Preaching IN Pink Magazine May 2018
"Breathe" "GirlFriend Theology" Biblical Wisdom
IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS WAIT ON BOAZ?
The B.A.D. C.H.I.C.K. Corner
MEET MINISTER JOSETTE MOORE "Yet will I trust Him"
WHAT'S INSIDE? COVER STORY MINISTER JOSETTE MOORE CATCH YOUR BREATH ALEXANDRA ESPERANCE THE B.A.D. C.H.I.C.K. CORNER SHARON C. SHAMBURGER HONORING MOTHERS SERMON NOTES PASTOR GENAE KULAH WHAT IS CRYPTOCURRENCY? RAYSHOUN CHAMBERS DON'T SIT ON YOUR BOAZ REV. STEPHANIE NEWELLS IN THEIR FOOTSTEP MIN. MICHELLE FLAGG FASHION FORWARD L. CHANEL THOMPSON GIRLFRIEND THEOLOGY PASTOR DENISE ELBERT OUR GIFT TO YOU AFFIRM YOURSELF DAILY IN MINISTRY SARAH JAKES ROBERTS
Min. Josette Moore Certified Life and Women's Empowerment Coach Purpose Midwife
MIN. MOORE IS ONE OF NORTH CAROLINA'S NATIVE DAUGHTERS - BORN IN BONNERTON AND CURRENTLY LIVES IN DURHAM. SHE IS THE PROUD MOTHER OF MIRACLE WILSON, ISAIAH WILSON, JOSHUA WILSON AND GRANDMOTHER OF MADYSON WILSON.
Where did your ministry story begin? God called me to ministry in 2005 but I didn't readily acknowledge the call. However in 2009, I did my initial message and I have been running every since. Yes. There have been bumps in the road, but I'm yet holding on to Him. Where did your ministry story begin? During my toughest times, writing, praying, amazing prayer partners, and yes leaning on my God Tell us about Yourself; The Woman, The Wife, The Minister, The Friend, The Sister, The Mother, etc. I am a woman who has learned that God truly is everything.
Share a life lesson that would bless a younger woman.
I have dedicated my life to helping young women who may have been in abusive relationships/marriages, feeling stuck as a single mother trying to figure out how to move forward, and to every woman I have availed myself to assisting in finding their purpose. I have been in the abusive marriage and survived. I have been the single mother and survived. I didn't know my purpose. I finally discovered it. The journey was not easy. The story definitely is not cute. But God!
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CATCH YOUR BREATH
ife is a journey and the higher you climb the steeper the stairs become. In a split moment your purpose, goals, and destiny may seem farther away. The higher you climb; your breathing has to adjust. I remember parking on the 6th level at a medical facility and realizing there were no elevators near to get to my office building. According to the facility they wanted their employees to build a healthy lifestyle. As I walked down the staircase I remember thinking “Oh it’s not that bad”; until it was time for me to walk up the stairs after work. My heart raced after the second set of stairs, I struggled to catch my breath. It was effortless to go down the stairs but it took a different ability to go up. As you climb the stairs of life while sweating profusely with your heart racing in order to get to the vehicle of your destiny; don’t forget to breathe! Rising to a new level, the air will be different. Breathing allows you to regain focus. Breathe and rest in the Holy Spirit so you can get acquainted with the new scenery.
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The B.A.D. C.H.I.C.K. Corner
BREATHE! Sharon Covington Shamburger
“I don’t know how I am going to pay my bills!” “My boss is cutting hours on everyone’s schedule.” “Ugh! How am I going to lose this weight before the wedding?” “Why is it that I am always alone when everyone else seems to have a ton of friends?” “How will it look if I don’t have a date?” “I could never be as good of an athlete as she is.” “Oh my! There are two days until the deadline. I’m not anywhere near finished.” “God, what am I going to do? This diagnosis is more than I can bear.” “These bills! My relationship! Everything is falling apart!” “Why God? Why?” Do any of these worries or stresses sound familiar? I know they do. They’re so common and they’re not even half of what we allow to consume our minds. In allowing these worries to become our ultimate thoughts, we forget that God is in control. There is a common phrase we often use when we’re hyperventilating or just completely stressed out. That one-word phrase is, “BREATHE!”. Breathe, meaning relax or calm down. Back in the day, some of my peers would say, “Take A Chill Pill”. When you find yourself allowing your mind and emotions to be led by the constantly changing scenarios of life, stop and breathe! Relax! Calm down! Take a moment to remember that God is in control. We know that He is the Ultimate Doctor, right? So, I have a few “chill pills” for you to take to help you breathe. With these prescribed chill pills, there is no possible way to overdose. Simply take them as needed.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts ... Luke 12:22-26 (NLT) Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.,,, Romans 8:28 (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Be encouraged today! I trust that with these “chill pills” (God’s Word), your breathing is guaranteed to improve. Amen!
