent practice is easily accomplished.
The human brain is an amazing organ. It seldom completely forgets what it has been exposed to. Conversation about doing improper things often is where the idea to commit them originates. God’s wisdom warns us not even to talk about sin, because it won’t be long until you are neck-deep in it — paraphrased, of course. God’s commands are always the best. If heeded, they will keep you from the hurtful consequences of sin.