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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
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
For the month of March in Children’s Church we are learning about God’s Prophets. God has the strength. You have the faith. Together these can do anything. Just as Peter had a chance to demonstrate his trust in God, so you can show your faith. You are not alone. Jesus is with you, always. You can be brave with Jesus.
Southeast is going RED for Women March 15th. Put on your favorite RED dress, hat, scarf, sweater, suit, shirt, or tie and join in our effort to raise awareness about the #1 killer of women in America Heart Disease.
Heart disease has been called the Silent Killer because it often has no noticeable symptoms. It is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. And it’s not just “an old man’s disease.”
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23
Have you ever wondered why there are so many different Christian churches all over the place? There are large churches and small churches. There are diverse churches and mono-cultural churches. There are churches largely made up of young people and churches with aging congregations. If we stop to ask ourselves the question: "Why so many churches?" I think that we will find our answer in the definition of the purpose of the church. The purpose of the church is to win souls for Christ...to build the dominion of God on earth and to expand Christ's transformative teachings to places where they have yet not been heard.
In spite of how many churches you see as you travel up and down the streets of the city, there are still thousands upon thousands of people who have yet to embrace the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: hence, the need for all of the churches. Each believer has an individual responsibility to spread the message of the Gospel wherever we go. We must do our part in helping to save the lost.
Now, I know that there are many people who may not feel comfortable doing one-on-one evangelism, but please remember soul winning begins with prayer. Pray for the person or persons who you would like to win for Christ. Pray for God to bless them and bring them into the fold. Then do whatever you can to show love to that person to let them see that they are valuable to you and to God. Then finally, share your faith with them. Invite them to church, to Bible study, to Christian activities going on at your church. And then trust God to do the rest.
Soul winning is the purpose of the church, but never forget that the church is not a building or an institution. The church is the people...the gathered body of believers. The church is you and me.
With a zeal for evangelism,
Pastor J.M. Hurst
It's Finally Here! You don't want to miss this exciting event. April 19th @ 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. "The Greatest Story Every Told" is a dramatic, visual illustration that includes elements that will bring you into the plot like never before.
The universe is hushed when a gloriously created angel decides that he wants God’s throne. When he and his posse are expelled for their defiance, another war ensues over the souls of mankind. With all the wrong there is, God has had a plan long in existence to save man should he fall. Earth’s battles are heaven’s battles as the Son of God gives up His life. Fast-forward to the end of time, the lives of God’s people hang in the balance and they are persecuted for having the patience of the saints. And just when death is a breath away….
Love is the heart and soul of the life of faith...God's love for us, our love for God, and our love for one another. In fact, if we examine God's word, we will see over and over again the clear instruction to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Jesus instructed His disciples with these words, "By this will all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." Love is the greatest power possessed by humanity. Love has the power to overcome hatred. It covers all faults...that is...if you have enough love in your heart toward God and toward others, it is greater than any sin that one can commit.
Paul spoke profoundly and poetically of love in his first letter to the Corinthians when he said, "It (love) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." This is the character and quality of Christian love. Love enables us to be and to do the things that God asks of us, because that is the power of love. Love enables us to overcome our prejudice and our biases. Love enables us to move beyond our fears thus allowing our actions to be motivated not by fear but rather by love.
How deep is your love for God? How profound is your love for others? How deeply and profoundly do you feel and experience God's love for you? As you meditate on these questions, think about God's amazing sacrifice for you on a cross. Think of what Jesus suffered, and know that you are loved!
Empowered by his love,
Pastor J.M. Hurst