Stained Glass Pastor

This past Wednesday evening during service, my wife was trying to show this blogger how to use her old Kodak digital camera. We wanted to snap a shot of Pastor Giardino without disturbing him with a flash. Well those of you in attendance know that the flash went off anyways. Pastor G. stopped to pose with his good side toward the camera for the next shot and the blogger and his wife went flush red.

It turns out the old camera takes lousy pictures, but hating to waste all those bits of data that went into the photo, I tried to be creative. Ever wonder what our pastor would look like as a stained glass window? Me neither, but here it is anyway. In a Catholic church this window would be called “Saint Vincent”.


Jesus’ Soul Winning Venture – John Chapter 4

As a new Christian might, excited by newfound salvation, one doesn’t just run out willy-nilly into the streets and win souls for Christ. It helps to learn the ropes a bit and there is no better way than to follow Jesus’ example.

Pastor Giardino has spent the better part of 2010 doing just that, teaching his flock to spread the gospel and win souls the way Jesus would. These past two Wednesday evenings, our pastor has been teaching the ways of Jesus from the 4th chapter of the gospel of John. When Jesus told his disciples that “he must needs go through Samaria” (John 4:4), it was not only for the purpose of soul winning, but to teach His disciples the important lesson of following God’s will.

As the disciples left to seek food, Jesus sat wearily on the well and was approached by a woman of Samaria who was after water. “Jesus said unto her, Give me to drink” (John 4:7), which astonished the woman “for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans” (John 4:9). Jesus, in His dialogue with the woman, saw her spiritual need, spoke of “a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14) and revealed himself as the “Messias”. The woman had been searching for something, and now having had the needs of her soul quenched, she went off and witnessed of Christ to the people of the city. Many came and “believed on Him” (John 4:39).

When the disciples returned, Christ taught that it is the will of God that all men be saved (even Samarians). Jesus said, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” (John 4:35). Pastor Giardino explained that, once the Samarian woman had come under conviction, she witnessed to the city. However, the disciples were doing nothing and were more concerned with the physical than the spiritual. Jesus taught that our needs are more than just physical. Just as your body is thirsty, so too can you soul be thirsty.

Note: Upcoming this Sunday is the visit of Evangelist Tom Bard, who will be preaching at both the morning and evening services. He will be joined at the pulpit by his son Peter during the evening service. Don’t miss it!

Electrician Bob Gadra

Bob Gadra has installed most of the electrical hardware in the teen room.

Let Your Love Reach Out – by Bernie Wheater

This is the last in a three part series of poems written by Brother Bernie Wheater. Author’s note: This last poem is very close to me. See if you can figure out why.

Let Your Love Reach Out

Somewhere out there

On life’s winding road

Is a heavy heart

That wants to know

The answers to

This thing called life

Let your love reach out

Let him see the light.

He should be dead

From the things he’s done

Friends that did much less

Are six feet down

The extra fast lane

Just wasn’t fast enough

So it was on the edge

That he chose to run

He had it all

Sex, drugs and rock n roll

But deep inside

He knew there must be more

So for eternal reality

His journey began

He vowed only with total truth

Could his search end

Somewhere out there

In a dark lost world

Is a searching heart

Seeking what’s real

Seeking what’s true

For his shell of clay

Let your love reach out

Let him see the way

He practiced the black arts

Thinking they were white

He searched the lost cord OM

To find it had no light

He read all he could

Confucius, Plato, Socrates

To reach the same dead end

of useless philosophies

In a world of lies

he cried to the night

Where is truth?

Where is light?

Then an amazing book

Brought him to his knees

The wondrous Word of God

That old King James!

Somewhere out there

On a dark and winding road

Is a crying heart

Carrying a heavy load

Seeking for meaning

And seeking for light

Let your love reach out

Let him see the life

With all those he loved

He had to share

But they didn’t want to hear it

They didn’t care

He lost it all

He lost his family

But he heard a call

Come follow me

So from the bottom up

I started over again

With an empty cup

And a new best friend

Through all the pain

Joy never ceased

Beyond understanding

Christ gave me peace.

