Our Mission

To love all people at all times and lead them into a new life in Christ.

Our Vision

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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Why did you come to church this morning?

    Why did you come to church this morning?  

    Out of habit because it is Sunday. Well I wanted to see if so and so

would be there. My friends are there I wanted to visit with them. Everyone has their

reasons as to why and maybe without giving it much thought. Maybe we all should

take a moment to rethink why we come to church

    Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]; and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds, not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching. Hebrews 10:23-27

   Have we ever left our homes on Sunday morning and prayed Lord who may I minister a word of love to today. Who may be there that just needs a hug. A pat on the back with the promise to lift them up in prayer the following week. Let us make coming to church not all about us.

   “Let us consider thoughtfully how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds.”



   Psalm 51:12   “Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.  Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing.  Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health.  God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.  Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me.  Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails!    Give me a job teaching rebels your ways so the lost can find their way home.  Commute my death sentence, God; my salvation God, and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.  Unbutton my lips, dear God; I’ll let loose with your praise.”  



Galatians 2:20   The Message Bible

“ What actually took place is this:  I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work.  So I quit being a ‘Law Man” so that I could be ‘God’s Man.’  Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it.  I identified myself completely with him.  Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ.  My ego is no longer central.  It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God.  Christ lives in me.  The life you see me living is not ‘mine,’ but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.   I am not going to go back on that.  Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God?  I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace.  If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily. “



Isaiah 43:11-12  (The Message)

Get the blind and deaf out here and ready–the blind though there’s nothing wrong with their eyes and the deaf though there’s nothing wrong with their ears.  Then get the other nations out here and ready.  Let’s see what they have to say about this, how they account for what’s happened.  Let them present their expert witnesses and make their case; let them try to convince us what they say is true.  “But you are my witnesses.”  God’s Decree.  “You’re my handpicked servants so that you’ll come to know and trust me, understand both that I am and who I am.  Previous to me there was no such thing as a god, nor will there be after me.  I, yes I, am God.  I’m the only Savior there is.  I spoke, I saved, I told you what existed long before these upstart gods appeared on the scene.  And you know it, you’re my witnesses, you’re the evidence.”  God’s Decree, “Yes, I am God.  I’ve always been God and I always will be God.  No one can take anything from me.  I make; who can unmake it?”            



    We’ve had an awesome spring and summer at New Life.  God sent Jim and Connie Child’s for campmeeting.  It was an awesome word for our church.   We are in a new season.   Pastor Shirley and Pastor Jerry keep bringing great teachings and prophetic words to minister to you about Grace and God’s power in your life.  Then last Sunday we were ministered to by Mrs. Charlotte Murray-Cable,  and there was such a sweet anointing.

    Now, you have been hearing and receiving, so what are you doing with it?  It’s one thing to have a head full of knowledge. It’s another thing to put action to what you have been hearing.

     At New Life there are several areas of ministry that are waiting on someone to step up and say, “I’ll do it.”   If we don’t have a youth program, or nursing home program, or outreach program, it’s because someone has not volunteered to do it.   

    There was at time a New Life that I would step in regardless of what area of ministry it was and try to fulfill it.   There were Sundays that I would lead praise and worship, teach Sunday morning class, then music practice at 4:00, lead praise and worship at the evening service, and then do children’s church.  I have also been in charge of the youth group and the women’s group.   That time is over.

     We will be at New Life what you are willing to become involved in.   This is a season of change, a season of wonderful opportunity for you to give of yourself and your prosperity to New Life.  We believe God has given New Life wonderful and talented people to lead and grow our church.   We have been pastors here for 37 years.   We believe that seed has been sown in you and gifts are here to be used to glorify God and minister to the body at New Life for the Nations.

You are the greatest church!              Will you answer the call?    Pastor LaVerne   

He Took on the Status of a Slave

Philippians 2:1 – 2  (The Message)

He Took on the Status of a Slave

   If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.



“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…”  Psalm 107:21

“You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and the light of God’s favor will shine upon our ways.”  Job. 22:28  AMP

    I declare God’s favor over my life, my family, my ministry, and all that pertains to me.  I declare that I am blessed and highly favored by God; the shield of favor surrounds me.  I have the protecting favor of God, therefore, no evil or diseases shall come near me or my dwelling, and my enemies shall not triumph over me.

