Cheryl Orser Talks About God's Tests
Sabbath services on February 27, 2016 began with a song service led by Michelle Gustafson and Lorealle (senior), accompanied on the piano by Samantha (elementary). The opening song was “I Need Thee Every Hour”.
Dyaine (sophomore) had prayer and read 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 “12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].” Cheryl Orser welcomed everyone.
Matthew (sophomore) read a mission story from Paraguay, South America. A pastor was very active visiting members and non-members alike. In one case, his jeep wouldn’t quit running and ran out of gas. He had to spend the night in the humble home that didn’t even have a door. But a church stands nearby today.
Matthew then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Tony and Benjie (senior ELL students). Pedro Arte then then sang a vocal solo for special music.
Cheryl Orser had the superintendent’s remarks on “Tough Tests”. She then had closing prayer. The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by Clayton Brandt in the church sanctuary, one taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson “behind the glass” in the church, and one taught by Scott and Min Sterling in the CNA building.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Cheryl Orser:
Personnel Other Than Students:
- Abraham passed his tough test, but Eve failed her easy exam.
- God respects our choices – whether to follow what He asks us to do or not.
- Forced religion has been one of the greatest evils the world has ever none. Soon we will lose our right to choose and pushed to accept a forced religion.
- People who come to Laurelbrook come with the understanding that they come to uphold the principles the institution is built on. This is not forced religion.
- Titus 2:14 “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
- 1 Peter 2:9 “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”
- We often talk about “lifestyle principles” today; the Bible calls these ideas “peculiar” because they are not like the world.
- God wants to see if we are safe to save in heaven. These tests also see if we can stand up to the enemy’s onslaught.
- Following principles doesn’t save us, but following these principles means that Jesus can save us and make us ready for heaven.
- We need to realize our need for God’s help.
- God gave an easy exam to Eve. The exam was easy because she had an unfallen nature, because Adam was in the Garden to help her (no peer pressure), because she had plenty of food to eat, and because God’s warnings and directions were direct and clear.
- Genesis 2:9 “And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”
- Abraham’s test was hard because he had a fallen nature, because he couldn’t confide in Sarah, and because it was easy to question God’s command. Abraham passed the test.
- Abraham believed God’s Word and passed but cried out to God continually as he was being tested.
- Eve didn’t feel her need of help so she didn’t get any.
- Our biggest problem is that we don’t realize our great need of God’s help. We must take time for personal devotion, which is time alone with God.
- If we are to pass our tests, we must feel our need of God’s help hour by hour.
Bob Gustafson – local church elder / Laurelbrook vice-president / farm manager
Cheryl Orser – retired teacher and missionary to Africa
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment / local church elder
Michelle Gustafson – assistant farm manager
Scott and Min Sterling – Scott is the campus IT manager / Min – nurse presently helping take care of her parents