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To be a church that will be multicultural and generational, having a lasting impact on the people to whom we minister.

To see the gospel extend beyond the walls of our church through various outreaches.

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Message for May 2, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

I was in line to check out at a local store this past week.  A couple of people were behind and were engaged in a conversation and as one of them walked away he said, “Hey buddy I am not broke I am just in between pay days”. 
I heard the Holy Spirit say, “See you are not broken you are just breaking out to a breakthrough”.  I needed that word so much at that moment.  The last couple of months have been overcoming, overcoming and more overcoming. But God….
Maybe you need to know today that you are not broken. Could it be you to are breaking out to a breakthrough. The place called “to” is where the battle is.  It’s the “to” place where we can become discouraged. The enemy wants us to give up during this place called “to”.  That is where faith is put in action. Like Paul and Silas we will pray and praise our way through. 
This morning you may feel broken, weary, push to the limit.  I prophesy to you that things are breaking through. You will see the breakthrough.

Message for April 25, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.  Acts 16:25-26
Are you in need of a break out?  Maybe you are in a situation that seems to have you hemmed in. The prison walls seem to have you closed in. You feel as if you have been beaten by the storms of life leaving you feeling tired and worn. Today is your breakout and breakthrough.
Paul and Silas were thrown in jail for speaking deliverance to a servant girl possessed with a spirit of divination. The Scripture tells us at midnight they were praying and singing praises to God. WOW! In prison, beaten, mistreated Paul and Silas worshipped the Lord. As they were praying and singing suddenly the breakout came and they breakthrough as the prison doors open. Paul and Silas received their breakout at midnight. We see God’s faithfulness in their darkest hour.
The good news for you today -no matter what  situation that seems to have you hemmed in. You may feel prisoned in your circumstances. Open your mouth and give God a sacrifice of praise. 
You may have waited a long time but your breakout to breakthrough may come suddenly just as it did for Paul and Silas.

Message for April 18, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

Last Sunday while ministering I sensed a surge of the Holy Spirit.  I heard the words, “The day’s of greater glory!  Today God wants this word released to you.                                                    
Haggai 2:9 “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former. I believe we are now in the “days of greater glory” the Lord spoke about in this verse”.                        
What is the glory of God?  In Exodus 33:18-19, we read that Moses asks to see God’s glory and God’s response is that his “goodness” will pass before him. “I beseech you to show me your glory. “I will make all my goodness pass before you. God’s response to Moses, “my goodness is my glory.”  God goes on to say to Moses, “I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy”.
The glory of God is the manifestation of His presence, His power, and His goodness.  The manifestation of God’s presence is his glory.  
Romans 8:19 says, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. We were born again to reign and manifest the glories of the Kingdom of God on the earth. We are God’s glory bearers in that we express the goodness of God on the earth. Yes this is the day of greater glory.  
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.   Isaiah 60:1

Message for April 11, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[a] his Spirit who lives in you”. Romans 8:11                                         
When we made Jesus Christ Lord of our life, the Holy Spirit imparted into us the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. We have residing in us the same new life that God gave Jesus when he raised him from the dead. The sinner that we once were has died; we then become a new creation on the inside.  This Resurrection power flows through us and we can experience this power in our lives. The power of Jesus’ resurrection that you have received from Him abides in you now.
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.” –Philippians 3:10 We as believers can experience the power of resurrection in our lives. We are no longer a defeated people. But overcomers in this life now. Believers who wake up and know the power we have been given then we will walk in boldness. Just ordinary people who have made extraordinary because of the power that has given to us. Resurrection power that causes us to be bold and fearless. 

Message for March 28, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

A personal letter to New Life from Pastor Shirley
 I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.  Your love has given me great joy and encouragement because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.  Philemon 1:4-7                       
 It has been a year since the virus came into our world. The life we all were  familiar with changed suddenly.  As I reflect back over the past year I believe that we are stronger in our faith.  We have come together as the body of Christ.  1 Corinthians 12:27 You are the body of the Anointed One, and each of you is a unique and vital part of it. We have realized as the children’s song says, “The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people.  I am the church, You are the church, we are the church together. 
One of the common phrases we often heard this past year was “you are not alone”.  Just the tone of that brings comfort.  We all want to know that we are loved and thought of during difficult times.  
 As a body of believers we are to encourage one another.  
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.  We are not alone; we are united with each other and with Jesus.
Thank you for your faithfulness – for all that you have done in the past year to stay connected to each other – Brother Glenn for keeping things up and running so we could worship in person or at home with  live streaming.  Everyone of you who calls New Life your place of worship keeps it strong and healthy for the glory of God by your attendance, your tithes and offerings, and your participation. I know you do those things from your relationship with God and your love   for the ministry of New Life and one another.  Together we have all the gifts we need to live out God’s mission and do what God has called each one of us to do. Let us continue to celebrate His abundant goodness as we move forward.

