Rodney Herra Talks About Forgiveness
The church service in Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on July 22, 2017 with Clifton Brandt sharing some facts about religious liberty. There have been many attempts to enforce Sunday worship between 2014 and the present day. In Israel, Sunday legislation has been proposed. In Croatia, there is a call for respecting Sunday as a family day. In the European Union, the bishops have called for a common weekly day of rest – Sunday, since it is so common as the day people worship. The Lord’s Day Alliance is pressing people to push for treating Sunday as a worldwide day of rest and is getting organized for action on the subject. But the government has the responsibility to make sure that all religions are treated equally with no enforcement of any particular church’s views.
Ricardo Reid welcomed everyone and made a few announcements. Tomorrow the church will be having a day of fasting and prayer to ask God to guide and unite us as a church. Tomorrow there will be a hour of prayer from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. There will be student outreach this afternoon at 2:00.
Mark Kent played an introit. The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Lord, I’m Coming Home”. Stanton Rolle then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Eddie (sophomore) then read the call for the offering. Josia (senior) and John Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local conference advance. The congregation sang the doxology, and Stanton Rolle prayed for the offering.
Chanai Delbridge then told the children about the fruits of the Holy Spirit that He can put in our lives, including love, joy, patience, kindness, gentleness, and goodness. We also need God to help us use these gifts properly.
Pedro Arce and his family then sang “The Sacrifice” without accompaniment for special music. Eric (junior) then read Micah 7:8 “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD [shall be] a light unto me.”
Before he began his sermon, Rodney Herra had a special word of prayer for Lois Davis, the president’s office secretary. Rodney Herra discussed the topic “Lord Have Mercy”. The congregation sang “Cover with His Life”. Rodney Herra had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Chanai Delbrdige – teaches in Laurelbrook’s C.N.A. program
John Ellis – former Laurelbrook staff member retired from Majestic Stone Company
Pedro Arce – works with Laurelbrook’s music program
Rodney Herra – works with the vehicle shop and the auto body program / local church treasurer
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon by Rodney Herra:
- Failure is the opportunity to close one chapter of our lives and begin a new one.
- John 8:1-6 “1 ¶ Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. 2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with [his] finger wrote on the ground, [as though he heard them not].”
- Jesus was teaching in the Temple when the church leaders brought this woman in, caught in the act of sin.
- Leviticus 20:10-12 “10 ¶ And the man that committeth adultery with [another] man’s wife, [even he] that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. 11 And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them. 12 And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood [shall be] upon them.”
- Only the woman was brought, not the man.
- The church leaders were trying to get Jesus to fall.
- John 8:7-9 “7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.”
- Matthew 7:1-5 “1 ¶ Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam [is] in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”
- Jesus judges us by how we treat others. Every one of us has planks in our own eyes that affect us even if we remove them.
- Look at others and treat them the way Jesus treats us.
- In criticizing others, we show we are guided by Satan.
- Are we quick to notice the needs of others around us?
- Are we focusing on winning or not losing? There is only God’s team and Satan’s team. Jesus walked in our shoes and emptied heaven to save us.
- John 8:10-12 “10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. 12 ¶ Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
- The woman deserved death, but Jesus focused on her as a winner, not a loser.
- When anyone messes up, a new page can begin in that person’s life. If we don’t fall once in a while, we aren’t learning. We also should learn from each other’s mistakes.
- Jesus told the lady to go and sin no more.
- God spent all of heaven to educate us so He really doesn’t want to get of us.
- God doesn’t want us to force students but to love them. God wants all the young people in heaven, but a choice must be made to stay on God’s side.
- Staff may fail students from time to time. Students should forgive and give staff a chance to do better.
- Let’s work together to prepare for Christ’s Second Coming.
- Young people are called to finish God’s work on earth. Jesus has won the war so walk with Him every day.