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Vaughn Sparrow Speaks About Weaknesses
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The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on January 9, 2016 began with an introit by Evelyn (ESL student from Korea) on the piano. Rodney Herra followed with the announcements.  Vaugh Sparrow will have a meeting this afternoon at 3:00. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner.  
 
Rich’s son and others gave a report on the mission trip.  The group built five churches and finished early the last day. Lorealle (senior) met a lot of new people and did glucose tests and massages.  Rich’s sister was asked to work with the wellness program, especially the glasses.  A little old lady was blind in one eye and could hardly see in the other. She tried various glasses; eventually she could see with her one eye with one old pair of prescription glasses.  The change meant a lot to the lady.
 
The congregation had a silent invocation.  The congregation then sang “Beneath the Cross of Jesus”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Rodney Herra then called for the offering, which was for local conference advance.  Haniel (ESL student) and Clifton Brandt then collected the morning offerings.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering. 
 
Dottie Jones told the children a story about napkins. In Jesus’ time, kings would signal by the way they left their napkins whether they were finished with the meal or not.  She then referred to the disciples finding the napkin used in Jesus’ burial when they entered the empty tomb.  The napkin was folded neatly to show that Jesus was coming back.

Elliott (senior) then read 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  Henry (ESL student) and Pedro Acre sang “Bow the Knee” as a vocal duet, accompanied on the piano by Evelyn.

Vaughn Sparrow discussed the topic “Weakness and Strength”. The congregation sang “Lo! He Comes”.   Rodney Herra had the closing prayer.

Personnel Other Than Students:
 
Clifton Brandt – local church head deacon / works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler systems
Dottie Jones – Laurelbrook Academy principal
Rodney Herra – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator / runs Laurelbrook’s auto body program
Vaughn Sparrow – president of Wildwood
 
Following are some notes on the sermon by Vaughn Sparrow: 
  1. Heart issues are character issues.  Character is the only thing we can take to heaven.
  2. Jesus is a Healer who can give us purity of life moment by moment. His desires will be fulfilled in your heart.
  3. 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
  4. If we recognize our weakness, then we have power.
  5. Do we want the power of Christ to dwell in us or are we trying to do things in our own strength?
  6. When trouble comes, we want out of trouble, the sooner the better.
  7. Sickness is physical, mental, and spiritual.
  8. Are you enjoying the peace Jesus wants you to have?
  9. We must accept our personal limitations without resentment. God has a special function that only you with your limitations can fill.
  10. We must completely renounce self to enter God’s Heavenly Kingdom.
  11. 2 Corinthians12:10 “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
  12. A person who is strong tends to try to be self-reliant and cuts God out of their lives.
  13. When we realize our weaknesses, we rely on the power and pardon of Christ. So then we receive the Holy Spirit.
  14. 2 Corinthians 4:8 “[We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair;”
  15. 2 Corinthians 4:9-10 “9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”
  16. Paul had learned to die to self because he was living in Christ’s strength.
  17. A Christian believes that God will bring no temptation that the person is not able to bear in Christ’s strength.
  18. If we love Christ, He has an unchanging covenant with us.  When need requires it, Christ’s efficient assistance will be given to us.
  19. When we are strong, we are weak in the very point where our strength lies.
  20. Peter’s strong point was his boldness, but in Pilate’s judgment hall, he became terribly afraid.
  21. Solomon’s strong point was his riches and his wisdom, but he led Israel into idol worship surrounded by his many wives and concubines.
  22. Moses was meek, but he became very angry at Israel’s lack of faith.
  23. Our strong points must be guarded as much as our weak points.
  24. Our faith more than anything else guards us from falling.
  25. Ephesians 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
  26. Our dependence is on God, not on ourselves.  But we must decide to place ourselves in God’s hands and let Him work in us.
  27. In dark days, we must have faith in God. God is working out His pleasure concerning you.
  28. God renews His gift of strength daily for those who believe in Him.
  29. But there’s a catch – God has to reveal our weaknesses to us before He can save us.
  30. The devil leads us to believe that we are strong.
  31. In our weakest moments, we have enough strength to resist the Holy Spirit and prevent God working in us.
  32. The world is full of people who need someone to understand, and we can take advantage of our weaknesses to help them.
  33. Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
  34. Our victory lies in the strength of the Lord.
  35. 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 

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