Southeast Church Blog
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Greetings Family, When I was a kid my mother would always instruct me about my behavior as I left the house with these words…”remember who you are.” These words were both reproof and reminder that there was a certain expectation of me…a certain behavior that was acceptable and that was not acceptable. As I heard these words, which I often did not want to hear because of my plans and intentions for the day, I was reminded of what was right and wrong, and these words confirmed in my mind the expectation was that I would do the right things.
Doing the right thing is not always the easiest route to follow. In fact, it is most often the path that requires more courage and tenacity of you. However, the right path always ultimately yields the richest blessings. I remember, many years ago, hearing old preachers and deacons pray about “giving up the wrong for the right.” That meant that the Christian journey requires us to turn from the wrong alternative to select that which is right and pleasing in the eyes of God.
Everyday each of us must make choices. It has often been said that the choices that you make today will determine the choices that will be afforded to you tomorrow. Indeed this true. It is therefore important that we do the right thing each day..that we make the right choices so that new avenues of opportunity will be opened up to us. Decision-making is the skill that is required for you to be able to make right choices. A good friend once lamented, after a person he knew in authority made a wrong choice, “Doc, it’s really unfortunate that people don’t realize how the choices that they make can affect other people’s destinies.” It is certainly true that our choices not only impact our lives but the lives of others. The weight of this reality is tremendous.
Do the right thing. Make the correct choice. Choose the better path. It will not only bless you, but many others for generations to come.
I Choose Christ,
Pastor J. M. Hurst
New Year’s Eve is a special time to gather as a church family. Come prepared with a heart of thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness in 2013, and join us in praying for God’s plans and purposes in 2014. "Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old; Behold I will do a new thing.." Isaiah 43:18-19
Be sure to F.L.O.W. with us today for DIVINE WORSHIP at 11:30 AM as NEW DAY will be ministering in song this Sabbath. New Day is a dynamic worship group! You don't want to miss the powerful move of God this Sabbath. God's holy spirit is constantly empowering lives at Southeast Seventh-Day Adventist Church so please come join us. We would love to have you!
Discipleship is a powerful, practical and deeply spiritual resource for anyone who has ever wanted to know how to lead people into God's kingdom. Each lesson examines key concepts for effective disciple-making and includes the importance of being culturally sensitive, the role of intercession, and the importance of involving youth in the church's mission.
What will we do if things get hard for us this week? When we are tested and treated unfairly? When someone does or says something we don't like, how will we behave? We know that God has given us the tools to overcome our emotions. Let us choose to worship Him and not the problems we face. Pray and know where your help comes from. Jesus has the power, let's continue to seek him no matter what it takes.
God rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Each day we must strive to be close to Jesus. His love should not be taken for granted. Our king and savior decided to choose us, though we are sinful and undeserving. What will we do to show that we choose him? For as Pastor Hurst shared with us yesterday, when we have King Jesus we have everything we need. Have a wonderful week everyone! We love you.
Greetings friends! It's time for some mid-week encouragement. Let us be reminded today of the love God has for us. While we may believe this to be true, there are times when we may feel tossed with the waves of live. Be reminded today of God's word which is truly our daily bread. In 1 Corinthians 2:9, God says, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." Be encouraged today for God has the final say! He has prepared the sweetest blessings just for you! We love you. God bless you today.
Selflessness is the most Christ-like of all Christian characteristics. It is the sacrificing of one’s own needs, desires and goals for the good of another. It is a rare commodity in this day and age. Our world seems so self-focused that people can hardly even think of sacrificing even when it is for their own good. Two generations ago, sacrifice was the order of the day. Most people saved their money rather than living from pay check to pay check and most people’s goal was to work so their children and grandchildren could have a better life.
So much has changed about our world and about how many people think. Hence, selflessness has become a rare trait. But, in reality, selflessness should be the norm for those who call themselves children of God. Sacrificing self is what Jesus’ life and example teaches us. We should never be so self-focused that we become unwilling to sacrifice to help someone else.
When was the last time you made a real sacrifice to benefit someone else? Is selflessness one of your personality traits or are you so self-focused that you cannot even envision the idea of self-sacrifice. Take the time to do a selflessness inventory and, as you do, reflect on the undeserved sacrifice that Christ made for you. As you do, I’m sure that you will see more ways that you can selflessly give or act for the benefit other.
