Stanton Rolle Talked About What God Can Do
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 1, 2017 began with a piano introit by Jacqueline Miller. Hillis Jeffries welcomed everyone and made a few announcements. Outreach will be still go on this afternoon – meet in the administration building at 2:00 p.m. The church board appointed Rich Sutton as the head deacon, replacing Terence White, who has left. The church board also voted that all deacons and deaconesses are members of the board; the board will meet this coming Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
Jacqueline Miller played an introit. The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “How Great Thou Art”. Hillis Jeffries then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Alana (9th grader) then called for the offering. Clifton Brandt and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Alana prayed for the offering.
Sarah (senior) then told the children a story about one neighbor with a perfectly maintained house and yard. Then there was another neighbor who had a very dirty, ill-maintained house. This neighbor hated the clean neighbor so in the middle of the night and put garbage everywhere. The clean neighbor cleaned up the mess, cleaned up the dirty garbage can, fills it full of good things, and puts the can on the dirty neighbor’s porch. The clean neighbor told the dirty one that what a person has in his heart comes out in what a person does. Strive for the good thoughts and happy actions.
Eddie (sophomore) then read Psalm 78:19 “Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?” Moises(sophomore) played a violin solo for special music.
Stanton Rolle discussed the topic “My God Can”. The congregation sang “He Hideth My Soul”. Stanton Rolle had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler systems
Hillis Jeffries – one of the academy Bible teachers
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon:
- Psalm 78:19 “Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?”
- They are doubting God’s willingness to provide and their own identity as God’s people.
- Psalm 78:1-8 “1 ¶ « Maschil of Asaph. » Give ear, O my people, [to] my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: 3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide [them] from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. 5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: 6 That the generation to come might know [them, even] the children [which] should be born; [who] should arise and declare [them] to their children: 7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: 8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation [that] set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.”
- The psalmist mentions how God has worked with Israel in the past.
- Psalm 78:9--20 “9 ¶ The children of Ephraim, [being] armed, [and] carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. 10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; 11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them. 12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, [in] the field of Zoan. 13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap. 14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire. 15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave [them] drink as [out of] the great depths. 16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. 17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. 18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. 19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? 20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?”
- God did all sorts of marvelous things for His people – dividing the sea, finding them water in the wilderness for at least a million people.
- But the people forgot what God had done despite these marvelous signs. Not only that, they sinned more against God and asked these strange questions.
- Our forgetfulness of God’s work is the reason for our unbelief, doubts, and disobedience.
- Can God answer prayers despite forbidding circumstances? Yes, and more.
- God can save the unsaveable.
- Acts 9:1-6 “1 ¶ And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.”
- Saul (Paul) was a Jewish leader who sees Christianity as a threat and moves against that threat with persecution.
- How would the Christians feel about Saul (Paul)? Afraid and hatred.
- But was he a candidate for salvation? Many must have felt that he could not be saved, but God saved him.
- Nineveh was a very wicked city, but Jonah was asked to preach to them. But every single soul in the city was saved.
- The Bible gives evidence that all can be saved. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 “9 ¶ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
- God can save those we think cannot be saved. But our power alone is not sufficient to save them.
- Pray for those whom you think cannot be saved - pray every morning.
- King David was behind the murder of an innocent man and slept with the man’s wife. Psalm 51 was his prayer for forgiveness.
- Psalm 51:1-4 “1 ¶ « To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. » Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin [is] ever before me. 4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest.”
- Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
- God can restore the unrestorable. Consider Peter, who denied his Lord, his best friend.
- John 21:15-17 “15 ¶ So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”
- Three times Jesus reaffirms Peter, who was told he was forgiven. And God doesn’t hold on to the memory of our sins.
- Could our sins be worse than David or Peter? God says He forgave them – and will forgive us.
- 2 Kings 6 tells the story of an axe head lost in a river; God causes that axe head to float.
- Mark 5 tells the story of a daughter who died. Jesus shows up – and raises her up.
- God can be everywhere all the time and pay attention to all that goes on in this world.
- 2 Corinthians 8:1-4 “1 ¶ Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3 For to [their] power, I bear record, yea, and beyond [their] power [they were] willing of themselves; 4 Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and [take upon us] the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.”
- They were in poverty but still gave so the church could grow.
- Can God provide food in the desert and provide for us in hopeless circumstances? Yes, He can.
- There is strength gained in remembering what God has done for us in the past and have faith that He will help us with problems in the future.
- Let us keep in memory what God has done for us.