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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A soul winning station

Most people view the local church as a soul winning station instead of a soul building station. Let us look at it this way. What if a person gets accepted into medical school but receives no further training because all the medical school cares about is getting more and more people accepted into their medical program. The person going to school needs to receive the best training possible so that he might be able treat people properly and save lives.

    Yes, we should rejoice at every lost soul that comes to the local church and receives Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. But salvation is only the beginning of a life-long process of growing and maturing to be more like Christ.  2 Peter 3:18 -2 Corinthians 3:18

   But according to to Ephesians 4:12 the primary purpose of the local church is to build up the believers in the most holy faith and to equip them for the work of the ministry. That ministry is to be done outside of the church as we go about our life every day. We use every opportunity to share the gospel with those God puts in our path.

   Mark 16:15 Jesus did not say go into all the world and invite everyone to come to church but he did say go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone. We bring the gospel to the lost.  Pastor Shirley

What actually took place is this

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 “lawman” 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 living 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 is not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died  unnecessarily.  Galatians 2:20 Message Bible

What happens when we live God’s way?

What happens when we live God’s way?

Galatians 5:22-24.   “But what happens when we live God’s way?  He

brings gifts into our lives, much the same way  that fruit appears in an

orchard–things like affection for others,exuberance about life, serenity.  

We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in

the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and

people.  We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to

force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.  

Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way.

 Among those who belong to Christ, everything  connected with getting

our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls

necessities is killed off for good–crucified.”

FIVE REASONS CHILDREN SHOULD BE IN THE MAIN SERVICE REGULARLY

FIVE REASONS CHILDREN SHOULD BE IN THE MAIN SERVICE REGULARLY

Children should not be removed from the main body for convenience sake. This is one reason churches remove children. They want a professional church service where adults can enjoy the worship without being disrupted by noisy children. This sounds good but the Book of Acts never talks about having a professional service nor does the Bible talk about meeting our own selfish needs during church, but it does talk about children not being pushed aside.  Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Children are part of the body of Christ. There is nowhere in the Bible where it says children are a separate body.  They are an important part of the church and shouldn’t always be excluded when the church meets. During the  Feast of Tabernacles all of Israel would come before the Lord to hear the reading of the Law so that the children would hear it and learn to fear the Lord.  In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he gave instructions directly to the children to obey their parents. he considered them a part of the church that he was writing to.

Children need goldy examples of how to worship. If children never see adults in main service worshipping, they won’t know how to worship or what is expected of them.

Children need to feel like they are a part of the church community. If children are always separated from the body of Christ, they will never feel like they are a part of the church community. And the members of church will never get to know the children and be an example to them unless they work in children’s ministry.

Children who don’t feel part of community will leave church when they are older. Imagine the culture shock of a child who had been in church all  of his life but has never been in the main service. He has played games every Sunday, sang active songs and had every message or Bible story illustrated with a skit, or object lesson or interactive device. Suddenly the child turns 10 or 12 , or in some cases, 18 years old. He has graduated to big church. The music is strange. There are no games, skits or illustrations only some guy he’s  never met preaching for a half hour or longer. He does not know any of the people, and there is no candy. That is what happens to a child who is never in the main service. Within a few months maybe even a few weeks, he decides he doesn’t want to be there. If his parents make him stay, he’ll leave as soon as he turns 18. If not he’ll leave sooner.

He’ll look for a church that entertains him and isn’t boring. if he doesn’t find one, he’ll drop out of church. This may be why so many young people are no longer attending church. they never were a part of the church.  Church Leaders-Tamera Kraft

“One day the 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.

Matthew 19:14 MSG Bible

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU      

But now, God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob,

the One who got you started, Israel:

“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.

I’ve called your name. You’re mine.

When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.

When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.

When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end

Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.

I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!

That’s how much you mean to me!

That’s how much I love you!

I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you!

STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH-

STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH-from “Don’t Limit God” by Andrew Wammack
    We will limit what God can do through us if we know something is true but won’t stand up for the truth because we are afraid of what people will say.  There is zero excuse for this in America.  In foreign countries, many have given their lives standing up for the truth.  That’s true persecution!  But in our country, we feel persecuted if people just look at us a certain way.  We have become addicted to everyone’s acceptance.  We receive our ego and acceptance from others, so we  become co-dependent on people.  We need our spouses’, co-workers’, children’s, in-laws’s or out-law’s approval.  I’m not saying we should enjoy the rejection of others, but we should get to a place where if God loves us–which He does–then that ought to be sufficient for us.  When we have a fear of man and let criticism and rejection keep us from doing what God called us to do, we limit Him.

