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Love Brought Me Here

by: Melissa Torres

02/10/2019

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(Written by Kathy Salas)

I once was alone or so I thought
Seeking and sifting through the lies I bought

So many years tossing & turning
when all along my heart was yearning

Yearning for what I didn't know
everything I found was all for show

Lie after lie, fear and doubt
was the only life I really knew about

Empty and broken, lost & confused
I felt as though I was beaten and bruised

by a life that was full of constant deception
knowing nothing else from the moment of my… read more

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(Written by Kathy Salas)

I once was alone or so I thought
Seeking and sifting through the lies I bought

So many years tossing & turning
when all along my heart was yearning

Yearning for what I didn't know
everything I found was all for show

Lie after lie, fear and doubt
was the only life I really knew about

Empty and broken, lost & confused
I felt as though I was beaten and bruised

by a life that was full of constant deception
knowing nothing else from the moment of my conception

You see the devil of this world is quite the master
of letting us think were far from disaster

Anger, fighting, depression and fear
were part of my life that I held so dear

I knew there had to be a better way
exhaustion set in and I was left to say

“Dear God,
I quit, I give up, have it your way
my family's a mess and there's bills to pay”

Then God every so gently opened the door
through a friend who knew just a little more

Come in they all said you're welcome here
Hug after hug, prayer after prayer

I kept going back week after week
knowing my life wasn't so bleak

There was hope & joy, acceptance and peace
not to mention a new family at the very least

I didn't understand everything they did and said
but my heart knew the difference and my spirit was getting fed

There was hope & joy, laughter and peace at it's best
I went home knowing we were gonna make outta this mess

No more worry, no more fear
it was simply LOVE that brought me here.

A love that was simple, tried and true
a love from my Father that was long over due

A Mother, a Father, brothers and sisters
who would stand by my side through all the twisters

The twisters of life that the devil has brought
but overcome by the blood of the lamb my savior already bought.

Now I know the truth of the Gospel and can't close my eyes
I can no longer be bought out by the deception and lies

Thank you Melissa Torres and pastoral staff
for hanging in there when all you could do, was simply laugh.

New Testament Church has brought to light
the voice of the Good Shepherd that is our true delight

I can now send my children into the world without fear
once again it was simply love that brought me here.

Thank you Lord for all the love in this place
and for transforming us into the mirror in your face.

You are love, you are joy, acceptance and peace
thank you Jesus to say the very least.

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ARE YOU GOING TO HEAVEN WHEN YOU DIE?

by: Melissa Torres

03/16/2018

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Many people do not know whether they are going to heaven or hell when they die. Many have no idea what they must do to get to heaven. Most think that if they live a basically good life, doing more good things than bad things, they will somehow make it to heaven. Others think that if they are a member of a church, give money to the church, and help the poor, they will go to heaven. But the only way to find out what we must do to go to heaven is to read the Bible and find out… read more

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Many people do not know whether they are going to heaven or hell when they die. Many have no idea what they must do to get to heaven. Most think that if they live a basically good life, doing more good things than bad things, they will somehow make it to heaven. Others think that if they are a member of a church, give money to the church, and help the poor, they will go to heaven. But the only way to find out what we must do to go to heaven is to read the Bible and find out what God says about it.

In the book of Ephesians (Eph. 2:8-9); the Apostle Paul said, “For by grace are you saved (from your sins) through faith; and that not of your selves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest anyone should boast.” The Apostle Paul says we are saved by God’s grace (His willingness to send His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and to spend three days in hell to pay the price for our sins). Paul points out that we are saved from our sins by believing in what God did for us through His Son Jesus. He says there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. He says we are not saved by doing good works. He says salvation, from our sins and hell, is a gift of God. A gift is something that is free that we must receive.

God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and other commandments so we would know what was right and wrong in God’s eyes. So if we could save ourselves by obeying God’s commandments, there was no need for God to send His son Jesus to die on the cross and shed His blood for our sins. But God sent Jesus to die for us because we all sin (Romans 3:23) and we cannot remove our sins by doing good things. God says (Leviticus 17:ll & Hebrews. 9:22) that without the shedding of Jesus’ blood no one’s sins will be removed. So only the blood of Jesus will wash away the sins of the world. We receive eternal life through the blood of Jesus because God says the life is in the blood. In the book of Isaiah 59:2, it says that our sins separate us from God. In Romans 5:17, the Apostle Paul says this separation is spiritual death.

