Good morning to all at Gospel Light. May our Lord bless your Monday as we start a new week of ever warming weather. May your hearts be glad; spring is just around the corner. During Sunday morning service, we were treated to another letter from one of our supported missionaries, bother Jeff Basset of Uganda, as read by Paul Schreiner. Brother Jeff wrote, “the work at the refugee camp certainly needs your prayers.” People who come to hear the preaching at the camp are being mislead by churches that they’ve attended in the past. Also hindering them are their own traditions, which stunts their growth as Christians. Brother Jeff is frustrated by the people’s unwillingness to accept the true gospel of salvation, believing that they can lose their salvation and that works are the way to heaven. Please pray for the ministry of Jeff Basset and his family in Uganda.
Pastor Giardino split his sermon into two parts, having first concluded Salt-lution section titled “Brilliance.” Citing from many scriptural passages, including Psalm 39:3, Psalm 27:1, II Kings 8:27, II Kings 2:20, John 5:35, and I Thes 2:18, pastor emphasized that we, as Christians, have to be noticed. Thus, be always careful to what you expose yourself to, for whatever you take in, that is what others will see come out from you. Since we have a chance to salt the world, we must be sure to take in God’s word and rejoice in the light of His Word. “Burn yourself bright for others, for there is a crown of joy in seeing others come to Christ.” We must be lights “to a lost, dark world.” Our salt will help heal the waters so that there will be no death for others.
The second part of Pastor Giardino’s message was titled “Brevity“, meaning shortness of time. God uses salt to show that there is not much time in one’s life. Pastor warned that “we only have a little time to serve God.” Job 14:1-2 says it clearly: “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.” Likewise James 4:14: “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” Pastor asked what do we spend your time with? What do we think about? Are our thoughts and deeds spent on godly things or of things of this world? Because it is so important that we use our time to do something for God, Pastor Giardino spent the rest of the sermon demonstrating what the bible has to say about the future and destruction of lost souls. Citing Mark 9:42-49, Isa 66:24, and Rev 21:8, which states, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” God needs something to appease his wrath, thus sacrifices were offered to God in the old testament. Pastor stated that there is “something about a sacrifice that appeases God.” The blood of Jesus is the sacrifice for those saved souls, for Jesus became sin for a moment in time. Where does salt come in? Pastor Giardino described how salt, put in a wound is very painful, and that those throw into hell will be salted, as every sacrifice made to God has been salted. Pastor mentioned that salt acts as an accelerant in many chemical reactions and will act as an accelerant in pain with the fire and brimstone of hell. Life is short; we have but a little time to be “Fishers of Men”. We must not waste our God-given time.