Vonee Hemans Discusses God's Solution for Problems
Sabbath services on May 2, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano. There followed a song service led by Kamia, Alexis, and Dyaine (9th graders) and Heidi (junior), accompanied on the piano by Polina and JD (9th graders). The opening song was “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. Vonee Hemans welcomed everyone and announced that the theme would be “When My Heart Is Overwhelmed”.
Vonee Hemans read Judges 6:23 “And the LORD said unto him, Peace [be] unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.” Alexis (9th grader) had the opening prayer. Kamia (9th grader) read a story about a girl whose final university exam was scheduled on Sabbath, a real problem because the exam was required for graduation. She finally took the exam after the sun set on Sabbath. She kept trying to recite the promises of God through the whole experience.
Chay (9th grader) and Nayim (junior) collected the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which helps pay the expenses of Laurelbrook-sponsored mission trips. Vonee Hemans then played a song from her computer for special music that emphasized that when life’s problems seem overwhelming we must walk by faith in the Son of God. Vonee Hemans then discussed “When My Heart Is Overwhelmed”.
Following are notes from Vonee Hemans’ talk:
Laiken (9th grader) had closing prayer. The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by Clifton Brandt in the church sanctuary, one taught by Ron Oxentenko “behind the glass” at the back of the church sanctuary, and one taught by Rick Carr in the boys’ dorm lobby nearby.
- The children of Israel was led by the Lord through the Wilderness, but then they became afraid at the border of the Promised Land.
- Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
- The Israelites didn’t drive out the heathen in the land and started adopting heathen customs. So the Lord raised up judges to redeem Israel. Then the Israelites went back and forth between sin and God’s deliverance.
- The Midianites camped in Israel’s lands and destroyed all their food sources so the Israelites cried to the Lord.
- Gideon was told the Lord was with him but had to be told to go take care of the Midianites more than once.
- The Lord told Gideon to reduce the size of his army despite the Israelites’ fears so Israel couldn’t say that they had delivered themselves from the Midianites.
- The 300 men left had a torch and a pitcher and a trumpet each to fight the Midianites. Did they feel overwhelmed?
- We have to remember the promises of God.
- Isaiah 55:8-13 “8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap [their] hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign [that] shall not be cut off.”
- The very trees outside that we take for granted are evidence of God’s care for us.
- Ellen White says that if you have given yourself to God to do His work you should not be anxious and worried about tomorrow because God will solve all your problems.
- Jesus made no plans for Himself, and God worked out what Jesus was supposed to do during the day.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s sewer, water, and boiler systems / local church elder
Rick Carr – Laurelbrook fire chief / works with the Laurelbrook purchasing department
Ron Oxentenko – Laurelbrook business manager
Vonee Hemans – academy girls’ dean