Somewhere out there

In a dark evil world

Is an empty heart

Seeking to be filled

Seeking for truth

In a world of lies

Let your love reach

Let him see Christ

There’s a big lost world

Right within your reach

Let your love reach out

And supply someone’s need

Just be a friend

Don’t ask them to be yours

And be the light

In their dark world

You don’t need to preach

To share God’s plan

Just pass out tracts

Share a kind word…, lend a hand,

And just believe

He that you have inside

Can change someone’s hell

Into eternal life!!

And never forget

That somewhere out there

In a lost and dying world

Is a lonely heart

Seeking what’s real

Looking for a way

To a better life

Let your love reach out

And let them see Christ.

Just let your love reach out

And through your life

A lost hell-bound soul

Just may see Christ.

Bernie Wheater

5-8-2006


Apostle Paul’s Recipe for Pillars

At the last Men’s Prayer Breakfast here at Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church, Pastor Scott Strobel of First Bible Baptist Church in Lockport taught about “Pillars” of the church, i.e. righteous men upon which the pastor can rely on. Brother Stobel outlined the essential characteristics required in men who are to be “pillars” for their church.

Recently, the Lord directed my reading to the book of Titus, where I found the apostle Paul exhorting Titus to look for very similar qualifications in the “aged” men of his church who would be “elders” or “bishops”. Paul was using this epistle to encourage his brother in the faith, Titus, whom he had left in Crete to lead the church, which Paul had established on one of his missionary journeys. Titus is instructed in what to look for in leaders for the church.

In no particular order, here are the personal characteristics that Paul recommended to Titus to establish “pillars” for the church in Crete:

    • Blameless, holy
    • Not self-willed, gentle, showing meekness to all
    • Not soon angry, temperate, patient
    • Not given to wine, sober minded, grave
    • No striker, no brawler
    • Sound speech that cannot be condemned, speaking sound doctrine
    • Sound in faith, holding fast the Word
    • A lover of hospitality, sound in charity
    • Showing a pattern of good works
    • A lover of good men, just, sincere
    • Not given to money, showing uncorruptness
    • Subject to principalities and powers


      Psalm 1:1-2

      On the Calendar at Gospel Light

      Sunday, September 26, 11 AM – Vision Sunday: During our morning service, upcoming plans and events for our church and ministry will be presented.

      Wednesday, September 29, 7 PM – Cult Series: Teachings on various cults begins during our Wednesday evening services.

      Sunday, October 3, 11 AM & 7 PM – Guest Preacher: Evangelist Tom Bard (Peter’s dad) will be preaching at both the morning and evening services.

      Sunday, October 3, 4:30 PM – Children’s Baptism Class: If your child wants to be baptized, they should be part of this class. (Adults interested in baptism should contact Pastor Giardino.)

      Fri. – Sat., October 8 – 9 – Men & Boys Overnight: Men and boys over 9 yrs will be staying overnight at Gospel Light’s camp in Oxford, NY.

      Friday, October 15, 7 PM – Youth Rally: Grace Baptist Church, Medina. With Pastor Eric Capaci of Gospel Light Baptist Church Hot Springs, Arkansas, as the guest preacher.

      Saturday, October 16, 9 AM – Men’s Prayer Breakfast: To be held right here at Gospel Light with a buffet breakfast being served.

      Fri. – Sat., October 22 – 23Couples Conference: Hosted by Lighthouse Baptist Church at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls. Cost is $225 per couple. $100 registration is needed by October 7. Registration Form can be found online here.

      Sunday, November 7Cake & Punch Reception: Celebrating the wedding of Luke and Jesenia directly following the 11 AM service.

      More to come… Fall Harvest Dinner, Thanksgiving Praise and Worship Service, Christmas Play in December.

      Missionaries Patrick and Theresa Pruett

      On Sunday, Sept 26, Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church will welcome Patrick and Theresa Pruett, missionaries to Peru, South America, operating under the Global Faith Mission Agency, Inc. Theresa is the daughter of church members Tom and Gail Hamilton. Their vision, posted on their missionary website, is “to plant evangelistic Christian schools under local fundamental church leadership to see the children of Peru and their families evangelized. Through teaching in English, we will draw in the leaders of the country by offering an ‘American’ education for their children.” The Pruetts will be introduced during the morning service and will be given the evening service to present their ministry.