I declare I am my Father’s child; therefore, I shall not lack any good thing His providential favor is upon my life.  I stand out because I am anointed, honored and chosen by my Father.  Today I shall receive preferential treatments and special considerations from people wherever I go because God’s exceptional favor is at work on my behalf.

I will receive answers to my prayers and prayers for others because God favors me.

I declare a full restoration of everything the devil has stolen from me.  I receive great favor today in Jesus Name.  I thank you, God, for your favor is for my lifetime.


                                                    By Michael Atunrase, Sr.

Make this your daily confession of faith.

“The Truth About Your Spiritual Superiority”

“The Truth About Your Spiritual Superiority”

You are more and mightier.

    *The believer or the church’s power is not incontestable, but  rather indomitable. (Not to be questioned and not to be conquered or overcome)

    *The believer must adopt the far above mentality and must be a practitioner of this covenant reality. (not an attitude of arrogance, but in-Christ reality of the believer)  Ephesians 1:20-21, 2:6

    *The Kingdom man or woman is a resourceful person in his or her sphere of influence.  The believer is essential; he is needed, and he is relevant.  He is salt (Matthew 5:13) therefore a change agent; he is to preserve and add flavor that is, meaning to people’s lives.

    *The believer is a trustee of the Kingdom of Heaven, an executor of Kingdom affairs.  He is vested with Kingdom authority (Matthew 16:19).

    *The believer is to establish God’s will on earth, by the authority of the Kingdom wherever he goes.  The believer is to enforce the prayer: “Thy Kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10)

Declarations:   “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…”  Psalm 107:2  “You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you…”  Job 22:28 AMP


The Reality of Your Redemptive Provisions and Covenant Rights

The Reality of Your Redemptive Provisions and Covenant Rights

*To be saved then is to be forgiven, reborn, holy, justified, freed, adopted, healed, delivered from sin’s hold, have peace, heir of God, reconciled and filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 4:12

*If you are saved, you are eligible for the benefits of Divine Health.  Healing is your covenant heritage and redemptive right.  I Peter 2:24

*You are rightly positioned in the covenant because of adoption. Gal. 4:4-7

*Adoption gives you rights to the family inheritance. Romans 8:17

*Life without Christ is life in deficit, but life with Christ is Life Abundant.

“Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy”  Psalm 107:2

“You will also decide and decree a thing, and it will be established for you…” Job 22:28 AMP

I declare I am redeemed by the blood of Jesus therefore, free and delivered from every oppression of the enemy.



“At that time, this song will be sung in the country of Judah:  We have a strong city, Salvation City, built and fortified with salvation.  Throw wide the gates so good and true people can enter.  People with their minds set on you, You keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit.  Depend on GOD and keep at it because in the LORD GOD you have a sure thing.  Those who lived high and mighty he knocked off their high horse.  He used the city built on the hill as fill for the marshes. All the exploited and outcast peoples build their lives on the reclaimed land.”  Isaiah 26:3-6  Message

“Understanding the Meaning of Salvation in the New Testament”

“Understanding the Meaning of Salvation in the New Testament”            

from the book by Bishop Michael Atunrase  7 REALITIES THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

    The word translated Salvation in the New Testament is the Greek word, ‘Soteria’, and it means deliverance, preservation, welfare, soundness, restoration, prosperity, safety, and healing.  And is the word used in all these scripture verses.

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4:12

“And Jesus said to him, “today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.”  Luke 19:9

Salvation is a comprehensive blessing.  We can read the verse in Acts 4:12 as this, “Nor is there salvation (deliverance, preservation, welfare, soundness, restoration, prosperity, safety, and healing), in any other for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (delivered; preserved, have-welfare, have soundness, restored, prosper, safe and healed).”   (page 28)

To Enter God’s Kingdom_

Matthew 19:14

To Enter God’s Kingdom__ One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: “Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.” After laying hands on them, he left.

  We believe that our children and youth are leaders now and not just one day they will become leaders.    Kids Camp gives us an opportunity to teach the Word to them plus offer fellowship and fun.   Many of our now “grown” adults remember when they went to camp here.   What awesome memories they share with us from time to time.  One former camper said she had a trunk full of every craft she ever made at Kids’ Camp.  

  There are 3 ways you can help us.


  • Pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit for all camp leaders.
  • Volunteer to help cook, or clean, or serve our meals.  Our camp breakfast is a meal to remember!!
  • Donate money that helps buy all the materials and food for camp. This can be given to Lidie.  


