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Women of Acceptance presents…."I'm Every Women" Conference. July 11th @ 7 pm & July 12th @ 7 pm. Guest Speaker: Ms. Yvonne Pointer. Come learn how to build bridges of positive understanding between ALL women, and create open positive dialog to promote emotional wellness and healing. (Women Only). Sis. Kharinne Shinaul
Good Day Family,
Prayer is the foundation of the Christian life. It is the believer's means of speaking to and hearing from God. Medical studies have proven that there are significant benefits for those who pray, including a greater sense of well-being, reduced stress and clearer thinking. Other studies have shown that those who pray are happier, healthier and more successful in their endeavors. When you think about it...it makes sense to pray.
Clearer thinking alone is reason enough to pray...even for those whose faith is tenuous. When our thinking is clear, we plan better and we make less impulsive decisions. Clear thinking helps us to make good choices. It has been said so often that "The choices that you make today will determine the choices that will be afforded to you tomorrow." Making good, well thought out choices leads to successful outcomes.
Unfortunately, far too many of us rush into decisions and choices without careful thought and prayer. When we take the time to think and pray before we decide, we make better and more informed choices. What important choices are you facing today? Be prayerful, thoughtful and careful, and with clear thinking, you will make good choices that will be in line with God's will for your life.
Prayer and clear thinking go hand in hand. The blessings of clear thinking can be yours today. Choose to pray!
In a Spirit of Oneness,
Pastor J. M. Hurst
The Holy Spirit is the active presence of God in us, with us and through us as we do God's work. The Holy Spirit is known as the third person or part of the Triune God - the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is the promised presence that Jesus told His disciples would be with them always. Author Elizabeth Alves suggests that the Holy Spirit is one of the three voices that speak to us each day: The Holy Spirit, the enemy, and our own voice. Attuning our ears to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit is an important step toward spiritual maturity.
The guiding voice of the Holy Spirit is necessary to living an effective Christian life. Many Christians are overtaken by carnality...the lust for the things that are not of God, because they do not attune their ears to the voice of the Holy Spirit and seek to be obedient to what they hear. Obedience is key to our walk with God. When we are obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit, we will find that our lives are in line with the will, purpose and intention of God. The Holy Spirit wants to lead and guide you into all truth, just as Jesus promised.
The Holy Spirit wants to be your Advocate... your Comforter... and your Guide. The most powerful and important aspect of the Holy Spirit's work in our lives, is that reality that the Holy Spirit will never leave us nor forsake us. The Holy Spirit will be with us forever. There is no friend or family member who we can count on to keep that promise, but the Holy Spirit can. Pray today for God to fill you to overflowing with His Spirit and watch and see what God will do. You will never be the same!
In the Spirit,
Pastor J.M. Hurst
Meditation is consciously listening for the voice of God as we ready ourselves to be obedient to that which we hear. The great psychiatrist Carl Jung once said, "Hurry is not of the Devil, it is the Devil." If we ever hope that we will be able to experience God at a deeper level, we must slow down our pace and quiet our lives. It is only in doing so that we will be able to hear the voice of God and focus on God's word.
Spending time in meditation causes us to go into the deep recesses of the spirit. It takes us to a place of consciousness where cell phones and iPads cannot take us. It is there that we truly find our oneness with God.
We must "still and quiet our souls" as the Psalmist writes so that in the sacred stillness we may hear from God. Take time to listen silently for the voice of God. God will speak to you as never before and the blessing will be enormous.
With a listening heart,
Pastor J. M. Hurst
Allegheny West Conference presents Camp Meeting 2014 "We Are Family". Featuring: Pastor Henry M. Wright, Sabbath & Ordination Speaker. Pastor Joseph McCoy, Stewardship Emphasis Speaker, Pastor Jaime Kowlessa, Young Adult Speaker, Pastor John Boston, Youth Speaker, Dr. Augusta Olaore, Women's Ministry Speaker.
There is something for everybody: Children, Youth, Young Adults, and Adults of All Ages
1st Word - "Father Forgive Them" Pastor Steve Valles, Westside SDA Church, 2nd Word - "Today You Will Be With Me in Paradise" Pastor Mikel Moore, Maranatha SDA Church, 3rd Word - "Behold Your Son: Behold Your Mother" Dr. Derrick Moffett, Bethel SDA Church, 4th Word - "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsake Me" Pastor John Couxum, Glenville SDA Church, 5th Word - "I Thirst" Pastor Harry Britt, Present Truth SDA Church, 6th Word - "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit" Pastor Colin Parkinson, Temple of Praise SDA Churh, 7th Word - "It Is Finished", Dr. Myron Edmonds,
Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (ESV)
Distractions abound today. Social media, email, YouTube, television, text messages, and iPods are just a few of the distractions all of us have succumb to in the last five minutes. Multi-tasking has reached it’s zenith in our everyday lives. And, I believe that these modern day conveniences have become our greatest hindrances to our devotional life.
In Matthew 6:6 Jesus speaks of prayer and getting alone with God. He commanded that we go in secret to our closets, or our rooms to commune with God. Yet, if you continue in the same verse He says “shut the door.” It’s not good enough to enter the confines of the prayer closet if the door is wide open.
This reference to the prayer closet might certainly mean a physical closet, with a physical door to be shut. And we should find a place of solitude such as Jesus did. Jesus went to the mountains, His prayer closet was somewhere alone communicating with His heavenly Father. So, Jesus’ prayer closet wasn’t a physical closet with Sunday’s clothes hanging nicely from their wooden hangers.
Our prayer lives, and times of devotions are suffering because we have the door standing open. Distractions are getting the best of us because we refuse to shut the door to them. How many of us take our iPhones with us to pray? How many keep our laptops open while we study? How many of us text during our times of devotion? I believe we need to shut the door to every distraction to our devotional time. Let’s get our devotional lives in order. Let’s enter the privacy of the prayer closet and shut the door behind us. And when we do that are empty vessels will filled to the full.
Pastor J.M. Hurst