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february 24, 2024

 

The Blue Mountain Academy presents BELL CANTO in Tour, on February 24, 2024 at the Old Westbury SDA Church for the Worship Service at 11am.

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: ... Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. Psalm 150:1-6.The Bell Canto Student Choir is directed by Mrs. Trena Murphy. You are invited to come and enjoy inspiring praise songs.

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Previous Sermons

 

FEBRUARY 17, 2024

Join us this Sabbath as Pastor James Mangum delivers his message entitled, "The Family of God."

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. Revelation 7:9

All classes, all nations, and kindreds and people and tongues will stand before the throne of God and the Lamb with their spotless robes and jeweled crowns. Said the angel, These are they that have come up through great tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white, while the lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, the self-indulgent and disobedient, have lost both worlds. They have neither the things of this life nor the immortal life.

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February 10, 2024

On February 10, 2024, during the worship service, the Whispering Pines Adventist School Students will present the Special music. You are invited to join us and hear Marlanzo Williams, a 7th Grader who passionately preaches Jesus's love and mercy toward us.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5.

As God raised Christ from the dead, that He might bring life and immortality to light through the gospel, and thus save His people from their sins, so Christ has raised fallen human beings to spiritual life, quickening them with His life, filling their hearts with hope and joy.

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February 3, 2024

Come and be blessed as Pastor Mangum shares his sermon entitled "I Told You So! Through the scriptures, he will be reminding us that even though God has given us clear instructions, He does not leave us when we go astray.

And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, Remember me. Judges 16:28.

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JANUARY 27, 2024

You are invited to join us for Sabbath worship as Pastor Stephen Erich, our guest speaker, delivers his message entitled        "Loose in the Fire." Bring a friend with you, or join the livestream with your family. (YouTube and Facebook)

Scripture Reading -  Daniel 3:19-25

"He who walked with the Hebrew worthies in the fiery furnace will be with His followers wherever they are. His abiding presence will comfort and sustain. In the midst of the time of trouble—trouble such as has not been since there was a nation—His chosen ones will stand unmoved. Satan with all the hosts of evil cannot destroy the weakest of God's saints. Angels that excel in strength will protect them, and in their behalf Jehovah will reveal Himself as a “God of gods,” able to save to the uttermost those who have put their trust in Him." Prophets and Kings

 

January 20, 2024

You are invited to join us for Sabbath worship as Pastor Lincoln M. Smith (GNYC English Ministries Coordinator), our guest speaker, delivers his message entitled "The Praying Church."

The church must pray often - Jesus prayed! The Majesty of Heaven prayed! He wept on behalf of man. Prayer, faithful, earnest prayer will move the arm that moves the world. The church must pray much if they walk in the light, as He is in it.

Luke 11:1 "Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples."

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JANUARY 13, 2024

Join us this Sabbath for Communion Service at 11:00 am.

The Lord’s Supper, celebrated today as a communion service, is an opportunity for believers to honor the gift of God in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. In doing this, Paul writes, “You proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26). Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper to commemorate our deliverance from the burden of sin. It is the new covenant service that continues the solemn celebration of the Passover.

The Old Westbury Seventh-day Adventist Church practices open communion. All believers who claim Jesus is their Lord are welcome to participate in the service.

 

January 6, 2024

 

Pastor Mangum reminds us to study God's Word, knowing that man does not live by bread alone. January 6, the message is "The Value of His Word."

The only thing in our world we can rely on is the word of God. When we learn the power of His word, we shall not follow the suggestions of Satan to obtain food or to save our lives. When assailed by temptation, look not to circumstances or the weakness of self but to the power of the word. 

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LINKS:

- What did Ellen White say about the Bible

- How to Study your Bible: 7 Effective Ways

 

december 30, 2023

"Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23

A great change takes place in the character of him who accepts Christ. God's plan is the only safe one. He declares, "Behold, I make all things new." Revelation 21:5. When the warp and woof of religion will not stand the test of trial, its composed material is worthless. The religion of self, composed of threads that fade and give way under the stress of temptation, must be cast aside, to be replaced by the religion woven by Him in whose life no selfishness found place. A religion formed after the divine pattern is the only one that will endure. Only by striving to live the life of Christ here can we prepare ourselves to live with Him through the eternal ages.

 

december 23, 2023

Dr. Amir Gulzar (Secretary/Treasurer of the Wisconsin Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists) is our guest speaker. The title of his sermon is "The King Has Come."

"Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’ ” Matthew 2:1-2.

