A Doubtful Mind – Part II

Who was that on piano during the offering? Why it was Joe C. pounding away at those keys at the evening service this past Sunday. Add one more to the endless parade of musicians at Gospel Light. Joe C. is a blessing in many ways in our church family.

Powerful. That’s how to describe the performance of the Ladies Quartet. Singing “He is God, He is Lord” were Koari, Lori, Melody, and Bonnie. After their performance, someone yelled out, “Sing it again!” and Pastor had them do just that. Back to their mikes they went, singing again with vigor and joy.Just as at last Sunday evening’s service, testimonies from those involved with the Youth Rally were given. Among the many thoughtful and thankful testimonies, your blogger took note of what Mike W. had said: “God just took the vision of Pastor and his son Michael and blessed it … People’s lives were impacted with this and they will remember forever.”

Pastor Vince Giardino’s title for the evening sermon was “A Doubtful Mint – Part 2”. He started with 2 Peter 3:1-4, with special note to the scoffers that will come in the last days “saying, Where is the promise of his coming?” Concerning scoffers and doubters, Jesus asked his disciples “If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? Luke 12:28. People forget what God has done for them, what He is doing now, and what He will do for them in the future. Pastor said, “We expect the unsaved will doubt the second coming of Christ and the gospel.” But what of the believers in Christ? The Apostle Thomas in John 20 was not the only “Doubting Thomas”. The way we live our lives is often evidence of our own doubt. “There is a doubting throng in Christianity”, Pastor exclaimed.

Even in Peter’s mind there were doubts as to what was taking place as he saw the empty tomb, “wondering in himself at that which was come to pass” Luke 24:12. After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to two disciples and walked with them (see Luke 24). Even though the two know all the details of what had happened, they still had doubt in their minds and were in need of a revival. Jesus rebuked them, saying, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?Luke 24:25-26. Pastor related this to the present, saying there is “all kinds of doubting in Christianity” with people “slow of heart” and “slow to believe”.

Pastor continued with the story of the two disciples in Luke 24, showing how eventually their eyes were opened and were finally convinced. They “returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together” Luke 24:33, and said “The Lord is risen indeed … and they told what things were done” Luke 24:34-35. In verse 36, Jesus returns, but the eleven were troubled, their minds having been “messed up because they had doubt”, Pastor said. Pastor Giardino explained that they were still wondering and believed not because their faith had been stretched. Jesus did open their understanding and dispelled their doubt, telling his disciples to “tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on highLuke 24:49. With their joy and belief having returned, the disciples stayed continually in church because their doubts were gone.

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