THIS JOY THAT I HAVE
Honoring Mothers I lost you mom (Phyllis) several years ago. It is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about you. I miss you so much! I Thank God for allowing me to have a mother like you. You loved me flaws and all. You were my biggest cheerleader and my best friend. I know that you are in heaven watching me. You are forever in my heart. Your family misses and loves you. I will always remember how you said never give up on your dreams.You believe in me, when I didn’t believe in myself. Thank you for being “The Best Mother Ever” Your loving daughter Cheryl Peavy
Honoring Mothers What can I say about a woman who is a blessing to not only me but to all that are blessed to meet her? I once had a woman tell me that I won the Mom Lottery! I always held on to that because Karen Mills is an gem! I could not have prayed for a better one. I am overjoyed with simply knowing her and being able to have her as a friend. Mom, I celebrate and honor you. Not only on this day but every day. I have learned the true definition of woman just from watching you.Â LoveÂ So Much, Stevii
Honoring Mothers Barbara J. Porter aka "BJ" or "Bobby", but to ME, she is MOM. I have witnessed my mother forego a meal, so that I could eat. Forego new clothes and shoes, so that I could dress well. And yes I have seen her in a few relationships with men that were not right for her, but she thought they may have been right for me. I remember her struggles as a single mother with only an 8th grade education, but I also remember her being the Mom that always cooked a good meal and always had a clean house. She is MY MOM but I always knew that I had to share her with the neighborhood. I love YOU Barbara Jean Porter Your First Born, Marilyn
Sermon Notes PASTOR GENAE KULAH “Write to the angel of the church in Ephesus: “The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand and who walks among the seven gold lampstands says: 2 I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars. 3 You also possess endurance and have tolerated many things because of My name and have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember then how far you have fallen; repent and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. Revelation 2:1-5 It is really easy to get caught up in the captivity of activity. We can become so obsessed with doing the things of God that we miss the opportunity to just be with God. We become like Martha in Luke 10:28-42, who was more interested in serving the Lord than in hearing what the Lord had to say. Service in and of itself is not wrong because God has called us to a life of servanthood as exemplified by Jesus Christ. He states in Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many. But if we are honest with ourselves we are all over the place, because we keep going and going until we burn ourselves out. We miss deadlines that we had all intentions of meeting. We make promises that we want to keep but because we miss manage our time, once again we have to cancel and let someone down. Or maybe someone as a need that we feel we
must meet without consulting with God whether or not it is our assignment to meet. From our text the church in Ephesus seems to have been bound by the captivity of activity. They were steadfast unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord. They never gave up. They pressed forward and endured hardship like a good soldier; however, in the midst of doing the work for the Lord they forgot the Lord of the work. Unfortunately, we as a church have bought into the same way of thinking claiming that a faithful Christian is a busy Christian. So, we have taught that you need to be doing something in the church instead of allowing new Christians to learn how to be Christians through developing a relationship with God, then out of that relationship will come the service that will not forget God.
So here is the question. In our pursuit of godly living and “Pleasing the Lord” have we forgotten God?” If that is the case I am here to bring hope. God is sending a revival. The prefix RE means again, which indicates that today you will be back to where you were before you got caught up the captivity of activity. To experience a REVIVAL we must: R- Remember your first love and repent E – Enter into worship- Tell God who He is to you. How much you love Him (Spirit and Truth) V – Value the Word of God-speak His word back to Him through prayer I – Invite the Holy Spirt in to empower you V – Visualize your breakthrough A – Accept that you are free L - Laugh at the devil because you are back From this day forth we will walk in our deliverance from the captivity of activity because God has RE- us. He has caused us live again.
