Lucas Johnson Speaks About God in Nature
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on November 7, 2015 began with Elizabeth Castle having the Personal Ministries Corner.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”, accompanied on the piano by Min Sterling. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Bob Gustafson then called for the offering, which was for local church budget. John Ellis and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering. Cheyna Ashe and Min Sterling had special music during the collection of the offerings.
Scott Sterling then told the children about two missionaries he met in Bolivia. Michael, a non-Adventist, came down to help for a while and was a little rough with people. Another friend was Dave, supposedly a good Adventist. He put videos of his endeavors on the web. He complained about food and leadership and often didn’t finish his work. He left with bitterness and depression. Mike continues to communicate with the mission.
Bob Gustafson then read Romans 8:38-39 “38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Cheyna Ashe then sang “The Alabaster Box”, accompanied by Min Sterling on the piano. The song centers around Luke 7:37 “And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that [Jesus] sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at his feet behind [him] weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe [them] with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed [them] with the ointment.”
Lucas Johnson discussed the topic “God’s Power”. The congregation sang “This Is My Father’s World”. Lucas Johnson had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Lucas Johnson – assistant boys’ dean / works with the school web site/ completing his elementary education degree
Min Sterling - wife of Scott Sterling / works with the vocational and music programs / she and her husband are on leave from a Bolivian school where they have been staff members
Scott Sterling – works with the vocational program
Following are some notes on the sermon by Lucas Johnson:
- Romans 1:18-20 “18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 ¶ Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” Nature shows people what God is like.
- Job 12:7-9 “7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: 8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. 9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?”
- You can learn a lot about artist through his/her work.
- Ellen White, Steps to Christ, Chapter 1 says that all nature speaks to us of the Creator’s love. We need to look at God’s created works.
- Nature can be amazing. One shrimp can swim so fast that it boils the water around it. You can still eat 3000-year-old honey; it doesn’t spoil. There are roughly 250 trillion stars that we can see. There is enough DNA in one person’s body to stretch from the sun to Pluto 17 times. The human heart pumps enough blood to fill a swimming pool each day. The known universe is made up of 50 billion galaxies. Elephants have a special alarm indicating human beings in the vicinity. African female buffalos vote which way the herd should go by specific body behavior.
- The nature God created is amazing and still is despite sin.
- Isaiah 55:8-9 “8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
- Everything in nature shows us that God really means what He says.
- Exodus 14:14 “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”
- Psalm 27:1 “« [A Psalm] of David. » The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
- We have nothing really to worry about. Why do we fail when God is so powerful?
- Ellen White, Steps to Christ, the chapter on consecration says that our promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand. You cannot control your thoughts and impulses. This causes a person to feel that God cannot accept him/her. But you can give the Lord your will – and your life will then be in harmony with Him.
- We are drawn to things that hurt us, but God changes our will so we want to do the things that help us.
- Ellen White, Steps to Christ, also says that the paralyzed person at Bethesda had not used his limbs for 38 years. He believed Christ’s words and was made whole at once. All this man did was believe Christ’s command was a truth. Through Christ God promises to make us holy and attached to Him.
- Feelings and other people’s opinion did not stop this man from believing Christ.
- Ellen White, Steps to Christ, Chapter 8 says the Christian walk may not be an exciting experience. But if we look to Christ and His life we will receive the power God has to give us.
- Truly our problems are much bigger than ourselves. This doesn’t matter because our real hope doesn’t lie in ourselves but in Christ, the Creator of the universe.
- Romans 8:38-39 “38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- God wants to use us as a base for His power.