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Everyone, everyday, celebrates a birth day.  Not just the day they were birthed, but those days they are born and reborn.  Whether this birth is a physical one or a spiritual one, it deserves recognition and celebration.  

This series is a collection of all the Biblical verses represented by my physical birth date, that I have birthed into a new message for all of you.  There are 29 in all.  I will try and write a message each week for each one, in no particular order.

I hope you will enjoy.  Also, check out my other works at:   http://www.lcherylmoore.com

          Minister Cheryl Moore    

Friday, June 22 2018

Stop waiting for your moment!

How many times have you avoided doing something, because it is not the 'right time'?

If you continue to wait for the 'right time' you will soon discover that there simply isn't one. There will always be something more urgent, more needed, more important. You also have to motivate and activate yourself. So, make up your mind, that your 'right time' is right now. Make a plan, figure it out...just do it. We put off far too much in life, and before we know it, we find ourselves in desperate situations, wishing we had more time, had done more or had made better choices. Stop waiting for your moment and make your dreams happen!

Ecclesiastes 9:10

10Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

  Minister Cheryl Moore

Friday, June 15 2018

Standing in Your Own Way

Some people say they are born leaders, but most are appointed to such a position.  Simply being put into a position of power and authority – does not make you qualified.  Not everyone who is a leader, can effectively lead.  We are not gifted by God to leadership, but what we do have is an example of Godly living and knowledge of God’s word.  With these two things, we can accomplish without intimidation.  In fact, those who God put in position of leadership, at some point or another failed.  When you are able to make an impact on someone’s spiritual life you inspire them to do it to others, thus making leaders of them.  Remember that we all have gifts, and that knowing what they are can help us to lead effectively and confidently. 

The problem is recognizing your inability to lead or your ineffectiveness and being able to get out of your own way to fix it.  See, you probably can recognize all of the problems in someone else before you can identify your own.  It’s like being on a diet, you cheat because no one can see you cheating, but then you get on the scale and are disappointed in yourself.  Stop standing in your own way.

Check your ego.  We’ve all heard that song, “Check yourself before you wreck yourself!”  Truer words have not been spoken!  If you’re too busy building your own ego or success, become too bigheaded to help anyone else.  You also must give those who know you best permission to be totally honest with you, without fear of repercussions.  Be able to hear them tell you when you are wrong or out of line.

You’re a control freak.  Another obstacle in your way of yourself may be your tendency to try and micromanage.  My late husband managed a group of workers and he would always say his job description was to: “Lead, direct and sometimes assist!”  If you ask someone to do something, you must allow them then to do it.  How it gets done, may not be how you would have done it…but the bottom line is in the accomplishment and completion and not the process.  Everyone’s process is different and works for their own purpose. 

You’re a mess!   If your own life is full of stress, distress, and distraction – how can you lead anyone anywhere?  You have no clear path of your own!  If you allow what others say and do, to interrupt your life, your personal or spiritual walk, or even your physical well-being; you will only invite more conflict.  Chances are, you will begin to do one of two things: you will engulf yourself with more responsibilities or you will totally shut down.  Neither of these will help your leadership of anyone else.  If you are too busy, you don’t have time nor patience – if you shut down, you don’t have presence. Get out of your own way.

You are already an expert.  This is the hardest one to move away from.  It’s hard to be both a leader and an expert.  As an expert you have all the skills and resources, you have all the answers.  But as a leader, you must support, you must accept failure, you must be proactive and you must question, rather than answer.

So are you ready?  Can you set a clear path and follow your own direction?  Can you get out of your own way?  Your ability to become a great leader can only be hindered by you.  Stop standing in your own way.

