Pastor Vince Giardino seemed eager from the start to convey this message of Forgiveness. Pastor clued us in that we were going to look at one of the greatest stories in all of God’s word and that is of Joseph. The story of Joseph takes up 12 chapters of the first book in the bible. “The amazing thing is, do you realize that 25% of the first book in the bible has to deal with dialog and storyline regarding the most underlying and thematic topic in all the word of God, and that is ‘Forgiveness'”?

First, reading from 1Pet 1:3. Isn’t this verse speaking about how God had planned out a great forgiveness, leading the elect through sanctification unto obedience and the sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Christ? I had to take the time to really read this to understand its message. From disobedience unto obedience, where we have grace and peace multiplied unto us. “Forgiveness”

Forgiveness should be the hallmark of why we are sitting here. Forgiveness is what we do not have without God, it comes from divine power, of which Joseph had.

Genesis chapter 37. Joseph being a great and tremendous type of Jesus in the bible. Joseph’s family had issues with Joseph regarding his dreams and the favoritism of their father, Jacob. Eventually his brothers staged his death to their father but actually sold him to some Egyptian travelers. Joseph now is held in high esteem, in Egypt, after much hurt. Now, the brothers come to Egypt for food because of the famine in the land. Joseph held back revealing himself in order to test them. Very dramatic story as Joseph (The Governor in Egypt), with divine power, promotes and works up to the attitude of forgiveness.

Verse 21: The brothers confess their guilty hearts concerning their brother Joseph to Joseph, the governor, and how they delivered him into the hand of foreigners. Joseph setting up the scenario of a great forgiveness. Joseph wanted the glory of God’s purpose and will to shine forth. If Joseph were only lead by his feelings and pride there could have been a very different and fruitless outcome.

Ps. 130:4 – God’s forgiveness is so great it brings about fear in our hearts. We need a good dose of this fear.

Pastor wanted us to really hear the message from Genesis 41:51. Joseph called his firstborn son Manaseth, which means “forgetting”. “For God, said he, hath made me to forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.” We can’t forget our toil and turmoil But God can give us the ability. (His divine power) Pastor preaching several times, that infamous Italian quote, “FORGET ABOUT IT.” Gen. 41:52 His second son’s name he called Ephraim: “For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” Fruitful in affliction. “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy faith is small.

We will suffer affliction, even by those of our own. Zach. 13:6 “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

2Pet.1:8-9 What we need to be fruitful. “If these things are yours and abound…” If others don’t see forgiveness and grace from us, what are they seeing? The word of God is in us like food during a famine. Can they come to us? Have we shut doors? I think of what I was told once. There is a difference between forgiving and being forgiveness. “Christ in us, the hope of glory.”

Pastor encouraged us to receive this message so that we can start applying it so that fruitfulness (Ephraim) will be in us.

Pastor brought up three points:

  1. Holy Kiss
  2. Holy Grace
  3. Holy Cause

Point (1) Gen. 45:1-15. Joseph falling upon the neck of Benjamin, the youngest of the other brethren, and revealed who he was and went and kissed all the brothers. Ps.2:12 – “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry….” Luke 7:37-48: Of the woman who was forgiven much and wept and washed Jesus’ feet with her hair and kissed His feet. “He who has been forgiven much, loves much.”

There was not enough time to continue with points 2 and 3. Lord willing we will hear more next Sunday morning. If God has shown great forgiveness and patience, ought we not be the same?

A Father’s Following

Entitled “A Father’s Following“, Pastor Giardino brought an appropriate message on Father’s Day, June 17. As we all turned to 1Pet 2:21-24, pastor spoke about how children learn more by what they see than what they are told.

To be imitators of Christ. 1Pet 2:21. Christ gave us an example to follow. Some of the synonyms and defining words for “example” are: Pattern, Copy, Model, To Imitate.

We ought to copy and be imitators of our Father. So using 1Pet 2:21-24 Pastor gave us seven items. As we read we find these are what Jesus did.

