Bob and Michelle Gustafson Discussed Trust in the Lord
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on April 22, 2017 began with an introit by Mark Kent on the organ and Samantha (9th grader) on the piano. Rich Sutton had the Personal Ministries Corner, interviewing Travis Sharon, who runs a Thai school modeled on the Madison model. It costs about $1500 a month to run this school, part of the Jesus for Asia program.
Rich Sutton made the announcements. Travis Sharon will be having vespers at 7:30 in the auditorium this evening and will be on campus through the week. There will be local outreach at 2:30.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Be Thou My Vision”. Rich Sutton then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Rich Sutton then called for the offering. Elyjah (sophomore) and Itzel (9th grader) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church advance. Samantha (9th grader) played a solo on the harp while the offering was being collected. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rich Sutton prayed for the offering.
Citali (junior) then told the children present a story. Elyjah (sophomore) read Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.” For special music, Ginny and Pedro Arce sang a vocal duet, accompanied by Mark Kent on the piano.
Bob and Michelle Gustafson discussed the topic “Trust in the Lord”. The congregation sang “Draw Me Nearer”. Bob and Michelle Gustafson had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook vice-president / men’s work coordinator / works with Laurelbrook’s used furniture program
Ginny Arce – wife of Pedro Arce / academy girls’ dean
Mark Kent – Laurelbrook IT specialist
Michelle Gustafson – wife of Bob Gustafson / works with her husband in his various programs
Pedro Arce – head of Laurelbrook’s music department
Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president
Following are some notes on the sermon by Bob and Michelle Gustafson:
- Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy [is] understanding.”
- Job 28:28 “And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.”
- It’s hard when we want to do something but know we really shouldn’t be doing it.
- When we do what is right, we get blessings and joys in return.
- Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.” This attitude really hurts when you’ve tried to help someone.
- Christ in His life on earth accepted the plans that His Father had for Him. God will direct our steps if we will let Him.
- Do we always trust someone to tell us what to do and do it anyway even it seems off-base? We need to trust the Lord.
- Psalm 37:4-9 “4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 ¶ Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”
- Everything in life won’t always seem fair, but then was Christ’s life fair?
- To find the right occupation, we must commit our ways to God and watch which way He leads us.
- Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.”
- Don’t be worried – God will uphold you.
- God says not to fear in the Bible 365 times.
- Isaiah 43:1-3 “1 ¶ But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called [thee] by thy name; thou [art] mine. 2 When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3 For I [am] the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt [for] thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.”
- How much more does need to do to show us His loving care?
- If we ask God to shut or open doors, He will do it.
- You are a member of God’s heavenly family.
- Christ became our kinsman and redeemed us like the ancient Hebrews used to do for their close relatives.
- Hebrews 13:5-6 “5 [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
- God will never leave us or forsake us, but He will do what is needed to keep us on the right path.
- James 2:24 “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
- If we are godly people, we should be doing godly things. We should walk the talk. There is no faith without works.
- James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
- Purity and refinement go together. No one will go into the heavenly city with impure language and acts showing in their lives.
- James 4:7-10 “7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
- Esther had to step out in faith to save the Israelites.
- Don’t let evil contaminate your life. Submit to God. Will the devil free from you if you haven’t submitted to God?
- Exodus 14:14 “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” But you have to trust God for this to happen.
- James 5:17-18 “17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”
- We have to pray believing and trusting.
- If the people in the Bible can do, we can do it, too. Elijah, for example. He prayed for rain and kept at it until God answered his prayer.
- God does not necessarily take darkness away but helps us through it.
- Do you want to have this trust in God? Spend time with the Bible; it’s your life’s manual.