Chuck Brannaka Talks About Hezekiah's Tunnel
The Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church 11:00 service on February 20, 2016 began with a welcome and announcements by Bob Gustafson. Samantha (elementary) played an introit on the piano. Those on the platform and the deacons entered, the congregation stood and had a silent invocation, and everyone sang “He Lives” as the opening hymn.
Bob Gustafson had prayer, and the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”. Kaz (senior) introduced the main offering of the day, which was for the local church budget. The congregation sang “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow”, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offerings.
Inna (senior) told the children a story about a girl who prayed for some time for a cat. One day a kitten came flying over the fence. It turns out that the children next door were playing on a seesaw. In the process, the kitten had gotten flung over the fence. The girl had her kitty. Matthew 21:22 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Elliott (senior) read Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”
Michelle Gustafson then sang “Come and Make Your Heart My Home” as a vocal solo for special music. Chuck Brannaka then discussed the “Tunnel to Success”. The congregation sang “When We All Get to Heaven”. Chuck Brannaka closed with prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook farm manager / local church elder / Laurelbrook vice-president
Chuck Brannaka – speaker for the student Spiritual Retreat / owns a Florida organic farm / specializes in Revelation Seminars / has a theology degree from Southern Adventist University / head elder of his church
Michelle Gustafson – assistant Laurelbrook farm manager
Following are some notes taken on the sermon by Nancy Brenneman:
- Job 30:10 “They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.”
- Hezekiah’s father was a bad king. You don’t have to be like your father, especially if he is a bad person.
- God uses sin to destroy sin.
- 2 Chronicles 32:2-4, 7, 30 “2 And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, 3 He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which [were] without the city: and they did help him. 4 So there was gathered much people together, 30who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water? 7 “Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that [is] with him: for [there be] more with us than with him: 30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.”
- Hezekiah has a water tunnel dug so the city would have more water – and the Assyrian king less.
- 2 Kings 19:20 “Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, [That] which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.”
- John 16:23-24 “23 ¶ And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give [it] you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
- Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”
- Luke 23:23 “And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.”
- Matthew 21:22 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”