Our special before the sermon this morning at GLBBC was the debut of Julia Giardino singing solo while playing piano. We were greatly blessed by the talented performance. Pastor Giardino was rightly proud of his daughter, as he said, “It is not easy to sing and play piano at the same time.”
Pastor Giardino, in continuing the year-long theme on evangelism, radiated a sense of urgency from the pulpit. This was likely due to the prior day’s events surrounding the apostasy of his former friends, events he would expound on during his sermon.
“Cast thy bread upon the waters” Eccl 11:1, pastor said was his message for this day, where we should be “telling a beggar, as a beggar, where to get bread…the bread of life.” Pastor read Psalms 126:5, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” He told of a story of a man with two buckets of fish who tricked his way out of a ticket from a Game Warden by saying the fish were his pets and they did what he said. But Pastor G. said, just as “the fish don’t respond that way, neither do lost folks.” We just can’t call them and expect them to come.
In Neh 9:24-25, Pastor Giardino gave us a glimpse of the attitude of a people in prosperity. Just like in America today, the Lord was allowing things to occur to the people of Israel. “Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs”, reads Neh 9:26. Likewise, America is “casting the law behind their back.” Will our destiny will be that of Israel, “thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them” Neh 9:27? “God is controlling things”, reminds our pastor, “He can touch your life.”
Pastor Giardino implored us to care enough about other people, to have a heart of charity, to “cast your bread out to people.” He said there is a “dearth in the land of the words of God” and “a lack of people casting their bread upon the waters.”
Pastor’s three part outline began with 1.) Cast thy bread for your need. The point is best illustrated by Psalms 55:22, Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.” And to greatly emphasize the point, Mike Giardino, Pastor’s son, went to the piano and sang the hymn, “No one ever cared for me like Jesus”, a superbly performed blessing to us and to God. Pastor encouraged us to push past our burdens, to not allow them to stop us from serving the Lord. We are not to wallow in self pity, but to learn to live the Christian life in good times and bad. “Bear ye one another’s burdens”, Gal 6:2, and don’t be caught up with our own matters.
Pastor Giardino’s second point was 2.) Cast thy bread with your nerve. Isaiah 58:1 says, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression.” It takes “nerve” and “courage” to throw bread. Pastor said to rely on God to strengthen you so that those that come against you will not prevail. Pastor used yesterday’s preaching against the Catholic church as an example of being strong for the Lord and His truth, and not to fear those who are heretics.
Thirdly, pastor said, 3.) Cast thy bread with your net. “Have your net ready to go”, he said. Jesus’ only miracle post resurrection came in John 21:6, where He told his disciples to “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” They were hardly able to handle the multitudes of fish. Pastor Giardino said, maybe we have “been fishing on the wrong side.” Continuing, he said, “Some of you are watching sinners, some of you have the bread, but you don’t care and are not catching any.” “Are you dropping the net?” “Are you casting the bread upon the waters?” Pastor fervently pleaded with us to get out of our own comfort zones.