Dear Rock Family,
God's Good Plan – "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
This plan is a possibility not a "positively" I came to the Lord at the age of 13 with an orphan heart being molested by my dad and at the age of 13 abortion in my heart. I cried out for forgiveness and believed God touched me in Pastor Eddie's service. I still remember being on my knees crying out and receiving forgiveness. If someone prophesies over us, wonderful things in the name of the Lord what they say to us may express the heart, the will, and the desire of God for us. That does not mean it is positively going to happen just as it is prophesied. This is because it cannot and will not come to pass if we choose to refuse to cooperate with God or to stray away from His will.
God sent His son Jesus to redeem us and to restore all things to proper order he has written down his will for our lives and as we believe it and confess it. I finally realized that and it began to become a reality at 23 years old, just finishing my first rehab, getting a job. I once fell short of the Grace and Glory of God as a backslider. I was out in the world but see, I am not of this world so it didn't take long for me to realize this. I found myself on my knees again believing He could take me out of this again with my daughter now two years old and not in my custody. I felt lifeless and wanted life and life more abundantly and knew my training in the Rock Church and World Outreach gave me hope. ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME! I never stopped coming to church even in my addiction I knew we’re a king’s kid. It was here at the house of God that I learned who I really am and no power of darkness could take that from me. I knew through BREAKING FREE who I am waging war against. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers against the authorities against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
These are radical results I experienced because I brought my mouth along with my heart into God's service. "If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved." Romans 10:9,10
I now have been set free from drugs and alcohol and have custody of my daughter and God has restored everything back to me 10 times better than what it was.
I am so thankful to all the pastors at the Rock who all loved me to life.
Dear Rock Family,
I just want to thank God for all He has done the over the past years. About two years ago I lost everything including my job and home. There was a big part of me that wanted to just give up life in all itself. As I was walking out of my workplace on my last day I remembered hearing God loud and clear telling me, "Don't worry I'll give everything back to you but even better just trust me." That gave me a boost in confidence. So I continued to pay my tithes which weren’t much. Sometimes, a dollar here and a few pennies there was all I could give. Whatever I found on the ground or just happened to get a little help from my mom I'd give 10% back like my mom has always taught me since I was 7 years old.
After a year more things started to happen, my father stole money from my account (what little I had) which caused me to go in deep depression. Not only did I not have a stable home or a job, but I didn't even have money either. I kept going to church thinking people would know I'm wearing the same clothes because I didn't have money to buy myself new ones. That's when my insecurities took over and I completely stopped going. I remember I was at my lowest point and just cried so hard, asking God just to take me now. I was too prideful to ask the church for help because too many people knew me. Someone who I thought was my friend told me that God was mad at me, that's why these things were happening to me. I felt so unloved. That was the worst feeling I've ever felt in my whole life.
One night when I was staying over a friend's house, while I was dreaming I heard someone yell at me, "GET UP!" When I woke up there was no one there so I forced myself back to sleep. Then I heard someone tell me again, "GET UP!" I woke up again and looked around and still didn't see anybody still. So, when I got off the couch, immediately my legs felt weak and caused me to fall on my knees. I tried to get up but it felt like something was holding me down. I didn't know what was going on so I started to pray for the first time in 3 months.
At that moment, I felt like God was holding me in his arms and it felt so good. I felt comforted and loved and heard him say, "Remember my promise." I broke down crying feeling so ashamed for giving up but it still felt like everything was going to be okay and I realized the meaning of GET UP. After 2 hours I got off my knees and felt like I was ready for battle. I went back to church, started to pray, fast, and read my Bible more. At the beginning of this year I got a call from my mom really excited and telling me that my previous job was looking for me and wanted to know if I still would like to work for them.
THANK YOU JESUS! I got my job back and the blessings just kept coming. By the end of this year I will own my first home. I cannot WAIT to see what's in store for me for 2013! Thank you for teachings of strength, encouragement, and tithing. It has helped me so much!
Dear Rock Family,
My husband and I are so thankful for this wonderful place of worship. I would like to SHOUT my testimony. I myself came to the Lord just three years ago with my husband by my side. I praise God that I was given this opportunity to quit horsing around and get right with God as only Pastor Jim can say it. I will never forget your altar call you just said it straight and to the point, and it finally woke me up. I had honestly never heard an altar call like that before, it was moving.
On the evening of October 31, 2008 my youngest son James, who just started his senior year of high school and was 17, had to be taken to urgent care at Kaiser in Fontana. I just remember getting a call from my husband when I was still at work, that he came home from work and our son (who had been home with the flu) could not feel his legs and his fingers were very tingly and going numb. He was quickly assessed by the staff there and decided he needed to be admitted to the emergency room.
While we waited for James to be transported to the E.R. a nurse who happened to be on-call that night took my husband aside and told him he believed he knew what might be wrong with our son. He had worked at Loma Linda University and he had seen a couple similar cases it was Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) which turned out to be the exact diagnosis.
He was hospitalized for months and intubated (twice), completely paralyzed with the ability to only blink his eyes. The difference with this paralysis however, was that James could feel everything on a hypersensitive level. He literally was unable to escape the horrendous and constant pain and would experience strange sensations and illusions. He ultimately had to learn to walk again, etc... This was obviously devastating to the entire family, especially my teenage son. One day you have a healthy child and the next day, literally they are deteriorating before your very eyes.
I do remember during that time that I prayed to God and I had this calming feeling that he was going to live but something was telling me it was going to be a long haul. What we did not know was the devastation that was yet to come. Due to my son’s illness causing such severe pain due to nerve damage, he was on pain medication; once my child regained his movement and was able to walk again and resume his somewhat normal activities we discovered our son was physically addicted to his pain medication. He went through a pain management program at Kaiser and decided himself he wanted to be admitted to a chemical dependency facility at our hospital and detox off everything. This was all a very new experience to my husband and I. The doctors felt that he was physically addicted but not emotionally addicted.
