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Clayton and Beth Brandt Talk About Heaven

Sabbath services on July 25, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano.  There followed a song service led by Wendy Carr (and – later – her daughter Anna), accompanied on the piano by Beth Brandt. The opening song was “I Shall See the King”.   Clayton Brandt welcomed everyone, had prayer, and announced that the program would deal with heaven and the costs Jesus paid so we could go there.

Beth Brandt read Hebrews 12:2-3 “2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

Mari (9th grader) read a mission story. She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Jonathan and Rachel (9th graders). 

Clayton and Beth Brandt had the superintendent’s remarks on heaven and the price Jesus paid to take us there. Clayton and Clifton Brandt had special music.  Brenda Herra had closing prayer.  The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Clifton Brandt in the church sanctuary and one taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson “behind the glass” in the church.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Clayton and Beth Brandt: 
  1. In heaven there will be no death, sorrow, pain, and crying.
  2. Jesus will reveal the beauty and glory of nature.
  3. The redeemed will get the chance to wing their flights to far worlds and get a chance to learn of the wisdom of unfallen beings. They will grow up like cedars.
  4. Our work now to prepare for heaven by keeping all of God’s commandments.
  5. The value we place on something is what we pay for it.  Jesus saw value in us by going through many things to purchase our salvation.
  6. One terrifying experience was His temporary rupture of His relationship with God the Father.   Jesus was made to feel that He was guilty for all the sins committed in this world even though He personally had done none of these sins. He felt like His relationship with the Father would never be the same.
  7. The Father separated His light and glory from Jesus; the angelic heavenly hosts became silent as they witnessed the scene. Jesus paid the penalties humans faced for their transgressions of God’s Law.
  8. The crushing weight of the sins of the world crushed out Jesus’ life.  He died in a short time as a result, crying “My God, why have you forsaken Me?”
  9. At that point, He had no hope of coming forth from the grave as a conqueror, but He went ahead to save us.
  10. Many of the later martyrs suffered just as much as Jesus did physically, but none has suffered as much spiritually.
  11. Laurelbrook is here to help young people get a vision of what Jesus did for them personally and what they can do to help the world see what Jesus sacrificed for them.
  12. The more we stretch our imaginations about heaven, the more we will really understand it.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Anna Carr – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home nursing service
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt, who deals with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Clayton Brandt – deals with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment / local church elder
Clifton Brandt – deals with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler systems / local head deacon
Wendy Carr – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home office

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