Pastor’s Pet Recommendation: Marine Iguana

Well, not really.  Paster Giardino used the Marine Iguana, which is native to the Galápagos Islands, to illustrate a point during Sunday morning’s sermon. This animal has the ability, unique among modern lizards, to live and forage in the sea. Pastor explained how they feed almost exclusively on marine algae, “sneezing” the excess salt from nasal glands while basking in the sun.  Likewise, Pastor G. says that we should have a “thirst for God” and should cast our salt out of our bodies and into the world. “God likens the Christian life as salt.”

Thus, in this concluding sermon in the series on Salt-lution, the topic was about “Salty Tears”.  Our pastor’s purpose for this sermon was to give us hope, just as the bible teaches hope to those with burdens.  Pastor Giardino used Rev 7:17 and Rev 21:4 to show that “one day, God is going to make things right.”

Pastor preached on three types of tears:

1.) Wrong kind of salty tears.  This entails crying for inappropriate reasons, such as for sad movies, loses in sports,  soap operas, or loss of economic prosperity.

2.) Right kind of salty tears.  Pastor’s gave the example of mourning the loss of a son.  See II Sam 18:32-33 and II Sam 19:1-4.  Pastor Giardino wished to stress that “Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.” Ecclesiates 7:3

3.) Wise kind of salty tears.  Our pastor provided many bible verses for wise tears with tears shed for the lost being his emphasis.  Jesus wept salty tears this way: “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Luke 22:41-44  In conclusion, Pastor Giardino exhorts that we “fix our sights on wise tears, for there is not much time left”.

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