Bob Gustafson Talks About Family
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 2, 2016 began with a welcome and announcements by Rodney Herra and an introit by Mark Kent. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries period.
Jack Faatz’s funeral will begin with a graveside service in the Laurelbrook cemetery tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. After the graveside service, there will be a memorial service in the Laurelbrook church. After the memorial service, there will be lunch at the lodge. Please bring a dish so everyone has enough. In lieu of flowers, you may give to Reach International.
Jack Faatz was Laurelbrook’s purchasing agent for many years. Prior to coming to Laurelbrook, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and had a business in Florida that manufactured artificial limbs. A group of students sang for him a couple of weeks ago.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Happy the Home That Welcomes You”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Chelsea (junior) then called for the offering, which was for local church budget. Daryll Ellis and Kaz Ngoye (2016 graduate) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering.
Jonathan (sophomore) then told the children a story about a boy who fell in a pit. His father eventually helped him out and reminded him that when he made mistakes to pick himself up. Tonny Gil (2016 graduate) read Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Karen (ESL student) played her flute for special music, accompanied by Samantha (9th grader) on the piano. Bob Gustafson discussed the topic “Family Life”. The congregation sang “Lead Them, My God to Thee”. Bob Gustafson had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook vice-president / farm manager
Mark Kent – Laurelbrook IT specialist
Rodney Herra – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator and auto body specialist / local head church elder
Following are some notes on the sermon by Bob Gustafson:
- Laurelbrook together is one big family. We get upset with each other, but we help when needed.
- Do we realize how much we show each other as we live our lives?
- The Bible tells us what to do in all phases of life, including our families.
- Ephesians 5:33 “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.”
- The Ten Commandments tells us what to do to be as happy as the Lord wants us to do.
- Genesis 18:19 “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”
- We need to teach more than our families.
- Our actions, our kindnesses, our deeds for others also witness. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
- Moses had a real challenge leading Israel out of Egypt; he needed God’s patience and love.
- Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”
- Even ties with Bible verses on them can be a witness for God, teaching someone the ways of the Lord.
- Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
- Students have come here with the idea that staff members are temporary parents.
- James 3:1 “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.”
- Staff members are accountable to God for the witness they bare to the students.
- Our lives may develop in ways we don’t foresee because God sees something in us that we don’t.
- Teachers work with people, working with students as one of them and learning in some cases like them. Teachers make mistakes just like everyone else.
- Matthew 6:14-25 “14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
- Luke 10:27 “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” We need to love others, even though you clash with them.
- You can show love even if they refuse to listen.
- Romans 12:9-19 “9 [Let] love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 [Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
- We can learn from each other.
- 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 “6 ¶ But this [I say], He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
- Give of our times, thoughts, and possession.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 “17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
- Those trials are good for us because we learn from them.
- 1 Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
- 1 Timothy 6:6-10 “6 ¶ But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
- Be content with what God gives you.
- Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.”
- God knows what we need and when we need it and will give it to us.