Lois Davis Talks About Getting Ready
Sabbath services on August 29, 2015 began with a song service led by Scott Sterling, accompanied on the piano by Min Sterling. The opening song was “O Brother, Be Faithful”. Lois Davis welcomed everyone, had prayer and read Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Montel Johnson read a mission story from Zambia. Several teenage boys engaged in a fight with the police, and Julius, one of the boys, was wounded in the skirmish. Alex visited Julius and volunteered to take Julius to church. That night Julius had a dream of Jesus and the Judgment. The next night Julius had another dream and decided to go to church. In church, he sat near a Bible study group where he listened to things he had never heard. Then Alex gave Julius Bible studies; Julius struggled with drugs and alcohol and gained the victory. He was then baptized and now shares his faith with his friends.
Montel Johnson then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Scott Sterling. Lois Davis had the superintendent’s remarks on “The Difference between Being Ready and Getting Ready”. Min Sterling then sang a vocal solo for special music, accompanying herself on the piano. Lois Davis then had closing prayer. The congregation then became a Sabbath School class on Jeremiah taught by Clayton Brandt in the church sanctuary (the students were away on a choir trip).
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Lois Davis:
Personnel Other Than Students:
- We don’t push the Bible away, saying that we are ready for Christ’s Coming.
- But we need to be getting ready. How do we do this?
- By continuing in sin of any kind, we fight with God. We actually stand in our own way of getting ready for God.
- We must rely on Jesus fully. Isaiah 27:5 “Or let him take hold of my strength, [that] he may make peace with me; [and] he shall make peace with me.”
- Revelation 2:16 “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”
- In the pages of the Bible lies the formula for salvation and the formula for peace with Jesus.
- John 1:4 “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
- John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
- The first thing we have to do is repent, according to Jesus as revealed in His Word.
- If we don’t repent of our sins, we will be judged by His Word, the sword of His mouth.
- Being to get ready is humbling ourselves and doing the work God has for us to do.
- Psalm 51:1,2, 7,10 “1 ¶ « To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. » Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
- It’s not our job to simply sit by and claim that grace will save us.
- God sends us problems to help us draw closer to Him and letting Him cleanse our characters.
- By developing a daily two-way street with Jesus, we can get ready for the final hours of this earth.
- Selfishness pervades everything of humanity and must be overcome.
- James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
- We must keep ourselves spotless using the power of God.
- Jesus did all His work for others, not Himself. Unfortunately, selfishness is the prevailing sin of the church.
- Every worldly consideration should be laid aside for the glory of God.
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment and haulage
Lois Davis – secretary to Rich Sutton, Laurelbrook president
Min Sterling – wife of Scott Sterling / helps with the academy music program
Montel Johnson – teaches in the academy math program
Scott Sterling – teaches the physical science class / works with the campus vocational program, especially the sewer and water systems / on leave from his mission work in Bolivia