It was also during this time that we discovered that our oldest son, who was home from college, was stealing his brother’s pain medication. When confronted with this, he of course denied it and we had to give him an ultimatum, either get help or you need to leave the home. Unfortunately for him, his girlfriend and her mother took him in. He had a place to land so to speak, without dealing with the drug issue.
I know Pastor Deborah’s testimony and it is so powerful, it gives me hope. Hope through Jesus Christ that our children will be healed of this horrible addiction. My husband’s and I biggest regret was not raising our children in the word of God but I know that it is never too late. Both of my boys have come to church with us and although they are still in their rebellion I will never quit praying for healing.
The Lord is mine and my husband’s strength and if it was not for His grace and love I know for a fact, we would not have survived these last several years or the years to come. James’ experience was somewhat unique but I know ultimately it is his responsibility to stay sober and the road he has traveled and the one he is on now seems hopeless from his perspective. We are blessed because our oldest son is in treatment and has been sober for almost 90 days and is working on piecing his life back together. He has hopes and dreams and shares those with us Praise God! They are our babies and as long as they are alive we have hope and faith. Our faith, through Jesus Christ has sustained us time and time again. The joy of the Lord is our strength and that is truly what is missing in our country and all over the world. I tell my children even if you don’t believe, it does not make it any less real. I know that someday we will all stand before Him and we will have to make an account of our lives. I just continually pray that they will see the truth and I will see my boys there in heaven with me one day.
Dear Rock Family,
I want to say that I have posted 2 shouts and this is a praise report! Thank you Rock family for your prayers. I took a step of faith to file paper work to get my son back. We went to court on November 13, 2012 the presence of the holy spirit filled the court room and the judge granted us weekend visits. We pick my son up Fridays and take him home Sundays. Thank you Rock Church for your word and the messages your an awesome ministry, you rock. I have an awesome relationship with my God who can do the impossible in your life, He is doing it in my life today. My son Manuel is 11 years old. He’s smart and enjoys to hear Pastor Jim speak. He loves going into the sanctuary to hear the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ.
When my son was 3 years old he would sing along to good news music and even today he continues to sing Godly music. This is my shout that all things are possible with Christ Jesus. I know as long as I do the possible, my father does the impossible. I am so grateful to my mom and sister, Connie for being there for us not just as my sister but as my family that the Lord put in my path. As long as I do what the Lord directs me and I lean not on my understanding all things work together for good.
On Saturday of last week I went to a service and got moved by the Holy Spirit and the feeling is so indescribable. The love of my God, holds my hand each and everyday. I am grateful when He wakes me up, all the honor and glory goes to my God. I want to say thank you Sandy for being there also, you’re an awesome daughter and friend thank you. Thank you lord for all that your doing in each and everyone’s life. I pray my son will come home permanently. With the Lord as my rock and shield, my protector, all thing are possible. Keep believing and lean on the Lord for direction, He is the truth and the life and my world. I put my God first in all that we do in our home. Thank you Pete for being a great husband, father, and best friend I love you and my family. This is my shout!
Dear Rock Rock,
At the ages of seventeen and sixteen my boyfriend and I found out I was pregnant. The beginning of my pregnancy was normal, the morning sickness; the grumpy and emotional hormones. Towards the beginning of my second trimester during my pregnancy, I was at a doctor appointment and they told me to meet with a genetics counselor. So my mother, my father and my boyfriend came with me. The genetics counselor told me that they found the blood level in the womb was high and she said that it may have been because my body was trying to miscarry the baby but the fetus didn't want to go. At this same time I also found out I was having a baby girl.
During the ultrasound the doctor told me that my baby had Anencephaly. Anencephaly is the absence of a large part of the brain and the skull. They also told me that once she was born she would not be able to live long. My family and myself were in distraught. The blood level in my baby’s womb was high because of this birth defect and because my body was trying to miscarry the baby. My due date was between December 5th and 8th. The 5th was my mothers birthday and she was the reason my boyfriend and I started attending the Rock Church.
The first time I went, Pastor Jim was preaching and I got saved when he started talking about being lukewarm and the week after, my boyfriend Adrian got saved when Pastor Jim said not to be embarrassed for the moment. We finished the SPT Books and were awarded our Bibles at the same time. I then started reading the bible to the baby and got a little book in the Love Rock Bookstore, it was about prayers for your children from the mom’s point of view. I read the healing page every night to the baby, she'd move and I prayed the doctors would be wrong.
On October 14, around 2am, I had barely fallen asleep and my water broke. I was rushed to the emergency and it was time. My boyfriend and I waited for the baby for 2 days. On October 16, 2011 my daughter, Natalie Marie Nieto Aramburo Ponce was born. Since my daughter had this birth defect they said she would live for up to a couple hours or even a day. I had her for 47 1/2 hours. My boyfriend’s family and my family showed up. We had taken tons of photos. It brought my family closer.
My daughter’s death was very painful, but she helped my family to see about life. For most of my family she motivated them. I believe the miracle God had for me was to just to have her for as long as we did. After I left the mortuary I came home to find a bouquet of flowers from pastors Jim and Deborah with a message stating that God is with me.
My shout is thanking God for bringing me and my boyfriend into church, bringing my family close, and for letting me hold one of his angels and for letting her stay with me as long as she could.
Dear Rock Church,
I just want to say that I wasn't going to church for years, why? I had the thought that if I believe in God, I didn't have to go to church. I now know that it's not true. I have been going to The Rock since August and it’s been great! I feel different and I feel God is there for me and my kids. My oldest boy was the one who pushed for me to go to church. I went one time with my mother-in-law and I loved the service and kept going. I had decided that it was time that I had to make a decision to surrender myself to God and I did.
Also, I just wanted to say this church is the best and it’s my home church. Thank you for all the things everyone does. I can tell you care and are committed in what you do. My kids and I are grateful to have found you, The Rock. I love the Girlfriends Bible Study including all the other services. Thank you God, you are the only one who can change my life.
