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Often times in life we are faced with the challenge of growing or staying the same. We want change but may not be willing to go through the growth process to receive that change. Growth often develops from pain, disappointment and discomfort among other emotions which are hard to navigate through. How can we receive when we are stiff and unwilling to move in the direction God is pulling us toward? Are we really willing to get uncomfortable for a temporary moment in order to experience permanent change? It is difficult isn’t it? However, we know that God’s word says that his strength is made perfect in weakness ( 2 Corinthians 12:9) We can be glad that for every command God gives us, we have the support, encouragement and strength to fulfill. His sound word and precious spirit are just what we need to stay uplifted during change. Let us decide to go where God say’s go and do what God say’s do for we know that we are never alone and we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. ( Philippians 4:13). God Bless.
There is extraordinary power in the human will. In fact nothing significant in life can be accomplished without an act of the human will. Somebody must decide that there is a certain direction in which to move and then others will follow. It is the same in your life personally. Each individual helps to determine the shape and direction of their lives by conscious acts of the will.
For the believer, this is equally important. God wants to do miraculous things in, through and with your life, but you must be willing to allow God to move. This is what free will is all about. It is our ability to say yes or no to what God would like to accomplish in our lives.
What are the things that you would like to see happen in your life, in your community or in the world? Do you have the will to begin it and to see it through? Are you willing to allow God to have control of your life and to do whatever God wants to do? Remember it all begins with an act of the will.
What will you do?
With a surrendered will,
Pastor J. M. Hurst
Are you struggling with issues in your life which take over your thoughts? With all of the busy tasks of work, school, children, and family, I am sure juggling it all may consist of worry. Let's think about what God has to say about our worry. Scripture says, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34 (NIV) When we rely on God for strength, we are sure to find peace.
Southeast Women's Ministry Team
Are you struggling with issues in your life which take over your thoughts? With all of the busy tasks of work, school, children, and family, I am sure juggling it all may consist of worry. Let's think about what God has to say about our worry. Scripture says, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34 (NIV) When we rely on God for strength, we are sure to find peace. Be blessed.
Women's Ministry Team
Howard Gospel Choir Brings Worshippers to their Feet
If Christ is the center of your life and you are chasing after him, we’ve got good news for you . Wednesday March 13, Southeast Seventh Day Adventist Church and the music ministry team hosted a concert featuring the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University. The choir is currently under the direction of Reginald A. Golden. The trailblazing choir is internationally recognized and highly esteemed having traveled extensively and is a nurturing nest with grammy award winning alumni such as Richard Smallwood. Crowds of supporters gathered to witness HGC, a powerful gospel choir with a legacy of four decades committed to excellent music ministry. The choir delivered an impactful experience of healing, restoration, and empowerment. Standing ovations were delivered continuously with talented youth who are passionately dedicated to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. With all of the tragedies of these times, it is moments like this when a community can be strengthened and renewed. Stay tuned for more Howard Gospel Choir events by visiting them on youtube or facebook. You can also stay tuned for more events by visiting se7day.org. Be blessed.
Communications Director Southeast SDA Church
Those who achieve first place are seldom forgotten. Florence Griffith –Joyner (December 21, 1959 – September 21, 1998) was an American track and field athlete and Olympic track and field champion. She once stated, “People don't pay much attention to you when you are second best. I wanted to see what it felt like to be number one.”
Among her many achievements ,Griffith-Joyner ran the three fastest 100-meter times ever by a woman and set the American record in the 200-meter dash at the 1988 Olympic trials. She holds world records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
These achievements did not manifest over night. "I trained a lot harder -- maybe three times harder -- for the '88 Olympics. There is no substitute for hard work,” stated Griffith-Joyner.
Winning is not all that matters. "I've been in track and field for more than 20 years, and out of all my races, I've lost more than I've won. But it's all been fun,” she stated.
How did this champion manage to have this perspective? Griffith- Jones had more than high achievement , she had enjoyment.
