Ricardo Reid Talked About CUBA
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on March 4, 2017 began with an introit by Samantha (9th grader) on the piano. Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries Corner. She reminded everyone that the religious liberty campaign is ongoing until March 21.
Pedro Arce and Rich Sutton talked about the upcoming trip to Cuba and the ways God is working to make this trip possible. Not all the details worked out. There will be a meeting about the trip from 1:30 to 2:30 in the academy auditorium. There will be outreach from 2:30 to 5:00 and also activities. The Cuba trip will be leaving Tuesday afternoon.
Rich Sutton mentioned that it was a birthday today for Sarah (junior) and Stanton Rolle.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Seeking the Lost”. Rich Sutton then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
George (sophomore) then called for the offering. John and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rich Sutton prayed for the offering.
Elyjah (sophomore) then told the children present a story about Robert Bruce’s evasion of the English army during a war between Scotland and England. Then he watched a spider attempt (and fail) six times to put a web across a space. But the seventh time was successful. So Robert tried again and won.
Thanos (sophomore) read Malachi 4:5-6 “5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
The Laurelbrook Choir under the direction of Pedro Arce sang for special music. Ricardo Reid discussed the topic “C.U.B.A.” At the end of the sermon, the congregation split up in groups of three to four and prayed for unity. Ricardo Reid then made an appeal for those who wish to recommit themselves to press closer to Christ and for those who wished to give their lives to Christ. The congregation sang “Rise Up, O Church of God”. Ricardo Reid had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Pedro Arce – in charge of Laurelbrook’s music department
Ricardo Reid – teaches some of the academy English and Bible classes
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon by Ricardo Reid:
- C.U.B.A – press together in the circle of love. Malachi 4:5-6 “5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
- There are more than 4000 cays and islands around Cuba. “Cave” means a tiny island built on a coral reef.
- Cuba is south of both Florida (USA) and the Bahamas and is the largest island in Caribbean with eleven million inhabitants. It is a Marxist, Leninist, communist republic and is one of the largest planned economies in the world.
- Cuba may mean “where fertile land is abundant” or “great place to be”.
- What can we learn from C.U.B.A.?
- Malachi 4:5-6 “5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
- The Clear Word says that this message will be taken to the entire world, and the fathers and children will come together lest they be destroyed.
- This message will be calling people into an experience of unity with Christ, the family, and the church.
- This world is full of broken units – families, churches, etc. there is a tendency towards disharmony and disunity in the world.
- Malachi 4:1 “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.”
- But Christ will come with healing.
- Malachi 3:16 “Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard [it], and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.”
- Those who escape work together to fill the needs of their fellow men and be united in the truth God presents in the Last Days and in all areas of life.
- Luke 1:17 “And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
- Matthew 11:14 “And if ye will receive [it], this is Elias, which was for to come.”
- John the Baptist proceeded Christ in an age of massive corruption. What is it like today? People are robbed, and people are honored who are far from God.
- We are to give the message that people must turn to God and His principles. This brings conviction to the honest in heart. We need to press together.
- In pressing together, we may have involuntary unity, which we have by force. Next comes conditional unity, which we start to choose unity. The best unity is voluntary unity based on true love, not based on what we can get.
- Those who are in real unity do so because of true love that results in voluntary unity.
- C.U.B.A. – Christ understands bilingual Adventists / Coming Under the Banner of Adventism / Christ Unites Believing Adventists.
- How can this harmony be accomplished for mission? Christ Unites Believers for Action.
- The closer we come to Christ the closer we will be in unity with each other. Separation from Christ causes separation in the church.
- Christ is the center in the sacred service of love. Each member acts a part in helping each other in adding to comfort, order, and regularity of the church.
- Each member should exercise gentleness, speak in low and calm tones, and shun confusion. Each member must know his/her part in lifting the burdens of the church.
- Spend time with the Bible and bring its principles into practical life.
- Self-love and self-sufficiency lead to most problems in the church.
- Be sure to pray and counsel together when laying your plans.
- Christ is the center in the sacred circle of love. Where are you in the three part circle? Hopefully you will be in voluntary unity with other members and Christ.
- Jesus wants to come close to you and draw you closer to Him. C.U.B.A begins at home, not in going to the actual island. How close are you to Christ today? Pray.