 

DECEMBER 16, 2023

On December 16, you are invited to join the Old Westbury Adventist Church musicians to praise and worship God. Pastor James will preach the message "The Light of the World."

"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." John 8:12

We can't see our future, direction, or destination, but Jesus can. Jesus directs us toward God's light like the lighthouse guided the ship. The light of Christ shows us through the darkness of sin and life. 

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November 4, 2023

This Sabbath, Pastor Mangum will conclude the DANIEL SERIES.

In Daniel 12, we stand very close to eternity. Behind us, the significant events of salvation history have gone by: the Flood, in which only eight people were saved; the Exodus from Egypt, which gave birth to the nation of Israel; and the Cross, which brought freedom from sin to all people. But the close of salvation history is still to come. This will be the great exodus of saved people from this sin-filled planet. Through Jesus, God has promised us that we will receive what God has promised to give us "at the end of the days." 

"At that time Michael shall stand up,The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book." Daniel 12:1

 

SEptember 2, 2023

September 2, Pastor Mangum's sermon is entitled "From North and South to the Beautiful Land," Daniel 11. Invite your friends and family to join you and share our live stream: Facebook, Vimeo-church website, and Youtube.

"And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purify them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time" Daniel 11:35

Chapter 11 follows three basic points. First, it begins with the Persian kings and discusses their fates and the end time, when the king of the north attacks the holy mountain of God. Second, a succession of battles between the king of the North and the South and describe how they affected God's people. Third, it concludes with a happy ending as the king of the North faces his demise by the "glorious holy mountain." Such a positive conclusion signals the end of evil and the establishment of God's eternal kingdom.

 

August 19, 2023

August 12, Pastor James' sermon is entitled "FROM BATTLE TO VICTORY," Daniel 10. 

"O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!" Daniel 10:19

The heavenly messenger pulls the curtain aside and reveals to Daniel the cosmic war that transpires behind the scenes of human history. As we study this chapter, we see that when we pray, we engage in this cosmic conflict in a way that has profound repercussions. But we are not alone in our struggles; Jesus engages the battle against Satan on our behalf. We shall learn that the ultimate fight we are involved in is not against earthly human powers but the powers of darkness.

 

August 12, 2023

On Sabbath, August 12, Pastor James' sermon is entitled "THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH," continuing the summer series "The Book of Daniel." One of the most beautiful and powerful examples of intercessory prayer occurs in Daniel 9. 

His prayer exemplifies our need for God's grace and mercy because it reveals the gap between a holy God and sinful humanity—a gap that can be closed only by the Messiah, the God who became a human being and thus was the only One who could bridge that gap between humanity and God.

Perhaps that is why this chapter ends with one of the most compelling and intense Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament, one that forcefully predicts the coming of Jesus, who arrived to bridge that gap. And though, in the immediate context, Daniel was concerned with the political and physical restoration of his nation, the prophecy points to the One whose advent would, eventually, lead to the ultimate restoration of sinful humanity to a holy, sinless God. 

 

AUGUST 5, 2023

 

On Sabbath, August 5, Pastor James is preaching "THE PRINCE OF THE HEAVENLY HOST" Daniel 8, continuing The Book of Daniel Series.

Daniel 8 develops a theme about the attack against Christ as the High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary. 

Daniel 8 exudes sanctuary imagery. The beasts used as symbols in Daniel 7 are unclean (lion, bear, leopard), while those used in Daniel 8 are clean (ram, goat). Also, in contrast to the beasts of Daniel 7, the animals in Daniel 8 are sanctuary animals. By employing these animals as symbols of kingdoms, the Lord directs the reader's mind toward the sanctuary, thus giving hints on how we can understand and interpret the vision.

This chapter also emphasizes the element of conflict at two levels: the historical and the spiritual. The goat attacks the ram and is victorious; the little horn attacks the south (the east and Palestine) and is victorious. But, then, the little horn does something that no other kingdom has done: It goes against the Prince of the Host in the heavenly sanctuary. This is the assault against Heaven itself!

 

JULY 22, 2023

Sabbath, July 22, we will continue the study of the Book of Daniel. "THE ANCIENT OF DAYS STILL REIGNS" Daniel chapter 7. 

Daniel is given his first vision and prophecy from God, which details the rise and fall of the great persecuting kingdoms represented as beasts of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and the Little Horn power. Because of the persecuting perplexity of the Little Horn power, God gives Daniel visions into the heavenly court where he sees God the Son (Son of Man) being brought before God the Father (The Ancient of Days), beginning the investigative and millennIal judgment during the time of the Little Horn. Judgment favors the saints, and God's kingdom will be set up, which will not pass away, proving that the Ancient of Days still reigns!

