Stanton Rolle Discusses The Cost of Our Freedom
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 14, 2016 began with an introit by Mark Kent on the piano.
Raikea Wideman talked about her experiences with the Los Angeles health fair for the Personal Ministries Corner. She escorted people from one appointment to another and worked as an English-Spanish translator.
- People told her that their doctor never prayed with them.
- They were also amazed that a church was putting on this health fair.
Only the medical work and the canvassing work will continue to the end of time, according to Ellen White. On May 20, there will be a mini-health fair in nearby Pikeville.
- A couple came, the man an atheist. He had to have some cosmic surgery and was impressed that Christians were showing people the love of Christ.
Bob Gustafson followed with the announcements. Today lunch will be served in the cafeteria, a hike at 2:30 afterwards. Vespers will be in the auditorium at 7:30. Prayer meeting Wednesday evening will be with Bob and Michelle Gustafson.
The nominating committee to select church officers for next year (to begin work in July) was nominated from the floor – Brenda Herra, Stanton Rolle, Bob Gustafson, Jairit Montilla (junior student), John Ellis, and possibly Stephany (senior student).
The congregation sang “The Lord Is In His Holy Temple”. The congregation then sang “The Church Has One Foundation”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Matthew (sophomore) then called for the offering, which was for disaster and famine relief. Arlin (junior) and Jose Herrera then collected the morning offerings. The congregation sang the doxology, and Bob Gustafson prayed for the offering.
Ginny Arce told the children a story about a strange river that served the palace of a king. It heated and cooled the palace and the city with no freezing or heat. It repaired itself and everything else. But some of the king’s servant had to put certain materials into the river. The river did itself grow foul but made sure that its water went through prepared filter beds. A deep well with a strange kind of a pump supplied the river. The king’s servants told him that the river was supplied with strange creatures that did all the work. The city is your body, the king your mind, the river your blood, and your eyes the palace windows cleansed by the river, and the filter beds your lungs. God has designed your body for a purpose, but you have to take care of it with plenty of exercise, water, and trust in God – the eight laws of heath.
Nicole (9th grader) then read Galatians 5:13-15 “13 ¶ For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.”
Dyaine (sophomore) then played a clarinet solo for special music. Stanton Rolle discussed the topic “The Cost of Our Freedom”. The congregation sang “Onward, Christians Soldiers”. Stanton Rolle had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook farm manager
Brenda Herra – student vocational coordinator
Ginny Arce – academy girls’ dean
Mark Kent – Laurelbrook IT specialist
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon by Stanton Rolle:
- “The Church Is One Foundation” – Verse 4 talks about freedom from suffering.
- We have the privilege of reading the Bible for ourselves, a privilege God has given us.
- Through history, there have been a faithful few who stood up for religious freedom. There is no limit for what God can with these faithful few.
- 1 Kings 1:1 “Now king David was old [and] stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.”
- 1 Kings 1:5 “Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.”
- Proverbs 16:18 “Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Solomon saw how pride brought down many of his own family.
- 1 Kings 1:6 “And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also [was a] very goodly [man]; and [his mother] bare him after Absalom.” Discipline is important.
- 1 Kings 1:7 “And he conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: and they following Adonijah helped [him].” He wanted to be king. But these people should have counseled him differently.
- 1 Kings 1:8 “But Zadok the priest, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and Rei, and the mighty men which [belonged] to David, were not with Adonijah.” A few of David’s friends declined to help Adonijah.
- In 1 Kings 1:9, we see that Adonijah called all the people to celebrate his taking of the kingdom.
- But Nathan the prophet gave counsel to stem the evil that threatened to reign in the kingdom. Don’t get comfortable with evil.
- Adonijah was ambitious, which can be a good thing, but ambition encouraged by selfishness becomes dangerous. All he wanted was to be king and be in control. Ambition can lead us to ignore God.
- In Matthew 6, Jesus asks us to seek first the Kingdom of God – and other things will be added to us.
- We should also be aware of disobedience to parents in this story. Exodus 20:12 “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”
- Ephesians 6:1-3 “1 ¶ Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
- By seeing love between parents, children get used to obedience.
- Also this story of Adonijah shows us the danger of evil influence. His friends encouraged him until it was clear that Solomon was king. Then they left Adonijah quickly.
- A good friend is with you always in good times and bad. What type of friend are you today? Let us unite with Christian friends who point us to Jesus.
- Note that Solomon’s friends overcame Adonijah’s evil course with good. The Waldenses did this by letting their light shine instead of attacking evil so their actions changed the world.
- The actions of a few people will defeat the evil enemy.
- God is asking who will stand for Him when darkness envelopes the whole world.
- Noah preached for 120 years the value of knowing God, but only eight people were saved.
- Daniel and his friends were few, but they stood up to the king’s diet and prevailed.
- We have an opportunity of leaving our stamp on this generation by accepting God’s call to stay close to Him.
- One day the minorities who stuck close to God will become a huge majority in heaven.