Jessica Fields and Lucas Johnson Have the Program
Sabbath services on March 14, 2015 began with an introit by JD (9th grader) on the piano. There followed a song service led by Lucas Johnson, Dyaine (9th grader), and Kamia (9th grader), accompanied on the piano by JD (9th grader) and Polina (9th grader). The opening song was “If You But Trust in God to Guide You”. Jessica Fields welcomed everyone.
Jessica Fields had the opening prayer. Kamia (9th grader) read a mission story from Guam about a woman who was ready to commit suicide. Bible studies and reading the Bible were her salvation. She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering.
Alexus and Laiken (9th graders) collected the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which helps pay the expenses of Laurelbrook-sponsored mission trips. Vonee and Cheyna then sang a vocal duet for special music. Lucas Johnson had the superintendent’s remarks and had closing prayer. The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by Bob Zollinger in the church sanctuary and one taught by Stanton Rolle “behind the glass” in the church.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Lucas Johnson:
1. Many people feel that our pain doesn’t concern God.
2. Hebrews 11 has many stories of people who had crazy trials in their lives.
- Hebrews 11:8 “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”
- Abraham probably had a good job and then was told to pack up and start travelling. He did it because he looked forward to the City of God. He wasn’t connected to things of this earth.
- Hebrews 11:23 “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw [he was] a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.”
- Moses gave up being a prince of the richest nation on earth in his time. He identified himself with a group of slaves and looked forward to what he was going to get.
- The Israelites were willing to give up what they had because they had a goal.
- Hebrews 11:32-40 “32 ¶ And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and [of] Barak, and [of] Samson, and [of] Jephthae; [of] David also, and Samuel, and [of] the prophets: 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of [cruel] mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and [in] mountains, and [in] dens and caves of the earth. 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”
- These people did some amazing things because they believed in God.
- God hasn’t returned because He wants to make us heroes, too.
- Hebrews 12:1-2 “1 ¶ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
- Jesus forsook heaven to save us. If we look to Jesus, we are going to be changed into His likeness.
- Hebrews 12:3-6 “3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 ¶ Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
- These afflictions were part of God’s character education.
- Parents who let children get away with everything don’t do their children any favors. So God punishes us to make us the type of heavenly citizens He wants to make us.
- God loves and cares for each of us. He can change our hearts if we but look to Him.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Jessica Fields – works with the Laurelbrook cleaning crew
Lucas Johnson – academy boys’ dean
Stanton Rolle – works in the Laurelbrook business office
Vonee and Cheyna – new Laurelbrook girls’ deans