Ricardo Reid Talks About Asking and Giving
Audio (in part)
Though most of the students were away on a choir tour, the church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church began on November 18, 2017 with Clifton Brandt mentioning an experience sharing with an instrument specialist some information about 3ABN Broadcasting. Opportunities like this may come and go in seconds.
Rodney Herra made a few announcements. The cafeteria is not open for lunch so if you need a place to eat Mark Kent can help you.
Mark Kent played an introit. The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”. Rodney Herra then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”.
Rodney Herra then called for the offering. Clayton and Clifton Brandt then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Rodney Herra prayed for the offering.
Lois Davis told the congregation (no children present at first) a story. A little boy wondered around, found a building with abandoned items, got himself locked in an old refrigerator, and was finally found after prayer hot and bruised and uncomfortable. God may have been impressing people where to look in a timely fashion.
Rodney Herra then read the scripture reading – Luke 11:9-13 “9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if [he ask] a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
Angela Volpe sang a vocal solo for special music. Ricardo Reid discussed the topic “Ask, To Give”. The congregation sang “Have Thine Own Way, Lord”. Ricardo Reid had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Angela Volpe – Mark Kent’s fiancé
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment and trash collection
Clifton Brandt – works with the water, boiler, and sewer systems
Lois Davis – secretary to Laurelbrook president Rich Sutton
Mark Kent – Laurelbrook IT specialist
Rodney Herra – works with the farm and auto body programs / church treasurer
Following are some notes on the sermon:
- Luke 11:5-13 “5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. 9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if [he ask] a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
- Ellen White says that Jesus received from the Father to pass on to us. He received a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit with something new to pass to us.
- Matthew 20:28 “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Jesus lived and thought and prayed for others.
- The disciples wanted to know how to pray like Christ. So Jesus talked about the story in Luke 11.
- In the parable, the friend who pleads for a friend is asking to live again. Christ is this petitioner so he can give again.
- We are supposed to be giving the Living Bread to students and nursing home residents and co-workers and neighbors and the world at large.
- In the parable, the asking friend was persistent to the point he wears away the giving friend’s opposition.
- God sends His servants to feed the hungry and supplies their needs.
- But the asking friend’s neighbor fills his requests to get rid of his continued request.
- God gives us an open door that no man can shut.
- Your salvation is God’s priority. You will be placed in situations where our character is developed and seems to be hard, but you can always ask in prayer for needs.
- The taller your problem, the closer you can get to heaven and God when you climb on top of them.
- We have the privilege of calling God a Father, and God wants us to mention this relationship when asking of Him.
- Our expanded knowledge of God and His love changes as we use the title “Father” for God.
- God can give us the best gift for us – the Holy Spirit.
- All prayers should not be a selfish asking for just our own benefit but should be asking something to pass on to others.
- We should glorify God by cooperating with Him to save sinners.
- Our capacity to receive is limited when we don’t pass what we receive on to others.
- Prayer should bring us into harmony with God but can never take the place of doing what God asks us to do.
- God does give us some gifts the same as He does for everyone – rain, for example.
- But we must keep the conditions we have agreed to fulfil with God’s help.
- We must abide in Him, keep His commandments, love one another, be honest with God with tithes and offerings, and humble ourselves.
- Prayers are often unanswered possible because we refuse to live our lives in harmony with God.
- We may have to persist in prayer because this persistence brings us into closer harmony with God and makes us aware of conditions we need to fulfil.
- Christ said to Martha at Lazarus’ grave that she needed faith.
- Many people try to fill their own needs but do not have faith to keep asking God for what they need.
- Watch and cooperate and pray and keep in harmony with what you are asking in prayer and don’t look to other humans for help. Look to God.
- Luke 11:9 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
- Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
- Claim for yourself all God has promised. Ellen White says that “prayer is the hand of the key of faith to open heaven’s storehouse.”