WHEN THEY THREW DIRT ON YOU, THEY DID NOT KNOW YOU WERE A SEED
What I$ Cryptocurrency? What on earth is cryptocurrency? Why should any of us even care? Will it be here today? Gone tomorrow? Is it just another “Toy for Boys?” Those are the sort of looming questions related to the space and few others if we are honest about it. But everyone knows things get much sweeter when you add women to the mix, and that is exactly what seems to be happening in the Cryptocurrency arena. Women have already begun build, mine, trade, invest all over that place! Quite frankly, I don’t want you to be any different, so one slice at a time we are going to consume this pie together. By the end you will more than understand. You my queens, will be ready to partake in the fun. Here is the good news, it is actually more familiar to us than it would seem when you listen to the financial news and tech reports. I have heard some explanations that leave me searching for Ibuprofen. So, given all that we have already heard about it, I could take you on a long drive down a winding road at a Sunday morning rate of speed, or I can just tell you out right that cryptocurrency is merely a virtual/digital currency. Yep, that’s it…well, I mean there is more to it in the background but to know what it actually is- that truly is it.
Now for the whipped cream on top – Cryptocurrency is fully defined as a digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank.
Easy right? Think about it like virtual banking without the bank and with enhanced safety measures and accountability built right in. The ever so popular Bitcoin is one example of many other ‘cryptocurrencies’. So given women tend to control the majority of household expenditures, one has to ask… are there women in this Crypto space? When asked, Founder of B.O.K with Cryptocurrency, Kendra Emeruem said "At first, I was astonished to learn that women only made up 5 to 7 percent of the blockchain and crypto industry. I believe women are about to take crypto by storm because we are naturally problem solvers and that's what blockchain does. Now we are connected around the globe to be able to provide solutions to women who may not have access to money, information, or their basic needs.” It is indeed a great foundation to so many causes and fundamental “life hacks” that we as women identify with and can lead the way to bridging gaps. Did you notice that ‘trigger’ word? Blockchain? Sure you did, now let’s grab another slice of that pie we talked about.
What is Blockchain?
Here is where it gets good! One of the most detailed descriptions I have reviewed about this question was published by The Motley Fool. Their coverage on this matter is superb; for the purpose of this article, your take away is to know that literally any business or system that relies on a database could potentially benefit from blockchain technology to make it more secure and accessible. You almost cannot define Blockchain without starting from the beginning where the first blockchain was conceptualized by a person (or group of people) known as Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008. Later to be implemented by Nakamoto as a core component of the cryptocurrency bitcoin, where it serves as the public ledger for all transactions on the network.
Yes, I recognize that was a bit of a Sunday drive, but the nerd in me really wanted you to know that part. Now, primarily there are many complex methods used to describe blockchain technology; but one of the easiest/practical ways I have heard it explained is by comparison to Google Docs. You know how you can create and share a document and it is able to be added to – but cannot be deleted? Yes! In its most simplistic descriptions that is a solid way that you can think of the blockchain. You know who, what, when and where records have been amended.
Women are making strides in this area you would not believe! Saritta Hines, CEO/Founder of Trustabit, has developed a smart contract on the blockchain and she and her company are using the technology to solve the airline delayed flight travel voucher pain point. That’s right, the blockchain is not just for financial transactions! http://www.racventuregroup.com/contact-us.html
There are all sorts of ways creative thinkers have already become making use of the checks and balances provided on the blockchain. For example, tracking dental/medical records, managing projects and rewarding workers, validating personal identities and even keeping a record of sexual consent with an app built on the blockchain whose creators were inspired by the #metoo movement. Please believe there are so many ways that your ideas, innovation and problem solving ideas can truly be placed on the blockchain to gain worldwide engagement.
What Should Women Do? The very first thing we need to do is get connected. Everyone involved in this space are in different parts of our journey. Some of us are investors, others are miners and tech developers, and some are bloggers and enthusiasts. But the best part of it all, there is a place for each and every one of us. You are not required in any way to know the depths of the technical aspects to make a global impact. Your concept is needed and in this era of identity theft, data breaches and missing customer data the blockchain is definitely emerging as the path to take to drive out fraud and increase accountability in nearly all of our everyday aspects of life. Interested in beginning your journey?
