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Tuesday, January 07 2020

Leave your footprints so that someone can follow you.  That they may be able to walk your walk, be able to find their way through your guidance, can navigate via your direction.  Lead by example.

You don't do good works to be saved, you do good works because your are saved!

Stir up the gift that lies within you - don't compare you gift with anyone else's.  The gift is from God, and it is for you alone! No one can do with it what you wil be able to, no one can distribute is greatness in the way you have been enabled.  We must step in and fil in where we have the courage to and even when we do not, we must have the determination to. 

We must be about God's business and not about the Devil's busyness. We must suport each other. Give to those who have not, asking and expecting nothing in return. Like the song say, "We all need somebody to lean on!" We must learn to lean on one another,  be helpers and doers, hold each other up. Everyone cannot be at the top, somebody got to be the foundation, somebody got to hold the ladder, somebody got to leave their footprints.

Minister Cheryl Moore

Tuesday, December 31 2019

“If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” 
This is an old adage, that unfortunately, most of us do not adhere to at all! 

Wednesday, November 13 2019


Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else.

Someone’s passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person’s share of work. Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or meeting to attend, one name was on everyone’s list, “Let Someone Else do it.” Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results, “Someone Else can work with that group.”

It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most liberal givers in the church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference.

Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing superhuman. Were the truth be known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else. Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do.

Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? Who is going to the things Someone Else did?

When you are asked to help this year, remember—we can’t depend on Someone Else anymore.

Friday, September 20 2019

1 Corinthians 14:12
Even so you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel.

We all have gifts.  Every believer has at least one gift  (1 Corinthians 12:6-7, 11). All believers are to evaluate themselves in terms of their God-given gifts (Romans 12:3).  Our gifts are different and serve a specific purpose in our lives and in the lives of others.  We may share similar gifts, but each of us has a gift that is suited for a particular purpose in our lives.  

The gifts may be organized in several ways. Here is the most common grouping.

Establishing Gifts (Ephesians 4:11 and 1 Corinthians 12:29): Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, and Pastor-Teachers. These gifts are used primarily for planting and growing churches.

Supporting Gifts (Romans 12:6-8): Prophecy, Service, Teaching, Encouragement, Giving, Administration/Leadership, and Mercy. These gifts are used primarily to organize and administrate the church so that it may best carry out its responsibilities.

Ministry Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 27-31): Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Helps, Administration, Leadership, Distinguishing Spirits, Speaking in Tongues, and Interpreting Tongues. These are the tools that the Holy Spirit utilizes for the ongoing ministry of the church.

It often takes time for gifts to mature and develop into their full effectiveness. Spiritual gifts come "in the rough." Every believer is obligated to mature his/her gift. Each Christian should have an opportunity to use his/her gifts interdependently with others.  But, that does not mean you should jump into every situation and opportunity to display your gifts.  

Your gifts are specifically suited and assigned for particular tasks.  Just because you have the gift of preaching doesn't mean you have the gift of speaking as well.  You may not be effective as a motivational speaker if you are a doom and gloom preacher.  You may be gifted in service, but maybe you can't be an usher, because you have bad feet.  See, just because you have it, doesn't mean it is for you to use it.  There may be someone else who is better gifted with the same gift for that purpose.  Your purpose will come at another time or place.  And your control of your gifts (or lack of) will be made known by God.  For as much as you try to display them, they will not be received with the grace and mercy they should if it is not for you to be the giver at that moment.  

Ephesians 4:7
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

  Minister Cheryl Moore

Sunday, September 01 2019

For most people, their church is an extension of their home.  People often feel tied to a church.  Maybe you grew up in it.  Perhaps you searched it out and found what you were looking for.  Maybe you married into it.  Whatever the reason was that you started the feeling still the same or are you staying out of obligation?  

It could be're not taking your religion as seriously as you used to.  You might feel that you've tried to get your church to shift direction or try something different and they were unwilling, unable, unaccepting or unyielding. 

It could be them...appointing people to positions - people who are not doing things in and for the church, people who have no knowledge of what the position entails, or people, who once they get there, just sit and wait for their time to be done.  Maybe there are too many ministries and no ministering.  Or perhaps they are too rigid in the ways of the old and not adapting to changing times or generations.