   Minister Cheryl Moore

Thursday, June 07 2018

Holding back the years
Holding back the tears
and fears and doubts
Doubting myself,
my life, my beliefs
Believing that God will
Work it out

I’ll keep holding on
To the dream I have
That one day we will forget
Forget our oppression
That we won’t regress
To that stress
But we will press on

Holding onto the power
The power of Prayer
Prayer that has brought me through
Seen me through
Through it all
All that I have, and all that I am
I am grateful to HIM

Holding onto the positive
When I am positive
That the negative
Is related to the belief
Belief they hold
And that we are no good
For no good reason

But it’s my season for grace
For favor has given me
Me, whom you deem worthless
A reason
To put myself
Upon a pedestal
And honor me

I’ll keep holding on
Cause I can’t erase
Their hate for our race
Cause of the color of our face
I face these facts each day
And in my own way
Make an difference

Minister Cheryl Moore  

Friday, June 01 2018

Small churches can have lots of things in common, good things and bad things, but being small shouldn’t be one of the bad things.  I’m sure megachurches do a lot of good, but personally, I don’t want my appointment for my pastor to be a year out.  I don’t want to sit so far back in a church, that I have to watch a jumbo-tron in order to see what happening on the pulpit.  I don’t want a church, where I don’t know any of the people sitting in the row with me. 

Large churches and megachurches – cost money – and they usually aren't built in a poor community.   In order to maintain, both monetarily and congregationally, megachurches must always be on the hunt for the next big thing.  There are a lot of folks who can’t handle that much change, consistently. 

A church can be small, because it takes pride in personal service to its congregation and their needs, or because it is strategic in growing and outsourcing its talent, it can be small because it is a great church – that is more concerned with the wellbeing of the ministries and concentrates its efforts on growing spiritually which in turn leads to growing physically.  The leaders of these churches, develop and mentor their flock, then set them free to develop and mentor others, somewhere else.  Likewise, it may be the dream of every pastor of a small church to double its size…but be careful what you wish for!  More members, means more commitment, more time, more problems.  You need to be a leader that can handle all of these changes.  You may have been a great pastor to your small church, but now your larger church may find you mediocre and you may find yourself in an unhappy situation.

Or it can be small because they are stuck.

Stuck in time – You’re too comfortable with ways things were done 20 – 50 years ago, and you don’t believe that anything is broke, so why fix it!  No changes to policies, no new ideas or technologies…what’s wrong with what we been doing?  If your church is 100 years old, and it and everyone in it looks 100 years old…you got a problem!

Stuck because of their mistakesMaybe your church just stinks - because you’re not paying attention to mistakes that need fixing, you're not fixing relationships, you're not fixing ministries, and you're not fixing the shortcomings of your governing boards.

Stuck because they exclude – They don’t want a woman pastor, they don’t want a lot of unwed mothers with bad, screaming children, they don’t want gays, they don’t want drug addicts or homeless or alcoholics…it’s okay to help them, but let’s not have them show up on Sundays.

Stuck because you are on the ministerial merry-go-round -  If you are in a church that changes pastors yearly, you may be stuck.  You might be searching for the wrong thing, or maybe, you have no idea what you are looking for! 

So, how can you get un-stuck? Change! But don’t make it harder than it has to be.  Embrace what your common ground already is, stop allowing those who can swim to remain basking in the shallow end of the spiritual pool, and help those who are about to drown, to tread water.

Be strategic – Put people and initiatives in place, then let folks know who, why and how.  Everything doesn’t have to go through the red tape process.  You’re a leader!  Do what you do best! 

Be innovative - Say YES! to new ideas, not all of them…but don’t shut them down just because they are new, different, or not how you’ve always done things.  Innovation needs only a plan and a process if it is going to work consistently.

Be a champion - New ideas need the space to breathe. They need a champion.  Don't allow the 'people on the street' to dictate where and how you should walk.  Make your own path! Be the first to leave your footprints!

Adapt ­– Once you have an atmosphere where people feel them and their ideas will be both accepted and respected, they will be willing to come forth and communicate them to others. Most ideas will be an extension of those already in existence and will require some tweaking or realigning. 

Don’t fear the change, get in, where you fit in.  And if it doesn’t work for you, don’t force it.  Maybe put aside and bring it up again at a later date.  Change is necessary, even when everything is working fine…improvements can always be made.

Above all, love your small church for what it is and for what you can envision it to be - UNSTUCK!

  Minister Cheryl Moore 

Psalm 23

New International Version

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

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