Don't Sit On Your Boaz Women have been taught for decades to “wait for Boaz,” but is this a biblical principle? Let's take a quick look the book of Ruth, the third chapter, what I read, understood, and put into practical action. One thing I realized is that women make up the majority of the church. Single women make it a main source of extracurricular activity, working for God, and perhaps hoping to meet a nice guy!
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So, when we've been told to wait- it keeps our money in the plate! Why? Most married women end up following their new husband's to their places of worship. In a nutshell, Ruth took wise counsel (advice) from an elder or as I like to call Naomi, “a mother,” followed it to a tee without compromise, and made herself known and available to Boaz. Sometimes, saved women feel we must sit back, in silence and wait for God to send us a man. This couldn't be farther from the truth! Ruth went in while he was asleep, uncovered his feet, and warmed them with her body as an act of humility and kindness. She was a quiet presence Boaz never knew was there until he awoke and was grateful. Ruth didn't sleep with him nor present herself in a “thirsty manner.” Women were made to be attention grabbers. A simple bat of your eyelashes or a warm smile can let a man know you are open to conversation or even dating. In closing, we must position ourselves for success in all things. God is not a genie. Ask our Heavenly Father for wisdom and go for it. I saw my husband preach one night, smiled at him and bid him good night. I reached out on Facebook (he remembered my smile) two weeks later with a simple, honest message: “I'd like to hear you preach again!” Five years later, we are happily married. What if I'd never said a thing? Maybe I'd still be single… which works for many in ministry. If that's you, keep waiting around. But, the way my Bible is set up, it didn't say you had to!
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IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS
MIN. MICHELLE FLAGG There are hypothetical situations I still do not readily engage. I have never been fond of entertaining any variation on the question of, “What would you tell your younger self?” The question has never stimulated me to honestly consider it while maintaining an inspiring view. It has always appeared to be a little too close for comfort to the realm of ‘coulda, shoulda, woulda’. Those are subjects I do not care to sit down with or in! Besides, all things work together for my good according to Romans 8:28 (KJV). I do not have to contemplate a single moment across my now six decades of living in order to find the magical one that would change the trajectory of my life.
Five years ago I stopped parking in spaces closest to entrances so I could increase my walking. I vividly remember one particular day going to the grocery store to pick up dinner. I passed the premium spots, parked a little more than midway deep in the lot and headed toward the door. I was walking at a brisk pace, right foot down, left foot forward, reverse and repeat. As I moved along in the stride, and before I placed my foot down in the step, I heard: "You are now walking in the footsteps of your mother and grandmother.” I did not stop but to an onlooker, it probably appeared as if I were attempting to strike a pose in the parking lot! I was shaken at the core. And that shaking was indisputably all encompassing. The truth of those words on contact fused with my soul. In what felt like a nanosecond of a second, I felt the congruity of time and space. God showed me the panoramic view of past, present and future. I understood what He said and I knew what He meant. I was carrying a power and the responsibility of its position. It was an awesome and humbling experience then and it continues to be now.
In the days immediately following my “footsteps” experience, I saw myself and other women differently.
Interactions with women young enough to be my daughter or granddaughter changed dramatically. Even in times where I wanted to forego my responsibility, the opportunities of interaction propelled me to be responsible. Whatever was needed – instruction, encouragement, and sometimes correction – all was given in love, thanks to God and second, hesitation did not prevail. Again, thanks to God. Little did I know I was also being prepared for one of the greatest interactions of my life. At this writing, my granddaughter is eighteen months old. She is beautiful. She is full of promise. She is life energy. Out of my granddaughter’s presence in the earth and in my world, an even greater question has emerged for me to answer. It bears a much greater degree of service to and for her. And because I live, it definitely is not bogged down in the mire of supposition. “What would I tell my granddaughter?” I find that to be a valid question worthy of my consideration and response: 1. My love, you are unique. In all creation, no one has ever been or will ever be you. Value your uniqueness. Do not be afraid or ashamed of it. Embrace it. Your uniqueness holds a key to what you were created to accomplish. 2. Do not be afraid of money. Respect its energy and purpose. Intentionally seek to learn financial principles and money management. Money is not something you should ever chase. Learn how to direct its energy so that it serves you and not possess you.
