Lois Davis Talks About God and the Christian
Sabbath services on April 15, 2017 began with James Brenneman leading a short song service without accompaniment. Lois Davis welcomed everyone. The opening song was “Holy Spirit, Light Divine”.
Lois Davis had prayer and read the scripture reading – Psalm 73:20-28 “20 As a dream when [one] awaketh; [so], O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. 21 ¶ Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. 22 So foolish [was] I, and ignorant: I was [as] a beast before thee. 23 Nevertheless I [am] continually with thee: thou hast holden [me] by my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me [to] glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven [but thee]? and [there is] none upon earth [that] I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: [but] God [is] the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. 27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. 28 But [it is] good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.”
Elizabeth Castle mentioned that this last week was a holy week celebrating the last days of Christ’s life for many people. She then read a mission story about a person who battled substance abuse. After the Lord saved his life, he started reading his Bible and decided to become a Seventh-day Adventist. His family couldn’t believe that he was becoming a Christian. After being baptized, he went back to school after the Lord found him a job in a church member’s restaurant. After finding a good job, his father died and the job offered challenges to his faith.
Lois Davis then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Terrence White and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips.
Lois Davis had the superintendent’s remarks on the Christian life and the work of the Holy Spirit. The congregation then became one Sabbath School class taught by Jester Felarca. At the beginning of the class, Jester sang 1 Peter 2:9 to an accompaniment he had created.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk:
Following are a few notes from the Sabbath School lesson:
- The Holy Spirit is God’s divine shield that surrounds us. Satan cannot penetrate this divine shield unless we let him.
- However unjustly we may be treated, we shouldn’t lash out since we injury ourselves and grieve the Holy Spirit.
- God doesn’t cast us off when we do wrong. We still must love those who makes mistakes just like God does.
- The three Hebrews who were thrown into the fiery furnace made the choice despite that the fact that they didn’t know whether God would choose to deliver them or not.
- We must will to do God’s Will and choose to obey God. God gives us the strength and the power to do His Will when we choose to do this.
Personnel Other Than Students:
- When one person realized that Jesus would have died only for her, it made her feel special.
- People often question what their purpose in life really is.
- Desire of Ages says that Jesus chose to save us at any cost to Himself. He couldn’t see beyond the grave.
- God could have angels in human form take the gospel quickly and more efficiently to the whole world, but He chose to have us do the work for our character development.
- 1 Peter 2:8 “And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, [even to them] which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.”
- “they were appointed” looks like there are people who are destined to be lost. But look at the context.
- 1 Peter 2:2-8 “2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious. 4 ¶ To whom coming, [as unto] a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, [and] precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe [he is] precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, [even to them] which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.”
- The word translated “lay” in Verse 6 is the same word as the word translated “appointed” in Verse 8. The context shows that the people “appointed” were destined just like Jesus to be laid as part of the wall of God.
- The Old Testament priests were to represent God to the people. But Christians are not only priests but royalty.
- Prosperity is the hardest condition to deal with in life, not poverty or persecution.
- A teacher showing Jesus’ life in his/hers really receives a greater blessing than the students.
- We need to be loyal to other church members and not show up their faults.
- We make spiritual sacrifices when we put aside our goals and our plans to help others.
- Jesus even gave up His own meal so that others might have needed nourishment.
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home business office
James Brenneman – retired English and history teacher / academy yearbook sponsor
Jester Felarca – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Lois Davis – secretary to Rich Sutton, Laurelbrook president
Terrence White – local head church deacon / head of the vehicle shop