For Baccalaureate, E.W. Dempsey Talked About "Lead Through Jesus"
The 2017 Laurelbrook Graduation Weekend continued with a Baccalaureate service at 11:00 on May 27 in the school auditorium. The service began with a piano prelude by Samantha (9th grader). E. W. Dempsey had the invocation, Pastor Walkyr Montilla welcomed everyone, Pastor Edgar Velazquez introduced the hymn of praise (“When We All Get to Heaven”, and Pastor Samuel Hernandez had the Morning Prayer.
Alejandra Acuna read the scripture reading – John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Daniel Song called for the church offerings. Isaac Song, Arlin Mwizerwa, TJ Stout, Keonwoo Park (all seniors) collected the church offerings. Special music involved Ginny Arce playing the bass viol and Samantha (9th grader), Edi (incoming 9th grader), and Moises (9th grader) playing violins.
E. W. Dempsey then gave a Baccalaureate Address titled “Lead through Jesus”; Cesar Rodriguez (senior) translated for him. The congregation sang the closing hymn “Because He Lives”. Jovin Mwizerwa had the benediction.
Personal Other Than Students:
Alejandra Acuna - senior Alejandra Feria’s mother
Daniel Song – senior Isaac Song’s father
E. W. Dempsey - personal ministries director for the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Ginny Arce – academy girls’ dean / wife of Pedro Arce, who works with Laurelbrook’s music program
Jovin Mwizerwa - senior Arlin Mwizerwa’s father
Pastor Edgar Velazquez – senior Edgar Velazquez’s father
Pastor Walkyr Mowhila – senior Jairit Montilla’s father
Following are some notes from the Baccalaureate Address:
- Faith has been a constant subject this weekend, the Lord’s doing.
- Proverbs 28:26 “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered
- Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
- Matthew 7:13-14 “13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
- 1 Corinthians 9:24 “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” This is referring to the Olympic Games.
- Note that we have to run life’s race.
- There are various types of races – short races like 100 yards (go as fast as you can go) and longer races, too.
- In these short races, every move is forward. The Christian starts the right way with prayer and Bible study.
- These longer races take determination.
- 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 “24 ¶ Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”
- Some people run because other people want them to run, others for the glory but not committed.
- In a spiritual race, motive is all important. But the only thing that will carry a Christian through is loving Christ.
- Do I love to study and communicate with Jesus?
- When we accept Jesus, we become His disciples and ministers. Then the Lord appoints each person a work for others. Everything we engage in should be a means to winning others to Christ.
- If God calls us, He will qualify us for the work He wants us to do.
- Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
- Satan doesn’t need to invent new temptations. His current ones trip us up every day.
- On the Cross, my sins came between Jesus and His Father.
- Hebrews 12:3 “For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
- We should consider the closing scenes of Christ’s life.
- Hebrews 12:4 “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” We are not taking our jobs seriously.
- We will make wrong turns in life, but the Lord won’t give us on us.
- Isaiah 49:16 “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of [my] hands; thy walls [are] continually before me.”
- Jesus will never forget us or give up on us.
- In closing, if the Lord can use someone who was fired as a janitor, he can use anybody.
- John 16:13-14 “13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.”
- All of us need Jesus.