Dear Rock Family,
I shout because my God is living and I walk by faith knowing that all my battles have already been won. (If you read Genesis through Revelation, you know how the end will turn out for the righteous.) Don't look at your everyday struggles. but look to God where your help comes from. I'm a single mom of many kids, my husband walked out on us years ago, "BUT GOD" is our source and He's always faithful and promises to never leave us. Remember, Psalms 37 and believe! My shout is to encourage the single dads and moms to delight yourselves in the Lord, trust in Him, feed on His goodness, REST in Him and most importantly, wait on the Lord! He always shows up on time. GOD BLESS
Dear Rock Church,
Praise God for placing food on my table when I didn’t know where my next meal would come from. Last Sunday, a lady was 70 cents short on her purchase. She only had a bag of rice, butter, and a 4 pack of sausage. I didn’t have much but I told the cashier that I would pay the 70 cents for her. The next day the Lord blessed me with $494.00 worth of food stamps and an additional of $792.00 for the month of November. Thank you Jesus! Not only has He blessed us with food for my family but we also have a new home and will not become homeless! Can’t thank Him enough!
Dear Rock Family,
I spent many years homeless till God blessed me with a home of my own. Yeah! November 5th for the first time in 49 years I moved from no home to a home I can afford. Continue to pray for those that can’t help themselves. That was me!
Dear Rock Church,
I would like to shout out that, although my life is not what I would want it to be like, I feel the best thing in my life right now is finally having and understanding my relationship with God. I am 25 years and a single parent. I’ve attended this church for more than a year and it has changed me alot from how I used to be, and also in my 5 year old daughter Julissa. The best thing so far is this church and my SHOUT is that I finally found what I’ve been missing in my life which is Jesus. Like that song they sing in church says "none but Jesus" I truely feel that is my song, I’m grateful for this church and all the wonderful Pastors. I have faith for my future in God! Love you all! God Bless The Rock Church always!
Dear Rock Church,
I want to SHOUT about how awesome our God is. On New Years of 09 my family and I were involved in a very tragic car accident. We were driving on the freeway going home when we were hit in the back of the car by a drunk driver who fell asleep at the wheel. Our car flipped 8 times and we landed upside down. We lost our 4 year old nephew, he died instantly at the scene and I was left paralyzed. The doctors said I may never walk again. I fell into the deepest depression and I pushed everyone I loved away. I wish I could say that I ran to God but I pushed Him away too. I didn't understand why He didn't save my nephew or just stop the accident from happening all together. I couldn't see any light in all my darkness. Anything someone said or did didn’t make feel better about the situation.
Then one day when I was at my lowest the Holy Spirit came to me, I had never felt such a strong presence of the Lord before. My body just got filled with this warm feeling and it was the most amazing feeling you could imagine. I knew the Lord wanted me to surrender to Him and just trust that He would guide me on this journey. I always knew God growing up but I never had a relationship with Him. I felt such peace and I wanted to go back to church so I could learn more about this God that loves me so much. My friend invited me to The Rock Church and when I first went in I just felt the love in the air. I loved the music and the energy and passion of all the people at The Rock. I never been to a church like that before, it was a whole new experience for me.
Pastor Luke was preaching that day and his words just touched my heart. I felt like God was speaking to me through him. Then when it was time for altar call I was the first to raise my hand because I wasn't saved before my accident. I felt like God was giving me another chance at life. If I would have died that night I'm not sure where I would have woken up. I didn't know how important it was to be saved. Some months later I got baptized and I feel like a new women.
Tomorrow is never promised and we just have to be ready at all times. I learned so much by going to The Rock and reading the Bible and I just want to give a big thank you to The Rock church for helping on my journey with the Lord. Praise God for second chances.
Dear Rock Family,
I just want to say that since we have been coming to the Rock Church for 2 yrs. We have been blessed and God has been hearing our prayers. We go to church twice on Sundays and once on Wednesdays. We are being fed the Word of God and the Holy Spirit is talking to us through our pastors! I just want to say Thank You Jesus for giving my husband a good job were we can tithe more to our church. Before he got the job, we couldn’t pay the rent for 3 months but we prayed and I knew God told me The Rock is where we belong.
He spoke to my heart and I told God, “You said this is my church and I don’t want to move away from San Bernardino.” We live on Weir Rd. near the church so we walk to church. The manager of the apartments gave us favor because we prayed for God to let her show us favor and she did. My husband’s G.I. Bill was late and before the end of the month she told my husband, “You better start looking for another apartment because I will start the process of eviction.” My husband’s check came 3 days later and he gave her half the rent and she let us stay and I thank God for all He has done for us!
Also, our car broke down but my husband’s boss found a person who he could ride with until he got a car. We will be getting a car next month! Through all of this going on with us we kept our eyes on Jesus, trusting Him. We stood on the promises of God. Philippians 4:19 - “and my God shall supply all our need according to His riches and glory by Christ Jesus now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen!!” Our God is faithful!! God is starting to restore back what we lost! Thank you pastors for your messages! Thank You Holy Spirit for giving us a word when we needed it! God bless!
Dear Rock Family,
Since first stepping foot on the property of The Rock in 2006, my wife and I knew this was definitely great soil to be planted and rooted, not only just for our spiritual lives but good and fertile soil to sow our seeds of finances. The Rock Church has from day one shown that this place is truly a storehouse for God and has consistently proven that God Almighty moves in this place. In 2007, the Lord put it on our hearts to give above our regular tithes and to start to believe for greater and bigger dreams.
In 2008, I was on track to make the most that I have ever made in my whole nine year career in construction, we were also in the process of purchasing our second home, we had plenty of savings and my work just kept coming. We continued to give above and beyond faithfully in this time of amazing provision and everything was going to plan, but all the momentum of blessings and provision drastically seemed to come to a crashing end when I was severely injured at work with major neck and head trauma. I remember thinking and wondering why? Why? This accident occurred 2 weeks after giving our offering and 2 days before we were ready to close on our second home. I remember so clearly when the doctor said it could be up to a year or more for my recovery and that my career was probably over; my heart seemed to drop into my stomach! As the sole provider for my home I was devastated.