“So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? ” Ecclesiastes 3:22
How are you enjoying your work? Will your work be done only for trophies, recognition, and first place? Or will you aspire to a higher purpose that brings everlasting joy in victory or defeat. This is the privilege we all have.
-Victoria Davis, Communications Director
Have you ever had a day when it seems that there was just one roadblock after another to your progress and your agenda? Have there been times in your life when it seemed that all of the doors were shut in your face, and as the old saying goes, "You could not win for losing?" Well...if you have had these experiences or if you have been through these times, then you are like the rest of us. All people experience difficulties and challenges at one time or another in their lives. It is how you handle these experiences that determines how effective, meaningful and focused your life can be. It is in those times that we need to be most surrendered to God and God's purpose and plan for our lives.
So many people live their lives solely focused on accomplishing their vision or the plan that they have determined for their lives. Eventually, these people come to a point when they begin to question the meaning of their lives and whether or not their living has had any value. Unfortunately, many people come to this point of questioning far too late in the journey. and they end up living the rest of their lives regretting the path that they have taken and the things that they have done. I have often said that life is too short to live without joy and too long to live with regret. You do not have to continue on a path that does not lead to blessing and fulfillment in your life. You can have a life that is filled with joy and peace and love. All you need to do is surrender you will, your desires and your plan to God's will, God's desires and God's plan for your life. I promise you...doing this will open up doors of opportunity in your life and set you on the pathway to living the life that you love.
It really is simple: if you are living your life in line with God's purpose for your existence, you will love the life that you live. You can do it! You can have it. You can live the life you love!
With Jesus Joy,
Pastor J.M. Hurst
Did you know that there is no problem that God cannot fix, no pain the God cannot heal, and no chasm that God cannot bridge? Every day, I hear people talking about what cannot be fixed, what cannot be changed, and what cannot be done. This negativity is an act of surrender to the enemy and an evidence of a lack of faith in God. If we believe in God, then we know that God can bring the high place down and raise up the lowly. If we trust in God's word, we affirm that God can fix that which is broken and renew where there seems to be no life.
God has blessed me to see the mighty works of his hands both in restoration and in destruction, and it has taught me that it is God's desire to bring restoration and rebirth into our lives. This message is written for somebody who has experienced loss and pain in their lives. In these challenging times, that's almost all of us. But, what I want to share with you today is that God can rebuild your brokenness. God can, God will, and God desires to restore to you everything that the enemy stole from you. God will restore you just like God restored Job and your later situation will be greater than you former.
Someone reading this today needs rebirth...you've been going your own way all your life and it has left you empty and alone. Now is the time to give it all up to God. Jesus and only Jesus can give you new birth. He can give you a new start... a new beginning...a transformation in your life. The change that you have been waiting for is right in front of you. Why not today? Why not be restored? Why not be reborn? Why not become the man or the woman that God is calling you to be? Why not have the life that God desires for you? Restoration and rebirth can be yours today. You need only to ask of the Lord and God will deliver!
With restored heart and a reborn spirit,
-- Pastor J. M. Hurst
Support Southeast sponsored fundraising campaign for a new Ramah Junior Academy school sign. Donations can be made online at our website www.se7day.org, select Church School on the donation form, or make checks payable to Southeast SDA Church, address: 16602 Tarkington Ave. Cleveland, OH 44128. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Growing Toward The Future - We are pleased to announce that Southeast is kicking off a fundraising campaign to help with Ramah Junior Academy’s capital improvement. The goal is to raise $25,000 by the end of April, 2013 for the purchase of student desks, computers, TV’s, classroom windows, science lab and a new school sign. Southeast is counting on your support. Turn all funds into Southeast on your Tithe Envelope under Church School. This campaign is a special donation in addition to your regular Stewardship.
