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Scott Sterling Discusses Our Amazing Bodies
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The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on November 21, 2015 began with an introit by Min Sterling on the piano.   Stanton Rolle followed with the announcements.  There will be a special video shown at the Graysville church this afternoon.  There will no fellowship lunch, but if you don’t have a place to eat see the Suttons.
 
The congregation had a silent invocation.  The congregation then sang “How Great Thou Art”. Stanton Rolle shared the story of the lame man being healed on the Sabbath day. Ellen White says that God doesn’t wait for the Sabbath to pass to give us His blessings and answers prayers. He asked for prayer requests and then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Terrence Anderson and Montel Johnson then collected the morning offerings.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Stanton Rolle prayed for the offering. 
 
Ray Sutton told the children a story about life in Belize, Central America.  One morning everyone was off campus on a trip.  His dog had attacked a porcupine and had a mouth full of needles. Ray took a pair of pliers and started taking out the needles.  The dog ran away and then came back for another quill to be taken out.  Ray had to pray about the issue.  He went to town to talk to a vet who gave him some anesthesia to put the dog to sleep so the dog wouldn’t feel any pain.  This story reminds me of how Jesus helps us when we can’t help ourselves.

1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].”

Stanton Rolle then read Genesis 1:28 for the scripture reading “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Anna Carr then sang a vocal solo for special music, accompanied by Min Sterling on the piano. Scott Sterling discussed the topic “Our Amazing Bodies”. The congregation sang “I Must Tell Jesus”.   Stanton Rolle had the closing prayer.
There were no academy students present since they were on a choir trip to several Alabama churches.

Personnel Other Than Students:
 
Min Sterling – works with the music program / school nurse / on leave with her husband Scott from mission work in Bolivia
Montel Johnson – works with the academy math program / local church deacon
Ray Sutton – son of Rich Sutton, Laurelbrook’s president / works with an Adventist mission in Belize, Central America
Scott Sterling – teaches the academy physical science class / on leave from mission work in Bolivia
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Terrence Anderson – works in the Laurelbrook vehicle shop / local church deacon
 
Following are some notes on the sermon by Scott Sterling: 
  1. God gave Adam dominion over the whole earth, including every living creature. This included creatures like lions and bears we are afraid of today.
  2. Adam would fill the earth with his offspring.  The earth would ultimately be filled with his descendants. No earthly king today has such an advantage.
  3. But God’s plan was cut short by Adam’s sin.  Satan now temporarily rules the earth, but men will be given back the kingdom after God recreates the earth.
  4. God has given us an amazing body.  In a single cell, there is a factory going on with a power station, a sewer system, and a construction crew following our DNA.  Some bacteria have a tail with a little electric motor in it with 100% efficiency. Each cell in itself is almost like a little kingdom. 
  5. There are 7.6 billion acres of farmable land on the earth, the total price $23 trillion. The U.S. has 39% of the total world assets; Adam owned 100%.
  6. God has made us sovereign kings over our own bodies. Each cell kingdom is ruled by your brain (the king). How is this system faring under your rule?
  7. Do we rule by praising God, helping the downtrodden or do we abuse our bodies with alcohol and illicit sex?
  8. Ellen White says that disease doesn’t come without a cause.  The cause might be what their parents did or what they themselves have done. God is not responsible for the suffering that follows our abuse and disregard of natural law (Ministry of Healing, p 235).

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