Unfortunately, I had to cancel the purchase of our second home and with most of my income gone we continued to rent out our first home since we could no longer afford it. Times were definitely getting bleak and especially with all my reports from my doctors reporting that I was neurologically disabled and with constant pressure from my orthopedic surgeons to push with surgery on my neck, to watching month after month our savings disappearing, to my health insurance for my family being suspended, going from a 4 bedroom 3 bath home to a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment with just enough room to barely stretch my legs out, having to eventually sell our first home and the list goes on and on...times were definitely not going to plan, especially with old split foot the devil trying every day to make me wonder why? Why? I continued to sow and believe when my health, finances and future were being destroyed right before my very own eyes!
So with God’s Grace we continued to be as aggressive with our seeds of finances in tithing, but also as aggressive as we could with our spiritual lives. In the midst of this storm, my wife and I both decided to attend the amazing Rock Bible College, even though times were very tight we knew we needed to draw into the presence of our King and fight through the storms and reach the feet of Jesus(Mark 5:25-34). Even though doctors continued to tell me it was useless to attend school since my neurological disabilities were a major factor, we chose to believe our Savior’s Words than the doctors and continued in our pursuit of Jesus.
It’s 2012, and the Lord has restored everything that the enemy tried to take away from us these past few years! First, my health has been completely restored not just back to normal, but I am physically stronger and more fit than I was before my accident. At my last doctors visit the orthopedic specialist said that they have never had such high results on their strength test with the specific type of injury that I sustained(Philippians 4:13) and despite all the natural odds against my wife and I, we both were able to graduate from The Rock Bible College (Philippians 1:6) and of course with our finances the Lord restored everything and more! With His Amazing Grace and Favor, God was able to retrieve all my lost wages for the past few years that was stolen through a favorable settlement(Leviticus 26:9) and yes I did lose my career in the construction field, but the Lord gave me a better job with the railroad as a freight conductor! Yes, we did lose not just one home like so many of you reading this, but we actually lost two! But the Lord restored that also because in the midst of our drought we tried our very best with the Grace of God to take care of Gods house and His people, so He took care of ours and moved us out of our little 2 bedroom apartment to a beautiful 4 bedroom home totally paid off! Just like Pastor Jim said last year “His House, my house” we are living examples of His promise(Matthew 10:41)(1 Chronicles 29:3) and because we didn’t listen to the advice of others regarding our first home and completely depended upon the leading of the Holy Spirit. The IRS informed us that they are going to give us a total of $85,000 in credit for the next 20 years to use to offset my wages(Proverbs 3:4-10)!
The Lord also protected us this year and turned what was meant for evil to the good, when someone found out about our favorable settlement and tried to sue me for $35,000. No one knew about this situation because we were depending and trusting in our King to step in and defend us and defend us, He did! Just last month the Judge presiding over the case found and ruled that we did not have to pay them a penny! But ruled that they actually in return have to pay us $8,000(Proverbs 29:26)!
My wife and I with all of our strength and with a cheerful heart continue in this amazing opportunity of sowing here at The Rock Church and with a grateful heart we are so thankful for this House, the incredible Pastors and staff that feeds us here! And like Pastor Jim always says it only gets “gooder and gooder” and this is our Shout about our amazing God and our amazing church!!!
Dear Rock Family,
I’d like to thank our Celestial Father for His love and mercy to me. This is my testimony. In December 2009 I was feeling sick and couldn’t breathe, so I went to the Redlands Hospital Emergency. They quickly took me in and found out my blood pressure was very high.
After some tests, it showed something was wrong with my heart. They sent me to my primary doctor after two days and he read the Hospital Report. He sent me to a Cardiologist, Dr. Mukhergee. He was very kind and explained that I needed an ultrasound on my heart, so he sent me back to the Hospital; I was very concerned about my heart problems.
Finally they kept me at the Hospital where three doctors and my family were there. One doctor didn’t believe my case because I survived the surgery, and heard about my heart transplant. I was very shocked to know that I had already suffered silent heart attacks. I never did feel anything. I had only one vein that kept me alive when I went to Angioplasty surgery on January 7, 2010. It caused me to stay in the hospital for two weeks. When I was released they gave me a heart monitor that I had to carry 24 hours a day, it was uncomfortable. Around May 2010, I received a call telling me I didn’t need the heart monitor anymore, no pacemaker, or surgery.
I was so happy; I got down on my knees, and gave thanks to my Celestial Father, Jesus our savior, for my miracle. Here I am happy to see another day, and I love my family and friends. Everybody prayed for me, bless our Lord. I am a living miracle.
Dear Rock Family,
I placed a request for healing a couple days ago for terminal cancer for Gustaro B. He was given weeks to live. Now he is well again, eating, he’s out from the bed and moving. Amen to a complete healing! Thank you for your prayers. God Bless.
Dear Rock Church,
I have been coming to the Rock since 2001 and felt welcomed by everyone. When I was a little girl I had a very bad speech problem, and everyone made fun of me. I was told by friends and teachers that I wouldn't make anything of myself because I had a hard time talking. With a lot of prayers and my faith in God I proved them all wrong.
I graduated in 1995 from Rialto High and in 1998 I graduated from Valley College. I have been working in Child Care since high school. In 2001 I came to The Rock Church and joined Shift and joined in with people my own age. I always felt welcomed by everyone. I am now a part of Connections and have made a lot of friends that I hope will last forever.
For many years I felt there was something missing in my life, so I decided to go into Foster Care and become a foster parent. On January 5, 2011, God blessed me with a beautiful baby girl . She was only 2 days old when I went to the hospital to get her. She has been a part of my life ever since. On my birthday, July 31 she became mine forever when the adoption was final. I want to give God a BIG shout for blessing me with Abbagail Lyssa Sheldon. I also want you thank all my friends and church family for all your prayers.
Dear Rock Family,
On August 15, 2012, I was rushed to the hospital. I had a 7 hour wait at the ER. I was finally taken back and diagnosed with Septic Shock. (Septic Shock is when severe infection is taken over all your body). I was in a medically induced coma for 10 days, very close to death’s door.
