B.E.L.I.E.V.E. Session 7 of 8 “On” Hurting to Healing with Melissa

“On”… I am taking off the lies and putting ON truth.  I am taking out the lies and putting truth in. I am taking down the walls of lies that have been built up around me and I am going to build myself up with words of truth. Why?  Because I need it. Because I want it. Because I deserve it.  Because I am no longer going to be afraid.  Because I am going to “just BELIEVE and I will be healed.”

BELIEVE SESSION 7 OF 8 ON Hurting to Healing with Melissa

B.E.L.I.E.V.E SESSION 7 OF 8.  “ON” on Hurting to Healing with Melissa.

THIS IS WHERE HEALING BEGINS!  “Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go…” TRUST GOD above all else.

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No One Is Born A Prayer Warrior

I once heard a story about some tourists traveling through a little village. They had gone to the sites on the tour map indicating where famous people were born or landmark events happened. They were unfamiliar with this place so they asked one of the locals, “were any great men born in this village?” The local resident replied, “no, only babies.”

No one is born a great man. Likewise, who of us are born prayer warriors? We all begin as babies. Maturity in any field involves time and practice. It takes commitment. A steadfast prayer life does not just happen, it is developed and strengthened  “in the field.” The more often you show up for battle, the more fit you become.

The Scriptures encourage us to devote ourselves to prayer and labor earnestly for others in prayer (Colossians 4:2, 12). How can we do either of those without a commitment of our time and practice? I’ve learned that a “prayer warrior” is not an imposing figure who shouts the loudest, but rather one who is continually devoting themselves to the labor of prayer. Continue reading “No One Is Born A Prayer Warrior”

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B.E.L.I.E.V.E. “VIOLENTLY” Session 6 of 8 on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

The enemy is constantly at work to make us think and feel that we are of no value and that we’ll never change.  That is one reason why we get stuck in these lies. What has been “violently” produced in your life? Allow God to reveal to you what is not natural or intended for your life. Come willing to take action against the violent things that have been produced in your life. Choose to end it today!

BELIEVE SESSION 6 OF 8 ON Hurting to Healing with Melissa

B.E.L.I.E.V.E SESSION 6 OF 8.  “VIOLENTLY” on Hurting to Healing with Melissa.

THIS IS WHERE HEALING BEGINS!  “Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go…” TRUST GOD above all else.

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B.E.L.I.E.V.E. “EVOKED” Session 5 of 8 on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

There is an enemy and his name is Satan. He loves to call up and produce memories and feelings from your past.  He loves to re-create and put imaginary thoughts in your mind.  Have you fallen for it and taken the bait?

B.E.L.I.E.V.E. – Part 5 on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

B.E.L.I.E.V.E SESSION 5 OF 8.  “INTENTIONALLY” on Hurting to Healing with Melissa.

How long have you wrestled with these memories, with these sins in your mind; hours, days weeks, months, sadly for me, some years?  Did you know the hardest person to forgive most of the time is yourself?  Did you ever stop to think that you may need to forgive God for some things too?  You are not alone. Join me as we walk together through this session entitled “EVOKED”. I AM HERE FOR YOU BUT GREATER STILL GOD IS FOR YOU!

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Discovering a Twist in Translation


…”But what about John 1:1?”

This was the question Sara and her sister posed to the Jehovah’s Witnesses  sitting across the table from them. The JW’s had attempted to convince them that Jesus was not God. According to the rendering of John 1:1 in the Watchtower’s own version of the Bible called The New World Translation (NWT), Jesus is “a god” but not “the God.” Then the JW’s introduced the Strong’s Concordance to these two sisters and endeavored to prove that the article “a” was permissible in the verse.

That was over 13 years ago. One of these sisters followed the advice given by those JW’s to be like a Beroean and “carefully examine the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11 NWT) avoiding the snare of Watchtower indoctrination, but the other one became a disciple of the Watchtower organization. Continue reading “Discovering a Twist in Translation”

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B.E.L.I.E.V.E Session 4 of 8 “INTENTIONALLY” on Hurting to Healing

There is an enemy who is INTENTIONALLY trying to destroy your life. But  there is a God in heaven who was and is and will continue to be intentional about redeeming your life.

