Hillis Jeffries III Discusses Real Health Reform
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on October 8, 2016 began with an introit by Penny Thomas on the organ. JD (senior) also accompanied parts of the service on the piano.
Rukiya Wideman had the Personal Ministries Corner, talking about people helping those who they meet. The church plans to take a community survey and needs help with this project. Rich Sutton then called the group who will be working in Mexico this coming Fall Break to the platform for special prayer.
Bob Gustafson welcomed everyone and made the announcements. He reminded that everyone was welcome to lunch in the cafeteria. The Korean Adventist church will be giving a concert in the church at 5:00 pm. Vespers will be at 7:30 pm in the church.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Trust and Obey”. Bob Gustafson then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Yeimi (senior) then called for the offering. TJ and Jordan (seniors) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. Ginny White played a flute solo while the offering was being collected. The congregation sang the doxology, and Yeimi prayed for the offering.
Alejandra (senior) then read Daniel 1:8-9 “8 ¶ But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.”
Samantha (9th grader) and Edi (elementary student) played a violin duet, accompanied by JD (senior) on the piano. Hillis Jeffries III discussed the topic “Reformation Power”. The congregation then celebrated the communion service with student deacons and deaconesses helping with the service. The congregation sang “Seeking the Lost”. Hillis Jeffries III had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator / Laurelbrook vice-president
Hillis Jeffries III – academy boys’ dean
Rich Sutton – Laurebrook president
Rukiya Wideman - works with the canvassing / academy teacher
Following are some notes on the sermon by Hillis Jeffries III:
- Few individuals become great without parental training.
- Daniel and his three friends came under pressure to conform to the prevailing worship. Their uncompromising reaction makes them examples for all who face similar circumstances.
- The Kingdom of Judah was reaping a bitter harvest for its resistance as Daniel and his friends faced trials.
- Nebuchadnezzar selected the most promising youth to train them for future service in his kingdom.
- All of us here have been called to carry the last-day message to the world.
- These youth the king selected had to learn so many different things that were completely different. They had to learn mathematics based on units of six. They were to learn astrology, the science of finding guidance from the stars.
- Through obedience to God, the four Hebrews escaped the corruptions that this course of study.
- Sometimes young people feel that the church is always going to be there when they are ready for it later in life.
- Daniel found that prayer was necessary. The fear of God was always before him in all the transactions of his life.
- Part of the Babylonian system involved a change of name to lock a person in to that civilization’s beliefs and values.
- Parts of our health reform involves obedience to God in all things.
- Every time God shows us what to do there will be groaning in the camp.
- Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
- Isaiah 58:8 “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.”
- All our leaders today should be intelligent in health reform, leading people higher and higher in reform. Health reform should be combined with all their labors for people.
- The key to health reform is being obedient to God. This includes the special diet God has for us.
- When you are obedient to God, all these specifics of health reform will seem insignificant.
- Praying for people helps bring the power of God to help people master the details of dress and diet reform.
- We cannot have any type of reformation unless we know Jesus.
- The brain must wrestle and work to be able to do what God says. This organ must have the appropriate nutrients to do the work it must do.
- Think with your mind, not with your body, under the influence and power of Jesus.
- How many of us have addictions we need to give up?
- Daniel refused the luxuries of the king’s table in favor of a simple, God-ordained diet and atmosphere. This included music and other luxuries.
- Daniel practiced obedience to God and God’s health reform every day. We must practice right to be right.
- 1 Corinthians 9:25-27 “25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
- When we preach this message, we must believe and practice it ourselves.
- The foundation of all health reform is strict obedience to God’s Word. Are you doing this?