So here is some literal food for thought.

If you went to a restaurant and the service was bad and the food was terrible, and you went back a couple times more hoping for change - but there was none, would you continue to go back?

Well, sometimes that's how you need to treat your church.  Loyalty has no place in your spirituality.  Your spirit needs to be fed continuously, it needs nurturing, and love and room to expand.  If you are going to church week after week and being starved, stifled or stunted then it's time to decide if this is the table you need to sit at.  Is your faithfulness to the church or to the Lord?

What is it that you need to be spiritual nourished?  Happiness?  Support?  Meditation?  Knowlege?  Love?

What ever it needs to be prepared and presented correctly.  It needs to be cleansed, seasoned, and organized.  Then it needs to be laid out in an appealing and appeasing manner.  It needs to look good on the plate and on the table.  It needs to be easy to swallow and go down smoothly.  It needs to tantalize, vitalize and utilize your senses, your motives and your spirit.  

And those who are preparing it need to have knowledge, know how and knifing skills - so they can cut out and cut around the unesscessary and serve only the finest cuts.

And those who are serving it, need to be ushering, attending, welcoming and acknowledging.  They need to know how to portion, pour and plate.  They need to know when to fill, when you are full and when to overflow.

Nobody eats at a poorly rated restaurant, and the house your attend, or the table you sit at for you spirituality should be the same.

What's Being Served at Your Table?

 Minister Cheryl Moore

Monday, July 15 2019

When people are intimidated by your strength and happiness, they will try to tear you down and break your spirit.  Remember it’s a reflection of their weakness and not a reflection of you.  Live your life as though you are un-breakable.  

Never forget who ignored you when you needed them, and who helped you before you even asked.

Now, I really need to explain this one - cause it's more than "what goes around, comes around"  or "karma is a *****" scenario.  I'm talking about those you consider to be close comforters in your life, that never really give you any comfort.  You know what and who I'm talking about.  Those good friends, maybe even best friends, that as soon as you have a need, or a problem...they are directing you to anyone BUT them!  But pay close attention to those who are WILLING to help and especially those who see you and recognize there is a problem and do something about it, without you even saying a word.  THESE are the people you NEED in your life.

Trust that when the answer is no, there is a better yes down the road.

There have been times, when I would not ask a question, afraid the answer would be no.  But isn't that the only other choice?  Either yes or no, you still have to do whatever is necessary to accomplish what you set out to do.  If the answer IS no...then you need to find a way to make a YES happen, or work around the no.  And be continuing to work, there is always a better YES ahead.  Also, just because there's a NO, it may not be a no for all you require.  Maybe they can't do it all, but can do some.  Maybe its a no to what you asked for specifically, but YES to an alternative.  Never let the NO-s of life break you.

When you are going through hell, keep going.

And hold your head up.  Cause regardless of how anyone acts around you, everyone goes through it.  Some come out the better, some come out - stinking of the suffering and torture of it, some don't make it out at all...they continue to wallow in it, too afraid or lethargic to do anything to help themselves.  

The time to let go, is when you are going down.  Never hold onto someone or something that is going to crash you into the ground.

When you are on an airplane, the first thing they tell you is to put the oxygen on yourself first!  What help can you be to anyone, if  you are passed out?  It's the same with your deliverance...once you have made the choice to excel in your beliefs, you need to re-examine where others around you are in theirs.  Then you need to let go of the ones who instead up trying to level up, want to hold you back and discourage you.  

Get your spirit in Un-Breakable mode!  Know your tolerance and don't allow it to be pushed beyond measure.  Let NO be a word of love from you.  Let your time be YOUR time.  Choose who and what you want in and for your life...then be unstoppable, unyielding, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting...UNBREAKABLE!

  Minister Cheryl Moore 

Wednesday, May 01 2019

Every morning as I awaken, I thank God for letting me make it through the night and allowing me to see another day.   I know that this day belongs to Him and Him alone, and that I should make it the best day it can be.  Because, tomorrow is not promised.

