Stanton Rolle Discusses Waiting for the Lord
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on May 20, 2017 began with Elizabeth Castle and the Personal Ministries Corner. Last Sabbath a group went to the Volkswagen Park and sang in one of the old bomb shelters. Cesiah (junior) was in a group going door to door in Dayton; a Baptist pastor heard them sing and invited them to sing the next day in his church in honor of Mother’s Day. Pedro Arce said that the church wanted them to return.
Hillis Jeffries welcomied everyone and made a few announcements. There will be outreach today at 2:30 p.m. Remember the Ratzinger family and their loss. There will be a memorial service in honor of Elliott at 7:00 p.m. today in the Collegedale church. Pray earnestly for Laurelbrook and its program. Those going to the service need to be at the cafeteria at 5:30.
The congregation had a silent invocation. Samantha (9th grader) played the call to worship on the piano. The congregation then sang “We Gather Together”. Hillis Jefries then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”, accompanied by Samantha on the piano and George (sophomore) on the organ foot pedals.
Leilani (9th grader) then called for the offering. Arlin (senior) and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Hillis Jeffries prayed for the offering.
Jacob (9th grader) then told the children a story. Mark (9th grader) then read Luke 18:1-8 “1 ¶ And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
Stanton Rolle discussed the topic “Lord, How Much Longer?” The congregation sang “How Sweet Are the Tidings”. Stanton Rolle had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Elizabeth Castle - works in the nursing home financial office
Hillis Jeffries – academy boys’ dean
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon by Stanton Rolle:
- Over 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2016. Being a Christian can be a very dangerous thing.
- How much longer, Lord?
- Luke 18:1-8 “1 ¶ And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
- In that time, women were despised and looked down on. This woman was seeking a solution, but she was poor and without a husband, a protector.
- Verse 5 shows her determination, begging the judge each day at the office or at home. She received what she was after.
- The widow represents us with our burdens. Sometimes we feel that what’s the use, what’s the point of praying.
- We should not give up in prayer despite obstacles that appear to block our prayer’s answer.
- Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
- People do great things because they continue to believe that God is on their side.
- John Wesley had obstacles to overcome so God could use him, especially those who didn’t want him to preach. But he was persist and overcame those who didn’t want him to preach.
- By perseverance the snail made it into the Ark.
- Foul language, attraction to things that Christians shouldn’t be attracted to, bad amusements – all these things God can help us overcome if we persistently bring our cases before God.
- Prayer moves God’s power to help us and solve our difficulties.
- The widow’s judge only cared for himself. He moved his courtroom tent around as needed, determined his own agenda, sat in his tent seeing only those he approved of, and approved only those who paid him off.
- The judge finally helped the widow because she was annoying.
- Verse 5 says that the judge was wearied, damaging the judge’s reputation. The continual coming really annoyed him.
- The judge yielded due to his own selfishness. But God is eager to relieve us of our problems.
- Psalm 50:15 “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”
- Sometimes we believe God wants us to suffer. Like the widow, many ask how long this mess will continue. When will the Lord give them justice?
- Verse 7 says that God will avenge His people, cleansing the earth from its moral corruption.
- Nahum says that this sorrow and bloodshed will not last forever.
- In Luke 18, Jesus turns from the judge to the Father, who delights in answering the prayers of His children.
- God honors our persistence although He doesn’t always immediately answer our prayers.
- 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
- Often God wants to give the oppressors opportunity to turn around and do the right. Think of Stephen, who was put to death, but his death resulted in the conversion of Paul.
- God will make all wrongs right in due time.
- Why would there not be faith on earth when Christ returns? Deferred hope.
- Daniel 12 describes a Time of Trouble worse than anything the earth has ever seen, but Christians must develop faith now that can carry them through this horrible time.
- Today God is challenging us to be committed to prayer. When you are troubled, go to God before you go to friends.
- Daniel 12:1-3 “1 ¶ And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt. 3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
- God’s people will make it through. Do you want to be a part of that group?