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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    

Sunday, May 10 2020

Exodus 8:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

18 The magicians tried with their secret arts to bring forth gnats, but they could not; so there were gnats on man and beast.

 
All things happen in our lives for a season or time.  Sometimes, they are good things and sometimes they are not.  And surprisingly, you would think, we would remember all of the good things, vividly, repeatedly, graciously and thankfully. But we do not.  We do, however, remember the bad things vividly, repeatedly, fearfully and regrettably.

Much like the plagues set for upon the Israelites, the epidemics of our lives, the problems with the biggest pains are often duplicated, replicated, procreated, or propagated because we often do as Pharaoh did, and harden our hearts and spirits, because we feel that God did not help us out of it.  Well that’s not God’s job!  You need to clean up what you mess up, you got to sweep around your own front door.

We’ve all got plagues engulfing our lives

               CV-19                         HIV/AIDS                 Heart disease            Diabetes

               Sexism                       Racism                    Terrorism                    Bills

               Mortgage/Rent       Loans                      Childcare                     Eldercare

Whatever the plague is in and around your life, whatever addictions, afflictions, complications, disruptions, infections, irritations, obstructions, or tribulations are happening; God is in control.  Nobody can do, what God can.   And those who think they can and can’t, will only shift the blame somewhere else. But if you hold onto your faith, God can work with you, He can work for you.  See it’s okay if you are a little mistrusting, it’s okay if you have some doubt, it’s okay if you continuously cry, “I can’t!”… as long as you hold onto your faith.  God can call you out of anything – including your own excuses. 

With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~ Matthew 19:26 ESV

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~ Philippians 4:13

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? ~ Romans 8:31 ESV

God is the way-maker, the miracle-worker, the provider, the King of Kings.  We all need to make the decision to stand on God’s word.  We need to know that with this faith, all things will work out – maybe not how we planned them to, be how they are meant to be.   

The magicians tried to do what God did, but they could not, and neither can we.  We say….”Show me, and I’ll trust you”  but God says, “Trust me, and I’ll show you” 

Monday, April 27 2020

Genesis 8:18 King James Version (KJV)

18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:

No one does it alone.

God knew, and Noah was wise enough to know, that if he and his family were to be successful in making a new start, it would take teamwork. They would need each other.

God is a god of 2nd chance.  And HE knew Noah could not do it alone, so HE saved his wife and sons and their wives as well.  Nobody does it alone.  We often forget when we pray to God to help us out of something, and when HE does, because it was not in that moment of prayer, we often believe we did it all by ourselves.  Nobody does it alone!

Some of you are going through this right now.  But God in His grace has given you a new year. It is a new beginning, a fresh opportunity, a brand-new start. Every person can make a new start! But how do you successfully make a new start?

First, you must acknowledge your need of others.   Nobody does it alone!

Second, establish worship as your number one priority. Just as you need others, your need your church and your faith as well.  You need to make real, uninterrupted, thoughtful, and prayerful time for GOD.

Genesis 8:20 says...
When Noah made a new start, the first thing he did was build an altar and worship God.
God was # 1!

It did not say that he worshiped God while he unloaded the ark or tended the animals.

We need to do the same thing. Have a time and place where you meet with God daily.

What new start are you birthing today? 
What new beginning will you make?


Remember this one thing, you are not alone!

Saturday, March 28 2020
Exposed

Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength. The courage it takes to reveal your heart is one of the most daunting...and yet, rewarding experiences in life. It will set you free. You can’t experience life, without feeling life. Everything you want, is on the other side of fear.

In every vulnerability there is power, there is energy and there is stability.  Open yourself to your weakness and frailty.  Uncover what you keep veiled and secret.   Lay it out, unmask it, bring it to light and allow it to become your resilience.  Show your versatility annd adaptive traits.  Turn 'em loose!  

Expose yourself. Bask in you nakedness, for it is also your armor.

Minister Cheryl Moore

Sunday, March 15 2020

But You Ain’t Heard It From Me!

“He who excuses himself, accuses himself”

This is a line I learned in grade school that has always rung true. People who gossip alway tell on themselves by being the first to say, “It wasn’t me!” or “Isn’t it too bad some folks need to talk behind others’ backs!” If you didn’t say it, if you don’t agree or condone it, why would you feel the need to say anything?

The bible says that gossip is wrong, it is sinful...yet the biggest gossipers a church-going people. Will they ever be anyone that can even begin to live up to their standards. I saw a friend comment about gossip on social media...and the first comment received was from someone I know has gossiped! Now, maybe they have convinced themselves that it’s not gossip if you say it or ask it in a non-threatening and innocent way, like - “Oh, isn’t that Mr. So-n-so’s wife over there with that man? I think I’ve seen him with Sis Such-n-such a few times too.” Innocent, I think not! Then somewhere down the road, it may be confirmed that some kind of affair has happened, and suddenly the well meaning non-gossiper is saying, “I always knew he or she was ‘that way’, but who am I to say anything?”

Don’t get me wrong....I think everyone enjoys some juicy gossip every now and then....but there has to be a point in which you can politely exit the conversation or even better, put an end to it.

It’s like bullying. You see it but stay out of it unless it’s happening to you.

Just remember, it eventually will.

friendship? See where your own horizon is, and stop letting your sun fall below it.

  Minister Cheryl Moore

Sunday, March 01 2020
Sunset

Ever feel like there is that one person you can never do enough for? You try and try, but they are never satisfied, grateful or thankful. Well, maybe the real problem is the mere fact that you are doing for them. Have you become an enabler for their bad reception of your good intentions? Sometimes you need to STOP! and allow them to miss what they’ve been getting. Allow them to realize their life without your help. I must warn you though, it is most likely they will resent you for your non-support as well. See, there is no WIN with these types of folks, because they are the ONLY thing that matters to them. Try and think of the last time they said anything or did anything nice for YOU? Ask yourself, when have they ever shown concern or consideration for YOU? Now, ask yourself....Why are YOU continuing to allow yourself to be dispirited by their lack of friendship? See where your own horizon is, and stop letting your sun fall below it.

  Minister Cheryl Moore

Friday, January 31 2020

What do you do when God is instructing you to move forward in life, but you're stuck.  You think you can't move forward, because you've not finished what you've been doing.  But God is telling you it IS done.  He is crying to close the door and open a new opportunity, but you keep putting your foot in the way.    Here are some ways we block God's Blessing and stay stuck between the rocks:

Living in Rebellion     

James 4:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and [a]war. [b]Yet you do not have because you do not ask.

James 4:3 New International Version (NIV)

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

You Dont Come to God and Ask for His Blessings

Matthew 7:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

You Do Not Have Faith in God

James 1:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

Philippians 4:6 New Living Translation (NLT)

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

You hate when people see you cry, because you want to be that strong person.  At the same time, though, you hate that nobody notices how torn and broken apart you are.   Always remember that you are free to do what you want to do but you are never free from the consequences of your actions.  So always choose to do good.

There come a time when you have to stop crossing oceans for people who wouldn't even jump puddles for you.  People always think the most painful thing in life is losing the one you value.  The truth is, the most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of valuing someone too much and forgetting that you are special too.

Crawl out from under, squeeze through from in between - Stand tall on your rock!

Minister Cheryl Moore

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

Wednesday, November 13 2019

Obituary

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 going...is the feeling still the same or are you staying out of obligation?  

It could be you...you'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 is...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


Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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