Norman H. Hurd Jr. is the proud pastor of Agape Missionary Church of Aurora, Colorado. Born July 17, 1952, in Newark, New Jersey. He attended Newark School of the Arts (Arts High School) and graduated in 1970. He entered into the United States Army in February of 1972. In May 1981 he was assigned to the Army Recruiting Command stationed in Denver, CO from where he retired in February 1992. He answered the call to ministry under the guidance of Pastor Fred Hopson of St. Stephen’s Missionary Baptist Church in May of 1987. In 1989 he accepted the call to Pastor the Greater St. John Baptist Church of Denver, Colorado and in December of 1992 founded Agape Missionary Church where he now presides. Pastor Hurd is the husband of Cheryl L. Hurd and the proud father of 4 sons and 1 daughter. In October 1992 Pastor Hurd was introduced to Bishop DL Jones, Overseer of The Living Gospel Church, headquartered in Compton, CA. Realizing that it was not good that the church had no affiliation or covering we united with The Living Gospel Church Fellowship and are under the oversight of Bishop DL Jones. He presently sits on the Board of Directors of The Living Gospel Church. Pastor Hurd is very active in men’s ministry and believes in the need for men to take their rightful place in ministry. His endeavor is promote salvation as the message of the gospel and overcoming this carnal nature as the goal of the message.
~ From the desk of the Pastor ~
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
We are engaged in a journey that has many rewards and challenges. We are tempted by our human nature to want to profess some things that we do not possess simply because in our minds we want to believe that our understanding of a thing has credibility. The real issue is that sometimes we need to take a few moments and really evaluate ourselves and know what is the truth and what is error. Many of us are wishing that we could be as saved as we profess to be and the truth of the matter is that we can. We have been looking at what it takes for a man to be in Christ Jesus. We know that we start out with Him in us the hope of Glory but we sometimes stop short of understanding how this glory is revealed in us. We sometimes lose sight of the fact that God wants to reveal himself to the world through His people and that we are expected to reflect a life that gives glory to God.
The life of a believer is complex and challenging but it is not hard. However, the Bible says that the way of the transgressor is hard. We are challenged to become spiritual (trust in the Lord) and to lean not to our own understanding. To trust in the Lord means to place total reliance upon his Word and Plan for your life. We are facing times of adversity and our stability is most vital. We are admonished not to be doubleminded so that we are not unstable in all our ways. The walk we walk is a walk of faith which comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. We must maintain a singleness of mind so that we are not tossed by every wind of doctrine. We must place our highest priority on becoming spiritual and walking after the Spirit so that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. The challenge is to be willing to allow God to change us by the renewing of our minds. It is easy to modify our condition but to encounter real change is challenging. We must be willing to go against the grain and do what we have never done before.
Finally there is a promise of reward. Not monetary or material rewards, although I believe that they will be a part of this life we live. The reward we seek after is eternal life. Not living forever although we will do that. The life that rewards is the life that is marked by knowing God and His Son, Jesus Christ, whom He sent. To enter into a meaningful and intimate relationship with the Father and the Son is the greatest reward a man can ever possess. May you be blessed beyond measure. Won't you come out and join us in our worship experience?
But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: (Hebrews 12:22-25)