3. Do not believe you cannot accomplish what you desire. Grant it, your desire has to align with God’s desire for you but do not believe anyone else’s words when it comes to defining what you can do. God has already said you can do all things through Christ Jesus. What is most important is will you say what He has said or will you say something contrary? 4. You dad and mom love you always. Respect them. Before they were your parents, they were two individuals who chose to make a commitment and form a bond. You are an expression of their love for one another. Do not ever believe they do not love you. No other person on the planet will love you as they do. 5. No man can make you complete. Your completeness and wholeness is in God, not man. Bring love, commitment, respect and integrity into your relationships and do not settle for less than that from others. 6. You do not ever have to shout for others to hear you. You do not ever have to prove who you are. Be who you are. If you are true to who God has made you to be, people will see who you are before you utter a word. 7. No one can give you what they do not possess. Not family, not friend. Do not try to force people to be who you think they should be. See them for who they are. If who they are is not good for you, accept that then move forward and upward.
8. Choose to enjoy your life. It is yours. No one has the right to define it or place limits on it. 9. What you desire to really know, go after it. Seek knowledge. Ask God for wisdom and understanding. Stay curious. Keep learning. Apply what you learn. 10. As quickly as you can, erase from your mind and behavior the Cs of : 1). competition with another person, 2). comparison to another person, and 3). complacency within yourself. They are thieves and will steal life from you. What would I tell my younger self? Well, maybe now I can answer this hypothetical question from a life-giving and sustaining perspective. Maybe the answer could be “You’re going to have a beautiful granddaughter named Kaylee. Leave her the best of you.” Let the footsteps continue.
Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
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L. Chanel Thompson The Fashion Hack
o you know how to UN-size yourself? That’s where you don’t about the size or the brand or the store, but you are all about the STYLE. I remember dress down Fridays at my parochial school. It made me excited and anxious all at the same time. It was a time for me to express myself in style (the excitement) and it brought the anxiety of not having a lot of clothes because my single mother didn’t have a lot of money. So I would go into her closet – she was in her 50s and a size 16 and I was a teen and a size 7 – and put outfits together. I had to learn how to “unsize” myself quick! And I did. I look back on those outfits and I’m always shocked. I realize now that is how The Fashion Hack, my gift of styling on a dime, well, literally nothing back then, was developed. I was honing skills and God was allowing my circumstances to perfect my gift that would later on, make room for me. It was not for that time or that season in my life – Lord, knows I was ashamed – but it was for NOW. Have you considered the way God allowed your life’s circumstances to shape and mold you and perfect your gift? It’s MORE than CLOTHES!
Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
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PASTOR DENISE ELBERT How do you forgive someone if they are still doing the thing that requires the forgiveness?
First, let me clarify that forgiveness is freeing! Forgiveness in the Bible is a “release” or a “dismissal” of something. There is no reason for anyone to be burdened by someone else’s actions. When we forgive someone, we release or let go and free ourselves! Therefore, when we forgive, we are doing it for ourselves and not for the person (requiring forgiveness). In Matthew 18:21-22, Peter asked this same question of Jesus and the Lord responded, “I do not say up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” (MEV) Jesus is not referring to a basic multiplication equation 70 X 7 = 490, the number “seven” is used to convey the totality of forgiveness. When our Savior said, seventy times seven times, this signifies “times without number” – for not only must we forgive every type of sin, but we must forgive every sin any number of times. The Bible tells us that we are to forgive those who sin against us. We keep no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5) but forgive as many times as necessary. Refusing to forgive a person demonstrates resentment, bitterness, and anger, none of which are the traits of a growing Christian. God promises that, when we come to Him confessing our sin and asking for forgiveness, He freely grants it for the sake of Christ (1 John 1:9). Likewise, the forgiveness we extend to others should know no limits (Luke 17:3–4). FORGIVE AND BE FREE!
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AFFIRM YOURSELF DAILY What are your I AM statements?
I AM __________________________________________ I AM __________________________________________ I AM __________________________________________
Exodus 3:14 (KJV) And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.
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