Message for March 21, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

The US flag and the NC were being blown by the wind.  But yet the Christian flag lay still. I found it quite peculiar.  Then I heard in my spirit, ‘the nations may blow to and fro, but I am not moved by the circumstances, ‘For I am The Lord, yesterday today and forever.’  When everything is tossed about, He is the calm in the storm!  Delton Williams
 We live in uncertain times.  The world is shaking and seems to be crumbling.  So much is changing right before our eyes.  For believers we know that our hope does not come from this world.  Our hope comes from God who does not change because of what is going on the world.  In this ever changing world, He is an anchor for the soul.
The eternal God is not subject to change.  “Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness  and is never subject to change’.  This truth gives peace in a changing world. 
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

Message for March 14, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

   2 Corinthians 12:9 “ My grace is always more than enough for you and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.”                                               
   One of the greatest defining moments in my life as a Christian was to learn about the grace of God. I just keep failing at being good enough or trying to do enough. The wow moment-God does not accept me because I am good enough or trying to be good enough. He accepted me in spite of the fact that I’m not and never will be good enough or do enough to earn His grace.  
   God’s sovereign grace is power and that power is always enough.  Grace is not only the power of God to save us but also the power of God to keep us. In all things and at all times God’s sovereign grace is sufficient. 
    I am still learning, still growing and yes still failing at times. But the power of God’s sovereign grace is continually at work in my life. I am who I am by the grace of God! 

Message for March 7, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

       Thus says the Lord: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness.  Jeremiah 31:2
     Wilderness is much more than just a place. The wilderness is  an experience of life that we all pass through at one time or another.  It speaks of those times that we feel confused. overwhelmed, uncertain.  
    During one of the  difficult times in Paul’s life God spoke to him, “My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!  2 Corinthians 2:19
    May we be reminded today that in “all things and at all times” God’s grace is sufficient.

Message for February 28, 2021 from Pastor Jerry

The greatest force on earth.
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” I Cor. 13:13 “Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts….” I Cor 14:1
     A popular song of the past years has the lyrics “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”  If that were ever true, it’s true today.  It appears to me that humanity is settling into an attitude of hate.  Almost everyone has built a principle that involves hate for someone or something.  Anything based on hate will end up warped. Jesus never did anything based on hate.  The only thing God hates is sin but not the sinner.  Jesus died for sinners because of God’s love for them.
     We as Christians must learn how to activate all of God’s love.  Scripture tells us that we will be known by our love.  The church must start loving each other before we can love the world as God does. Galatians 5:6 says that faith works through love.  Beloved, let us love one another.

Message for February 21, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper, the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.  Psalm 121:1-8
      Lifting our eyes is linked to the reality of God and his majesty and his Sovereignty.  David knew his help came from God.  He lived in the hills and mountains and it was there he became intimately acquainted with God. 
      When one travels today security is taken into consideration. David shares thoughts like these Psalm 121.  He considered where he might find protection for his journey.  He found it in the Lord.  
      When I read this passage of scripture it reminds me that while on this journey called life I have the watchful eye of God always watching over me.  He is my security blanket.
       The Lord is, our Helper, our Keeper, our Protector and our Hope.  Lift your eyes to the One who has got you and will never let you go!

