Building On The Rock
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24, 25.
On July 28, 1976 the worst earthquake of the twentieth century, in terms of loss of life, killed 240,000 people in Tangshan, China. Most were villagers who lived in poorly constructed homes with weak foundations. This is also true of the massive earthquake in Gansu, China, which registered an amazing 8.6 on the Richter scale and took 200,000 lives on December 16, 1920. The pattern is the same everywhere in the world. Whether it is Northern Peru, Central America, or southern Turkey, if the quality of the building is poor, the devastation is the greatest. Weak buildings do not survive earthquakes.
The same principle is true in our own spiritual lives. Some people do quite well when life goes well. They seem to thrive in life’s good times, but when storms of difficulty crash on them, they fall apart. Why? Their spiritual experience is built on the weak foundation of their own human abilities. As long as their problems are no greater than their ability to cope, they do fine. When their problems grow larger than their inner strength, they crumble. Without a solid foundation they cannot cope with the seismic shocks of life.
God provides a solid foundation in His Word. As we meditate upon the truths of Scripture, we grow into mature Christians. God’s Word gives our faith strength and stability. It enables us to stand when the storms of life are fierce. It supports us when everything around is crumbling. Ellen White puts it this way: ‘Our bodies are built up from what we eat and drink; and as in the natural economy, so in the spiritual economy: it is what we meditate upon that will give tone and strength to our spiritual nature’ (Steps to Christ, p. 88).
Fill your mind with God’s Word. Open your heart to the influence of His Spirit through the Word. If you do, you will develop a solid, rock-hard faith that will meet the test of any storm.
Please access Pastor Leo's sermons on our Sermons tab above. He will have new sermons for you to listen to and the blessings of past sermons are there too. Sabbath School lessons for all ages from Pioneer Memorial Church and many other Adventist churches are linked on our Sabbath School Classes page. Lots of children's activities for Sabbath and during the week are on the Sabbath School Classes page. Please visit our website frequently as we add more functionality to our website to better minister to all of our members and guests. As we will be missing many weeks of offerings, please consider using the online giving app linked above. If you are not comfortable with this, please hold your tithes & offerings until we meet again in April- God willing. Blessings await you in this season of unrest and concern! Rest in God's arms and know real peace! If you want to speak to Pastor or another member of the leadership team, refer to a bulletin (3 months are saved here on the website) for contact numbers and email addresses. The pastor is, of course, referenced in the contact us page. Happy Sabbath and may you stay safe until we meet again!
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We look forward to making your acquaintance and pray the Holy Spirit's richest blessing on your search for hope and peace. We believe hope is found in the soon return of Jesus Christ and we comment Him to you!
Pastor Leonardo Oliveira
Rockford SDA Church
Join Us This Saturday
Sabbath School: 9:30 AM
Worship Service: 10:45 AM
(replaces bulletin during COVID-19 response)
Are you searching for an incredible low student to teacher ratio? Trying to find a curriculum with Jesus at the center? Frustrated with public school? Thinking about how to find a diverse AND Christian circle of friends for your child? How about teachers that are highly qualified AND committed to God? Look no further! We have the answer to your questions! Talk with our principal, Teresa Smith right now! She is an experienced educator who knows how to create a safe, friendly, welcoming education environment specific to elementary aged students. We offer an exceptional education for those in grades K-8 at Alpine Christian School. Call to schedule a tour of the school at 815-399-8513 or 815-399-0880.