VOICE with Jeremy Shepperd on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

VOICE ~ Compelling Voices ~ Courageous People

Listen to this powerful story as Jeremy Shepperd gave VOICE to the VOICELESS on this program of Hurting to Healing with Melissa.

“I grew up pretty normal it was all I really ever knew, being a Jehovah’s Witness and because that’s what was expected of me I got baptized at the age of 10 not really knowing what that meant or what that would end up being.  I would pray to Jehovah but I never felt like he was anywhere near, I always felt like he was unavailable, that I didn’t really have access to to him, but…on I went.” ~ Jeremy Shepperd

Also, view Jeremy Shepperd’s Facebook Page of Support for Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses:

Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses Support
https://www.facebook.com/Ex-Jehovahs-Witnesses-Support-118780261481037/

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Stalking on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

STALKING~ANXIETY~DEPRESSION

Stalking it happens. Anxiety it’s real. Depression is hard.

Listen as Christy Darlington from 4jehovah.org, 4witness.org, and 4mormon.org websites will be giving ‘Voice’ to those who are experiencing this kind of harassment. Christy will share, by permission, one woman’s story who suffered from the stalking that came from the Jehovah’s Witness Organization.  You will hear a story of hurt, faith, struggle, and hope.

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

Join “ME” for Session 8 of 8 on how to “Break” the Lies holding “ME” back.  Listen to Hurting to Healing with Melissa.

Me? Tell me who you are? Tell me about yourself? What do I like about me? What don’t I like about me?  Who am I? What does “I Am” say about me? Who is “I Am” Really?  You will never truly know who you are until you get to know the One who created you?  Will I ever be happy with me? Will I ever like me? Yes, I B.E.L.I.E.V.E. you will once you discover who you were created to be.

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

Listen to B.E.L.I.E.V.E SESSION 8 OF 8.  “Me” 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. 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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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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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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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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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?”

Hurting to Healing Live and in Person with Melissa

IT IS TIME TO GIVE VOICE TO YOUR STORY!

YOUR STORY IS MY STORY.  MY STORY IS YOUR STORY.

Hurting to Healing LIVE AND IN PERSON with Melissa.

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Emotional blackmail, part of the faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Most Jehovah’s Witnesses live in fear. They feel the obligation to perform, knowing that their every move is under constant scrutiny to determine if they are “worthy enough” for acceptance among the brothers and sisters in the congregation.  Meeting preparations, door-to-door field service, needing to put in enough hours and conduct enough studies to qualify for special privileges, every minute of a Jehovah’s Witnesses life becomes legislated by the Watchtower organization as they strive to perform to its every rule and standard. Continue reading “Emotional blackmail, part of the faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses”

The Ministry of Music

May seemed to be a month full of discussion about worship music on our Meetup for ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses. I called to mind my 1984 edition of Kingdom Melodies, the songbook Jehovah’s Witnesses use at their meetings.

I mentioned the picture of bearded (gasp!) men singing with mouths wide open giving praise to Jehovah. Their arms outstretched and opened as well. I asked the group sarcastically “did anyone ever praise God that way while at the Kingdom Hall???”

Music and worship is an often overlooked topic. When we leave the Watchtower, it’s not just the difference in doctrinal matters that we notice. It’s startling to see the difference in worship music and styles upon taking that first brave step into a church. In fact, I didn’t even know what worship was when I first began attending. Continue reading “The Ministry of Music”

Interview with Sheryl Lamb

Interview with Former JW Elder Bob Gray on Hurting to Healing

In this program, Melissa interviewed Former Jehovah’s Witness Elder Bob Gray. Bob shared what life was like being a Jehovah’s Witness Elder, and what life is like now.

Interview w/Former Elder Bob Gray on Hurting to Healing w/Melissa

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Interview with Cheryl Lauer on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

Are you a former Jehovah’s Witness? Do you have a loved-one involved in the Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Interview with Cheryl Lauer on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

Cheryl understands what you are going through.  She was born and raised as Jehovah’s Witness and she will share what life was like growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness and her journey in and out of the Watchtower Organization. Cheryl will leave you encouraged, knowing that you are not alone in your journey.  Her story is your story! Continue reading “Interview with Cheryl Lauer on Hurting to Healing with Melissa”