Week Of Prayer – Lessons On Prayer
The Necessity of Prayer
The temptations to which we are daily exposed make prayer a necessity. Dangers beset every path. Those who are seeking to rescue others from vice and ruin are especially exposed to temptation. In constant contact with evil, they need a strong hold upon God lest they themselves be corrupted. Short and decisive are the steps that lead men down from high and holy ground to a low level. In a moment, decisions may be made that fix one’s condition forever. One failure to overcome leaves the soul unguarded. One evil habit, if not firmly resisted, will strengthen into chains of steel, binding the whole man.
The reason why so many are left to themselves in places of temptation is that they do not set the Lord always before them. When we permit our communion with God to be broken, our defense is departed from us. Not all your good purposes and good intentions will enable you to withstand evil. You must be men and women of prayer. Your petitions must not be faint, occasional, and fitful, but earnest, persevering, and constant. It is not always necessary to bow upon your knees in order to pray. Cultivate the habit of talking with the Saviour when you are alone, when you are walking, and when you are busy with your daily labor. Let the heart be continually uplifted in silent petition for help, for light, for strength, for knowledge. Let every breath be a prayer.—(Ellen White, Help in Daily Living, pg. 57)
Be Intentional, Be Persistent When You Pray
God does not say, Ask once, and you shall receive. He bids us ask. Unwearyingly persist in prayer. The persistent asking brings the petitioner into a more earnest attitude and gives him an increased desire to receive the things for which he asks. Christ said to Martha at the grave of Lazarus, “If thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God.” John 11:40.
But many have not a living faith. This is why they do not see more of the power of God. Their weakness is the result of their unbelief. They have more faith in their own working than in the working of God for them. They take themselves into their own keeping. They plan and devise, but pray little, and have little real trust in God. They think they have faith, but it is only the impulse of the moment. Failing to realize their own need, or God’s willingness to give, they do not persevere in keeping their requests before the Lord.
Our prayers are to be as earnest and persistent as was the petition of the needy friend who asked for the loaves at midnight. The more earnestly and steadfastly we ask, the closer will be our spiritual union with Christ. We shall receive increased blessings because we have increased faith.
Our part is to pray and believe. Watch unto prayer. Watch, and cooperate with the prayer-hearing God. Bear in mind that “we are labourers together with God.” 1 Corinthians 3:9. Speak and act in harmony with your prayers. It will make an infinite difference with you whether trial shall prove your faith to be genuine or show that your prayers are only a form. — (Ellen White, Christ’s Object Lessons, pg. 145-146).
Excerpt taken from an article by Chris Buttery (Photo below) entitled, ‘Lessons on Prayer’ - Sacramento Central Seventh-day Adventist Church website, 08-01-2018.
CONFERENCE CALENDAR OF EVENTS AT A GLANCE
1 - 3: Family Island Youth Congress & ACLASS: North Eleuthera
3: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS
2: Mission Transform 242: Local church AY visit to pray with the M.P. of church area
2 - 9: Week of Prayer
10: Remembrance Day March
15-17: (ALERT) Advanced Leadership & Retention Training
17: PARL Year End Council Meeting
23: CHAM - Children’s Day (in all churches)
23: CHAM - Agape Praise
24: SBC Youth Council Elections
24: CHAM FUN DAY
24: Youth Council Elections
27 - 30: SBC Bible Conference (Islam and Christianity in Prophecy)
28: THANKSGIVING DAY
ATCU PUSH INITIATIVE
The prayer focus of The Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) for the week, November 10 – 16, 2019: Inter American Division, Family Ministries.
South Bahamas Conference Bible Conference 2019
‘Islam and Christianity-Daniel 11’ on November 27-30, 2019 at the Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church with Guest Presenter, Tim Roosenberg (photo), author of the book Islam & Christianity In Prophecy: a study of Daniel 11.
‘The headlines are unmistakable. Our world is on the precipice of extraordinary cataclysmic change. The conflict between two great world religions—Islam and Christianity—is fast approaching a devastating climax that will shake the whole world. Indeed, the face of Western Europe has already been transformed through rapid Islamic expansion, and the fear of terror and holy war pervade the world's psyche as multiple conflicts rage in the Middle East and beyond. But what happens next—and when?’