This is why Jesus said in the Gospel of John 3:3, “Except a man be born-again, he cannot see the kingdom of God!” When we are born-again spiritually, we are made spiritually alive again unto God because our sins have been washed away by the blood of Jesus. Jesus said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish (go to hell), but have everlasting life (go to heaven).” Many people know that Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins. Satan also knows that Jesus is the Son of God, but Satan will not be in heaven because he rejected God and His ways. Satan is the author of sin. So it is not enough to know who Jesus is, but we must receive Him and what He did for us on the cross.

So what must we do to receive the free gift of salvation and be born-again (made spiritually alive unto God with eternal life)? The Apostle Paul tells us what we must do to receive this free gift in Romans 10:9 – if we confess with our mouths and believe with our hearts that Jesus is our Lord and Savior and that God raised Him from the dead we will be saved. Paul is simply saying that if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior (who took our place on the cross and went to hell for us and rose again from the dead) and say it out loud with our mouth, then we will be saved from our sins and we will be spiritually born again. You will be guaranteed to go to heaven when you die.

So, if you have never said this prayer and you want to be saved from your sins, please say it out loud now: “Father in heaven, I know that I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. Forgive me of all my sins. I now say with, my mouth and believe in my heart that Jesus is my Lord and Savior, who shed His blood for me on the cross and died for my sins and was raised again from the dead. Thank you Father for saving me from my sins. Thank you that I am now spiritually born-again. Thank you for making me your child. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Now you are a born-again child of God. Welcome to the family of God.

If you said this prayer for the first time, please send us an email and tell us. Please share it with other friends, family and co-workers if you want them to go to heaven

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Who do you think you are?

by: Melissa Torres

09/25/2017

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(Written By Kellie Bradley)

Probably the one question I have struggled with most in my life is “who am I”? and “Where do I belong?”

I have met many people desperately searching for that same answer. From my younger days to my 30’s, I found myself searching for the answer through friends, dating, going to clubs. Going on what seemed like endless adventures trying to find my way, only to find myself deeper in trouble financially, physically, confused and more depressed than ever. Doing all of those things left me feeling more confused and more alone. I remember a… read more

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(Written By Kellie Bradley)

Probably the one question I have struggled with most in my life is “who am I”? and “Where do I belong?”

I have met many people desperately searching for that same answer. From my younger days to my 30’s, I found myself searching for the answer through friends, dating, going to clubs. Going on what seemed like endless adventures trying to find my way, only to find myself deeper in trouble financially, physically, confused and more depressed than ever. Doing all of those things left me feeling more confused and more alone. I remember a time when I was bawling and crying like a baby pig and “complaining I don’t even know who I am anymore, I give up!”

Fast forward some years, I am 43 now and this is still a question I ask myself daily. I am finding the answer rather amazing. I didn’t find the answer in the club. I didn’t find it at a bar. I didn’t find it at the end of a whiskey bottle. I didn’t find it bawling into my pillow. I did find it in a friend, Jesus. I found it in the word of The Holy Bible. I found it in Prayer. I found it inside me. This one scripture, that is so beautiful to me, opens the door to the answers of who I am, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5”

So The Creator of ALL must know who I am. This means God knows everything about ME! HOW I think. HOW I act. HOW I respond. How I am and am not more than myself, my friends, my family, my own parents. He has the answers and that’s who I need to ask.

So “Lord who do you say that I am?” We should count it a major blessing when God fills these questions with truth and revelation. If you’ve ever asked or found yourself searching, that is Him calling you. Yes you. ?? You need to know WHO you are in Christ, so that you know WHAT to do, WHEN to do it, WHERE to go, and HOW to do it!

Who you are in Christ? When you are in Christ, EVERY ONE of these statements is true about you:

I am loved. 1 John 3:3

I am accepted. Ephesians 1:6

I am a child of God. John 1:12

I am Jesus’ friend. John 15:14

I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him. Romans 8:17

I am united with God and one spirit with Him. 1 Corinthians 6:17

I am a temple of God. His Spirit and his life lives in me. 1 Corinthians 6:19

I am a member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27

I am a Saint. Ephesians. 1:1

I am redeemed and forgiven. Colossians 1:14

I am complete in Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:10

I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1

I am a new creation because I am in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17

I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12

I am established, anointed, and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21

I do not have a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

I am God’s co-worker. 2 Corinthians 6:1

I am seated in heavenly places with Christ. Eph 2:6

I have direct access to God. Ephesians. 2:18

I am chosen to bear fruit John. 15:16

I am one of God’s living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. 1 Peter 2:5

I have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God by which I share His nature. 2 Peter 1:4

I can always know the presence of God because He never leaves me. Hebrews. 13:5

God works in me to help me do the things He wants me to do. Philippians 2:13

I can ask God for wisdom and He will give me what I need. James 1:5

I leave you with one of my favorite scriptures.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Simply choose to believe what God says about to you. Jeremiah 1:5

The next time you ask yourself “Who am I?”, go to the one place that has the answer, Word of God; and pull out one of these scriptures and declare who you are in the Lord.