It is very rare for you to live in this condition. But glory to God and all the teachings from all the Pastors here at the Rock, my family and friends were able to stand on God’s word and God’s promises. They joined together with faith. On the 10th day I was taken off the ventilator and the Lord washed all the poison out of my body. No weapon formed against us shall prosper. No matter what happened, my body showed no symptoms during the 7 hour wait in the Emergency Room with poison flowing through my body. Jesus was in control all along, praise his Holy Name. My doctor is also a woman of the Lord. After I was released from the hospital, she ordered a C.T. Scan to look over my results.
When she read the results she cried out to God and said that He deserved all the glory for each organ and named each organ individually. No damage to my liver, no damage to my spleen, no damage to my gallbladder nor my kidney, she cried out at God’s miracle.
I would like to thank all the Pastors for all of their awesome teachings and encouragement that they give us every week, all of the prayer teams for their prayers, support, and get well cards, and a special thanks to Pastor Sue whom came to my bedside. I have been coming to The Rock Church since they had a small room above a hotel in San Bernardino. This church is truly on holy ground full of God’s love and promises!! Thank you.
Dear Rock Family,
Before I rededicated my life to the Lord at the Rock in 1996 I was hooked on drugs and very unstable in life. The bus, food, altar workers, music, children's ministry as well as good foundational teaching have given me the strong, Godly foundation that enables me to minister to others in the same way The Rock has ministered to me. Today I am in college fulfilling my dream of becoming a Christian counselor.
Dear Rock Family,
I just wanted to say, thank you again for all you do for God’s people in the San Bernardino County. Your food lines are a life-saver. It has kept me and many families from going hungry. I do miss attending church services. I have been ill and had problems with my car. I only have a small donation of $10.00. I hope in the future I can do more for The Rock church. Thank you for being faithful servants of God!
Dear Rock Church,
My name is Bernice Cabrera. I have been a part of The Rock for the past 2 years. Today was an amazing (Wednesday) service. This is my Wednesday testimony.
I have been in pain for several months now. At times it was very hard to deal with and sometimes I just learned to deal with it. I knew my God is awesome and powerful enough to heal me. I was having so much pain today that when I got to church during Praise and Worship I was praying to God to take this pain away and let me be pain free, when suddenly Pastor Jim started calling out different problems and illnesses for people to be healed.
Then Pastor Jim said “anyone who suffered from intestinal problems should come to the front.” Right then and there I felt so special; so loved by God. I claimed, believing, and receiving my miracle, and when Pastor Jim touched me I felt something so hot inside of my stomach! It was like a burning sensation running inside of me and suddenly, I was pain free! I was filled with joy and gratefulness to my God because I had no more pain. I even had dinner and was able to eat and no pain. In the name of Jesus I am healed!!!!
Thank you Pastor Jim for being obedient to God and for doing what you did tonight during service. Me and my husband are so honored to be a part of such an amazing ministry. Thank you Pastors Jim and Deborah for helping us live a life in faith, a victorious life, knowing that no matter what God is the answer! We will endure to the end.
Dear Rock Church,
I want to say you’re an amazing loving church! I’ve been coming to church for 19 months now and all I get is blessed. I shared before that I attend girlfriends and Pastor Deborah said, “If it’s in your heart go for it,” and I did! I’m almost done with my alcohol and drug counseling for college. I used to tithe $5.00 and now I tithe $20.00. My son is 11 years old, got saved, and got baptized. He even gets happy when Pastor Jim is at church giving the Word.
Yesterday’s message hit home not only that I got confirmation, I took a big step to get my son back. I havebeen praying on it for a while but it’s God’s timing not mine, all on the supernatural, I have faith that the same day we go to court, I will be able to bring my son home November 13, 2012. I have a great support, my mom and my family are a great inspiration to me. Christ has changed me from the inside out. I give him all the honor, glory, and all praises go to my God. This is my shout this is the year of restoration!
I have an amazing relationship with my husband, Pete. We have been together for 13 years now. We got married a year ago at the Rock Church, my home. Pastor Joel married us November 10, 2011, I was attending Breaking Free and I felt the holy spirit tug at my heart that I took it a 2nd time. God has opened my eyes to see things differently and clearly. I don't take my life for granted the life my Father, Jesus Christ gave me. Thank you Rock Church and all that you do for all the people, you really rock! I will continue shouting for my Lord Jesus Christ for I can do all things through Christ that gives me strength. For the Lord does not give me a spirit of fear but of power love and a sound mind. The Lord is my rock, my strength, my shield, my refuge in whom I trust.
I tell my self all this every day, minute, hour, He gives me the strength. Also, my daughter, Sandy and her beautiful children, God has done a mighty work in her and her life. Thank you Jesus for all the promises, yes and amen. Thank you for the Rock Church who really care, a family that is there, and all the powerful ministries. This is why I shout!
You rock Rock Church,
Dear Rock Family,
Praise the Lord for He is faithful! He always comes through. Now I know for a fact that He cares for me. For two years I had been through tribulations one after another. Some worse than others, to the point that I did not want to wake up anymore. I didn’t even have a desire to pray; I was feeling guilty and ashamed thinking that God hates me and was punishing me, but something kept me going to Church and I decided to go for prayer after service.
One of the problems that I was facing was a car accident that I did not cause, but I was unjustly blamed for. After the prayer I felt at peace and the problem was being taken care of. The other problem was with my car, the car broke down and I was told that it needed major repair, the cooling inlet hose was broken, the rack and pinion needed to be replaced, also the air intake filter body by the throttle, the starter needed to be replaced, lastly I got a flat tire (with a nail) when I just got brand new tires. I could not afford the parts, worse the labor cost more than a doctor’s consultation and diagnosing; imagine $85-95 dollars per hour for labor. I got different estimates $2,000-3,000, but after consulting to the Lord he led me supernaturally to Godly Christian mechanics. For labor I paid 40 dollars plus 90 dollars. The rack and pinion leak was very tiny, that was fixed by adding special power stirring.