B.E.L.I.E.V.E. – Part 4 on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

B.E.L.I.E.V.E SESSION 4 OF 8.  “INTENTIONALLY” on Hurting to Healing w/Melissa Tuesday, December13.

A God who was and is and will continue to be intentional about restoring this present day life of yours and your eternal life. It is time we INTENTIONALLY choose  who we are going to respond to and B.E.L.I.E.V.E. from this day forward!  

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Leave the group, lose your beliefs?

Our ancestors understood that hunting, gathering, and building huts was easier within the tribe than doing it alone. When enemies approach, there’s also more security within a group than standing alone. And the survival of any group is dependent on some agreed upon structure. Therefore, groups often organize and unify under a belief system, deity, or common ideal. So religious ideals throughout history can be appreciated as a necessary force to unite a group of people for survival, but history’s pages are also full of examples that when groups gather in the name of their god, horrendous things can happen. As I was discussing this with a gentleman in a class I’m taking on “the history of religious intolerance,” he posed this question:

When the need for the group ends, does the need for the belief system also?

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B.E.L.I.E.V.E. – Part 3 – Breaking LIES

Have you ever told a lie? What was the first lie you remember being told to you? Do you still BELIEVE that lie?

B.E.L.I.E.V.E. – Part 3 on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

What lie(s) are you living your life out through? BIG or small lies are lies and we need to stop living our lives throught them once and for all!

Join Melissa for session 3 of 8 sessions if you want to begin to “Break” the “LIES” that you have believed for far to long.
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B.E.L.I.E.V.E. – Part 2 – Pray About EVERYthing

Have you ever wrestled? Do you know the rules? “A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two competitors, who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position.”*  What if you were to “BELIEVE” you have the “superior position” “EVERY” time you came up against the enemy? You would wrestle differently wouldn’t you? This week lets over turn “EVERY” lie and step on the mat and wrestle in the “Superior Position” we are given through Christ Jesus!

B.E.L.I.E.V.E. – Part 2 on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

Join Melissa for session 2 of 8 sessions if you want to begin to “Break” the lies that you have believed for far to long.
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Don’t Take GRACE Lightly!

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 3-4)

I recently received a letter from a person who considers it a sin if we don’t keep the Sabbath on Saturday. We have exchanged letters through the years because she had questions about their neighbor who is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She had told me they attend church on Saturday and asked what I understood about that. Continue reading “Don’t Take GRACE Lightly!”

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B.E.L.I.E.V.E. – Part 1 – Are you ready to “BREAK” some lies?

Do you remember having a record player? Did your record ever skip? You know that same line skipping over and over and over again. It’s kinda like the “lies” that keep skipping in your head.  To combat the issue of skipping, you first must figure out the cause.  Are you ready to “Break” some lies? Are you ready to put to death those old recordings once and for all?

B.E.L.I.E.V.E. on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

Join Melissa for session 1 of 8 sessions if you want to begin to “Break” the lies that you have believed for far to long.

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Domestic Violence and Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses

When it comes to abuse cover-ups in Jehovah’s Witnesses, children are not the only ones who suffer. Women are also encouraged not to report domestic violence abuse, requiring two witnesses, just as elders counsel children who have been sexually abused by Jehovah’s Witnesses, Watchtower policies keep victims trapped. If you’re struggling with abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses, these articles on our site and the following video “Jehovah’s Witnesses and Domestic Violence – Struggles of Jehovah’s Witness Women”  by ExJW Critical Thinker may give you some encouragement and hope. Continue reading “Domestic Violence and Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses”

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How Do You Determine Your Worth?

Do you tend to confuse your value and worth with works and service? So did Elisa.

