Rich Sutton Talks About Joshua
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on December 10, 2016 began with an introit by Jacqueline Miller on the piano. Rukiya Wideman had the Personal Ministries Corner, talking about the ways that each member can witness for Christ.
Stanton Rolle welcomed everyone and made the announcements. He reminded the congregation that they were truly blessed. He asked that everyone keep the music trip in mind as they battle minor issues like flat tires. The cafeteria will be closed today, but the Suttons plan to open their home for a potluck lunch.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Standing on the Promises”. Stanton Rolle then read an Ellen White quote that says that God doesn’t wait to answer our prayers till the Sabbath has passed. He called for congregational prayer requests and then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Stanton Rolle then called for the offering. John and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to Adventist Community Services. The congregation sang the doxology, and Stanton Rolle prayed for the offering.
Stanton Rolle then read Joshua 23:1-5 “1 ¶ And it came to pass a long time after that the LORD had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old [and] stricken in age. 2 And Joshua called for all Israel, [and] for their elders, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers, and said unto them, I am old [and] stricken in age: 3 And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the LORD your God [is] he that hath fought for you. 4 Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea westward. 5 And the LORD your God, he shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the LORD your God hath promised unto you.”
Rich Sutton discussed the topic “God’s Unbelievable Promises”. The congregation sang “Faith Is the Victory”. Rich Sutton had the closing prayer.
No students were present since they were away on a music department trip to northern Florida. Paul Frechette ran the new sound system.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Daryll Ellis – works for nearby Majestic Stone Company / local church deacon
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
John Ellis – retired mechanic (he served both Laurelbrook and the Majestic Stone Company) / mechanic for the Laurelbrook Fire Department
Paul Frechette – retired Laurelbrook business manager
Rukiya Wideman – works with Laurelbrook’s canvassing program / teaches some of the academy classes
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rich Sutton:
- Before the Flood, history was preserved by one generation telling the next generation their life experiences.
- Two hundred years after the Flood, the Tower of Babel split up the human race into various groups.
- Abraham could have known Noah because of the ages of the two men.
- Joshua helped Israel redeem its land that God promised to them.
- Abraham went to the land God had promised but didn’t get it personally.
- God didn’t fail to fulfill His promises to Israel by giving them the land He promised.
- Joshua 23:13-14 “13 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out [any of] these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you. 14 And, behold, this day I [am] going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, [and] not one thing hath failed thereof.”
- We could have been in the Promised Land today if the church in 1888 had accepted the message God had presented to them at that time. This was just like the children of Israel; they could have occupied their land forever.
- We have the same choice Joshua had – to serve the Lord and win out in the end or turn away from the Lord and lose what the Lord wants to provide.
- Each of us individually can change the situations we find ourselves in by making the choice to serve the Lord instead of forsaking His ways.
- We are called Seventh-day Adventists because we believe in the Second Coming and in the seventh-day Sabbath.
- What would Jesus say about us today?
- Do we forgive each other’s faults?
- Israel believed the Lord as long as Joshua and those who knew him were living. But during the period of the Judges, the Israelites did what they wanted to do.
- What really happens in the world is not dependent on Trump or Carson or whoever. It depends on what we as church members do with the Lord’s direction and power.
- With God, we have the power to do anything. God can change hearts effortlessly.
- God doesn’t force anyone to follow Him. But if we so wish, He overhauls our hearts.
- Ephesians 1:18-20 “18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],”
- The Israelites got the promises but chose not to have them fulfilled. We have the promise of the Second Coming, which is certain to happen.
- We have a beautiful message that can touch hearts, Adventists and non-Adventists alike. It’s time to spread this message – and go home to heaven.