Message for February 14, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

 Ephesians 3:14-19  “So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah,  the perfect Father of every father and child  in heaven and on the earth.   And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power. Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life.Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude  of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God”!                     ‘
      God’s love for us is the most powerful reality we can ever discover. The love of God is the sure foundation of our faith in him. May we never forget this great love and the price that Jesus gave for us to receive that love

Message for February 7, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

Out on the playground we went.  It was time to play ball.  Two leaders would be chosen.  They  would pick who they wanted to be on their team.  You stood there and waited to be called.  Everyone around you was called and you stood there alone.  No one called for you.  The teams were even numbered and you were sidelined-counted out. 
     Counted out-to decide that someone cannot  win or succeed.  Counted in-to plan to include someone in: to consider someone as one of the people who will be doing something
     Don’t count yourself out when I have counted you in.  This has been whispered to me from the Holy Spirit often.  We can be our worst enemy.  The last one to encourage ourselves.  The last one to believe that God would anoint us for service.  At times it seems we take two steps forward and three steps backward.  We seem to be on the sideline while everyone else is moving forward in life. 
      When it seems as if life has counted you out remember God has already counted you in.  When people have counted you out remember God has already counted you in.  You have  been counted by the One who matters the most.  After all His opinion of you is all that matters.  
      Ephesians 1:4 Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him). 
     This scripture reminds me we have been counted in by the One who spoke worlds into existence. 

Message for January 31, 2021 from Pastor Jerry

“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.  Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come.  It will not tarry.  Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:2-4
“By faith Abraham obeyed when  he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance.  And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” Heb. 11:8
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” II Cor. 5:7
     If God has changed His mind about our mission, I did not get the memo.  Jesus gave His disciples a mission right before going back to heaven.  He said, ”Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mk. 16:15 We have managed to complicate the mission orders.  That can be seen in the dozens of “Christian” denominations that have developed over the last two thousand years.  It is time to reconsider our orders and how we are told to implement them.  God’s way always works better than ours.

Message for January 24, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

Hebrews 11:8 “Urged on by faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went forth to a place which he was destined to receive as an inheritance; and he went, although he did not know or trouble his mind about where he was to go”. 
Abraham received the promises of God again and again, because he was fully persuaded.  When God gave His word to Abraham to make him a father of many nations he refused to look at his own natural circumstances. What he did consider was what God had told him. He was fully persuaded.
He never stopped believing God’s promise, for he was made strong in his faith to father a child. And because he was mighty in faith and convinced that God had all the power needed to fulfill his promises, Abraham glorified God! So now you can see why Abraham’s faith was credited to his account as righteousness (right standing) before God Romans 4:20-22
The good news for believers today is found in verse 23-25- And this declaration was not just spoken over Abraham, but also over us. For when we believe and embrace the one who brought our Lord Jesus back to life, perfect righteousness will be credited to our account as well. Jesus was handed over to be crucified for the forgiveness of our sins and was raised back to life to prove that he had made us right with God!

Message for January 17, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: wait I say on the Lord.   Psalm 27:13-14
    David said, “I would have lost heart (given up, thrown in the towel) but I believed.  Believe – To be firm, stable, established, and fully persuaded.  To believe-“that is to consider trustworthy”.  David was going to  believe to see God’s goodness. 
    With all the unrest in the world we need to know more than ever where our trust lies.  The Psalmist says, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God”  Psalms 20:7
    Where is your trust in these times we are living.  Let us say, “Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song; yes, He has become my salvation”.  Isaiah 12:2 
   In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us.  This is the Lord, we trusted in him.  Let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”  Isaiah 25:9

Message for January 10, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

Why do you seek that which does not bring life?  For I Am the Lord your God who desires to give life.  So choose life.  Choosing life is the doorway to living in abundant living.  For it is there you will find joy forever more.  Seek not the ways of the carnal man but seek that which is wholesome and righteous.  The carnal man would want you to see that which is of the flesh.  You become frustrated because you will be trying to live between the two the carnal–the spirit.  The Spirit will always lead you into truth.  And in knowing that truth which is what Scripture declares is what will set you free to be all who I say you are.  I say you are more than enough.  I say you are free to be what I have anointed you to be.  As you walk in this truth you find healing for your mind, body and soul.  For I would want you to walk as one with the Spirit. Yes live from the reborn spirit man.  For that is the real you.  To walk as one is to be in agreement.  I am waiting for a yes from you.  And in your yes there is power released.  For in that yes you are saying not my will be done but your will be done.

