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Pastor Cox Talks About Living Stones

The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 30, 2016 began with an introit by Samantha (9th grader) on the piano. Elizabeth Castle and Jacqueline Miller talked about their participation in the Pathways to Health event in West Virginia for the Personal Ministries Corner.  Jacqueline Miller drew blood from about 500 people; many of these people had not been outside their home counties. Those who helped people were encouraged to pray with people. Elizabeth Castle handed out literature and prayed with people.
Jacqueline Miller also spent some time visiting friends, attending Hartland camp meeting, and taking Ruth B. Zollinger to a wedding. She then talked about giving out books on the Sunday law.
Rodney Herra made the announcements and welcomed everyone. Vespers will be in the academy auditorium.
The congregation had a silent invocation.  The congregation then sang “O Worship the King”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Tonny Gil (2016 graduate) then called for the offering.  Daryll Ellis and Gerry Lewin then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the union conference budget.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Tonny  Gil prayed for the offering. 
Rosemarie Jeffries then told the children present a story about a mother who illustrated to her son that her love had no charge. Her son decided to not charge his mother for what he did to help her.  A parent’s love is similar to that of Jesus who came and died for us at no charge.

Isai (senior) then read Ephesians 2:19-22“19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone]; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”
The Sanchez family (minus Dad) sang a gospel medley without accompaniment for special music. Pastor Mark Cox discussed the topic “Living Stones”. During his sermon, he unrolled a 15-20 ft. poster depicting the history of the world from a Bible perspective. The congregation sang “Lift Him Up”.   Pastor Cox had the closing prayer.

Personnel Other Than Students:
Daryll Ellis – Laurelbrook graduate / local church deacon / works for nearby Majestic Stone Company
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Gerry Lewin – works with the Laurelbrook canvassing program
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
Pastor Mark Cox – pastor of the Laurelbrook, Ogden Road, and Pikeville Seventh-day Adventist churches
Rodney Herra – outgoing head church elder / men’s work coordinator / heads up the auto body program
Rosemarie Jeffries – academy principal
Sanchez family – visitors from Hartland
Following are some notes on the sermon by Pastor Cox: 
  1. Home is wherever family members are.
  2. God wants all His family members where He is.
  3. The sanctuary in Moses’ time was a visual aid for the world to understand the plan of salvation.
  4. Solomon built a wonderful Temple to God.  Destroyed due to apostasy, it was rebuilt after the 70-year Jewish captivity in Babylon.
  5. The sanctuary or Temple or tabernacle is crucial to our understanding of salvation, showing Jesus’ atonement for us.
  6. We have made mistakes in our understanding of the sanctuary, notably in 1844 where people felt that the sanctuary to be cleansed was this earth. Actually the cleansing was in heaven.
  7. What is the heavenly sanctuary made of?
  8. The wilderness sanctuary was made of gold, wood, and fur.
  9. Solomon’s Temple was made of gold and stone and much larger than the wilderness tabernacle.
  10. The Jews rebuilt the Temple, and the old people cried because it wasn’t as grand as Solomon’s Temple.
  11. Herod’s temple materials were completely different.
  12. The heavenly sanctuary be made of gold inlaid with diamonds. But it will be just a building.
  13. Ellen White says that God fashions living souls to be a part of the heavenly sanctuary, in other words living stones.
  14. You are the material the heavenly sanctuary is made of, a spiritual house. All followers of Christ are represented as living stones, according to Ellen White.
  15. God uses every believer to reflect His light and salvation.
  16. Satan wants to contaminate God’s temple by concentrating all loyalty and devotion in him. 
  17. The Christian should want to meditate on this temple God is building and make sure he/she is faithful.
  18. God’s home is where His children are.

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