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Rich Sutton Talks About Going Into All the World

The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on August 22, 2015 began with an introit by Samantha (elementary) on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. Jean Talley attended the “Pathways to Health” seminar put on by ASI.  This is a whole hospital in a huge building treating patients for two to three days. 
Rodney Herra followed with the announcements.  He expressed his pleasure with a full church sanctuary, requested that no one hold students’ mistakes against them, and expressed his wish that students consider being speakers for church services and part of the church services in other ways.
The congregation had a silent invocation.  The congregation then sang “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Arielle (junior) then called for the offering, which was for local conference advance.  Adiv (sophomore) and Clifton Brandt then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local conference advance.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering. 
Stephany (junior) told the children a story about a boy who fell in a hole. A man came by and rescued him who rarely came that way.  The Lord had impressed him to travel that way in order to rescue the boys. Darius (junior) read Psalm 42:11 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.” 

The Arce family along with Mari (9th grader) and Evelyn (junior) played “Be Still, My Soul” for special music. Rich Sutton had the new families come up to the platform and had a prayer for them as the year beings. Rich Sutton then discussed the topic “Into All the World”. The congregation sang “Faith Is the Victory”.   Rich Sutton had the closing prayer.

Personnel Other Than Students:
Arce family – new staff family. The mother is the new girls’ dean. The father is going to be a boys’ dean and work with the academy musical program.
Clifton Brandt – local church deacon / works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler systems
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Rodney Herra – works with Laurelbrook’s auto body program / local head elder
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rich Sutton: 
  1. Often as we face a challenge we wonder how we will make it, but the Lord leads us on.  Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, and William Miller must have wondered the same thing as they faced challenges of their own.
  2. What is the message Laurelbrook has? 
  3. Hebrews tells us why Israel failed.  We can learn from their mistakes.  We can learn from the failure of the Madison School in 1964, from their loss of vision.
  1. Hebrews 3:16-18 “16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? [was it] not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?”
  2. They didn’t enter because they didn’t believe and obey.
  3. Hebrews 10:35 “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.”
  4. In canvassing, it is often the last door of the day that is very successful.
  5. We are going forth to the kingdom and crossing the Jordan.
  6. Hebrews 12:1-2“1 ¶ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 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.”
  7. God controls the trials we have in order to perfect us to do His work.
  8. The Madison School lost the vision. As founder E. A. Sutherland left, no one else picked up the torch. No one was in training to replace him.
  9. The gospel went to all the world despite the trials the apostles had.
  10. In March in Los Angeles, there be another one of the health expos. In December there will be GYC.  We need to split up and telling people that Laurelbrook is training missionaries and sending them out.
  11. Are we going to let the torch lay and not pick it up?  Laurelbrook’s buildings are getting older and need replacing.
  12. Adventist academies and schools are closing so we are looking for more schools, not less. Laurelbrook used to be the head.  We are going to build more schools.  We need more elementary schools opened up around here.
  13. Vision – this is Laurelbrook.

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