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Beth Brandt Talks About Gifts

Sabbath services on December 2, 2017 began with a song service led by Wendy Carr, accompanied by Jacqueline Miller on the piano.  The opening song was “In the Heart of Jesus”. Beth Brandt welcomed everyone, and Clayton Brandt had prayer.

Clayton Brandt read the scripture reading – 2 Peter 1:2 “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.”  Beth Brandt welcomed everyone and announced that this program was the first part; the second part of this presentation would be in January.

Clayton Brandt then read a mission story from the Ukraine about someone who saved $15,000 and helped his relatives get to the Netherlands. After relatives were forced to repay the loan, he lost half the cash to a scam.  Then he saw children playing in a park near an Adventist church.  The pastor told him that his relatives blamed God for their poverty and that the Ukrainian’s business flourished after he had helped his relatives. God had impressed him to help those relatives so they wouldn’t have any excuse for blaming God for their poverty. He had to admit that it would worth it to do good.

Clayton Brandt then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Clayton Brandt and Daryll Ellis and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips. 

Beth Brandt had the superintendent’s remarks on gifts.  She then announced the classes and had the closing prayer. The congregation then became one Sabbath School class taught by Jim Brenneman in the church sanctuary.

The majority of the students and many of the staff were away on a music trip.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk: 
  1. God gave us a Gift, a painful sacrifice to redeem us.
  2. Jesus didn’t come in the time and way people expected.
  3. If given a gift, would you take it home and never open it? If you knew what was in it, which would you choose?
  4. Psalm 119:105 “NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
  5. John 1:1, 4 “1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
  6. 2 Peter 1:19 “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”
  7. Revelation 19:10 “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
  8. Prophecy reveals to us the heart and mind of God’s greatest gift – Jesus.
  9. Ellen White’s testimonies were given to us to get us through the scenes of earth’s last history.
  10. Parts of this precious gift remain, however, unopened and unknown.  Open and enrich your life with them.
  11. There may be parts of the Spirit of Prophecy that are beyond our powers to do, but you should ask God for strength to fulfil what these books tell us.
  12. Steps to Christ, pp. 94-98, tells us the requirements for answered prayer.
  13. Reading God’s Word may bring us to a cross. But if we lift the cross the problems disappear as the Lord helps us.
  14. Next time – in January – share how the Lord has led you as you studied the Spirit and Prophecy and the Bible.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Beth Brandt – wife of Clayton Brandt
Clayton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment / runs Laurelbrook’s trash truck
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
James Brenneman – semi-retired English and history teacher / academy yearbook sponsor
Wendy Carr – wife of Rick Carr, the Laurelbrook fire chief / works in the nursing home office

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