In prayerful reflection,
Pastor J. M. Hurst
On Sabbath November 16, Ramah Junior Academy Day was held at Southeast Seventh-Day Adventist Church. It was a day to celebrate Christian education and support the children, teachers and staff with the ultimate common goal of helping them grow closer to the Lord. For those unfamiliar with Ramah Junior Academy, it is located in Cleveland, Ohio near Southeast at 4770 Lee Road. It's Christ centered curriculum prepares students for active service in thee home, school, church and the community while preparing them for eternal life.
On Ramah Junior Academy Day Pastor Hurst shared about the importance of Christian education as well as preached an encouraging word. During the sermon titled, "Code Blue", He stated, "we must decide, come what may that we will do whatever it takes to get to Jesus." Like the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:25 we must have faith that just one touch from Jesus is all we need.
For more information on Ramah Junior Academy please visit http://www.ramahjunioracademy.com/index.php or call 216-581-2626.
On Sabbath October 26, Pastors Appreciation Day was held at Southeast Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The ministry of Pastor Jerome Hurst and First Lady, Dr. Carolyn Henry- Hurst has touched the lives of many members, the community of Cleveland and others around the world.
Pastor Hurst, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio has been the senior pastor of Southeast for six years. During his time as senior pastor, he has instilled a new way of thinking. He continues to be an advocate in the community for justice and salvation while spreading the good news of Jesus Christ across the City of Cleveland. Hurst has traveled to various places, preaching and teaching but has a soft heart for his church family at Southeast and frequently misses them when he is away.
Members shared their warm gratitude for the ministry of Pastor Hurst and his lovely wife with gifts, appreciation, encouragement, a special dinner and warm remarks. While pastoring is not an easy job, the Hurst family has been dedicated to the mission and vision which the Lord has given them. God has been faithful to the ministry and many have been blessed as a result. Most importantly, souls have been saved, people have been delivered and set free.
Appreciation is extended to all who served and participated in this special occasion.
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
To Our Pastor
Our God has sent you to this place
To lead us in the way
That He would have us work and think
And live from day to day.
No matter the hour; whatever the need,
You go the extra mile -
Always ready and willing to share
A comforting thought and a smile.
We're grateful that you're here with us
To teach us from His word,
And we will try to do our best
In service of our Lord.
We thank you for your ministry,
Your guidance and your care.
His greatest blessings for your life
Is our most humble prayer.
There is much scripture which speaks about God's strength and our weakness. It's interesting, the bible has wisdom and advice,encouragement, for everything we face in life. It is applicable, practical for everyone, no matter how old, or how young, how weak or how strong.
2Corinthians12:9 " But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me."
When we are weak, HE is strong. And even when you feel strong, He is stronger, The Lord God, ruler of heaven and all the earth. How calming it is to know this. When facing challenging times, don't fret. Seek the Lord in prayer, by the power of the holy spirit we know what to pray for.
Romans 8:26 "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans."
Jesus Christ, our savior suffered great pain and persecution for our sake, and yet he never once rebelled against our heavenly father. Christ gives us hope and encouragement. He is an example of how we should live our lives here on earth. Meditate on these scripture. May peace be with you.
2Corinthians 12:10" That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
Dear heavenly father,
Through Jesus Christ we are saved by grace. But let us not forget to obey your commands written in the holy bible. Thank you so much Lord for the wisdom and understanding you give. Your word says if we seek you, we will find you. And for that we say thank you. For those reading, I sincerely pray for change, renewal in their lives, strength, encouragement and the outpouring of your holy spirit over them. Let them rely on you for everything. For you are our provider.Thank you that we don't have to rely on our own selves for strength. For your strength is made perfect in our weakness.
In Jesus Name,
When one thinks of prayer, serveral memories may come to mind. It could be you remember praying in an organized setting such as your place of worship, you may remember prayer with family, or maybe you even think of prayer through the lense of television shows or movies.
But what abour your own prayer? How does one pray alone? You may not like praying alone. You may feel someone else is more qualified to pray. Perhaps you feel most comfortable praying with a spiritual leader of your place of worship. You think that them praying for you is better because they are more experienced, they know more than you, or you consider them annointed.
What happens when you are unable to depend on others to pray for you? How will you then pray for yourself? Prayer is opening our heart to God as we would a friend. You can find references of this type of friendship in the book of Job in the old testament of the bible. Job was a good man who went through a period of suffering. He knew God was his friend.
