Rodney Herra Discusses Our Submission to Jesus
Sabbath services on March 21, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano. There followed a song service led by Heidi (junior), Laiken (9th grader), and Alexus (9th grader) and (later) Cheyna (assistant girls’ dean). The opening song was “Nothing Between”.
Alexis (9th grader) had the opening prayer, and Laiken (9th grader) read Psalm 24:3-5 “3 ¶ Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” Rodney Herra welcomed everyone.
Heidi (junior) read a mission story from Guam about a young woman who wore no makeup or jewelry who ordered some shoes for Sabbath but refused to pick up the shoes during Sabbath hours. The store owner was confused and asked her why. She, in turn, explained about the 7th day Sabbath and invited the owner to a Revelation Seminar. He wasn’t sure about the truths he heard, but through his Bible studies God convinced him the young woman and the seminar speaker were right.
Alexis and Laiken then collected the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which helps pay the expenses of Laurelbrook-sponsored mission trips. Rodney Herra had the superintendent’s remarks, reading a poem called “Driftwood” in part, and had closing prayer. The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by Clayton Brandt in the church sanctuary and one taught by Ron Oxentenko “behind the glass” in the church.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Rodney Herra:
Personnel Other Than Students:
- Do we really have nothing between us and the Savior?
- Be careful you don’t make mistakes that scar you for life.
- If we allow any sin, it changes who we are like a termite ruining a tree.
- Proverbs 3:1-6 “1 ¶ My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
- Don’t forget what the Lord has commanded, keeping the letter and the spirit of the law. If we keep the law inwardly, the outer part of our lives will be directed by the Lord.
- Ezekiel 18:31-32 “31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn [yourselves], and live ye.”
- The Lord wants us to turn our transgressions over to Him so He can erase them and make us new again.
- Matthew 5:8 “Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
- Matthew 22:37-40 “37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
- It is very important that each of us have a pure heart (after allowing God to do a heart transplant in us).
- Sin doesn’t just hurt us but everyone around us.
- Spend time communing with God; listen to Him when He asks you to do something. Do what you can every day to do what you can to please God.Find out what pleases God by spending time with Him.
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment / local church elder
Rodney Herra – works for the nearby Majestic Stone Company / works also with the Laurelbrook auto body program / head church elder
Ron Oxentenko – Laurelbrook business manager