      Driftwood

      Sunday morning’s sermon, delivered by Gospel Light’s beloved Pastor Vince Giardino, was titled “Driftwood”.  (It’d make a great Clint Eastwood western movie title, would it not?) His preaching was directed at Christians, though saved by God’s eternal grace, who are drifting aimlessly in life, unfocused, wasting their time. Pastor opened by reading Mark 8:22-24 to introduce the passage’s analogy of men as trees, drifting. He continued on with a story of a shipwreck and the lone survivor, a girl who had been lashed to a boat by the crew. “She didn’t escape by her skill and wisdom. She escaped because she was fastened firmly to that which would not sink”, Pastor G. explained.

      Our pastor’s sermon often include definitions, and so “driftwood” and its characteristics were defined, along with what it means to drift or to linger or slide. Then to hammer home the dangers of drifting, Pastor G. made it personal by describing a time he was distracted while driving, drifted into another lane, and side-swiped another vehicle. What had caught his eye? A “beautiful blond babe”, which turned out to be his very own wife.

      We as vessels on the sea of life can drift. However, just as driftwood cannot sink, we too will not sink, secure in our salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, each of us is vulnerable to becoming a drifter in spiritual matters.

      #1 Drifting Because of Devastation: Any tree can be separated from its roots by a catastrophic storm or flood, be cast into a river, sea or ocean, and be left to drift at the mercy of anything it encounters. It becomes bleached and brittle, being susceptible to everything it comes in contact with. So too can the saved be torn from the roots of his faith, falling on hard times as a Christian. Paul, in Acts 27:14-25,43-44, is an example to us on persisting through hard times and not giving up. Further, Paul teaches in 2 Cor 11:22-30 about tough times and still glorying in God.

      #2 Drifting Because of No Distinction: Driftwood is discolored, sapped of all life, with no distinction. Christians of any age can drift away from God and be sapped of their energy and the power of faith, having run out of gas. Pastor Giardino says that is the “time to get refueled with wisdom and the power that comes from the Holy Ghost” (see Acts 1:8). Pastor read James 1:5-8 to encourage us to “ask of God” and avoid being a “double minded man” who wavers to and fro.

      #3 Drifting Because of No Direction: “The root of righteousness shall not be moved” Prov:12:3, “but the root of righteousness yieldeth fruit.” Prov 12:12. The root system of Christians, the main root, is Jesus Christ. Take A.I.M. Our pastor said, Abide In Me; take root and grow up in Christ. This can’t happen if you are drifting. Don’t move about aimlessly, Pastor G. urged.

      #4 Drifting Because of Detachment: Our pastor warned against “floating away from the fold”. You may be present in church, but your mind and spirit are detached, disengaged from the congregation. Pastor G. cited the German philosopher Schopenhauer who compared the human race to porcupines huddling for warmth, but because of the quills, wandering out on their own. We, as with the porcupines, could freeze to death in our loneliness.

      #5 Drifting Because of Distraction: Often, other things in this world catch our attention, diverting our focus away from Jesus. Pastro G. told the story of Rip Van Winkle who fell asleep and was oblivious to all that changed around him. So also can we “have our heads in the clouds”, becoming “the prisoners of our own little world of trivialities.”

      #6 Drifting to Decoration: Pastor Giardino preached about “just sitting there”, being nothing but “a lawn ornament”, and doing nothing to win people to Christ. People in your world get the impression that you possess no spiritual answers that can help them. By doing nothing, you are acting like a piece of driftwood.

      A tree thrives on being rooted, Pastor reminded us. So must we stay rooted in the Lord, taking nourishment from His Word, and grasping the strong life line of Jesus Christ. Let not the trials of life, a lack of energy, the loss of direction, detachment, distractions, or idleness cause you to drift from the root of righteousness and its fruits.

      Looking for encouragement?

      If you may be looking for something to read that will make your day, try hopping over to Julia’s blog. She has posted an article titled, “God’s Blessings Upon Us.” You will be blessed, I assure you.

      BTW, Julia has another blog dedicated to her creative cakes.

      The War of Wars – by Bernie Wheater

      Author’s note: “This is a poem that talks about the only real war there is.”

      The War Of Wars

      The battle has begun.

      Spiritual wickedness is out in force.

      The rulers of darkness

      has this world on a destructive evil course.

      So girt your loins about with truth,

      filled with the Living Word.

      Put on your breastplate of righteousness,

      living the Living Word you heard.