Now my car is running really well. Just like we declare on our tithes and offering “finding money,” I had been collecting all the shout from the beginning, they had encouraged me and one day I was about to throw away some papers that I had accidentally put together with the shouts and before I ripped them down to trash it, I opened one of the folded paper and to my surprise it was an old paycheck for three hundred dollars still attached to the pay stub, seventeen months old check. I called the Main Office. First, I was told the check is voided after 180 days, but I felt the confidence that this was the helping hands of the Lord. Remembering “finding money,” almost immediately I got the response from payroll that they will replace the check within three days. Thank you Jesus, for your mercies are new every morning. This is my shout!
P. S. Two weeks later, “gifts and surprises!” My sister sent me a precious gift of $1,000.00 HALLELUJAH!
Dear Rock Church,
I would like to thank the Lord for His love and kindness towards me. I have been struggling with my car for the past 3 months. The car would keep dying every night. It was hard for me because that car was my only transportation to school in Fontana, Chaffey College. There was nothing wrong with the starter or alternator, but just to diagnose the electrical problem they were charging $195 dollars.
I was very distressed because the people from the shop kept lying to us and giving us different high charges. We could not afford the money when asked. My mom did not give up she kept believing that the Lord would meet the need, and yes He did!! It only cost me $30 dollars. The issue was the A/C clutch was activated. The mechanic repaired it within 10 minutes with the diagnosis and repair. He was a newly converted Christian! Praise the Lord!
The Lord does care for every detail we face!! I thank Him once again!
Dear Rock Family,
My family moved to Colton from Sacramento in June of 2009 so that my wife could begin residency in pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Hospital. We have 4 children, Eseophe(9), Florence and Solomon(twins 6) and Ebigail(5). The Rock Church became our home church right away.
We had to rent a house here but our home in Sacramento was not sold. In November 2009, we rented our home in Sacramento at less than half the amount of the mortgage. The mortgage fell behind in a big way.
A few months ago, I told my wife that we were going to get our mortgage reduced. She did not even respond. When I made that declaration, the spirit of our (Rock Church Family) prophetic declaration arose in me and I completely laid hold on it without doubt. I want to confess that I thank God my wife chose to keep silent when I first told her. Within a week or so I contacted Bank of America who is the carrier of the mortgage and subsequently provided several documents they wanted. I faxed the documents and followed up in about 5 weeks (May 23, 2012). They confirmed the documents were received. I decided not to worry about it and kept the thought from my mind. Then a few weeks later, I got a call from Bank of America. The customer service staffer told me that he wanted me to send him the same documents. So, I said I had already sent those documents and verified that the bank got them. He insisted that I send them because the Elk Grove Center is a local processing center since my home is in Sacramento. I argued with him for a few minutes insisting that I had sent the same documents to them. Then, I heard a voice within saying send the documents. I did.
On June 26, 2012, I got a call from the same man from the Elk Grove Center. I had just gotten home from work and was tired. My wife was resting on the sofa and I was sprawled down on the living room floor. The bank staff told me that the bank has approved my request and our mortgage had been reduced $349,182.31. I slowly got up and thanked Him. I told my wife what had just happened. We thanked God and have been sharing the testimony to as many as we know ever since. As I noted earlier, I thank God that my wife was silent because she apparently did not think I followed through. I just know I did not want unbelief to cancel my hold on what had taken birth in my spirit. When we got the information in the mail, we realized they also gave us 2% interest rate.
God is able if when we make a prophetic utterances, aligned with the will of God and don’t allow unbelief to creep in. We give ALL the honor and glory to God.
Dear Rock Family,
I want to first thank Jesus for being faithful as He always is. I wanted to just share a little about myself. I have attended the Rock Church since I was 12 years old and I am now 30. I went through a time I was walking away from the Lord and found myself hurt, broken, down and just “plain out busted” as our pastor would put it. I became pregnant and walked away from an abusive relationship before having my son. My beautiful son was born 2 months early and was in the intensive care unit and I remember thanking God for His grace because I was told that if I had not been in the hospital that morning my son and I could have died because I was bleeding from a ruptured placenta. I remember sitting there holding my son and thanking God and asking for His forgiveness and what it was that He wanted in my life and not what I wanted. In that moment I was placed in the path of some wonderful NICU nurses who told me I should go back to school. I prayed about it and I said, “If it is your will God then let it be done in my life.”
I looked into schools nearby and most had a two year waiting list, except Cal State San Bernardino. So I applied and after being out of school for over 4 years I was told I had no chance, but with God we all know the impossible is made possible and so it was done. I was accepted into nursing school! Then I hit my first trial, it was finances to pay for school and God met those with financial aid, but it was only enough to pay for my classes not the 1,300 plus in books and uniforms.
I began to cry and then I just prayed once more and asked God to supply. I then was blessed with a grant that paid my books to the penny. I remember just thinking and crying to myself at God’s amazement. It took a lot of holding fast and praying because we all know when God has a plan for you the devil tries to steer you off His path.
During my first of three years in nursing school I found out my son was diagnosed with autism. I also was in court trying to get custody of my son. I was torn with to do because my son needed me, and I also knew God had a plan for me. I prayed about it and I continued to fight, despite the many times I wanted to give up because it felt as if it was more than I could bear. For three and half years my son’s dad attacked me in court and it drained me and my family emotionally. Then he paid for a huge psychological evaluation in attempts to do evil towards me and God always turns what was meant for no good to be good and I ended up with sole custody of my beautiful son. My son, despite what the world wants to label him as "autistic", I call him my blessing a child of the Most High God. My son talks, he interacts sociably, and he is very smart, and most importantly he loves Jesus.
Just recently I took my state boards and even up to today the devil still tried to take my joy and I had to tell him to take his ugly thoughts back to the pit of hell where they belong, because I knew I had a promise and a calling. I am proud to say that today August 21, 2012 I am a registered nurse for Jesus Christ. So hold fast to your callings church and know that trials may come, but God knows the bigger picture and has a plan for good in your life.
Dear Rock Family,
First of all, I want to give a big Shout and thanks to God because on this exact day it has been one year that I am free from all suicidal thoughts/attempted thoughts, free from all cutting and self harm. Last year, I was going to go through with suicide but as I was about to do it, I broke down and asked God for forgiveness; that was last year in August.
