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Rich Sutton Preaches on the Power of God


The Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church service on April 14, 2018 began with Ginny Arce having the Ministry Corner. She talked about stress, something that affects everyone, especially those trying to serve God. Acne, stomach cramps, headaches, muscle tension, depression show that the body is shutting down from the stress. Ellen White talked about an elder who was enduring constant illness. She said that he didn’t do something about it he would die.  Take stress and give it to God.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t trust in your own understanding.

Ricardo Reid welcomed everyone and made a few announcements. Lunch will be in the academy cafeteria – everyone is invited.  Vespers tonight will be at 7:00 this evening.  Pastor Cox will not be around for about two months so someone else will be taking prayer meeting.  Rich Sutton made two additional announcements during the service – next Sabbath will be communion, and a conference stewardship representative will be here next Sabbath.

Samantha (sophomore) played an introit. The congregation had a silent invocation and then sang “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”.  Rich Sutton had the main prayer; the congregation responded with “Hear Our Prayer, O Lord”.


Elyjah (junior) then called for the offering.  Eric (junior) and Hiram (junior) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the world budget.  The congregation sang the doxology, and Elyjah prayed for the offering. 


Abril and Jissel (sophomores) told the children a story about sharing. Dyaine (senior) then read John 1:1-4 “1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”

Moises (sophomore) and Benny (9th grader) played an instrumental duet, accompanied by Jeremy Westcott on the piano. Rich Sutton discussed the topic “Power of God”. The congregation sang “Higher Ground”.   Rich Sutton had the closing prayer.

Personnel Other Than Students”

Ginny Arce - wife of Pedro Arce, the music department head / Laurelbrook Bells conductor

Jeremy Westcott – one of the academy teachers

Rich Sutton – Laurelbrook president


Following are some notes on the sermon by Rich Sutton:


  1. The Ark of the Covenant was hidden by Jeremiah and some of his friends in a cave.  It’s still there.
  2. In that Ark are hidden Aaron’s budding rod, a pot of manna, the Ten Commandments.
  3. The Garden of Eden was taken by God to heaven because of the tree that could give us eternal life.
  4.  John 1:1-4 “1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
  5. John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
  6. Ellen White says that the creative energy that brought the world into existence was the Word of God.
  7. Your thoughts change your character.
  8. We make a choice whether our study of the Bible will change us or not.
  9. People are now checking for treasure from space.
  10. The Word of God can change us – its hidden treasures can transform us.
  11. There’s power in the Word to get some people to say “yes” to God’s leadings.
  12. Reading the Word is the same as partaking of the Tree of Life.
  13. God showed some of His faithful people what was going to happen to the Temple and Jerusalem.  So they hid the Ark in a place where it is still hidden.
  14. A covenant is a binding agreement between two parties despite any setbacks and troubles (like marriage). Do we have this type of agreement with God?
  15. The Law was beneath the mercy seat because we all need mercy.
  16. Day by day we need to read the Bible and give our lives to God. All need Jesus to direct lives.
  17. Laurelbrook is God’s school with all the wars and rumors of wars that the devil can inspire.
  18. Are you where God wants you to be?  Then stick it out. It’s not going to get easier.
  19. We guide the circumstances, which come and go.  Stay firm to the Word of God. Jesus is coming.

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