Now that I officially have become a member of the 'elder' society... a junior 'senior'... a 'silver' fox -  I am appreciating the magnificence, the precious-ness of every moment.  And at the same time, others around me, those I have spent my lifetime with, have come to that crossroad in life, where they are either gone or discovered that their days are now numbered. 

Now I can't imagine where my mind would be if I knew for sure I only had an alloted amount of time.  What would I do? Where would I go? What would I say?  What could I leave?  But I think my biggest problem would be...What kind of Christian would I be?

Would I continue to walk the walk and talk the talk?  Would I believe even more that the hand of God was upon me and that He had something far better in mind for me?  Would I become a Mother Cheryl - and try to give back to everyone I possibly could or would I become a malicious minister of my own malevolence, cursing God and wishing the same prognosis on everyone else?   

Well I guess if I could honestly and assuridly answer these question, I would probably be called a prophet.  And since I am not, I can only tell you what I know for sure...

And that is...tomorrow's promise - if you are blessed enough to receive it - are the promises that Jesus has for you.

1. Life

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it’” (Matthew 16:24–25, New International Version).

It seems like an incredible contradiction, but we will only find life when we quit pursuing it. When we stop chasing the things we believe will bring us life and instead, pursue the creator of life.

2. Acceptance

“All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away” (John 6:37, NIV).

Christ’s assurance that he will not send those who come to him away.  If we come to him, we will find him waiting with open arms. Christ’s invitation extends to everyone, and he accepts all those who follow him.

3. Reward

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first” (Mark 10:29–31, NIV).

Following Jesus requires sacrifice and to know that our sacrifices aren’t in vain and there’s nothing we can surrender that exceeds what’s attained in following him.

4. Revelation

“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them” (John 14:21, NIV).

When you get down to it, there’s an element of God’s truth that one can only understand from the inside.  Jesus promises us that, when we obey him, he will manifest himself to us.

5.  Friendship with God

“You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:14–15, NIV).

Jesus came to reconcile God to mankind. The surprise there isn’t just that a bridge would be built between God and humanity; it’s that we would enter this relationship as friends. Yet, this is is exactly what Jesus promises us.

6. Joy

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:9–11, NIV).

We’re instructed to continually exist in God’s love, and he tells us that we can do that by keeping his commands.  Jesus promises us that joy is a byproduct of remaining in God’s love.

7. Trials

“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12, NIV).

Following Jesus puts you at odds with the world.  Some that belong to Jesus will lose friends, family, jobs, opportunities, maybe even their lives. This truth is partially why these other promises exist. It’s as if God is saying, “Following me will be a struggle, but here are the things I will promise those who persevere.”

Jesus says it this way: “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” (Matthew 5:10–11).

So remember today, that while tomorrow may not be promised, there will be tomorrow's promises, today!  

Think about it.   And smile!

 Minister Cheryl Moore

Monday, March 11 2019

Once again, this past Wednesday...I saw 'those' people, with the black ash on their foreheads in the shape of a cross.  For years, it seemed like mostly Catholics and some Protestants - but now, more and more people it seem to be observers of the day.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Holy Season, the season of Lent; the 40 days of Lent. 

“Forty” has long had spiritual significance for Jews and Christians in regard to preparation. Moses was with God for forty days and nights on Mount Sinai in preparation for receiving the Ten Commandments (Exodus 34:28). But the primary focus for Lent is on: Matthew 4:1-2, where Jesus is portrayed as fasting for “forty” days and nights; Mark 1:12-13, depicting Jesus as being led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil for “forty” days; and Luke 4:1-2, telling of Jesus being led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to fast and to be tempted by the devil for “forty” days. Taking into consideration how Jesus prepared for his ministry, “forty” was determined to be the number of days his followers should use in preparing for Easter.

As Baptist, there is no mention of Lent from our pulpit.  There were no ashes to mark forheads.  There was no special prayer.  And yet, it amazes me to hear people vowing to one another, to give something up for this period of time.  So it made me wonder...

What would you give up for Lent?  

