Rob Griffin Talks About Prayer
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 20, 2016 began with an introit by Samanatha (elementary) on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. Subjects for prayer included Principal Dottie Jones, who just lost a brother, and the Arce family, who survived a band of young people rushing out of the Hixson Wal-Mart. Rodney Herra followed with the announcements. Vespers will be here in the church at 7:30.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “To God Be the Glory”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Isaac (junior) then called for the offering, which was for North American Division evangelism. Montel Johnson and Clifton Brandt then collected the morning offerings. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering.
Laura (junior) told the children about a mother with a sick child who had to meet a connecting train to get home. So the engineer and the mother prayed. The Lord held the connecting train so the mother could make the connection.
Arlin (junior) then read 2 Corinthians 4:6-11 “6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 ¶ [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” A singing group of seven led by Pedro Arce sang for special music.
Rob Griffin discussed the topic “Walking With the King”. The congregation sang “Live Out Thy Life Within Me”. Rob Griffin had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler systems / local head deacon / local church elder
Montel Johnson – teaches math in the Laurelbrook Elementary School / works with the vocational program
Pedro Arce – works with the Laurelbrook music department
Rob Griffin – former Laurelbrook staff member presently working occasionally in Bangladesh with the children there
Rodney Herra – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rob Griffin:
- We are one Sabbath closer to seeing Jesus face to face.
- Revelation 7:1-3 “1 ¶ And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.”
- The forehead represents the character.
- Revelation 14:1-2 “1 ¶ And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:”
- God is writing His name on the things He owns much like each of us do with our earthly possession. We should be glowing with the power of God.
- We should be the happiest people in the world because God is making us His.
- Jesus said when He left this earth that the Holy Spirit would come and be able to contact each of us, something Jesus cannot now do.
- The Holy Spirit lives out His life in us, something He can do.
- God is begging for your time. The Sabbath is a time to get to know God and to enlist in God’s crusade to finish His work on this earth.
- In northern Russia, there were eight Adventists attending church. They started meeting out on the ice every morning at 5:00 a.m., praying for the Holy Spirit in their lives. The first year 80 people were baptized. Within the next five years, they opened five churches.
- In the Korean church where Rob was a student missionary, the pastor announced a baptism and an all-night prayer service. During the night, members pledged one member each for Jesus. On the day of the baptism, 28 people were baptized; these people are still solid members in the church.
- People in the world are waiting for members to ask God to transform them and then give these worldly people the gospel.
- In one dying church, the elders met every Friday evening for prayer, asking God to send them youthful church members. Eventually, in a year thirty young people were attending services. People were spending time on their knees asking God to let Jesus shine out from each of them.
- One night before a Laurelwood Academy choir trip, Rob spent a lot of time in prayer asking for revival on the Laurelwood campus. A still small voice told him to go to bed. The next day the bus wouldn’t start so he had to get the other school bus and a van. By this time, the group was an hour late.
- At a rest area, the bus wouldn’t start so it was jump started with the van. A little later the alternator was changed out by students. Another hour passed. Then the group went back to the NAPA parts place and sang to the people who had been so helpful with tools and parts. Someone paid the next-door pizza place to bring pizzas to the group so the group sang to them, too.
- Then a rear tire blew, and the tire pieces stuck to another wheel. Everyone shifted to one side and continued on the way, praying as they went. They found a tire place where they were given a phone number to call. The place had the tires but too many customers. The group found a grassy place to have worship. During worship, individual students confessed their sins, sparking a revival. At 10:45 the tire person showed up to repair the tire.
- The group got to their destination and ate supper after midnight. Next day during the concert a deer came and laid down in view of the congregation; at the conclusion a man who had left the church came back to God again. Many more testimonies followed.
- After potluck, the choir visited a girl in a coma who had been in a tragic accident. A woman tried to forbid them to sing so the group sang outside in the hallway. They again “Count Your Many Blessings” and “Nearer, Still Nearer”. Other nurses were weeping in the hall as the group sang yet another song. Five students then prayed for the stricken girl. The students thought it was fun.
- After the group returned, the Adventist lady who had them sing to the girl reported that the girl had just come of her coma. What God wants to do for us!
- We are called to be a blessing to the world. Jesus didn’t to come to argue what a lowest price.
- Isaiah 26:9 “With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments [are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”
- We are an earthen vessel that can be broken so the light of God can go forth to the world. Pray – and God will change the world through you.
- Are you willing to allow God to change you so He can use you to save the world?