Southeast Church Blog
This is the blog for Southeast Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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
Join Us Feb 26th @ 7:00 pm - Spiritual BootCamp with Guest Speaker, Pastor McKenzie Kambizi.
No matter how far you progress in God’s Army, the Holy Spirit offers continuous refresher courses. No one is exempt! All of us must be finely tuned. Again, no warrior has the ability to train him or herself and no Christian becomes great in God’s Army without the help of others.
Every Monday from 6-7 am featuring Pastor Lola Moore, Panama City, Florida every 4th Mon and Author Doris Gothard, Detroit, MI every 1st Monday. A prayer line where women can come together in unity to discuss various spiritual topics, women’s issues or concerns and pray about them. Please join us and Invite a Friend.
Join Us! Feb 21st @ 7:00 pm (Men Only), Feb 22nd @ 11:30 am (Everyone)
Guest Speaker - Pastor Nevilon Meadows is the founder and CEO of Men Under Development (M.U.D. Inc.)
M.U.D. has developed "Healthy Lifestyles' gender specific class for women and men, which promote seminars in the area of marriage, parental duties, sexuality, singles, self-esteem, male identity, womanhood, gang violence and cultural harmony. Some of the unique subjects are 6 Big Mistakes Every Woman Makes - Love Her Twice Before You Touch Her Once - Female is Not the Opposite of Male - 5 Women Every Man Needs to Avoid - 3 reasons Why You Are Single - 8 Men Every Women Needs to Avoid.
Meadows' Journey has extended into North America, Canada, Caribbean and Virgin Islands, Bermuda, England and South Africa.
Oakwood University student Jefferson Lindor is currently being featured in the Black History issue of American Way, a publication by American Airlines. Lindor is a junior management information systems major and he hopes to achieve a successful career in corporate America. "I've always dreamed of being a top leader in a Fortune 500 company, who is very inspiring to my employees. People will respect me because of my integrity, my determination and my work ethic."
It is no surprise that Lindor loves attending Oakwood. "What I like about Oakwood is the spiritual atmosphere and the support of the faculty and staff to the students. I enjoy being at a school that is centered on Christ. It is very important to me, because having a successful career and being wealthy is vain if God is not the main focus in my life."
Click here to read the article in which Lindor tells about how a United Negro College Fund scholarship helped him to continue his academic journey at Oakwood.
Article from Oakwood.edu - by Zawadi Nicholas, student writer.
Pastor Jerome Hurst of Southeast SDA Church attended the American Heart Association EmPowered To Serve (ETS) National Faith Based Roundtable in Chicago. Watch video highlight from the Empowered to Serve Roundtable
What is EmPowered to Serve?
ETS is a national strategic initiative partnering with Faith Based organizations to impact health and health outcomes in multicultural communities and seeks to advance the AHA’s 2020 Impact Goal.
ETS focuses on African Americans and Hispanics and was launched with an Inaugural Roundtable wherein faith based leaders from across the country joined the AHA to create a megacommunity that unites business, government and the nonprofit sector around a common set of goals.
Goal 1 - Increase Healthy Living Behaviors
-Improving high blood pressure management
-Increasing healthy diet score, Increase fruit and vegetable consumption
-Reduce sodium and sugar sweetened beverages
-Increasing physical activity
Goal 2 - Enhance the Chain of Survival
-Increasing usage of emergency response services
-(9-1-1) in response to CVD/Stroke warning signs
-Increasing CPR training in multicultural communities
Goal 3 - Expand Access and Empower communities - Increasing access to:
-Fruits and vegetables
-Safe environments for physical activity-
-Increasing engagement and partnerships to enhance skill training opportunities for youth and adults
Every Wed @ 7:00 pm. Featuring guest speakers Ms Zenobia Seward, Pastor Marvin Brown, Sr., Dr. David Cobb, Sr. Learn how to reduce debt, save, and give generously, all as an act of worship to God!
March 5 & 12
Ms. Zenobia Seward
President/CFO Creative Wealth Solutions
Treasurer, Allegheny West Conference
Pastor Marvin Brown, Sr.
Executive Secretary, Allegheny West Conference
Dr. David Cobb, Sr.