Jean Talley Talks About How Odd People Might Help Others
Sabbath services on August 6, 2016 began with a piano introit by Samantha (9th grader). Pedro Arce led the Sabbath School song service, accompanied on the piano by Mark Kent. Jean Talley welcomed everyone and had prayer.
Jean Talley read Judges 3:12-25 “12 ¶ And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD. 13 And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees. 14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years. 15 But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab. 16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh. 17 And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon [was] a very fat man. 18 And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present. 19 But he himself turned again from the quarries that [were] by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him. 20 And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of [his] seat. 21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly: 22 And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out. 23 Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them. 24 When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour [were] locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber. 25 And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened [them]: and, behold, their lord [was] fallen down dead on the earth.”
She then had a theme talk on how this story relates to the friends we make. The Lord has made all of us completely different personalities and backgrounds. We tend to form groups of friends. Ehud was different; a different translation says that this left-handed ability was handicapped, but this ability meant that one day he was able to rescue the Israelites.
Katelyn Pauls then played a piano solo for special music.
Jean Talley then read Judges 3:26-30 “26 And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath. 27 And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them. 28 And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over. 29 And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man. 30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years.”
Israel enjoyed this deliverance due to Ehud's “handicap”. Most students are new this year. It would be to their advantage to make friends with people outside your usual circle of friends. Handicap or not, get to really know these people. God didn’t want everyone to be the same.
Katelyn Pauls then read a mission story from South Sudan. A lady listened to an Adventist radio station and called the station, asking them how to share what she was hearing. Eventually the station invited her to the station’s anniversary celebration and felt right at home in the station’s shipping container offices. She declined an invitation to attend Sabbath services at the nearby Adventist church in the capital city of Juba, but she eventually attended because of the care the members and station personnel showed. She went with members on hospital calls and was baptized. Today she is a member of the prayer band and is a Prayer Warrior, visiting hospitals and prisons even though the prisons frightened her. The station needs more power to spread the message, but God will give them the answer to this problem.
Haniel Garcia and Isai (senior) collected the Penny Offering, which helps students and staff members go on mission trips.
Jean Talley had the closing prayer and explained where the Sabbath classes would be meeting – one Sabbath School class in the church sanctuary taught by Gerry Lewin and the other “behind the glass” at the back of the church taught by Rich Sutton.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Gerry Lewin – works with Laurelbrook’s canvassing program
Haniel Garcia – 2016 Laurelbrook graduate
Jean Talley – retired but helps out in the nursing home
Katelyn Pauls – Southern Adventist University nursing graduate
Mark Kent – Laurelbrook IT specialist
Pedro Arce – works with the music program
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president