- Marilyn Wolfe (wife of the late Dr. David Wolfe, pastor of Gates Baptist Temple) and her son Dan Wolfe were in attendance for the start of service this morning. They own and operate the Christian radio stations WASB out of Brockport and WRSB out of Canandaigua.
- Brother Bob Brado was welcomed before the congregation. He provided an overview of North Star Bible Institute and listed some of the upcoming fall courses. Bro. Brado will be teaching our adult Sunday school again next week and promised to bring brochures from the institute.
- Our music special this morning featured Michael on piano with Julia, Grayson, and Derek singing “Amazing Grace”.
“Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.” Prov 22:5 was the opening to Pastor Giardino’s sermon Sunday morning. “Hook, Line, and Sinker” was the title for the first part of his message. Lures, snares, and thorns were defined, especially in regard to the tools that the devil uses to keep us away from God and prevent our growth as Christians. Our pastor said “Some Christians are playing hookey on Jesus Christ; it should be fundamental to be at church on Sunday.” Preoccupations and addictions keep us away from God; but Jude 1:21 says “Keep yourselves in the love of God”, which will keep you away from addictions and out of trouble.
Pastor Giardino listed many addictions that ensnare us and delight the devil: video games (a type of idolatry), lying (media disinformation for example), drugs and marijuana, pride, pursuit of the American dream (leading to debt), rock and roll music, sports, alcohol, and pornography. “The devil wants to hook you on something to keep you out of church”, he said, “and out of the bible.”
“Hook, Learn, and Sender” was the title of part two of Pastor Giardino’s sermon. After reading Isaiah 50:4-5, Pastor implored us to “get hooked on reading the bible” as God wants to send you the messages in His Word. Likewise, you have something important to send – the message of salvation; God wants to send you. “God has a plan for your life, but too many Christians don’t know it”, Pastor Giardino said. Christians are not connected to God and are addicted to something other than God. Pastor read some of the stanzas to the hymn “So Send I You” (#97 in our hymn books). He then compared the lyrics to those of songs in progressive, modern churches, which have been “dumbed down so that Christians won’t have to deny themselves anything” and will feel good. Jesus said, “as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” John 20:21.