Sis. Delores Mitchell, Stewardship Leader
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 others. In prayerful reflection,
Join Southeast for tobogganing at the Cleveland Chalet Metroparks Toboggan Chutes in Strongsville, OH Sunday, Feb 10th from 1 to 5 pm. Children under 5 MUST BE 42" tall. Cost is $8.00 for Adults (all day). $6.00 Child 11 and younger (all day, and $3.00 one ride). If we get 30 people or more there is a group discount rate. See Dawn Carter or Tevis Gordon for discount tickets.
You may be presented with an opportunity that seems too big for you to take on. Take a look at your self. If you find some hope in yourself, in the abilities you have, then take a closer look. Maybe you can do it. Its not just about being realistic, it is also about being optimistic. You can only fill up your glass to as far as you believe it can be filled.
-Victoria Davis, Communications Director
Now is our time to proclaim, protect and support Religious Liberty. Take or sponsor at least one subscription at a cost of $6.00 each for 1 year. The campaign ends March 3rd. Contact Deborah Hill, Religious Liberty Leader for more information.
Bro. Charles Nickens, Sr. was admitted to the hospital Mon, Jan 7th after having a heart attack. Please remember Bro. Nickens, Sr. and the family in prayer.
Ms. Roberta Grandberry passed away Monday Jan 7, 2013. She was the mother of Sis. Diane King, grandmother to Dominic and Ashley King. Cards may be sent to: Diane King, 3710 Lynnfield, Shaker Hts., OH 44122. Please remember the family in prayer. Funeral services will be held this Sat, Jan 12th @ 10:30 am. Lucas Funeral Home, 4747 Turney Rd, Cleveland OH 44125
On behalf of the Russell and William Families several faith groups representing the City of Cleveland will be conducting a city-wide prayer service on Tuesday evening (Jan 15th @ 7:00 pm). We will come together in prayer in order to mend hearts and to pray for the city. We are hoping that coming together in prayer will bring us together as a community and will shun any negative impact from irrefutable outrage.
Below you will find the copy of the letter I received from Michelle Russell, sister of one of the victims in the police shooting that took place in early December 2012. We are asking that as many of you along with representation from your congregations will plan to be present. If you have questions you can contact me.
City-Wide Prayer Coordinator
Pastor Dr. Jerome Hurst
Southeast Seventh-day Adventist Church
My name is Michelle Russell and I am the sister of Timothy Ray Russell, one of the shooting victims of the 11/29/12, CPD-Shooting that left my brother and Melissa Williams dead. I am emailing several pastors throughout the city today, in order to request a city-wide prayer for the Russell & William Families and for the City of Cleveland & East Cleveland; for everyone involved in this horrific event. I will need assistance to coordinate this prayer, therefore I am reaching out to the men of God that reside in this area to call for a city-wide prayer; all churches praying that God will help the families involved and that he will help us to get to the truth of what actually happened on November 29th.
I would specifically like to pray that God will be with the city in a special way. This thing has the potential for straining race relations; there seems to be a division between races. I feel that race did play a role in this, but we can't allow this to become a white and black issue, but a people issue. All Christians should be coming together in prayer and praying that the truth will be revealed no matter what it turns out to be. I feel we need to pray that God will be with the city and that he would touch the hearts of the people.
So many comments and allegations are being made and it is hard to read a lot of the stuff that is being said; I realize that prophecy is being fulfilled, according to (KJV) Matthew 24:12 "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." Nobody deserves to be shot and killed the way Tim and Melissa were. It seems to me that many people feel that they deserved to die because they did not pull over, but nobody knows why they did not pull over; maybe they were in fear of their lives maybe they couldn’t pull over, due to shots being fired at them. We do not really know what happened to start the chase, especially now that this new story about Officer John Jordan pursuing after them that same day, moments before the deadly chase took place. What I do know is that the story about the gun and using the car as a weapon is not in alignment with my brother’s character, therefore I do not believe the story to be true. There are so many questions that cannot be answered because both Tim and Melissa are both dead. Only God can make sure the truth is revealed. Please let me know if you will be able to assist me with the city-wide prayer. Thank you.