Southeast Church Blog
This is the blog for Southeast Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Southeast sends its congratulations to Zenobia D. Seward, Conference Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Allegheny West Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Ms. Seward has been employed with the Seventh-day Adventist Church for the past 30 years and has made a decision to retire in March 2014. Ms. Seward has been with the Allegheny West Conference for the past 12 years and certainly knows what it means to be a faithful steward of God’s treasury. We thank you, Ms. Seward, for a job well done. May God continue His blessings upon you in all of your future endeavors.
Everyday people are struggling to put food on their tables. 1 in 6 Americans struggles with hunger and one-third of those people are children according to the USDA. As a member of the Cleveland Foodbank Agency Program our mission is to be apart of feed America’s hungry. Support Community Service with your donations @ www.se7day.org. Every dollar provides enough food for 4 nutritious meals!
Sis. Margaret Carter is requesting special prayer while resting and healing at home after undergoing knee surgery.
Special Prayer Request for Deacon Robert Reed. He became ill while visiting his daughter in Hendersonville, TN and was hospitalized. The family is requesting special prayer for his recovery.
Communion is a beautiful, symbolic act that Jesus instructed His followers to do in remembrance of Him. The communion table is representative of the Last Supper, during which Jesus taught His disciples about what He was about to do by giving His body and blood to save the world from sin. Luke 22:19. Join us this Saturday Jan 4, 2013 at 11:00 am as we celebrate the Lord's Supper.
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.