Here is the check list of imitating our Lord:

  1. Don’t Sin
  2. No Guile
  3. Don’t Revile
  4. Don’t threaten
  5. Commit to God’s Judgment
  6. Dead to Sin
  7. Do Right

Is. 1:2 – Even the best father in all the universe has rebellious children. God knows how to deal with rebellion. He has been good to us and we get like a bunch of rebels.

Pastor brought up 4 points:

  1. “The Appealing of the Father”. God always deals with the rebellion, head on and then appeals to His children. Is. 1:17-19. Always makes a way of escape. Is. 51:10-11 God concludes He will have a redeemed people.
  2. “Revealing of the Father”. Is.2:1-5 “Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord…”
  3. “Stealing of the Father”. In this case “father” referring to; “you are of your father the devil.” John 8:44. The devil wants to steal from the True Father. Using government and false religious leadings. Eph. 2:1-10 We were once under the leading of the devil. Let it suffice as time past. Eph.2:4 “But God” Thank you Father God for your redeeming power through Christ.
  4. “Leading of the Father”. Is.42:6-14 God leads us by our hand. We can see God wants to and is excited about leading us. Is.42:14 God holding back His wrath toward His enemies. There is a time by which God pours out His wrath toward all those who set themselves against God and His children.

The Beauty of the Lord – June 3rd Sermon by Pastor Giardino

Pastor Giardino brought a message entitled “The Beauty of the Lord”. The title alone is captivating however, Pastor brought us through the back door to God’s beauty for reasons that will become clear.

While we turned to the opening scripture in Ps. 90:17 Pastor reiterated the words from Katherine Lee Bates’ poem/song “America the Beautiful”. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL Pastor read the main verses to the song. Now, consider “America”… Not so beautiful anymore. In the current news we find news of horrendous and gruesome events. A man chewing off the face of another man in an attack in Miami and others pertaining to cannibalism and mutilation of other humans by men. Judges 19:29 details an event that should make you cringe and stop and be arrested in heart yet we tend to get desensitized as this happens more and more. Gross, horrendous, demonic, jolting, mind boggling, ugliness, sin, brutality (Mat 27:29 Brutally mocking the Lord Jesus) Is. 52:14 (Marred beyond recognition) Jesus took that brutality and violence, that rises up in the hearts of sinful men, upon himself. Is. 53:1-5 (The result (fruit) of my sin, including violence, death, and brutal perverseness was taken and laid upon Jesus. May this great and beautiful mercy of Jesus abound in us.)

Back to Ps. 90:17 “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.” This was a prayer of Moses asking that the work of our hands demonstrate the glory and beauty of God. “establish it.”

Someday we shall behold His glorious beauty. Is. 33:17, 1Jn 3:2 and be like Him.

Here are two bookend verses to consider. Is. 1:21-23 How ugly the faithful city has become. Murderers, harlots, thieves and rebellion. This is the nasty now, even in the church. We have been given a wondrous promise of a new faithful city called the “New Jerusalem” Rev. 21-2

What does it take to have the beauty of the Lord?

#1 – A BEAUTIFUL BOOK. Ps. 19:7-10 The King James Bible. (By the Kings Authority, was established and authorized for all men and faiths, by the king.) Pastor used a prop to demonstrate. Having a newly boxed toy sold by Hess gas stations he showed how nice it looked all packaged up with a display window. A good toy just as it is, however, when unpacked there was a tiny little tab that needed to be removed on the bottom that kept the toy from expressing its full potential. It had power that could only be utilized by pulling the tab off, discarding the tab and then flipping the switch to on. The Lights Come On. WOW! 2Co. 3:2-17 (The veil to understanding removed)

#2 – A BEAUTIFUL BODY (Church) A beautiful body of believers. Eph. 5:26 and Eph. 5:29-30

#3 – A BEAUTIFUL BOUNTY Gal. 5:22 The fruits of the Spirit. Prov. 25:11 (Speaking a word fitly, is beautiful) Our words and life demonstrate the fruits of the Spirit. “You will know them by their fruits” Mat. 7:16 Look at the last verse in Proverbs. 31:31 “Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Puts #2 and #3 together.

Philippians 2:14-16 “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life;” and to sum it up, Philip. 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,…honest,…just,…pure,…lovely,…of a good report, if there be any virtue,…praise, think on these things.

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