Roosenberg will present on current events and how prophecies are being fulfilled, Ellen G. White, Daniel 11 and the role of Atheism.
Join us as we unveil a thrilling picture of prophecy and the past, present, and future roles of Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, and the United States in the final conflict ahead. Don’t miss this study into the word of God. All members are invited to attend!
COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT UPCOMING TRAINING
In the upcoming weeks, there will be training on the Digital Mixer Board for local church media teams and persons interested in serving in this area in 2020. watch here for further information. –Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, Communication Director.
CHILDREN & ADOLESCENT MINISTRIES DEPARTMENT
November 23 - CHILDREN’S DAY (morning)
AGAPE PRAISE (afternoon)
November 24 – CHAM FUN DAY. Please Watch Here For More Details on These Events. -- Mrs. Lavern Sturrup, C.H.A.M Director.
Blood Drive: During the months of November and December the Adventist Health Professionals Association (AHPA) is encouraging you to give the gift of life by donating blood to the Princess Margaret Hospital’s Blood Bank. Lab hours, Monday – Friday 8:00a.m – 4:30p.m. CALL 502-7822. All types of blood are needed. Thank you so much for your support.
Simple Remedies and Preventative Medicine Seminar - Uchee Pines 2020. All persons interested in attending a Simple Remedies and Preventative Medicine Seminar on March 22-26, 2020 at Uchee Pines in Seale, Alabama can register at the following link: https://www.ucheepines.org/seminars/simple-remedies-preventive-medicine/
For further information, please contact Nathelyn LaCroix at 323-0610 or Whatsapp 826-8486. --Mrs. Nathelyn Lacroix, Health Ministries Director.
Fourth Quarter (October - December)
“WE” (Women Empowerment) – Q4 Forecast:
24 - Redemption WM “ I Refuse To Sink,” one-day Retreat.
TBA - Zone 4 Community Outreach.
Warfare Wednesdays: The Women’s Ministries Department extends an invitation all women in the South Bahamas Conference to take a minute to ‘pause and pray’ with us at 12 noon each Wednesday. This collective effort not only enrich our prayer lives, but the results of these unified prayers are unmeasurable. You may contact your local leader for more information on this wonderful initiative.
DONATION REQUEST: Used, But In Good Condition Devotionals. Kindly donate to your local Women’s Ministries Leader for distribution during our community outreach projects this year. --Mrs. Jacqueline Gibson, Women’s Ministries Director.
Under the distinguished patronage of Pastor Hugh and Mrs. Olga Roach, the South Bahamas Conference’s Adventist Men Chorale will hosts its annual concert on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:30p.m at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Kirk. All are invited. An offering will be lifted. –Elder Curtis Bryan, Men’s Ministries Coordinator.
SOUTH BAHAMAS CONFERENCE MUSIC MINISTRIES
Rehearsals for the newly organized SBC Youth Choir, for persons ages 15 – 30 years, continues at the Agape Church, Wulff Road, this Sunday and every Sunday at 6:00 p.m. You are invited to be a part of this dynamic Youth Choir.--Mrs. Annette Dorsett, Music Ministries Coordinator.
A.L.E.R.T - ADVANCED LEADERSHIP EVANGELISM RETENTION TRAINING
November 15-17, 2019
This program of the Ministerial Department of the South Bahamas Conference, will be held under the theme, “Reaching Millennials - The Paradigm Shift.” Guest speakers for the conclave will be Dr. Jesse Wilson and Henoc Paulicin. These comprehensive sessions are designed to equip persons for effective ministry in their local churches and the community. Cost: $100.00
Venue: National Training Agency, Gladstone Rd.-- Pastor T. Basil Sturrup, Ministerial Secretary.
Prayer Ministries Conference-Wide SERVICES
Please note, our regular prayer meeting will continue on the first Sunday of every month at the Grant’s Town Church at 6:00a.m. --Pastor Leonardo Rahming, Prayer Coordinator.