Beginning this year, I dedicated myself to God and started over. I completed my SPT classes and then went on to Breaking Free. I really saw God speak to me. God's timing is perfect! I was supposed to have knee surgery on May 7, but God knew that I was going to use that as an excuse to not complete my Breaking Free classes so therefore my surgery didn't happen until 3 months later (He knew I wouldn't put an excuse for anything by then). God really transformed my heart through Breaking Free and opened my spiritual eyes.
I lost my mother when I was 11 and it didn't fully hit me until I was 16 when I went through this phase where I hated God and put a complete stop to my relationship with Him. I didn't want anything to do with church and God, I was angry. It took me 3 years to fully accept that God does everything for a reason. I was able to realize that through Breaking Free and I let go of all anger and completely opened my heart to God and let Him fill that empty spot in my heart.
To this day, I have helped so many people with my testimony who have also lost their mothers, showing them that with God life is easier and he fills that emptiness and gives us the love we need. That goes for everyone, even if you haven't lost a loved one, no matter what you are going through, God is definitely the one to go to. He is there to listen 24/7. Remain faithful in him 100%... HE WILL NEVER FAIL YOU. Whenever you feel hopeless, remind yourself that you will remain faithful. Regardless of what the world says, God has the last say so. If the doctor declared you with a disease, rebuke it and pray! If you lost your job, say to yourself, "God, I know you have greater plans for me elsewhere and I will remain faithful." He will not let you fall and then not help you get up; He simply asks that you believe in Him and truly trust in Him. I encourage everyone to have that encounter with God. He's just waiting for you to surrender your heart and give it to Him. It is never too late, I'm only 19 years old and I can't wait to see all the great things God has planned for me. Remember that it does get better... with God of course.
Dear Rock Family,
I’ve been awed and encouraged from reading everyone else’s shouts that I’ve decided to share my Shout also.
I’ve been attending The Rock Church since I was 16 and ever since then I can truly say this is my home. I was recently engaged to the love of my life, Alan, in February. Before and after the proposal we both knew he still had some past mistakes he needed to take care of before we got married but we still procrastinated. I didn’t want him to because that would mean he wouldn’t be around me for a few months or so. I prayed to God to help me be obedient and not be selfish for him to do it. I felt in my heart God wanted him to do it soon and he knew it too.
On April 26 I found out during work from his mom that he turned himself into the police for those mistakes he did which included theft and drugs in his system at that time. I tried my best to keep myself from crying until I went to the bathroom, but a couple of my co-workers saw tears in my eyes they prayed with me and encouraged me. I had a lot of prayer warriors with me through this time. Meanwhile, my fiancé was in custody and it didn’t look so good because the judge told him he might be sentenced 2-4 years in jail.
At that moment I thought to myself, “What am I going to tell everyone? Too many people know me at this church, I was proposed to in front of everyone for crying out loud!” Then God corrected me and asked, “Why are you even worried about what anyone thinks of you? Shouldn’t your eyes be focused on me?” That was a huge slap in the face and I repented for doubting Him. While Alan was in jail, he was also witnessing to a few people in there and giving them encouragement. I couldn’t have been more proud. It also gave me time to witness to some of the men’s families and to pray with them. That caused me to come out of my comfort zone BIG time.
A couple times Alan did end up in some fights in jail because of being “different.” We knew his sentencing might get a bit worse because of it but we still trusted in God.
I remember hearing Pastor Jim’s message on “Living Life on Rest” and I knew God was speaking to me. So I constantly reminded myself to be at peace while we waited for my fiancé’s sentencing. I continued to put my faith on Him, ignoring the lies of the enemy and told my fiancé to do so also. In mid-May he told me that he was sentenced only 2 months in jail and a few months in a rehabilitation center. He also is only having 18 months of probation instead of 6 years of it. He was released from jail in June and now is in Cedar House which he’s still giving encouragement to everyone with God’s help. Nobody can tell me our God ain’t bigger than any problem that hits us. God continued to show favor even in the times we didn’t deserve it.
Through this we have learned and are still learning to put our faith on Him, trust Him, and live our life in rest. I give God all the glory and all the praise! Thank you for your prayers and encouragement to those who are still with us as we continue this journey.
Dear Rock Church,
I just want to tell everybody how great our God is and how grateful I am to the Rock church for teaching us to be faithful in the thing we are all so scared to do! I have been faithfully tithing for 3 years now and I’ve seen a lot of miracles since then. My mortgage was modified even after I received 3 letters denying it to begin with.
I thought I was done paying off our van last year (ha ha ya) the finance company called they made mistake in processing payments, they were asking for $1500 extra. I explained I just couldn't do it. I later got a call from them saying if I made 2 payments of $250 they would consider it paid in full.
The most recent blessing to happen to our family is our van that just got paid off has been breaking down little by little and I've been wanting to buy a new van but knew we couldn't afford it!! Well like always, God is faithful in providing our needs and we just got financed for a new van with the lowest interest rate I've ever seen for a car payment 5.5%. When the bank gave me the information I was literally in tears of just how great our Lord Jesus Christ is!! Thank you Rock church for never giving us the BULL!!
Dear Rock Church,
Coming to the Rock has given me renewed spirit and walk with Jesus Christ. Coming here has blessed my life, I’ve received a new job and my son back, all of this happened in the three weeks that we’ve been coming here. God Bless this church.
Dear Rock Family,
For about 3 months straight I was praying to God to help my family and to find a good home (church). I was being a church hopper, couldn't find a church that felt like home. A couple of months had passed, my family and I stopped going to church! I just kept praying to God to help me find a church that my family and I agreed to call the church our new home. It's funny, the whole time I was church hopping, I never got saved, nor did my family, and I always felt not ready, or embarrassed!
I remember that it was a Sunday afternoon, we went over to my brother and sister in laws Henry and Lisette's new house to help them unpack some stuff. Lisette and I were outside watching our kids swim, it was about 5:30 pm, and she said to me, “Hey Jen, do you guys want to go to church?” My reply instantly was yeah sure, but let's go ask Mike (my husband). We went inside and asked Mike if he wanted to go, and he hesitated. “Look at how we are dressed!” He replied. His brother Henry told him, “Bro, come as you are, God is not going to question you by the way you are dressed!” So he agreed to go.
