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Bob Gustafson Talks About God's Promises

The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 25, 2015 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner.   She mentioned the CNA graduation that took yesterday in the academy auditoriums.  During the ceremony, the instructor mentioned Bible verses especially for each graduate and the strengths each graduate showed. The instructor’s husband mentioned the opportunities for service that each graduate would enjoy. Elizabeth Castle emphasized that other students who do their vocational training in the nursing home are equally serving those they deal with.
The congregation had a silent invocation.  The congregation then sang “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”. Clifton Brandt then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Darius (junior) then called for the offering, which was for local conference advance.  Adiv (sophomore) and Paul Frechette then collected the morning offerings.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Clifton Brandt prayed for the offering. 
Jessica Fields then told the children a story about a person who caused his friend to have an accident that messed up his hands.  The boy sold his dog so that his friend might have the money to get his hands repaired.  But the man who bought the dog gave him back to the boy.  If you cause injury to someone, you should take responsibility for your actions. You should forgive people, too.

Darius (junior) then read Jeremiah 29:11-13 “11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

Vonee Hemans and her sister Cheyna Ashe sang a vocal duet, accompanied by Cheyna Ashe on the piano. Bob Gustafson then discussed the topic “The Promises of God”. Michelle Gustafson, Wendy Carr, and Anna Carr sang “Give Me the Bible”. The congregation sang “Standing on the Promises”.   Bob Gustafson had the closing prayer.

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
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator
Cheyna Ashe – works in the Laurelbrook business office as an accountant
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s sewer, water, and boiler systems / local head church deacon
Jessica Fields – works with the Laurelbrook cleaning crew
Michelle Gustafson – Laurelbrook farm manager
Paul Frechette – retired Laurelbrook business manager / local church deacon
Vonee Hemans – academy girls’ dean
Wendy Carr – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home office
Following are some notes on the sermon by Bob Gustafson: 
  1. It is sometimes hard to believe people when they promise something, but the Lord is different.
  2. The Lord’s promises lift you up and change your character as well.
  3. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
  4. Jonah went the wrong way, but a group of sailors got a little closer to God – and a city got saved.
  5. 1 Samuel 1:8-14 “8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? [am] not I better to thee than ten sons? 9 ¶ So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD. 10 And she [was] in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. 11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. 12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.”
  6. Hannah got her child and did what she said she was going to do.
  7. How blessed are we when we do what is right.
  8. 1 Samuel 2:18-21 “18 But Samuel ministered before the LORD, [being] a child, girded with a linen ephod. 19 Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought [it] to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home. 21 And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD.”
  9. If we do what is right, we will get the blessing.  Don’t look for the blessing from the people you know. Look to the Lord.
  10. Samuel was doing what he was supposed to be doing, but Eli’s household didn’t do what was right.
  11. 1 Samuel 2:26-29 “26 And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men. 27 ¶ And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh’s house? 28 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel [to be] my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel? 29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded [in my] habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?”
  12. These boys were taught the right thing, but they didn’t follow through.
  13. Genesis 12:1-3 “1 ¶ Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
  14. I had to leave my family; they thought me crazy.  They couldn’t understand why I came to Laurelbrook, giving all things up.   But God gives us blessings.
  15. Genesis 15:1-6 “1 ¶ After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward. 2 ¶ And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house [is] this Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. 4 And, behold, the word of the LORD [came] unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”
  16. Abraham was concerned about God’s promise and probably wondered if he had done something wrong.
  17. Genesis 17:15-19 “15 ¶ And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah [shall] her name [be]. 16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be [a mother] of nations; kings of people shall be of her. 17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall [a child] be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? 18 And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! 19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, [and] with his seed after him.”
  18. Nothing is impossible for God.
  19. Genesis 18:10-14 “10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard [it] in the tent door, which [was] behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah [were] old [and] well stricken in age; [and] it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? 14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
  20. God told them over and over and over the same message.
  21. Genesis 21:2-6 “2 For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. 4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. 6 And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, [so that] all that hear will laugh with me.”
  22. If God promised it, it will be – in His time, not ours. We see Him working out things in our lives, events happening at just the right time.
  23. 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
  24. What are God’s promises really for?  Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.”
  25. If we trust God and read and study His promises, our lives will be better.
  26. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
  27. If we are willing to trust in God for everything, He will give us that peace and quietude and will bring out the pattern of life in our lives to His glory.

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