Some folks keep it simple - I'll give up coffee, or chocolates, or potato chips....though, few make it.   Some folks get a little deeper with it - I'll give up swearing, smoking, alcohol and various other minor addictions.  Some get biblical and vow to fast of cut certain things out of their diets and their lives.  And even amongst the true believers and the true believers of their own word...few succeed.  Then, I saw something on Facebook that struck me as a most satisfyingly doable proposal.  Instead of fasting from the ordinary...

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope
  • Fast from worries and trust in God
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen

Supposedly, these are the words of the Pope (not sure which one!) and whether or not that is a true fact, the sentiment remains the same.  We would be more Christ-like if we could embrace positivity in our lives.  That is what God would want most of us.  

Confucius says: “When you have faults, do not be afraid to abandon them.”   

What would you give up for Lent?  Give up your faults, give them up and let the spirit of the Holy Ghost take over.

 Minister Cheryl Moore

Sunday, November 25 2018

Being related doesn't make someone relative.  Just because there is a genetic tie, does not give anyone the right to feel they have power or control of you.  Too many people trust and believe in those who not only do not have their best interest at heart, but are consistently looking to take from you for the betterment of theirselves.  Do not be afraid to become a monster in order to scare off their drama.  Do not be afraid to say "No, I can't help you"  or  "No, I won't help you" when they come looking for favors, handouts and sympathies.  The same family who do you wrong, are running around telling everyone what you did to them!  They are playing the victim and you become the black sheep.  

You are allowed to terminate your relationship with those family members who are toxic.  You are allowed to walk away from those who hurt you.  You can be angry, selfish and unforgiven and not owe any of them an explanation for you taking care of YOU!  

In a perfect world, we would all love and respect one another.  When you love someone, nothing can keep you away.  So when you have family that only come around when they need something, that's not love.  And it is your choice, your truth, to have the ability to say...I'm okay with us being done.  Be relative to your own thoughts, needs and desires.  

Family is not an important thing, it is everything.  So be sure your everything is everything you need.

 Minister Cheryl Moore

Saturday, November 03 2018

Final Days!!!  Gone Forever!!!

These words could be posted in your next church bulletin!  It seems like we are hearing more and more about churches closing down.  Churches that have been in communities for generations upon generations.  Yet at the same time, there are new churches popping up on every other block.  

Take a look at your city, your community, hell - your street!  Who do you know? What are you involved in?  When was the last time you involved yourself in a church ministry or activity?  Where are you in your own spiritual walk?  Why is your church losing it's members?  How can we fix this?

First, we must understand what the problem is.  

     Has there been consistant leave taking in your church?

     Is there a generational split in your church?

     Has there been a significant increase in the cost of housing in your area?

     Are new churches popping up all around you with seemingly flourishing attendance?

Well, if you can answer YES to any of these questions, your church probably is caught in the "AS IS" syndrome.  Churches today need to evolve and involve others, not those who already go to church...but the ones who sit at home or have there own opinions as to why church is not for them.   If people are consistantly taking leave, where are the going or what are they doing?  Not asking can mean the difference in a 100 year old church thriving or dying.   If your church consists only of grandparents and parents, where are the young folk?  Do they stay home because you don't have anything to offer that is relatable to them?  Does the pastor or the congregation grumble when babies cry?  If rents and housing cost have doubled, chances are the older folks are being bought out by younger, professional, wealthy individuals, and if gentrification is taking place, there are probably a new lot of folks who don't believe in "traditional" church values.  They are non-demoninational, multi-racial, bi-lingual and tech savvy.  They want projectors and lights and praise teams and revolving ministers.  And if you are not offering any of this, then the explanation to the last problem is obvious.

The answer is in the ability of your church to adapt, renew, and evolve.  Maybe you can combine with another smaller failing church.  Perhaps you can open a daycare, or offer an afterschool program.  You could host elder care events and activities.  Or you could merge with existing city or town programs.  

But the biggest thing you must do, is to do something!  Don't wait until the liquidation banner replaces your church motto!


 Minister Cheryl Moore

Philippians 4:6-7  (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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