 

July 15, 2023

Join us as we continue the study of the Book of Daniel. "GOD SENT HIS ANGEL" Daniel chapter 6.

Daniel was high in command, but the agents of Satan sought to make his faithfulness to God the cause of his destruction. Daniel considered supplication to God of such importance that he would rather sacrifice his life than relinquish it.

God permitted evil angels and wicked men to accomplish their purpose to make the deliverance of His servant marked and the defeat of the enemies of truth and righteousness more complete. Through the courage of one man who chose to be faithful, Satan was defeated, and the name of God was honored. This deliverance power allows the servant of God to maintain his integrity under all circumstances and triumph through divine grace.

 

 

July 1, 2023

Join us as we continue the study of the Book of Daniel. "WEIGHTED IN HEAVEN'S BALANCES" Daniel chapter 5. 

Many need now to consider the words, “TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting”. God's holy, everlasting, immutable law is the standard by which man is to be tried. This law defines what we shall and shall not do, saying, Thou shalt, and, Thou shalt not. This law is summed up in the two great principles, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind, and thy neighbor as thyself.”

This means just what it says. O, how few will be prepared to meet the law of God on the great day of judgment! Man, weighed against God's holy law, is found wanting. The precepts of the law enlighten us, but no man can by them be justified. Weighed and found wanting is our inscription by nature. But Christ is our mediator, and accepting Him as our Saviour, we may claim the promise, “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” 

 

Sabbath, June 24, Pastor Mangum is preaching his sermon entitled "HE HUMBLES THE PROUD,” continuing the Book of Daniel Series.

The strength of nations and individuals is not found in the opportunities and facilities that appear to make them invincible; it is not found in their boasted greatness. Human histories relate people's achievements and their success to worldly greatness. God's history describes men and women as heaven views them.

Through his terrible humiliation, Nebuchadnezzar was brought to see his weakness and acknowledge the supremacy of the living God. To every person, God has assigned a place in His great plan. Each person, according to their choice, is deciding their eternal destiny. 

 

June 17, 2023

Sabbath, June 17, Pastor Mangum's sermon is based on Daniel Chapter 3, "DELIVERED FROM FIRE,” continuing the summer series "The Book of Daniel.  

A severe test came to three Hebrew youths when Nebuchadnezzar issued a proclamation, calling upon the kingdom's officers to assemble at the dedication of the great image and the sound of the music everyone needed to worship it. 

From age to age, the heroes of the faith have been marked by their fidelity to God, and they have been brought conspicuously before the world so that their light might shine on those in darkness. Daniel and his three companions are notable examples of Christian heroism. From their experience, we learned what God does for those who serve Him with the whole purpose of heart.

 

JUNE 10, 2023

Dr. Alanzo Smith (GNYC President) will continue the Summer Series “The Book of Daniel - Chapter 2.” 

Behold the Jewish captive in the presence of the monarch of the world's most powerful empire. In his first words, he disclaimed honor for himself and exalted God as the source of all wisdom. The anxious king asked if Daniel had an interpretation of his dream. Daniel replied: “The secret which the king demanded, cannot be shown by the wise men, astrologers, and magician; but there is a God that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.”

In the history of nations, the student of God's word may behold the literal fulfillment of divine prophecy. Babylon passed away because, in prosperity, its rulers had regarded themselves as independent of God and had ascribed the glory of their kingdom to human achievement. The kingdoms that followed were even more corrupt, and these sank lower in the scale of moral worth.

 

JUNE 03, 2023

Join us this Sabbath as we study the first chapter of the Book of Daniel. The worship service starts at 11 am. Invite your friends and family to attend this series with you. Share the social media platforms, Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube live stream, so others can also watch the series.

 

SUMMER SERIES: THE BOOK OF DANIEL

This summer, you are invited to Study the Book of Daniel every Sabbath during the worship service with Pastor James Mangum.

The first half of the book of Daniel deals with questions pertaining mainly to the kingdom of Babylon as it existed in the days of the prophet. The last six chapters are devoted entirely to the history of the world as a whole, and in visions given at various times, the prophet is shown the significant events till the end of time. In the seventh chapter, the prophet gives the history from the days of Babylon to the investigative judgment and reveals the future of God’s people. The last three chapters of the book of Daniel relate to the last recorded vision of the prophet. The tenth chapter details world history with important spiritual lessons.