How Do You Determine Your Worth? Interview with Elisa Rieger on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

Listen to hear how Elisa conquered this struggle. Elisa will also share from her heart about what life was like being raised in the Jehovah’s Witness Organization.  She will share her first doubts and when she decided to leave the Organization after 30 years of service, and she will share how God revealed himself to her and how she came into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Continue reading “How Do You Determine Your Worth?”

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Dangerous Prayers

Yes God hears our prayers. Pretty dangerous huh?

Last month I shared an article titled Pray Without Ceasing which was basically an invitation for our Prayer Meetup coupled with a desire that God would build up that ministry. I have felt for some time that we need a whole lot more prayer in our outreach to Jehovah’s Witnesses since the websites and Facebook groups are already FLOODED with enough discussion. I have posted encouragement to pray plenty of times on the message board of our Prayer Meetup group, but when no one is logging on to it, the message goes unread. So I began emailing encouragement to our members instead. This proved to be valuable. Just prior to our monthly prayer meeting, I shared a personal experience along with a reminder about the upcoming September prayer service. I hope my experience along with the comments I received encourage you also to pray some dangerous prayers. Continue reading “Dangerous Prayers”

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Welcome Back with Melissa – Fall Schedule


Do you have a story to share? As Melissa says: “YOUR STORY IS MY STORY.  MY STORY IS YOUR STORY.”

Welcome Back New Fall Season on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

Melissa says: “WELCOME BACK! I MISSED YOU! In this program, we catch up up after a beautiful summer and hear what we will be talking about this season. Continue reading “Welcome Back with Melissa – Fall Schedule”

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Are Jehovah’s Witnesses REALLY “His” Witnesses?

anne marieAre Jehovah’s Witnesses REALLY “His” Witnesses??
Are They Even “True Christians”??

“Jehovah’s” witnesses are NOT His “witnesses” in any way, shape or form, (or by any stretch of the imagination), because they follow a man-made organization instead of truly following and being a “witness” for Jehovah God, who requires us to “Listen to His Son.” And what does His Son say? His Son, Jesus Christ, tells us to COME TO HIM and to FOLLOW HIM. -Matthew 11:29-30; Luke 9:35; Luke 9:23 NWT Continue reading “Are Jehovah’s Witnesses REALLY “His” Witnesses?”

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Pray Without Ceasing

I’m new to this site and from what I have seen so far I think this is fantastic! The power of prayer should never be under estimated. I am very excited to be able to talk with others who have been delivered. I pray that all our loved ones who are still involved with the Witnesses will see Christ in us through our example, I pray that we are equipped by the Holy Spirit to live as Christ lived.” — Craig

Are you a Christian who has a loved one involved in a cult or false religion? Are any of your family members caught up in a pseudo-christian belief system, such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons? We have a particular prayer focus for people struggling with issues in coming out of these groups and also provide a prayer covering for those who minister to them. Continue reading “Pray Without Ceasing”

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XJW Fest 2016: A Sense of Community



noun, often attributive com·mu·ni·ty \kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē\

: a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood)
: a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.
: a group of nations

Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

Within family, neighborhood, school, work, and organizations, we gain community. Likewise, with a divorce, relocation, or job change we suffer loss of a once familiar community. Imagine several losses at once. For many who have had to walk away from the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses, their losses include their family and social group, and may also include a change in occupation and adjusting to a new location as well. This is a significant loss of community.

The human heart desires community, yet it’s common for those hurt within one group to hesitate seeking another lest they get hurt again. To compound this, the Watchtower has inculcated fear into the hearts of it’s members to hinder their quest for help from counselors, clergy, ex-members, or friendly neighbors just trying to get to know them. Healing can not begin without some community. Continue reading “XJW Fest 2016: A Sense of Community”

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Hurting to Healing Live and in Person with Melissa



Hurting to Healing LIVE AND IN PERSON with Melissa.

What if Melissa were to come to your town? Continue reading “Hurting to Healing Live and in Person with Melissa”

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