Again, the congregation sang heartily as we lifted our voices in worship to Christ the King. The attendance was at nearly an all time high for a regular PM service, so we find that especially exciting.
Grayson Krol sang a song that he put to the words of a Psalm. This was a real blessing as the Word of God stirs our hearts to hear more. Praise the Lord for you Gray, and for your willingness to listen to the Spirit as He guides your fingers to play to His Word. That’s a great way to memorize scripture too!
Tonight, we had two preachers. First at bat was Bro. Peter Bard, GLBBC’s infamous youth leader. Peter spoke to us on “Friends I Have Known.” After taking us to Proverbs 17:17, he shared with us that he has had many friends over the years. First, the privilege of being able to be married to his best friend, his wife Leah. Then he spoke of others that are all over the world at present but that are still folks he stays in touch with, and of others who were best friends when he was younger, but that he now knows nothing about.
Lastly he told us of a friend that he met at the tender age of 4 years. This Friend has been with him ever since, and although Peter has often wronged Him, this Friend of Friends will never leave or forsake him. This friend is Jesus. In short, if a friend had saved your life, you would do anything for that friend. Jesus saved your life. What are you doing for Him?
Next up was Pastor Giardino continuing his series on the mind. Tonight’s message was “Wandering Thoughts.”
We began in Psalm 107 and verses 1-9.
O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
7And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
According to these verses in Psalms, wandering can put us in a solitary place: a lonely place to be.
Wandering is defined as: moving about without definite destination or purpose, no set pace, proceeding on irregular course, without clarity of thought.
Ps 56:8-11 God knows where you are!
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
9When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
10In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.
11In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
Wandering produces negative reactions. How do we stop it?
Ps 19:14 14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Let God in. Be transparent with Him. He already knows. Let Him be your strength.
Ps 104:34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
Be glad in the Lord and think on good things as we see in Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Pastor elaborated a little by telling of a movie plot.
The story goes like this:
There is a wealthy family who has one little baby boy. It’s time for the traditional portrait so they hire a photographer. The photographers are thugs who intend to steal the baby and ask for a large ransom. They do so. The parents of course are frantic, but the thugs take Baby Boo to a run down apartment and put him to bed in the next room.
Baby escapes from the back room after seeing a bird out the window. He precariously follows the bird until he sees another sight that interests him and then another. The thugs are following him but he is staying one step ahead of them the whole time because he is keeping his sights on what is in his favorite book. (Is it clicking yet? What is your favorite book and are you keeping your eyes on Jesus as found therein?) As Baby is sighted around the city (unlikely of course) the nanny realizes that he is seeing things that take him through the favorite story book giving the police a clue as to where he will be found next. The point is, the book was leading the baby. He was enticed by the things he saw around him.
Pro 1:11-15If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
12Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
14Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
15My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
Wandering is because of enticements. Verse 15 says not to walk with them.
The children of Israel wandered. God knew what they were up to but He protected them.
We must keep our mind stayed on Christ if we are going to get through the wanderings. Must not be distracted.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 4Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength
Are you wandering? Are you hungry, thirsty or faint?
The answers are all in The Book and in a clean life in Christ.