Larry Owens Discusses Last Day Events
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on October 3, 2015 began with an introit by Cheyna Ashe on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. Pastor and Mrs. Owens thanked everyone for their prayers during his recent very severe illness.
Becky Owens mentioned that the children at Laurelbrook really adored Pastor Owens. One evening the pastor mentioned hair in the Bible, specifically the story in the Bible when a woman anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. One child thought that Mary was casting the crown of her glory – her hair – in front of Jesus.
God spoke through a little girl brought into his hospital room; she said he would be healed. 31 days later it happened. The healing started. A little girl put her hand on the spot of skin inside which his diseased liver was located. She and other children prayed for him, and the healing was accelerated. Our God is saving us for eternity.
Head elder Rodney Herra then had a special prayer for Becky and Larry Owens.
Bob Gustafson followed with the announcements. Everyone is invited to a fellowship luncheon. At 7:00 p.m. there will a vespers program in the academy auditorium.
Pastor Larry Owens had the invocation. The congregation then sang “We Gather Together”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Matthew (sophomore) then called for the offering. Jose Herrera and one of the ESL students then collected the morning offerings. The congregation sang the doxology, and Matthew prayed for the offering.
Juanita Smith told the children a story about a boy who received a little boy for a present. He took the boat to a lake. After many trials, he decided to make one more boat run. That last run the boat stopped in the midst of the lake. He remembered a song he had heard in church, reminding him to pray to Jesus to ask Jesus to watch over his boat. His mother went back to the lake with him, but they couldn’t find it. A game warden had rescued the boat and gave it to them. God did hear the boy’s prayer.
With the congregation, Montel Johnson read Ephesians 3:14-19 “14 ¶ For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”
Adiv (sophomore) and a group sang “In Times like These” for special music. Pastor Larry Owens spoke on the topic “Last Days”. The congregation sang “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”. Pastor Owens had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator
Cheyna Ashe – works in the business office and with the academy music program
Jose Herrera – Laurelbrook IT specialist
Juanita Smith – academy registrar
Montel Johnson – teaches in the academy program
Pastor Larry Owens – former pastor of the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church / he came down with a liver disease while a pastor in Florida
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Owens:
- You have choices to make, especially considering Last Day Events.
- The pope’s agenda can be divided into three areas.
- Revelation 13:12“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”
- “The wound that was healed” – this doesn’t happen until power is given back to this system to be able to issue a death decree. This healing process didn’t stop in 1929 when they got the Vatican back.
- Pope Francis spoke with the President, the UN, and the U.S. Congress.
- Revelation 13:13 “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,”
- This is a false representation of the work of the Holy Spirit – sending prayers to heaven, etc.
- Revelation 13:14 “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.”
- The pope visited the leadership, the church, and the people during his visit to the U.S. last week.
- The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were misrepresented by this visit.
- My God is big enough to even save the pope and every person on earth, even unbelief.
- Today you can fix your mind on God’s Good News or on the beast power.
- God’s Good News is the real Last Day Events.
- In the Old Testament, King David was loved by God even though he had made mistakes. But he also wrote the Psalms saying that he had found all the characteristics of God in the sanctuary.
- 1 Chronicles 22:5 “And David said, Solomon my son [is] young and tender, and the house [that is] to be builded for the LORD [must be] exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will [therefore] now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.”
- David had collected materials for building the temple that Solomon would later build. This was to find the God of love and peace that David had found.
- Elijah in his last days went to the various schools of the prophets to reaffirm a specific prophecy. Elisha stuck with him the whole time.
- Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” This good news is that there is a way of escape from the devil put together by Christ when He came. Elijah wanted the students to stay focused.
- Elisha got sick with a disease that took his life. During Elisha’s last day alive, he had an encounter with a king who was asked to hit the ground with arrows. The king hits the arrows on the ground three times. Only three victories would result.
- How much faith do you have today in your victory over the devil? Keep hitting the ground with your arrows. That’s Last Day Events.
- We pray for the outpouring of the Latter Rain. Acts 2 is Peter’s sermon. Pretend you’re among the crowd and not one who has been in the Upper Room.
- Peter pointed out that his sermon was a fulfilment of prophecy. If we believe in this, then we believe that God can place His ways and beliefs in us.
- Peter mentioned that people in his audience killed the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, the one we’ve been looking for all these years.
- These are the Last Days. Are you leaving Jesus on the cross?
- In Ezekiel’s day, the Lord indicated that He dislike their same form of worship, the same that existed in Jesus’ day and the same that exists today.
- What Jesus accomplished on the cross is not the complete message, the incomplete message God hates. Overcoming our sins completes the message and earns God’s approval.
- We have a choice to focus on this Good News and not on the beast, the opponent of God.
- The power of the Second Coming manifesting itself in our changed lives is the Good News we need to hear and give to all those in your area where you live.
- Ephesians 3:16-17 “16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,”
- Ephesians 3:18-21 “18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
- Jesus is coming soon, but it may be that we deny that Jesus can transform the way we think about family and other areas of our lives.
- In the Last Days, our minds will be fixed on Jesus. Through the divine eye salve, we will be fixing our attention of Jesus.