Bob Gustafson Discusses "Love and Peace"
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on June 27, 2015 began with an introit by Min Sterling on the piano. Michelle Gustafson had the Personal Ministries Corner. God always wants to be with us, but it is our choice whether to be in contact with Him when we are hurting. We try to heal ourselves, but we can’t.
Bob Gustafson followed with the announcements. There will be no fellowship luncheon or vespers tonight since the students are away.
The congregation had a silent invocation. Bob Gustafson had a special welcome for Jack Faatz, Sr. and Jack Faatz, Jr. The congregation then sang “Just As I Am”. Bob Gustafson asked for any prayer requests. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Bob Gustafson then called for the offering, which was for local conference advance. John and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local conference advance. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering.
Min Sterling and Dorka Ellis then sang “Come, Holy Spirit”, accompanied by Daryll Ellis on the guitar. Michelle Gustafson then read John 6:37-40 “37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Bob Gustafson discussed the topic “Love and Peace”. The congregation sang “Whiter Than Snow”. Bob Gustafson had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator and institutional vice-president
Daryll Ellis – local church deacon / works for nearby Majestic Stone Company
Dorka Ellis – wife of Daryll Ellis / former Laurelbrook staff member living on the edge of Laurelbrook’s campus
John Ellis – former Laurelbrook staff members / retired mechanic living nearby / father of Daryll Ellis
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
Following are some notes on the sermon by Bob Gustafson:
- Jesus left all to come to this earth to help sinful people, knowing that He would be killed and suffer tremendously. How many of us would have done this?
- John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
- Many times we don’t know what we can do for God with God’s help.
- Even if we don’t realize it, God has been with us all the time.
- John 3:16-17 “16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
- It is important to choose our words wisely when we need to correct those who come to this academy, meeting them where they are at.
- Jesus was in tremendous pain on the Cross, yet prayed for those who abused Him. Jesus is our Example.
- Regardless of who the human leader is, we must do all to the glory of God.
- Jesus tells us that if we believe, if we are repentant, we shall be saved.
- “Fear not” is in the Bible 360 times so we don’t need to worry about things. God takes care of us in every way.
- Moses didn’t want to go back to Egypt and face Pharaoh, but he did – and the Lord worked things out.
- Galatians 5:22-26 “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
- Through the strength of Christ, we can experience a sweet peace because we know that we are helping others and God. The desire to help others is the Holy Spirit working through us. We can then also be sure that our ultimate destination is heaven.
- John 15:9-12 “9 ¶ As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”
- We can try to love others as Christ loves us.
- If you care for others as Christ cares for us, you can sure that you are not going to be lost.
- Jesus teaches us that discipline comes with love.
- Proverbs 3:12 “For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth.”
- Hebrews 12:6 “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
- Revelation 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”
- The Lord’s correction show us where we have failed and need to change.
- Philippines 4:7-9 “7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
- When students come to us, they may have bad thoughts or desires, or music. They need to refer to these verses. If they or we fill our ears with something that doesn’t glorify God, who does it hurt?
- Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.”
- It’s hard to trust, but God has given us the Bible without one error in it, a perfect source for guidance.
- Nothing in the world can make a Christian sad when Jesus makes him/her glad.
- If we can trust in God, all will work out for His glory if we do things God’s way.
- John 6:37-40 “37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
- By giving up our own desires and listening to the Lord’s voice, there comes a peace that no earthly thing will bring.
- As long as we give students good guidance and lift them up, we are doing God’s Will and creating young people to carry the work forward in all the world, teaching others love and patience. We have done our job here.
- There is power in prayer and in unity with God to bring glory and honor to Him.