ROOTS OF BITTERNESS Zig Ziglar

ROOTS OF BITTERNESS  Zig Ziglar

Certain kinds of roots can be dug up, dried, ground, and mixed with oil to make dyes to color fabric.  And as any housewife could tell us, a dye misused causes a terrible stain.  Bitterness is like a misused dye–it colors how we look at life, and it stains every relationship.

People who are bitter feel they have every right to their feelings and perspectives.  They feel like victims because they are victims.  God doesn’t promise protection from every hurt we experience, but He doesn’t want our anger and hurt to fester into bitterness and ruin every aspect of our lives.

Bitter people look for fights.  They may say they don’t like them, but they actually thrive on the adrenaline produced by intense disagreements.  Instead, God wants us to stop this process before it starts: to pursue peace with all people.  When they hurt us, we are to forgive them quickly.  We need to watch out so that patterns of recrimination don’t steal our joy, sap our energy, and ruin our ability to represent Christ.

Bitterness is serious business. It’s a cancer that can’t be tolerated, or it’ll kill us.  And it’s contagious.

Ephesians 4:31 “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”  

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME…..

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME…..

     More and more I am feeling that what I believe as a Christian does not fit in with our current culture.  There are some churches that try to fit in with today’s culture so much in order to make people feel comfortable that they have compromised the Word.

     When God raised up New Life for the Nations, He never mentioned anything about making people comfortable during the service.   Our assignment here in this area was to teach the Word of faith and grace, love people, and pray for them. While it is important to reach out in winning others to Christ,  the purpose of the church is to “make disciples.”  

     I thought of the old song my mom used to sing: “This world is not my home; I’m just a-passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.  The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door…and I can’t feel at home in this world any more.”

     The contemporary song that speaks to me is:

“All I know is I’m not home yet.  This is not where I belong.  Take this world but give me Jesus.  This is not where I belong.”

THE MEANING OF THE SNOWFLAKE

THE MEANING OF THE SNOWFLAKE by Holly Gerth

Every new snowflake comes to the earth as a picture of our Savior’s birth

because they are sent from up above and remind us of  God’s care and love.

Each one is so intricate and small because Christ sees the details of us all,

and just as two are never the same the Lord knows and calls us each by name.

Snowflakes gently cover the world in white and hide what’s unlovely from our sight,

showing us how He covers our sin and gives us His grace  when we come to Him.

So may every snowflake bring Christ to mind and in every bit of white your may you find

a reason to celebrate anew and a reminder of His love for you.     

Habakkuk 3:17-19

Habakkuk 3:17-19

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crops fail and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls…” the poor man had a few problems. To others it may have looked over for Habakkuk. People may have just been waiting for him to throw in the towel and give up. But as we will see he did not surrender to those problems. In the next verse-Yet (nonetheless or in spite of) I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk is choosing to rejoice because, he is confessing that the Lord God is his Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places.

When we are faced with what seems as if nothing good is happening in our life-bank account is in the red, the pain persist, that addiction is creeping back in, laid off—-this is not the time to surrender to a attitude of why me, but take on the attitude of, “I will rejoice.”

The difference between the person who is defeated and the person who is victorious is their attitude. Habakkuk was able to rejoice in spite of all that was happening in his life because of his attitude. He was choosing to say, yet in all these things that are happening, “God is my strength.”

Attitude is controlled by choice. Choose to rejoice in spite of. Regardless of the circumstances, begin to rejoice! Rejoicing is an expression of joy.The joy of the Lord is your strength. This too shall pass. Behold, the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Things are being put in order on your behalf. Be strengthened now in Praise to our Sovereign God!!!!

Pastor Shirley

MEDITATE ON THE THINGS OF GOD by Joyce Meyer

MEDITATE ON THE THINGS OF GOD   by Joyce Meyer

If you don’t want to be devastated by discouragement, then don’t meditate on your disappointments.

Did you know that your feelings are hooked up to your thinking?  If you don’t think that is true, just take about twenty minutes or so and think about nothing but your problems.   I can assure that by the end of that time your feelings and maybe even your countenance will have changed.

When you get disappointed, don’t sit around and feel sorry for yourself.  As bad as things may seem, we still have a choice.  We can choose to fellowship with the problems or fellowship with God.

