In Matthew 19:16-21 a young man came to Jesus and asked about eternal life. He knew he was lacking something in his life. Jesus told him to keep the commandments, and he asked, "Which?" He probably thought if he could do that one thing that would get him over the hump he would make it into heaven. Jesus quoted six of the Ten Commandments to him. They all had to do with how you treat others. And he said, "All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?" Jesus is wise: He only leads us from where we are. This young man's concerns were really centered on the things of this life. So Jesus showed him the path from where he was: "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me." What would you do if the Lord told you that answer? This young man had misplaced treasures in heaven for treasures on earth, but he didn't hear the most wonderful part of what the Lord said: "...and come and follow me." To follow Jesus is wonderful beyond compare! May God bless you.
Twelve times the phrase "Blessed is the man" is used in Scripture. It is interesting to see how many different ways we can be blessed or happy. We are blessed if we don't walk in the counsel (or advice) of the ungodly; we are blessed if we trust Him. Also, if our strength is in Him; if we fear Him; if we endure temptation; the man is blessed when the Lord does not impute iniquity or sin to his account. I'm glad the Lord doesn't lay my sins and iniquities to my account! But by His grace and mercy I am enabled to overcome them. When someone says, "Be blessed," remember that you can! If you delight in His ways you will be blessed!
Full Gospel Lighthouse Church, Inc. 624 Torringford West St., PO Box 1201, Torrington, CT 06790-1201
Pastor: Rev. Daniel Bossidy
Greetings from everyone at the church on this beautiful day which the Lord has made. The Scripture says to be glad and rejoice in it. Autumn has always been one of my most favorite times of the year. My mind goes back to the beginning of our church in 1991. We rented a hall in Harwinton and held our baptisms at Harwinton Lake. One particular baptism was held during the fall. The day was warm and the trees had begun to change colors, leaving their reflection on the still water. The air was clear and the sky was a gorgeous blue: it was just a beautiful day! I had the privilege of baptizing my daughter in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I know the Lord filled her with His presence, even at such a young age, because she has served Him faithfully ever since! She is a great help to us in the ministries of Sunday School, the Music Ministries, our card ministry, and the Convalescent Home ministry. I see Jesus in her and the Lord is using her to help others who need her kind and gentle ways.
Autumn is also a time we would go to the cider mills and buy apples and enjoy the fruits of the farmer's labor. We live in such a blessed country, a land of bounty which all of us should be thankful for! Jesus always taught the people in ways they could relate to. For example, He said in John 4:38, "I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours." This verse was instrumental for me in my decision to go to Torrington to start the church. The labour that went before me were the many prayer meetings held in the Torrington-Winsted area long before I ever was asked to come here. We didn't strike out on our own! Prayer precedes every move of God. Without prayer nothing is accomplished because the Lord is the head of the church. Without Him sanctioning an assembly the labor there is in vain. This verse answered several questions I had. One of my first questions was if it was the Lord sending me or man or my own desire. In my time of prayer the Holy Spirit inspired this verse to me, Jesus saying, "I sent you..." My pastor at the time had several wise proverbs he used to express God's nature and His will. He used to say, "The finger that points is the hand that provides." In other words, if God points us in a certain direction then His hand will provide all we have need for that ministry, or work, or church, or calling. He will never leave His people hanging! In those three little words, "I sent you," the Lord was telling me everything I needed would be taken care of: the finances, the birth and growth of the church, and everything my family would need to make this church possible. Every spiritual gift we would need would be in operation in due season. With thanks and praise in my heart to God, I can say that every need our church has encountered and every need my family has faced, the Lord has been there to supply them all! The Scripture shows itself true where the Bible says, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13). We must learn to wait patiently for the Lord to fulfill His good pleasure in us, but if we can rest in Him, resist the temptation of trying to push God to give us what we want when we want it, and allow Him to work it all out, we will be victorious through Christ!
Can we trust God no matter what we are facing? You bet we can! "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is" (Jeremiah 17:7). Everyone wants the secret to being happy or blessed, and I just quoted it to you. You are blessed and happy if you trust in the Lord, and if you make the Lord your hope! If your hope is only in this world you will be disappointed so many, many times. But if you trust and hope in the Lord you will be blessed! He will be your confidence and strength, and His mercies will sustain you. I believe if you make that your prayer right now that He will visit you with His peace that passes all understanding.
I hope this newsletter inspired you to put your trust in the Lord Jesus. He really does care for you! Our church is praying for you, that you will experience the blessed hope the Lord Jesus offers you. May God bless you!
Rev. Daniel Bossidy
In Psalm 145 we read how the Lord's kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. This means nothing can destroy it or hinder it! Neither people nor the devil can prevail against His church. The Lord Jesus is always higher, stronger, wiser, and more sufficient than the devil at all times. Our adversary was created but the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting! What is your need today? The Lord Jesus is more than able to bring you the victory! May God bless you today
Jesus said in Luke 14, "Go...and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." The Lord spelled out His mission for the born again believer. This is His will, His purpose: that His house may be filled! We who have received from His bounty now have the privilege of reaching out to others and bidding them to come to His house. May God be with you as you fulfill His great commission!
The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy to encourage him as he ministered to the churches. He knew there would be difficulties but he also knew that the Lord had called him with a holy calling! The purpose of God is greater than feelings of fear. Timothy's commitment would breed confidence in a God who never fails. The spirit God gave Timothy was that of power, love, and soundness of mind. It is promised to all who commit their lives to the Lord Jesus, building the church of Christ in this day! May God bless you!
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (Isaiah 41:10). We had a wonderful time at church yesterday. The visiting minister spoke on this verse plus the 13th verse. He said that he noticed that God said in verse 13, "For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand..." In other words, God shook hands with His people on the promises of verse 10: I am with thee, I am thy God, I will strengthen thee, I will help thee, and I will uphold thee! Reach your hand out to the Lord Jesus, for He is about to shake hands on His promises to you! May God bless you today!
The Scripture says, "I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living" (Psalm 27:13). There is something deep in the heart of the believer that will not allow them to give up or roll over, even when difficulties come and troubles beset them. God gives His people a measure of faith to keep them from fainting. One of the secrets of living an overcoming life is to stay in the land of the living: among others with like precious faith. Make sure you don't hang around grumblers or complainers or angry people: they will cause your heart to faint. But fellowship those who are always looking forward and who have goals. Make friends with those who know the Lord and who are pressing towards the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus. They will impart courage and strength into your soul! May God bless you!
Philippians 1:6 is a very powerful verse that says, "Being confident in this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." My confidence is not in man, who can fail, or in programs, which many times fall short or quickly gets old, and it is not found in self; but my confidence is in Him who began a good work in me many years ago. He is still performing His good work in me and those who put their trust in Him. Give your all to the Lord Jesus for His work is perfect and will be accomplished! May God bless you!
Psalm 91:1 says, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." There is a place, a secret place God hides His people that no evil can harm, no devil knows of, and no sin can separate. It's a safe place we can run to when storms rage all around us. It is under the shadow of the Almighty. The only way you can get there is by abiding in Him. He is a holy God, so everything that offends must be removed. But we are invited to come unto Him.