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ExJW Conference in Missouri this July!

 

You are invited to attend the Witnesses Now for Jesus Midwest gathering! Listen to sound Biblical teachings by noted Christian Apologists and testimonies by former Jehovah’s Witnesses to provide refuge for the oppressed and to edify and equip the Church.

Teachers include: Bob Gray, Ed Havaich, Steve Lagoon, Kay L. Kay Meyer, and Martin Winslow.
Testimonies of ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses include: Martha Kuderer, Julie McAllen, and Robin Ridlon. There is no registration fee, but a freewill offering will be taken.
For information or to register, please call or text: Charles Smith at 314-277-3866 or email [email protected] Continue reading “ExJW Conference in Missouri this July!”

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VOICE with Ray Aldridge on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

VOICE ~ Compelling Voices ~ Courageous People

~ Do you believe that there is damage in your life or your family’s life because of the Jehovah’s Witness Organization?

~ What would you say to someone who is a former Jehovah’s Witness and who sits in fear, being angry at God?

~ If there is one thing you could say to your family/friends that are still in the Jehovah’s Witness Organization, what would it be?

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Blessings from Baltimore!

 

 

The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.
The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous;
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. (Psalm 118:114-115)

Joyful shouting. I did a lot of that over my two week vacation to Maryland in April. I spent Resurrection Sunday with some dear friends who are also former Jehovah’s Witnesses. We CELEBRATED the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our freedom in Him, and just being the wacky, unique individuals He created us to be.

Earlier in the week we caroused several thrift stores and flea markets in search of the perfect hat for a friend. At one sale I had opportunity to speak with one of Jehovah’s Witnesses behind a literature cart. She invited me to their annual Memorial explaining it as a day set aside to commemorate Jesus’ death. I agreed with her on it’s importance and expressed my own appreciation for what Jesus’ death means to me. Then I asked her, “so at this service you have in which you celebrate His death, do you also celebrate His resurrection or do you have a separate service for that?”

And she actually said,
“OH, WE DON’T CELEBRATE HIS RESURRECTION.”

How sad. Not only do they reject the body and blood of Christ at their Memorial service, but they also go forth in their ministry boldly proclaiming there is no reason to celebrate His resurrection. Just what part of this is Christian? Continue reading “Blessings from Baltimore!”

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Russia Banning Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Headquarters Shake-up

There is so much happening inside Watchtower Headquarters.  Insiders are speaking out to the Ex-Jehovah’s Witness community giving a glimps into how the Watchtower leaders are scrambling to try to cover-up how the organization is crumbling. Not only did the Watchtower lay-off hundreds of JWs with this last week of April being their last week at “Bethel,” but Memorial numbers are dropping at a significant rate and just this last week on Thursday, April 20th, 2017, Russia has “banned” Jehovah’s Witnesses from operating in their country.  They are calling Jehovah’s Witnesses an “Extremist Group” due to their shunning and no blood policy, as well as their “two witness rule” that has allowed them to protect pedophiles within their ranks. Continue reading “Russia Banning Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Headquarters Shake-up”

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VOICE with Tony Casella on Hurting to Healing with Melissa

VOICE ~ Compelling Voices ~ Courageous People

  • Christians Reaching Jehovah’s Witnesses. Tony is one Christian who has trusted in the Holy Spirit and prayer that some ray of truth and light is reaching the Jehovah’s Witnesses that God has put on his heart to continually meet with. Tune in to hear his VOICE.
  • Memorial vs. Communion? What does the Bible say about “partaking?”

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Worldwide Prayer for Jehovah’s Witnesses on April 11, 2017

 

On April 11, 2017, Jehovah’s Witnesses will celebrate their annual Memorial in Kingdom Halls worldwide.

“We want to pray for Jehovah’s Witnesses, that their eyes might be opened and come to the Lord Jesus this Memorial. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16). As some may know, the majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to partake of the bread and wine.

However, Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no eternal life in you.” (John 6:53) Let’s also pray for those who have left and are seeking for the Lord still! Pray that they will come to know and experience God’s grace and love and mercy and come to Christ. Such a hard and long road, with all the WT teachings so ingrained.

Please spread the word about this event! We will begin our prayers on April 11th at 3 pm Mountain time and will continue until the Memorial is over.”

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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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The Power of a Praying Husband

Last month I shared an article called No One Is Born a Prayer Warrior. This month I have some encouraging news about one man’s journey in learning to pray for his wife. This is one of the FASTEST turn-arounds I’ve ever had the privilege of watching because what I am about to share happened within less than 3 weeks. Continue reading “The Power of a Praying Husband”

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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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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.” 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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