Southeast Church Blog
This is the blog for Southeast Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Good Day Family,
What if you had the chance to start your life again? What if the opportunity were presented to do a restart on who you are, what you are doing and where you are going? Well, the fact is that you can. No matter where you are on life's journey, if you are living for Christ, you have the blessing and opportunity to begin again. I once heard a preacher say, "You can always begin again! Rock bottom doesn't mean anything to God, because God made the rock." When we acknowledge that God is totally in control of our lives, we will realize that anything is possible for God...even a new start. What are the things in your life that you regret?
What at the things that you would change if you could...those things that plague your thoughts and thwart your peace? Those are the things that you need to let go of, forgive yourself for and move on. Remember, your new beginning is just on the other side of your decision to change your life...your decision to begin again.
I have reinvented myself several times in my life. Twenty-nine years ago I went from single to married. Then there was the time I left teaching and went into the Pastorate. Recently I shaved my head bald. At this point in my journey, I feel that I am always on the threshold of a new adventure. For me that means trusting God with my dreams and visions and believing that God can make them into reality.
Do you want a new beginning and a fresh start? If you do, then begin by taking a chance on God and on yourself and trust that you and God are a majority over any obstacle that may come your day. Start now! You will never regret it.
On my journey now!
Pastor J. M. Hurst
Have you ever asked yourself the question, how can I do better than I am doing right now? This is a common question that concerns many folks in the world today. This is largely because of the proliferation of self-help information that has flooded our society. There are seminars, TV shows, books, videos, webinars and a multitudinous proliferation of internet resources that you can access in the area of self-help and self-improvement. With all of the information that is available there is no reason that all of us are not striving to be our best selves.
But, how do we determine what is our best self? Well, we must first recognize the gifts that God has placed within us. Each of us is gifted by God with a multitude of talents and innate abilities. Our job is to explore and fully develop the gift set that we have received and then use those talents and abilities to glorify God, bless others and ourselves. I have always believed that your primary gift - that is, your strongest skill - is supposed to feed you. I also believe that the skill that feeds you should also glorify God and bless others. When we don't use our strongest skill for that purpose, we are wasting something that should be our greatest blessing. As we use our gifts, we improve ourselves and become better human beings.
Do you want to be better? Then stir up the gifts within you, as the Apostle Paul suggested to young Timothy in the Bible. New doors and new opportunities will open up for you. It can happen today!
Striving to Be Better,
Pastor J.M. Hurst
Thank you to all who participated in the Annual Southeast Church Picnic at the Oak Grove Pavilion on last Sunday. The children as well as the adults had a blast in the video game truck, in the bounce house, playing games such as volleyball and horseshoes as well as board games and then cooling off with the slushy machine.
This event provided an opportunity to relax and fellowship with each other and was a wonderful gathering of members, family, friends and visitors. Many thanks to those who brought a feast of edible delicacies to share, as well as those that helped with serving food and cleaning the pavilion.
Special thanks to Denise Brooks, Dwight Brown, Darrell & Dawn Carter, Elizabeth Castaneda, Keith Dixon and Gary King for all of their dedication and hard work toward the preparation of the picnic.
Good Day Family,
Have you ever realized that our lives are built on blessings? Our lives are built on blessings-like a house made of bricks-one blessing layered on top of another. Many of our blessings come from the prayers and faithfulness of others who went before us. In the life of a church, often much of what we experience as normal and take for granted is the result of the labor, faithfulness and stewardship of a previous generation. No matter who you are or how old you are, your life is built on blessings seen and unseen that God has showered upon you in spite of you. That's right...we so often think that everything that we have is because of our faithfulness. Faithfulness in worship, service and stewardship are all extremely important, but don't be confused...God makes the rain to fall on the just and the unjust. So, we are being blessed most often not because of us but because of God's grace. However God multiplies our blessings as a result of our faithfulness.
I always wonder why people, especially believers, cannot see the enormity of God's blessings even though they are both clear and evident. When we recognize how blessed we truly are, we begin our response to God's blessings by expressing our gratitude in the way we live our lives each day. A grateful heart acknowledges God's blessings and God's grace and by so doing, opens the pathway to even more blessings.
Our lives are built on blessings. Our fervent prayers and those of others on our behalf pave the road to those blessings. Why not become the mortar that holds those blessings together by building a faithful and grateful prayer life? Why not build the scaffold that helps to align your blessings by practicing faithful stewardship? Why not create an open door to multiplying your blessings by giving yourself in dedicated service to God and God's people? You can build a better life, by becoming a part of the process by which your blessings are multiplied!
Building on the Blessings,
Pastor J. M. Hurst
Unity is spoken of numerous times in the Bible as a virtue to be desired and sought after by the people of God. The Psalmist teaches us with these words from Psalm 133... "How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!" Jesus teaches us that it is his desire that we may all be one. Something special happens when the Body of Christ is unified... there is an experience that is called koinonia, which happens when the people of God come together in fellowship and unity with the Holy Spirit.
