Stanton Rolle Speaks About Preparation
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on October 24, 2015 began with an introit by Jacqueling Miller on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. She read an obituary of a Laurelbrook nursing home resident who had been a refugee from Burundi, Africa. Kaz (senior), whose family was from Tanzania, was able to talk to her in her native language and made her last days much more pleasant.
Rukeara Wideman shared that five people are signed up for Bible studies through the Laurelbrook canvassing program. One person she met was originally canvassed by Dyaine (sophomore). The books made a difference in her life so she looks forward to Bible studies.
Rodney Herra followed with the announcements. The cafeteria will not be open so there will be a fellowship lunch at Jacqueline Miller’s house today.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Redeemed”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Haniel (senior) then called for the offering. Ricky (ESL) and Tony (senior) then collected the morning offerings; the offering was for the local conference advance. The congregation sang the doxology, and Haniel prayed for the offering.
Scott Sterling told the children about rain in Bolivia. There it would get darker quickly, the wind picked up, and everyone would start running to get laundry out of the rain. It would come like a wall coming towards you. Just going from one building to another would earn you a thorough soaking. A mist would come up from the ground, too. It came, rained for five or ten minutes, and was gone. There’s a rainy season starting in December with rain every day. Plants have to be planted earlier so they would be strong enough to survive the rain.
In the Bible, it talks about God pouring out the “early rain” of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. There will also be a “latter rain” of the Holy Spirit. Get your time with God every day so you are ready for this “latter rain”.
Isai (senior) then read Revelation 18:1-3 “1 ¶ And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”
One of Pedro Acre’s friends then had special music, accompanied on the piano by Pedro’s daughter Samantha. Stanton Rolle then discussed the topic “Preparing for Rainy Days”. The congregation sang “Lift Him Up”. Stanton Rolle had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Michelle Gustafson – student vocational coordinator
Pedro Acre – works with Laurelbrook’s music program
Rodney Herra – local head church elder / works with Laurelbrook’s auto body program
Scott Sterling – teaches one science class and works with the outdoor vocational program / on leave from a mission program in Bolivia
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon by Stanton Rolle:
- Revelation 18:1-3 “1 ¶ And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”
- Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
- “Angel” is a messenger, in this case a messenger from heaven.
- Every message from God has power, but this message has great power and great authority because this is God’s final cry and plea to save His people.
- God will empower His servants in a way never become seen.
- When the Christian church started, it reached an entire generation worldwide.
- But this message will go again to the world, giving even the remote savages the opportunity to know God’s message of salvation. Who are these special messengers? Us. So what should we be doing today to prepare to give this loud cry?
- Some who refuse to heed this message will one day be presented with a final decision – accept or reject what God says.
- Ellen White, Acts of the Apostles, p. 55 says that unless we have a living connection with God today we will not be ready for the harvest, the final message, at the end of the world.
- John 15:1-5 “1 ¶ I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
- God is the Farmer, Jesus is the Tomato Plant, and we are the branches producing the tomatoes.
- Ellen White says that unless we maintain our connection we will fail.
- Romans 5:20 “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:”
- There will be a time when disasters and sin is increasing, but God will provide extra assistance for us in that time. The message will go everywhere despite the difficult times.
- After the Sunday law is passed, churches will be closed, and every Sabbath keeper is fleeing from persecution. But God has promised to give us power.
- Only those who are getting fresh supplies of grace will get the extra assistance to work in that difficult time.
- Three things God wants us to do each day – give up our own ways in preference to God’s leading, improve our opportunities for service, knowing how to witness no matter where we are.
- Our role is surrender to God, and God will do His work through us.
- Get someone to show you how to serve if you don’t feel you know how to do it.
- Bring God into your conversations each day. One way is to share your testimony.
- One person puts it this way – preach the gospel and, if necessary, use words.
- Being late to church services, being rude are ways we are not witnessing.
- Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
- Ellen White says that Jesus was a constant worker and was faithful to all His earthly duties.
- 1 Samuel 17 tells the story of David and Goliath. 1 Samuel 17:17-19 “17 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched [corn], and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren; 18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of [their] thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge. 19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, [were] in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.”
- Jesse asked David to take food to his brothers and bring a report back of what his older sons were doing. Plus do it in a hurry. It was a 50-mile trip.
- 1 Samuel 17:20 “And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.”
- David acted, not taking his task lightly. What is David had been a few minutes or a few hours later?
- 1 Samuel 17:20-22 “20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle. 21 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army. 22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.”
- David did exactly what his father asked him to do. But also note that David left his luggage and, seeing the armies were ready to fight, ran to look for his brothers.
- David was able to muster courage because he did not cast off responsibility in trying times. He made sure the small things were done as well as the larger tasks.
- 1 Samuel 17:23-24 “23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard [them]. 24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.”
- Now David sees and hears Goliath taunting the Israelites. The Israelites fled. This could be very discouraging. But it gave David a chance to uplift God.
- Goliath wanted a one on one fight.
- 1 Samuel 17:32 “And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”
- David defeated Goliath because he had gained courage from previous experiences. He had a living connection with God that gave him the power he needed when and if he needed that power.
- Faithfulness in little duties gives us the faith and courage to conquer problems tomorrow.
- What I will be tomorrow depends on the choices I make today.
- There’s a great work to do with a short time to do it. We need a living connection to do it. Connect yourself to God today. Tomorrow may not come.
- Romans 11 exhorts us that since we know the times NOW is the right time to give our hearts to the Lord.