Pastor Wendt Discusses the Role of Comfort
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 18, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the personal ministries period. Pastor David Wendt talked about the Adventist presence at a ladies gathering at the Rhea County fairgrounds. Ladies who visited the booths got free massages, free shoes, and free haircuts as well as other freebies. Paul Frechette mentioned in that Arizona that one person is pushing a law mandating that every person pick and join a church.
Bob Gustafson made the announcements. There will be a potluck in the cafeteria. Joyce Sarr’s funeral will be in the church at 3:00 today.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer after receiving prayer requests; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Caleb (senior) then called for the offering, which was the local church budget. Paul Frechette and Alec (junior) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering.
Luke (senior) told the children present a story about John Wesley’s miraculous escape from fire when younger. Cheyna Ashe and Vonee Hemans had special music. The two then led the church in a responsive reading on Christ’s Ascension.
Pastor David Wendt discussed the topic “A Going Away Gift”. The congregation sang “Because He Lives”. Pastor Wendt had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt, who deals with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator
Cheyna Ashe and Vonee Hemans – academy girls’ deans who currently run the section of the girls’ dorm next to the Laurelbrook café-admin building
Paul Frechette - retired Laurelbrook business manager
Pastor David Wendt – pastor of the Laurelbrook and Pikeville Seventh-day Adventist churches
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Wendt:
We need God in us every minute of the day – and then we will have these fruits. Do you have these fruits today?
- Today there is a lot of hurt and pain in the world today. People today want relief and comfort.
- Jeremiah 8:18 “[When] I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart [is] faint in me.” It is a struggle to get comfort from outside us.
- Job’s friends came to comfort him and sat for several days without a word. Job 21:24 “His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.”
- Isaiah 40:1 “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.”
- Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” A rod and a staff can let a person know that he/she is on the right track.
- Romans 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
- The Bible is a source of comfort.
- John 14:15-16 “15 ¶ If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;”
- John 14:26 “But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” This was Jesus’ going away gift.
- How do we get this gift? Genesis 1:1-2 “1 ¶ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Note that the Spirit is present.
- God then creates light or day and the absence of light or night.
- Genesis 1:7-8 “7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which [were] under the firmament from the waters which [were] above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.” This is probably still there, protecting us from harmful rays.
- Now this firmament is a blue halo or sky present.
- Genesis 1:9 talks about the container called “land”. The rest of creation God fills the containers he has created.
- The land is filled with trees and grass and other living items. Then comes the sun to rule the day and the moon the night. Then comes animals and mankind.
- 1 Corinthians 6:19 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” man’s bodily container is designed to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
- We have to choose whether to be filled with the Holy Spirit or not.
- When these containers aren’t filled, life ceases to exist. This is also true of humans.
- 2 Corinthians 13:3-4 “3 ¶ Blessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” God’s Spirit provides the ability for us to comfort other people.
- Jesus’ plan was to leave and allow the Spirit to fill our lives. Are you willing to be filled?
- At Pentecost, the Spirit came down and filled the believers, comforting them.
- Jesus will come when we allow God to reach through us to other people.
- Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”