      Be sure to shod your feet

      with the preparation of the gospel of peace.

      Sharing the good news of the Living Word you heard,

      with everyone you meet.

      With every step you take,

      and everywhere you walk

      bring glory to our Lord and God

      with every word you talk.

      We must put on the warriors armour,

      for sin is but a thought away.

      We must put on the full armour of God

      every morning of every day.

      Your enemy is as a roaring lion,

      and it’s you he wishes to devour.

      Hold high your shield of faith

      every minute of every hour.

      We’re in the middle of a war,

      greater then any that came before.

      We’re soldiers of this final war

      already won from time forever more.

      Proudly wear your Holy armour,

      for you’re on the winning side.

      This world has no power stronger

      then He that inside you resides.

      Satan takes no prisoners,

      His only joy is devouring the souls of man.

      But remember oh ye Christians

      Jesus put a weapon. . , the Bible in your hand.

      There’s an evil empire coming,

      filled with death. . tears . . . and pain

      An empire filled with the lies of Satan

      And the governments of earth give him total reign.

      So put on your helmet of salvation,

      bought with the blood of Jesus’ love

      A gift so freely given us

      from our Loving Father up above.

      This helmet. will protect you

      from every lie that Satan has said

      keeping your heart clear and pure

      for the battle just ahead.

      Remember where you were

      when God pulled you from the swine’s pen

      A God of such Grace and Love

      no power is greater then that which comes from Him.

      So take your sword of the Spirit

      boldly to the battle of the front lines.

      The Holy Spirit will watch your back,

      don’t worry about what’s behind.

      Clothed in your armour, now fight like a man

      and get on your knees and pray.

      Pray without ceasing,

      every second of every minute, every hour of every day.

      For no battle can be won,

      without God leading the way.

      And if you want God to lead you

      then pray . . . pray . . . and pray.

      For we’re in the middle of a war,

      greater then any that came before.

      We’re soldiers of this final war

      already won from time forever more.

      Proudly wear your Holy armour,

      for you’re on the winning side.

      This world has no power stronger

      then He that inside you resides.

      Though it seems Satan is winning the battle

      and at times that’s the way it may look.

      But remember oh ye Christians

      Jesus has shown us the ending of the book.

      There’s a whole new world coming,

      no death. . . no tears. . . . . no pain

      A world where our precious saviour Jesus

      as King of kings forever and ever reigns.

      Bernie Wheater

      5/19/1998

      Lessons on Humility

      This blogger, after being humbled by health issues, would like to present the following excerpts on Humility. Source: www.OpenThouMineEyes.com “The Bible View”, Volume: 267, September 2, 2010. Written and edited by Bill Brinkworth.

      1. Silent under Insult – by Alexander Whyte

      “It is a mark of the deepest and truest humility,” said a great saint, “to see ourselves condemned without cause, and to be silent under it.  To be silent under insult and wrong is a very noble imitation of our Lord. O my Lord, when I remember in how many ways Thou didst suffer, who in no way deserved it, I know not where my senses are when I am in such a haste to defend and excuse myself. Is it possible I should desire anyone to speak any good of me, or to think it, when so many ill things are thought and spoken of Thee? What about being blamed by all men, if only we stand at last blameless before Thee!”

      “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8

      2. He Did Menial Work, Toofrom The Christian Herald

      Hsu Chu, a lad of eighteen from a wealthy Chinese family, came to a China Inland Mission hospital to train as a nurse.  Elegantly and becomingly clothed, he was a model of Chinese nobility.  A few days after he had begun training, the superintendent was called to deal with him.  He had been asked to clean some shoes, and indignantly refused, saying he was a gentleman and a scholar and wouldn’t do such menial work.

      The wise superintendent took the boots and cleaned them herself, while Hsu Chu looked sullenly on.  Then leading the lad to the office, she asked him to read for her John’s Gospel, chapter 13.  When he came to verse 14, his face flushed, and his eyes filled with tears as he laid the Book down, and said, “May Jesus forgive me.  He did menial work, too.”

      “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” John 13:14-15

      From that day on, no one scrubbed floors, cleaned shoes, or any other humble task more joyfully than Hsu Chu, who followed in the footsteps of his divine Master.