We go all out to make this camp a memorable experience for each camper.   Some will even stay all night.   We will be busy all week getting ready but when Friday comes, “Look out!”





Jim Childs, Prophet

This is the Word of the Lord for this House. – Learn to ride the Waves! You are embarking on great change, but be assured you are safe because a good foundation has been laid. Many will be tempted to cry out for what was, seeking the comfort of the familiar, the comfort of the ship, but when you get back in the boat-the wind stops blowing. I hear the Lord saying, Know that I have gone before you and prepared the way so that you might not only be sustained, but that you might increase. Your life flow is in following the directions that I lay out before you. Yes, there will be those who do not understand at first, for they have drunk of the old wine and will not immediately embrace the new. There are those even in this area and even in this house who say-“Will they go forth or will it continue in what was?” You must demonstrate your answer and follow hard after me knowing that I have provided all that is necessary to accomplish My purpose. You must purpose not to settle as you experience a new wave of my glory, learn to ride the waves of my Spirit that is blowing afresh upon this house, releasing vision and revelation.

A Word for All —Take up the Treasures of Heaven. Have you not seen, do you not perceive that I, your Breaker have broken through on your behalf, and that I your Breaker have laid at your feet those things that you have need of? In days of old when nations were conquered the spoil was taken and laid at the feet of the king, but I have made you more than conquerors in that I, your Breaker have won the victory and have laid at your feet the treasures of Heaven, but you must take them up and receive them to yourself. Once again, I your Breaker, do breakthrough your mindsets and traditions that have boxed Me out and boxed you in, to the degree that it has become hard for you to receive or even believe that I would move on your behalf. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad for I set you free from those things that have restricted so that you might enjoy the pleasures of the Kingdom.


Prophetic Word

Prophetic Revival 07-10-2016

Connie Childs, Prophetess

Many have stood as the winds of adversity blew and shook everything around you. You stood as the invading floods surged upon you. The enemy released vile accusations against you—trying his best to get you to back off the promise BUT you stood. There is breakthrough and harvest coming upon this region and this local church. I see massive revival coming forth in regions where small bands have stood and contend IN SPITE of what you have seen and felt. I feel the Lord saying; Fresh winds of encounter are blowing upon many of you today. I will refresh the dreams and visions that have grown dim. I will ignite the flames again. I will shake my bride out of complacency and into fresh fire.



Romans 12:3  “I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you.  Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God.  No, God brings it all to you.  The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.”

It’s a wonderful life.

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you  life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Deut. 30:19

    It’s a wonderful life.  Even though we may go through trials here, serving God by believing in Jesus, is worth it.  Since I found out that I had died in February, life has a different feeling than before it happened.  Things that use to bother or stress me don’t seem nearly so bad.  After all, they will pass away, and I have a promise from God that He will never leave me nor forsake me.  I have thought a lot about the reason I came back.  There is a purpose for me to fulfill.  I can’t say what it is, but I will know one day.  Today I am alive.  I am to take no thought for tomorrow; for it will take thought for itself.

    I am here now because of God’s grace and a woman’s faith.  LaVerne never saw me dead even though she held my lifeless body in her arms.  She counted God’s Word as faithful and never doubted.  I know that many good people have trusted God to restore a loved one, and it didn’t happen.  I don’t have the answer as to why, but you never stop trusting God’s word until the trial is over.  Remember, “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”  As believers, whether we live or die we are the Lord’s.   Pastor Jerry



From John Arcovia, Santa Roas, CA

I heard the Spirit say, “Spiritual Eagles are rising against the spiritual resistance.”  God is bringing a “gathering of eagles” from multi-denominational and other streams together to rise up in apostolic prophetic authority!  Walls of tradition, religious order, racier barriers and other barriers are falling! …These “spiritual eagles” will not  be limited by barriers of resistance however they will be empowered to “mount up with wings” to soar above the resistance and the bring the healing and glory of the Lord to the nations.  

Isaiah 40:27-31 The Message (MSG)

27-31 Why would you ever complain, O Jacob  or, whine, Israel, saying,“God has lost track of me.   He doesn’t care what happens to me!”  Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.  And He knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out,  young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.They spread their wings and soar like eagles. They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

Pastor LaVerne Thoughts for the week

Statements I have read that have stuck with me this week

                                                      Pastor LaVerne

“Jesus Loved misfits——-The list was not promising. Making the cut, among others, was a hothead named Simon, a doubter named Thomas, a tax collector named Matthew, and a betrayer named Judas. Most would trust and believe in him. Some would deny him. All would abandon him. Jesus knew all that. And he was willing to grant them his power to represent him. “                                 From Today Devotional

“Be filled with Crazy Courage-It’s time to Dance on Fear” by Kathi Pelton

“So when, by God’s grace, we come to believe in Jesus, we too are anointed permanently with the Holy Spirit.  As you ponder the Spirit’s work in your life today, remember the  promise that God will never leave or forsake you.”

