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Flexibility: A Serving Secret That Will Sentence You To Success!

1 Apr
Serving as co-host with Dr. Cerullo on Morris Cerullo Helpine from CBS Studios would not have happened without the blessing of God realeased through the serving secret of flexibility!

Serving as co-host with Dr. Cerullo on Morris Cerullo Helpine from CBS Studios would not have happened without the blessing of God realeased through the serving secret of flexibility!

Blessed are the flexible!

There may not be a greater secret to success in serving another persons ministry…

In the first chapter of my book The Blessing of Serving Another Man’s Ministry I share the dramatic encounter I had with God as a young student at Oral Roberts University  – and how He revealed His calling to serve another man’s ministry as I crossed the walking bridge from the student parking lot to the ORU campus.  And then how God spoke a few weeks later in our chapel service as Dr. Morris Cerullo ministered — that this was the man He had called me to stand by and serve. (You can read more about this here: http://wp.me/p3hIIr-l)

When I left the ORU chapel that Spring morning, I was certain after my experience with God,  that when I called the Morris Cerullo World Evangelism offices I would immediately be asked to travel and minister with Dr Cerullo.

Well, that’s not exactly how it worked out!

“All the ministry positions are filled, but we did just post a job opening for a cost accountant”, I was advised by the MCWE Personnel Manager, Glandon Broome.

Now I had transferred into ORU after two years studying at the University of Notre Dame, where I was on a full academic scholarship.  When I met with the ORU Admissions Office I asked them to evaluate my credits and advise me the best track to pursue that would utilize my Notre Dame credits to the fullest.

I was advised to transfer into a major in Business Administration.  I chose Accounting.  But from day one I said to myself (and to the Lord), I will study Accounting but I will never be an accountant!

I was at ORU to be prepared to reach the world for Jesus, not to be an accountant!

Now with Glandon on the other end of the phone line presenting this accounting position,  I felt like Job.  The thing I had greatly feared was coming upon me!

I reluctantly let him know that I was about to graduate in a few weeks time with a degree in accounting and that he could send me an application.

I was hired less than a week later.

My first two years at MCWE I served as a cost accountant.  I grew to love it.  God helped me discover a State of California tax law that retroactively returned to the ministry tens of thousands of dollars in taxes paid on printing that MCWE was exempt from.

On the weekends I carried a ten foot cross around the city of San Diego.  Soon one of the newspapers carried a story which Dr Cerullo happened to see.  One day in the interoffice mail I received a personal handwritten note from Dr Cerullo letting me know how proud he and Theresa were of me.  Soon I was invited to speak in our weekly 
MCWE chapel.

A few weeks later I was called into the office of the VP of Accounting.  He informed me that Dr Cerullo wanted me to pray about a move.  I thought it was an organizational move, but to my surprise it was an offer to move me and our family to London to head up our European office and ministry outreaches.

I served as the European Director for MCWE for six years.  During these years, the communist curtain came down and Dr Cerullo was the first to be invited to Moscow to conduct a three day crusade from the Olympic Stadium that saw over 50,000 attend and gave their lives to Christ in three nights.  The nation was shaken.

Morris Cerullo Moscow Crusade, Olympic Stadium

Morris Cerullo Moscow Crusade, Olympic Stadium

Privileged by Dr. Cerullo to teach in our Moscow School of Ministry, back when I was skinny!

Privileged by Dr. Cerullo to teach in our Moscow School of Ministry, back when I was skinny!

While I served in Europe, MCWE was the first Christian 
organization to be granted a license to broadcast in the UK and Europe.  As a result millions were reached by our Victory program on the European Super Channel.

God spoke to Dr. Cerullo about launching Mission To London, which for six consecutive years drew capacity crowds for our one-week long events at the world famous 16,000 seat Earl’s Court Auditorium and shook Great Britain to the core.  Many of Britain’s mega churches of today were born in Mission to London.

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Morris Cerullo Mission To London, Earl’s Court

The Eastern European nations opened to Dr Cerullo. It was during a preliminary visit I was making to Bucharest, Romania to meet with pastors that through a series of miracles I was spontaneously given the opportunity to preach to 200,000 demonstrators that were convened in the University Plaza in the heart of the Romanian capital.

I was the first believer to ever address this massive demonstration with a gospel message, which were a nightly occurrence in the wake of Caucescu’s overthrow and execution. I was told that for months after I left, every night thereafter a time was given for the demonstrators to hear a gospel message from a local pastor.

