Gerry Lewin Discusses Lessons from Life at Laurelbrook
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on September 24, 2016 began with an introit by Penny Thomas on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner, inviting the congregation to share stories of answered prayer from this past week.
Rich Sutton welcomed everyone and had the announcements. He mentioned that he had gone last evening to the mountain Adventist churches campout at Falls Creek Falls State Park near the location of the EASEA Bible Conference the seniors are attending.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “At the Cross”. Rich Sutton then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Ricardo Reid then called for the offering. Pedro Arce and Elyjah (sophomore) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local conference advance. The congregation sang the doxology, and Ricardo Reid prayed for the offering.
Ricardo Reid then told the children present a story about a boy who accidentally sent a ball through someone’s window and then had a hard time telling the homeowner about it. The boy finally went to see the elderly lady; she told him that the boy and his father could install an extra pane of glass that the lady just happened to have on hand. People see God frequently as an angry God like the boy saw the elderly lady. But God – and the lady – often is merciful as long as the lesson is learned.
Michael (sophomore) then read Philippians 2:14-16 “14 ¶ Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
Pedro Arce sang a vocal solo, accompanied on the piano by Samantha (9th grader) on the piano, his wife Ginny on the flute, and Moises (9th grader) on the violin. Gerry Lewin discussed the topic “What God Has Been Teaching Me”. The congregation sang “Because He Lives”. Gerry Lewin had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Gerry Lewin – CNA in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home / works with the canvassing program
Ginny Arce – wife of Pedro Arce / academy girls’ dean
Pedro Arce – Laurelbrook music department head
Penny Thomas – helps take care of Laura Mae Zollinger, a retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
Ricardo Reid – teaches some of the academy Bible, history, and English classes
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Following are some notes on the sermon by Gerry Lewin:
- Lessons from Laurelbrook: one person on the nursing home staff takes notes of what people are and are not doing just like God checks us.
- On a team, if one person doesn’t do his/her job, then the work of the whole team is affected.
- Do we value time with God as important as getting to our jobs on time?
- When our burdens are too large to bear, it is never inappropriate to ask for help.
- We can always do our jobs better by developing better techniques for doing that job.
- Each department of the work has a certain section of the mission of the nursing home, but if one department is off in the way it accomplishes its mission the overall mission won’t be accomplished.
- Each person has to work with others to get the job done.
- Doing things for each other helps others get the job done and gives the person who was helped a sense of relief and thankfulness.
- Now to our study: Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
- Have you really found God? When we really look for Him with all our hearts all week long, we will find Him.
- “All your heart” means that we concentrate on what we want and then put all we have into the quest.
- Jeremiah 17:9-10 “9 The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the LORD search the heart, [I] try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, [and] according to the fruit of his doings.”
- Our hearts are deceitful so searching in our own strength will not help us much.
- Ezekiel 36:23-27 “23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I [am] the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 ¶ Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do [them].”
- We are surrounded by heathen, but are we profaning God’s name along with them?
- Galatians 4:1-7 “1 ¶ Now I say, [That] the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
- A servant and a son may do the same things, but a servant can never be a part of a family in the way a son can.
- If a son performs poorly, the family can encourage him. Do we regard ourselves as servants or sons?
- Romans 8:14-18 “14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 ¶ And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
- We can know if we are a servant or a son if we are led by God’s Spirit with a heart changed by God’s Spirit.
- Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
- This renewing is a continuous process that must be done every day.