      3. Washington’s Humilityfrom the Watchman-Examiner

      A rider on horseback, many years ago, came across a squad of soldiers who were trying to move a heavy piece of timber.  A corporal stood by, giving lordly orders to “heave”.  The piece of timber was too heavy for the squad to move.

      “Why don’t you help them?” asked the quiet man on the horse to the supervising soldier.

      “Me?  Why, I’m a corporal, sir!” he responded.

      Dismounting, the stranger carefully took his place with the soldiers. “Now, all together, boys — heave!” he said.  The big piece of timber slid into place.  The stranger mounted his horse and addressed the corporal.

      “The next time you have a piece of timber for your men to handle, corporal, send for the commander-in-chief.” The horseman that got down to work with the other soldiers was General George Washington.

      “Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:5-7

      4. Be Clothed with Humilityby Dr. A. Simpson

      Humility will save you from self-consciousness. It will take away from you the shadow of yourself and the constant sense of your own importance. It will save you from self-assertion and from thrusting your own personality upon the thoughts and attention of others.  It will save you from the desire for display, from being prominent, from occupying the center of the stage, from being the object of observation and attention, and having the eyes of the world turned upon you.

      “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in Spirit.” Proverbs 29:23

      5. I Will Go as a Servant! – Author Unknown

      Robert Morrison, the noted missionary to China wrote to his friends in England, asking for an assistant.  In response, a young man from the country offered himself.  After an interview, the members of the board decided that though he was an earnest Christian he was too rough and unpolished, and they gave him this decision; “We do not think you fit to be a missionary, but if you would like to go out as a servant to the missionary, we will send you.”

      After hearing this answer, he said, “Well, sir, if the gentlemen don’t think me fit to be a missionary, I will go as a servant. I am willing to be a hewer of wood and a drawer of water, or do anything to help the cause of my Heavenly Master.” He was sent out as a servant, but he soon became a missionary and turned out to be Dr. William Milne, one of the best missionaries that ever went to that country.

      6. Why God Chooses Usfrom the Sunday School Times

      Hudson Taylor, the great missionary leader, once said, when someone asked him how he was chosen for the work in China, that God chose a little man, so that men might see what a great God we have.

      Michael Giardino’s Smash Hit Video!

      Posted both on the GLBBC Facebook site and on the Gospel Light video page is the lastest available video of the Labor Day Picnic, shot and expertly edited in HQ by Michael Giardino. The sound track is by none other than Gospel Light’s master of bluegrass, Grayson Krol. If you miss this video, you’ll miss a lot! (The video is also available directly at Vimeo here.)

      Saturday: Wedgewood Nursing Home

      Dear Gospel Light church members,

      Another visit to our elderly brothers and sisters at Wedgewood Nursing Home is planned for this Saturday, September 18th, at 1 PM. Please consider being a blessing to souls who are in need of encouragement and gospel teaching. Besides our usual singing of hymns, Brother Grayson will be there to provide additional music.

      Can we count on you to be there in downtown Spencerport and be a blessing?  It’s likely that you will be blessed also.  Plenty of parking is available across the street from the home.

      

      Move-Up Sunday Photos!

      Thanks to Bonnie and Mateo for these wonderful snapshots of our children “moving up” to more challenging Sunday school classes. Congratulations and may God bless you all!

      Bonnie's Kids

      Jesenia's Kids

      Old Testament “Pawpet Show”

      – one of this blogger’s favorite Peanuts strips.

      Sunday Morning Service: 09-12-10

      Every Sunday morning at Gospel Light is memorable for one reason or other; the presence of the Spirit of God is always evident: in the preaching, the fellowship, and the joy.

      Random notes on our Sunday morning service:

