Laurelbrook Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church

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Rich Sutton Spoke About Winning
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The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on February 27, 2016 began with an introit by Samantha (elementary) on the piano.
 
Rich Sutton mentioned the unified feeling at the board meeting.  Laurelbrook is unique in that it has a retirement program alone of all the self-supporting schools.  The group also decided to move ahead on a new girls’ dorm and building some new faculty housing.  The election of Laurelbrook’s president will now come in April instead of September. Laurelbrook is also moving forward.  He also mentioned that vespers will be at 6:30 in the cafeteria.
 
The congregation had a silent invocation.  The congregation then sang “Praise to the Lord”. Stanton Rolle then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Elliott (senior) then called for the offering, which was for the Georgia-Cumberland Conference Advance program.  Andrew Sonnenthal and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Stanton Rolle prayed for the offering. 
 
Stephany (senior) then told the children a story about a young boy who went to buy flowers for his mother’s birthday. After picking out the best floral arrangements, he paid his 80 cents for the arrangement. He was hit by a car but asked the florist to take the flowers to his mother.  God’s love is similar.
 
Pastor Mark Cox, the new Laurelbrook pastor (Laurelbrook will be one of his three churches), was introduced to the congregation. He and his family are coming from Hawaii where he was a military chaplain.  He and his wife chose this district over all the possibilities. His children are starting college and wanted to come to his beautiful mountain scenery.  The family has been on the road for a year.

Dyaine (sophomore) then read Romans 15:13-14 “13 ¶ Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. 14 ¶ And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.” Mari (9th grader) played a piano solo for special music.

Rich Sutton then discussed the topic “We Win!” The congregation sang “When We All Get to Heaven”.   Rich Sutton had the closing prayer.

Personnel Other Than Students:
 
Andrew Sonnenthal – works with the woods and grounds crew
Daryll Ellis – works for nearby Majestic Stone Company / local church deacon
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
 
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rich Sutton: 
  1. Satan would love to have you think you cannot achieve salvation.
  2. God is leading out as far as personnel are concerned for Laurelbrook.
  3. Romans 15:13-14 “13 ¶ Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. 14 ¶ And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.”
  4. Years ago on a Friday Jerusalem was astir. What’s going to take place for you as a thief? The thief was probably thinking why he did what he was condemned for.  Today we get to choose our cross.
  5. According to Ellen White (Desire of Ages, pp. 749-750), this thief had heard Jesus and been turned away from Jesus by the priests and rulers.  Jesus was innocent, but the thief was certainly not. He noticed Jesus’ godlike bearing.
  6. Jesus is on the cross because of the sins you have done. Jesus is dying, but the thief casts himself on the dying Savior because he realizes that in Jesus’ death he can have salvation.
  7. We win if we choose the right cross – Jesus’ cross or a worldly cross.
  8. You’re here at Laurelbrook to make the right choices. God wants you here. What are you here for?
  9. Which cross are you going to choose?  Each of us can help others get off the wrong crosses and get on the right ones.
  10. Each young person can help those young people he/she comes in contact with to go either down the right or the wrong road.
  11. The Holy Spirit is working at Laurelbrook.  We are training people for Jesus. Make your decision for Jesus and gain the hope that he can give you. There is nothing beside a decision for Christ that you can do to earn your salvation.

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