The breakthroughs I have been privileged to be a part of would not have been possible if I hadn’t been willing to be flexible and to say yes to the opportunity to serve as an accountant and enable God to plant me in the place that He would cause me to prosper and fulfill His purposes.

That parking attendant ministry — the church bus driver  — the “gopher” at your local church — the need you may or may not be overly excited about filling — whatever great or small opportunity there is to serve — could be your proving ground — and your opportunity to show yourself faithful so that God can begin to use you in ways you could only dream of.

And for me, flexibility will always continue to be a secret of releasing the blessing and favor of God, especially as you serve another persons ministry. Being called upon to do things that will only succeed with God’s help and blessing will stretch you and grow you if you don’t avoid those opportunities to serve when they are presented.

Like when Dr Cerullo asked me on a one day notice to be his on air co-host for our worldwide prayer reality program “Helpline” that for three years was filmed from CBS Studios and received over 1.5 million calls for prayer, with tens of thousands praying the prayer of salvation for the first time.

Those that know me know that I have never sought after or been comfortable in the forefront.  To be asked to carry the co host duties for Helpline, emcee our major events, lead singing, etc – all have been challenges to me to move out of my comfort zone, be obedient, be flexible – and then watch the blessing of God flow again and again.

Be flexible.  Then watch the miracles of God flow as you follow him into unchartered new territory. Blessed are the flexible. Step by step, each step will be a miracle!

(The above is an excerpt from “The Blessing of Serving Another Man’s Ministry: Seven Serving Secrets That Will Sentence You To Success”, available on Amazon.com starting at $2.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1932579230 Discounted bulk copies available direct from author at gregmauro1159@gmail.com  Join Greg’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheBlessingOfServingAnotherMansMinistry)

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Honor: The Serving Secret That Will Sentence You To Success!

25 Mar
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Greg Mauro has served for 26 years as the vice-president of Ministries for international evangelist, Dr. Morris Cerullo and is the author of “The Blessing of Serving Another Man’s Ministry: Seven Serving Secrets That Will Sentence You To Success!”

I knew a man very well that went to work for a major ministry. He quickly worked his way into a position of leadership in the ministry. Whenever he was in the presence of the president of the ministry he was the picture of honor. From serving the man water, juice, etc… to buckling him in his car, to displaying the most incredible outward show of honor and respect once could imagine. But when he was not in the presence of the mentor he would second guess and make ever increasing disparaging remarks.

This man had a hidden agenda. He was operating under the deception that he would one day take this man’s ministry, which sadly he eventually attempted to do through a five year series of frivolous and totally unsuccessful lawsuits against his mentor.

Today this man is completely out of the ministry while the mentor is thriving, reaching the world for Christ. Honor is much more than an outward display or lip service.

We serve a God who puts a high premium on the character trait of honor. Yet we live in a day where there is an apparent dearth of honor both inside and outside the church. Simply defined honor is high respect toward someone or something.

How can we expect the blessing of God as we serve another person’s ministry without a heart felt, abiding, sincere honor and respect for our mentor?

Honor is referred to directly or indirectly over 400 times in scripture as a command in both our horizontal (with our spouse, employer, children, those in authority, etc) and in our vertical (with God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) relationships.

Every dysfunction can be traced to a lack of honor for authority.

The first commandment with promise is “Honor thy mother and father that your days may be long upon the land your God is giving you” Exodus 20:12

A great man once said, “All truth is parallel”.

Not only will we be blessed in the “land” that God has given us when we honor our natural parents, but the same honor is a condition of God’s blessing as it relates to our spiritual leaders. We live in a generation that openly celebrates dishonor and disrespect.

II Timothy 3:1-2 foretold our day: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud; blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent…”

Sad to say that dishonor and second guessing of our leaders runs rampant in the church today. Something as simple as referring to our pastor by his or her title and not simply on a “buddy buddy” first name basis that so many today feel is appropriate under the misguided belief that there is no difference between the laity and the clergy.

Do you think over familiarity with your spiritual leader/mentor can lead to disrespect? It did for Aaron and Miriam. (Num 12:1-2) And the Lord called Aaron and Miriam to task on it immediately!

“They (Aaron and Miriam) said, ‘Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t He spoken through us too?’ But the Lord heard them…So immediately the Lord called out to Moses, Aaron and Miriam and said, “Go out to the tabernacle, all three of you! And the Lord said to them, ‘Now listen to what I have to say!”

The Bible tells us that the Lord was very angry with them, and struck Miriam with leprosy!

