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Good Day Family,

When I was a child, the word "listening" was synonymous with obeying. Listening meant doing what you were told. I can remember hearing my father say "listen to your mother," which always meant do what your mother said. When the Children of Israel were in the wilderness with Moses, God revealed God's self with thunder and lighting and smoke and trumpets and frightened the Israelites so much that they told Moses that they did not want God to speak to them anymore. They told Moses that if he would speak to them that they would listen. If you know their story, you know that that promise did not last long.

Why is it that we find it so difficult to obey the voice of God? I once heard a sermon entitled, "When Self Gets in the Way." It was one of the most profound messages that I have ever heard on disobedience. Responding to our selfish wants and desires is one of the greatest obstacles to our obedience to God. We ignore or forget what God wants...what God has said and respond to the voice that is in our own heads, telling us to satisfy our wants and desires first and foremost. This is always problematic because this is when self gets in the way of God's will, God's purpose and God's plan.

Rather than responding to self, why not seek God's will, plan and purpose for our lives? Though God's plan may not offer immediate gratification, in the long run, it will bring about ultimate fulfillment and satisfaction. Make your decision today to listen to God...to obey God's will and to follow in the path of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This is the pathway to real happiness and genuine peace and it can be yours today by simply listening to God. Are you listening?

With an attentive heart,

Pastor J. M. Hurst

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Stellar Award Winner Isaac Caree. To purchase tickets (216) 581-2626

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Hello Family,

What makes you mad? What are the things that upset you creating disequilibrium in your life? Is it injustice or the insensitivity of others? Is it the greed and avarice that causes a small percentage of the world's population to control the vast majority of the world's wealth while millions around the globe suffer sickness and hunger? What makes you angry is really not the issue. How you handle your anger is what is most important. How do you deal with the matters, issues and people who cause you to become angry? How do you deal with those things that infuriate you, causing your blood to boil? The Apostle Paul taught the Ephesian Church not to allow their anger to be a cause for sin. This is good counsel because it instructs us not to get caught up in the negativity of others.

The answer to addressing our anger is to find constructive and creative means of responding to those things that provoke you. There is no value in becoming angry about injustices and doing nothing to try and correct them. Often people use the excuse of powerlessness as a reason for their apathy. In reality, if we stand by and watch injustice while complaining yet doing nothing, we are equally as responsible as the perpetrator. You can become a part of the solution by speaking out against wrong and striving to correct it through appropriate means and channels.

When you simply accept injustice without complaint you are implying that you are satisfied with the way things.

I want to suggest three methods or strategies that can help to correct injustice. Speak. Use every possible method of communicating about the injustice that you see. Be clear, honest and forthright in your communication. Act. Take all available steps to right wrongs and correct injustices that you see or experience. Your inaction is participation in the injustice. Pray. God has the power to correct any situation if we have the faith. Remember, prayer changes things. If you believe in God's power, God can fix the situation. Speak, Act, and Pray. You can become the change that you desire.

In the Spirit of Justice,

 

Pastor J.M. Hurst

 

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Dr. Joe Grider, Guest Speaker & Tonya Loveday, Psalmist, Friday September 12th @ 7 pm & Saturday September 13th @ 11:30 am.

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Special Musical Guest Psalmist Theresa Morton

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Special Musical Guest Geoffrey Golden, Sunday Best Finalist.

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Women's Day is Northern Ohio Women's Ministry Emphasis Day. 

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Dinner & a Message. Live Vegetarian Performing Arts Cooking Show.

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"Behold! The lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

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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

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A table can be reserved for $10.

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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

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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

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Join us June 14th for Father's Day Celebration.

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Women's Ministry presents Black History Movie Night. Bring your family out for a night of fun and excitement! Just like a family that prays together stays together, A family that plays together stays together. Pizza and drink will be provided.

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Mothers Day is a special time to connect with family. What better way to honor MOM than being around God and His people.

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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

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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

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Join us April 26th @ 11:30 am with Dr. G. Alex Bryant, Associate Secretary, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist

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Join us Today @ 11:30 am as we celebrate the Death, Burial & Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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