Susan Athearn Talks About Faithfulness
Sabbath services on August 22, 2015 began with a song service led by Michelle Gustafson and Pedro Acre, accompanied on the piano by Evelyn (junior). The opening song was “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. Susan Athearn welcomed everyone and had prayer.
Jairit (junior) read Psalm 31:23-24 “23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: [for] the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. 24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”
Susan Athearn read a mission story from Bangladesh. One day church members found the church enclosed by a fence. When they started pulling the fence down, the nearby Hindu priest threatened the member with death. The member calmly replied that God would protect him. The next morning the villagers came to see the dead body but found a very much alive church member. Then a storm came and lightning struck the Hindu temple and burned it down. The Hindu priest asked forgiveness – and was granted it. The storm stopped, and the villagers realized that the Christian God was a true God.
Deuteronomy 7:10 “And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.” God punishes people to bring them to Him.
She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Aaron Athearn and Elyjah (9th grader). The congregation then sang “I Need Thee Every Hour”, accompanied by Evelyn (junior) for special music.
Susan Athearn had the superintendent’s remarks on faithfulness and had closing prayer. The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by Clifton Brandt in the church sanctuary, one taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson “behind the glass” in the church, and one taught by Rich Sutton in the his house not far away.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Susan Athearn:
Following are a few notes from the Sabbath School class taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson:
- Jesus wants to be a vine that we as members are grafted to. We are welded to Jesus, becoming one with Him.
- Look for the action words or verbs in these verses. Psalm 31:23-24 “23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: [for] the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. 24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”
- We are to love Him, God “preserves” the faithful, and God rewards the person who does His will.
- We have to be in a certain frame of mind. God strengthens us.
- Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he [is] God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;”
- We have to know God. God exists as a faithful God. He keeps His promises and has mercy for us because we love Him and keep His commandments.
- We need daily protection to keep our bond to God strong. Satan, however, can torch us away from God.
- In the hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, the words “prone to wander” remind us of the trials in our lives and calls for the Lord to take our hearts and “seal” us to Him.
Personnel Other Than Students:
- A Christian keeps going after rejections.
- God’s mission is everywhere.
- When you are canvassing, you approach a door with prayer and look over the house, the car, and items in the yard to acquaint yourself with the family within. Then you try to forge a bond with them by dealing with something in the yard.
- Jesus wasn’t supposed to be talking with the women at the well and met her as she was. He asked of her a favor.
- John 4:27 “And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?”
- A Roman officer sought out Jesus despite the hatred of the Jews for the Romans. He merely asked Jesus to speak; if this happened his servant would be healed.
- You need to know all the facts – and the truth – to make a decision. Don’t judge people before you get to know them.
- In dealing with the demon-possessed men, Jesus cast the demons out and told the man to go back home and tell what God has done for him, a test in itself. The people wouldn’t listen to Jesus because the demons had taken their pigs, their livelihood, away.
- Luke 17:11-19 “11 ¶ And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up [their] voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw [them], he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on [his] face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where [are] the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”
- In a way, the nine may have thought that they deserved to be healed.
- Samaritans and other foreigners were not the primary focus of Jesus’ ministry; He wanted to establish a missionary base among the Jews and then work for the world.
Bob Gustafson – local church elder / Laurelbrook vice-president / men’s work coordinator
Clifton Brandt – local head deacon / works with Laurelbrook’s sewer, water, and boiler systems
Michelle Gustafson – works with the academy music department / works with the vocational scheduling
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Susan Athearn – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home business office