It is most important that we understand that koinonia only happens when the people of God come together selflessly for God's glory. We must release our agendas for God's agenda and come together with a singleness of purpose to glorify God. Unity cannot happen, whether in a church, an organization or a relationship, when one party or group seeks to have dominion over another.
As a Pastor, I have seen more self-centeredness in the church than anywhere else, and in every case, it has brought about divisiveness and disunity. We only become united as one when our focus is on God and on God's purpose and intention for the church. Building unity among people requires a singleness of purpose in God, that is facilitated by the Holy Spirit. When we all seek to be led by the Holy Spirit...to be obedient to God's Word and to live in line with God's purpose, we can and will experience unity. We can do more together than we can do individually, so let's be unified in God's Spirit.
In a Spirit of Oneness,
Pastor Jerome M. Hurst
Thank you to all the men, young and not so young who participated in the Softball Game this past Sunday against Glenville. Even though we lost, we had a great time. We plan to do it again on August 30th at the same location: 1840 Brainard Rd Lyndhurst OH 44124, between Cedar and Mayfield at 10:00 am. If interested please contact Gary King or Alex Williams
Sunday, August 23, 2014 - 10:00 am ‘til 7:00 pm
OAK GROVE PICNIC AREA, BRECKSVILLE RESERVATION
Pack your own lunch/Bring something to share. There’ll be plenty of fun for children & adults. This year we’ll have the usual large bounce house, video game truck, ice cream truck, etc.. In addition, for the adults we offer video games, photo booth and popcorn. “Old school” games for everyone, board games, piñata, horseshoes, etc. Soda & water will be provided by the Church. There’s something for everyone to Do.. We guarantee you will get full and have fun.
The Sermon on the Mount has been called "The Manifesto of the King" and "The Magna Carta of the Kingdom." It is the essence of the teaching of Jesus presented to His disciples.
To those who heard it on the hill overlooking Galilee it had an immediate impact. It some respects it was revolutionary, overturning accepted ideas. It packs a powerful punch today, especially as it is expounded in this classic by Ellen White.
Everyone has goals, whether they are consciously mapped out and planned or just routine things that we desire. However, sometimes we get so focused on the goal that we forget that our focus should be on doing the necessary things that are required to accomplish the goal. We live today in an image-driven society. Many people desire the trappings of success...the material assets that come with accomplishment, but they are not nearly as committed to doing the work required to attain these assets. I have often said that success is not about making money...success is about doing the best job possible at whatever you do, because when you do a good job, the money will come.
Our lives are so hectic that we often forget to stop and smell the flowers. We forget to take the time to enjoy our lives and to enjoy all of the amazing blessings that God gives us...a sunny day...a spring rain...the sound of birds chirping...a hug from a little child. All of these things are gifts from God that cost nothing and are far more valuable than anything that money can buy.
While we are in pursuit of our goals and aspirations, we must take the time to enjoy the journey. We must recognized that achieving our goals is far more about the journey than about the destination. I shared with our church recently something that God shared with me, and it is this: "If I am determined to reach my goal, I must be more committed to the journey, than I am preoccupied with the destination." This came to me more as an affirmation and direction than as a revelation. But, it was indeed what I needed to hear. Why not get focused on the journey today? Stop, look and listen to all that is going on around you. Enjoy the people and the things that God brings into your life and be committed to the work that is necessary to achieve your goal, and you will reach your destination.
With faith and focus,
Pastor J.M. Hurs
The Southeast Social Committee sponsored a social event last Sunday, Dec 14th at “Zip City”, the indoor Trampoline Park located in Streetsboro Ohio. Over 50 people were in attendance including children, young adults and adults young at heart. Everyone had an amazing experience as they propelled down 220 feet of zip line, traveling speeds of up to 20 mph. You just couldn’t get enough.
Another main attraction that generated a lot of attention was the trampoline foam pit. While it looked easy and inviting, it was very deceiving, which became apparent when the young at heart, such as Gary King Sr. and Daryl Carter Sr., took on the amazing challenge of sky dive and found it a little tricky getting out.
On the other end of the park several group members had fun playing trampoline dodge ball which consisted of 20 players (10 vs 10), kids of all ages were playing alongside the bigger kids using the safe, soft, foam dodge balls. Those who didn’t play dodge ball just enjoyed themselves bouncing around on several available trampolines.
For the sports fans who were worried about missing the Browns game, they were able to lounge and watch the game on flat screen TV’s. Parents and supporters were able to relax in the Sky Lounge that overlooked the Trampoline and Zipline areas, and watch everyone “have a blast”.
Thank you, Dawn Carter and the Social Committee for your diligence and hard work in preparing for this event. Each and every person who attended had a wonderful time.
Dec 14th, 2-4 pm. Location: Streetsboro, OH. Featuring: State of the Art Trampoline Park with trampoline foam pits, dodgeball courts, trampoline basketball courts, and one-of-a kind zip lines. Tots’ area (kids under 6 years old) is available. MUCH MUCH FUN! Group rate for 40 people - $10 per person. 21st century video game arcade $5 extra.