      • We remember meeting Pastor David Underwood (of Waterloo Baptist Church) at our last Men’s Prayer Breakfast. He was back for a visit with wife and daughter. We must have made quite an impression for him to visit on his vacation.
      • Bernie was missing, but Valerie informed that he had been in NYC at ground zero on Saturday, 9/11.
      • Our first music special was by Carolyn M. on the flute, accompanied by Michael G. on the piano. Our second special was a chorus of 5 men and 5 women, again accompanied by Michael G. on piano.
      • We we told that 125 people attended our Pig-nic on Labor Day.
      • Next Sunday is “Vision Sunday”. A video montage will be used to introduce what’s coming in the future at Gospel Light.
      • This being “Move-Up Sunday”, Bonnie and Jesenia handed out diplomas and gifts to the children moving up to higher level Sunday school classes. It was not without emotion. We hope to post photos in the future.
      • Our pastor continued his sermon (Part II) of “Dragnet” or “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”. He used an umbrella drop net to illustrate evil nets that may snag us.
      • Pastor Giardino spoke of the letter “F” being the “fool factor”, hooks that get a hold of people. He listed fads, foolishness, over indulgence in fun, fits of anger, fame, fan-antic, fantasy, and throwing away family.
      • The other illustration Pastor G. used made me hungry; it was toward the end of his sermon. He used a machete to split in half a watermelon, illustrating the judgment of God, separating the good seed from the bad.
      • After the invitation, the service ended with a short video about what happens when someone gets a Christian tract. We were admonished to go share our faith before it’s too late.

      

      The Engel Scale

      Sunday School at Gospel Light (9/12/10) saw us break up into 4 groups: the children upstairs, teens in the teen room, the women in the library, and the men in back of the sanctuary. Pastor Giardino spent most of the time with the men discussing ideas for refining the gospel tract that we have been working on. As was the case last week, many verses were suggested for inclusion.

      A handout was passed around to the men’s class called “The Engel Scale” (Engle being misspelled on the original handout). This scale was originally developed by James Engel and Viggo Søgaard and was published in a book in 1985. It has since been modified several times, as a web search will testify to. The Engel Scale assigns a numerical value to represent the level of spiritual understanding that a person has reached. The following is a reproduction of the Engel Scale that our pastor handed out:

      The Engel Scale

      -7  Has no awareness of Christianity
      -6  Is aware of the existence of Christianity
      -5  Has some knowledge of the Gospel
      -4  Understands the gospel fundamentals
      -3  Grasps the personal implications of the gospel
      -2  Recognizes a personal need
      -1  Repents and professes faith in Christ
      0   Conversion
      +1  Evaluates the decision for Christ
      +2  Incorporates into a Christian fellowship
      +3  Learns and practices the Christian lifestyle
      +4  Communes with God
      +5  Develops stewardship
      +6  Reproduces

      A “sign” from God

      Consequences of a Moral Tumble

      The following article was handed out by Pastor Giardino during last Sunday evening’s sermon, “Delicate Order”. This blog now brings it to you with just minor editing.

      Consequences of a Moral Tumble – by Randy Alkhorn

      When playing with the thought of an affair, these are the effects your actions might have:

      • Grieving the Lord who redeemed me.
      • Dragging His sacred name into the mud.
      • One day having to look Jesus, the Righteous Judge, in the face and give an account of my actions.
      • Following in the footsteps of people whose immorality forfeited their ministries and caused me to shudder.
      • Inflicting untold hurt on my loyal wife and best friend.
      • Losing my wife’s respect and trust.
      • Hurting my beloved children.
      • Destroying my example and credibility with my children and nullifying both present and future efforts to teach them to obey God. i.e. “Why should I listen to a man who betrayed Mom and us?”
      • If my blindness should continue or my wife unable to forgive, perhaps losing my wife and my children forever.
      • Causing shame to my family. i.e. “Why isn’t Daddy at church anymore?”
      • Losing self respect.
      • Creating a form of guilt awfully hard to shake. Even though God would forgive me, would I forgive myself?
      • Forming memories and flashbacks that could plague future intimacy with my wife.
      • Wasting years of ministry experience for a long time, maybe even permanently.
      • Forfeiting the effect of years of witnessing to others, reinforcing distrust for Christians.
      • Undermining the faithful example and hard work of other Christians in our community.
      • Bringing great pleasure to Satan, the enemy of God and all that is good.
      • Heaping judgment and endless difficulty on the person with whom I committed adultery.
      • Possibly bearing the physical consequences of diseases, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and AIDS. Perhaps infecting my wife, or in the case of AIDS, causing her death.
      • Bringing shame to fellow church members and the pastor.
      • Possibly causing pregnancy with personal and financial implications, including a lifelong reminder of my sin.
      • Causing shame and hurt to friends, especially to those that I led to Christ and discipled.
      • Invoking shame and lifelong embarrassment to myself.

      Job 31:1-12 “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity. If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands; Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out. If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door; Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her. For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.

      Ecc 7:26 “And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.