We can allow our thoughts to dwell on the bad things until we become totally discouraged and devastated, or we can focus our attention on all the good things that have happened to us in our life–and on all the blessings that God still has in store for us in the days ahead.

 

“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests) with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

    And God’s peace (shall be yours, that tranquil state a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, the peace which transcends all  understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in
Christ Jesus.”    Philippians 4:6-7
“Our thoughts are silent words that only we and the Lord hear, but those words affect our inner man, our health, our joy, and our attitude

JOYLESS CHRISTIANITY IS DANGEROUS

JOYLESS CHRISTIANITY IS DANGEROUS  by Jim Johnston

    One key sign of spiritual danger is losing your joy.,  Don’t skim past what Paul says at the end of Philippians 3:1, “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord.  to write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.”  Paul reminds them to rejoice because it is safe.    Joy is one of the vital gauges on the dashboard of the Christian life.  When the needle dips–when you lose your joy–you should take note.  To stay safe, you need to pay attention to your joy.

    Here’s an illustration.  Coal miners know that dangerous gases can gather silently and secretly in the tunnels.  Carbon monoxide will asphyxiate them.  Methane explodes.      But in the early days of coal mining, they found an effective, low-tech solution:  they brought  canaries into the mines.  A canary’s metabolism is very sensitive to air quality.   As long as the bright yellow birds chirp and sing, miners know the air is safe.  If gas levels rise, the canaries stop singing, wobble on their perch, and eventually fall to the floor of the cage.  

    Christian joy is like that singing, yellow bird.  One of the first effects of sin or doctrinal error is that we lose our joy in Christ.  When your heart stops singing, that is a warning to watch your life and doctrine closely.

John 15:10-11 “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love…These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

    Don’t confuse this unique joy with other upbeat feelings.  Genuine Christian joy is not the power of positive thinking.  Joy is not a bubbly, optimistic personality.  Joy is not being happy because life is going my way.  Joy is not walking through life with a naive, glass-half-full attitude.   “The joy we have in Jesus cannot be extinguished by the circumstances of life.”  Jesus says it is my joy…in you.  Joy is the emotion of salvation.  It is the joy of seeing, knowing, loving and trusting Jesus Christ.  We cannot generate this true joy ourselves–it is the product of the Holy Spirit in us (Galatians 5:22).  Joy is a glorious gladness and deep delight in the person of Jesus Christ.

WHEN LESS IS MORE

WHEN LESS IS MORE…..by Ziz Ziglar

   Many of us are afflicted with the “go, go, go disease.”  Somehow, we’ve developed the core belief that we can’t be happy unless we have our lives full of activities.  But the disease leaves us feeling exhausted.  Our most cherished relationships become shallow and tense, and we become confused because we’re trying so hard but feel so empty.

In our light-speed culture, one of the marks of true wisdom is the determination to carve out time and space to reflect, rest, and recharge our emotional batteries.  Creating “margin” in our lives doesn’t just happen.  We have to schedule it, value it, and then protect it from the onslaught of voices that scream, “You’ve got to do this, too!”

The price we pay for creating these regular times is that we have to say no to some activities, but we need to be honest about the price we’ve paid for saying yes to too many things.  Making margin a priority reduces stress, increases fulfillment, and leads to richer relationships with God and every person in our lives.

YOUR NEIGHBOR

 YOUR NEIGHBOR    BY Zig Ziglar

    Jesus says that our love for others should compare favorably to the attention we give to our own needs.  When we’re hungry, we find something in the refrigerator.  When we’re sleepy, we go to bed. We don’t spend a lot time wondering if we have this need or that one.  If it’s obvious, we just meet it.  Our love for others should have the same reflexive quality;  When we see their needs, we simply meet those needs.

Too often, we get wrapped up in our own little worlds, and we’re consumed with our own needs without even noticing the needs of those around us.  Or we’re so exhausted at the end of each day that we can’t imagine giving out to anyone else, such as to demanding kids or a spouse who is at least as tired as we are.

We have to break this cycle, back up, regroup, and bring some sanity to our lives so we’ll have the perspective, energy, and compassion for the people we see each day, and especially those who live under the same roof with us.  Then we can love them like we love ourselves.

“Jesus said, The second…is this:”You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no other commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:31

“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. “  Romans 13:8

WHY CHURCH? By David Feddes

WHY CHURCH?   By David Feddes

No matter what your reasons for staying away from church, ask yourself, “Are there good reasons for going?”