                                                                   From Today Devotional

Don’t fret–The Blood of Christ Jesus speaks for you, your family, your city, and your nation.”        

 God has made a way for us to approach Him beyond the veil, through the Blood of His son, Jesus, and that Blood still speaks, and speaks of better things.  That Blood still speaks even in the midst of shootings in our schools and universities, in the midst of terror threats and plots being devised secretly in our neighborhoods, in the midst of sickness, disease and pain, in the midst of prognoses from doctors, debt, divorce attorneys, and in the midst of historic disunity in our political system.  It speaks of better things.

         from Kim Clement

Soul Celebration

Soul Celebration

Scripture Reading: Luke 5:33-39

“John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”

John the Baptist’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees followed ironclad traditions of fasting and praying as signs of closeness to God. When they fast they made sure there was no joy associated with it. When they prayed in public, their faces were sober and serious. Holiness, in their minds, was not something to enjoy but to measure a disciple’s devotion to God, often in comparison to others.                                                                                          

But Jesus and his disciples were different, By not overemphasizing fasting and prayer, Jesus crossed a theological line that was taboo for most rabbis. Instead of merely following tradition, Jesus challenged the status quo. His opponents concluded he was out of line.                                                              

Jesus used wedding celebrations to illustrate his point. Weddings are about celebration, laughter, food, and dancing-joy and happiness for the bride and bridegroom.                                                                                                            

Jesus changed the focus from fasting and praying as ends in themselves to the means of entering into the joy of the Lord, who celebrates life with us all. When traditions are drained of purpose, they become mere rituals. John’s disciples and the Pharisees missed the joy of the Lord hidden in plain sight. We have a reason to celebrate with joy! We have the marvelous Savior, who desires life “to the full” for all his followers (John 10:10)
“We must make sure our traditions still have purpose”

What is your part at New Life- What is God asking of you?

What is your part at New Life- What is God asking of you?

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27

    One reason why you need to be connected to a church family is to fulfill your calling to serve other believers in practical ways. The Bible says, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.”

Your service is desperately needed in the Body of Christ–just ask any local church. Each of us has a role to play, and every role is important. There is no small service to God; it all matters. Likewise, there are no insignificant ministries in the church. Some are visible and some are behind the scenes but all are valuable. Small or hidden ministries often make the biggest difference. In my home the most important light is not the large chandelier in our dining room but the little night-light that keeps me from stubbing my toe when Iget up at night. There is no correlation between size and significance. Every ministry matters, because we are all dependent on each other to function.

    What happens when one part of your body fails to function? You get sick. The rest of your body suffers. Imagine if your liver decided to start living for itself; “I’m tired! I don’t want to serve the body anymore! I want a year off just to be fed. I’ve got to do what’s best for me. Let some other part take over.” What would happen? Your body would die. Today, thousands of local churches are dying because of Christians who are unwilling to serve. They sit on the sidelines as spectators and the Body suffers. God call you to a service far beyond anything you could ever imagine. He created you for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for you to do. Ephesians 2:10           Pastor Rick Warren

Look what the Lord has done

Look what  the Lord has done. He healed my body; He touched my mind; He saved me just in time. I am going to praise His name–He’s ever more the same. Come on and praise  Him.  Look what the Lord has done.”

   A familiar song we sing here at New Life. As we sing that song,  the Spirit of the Lord rises up within us as we remember what the Lord has done.

Mark 19:18-20 “And when he (Jesus) got into the boat he who had been demon-possessed begged him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him,’Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he has had compassion on you.’  And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.”

Look what the Lord had done for the demon possessed man.Then Jesus told him to go home to his friends and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you.

If Jesus can bring deliverance to this wild, miserable demon possessed man he can bring change to any life.

Never forget where the Lord has brought you from and continue to testify, continue to sing, “Look what the Lord has done. Yes he saved me just in time!”   Pastor Shirley

Past Pastor Messages and Nuggets for Life