Message for January 3, 2021 from Pastor Shirley

The spirit of the Lord came over me. The Lord brought me out by his Spirit and put me down in the middle of a valley. The valley was filled with bones. He led me all around them. I saw that there were very many bones at the bottom of the valley, and they were very dry. Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live? I answered, “Only you know, Almighty Lord.”  Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones. Tell them, ‘Dry bones, listen to the Lord’s word.  This is what the Almighty Lord says to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live.  Ezekiel 37:1-5                 
God asked Ezekiel,” can these bones live?”  Ezekiel answered, “Only you know  Lord.”  Ezekiel I want you to “prophesy” to these dead bones.  Prophecy means to speak words of divine revelation – words of force and power.  But Pastor Shirley I am not a prophet. I am not a minister.  If you are a born again son of God, that is credential enough for you to prophesy. The word is nigh you even in your mouth.  Through the creative power of God’s word in our mouth hopeless situations can change.                                           When we prophesy, we are speaking what God already desires to do.  God can do anything by Himself and in the case with Ezekiel and the dry dead bones God could have sent the Spirit to do what needed to be done.  But He wanted the cooperation of Ezekiel.  He wanted Ezekiel to come into agreement with Him.
When we prophesy,  we are agreeing with God.  God then blows upon the dry bones, upon that hopeless situation.  He sends the Wind, the Breath, and the Spirit.  Dry bones will live again.
Who can help but to prophesy.
  Does God have your cooperation-your agreement?  May it be a yes and amen!

Message for December 27, 2020 from Pastor Shirley

     Rand McNally is the world’s largest business mapmaker. Their commercial states that Rand McNally and Company offers the most trusted tools to discover, map and navigate your world.  Founded in 1856 with their headquarters located in Skokie, Illinois, its motto is, ”Rand McNally … the most trusted name on the map.”    
    In just a few short days we will be turning our calendars over to a New Year.  And we don’t know what this year is going to bring.  I want to remind us of a roadmap for the New Year and it is the most trusted and the most proven roadmap ever given.  Many who are traveling this road called life have found it to be trustworthy and reliable.  We have proof in testimonies from those that have followed this roadmap who have never lost their way and found the road of life easier to navigate.   It is a roadmap that will guide you through the New Year and every New Year to follow.  This roadmap is called the Bible.  Within the pages of this book we find most trusted tools to discover, map and navigate our life.  No matter what the New Year brings, always turn to the Word.  For within the pages of this book is life. 
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Psalms 119:105   
In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.  Proverbs 3:6

Message for December 20, 2020 from Pastor Shirley

“She shall bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for he will save His people from their sins. Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet behold the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son and they shall call His name Immanuel which translated means “God with us.” Matthew 1:21-23
The greatest gift God gave us was the present of His presence.  The Son was given a baby was born. Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 9:6 “For a child will be born to us a son will be given to us…..  Jesus not only came to do the Fathers will  he came to represent God the Father.
John 1:1In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God”. Verse 14 The Word became human and lived among us. We saw his glory. It was the glory that the Father shared with his only Son. A glory full of kindness  and truth.
Immanuel also called Christ (God with us) changed the world. In that moment God became flesh hope was born.  Jesus God’s Son was the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy. Yes He was the long promised Immanuel sent by God to save his people. A mediator between God and man as our Redeemer, Savior and Friend.   
What a wonderful time of the year-as we are reminded of the reason for the season

Message for December 13, 2020 from Pastor Jerry

“Love has been perfected among us in this:  that we may have boldness in the day of judgement; because as He is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.  But he who fears is not made perfect in love.” I John 4:17-18
     I want to begin this by asking each one of us, “Why do you serve God?”  It may seem surprising but there would be many different answers to that question given.  I don’t want to go to hell.  I’m afraid of God and something bad might happen.  I was told that I should serve Him or else.  I serve Him to get the “blessings” He promised.  I serve Him because He loves me.  I serve Him because I love Him.  Are any of these reasons better than the rest?
     It is my belief that the best two reasons for serving God is that He loves me and I love Him.  Though any of the reasons given have an element of truth in them all of them except the two concerning love are compromised to start with.  They are only as strong as human ability takes them.  What is the greatest power God has?  Of all the mighty powers and abilities God possesses it may be hard to realize His greatest power is LOVE.
     All of the great things God has done for mankind were done by His love for us.  Jesus wasn’t born into the human race because of sin of any kind.  God gave Him, not because of sin, but because He loves us.  Everything we receive from God is through the power of love.
     Today we will look at the connection of love, praise, and fear.  Hopefully we will come away knowing the place each has in our life.

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