YOUTH DEPARTMENT TIDBITS
WINTER EVANGELISM 2019: Service schedules (for the final week) are as follows:
Sabbaths, November 9th & 16th:
Morning service @ 11:00a.m
Evening Service @ 4:30p.m
November 10th -15th @ 7:00p.m, nightly Mondays & Thursdays are off nights
Join this urban Evangelistic Series to Equip, Engage and Empower survival living!
PATHFINDERS TO PARTICIPATE IN REMEMBRANCE DAY: Sunday November 10, 2019 is Remembrance Day. Pathfinders are asked to assemble at the Grant’s Town Church at 10:00a.m in FULL Class A uniforms to march to the Garden of Remembrance for the ceremony and march back to the Grant’s Town Church.
Adventurer Directors are asked to please use their discretion in allowing Adventurers to participate in this march. Pathfinders and Masterguides are to be present along with the Pathfinder band.
PATHFINDER INVESTITURE SCHEDULE 2019:
November 16 - New Providence
November 30 - Hillview Pathfinder Club
November 30th: Good News Pathfinder Club
December 7th: Ephesus Pathfinder Club
December 14th: Philadelphia, Mangrove Cay & Johnson Park Pathfinder Clubs.
ADVENTIST YOUTH AWARDS
DATE: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2019
VENUE: BREEZES HOTEL & RESORT
TIME: 5:30P.M TICKETS: $60.00.
ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET!
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE ABNC. Or purchase tickets from your Pathfinder or AY Leader. Churches can also purchase tables to reserve seating.
CONTACT THE YOUTH OFFICE FOR MORE DETAILS. --Pastor Jamal Franklyn, Youth Director.
BREATH OF LIFE CHURCH
Under the theme “Unity in Diversity,” the Breath of Life Church’s Personal and Family Ministries will hold a series of meetings from November 6 – 10, nightly at 7:00p.m. The Prayer Ministries Department will conclude the series under the theme “Unleashing the Power of God Through Prayer and Fasting.”
Wednesday November 13: “What’s That In Your Mouth.”
Friday November 15: Vesper Praise and Thanksgiving Service.
Sabbath November 16: All day power-packed services from 9:15a.m. until the set of sun. Guest speaker will be Pastor Jeremiah Duncombe.
Sunday November 17: Prayer breakfast at 6:00a.m. Come and enjoy all of these services with us!
GOOD NEWS CHURCH YOUTH RETREAT SWIPE RIGHT
ALL Youth are invited to join us at the Bahamas Youth Camp from December 6-8, 2019. COST $30. (For Ages 14-30 years).
There will be: Interactive sessions, spiritual and uplifting programs, avenues to develop a closer walk with Jesus, social activities and prizes & surprises. Deadline for registration is november 15, 2019. Call/whatsapp for more information - 359-0833 / 813-4554.
The Philadelphia Church celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the following events.
- Wednesday November 20th - Prayer and Praise at the Elizabeth Estates Park
- Friday November 22nd - Praise and Worship at the Church
- Sabbath November 23rd - Divine Service
- Sunday November 24th - The celebration climaxes with a Gala Banquet at the National Training Agency. Tickets are on sale. –Mrs. Annette Dorsett.
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SUN SETS NEXT SABBATH
November 16, 2019 AT 5:21 P.M.
This week's Logos is the last Logos that Barrington Brennen uploaded to this web site as an assistant in Communication and before his transition (some call retirement). His last day at work will be November 15, 2019.
He said "It has been a wonderful journey." Since 2000 Barrington Brennen has uploaded at least 700 weekly Logos and has faithfully kept the website updated.
At different times over the years, he has served as the Assistant Communication Director, Communication Director, and Assistant to the president responsible for Communication. He was one of the first to edit the Nassau Guardian newspaper insert. He also served the Conference as Family Ministries Director, Music Ministries Coordinator, Adventist Hospital Chaplain. He has pastored fifteen churches on four islands in The Bahamas.