Ahoy Maties. Come alongside the good ship Gospel Light and we’ll spin a yarn about yesterday’s Sunday morning sermon, titled “Perils at Sea.” Captain Giardino spoke kindly of a shipmate we all know, Popeye, using him in an analogy. He’s strong to the finish ’cause he eats his spinach; Christians are strong to the finish by eating the Word of God. We need to fortify ourselves by reading the Bible daily. Popeye and Bluto fighting for the hand of the flighty Olive Oyl was also used as an analogy. Olive is torn between two lovers,one good and one evil. Likewise, Christians are caught in a struggle between good and evil in our lives.
Continuing with his seaworthy theme, which is based on the verses in Psalms 107:23-31, Pastor Giardino reviewed the first two points from last week of his 4 point outline. Point #1 was “They that go”, where Christians are to go out into the world, no matter the troubles that may face them, to spread the gospel of Christ. Point #2 was “They that stow”, meaning that we should stow the Word of God in our hearts and minds so that we are ready to share the message with the world.
“They that fro” was point #3, which emphasized those Christians that vacillate in their faith, stuck in a “sea of doubt”. Pastor Giardino spoke of the people in the Twin Towers on 9/11 who must have been at their “wits end” because of the evil that terrorism brought to the nation. The stresses of our world that cause men to be unstable are not brought on by our God, but by the devil going to and fro on earth trying to capture who he may. Pastor G. strongly pointed out the need to understand God’s true nature, the goodness of our loving God, and that God does not seek revenge as a means of fulfillment. For Christians, there is no need to go through life at wits end because the Savior of the word who can calm the seas can also give you peace. James 1:5-8 states, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Thus, you can’t help others if, as a Christian, you are unstable.
Point #4, “They that flow”, was about Christians that eat their “spinach” (i.e. reading the Word of God); they get to see the hand of God working in the world. As Christians, we need to be connected to God so “the Spirit of God can flow through us”, said Pastor G. “We get to see people saved.” Despite the “spiritual famine” in this country, God is compassionate and is working through those who will follow Him to reach the lost.
Our pastor’s message ended with the point that can be found in Proverbs 14:27: “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life”. The fear of eternal separation from God brought about by unrepented sin is a powerful motivator in our outreach to the lost. Let us be “they that flow”, throwing out life preservers to the unsaved souls of our world.