Michelle Gustafson Talks About Being Ready
Sabbath services on July 9, 2016 began with a piano introit by Beth Brandt. Wendy Carr and TJ U (sophomore) led the song service, accompanied by Beth Brandt on the piano. The opening song was “Day by Day”. Bob Gustafson welcomed everyone, had prayer, and read 2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
Dyaine (junior) read a mission story from the Middle East. She then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by James (9th grade) and Thanos (sophomore), which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.
Michelle Gustafson had the superintendent’s remarks on “Are You Ready?” Michelle Gustafson then sang “Are You Ready for Jesus to Come?” Bob Gustafson then had closing prayer. The congregation then became two Sabbath School classes, one taught by Elizabeth Castle in the church sanctuary and one for students taught by Bob and Michelle Gustafson “behind the glass” in the church.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk on being ready by Michelle Gustafson:
Personnel Other Than Students:
- 2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
- When we realize that we are not ready for Christ’s Coming, often we try to get ourselves ready instead of letting God do it.
- We often lose track of what it means to please God. Pleasing God is not pleasing other people.
- God’s Word is our guidebook for pleasing God and doing His work.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 “5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
- As we trust in God, He will lead us.
- Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” We don’t have to worry about Satan if we put our trust and the guidance of our lives in God.
- We need to be in continual prayer. Philippines 4:4-7 “4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: [and] again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord [is] at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
- We need to find God’s will. Proverbs 16:2-3 “2 ¶ All the ways of a man [are] clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. 3 ¶ Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
- We need to pray, surrender, and trust in God.
- Proverbs 1:2-5 “2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; 4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5 A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:”
- If we listen to the Lord, we will get wise counsel.
- We need to recognize God’s correction. Proverbs 3:11-12 “11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth.” God corrects because He loves us.
- Hebrews 12:7-11 “7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”
- We must know your Best Friend Jesus. Proverbs 18:24 “A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.”
- Psalms 33:20-22 “20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he [is] our help and our shield. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. 22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.”
- John 15:13-17 “13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.”
- Are you ready? It’s heartbreaking to God when we take things into our own hands because He is always there to help and correct us.
- When we do these things, then the End will come, and we will go to be with God in heaven.
Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt, who works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook farm manager / Laurelbrook vice-president / local church elder
Elizabeth Castle - works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Michelle Gustafson – wife of Bob Gustafson / assistant farm manager