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Pastor Cory Pittman Talks About What God Can Do

The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on January 16, 2016 began with Elizabeth Castle and her Personal Ministries Corner.  She mentioned that God wants us to perform acts of kindness and charity for others as part of our personal ministries. Ask God what He would have each of us to do.
Rich Sutton reported that the Mexican group built five regular churches, not one-day churches.  Teams went from church site to church site doing a specialized job at each site.  Each crew member learned a skill as he worked. One crew member was an alcoholic named Levi; he was prone to go to a place to get a drink. This young man’s eyes changed as time went on and he conquered alcoholism. He went forward in an altar call, encouraged by a group leader. As a result of the trip, 13 or 14 young people are coming to Laurelbrook next year for a short time. God is blessing our missionary training.
Stanton Rolle followed with the announcements. Today there will be a special vespers program at 5:15, followed by a special meeting and a social.  Sunday evening there will be a special meal in honor of Chay (sophomore), who will be leaving us soon; it will begin at 6:00.
The congregation had a silent invocation.  The congregation then sang “I Love Thee”, accompanied on the piano by Evelyn (Korean ESL student). Stanton Rolle then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. JD (junior) then called for the offering, which was for local church budget.  Heniel and Tony (ESL students from Mexico) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Stanton Rolle prayed for the offering. 
Hillis Jeffries then told the children a story about a boy named Johnny, a country boy who was forbidden to use a certain trail.  But his father refused to tell why so the boy decided to try the trail one wet morning. The trail was overgrown. At a dip in the trail, he slipped towards a cliff.  He called for his father, he cried to the Lord, and his father grabbed him just before he went over the cliff. Exodus 20:12 “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Ephesians 6:1-2 “1 ¶ Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)” Colossians 3:20 “Children, obey [your] parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.”  Johnny should have listened and avoided the experience he had.

Benjie (ESL student from Mexico) read 1 Timothy 1:15 “This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” The congregation then sang “There’s Sunshine in My Soul Today”. Pastor Corbin Pittman then discussed the topic “Better Than We Deserve”.

The congregation then celebrated the quarterly communion service in honor of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Lorealle (senior) and Mari (9th grader) removed from and replaced the covering on the communion table. Heniel and Tony (ESL students from Mexico) helped serve the communion juice and bread.  People were invited to give their testimonies as the emblems were being passed out.

As the deacons collected the glasses, Pastor Pittman talked about his ministry (and his wife’s) to the women in a nearby state prison. Recently Pastor and Mrs. Pittman looked over the Advent Home property in view of the needs these women have when they are released from prison.  Please pray over this opportunity for service.

The congregation sang “Chief of Sinners”.   Pastor Pittman had the closing prayer.

Personnel Other Than Students:
Pastor Cory Pittman – retired pastor working with a prison ministry in a nearby state prison / lives in nearby Brayton
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Pittman: 
  1. How many of you carry an assurance in your heart that if Jesus came today you would be in His kingdom?
  2. Many Adventists question whether they are savable. They feel they have to prove themselves somehow to be worry of God’s love.
  3. Christ’s love is constant, you have access to grace constantly, and a committed Christian should feel that God will forgive him and accept him because Christ died for us.
  4. What causes people to leave due to the Lord’s Supper?
  5. 1 Timothy 1:14-15 “14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”
  6. Paul felt he had persecuted Christ in the person of Christ’s church, making him a terrible sinner.
  7. Many people feel they were too broken to be saved, but God reaches out to people with the most broken lives.
  8. Maturity changes our viewpoint at times.
  9. Christ came into this world to save all of us, not matter what our backgrounds are.  He doesn’t use intimidation and bribery but the love in His heart.
  10. Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
  11. God finds us and exhibits genuine love and caring. He accepts you as you are but deals with the problems and broken areas of our lives.
  12. There’s a tendency as Christians to compare our experience with others and taken comfort that we are “better” than others. Almost being saved means being completely lost.
  13. We need to have a sense of what we lack in comparison to Christ’s perfect love.
  14. Christ offers His righteousness as a gift to cover up our broken experiences.
  15. What would it be if God treated us the way we deserve?
  16. Psalm 103:10 “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”
  17. In comparison with Christ, we should have a humility of life. 
  18. In the Old Testament and beyond, God treated people as though they had not sinned because they turned to him. Noah got drunk, Jacob cheated his brother, and Joseph was a spoiled brat due to his beloved mother – all examples of their personal problems.
  19. When Joseph turned to God, God worked His way through circumstances, not because Joseph deserve it.
  20. Jesus’ disciples were a motley crew with hatreds so vicious it was a wonder they didn’t kill each other. By His mercy, Christ changed them into Christians who warned the world.
  21. When we come to the Lord’s Supper, we must come with a contrite heart. Christ gives us hope that God is in control.
  22. Lack of hope leads to death. In the Lord’s Supper symbols, we come to trust in Christ’s treatment of us – this leads to life and hope of surviving the Judgment at the end of the world.
  23. Bible colors have significance. Red symbolizes sin but also salvation (the color of blood).  According to the Bible, red on red makes white (salvation).
  24. To embrace the Lord’s Supper is to embrace the mercy of God towards us.

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