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Pam Sutton Talks About Faith

Sabbath services on June 4, 2016, began with a song service led by Dyaine (junior) and Eleana (elementary), accompanied on the piano by Samantha (9th grade). The opening song was “Trust and Obey”.  

Rich Suttton had prayer and read Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”  Pam Sutton welcomed everyone.

Lois Davis read a mission story from Papua New Guinea. The governor-general today is a Seventh-day Adventist. There are 7.3 million people in the country with quite modern cities, but most people live in the countryside and speak roughly 700 languages.
One 15-year-old boy grew up in a rough and violent family.  After his father got stabbed in a fight with his uncle, the father abandoned the family, went to town and got remarried.  Then his mother remarried to another violent man.

An aunt arranged for the boy and his sister to live with a family in the lowlands. The daughter of the family went with a friend to a Seventh-day Adventist church.  She begged her parents to go to evangelistic meetings; her mother was baptized.  The father has felt that it was not time to return to the church.

The boy learned that the church was like home and also learned to love the Lord. A deacon became his spiritual mentor. As a result, the boy accepted the Lord.  The offering this quarter will go towards building children’s shelters in these remote churches.

Pam Sutton then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Jonathan Pecheco and Tony (ESL student).  The congregation sang “Isn’t He Wonderful?”, led by Pam Sutton and Michelle Gustafson for special music.

Pam Sutton had the superintendent’s remarks on faith.  She then had closing prayer.  The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Clayton Brandt in the church sanctuary and one taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson “behind the glass” in the church.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk by Pam Sutton: 
  1. Faith focusing on Jesus keeps us going.
  2. Hebrews 11 lists people who had faith and the results of faith.
  3. Hebrews 11:2-13 “2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 4 ¶ By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. 5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as [in] a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker [is] God. 11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, [so many] as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
  4. We must believe God exists and seek to know God’s goodness, wisdom, and power.
  5. We must believe in Jesus, who came to pay the debt He didn’t owe.
  6. By faith we look forward to a better country – heaven.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Bob Gustafson – local church elder / Laurelbrook vice-president / Laurelbrook farm manager
Michelle Gustafson – wife of Bob Gustafson / assistant farm manager
Pam Sutton – wife of Rich Sutton / assistant to the president
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president

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