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Rodney Herra Discusses Trust

The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on January 30, 2016 began with an introit by Jacqueline Miller on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner and highlighted a personal ministry that is
Rich Sutton mentioned that Rodney Herra on Friday went to pick up a 50-foot trailer the school had bought and a tower for the radio station. He introduced a couple – Mr. and Mrs. Whited - who were instrumental in getting furniture from several bases for Laurelbrook. The Defense Department was going to dump this furniture in dumpsters. The husband, a Winsett relative, has an organization called Vets Work, which trains people how to work with soldier families and veterans. The wife hands out literature and has church services for adolescents. Their son Blake is now a Laurelbrook Academy sophomore.
Rodney Herra followed with the announcements.  Staff members thinking about going on the Belize mission trip should notify the work coordinators by Sunday.  The other night the local churches accepted Mike Cox, a former Navy chaplain,  as a new pastor.
The congregation had a silent invocation.  The congregation then sang “Only Trust Him”. Clifton Brandt then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Jared Sonnenthal then called for the offering, which was for worldwide evangelism.  Stanton Rolle and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering. 
Michelle Gustafson then reminded the children about Joseph.  He was thrown down in a well by his brothers, and then his brothers sold him.  He was taken to Egypt and sold to Potiphar.  Joseph still loved God. Potiphar’s wife plotted against Joseph, who was sent to prison. Two of the king’s servants had dreams, and Joseph interpreted their dreams for them. But they forgot about Joseph, who was at that time in charge of the prison. Joseph then interpreted Pharaoh’s dream and became the king’s second-in-command.  All through his experiences, Joseph prayed and studied what God’s Will was. God is the best Friend we could ever have.

Jared Sonnenthal then read Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”  Rodney Herra then talked about trust.  The congregation sang “Trust and Obey”.   Rodney Herra had the closing prayer.

Personnel Other Than Students:
Daryll Ellis – works for nearby Majestic Stone Company / local church deacon
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
Jared Sonnenthal – works with the maintenance, grounds, and wood programs
Michelle Gustafson – assistant farm manager
Rodney Herra – men’s work coordinator / local head church elder
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rodney Herra: 
  1. Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”
  2. If our confidence is in God, we will be safe.
  3. “Trust” as a verb means to place confidence in someone or something.
  4. Psalm 37:3-5 “3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.”
  5. If we put our confidence in God, it will come through.
  6. Our children often trust us with their lives because they know us. We need that kind of trust with God.
  7. Are we trustworthy as far as God is concerned?
  8. Matthew 28 says that God is asking us to share Him with the world. God trusts us to do what He requires, giving us the ability and strength in the process.
  9. Students would like us to trust them. But often they need to be proved first by doing more than what we expect. Then we need to trust them and help them to do what we ask them to do.
  10. Are we worthy of the trust God gives us?   No, but God sees something in each of us and assists us in doing what He requires.
  11. Ellen White, Acts of the Apostles, p. 134 says that God chooses people who have sinned to do His work.  A sacred job has been given to each of us to introduce the world to the ways and wisdom of God.
  12. Acts of the Apostles also says that the early Christian missionaries were often surrounded by dangers and forgot their own convenience.  Their main object was the salvation of those who had wondered from God.
  13. We must focus on what we can do for the young people here despite the fact they often err.
  14. When a student struggles and makes a mistake, let’s lift them up instead of condemning them. Young people also need to remember that staff members make mistakes.
  15. By trusting God, we learn to trust each other. We need to spend time together - staff and students – so we become a genuine family.

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