Some of the most “super spiritual” believers are the ones that have the biggest struggle with honoring their leaders as they feel that they have arrived and are on equal footing with anyone. While it is true that we are equal in relationship to God, we are different in function, and God expects that difference to be honored.

God expected it of the children of Israel and He still expects it today.

A return to biblical honor of our spiritual leaders is an indispensable key that will begin to release a new dimension of the blessing of God into your life, your family and your ministry.

(The above is an excerpt from “The Blessing of Serving Another Man’s Ministry: Seven Serving Secrets That Will Sentence You To Success”, available on Amazon.com starting at $2.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1932579230 Discounted bulk copies available direct from author at gregmauro1159@gmail.com Join Greg’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheBlessingOfServingAnotherMansMinistry)

Are You Called To Serve Another Man’s Ministry?

16 Mar

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The place: I will forever remember as though we were standing there now as you read these words…

The walking bridge connecting the student parking lot to the bustling campus of Oral Roberts University, where the grandiose buildings and space age architecture were a daily reminder to the thousands of us students of Dr Oral Roberts charge to “Make no small plans here”.

The time: Twenty five years ago.

The experience: A life changing encounter that would set the course for my spiritual future in ways I would never have imagined when I woke up almost late for class that beautiful Spring morning in Tulsa…

With a mere six weeks remaining before graduation, and with a dream in my heart far bigger than myself, I was ready to go from this incredible place of preparation to be used by God to fulfill the Great Commission and reach our world for Christ.

Serving as a youth pastor in a local church, as a worship leader in another, carrying a 10 foot cross and sharing the gospel with whomever would listen across Tulsa, preaching on the streets, outside bars, leading evangelistic teams to Florida’s beaches during Spring break to witness to the masses of college students that swarm there from across the country — now coupled with my ORU experience, I was ready to spread my wings and take the next exciting step in God’s unfolding plan.

I drove my old car from the student apartments to campus, parked in the lot outside the Mabee Center and began my trek to class.

Done it hundreds of times.  Grab my books, slam the car door closed and begin my brisk walk with a spring in my step to be sure I get to the first class of the day on time.

Connecting the parking lot and the campus is a simple white cement walking bridge spanning across a creek that divides the lot from the ORU campus, a well traveled daily route…

But I was soon to find out that this day would be unlike any other.

As I set foot on the bridge, I encountered a tangible presence and heard a voice that I knew only to well — that stopped me in my tracks…

Students scurrying to class by the scores walked past me as I stood still at the mid point of this small bridge.

Perhaps a minute passed, and now I was standing alone on the bridge.

Unexpectedly stopped by a wonderful presence and challenged by the unmistakable voice of the Holy Spirit.

The words as fresh today as they were 25 years ago,

“Greg, what would you think if I called you to serve another man’s ministry that had the same vision that I have put in your heart, and by doing so, you would reach more people for My kingdom than if you did so on your own?”

I stood motionless pondering this heavenly proposition.

A few straggling students passed by on the bridge I’m sure wondering if this skinny 6′ 9″ motionless statue of a fellow student had lost his marbles!

Knowing how I responded to this divine moment would surely set the course for God’s future plans for my life.

And marveling what a gentleman our God is…

To present a “what would you think?” question, and not some “thus saith the Lord, you will do such and such…” command!

I stood there and pondered…

Give up the idea of launching “my own” ministry…

Serve someone else’s ministry that had the same heart as I do.

Reach more people.

Be more effective for the Kingdom of God.

The more I mulled it over, it was a clear no brainer!

“Sure, Lord.  If I can be more fruitful and reach more for You by helping someone else that is already doing what You have put in my heart to do, then count me in!”

Two weeks later, the ORU chapel service guest minister was introduced to the students, worldwide evangelist, apostle, prophet, Dr Morris Cerullo.

Another life changing encounter…

As this servant of God spoke from the words of John 6:28 “What must we do that we might work the works of God”, the Mabee Center chapel shook as the anointing of the Holy Spirit was poured out mightily upon the students.

Soon all were out of their seats, dropped to their knees, and crying out for God to use their lives…

As was I.

As I slowly began to stand after this season of prayer and communion with God on my knees in this powerful chapel service, that same voice I encountered on the bridge spoke again,

“Greg, I am calling you to stand by Morris’ side and help him in the ministry.”

Immediately my plans to enroll in the ORU seminary that Fall flashed before my minds eye.  I asked God, “What about my plans to attend seminary?”

Now a quarter of a century later, God’s four word reply has proven over and over again  to be the understatement of my life,

“This will be greater!”

