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Elizabeth Castle Talks About Being Chosen

Sabbath services on March 4, 2017 began with a piano introit by Samantha (9th grade). Pedro Arce led the song service, accompanied by his daughter Samantha on the piano and a group of students playing various instruments. The opening song was “You That Know the Lord”. Elizabeth Castle welcomed everyone.

Cesar (senior) had prayer and read the scripture readings:

1 Peter 2:9 “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.”
Matthew 5:14-16 “14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Lois Davis then read a mission story from a church in Oslo, Norway. A group of Adventist Ethiopians are members of this church.  The group is active in helping other Ethiopians who are in Norway. A person named Moline grew up in an Adventist family.  Adventists were known as anti-Mary.  Moline’s father was put in jail and beaten. Two chains broke when jailers tried to bind the father.   Moline became surer of his beliefs as he watched his father’s sufferings. We must put on God’s armor and stand like these Adventists.

At 16 Moline was educated in an atheistic school. He refused to attend political meetings on Sabbath and repeat the slogan that there was no God. As a result, he was taken to prison and accused of hindering Ethiopia’s progress. The guards would deliberately get drunk so they could abuse the prisoners. He didn’t know how he managed to withstand these tortures.

After he was in prison for a year, his father came and encouraged him but told him that they would probably not see each other again. After seven years, he was freed. These young men had quite an influence by the way they lived in prison.

After getting his education, Moline was sent to London and then to Norway to help Adventist there.

Lois Davis then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Edgar and JD (seniors) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips. 

Elizabeth Castle had the superintendent’s remarks on “Chosen…for What Purpose?”  She closed with the congregation singing “Live Out Thy Life Within Me” as a prayer. She then had closing prayer. The congregation then became three Sabbath School classes, one taught by James Brenneman in the church sanctuary, one at the back of the church sanctuary “behind the glass” taught by Michelle and Bob Gustafson, and one taught by Stanton Rolle in the CNA house.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk: 
  1. Isaiah 43:7 “[Even] every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.”
  2. What is this glory?  God’s glory is His character.
  3. Exodus 33:17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.”
  4. God then showed Moses His back so that Moses could survive.
  5. Exodus 34:5 “And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.”
  6. How do we reflect the glory of God?  Praying, being kind.
  7. Galatians 5:22-23 “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
  8. The Holy Spirit is the most powerful and explosive force in the universe.
  9. 2 Peter 1:2-4 “2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
  10. We can have help from God when we claim His promises.
  11. 2 Peter 1:5-8 “5 ¶ And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  12. We have everything we need to grow into what Christ wants us to be.
  13. John 15:1, 16 “1 ¶ I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
  14. The Holy Spirit is given only for kingdom-building and character-building.
  15. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
  16. Jesus died on the cross to change our minds about God. Now we are given the ministry of changing other people’s minds about God.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook vice-president / works with Laurelbrook’s used furniture progrram
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home accounting department
James Brenneman – yearbook sponsor / retired English and history teacher
Michelle Gustafson – wife of Bob Gustafson / helps her husband with his duties
Pedro Arce – in charge of the music program at Laurelbrook
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager

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