"My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God," Job 16:19-21 (NIV). The faith of this man was great and inspiring as he emptied out all that was within him, pouring out his heart to God in prayer as he was saddened by his suffering. It seemed as if God was not answering Jobs prayers. But in the end the Lord blessed him. "So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning". Job 42:12 (KJV)
"Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house."Job 29:4. (NIV) Here Job reminices on the days when things were very well in his life. He speaks of his intimate friendship with God. Intimate is a very important word.
To be intimate with someone means to be closely acquainted, familiar, or close. This is the type of relationship that can be gained with God. One way to do this is through prayer.
Again we ask the question of how to pray, " One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 (NIV)
Jesus responded ," And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.Give us day by day our daily bread.And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil." Luke 11:2-4 (KJV)
God desires to give us all that we need daily, he is our daily bread. We are not perfect and God realizes that we need to come to him with our faults, hurts, our desires. He opens himself to us and we can do the same with him. He leads us, delivers us, guides us.
Prayers don't always have to be formal, or long. We honor and respect God by recognizng the need for him. The bible says, " But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him." Matthew 6:7-8 (KJV)
God knows you, your thoughts, your desires. Be real with him, true, and honest. You cannot hide anything from him, there is no point in being anyone other than yourself. He loves you for who you are.
"Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee." Job 22:27.(KJV)
Let us pray.
Dear Heavenly Father,
With so many distractions in this world, it is so good to know that you are available. As we pray please melt our hearts with your love. Help us cling to what is good and true. Help us to cling to you. There are no philosophies or theories of this world which can prove you are invisible. You are evident in so many ways and we thank you. Thank you that we can be ourselves with you with respect and honor. Let us always be open with you in prayer as you strengthen our lives with purpose.
In Jesus name,
Students of Ramah Junior Academy have something to be proud of with the renovation projects almost completed and the school looking almost new again. The bathroom renovation project is nearly completed with the girl’s bathroom opened Monday, Oct 7th after six weeks of construction.
The bathroom is now a state of the art, sleek, technological restroom facility with automated devices that helps improve student hygiene and take steps towards saving the environment. Auto-flush toilets, motion sensor sinks, automatically dispensing soap pumps and motion sensitive hand dryers all allow students to complete personal hygiene hands free thereby reducing the transmission of germs from one student to another. These tools also ensure that no water is left on, excessive soap use is discouraged and hand dryers blow only as long as necessary. When 3rd grader Jordan Simms saw the bathroom for the first time she commented “WOW, so this is what was behind the plastic wall”. 6th grader Rayne Reid says "I was really excited about the new bathroom because it looks brand new and much better than the old one we had before"
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
You may be wondering why you should have faith. Your life may have taken a bad turn and all your plans and dreams seem to have crashed and burned. But I urge you to persevere.
The bible says in Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)," Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
You may not feel like rejoicing right now. Your energy is at a low. But if there is any bit of hope within you, the faith of a mustard seed, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”(Matthew 17:20) (NIV)
That's encouraging and when you surround yourself with positive, supportive individuals, you will hear testimonies of the goodness of God. In fact you see God everyday, when the sun shines, when the wind blows, when you witness an act of kindness, when you open your eyes to see. You do not have to be living, let alone be blessed with the ability to see or hear.
Maybe you feel alone, but I'm here to tell you, you are not. "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”(Deuteronomy 31:8) (NIV)
Say this prayer with a sincere and earnest heart:
I need you. Sometimes I feel like giving up. Sometimes my faith is weak. But just as your word says, I know you are with me. Lord, strengthen me, and my family. May I be a light, and a living testimony of your goodness so that your name may be praised. Thank you for humbling me. Thank you for these challenging moments too. I know it is for my good and you only want the best for me. I love you.
In Jesus Name,
Last nights concert was remarkable! Hear what our Music Director Melissa Strickland had to say: "Special thanks to all who helped make yesterday's service a blessing! Marquita Gibson & Glenville SDA, Nu Covenant, Torri Harp, Southeast Seventh-day Adventist Church- Divine Worship & New Day!, Charde Hurst, Jason Bulgin, Southeast's praise team & young adult ministry, Stephen Fowler and all musicians, last but not least Mike and Tanya Trotter and all who came to support and worship with us." Praise God for a good time in the Lord.