 

  • God says so.  Eph. 2:19, 3:14-15  The Church is God’s household, and home for God’s family. Acts 2:42  “And they continued steadfastly in apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”  So, why church?  For the teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer.  
  • Fellowship.   The church fellowship gets us through crisis times and more.  The church the whole is greater than the parts.  Like a body, the church has many parts, each with its own unique function. God brings together many unique individuals, who are gifted in many different ways.  Every part is important.  The church needs you.  We all benefit from each other’s God-given abilities.   Finally, church fellowship helps to keep us accountable.
  • Breaking bread.  As we gather together to take the Holy Communion together, our mouths take in the bread and the wine, our souls take in the living Christ and the benefits that  His body and blood give us.
  • Prayer. Matthew 18:19-20  “I tell you if two of you agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.  For where 2 or 3 come together in My Name, there am I with them.”

 

Every church has its own problems.  If the people were all perfect, they might not want sinners or other Christians to join it and spoil it.  Be glad the church isn’t too good for you.


THE PRAYER FOR A NEW BEGINNING

THE PRAYER FOR A NEW BEGINNING Dr. Daniel O. C. Bishop A.E.G.A.

If you want the world to heed, then put your creed into your deed.

Give to your enemy-forgiveness,
to your opponent-tolerance,
to your friend-your heart,
to your spouse-love,
to a customer-service,
to all people-charity,
to every child-a good example,
to yourself-respect.

Never throw mud at others. You may miss your target but you will have dirty hands.

“Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” Isaiah 42:9

from WHAT IS CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY

  from  WHAT IS CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY

                                            by Andrew Wommack

    If you want to see the results the Word of God promises, then you have to adopt God’s way to thinking……..

Being a Christian isn’t about changing your outward appearance.  It isn’t about what you do or how you act.  If you don’t change the wrong concepts and the belief system on the inside, then you’re going to have the same results in your life you had before you were saved.  That’s why God gave us the Word–to change the way we think…….

We have to control the way we think.  The way people act is a result of how they think, and a thought process that says everything is permissible promotes immoral behavior, which then leads to the deterioration of society…..

We can’t afford to think like the world thinks. We need to have a philosophy that focuses on God more than all of these secular ideas that are being promoted.  The worldly attitudes being pushed on us go against a Christian way of thinking.

Society doesn’t need more laws;  the people in society need to embrace morality–specifically, a biblically based way of thinking.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

Colossians 2:8

THANK GOD FOR A SECOND CHANCE

THANK GOD FOR A SECOND CHANCE

    Moses was one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known.  We often think of him as the man who led God’s people out of slavery in Egypt.  But that’s only part of his story.

     Moses had murdered an Egyptian.  His motive may have been to help his people, but murder is murder.  God sent him to the middle of nowhere for forty long, lonely years.  During all that time, how often did he think his life was over?  Did he despair that his life would never have meaning again?

    But God gave him a second chance.  It didn’t come when Moses wanted or expected it, but when it came, he responded.  Many of us have blown it in a big way, either at work or at home, publicly or privately.  We’ve experienced the consequences of our sins, and we feel like we’ve been exiled to a foreign land.  Yet, God is amazingly gracious.  We don’t deserve a second chance, but He gives it–and maybe a third and a fourth, too.  We may wait for a long time, but when it comes, we need to be ready to respond.

       by Zig Ziglar

THE POWER FOR A NEW BEGINNING

THE POWER FOR A NEW BEGINNING

If you want the world to heed, then put your creed into your deed.

To your enemy, forgiveness.

To your opponent, tolerance.

To your friend, your heart.

To your spouse, love.

To a customer, service.

To all people, charity.

To every child, a good example.

To yourself, respect.

Therefore, never throw mud, you may miss your target but you will have dirty hands.           

 from Bishop Dr. Daniel O.C.  Singapore

STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH

  STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH  

                        FROM “DON’T LIMIT GOD by Andrew Wommack

I Kings 17:1  “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”

    Most people won’t stand up and speak for morality when people talk about shacking up with each other and acting like dogs and alley cats.  We should stand up and say, “Did you know that’s destructive?  You need to make a commitment.  Why would you want to live with someone who’s not even committed to you?”

    We will limit what God can do through us if we know something is true but won’t stand up for the truth because we are afraid of what people will say.  There  is zero excuse for this in America.  In foreign countries, many have given their lives standing up for the truth.  That’s true persecution!  But in our country, we feel persecuted if people just look at us in a certain way.  When we have a fear of man and let criticism and rejection keep us from doing what God called us to do, we limit God.    (pages 76-77)  

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