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Jacqueline Miller Discusses Trials (She's Had a Few)

Sabbath services on June 27, 2015 began with an introit by Min Sterling on the piano.  There followed a song service led by Clayton Brandt. The opening song was “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”.   Clayton Brandt had the opening prayer, and Jacqueline Miller welcomed everyone (about 20 people attended the morning services since the students were camping out).

Michelle Gustafson read a mission story from China where the 13th Sabbath Offering is going. When he was 18, a Chinese pastor was given a complete Bible, which he read cover to cover many times. Since 1990 Adventists have been allowed more religious freedom. One of their new church buildings is located near a factory whose owner wanted a talk about Jesus and His teachings given to his employees.  About sixty employees came to the first meeting; eventually thirty people accepted the Adventist teachings.  As a result of these meetings, other factory owners, too, wanted an Adventist pastor to speak to their employees.

Jacqueline Miller then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Clayton Brandt.  This offering helps Laurelbrook students and staff members go on mission trips. Bob Gustafson then read James 1:2-4 “2 ¶ My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

Dorka Ellis and Min Sterling then sang a vocal duet, accompanied by Daryll Ellis on the guitar. Jacqueline Miller had the superintendent’s remarks on trials and temptations and had closing prayer.  The academy students were away on a camping trip so the congregation became one Sabbath School class taught by Clayton Brandt in the church sanctuary.

Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Jacqueline Miller: 
  1. When you start thinking about trials and temptations, more seem to come your way.
  2. James 1:13-15 “13 ¶ Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
  3. When we yield to temptation, we experience problems in our lives, and it causes problems in others’ lives, too.
  4. 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
  5. Ellen White says that God measures every trial before it comes to us so that He knows we can bear it. The believer must claim God’s promises when trials come.
  6. Trials help bring out our best.
  7. Often we doubt that the Spirit is leading us, but often the Spirit leads us into a trial and test to make our character better.
  8. Always keep gratitude and sunshine in the heart even if the day be cloudy.
  9. James 1:12 “Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson - the men’s work coordinator and institutional vice-president
Clayton Brandt – deals with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment / local church elder
Daryll Ellis – local church deacon / works for nearby Majestic Stone Company
Dorka Ellis – former Laurelbrook staff member living on the edge of Laurelbrook’s campus
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living at Laurelbrook
Michelle Gustafson – Laurelbrook farm manager / wife of Bob Gustafson, the men’s work coordinator and institutional vice-president
Min Sterling – helps out in the academy registrar’s office / wife of Scott Sterling, one of the academy math teachers

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