On my knees in that ORU chapel service, I could not have imagined the blessings that God had in store these past 25 years serving as the vice-president of Ministries for Dr Morris Cerullo.

A beautiful, godly wife. (pictured below)  Eight incredible, healthy children.  By the grace of God and their hard work each offered full scholarships to attend some of the top universities in the world. Three adorable grand children.  A praying mother that loves and prays for me and our family and the ministry of Dr Cerullo in her prayers daily. A younger brother, Glenn that has a heart of gold and another brother, Gary, that pastors one of the great churches in America…

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The opportunity to stand by Dr Cerullo’s side as communism fell (as he prophesied for 14 consecutive years prior from the platform of the Royal Albert Hall) and conduct the first historic public crusade in Moscow before 50,000 in the Olympic Stadium…

To stand by Dr Cerullo’s ‘side and give birth to week-long Mission to London outreaches from world famous Earl’s Court to capacity crowds of 16,000 per night (pictured below) for six successive years that shook Britain and garnered unprecedented national and worldwide attention for the message of the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ…

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To personally preach by a spontaneous miracle to 200,000 protesters on the University Square in Bucharest, Romania following the fall of the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu while I was in there meeting with key leaders that had invited Dr Cerullo to conduct a national School of Ministry and Crusade later that year…

Now on my fourth passport, having been privileged to have seen millions saved, healed, set free, receive the impartation of the anointing and being used by God on every continent…yes, there is unquestionably an incredible blessing waiting for those that will rise up to accept the calling to serve another man’s ministry.

To do so we will have to rise above a culture and an era that celebrates the entrepreneur, the self-made man or woman that blazes his or her own trail.  That same spirit has permeated the church, particularly the independent, Charismatic segments, where we are frequently bombarded with all the messages, encouragements, “words from the Lord” and marketing tools to launch your own ministry – get ordained – start your website – launch your own worldwide ministry and go!

In sharp contrast, Jesus said, “And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:22)

If we agree that there is a calling to serve another man’s ministry, then it is my prayer that many will rise up from their church pew as a spectator each Sunday and find an exciting, blessed place of service along side the ministry they are a part of.

I Corinthians 12:28 highlights the importance of the ministry of helps in the God-ordained structure of the church, listing it right after apostles, prophets, teachers, miracles, gifts of healings:

“And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.”  (I Cor 12:28)

Kim Harrington of Masterbuilder Ministries said it so well in her article on “The Ministry of Helps”:

“People approach the church with pretty much the same consumer mentality they bring to the shopping mall — you better deliver the goods, be nice and user-friendly, or I’ll simply take my business elsewhere. The concept of servant hood and faithfulness, sacrifice and dependability seems to be a thing of the past, or at least something that doesn’t apply to church anymore.

The desperate need in all sorts of Christian ministries is for those who will dedicate themselves to the ministry of helps, a rather inglorious sounding title, but listed in order right after miracle and healing ministries in the above text. The Greek word translated “helps” means “to lay hold of, so as to support.” In other words, a minister of helps is someone who commits himself to another ministry in order to support and assist in any way he or she can.

I’m impressed by the ministry team of Billy Graham in this respect. One of the great reasons for his enormous success has to be the dedicated team that has worked with him since the early ’50s — Cliff Barrows, George Beverly Shea, and others, have been with him from the very beginning. They didn’t see their work with Billy as a stepping stone towards their own independent ministries, but rather as a lifetime calling. And in the process of helping his ministry, they have achieved personal ministerial success that they never could have attained on their own. How many records has Bev Shea sold, how many millions of people has Barrows taught over the years, that never would have been possible outside of Billy Graham’s ministry? When you commit yourself to the ministry of helps you lay hold of personal success that you might never have achieved otherwise.”

Is there a Barnabas, a Silas, a Timothy, an Aquila/Priscilla reading that is ready to serve the next Apostle Paul?

Or a band of mighty men ready to serve the next David?

An Elisha to serve the next Elijah?

Or the next Kenneth Copeland that will serve the book table of the next Oral Roberts?

God has ordained an amazing journey for you and secret number one to experiencing this incredible blessing is settling the question once and for all – yes, as a New Testament Christian, I am called to serve another man’s ministry.

(The above is an excerpt from “The Blessing of Serving Another Man’s Ministry: Seven Serving Secrets That Will Sentence You To Success”, available on Amazon.com starting at $2.99 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1932579230 Discounted bulk copies available direct from author at gregmauro1159@gmail.com)

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