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If all I had was a cracker, could you use me too?

by: Melissa Torres

06/02/2017

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(Written by: Pastor Melissa Torres by STLNTC on 06/02/17
I have learned over the years that God can use anyone if they are willing to be used. Years ago, when I was getting trained to go into the ministry, I didn’t feel like I knew enough to feed God’s people with what they needed. I was teaching and praying for people, with my pastors always backing me up, but I still felt like I didn’t know enough to get the job done by myself.

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(Written by: Pastor Melissa Torres by STLNTC on 06/02/17
I have learned over the years that God can use anyone if they are willing to be used. Years ago, when I was getting trained to go into the ministry, I didn’t feel like I knew enough to feed God’s people with what they needed. I was teaching and praying for people, with my pastors always backing me up, but I still felt like I didn’t know enough to get the job done by myself.

As I was driving to work one morning, I was thinking about when Jesus told the disciples to feed the crowd of 5000 men (PLUS all of the women and children). In the gospel accounts of Matthew 14:14-21, Mark 6:37-39 and Luke 9:10-15, the disciples urged Jesus to send the crowd away so they could go and find food and lodging. Instead, Jesus told the disciples to feed them. When the disciples heard this, their response was one of disbelief. They asked him, “How are we going to feed all of these people?”

I said something similar to my Pastor/Apostle when I went to my very first mission trip, along with other ministers, and he told us to pray for everyone. When we started to pray, the people kept asking for the Apostle to pray for them. (I didn’t blame them because we were a bunch of rookies.) So we turned to our Pastor/Apostle and told him, “They don’t want us; they want you to pray for them”. I’ll never forget his response, “Yes, but God wants YOU to pray. The anointing is on you.” Who could argue with that? So we turned back around and prayed for the people, and God showed up.

Well, when the disciples asked Jesus how were they going to feed all of these people he took that opportunity to teach them not to look to themselves for provision but to look to the Lord by bringing Him all that they have. The first thing Jesus said was “Go and see what you can find.” In the crowd of 5000 men, they only found fives loaves of bread and two fish. Hardly enough food to feed a crowd of people in their eyes; but it was just enough in Jesus’s eyes. As you read on, Jesus took the five loaves and two fish and held it up to the Lord, prayed over it and blessed it. Then He told the disciples to distribute the bread and the fish. As people pulled out loaf after loaf and fish after fish, the baskets never emptied. That day the bread and the fish were multiplied until everyone had their fill and twelve baskets were left over. God blessed it, anointed it and it was enough.

As I was thinking over this story, I was thinking of what I could give to God’s people. I felt like all I had to offer Jesus was one small saltine cracker, hardly enough to fill one person, let alone a crowd; but that morning as I was driving to work, I poured my heart out to Lord. This is what I said:

Lord, if all I had was a cracker?

Could you use me too. To feed your hungry people and be a blessing, too?

Would it be enough to feed them and draw them closer to you?

For all I have is this cracker, to hold up for you to use.

But I’ll hold this cracker up, as high as it can go

To help feed your hungry people as their journey goes.

For all the times you walked me through and fed me on my way,

I give to you all I have, one cracker in my hand.

I know the day is coming when I can hold up more;

But today I’ll give this cracker to glorify the Lord.

I still get tears in my eyes when I read that because I can honestly say that God has taken that cracker and multiplied it in many ways. Now, I have more than just one cracker to feed God’s people, but I would not be here today if I didn’t hold up that one little cracker years ago. So don’t let the enemy tell you that you are not enough for God to use. You may not know a lot, but God will use what you know to help others. Hold up what you have and let God use you to minister to His people, His children. Even if the only thing you have is a smile and a hug, God can anoint that to encourage and love on someone who desperately needs it. Never doubt what a small gesture can do for those around you, especially if it is anointed by God.

When we are faithful with a little, we will be faithful with much (Luke 16:10). I want to encourage you today. If you feel like all you have is one little cracker to hold for God to use, HOLD IT UP! You will be amazed at what God will do and how He will multiply it to bless those around you. One anointed word will destroy the yoke of bondage in a person’s life. God needs you to be His hands, His feet, and His voice. We all have to start somewhere. For me, I started out with a small cracker and ten years later I have seen that cracker grow into loaves and fishes for many of God’s people. I guarantee, if you give God all you have, He will use it for His glory.

Blessings

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