Long story short, We got saved that Sunday night. All that I could do was keep praying to God, that my husband wouldn't mind the 1 hour drive to get there! We returned the following Sunday, and my two daughters got saved.....Amen! My son has yet to be saved, but his time will come. I just wanted to SHOUT! It has been about 1 month 1/2, and we haven't missed one Sunday, and I have been streaming live every Wednesday. We found our new home! Thank You Jesus, hallelujah!
Dear Rock Church,
Sunday, August 5th I was in Church, praying for more work, and hoping I could survive life.
On Monday, my boss called me, and told me they were not changing the days I work, but doubling my work giving me double the hours in the same day's load. Just by praying, I doubled my income in 24 hours.
If you don't believe in God, this is why you should, because God is my best friend. He takes care of me.
Dear Rock Family,
We shout to let everyone know that God has done a miracle in our lives. We received a letter from our 2nd mortgage informing us that our $16,745.05 Home Equity Loan has been approved for full forgiveness and so we owe nothing! Praise God!
Dear Rock Family,
Two years ago was one of my toughest years
So much pain, so much loss, and so many tears
The minute I lost my job, that’s when all hell broke loose
There was a point when I looked up to God and asked him to take me to my ‘heavenly home’
Because on earth I really did feel alone.
I had friends and some family turn their back on me
There was also a point when I didn’t think God loved me
I thought to myself, “I think He can’t stand me, I must’ve done something wrong.
Because this storm seems to last way too long.”
I applied from job to job, didn’t care what it was, I just wanted one
After no calls and no interviews for MONTHS, I told myself I’m done
I gave up on God, went to church, but my heart wasn’t in it anymore.
I still heard God knocking at my door
Telling me to trust in Him, be patient, but I didn’t want to hear it.
I continued to have anger against Him and said, “Forget it!”
Until one day I fell into self- depression and felt so low, to the point I couldn’t run away
I threw up my hands and fell to my knees and told Him, “You’re right, I’m not doing okay.”
So I repented for my resentment towards Him and allowed him to take control of my life again.
And right there that’s when my blessings began
He promised me everything I lost in the last couple years I will get them back and more
ALL praises go to my Lord
I got my job back in less than weeks
Speechless? Yup! Couldn’t even speak
I’m allowing God to increase while I decrease
Giving him all the glory and my praises to Him will never cease
I will continue to have faith in Him and not doubt
This… is my little SHOUT!
Dear Rock Church,
In my lifetime God has been faithful in many wonderful ways. Ten years ago, He provided a kidney for me through a sister in Christ who donated her other half of kidney, God's answer to our prayers. This time, the Lord answered through the believing prayers that we declare when we give tithes and offerings.
Last month I had a minor car accident. Thank God no one was hurt. My car had some dents and scratches that required body work. I had to pay the $500 deductible while the insurance company took care of the balance. I could not complain but continued to believe God that He is our Great Provider. When I give to the Rock Church, I SHOUT that I am believing the Lord for ... jobs and better jobs, raises and bonuses, checks in the mail, etc.
Praise the Lord! Today I received a CHECK IN THE MAIL for $450 from the auto insurance company as cash settlement since I did not use a rental car for the nine days that my car was being repaired. Thank you, Lord, for meeting all my financial needs...
Dear Rock Family,
Our Father who is enthroned above is so good, I'll tell you why. I needed him to be a strong tower that I knew I could rely on, just as He is described in the Bible, and watch over me, and I needed Him right there with me.
I thought I would add my Shout Out to Michael's Shout Out from last week which I read Sunday at church and his traffic ticket from Los Angeles which was an automated red light violation by a camera at an intersection. Just before he pleaded guilty to the judge and was about to ask her for a reduced fine the judge miraculously stopped mid sentence and dismissed the case. He was free to go! This gave me hope for my automated red light violation.
The next day I brought the paper with Michael's Shout Out from church as I visited the courthouse and saw the judge. I had to see the clerk first when I got there, my fine was $490 plus traffic school fees, which was a hardship for my family and I. I explained this to the clerk, and the details of why I ran a red light. "I need the fine reduced, or the ticket thrown out please," I explained to her. "The fact was that it was 3:30 in the morning and I was coming home from a job and had to detour off the freeway due to construction. I didn't know the place and the light had turned yellow quick," I told her. She wrote in my documents that I wanted my fine reduced, that I wanted to plead guilty, but with an explanation.
When it was my turn I stood up to speak with the judge in front of the courtroom. The judge explained that I ran a red light and said, "It says here you want to plead guilty but with an explanation, would you still like to do so?" he asked. "Please," I said, and told him what I told the clerk, and right as I finished he stopped me. He said that he doesn't hold people to automated red light tickets that are in the middle of the night, case dismissed. "Thank You!" I said, "God Bless You!" and left. It doesn't matter to me why the judge says he dismissed it or if he always dismisses tickets like that or not. To me it meant God was there as a strong tower to my family and I. Father God, I needed you there to be able to rely on you as my strong tower, and I wasn't let down. Thank you Father! Thank you Holy Spirit! Thank you Jesus! To God the glory!
Dear Rock Family,
I am 17 years old and this is my SHOUT for GOD.
On March 13th, I was hit by a motorcycle that was going 75mph. I was in a coma for 33 days. The doctors said I would never do much of anything. But I know the God I serve. He performs miracles. He can make the blind see and the sick well and He will make me walk again! God took me out of the coma and now I'm awake. I'm so glad that God awakened me.
Thank you Rock Church for your prayers and your blessings. I see things differently now and I am closer to God. My faith is stronger now than before the accident. Use your Faith for God because all He is asking of you is to serve Him. He loves you a lot, just like He loves me. Thank you again Rock Church, God Bless You All!
Dear Rock Church,
I want to shout that I have believed that my husband would go to church with me and our two sons. I was always in church without my husband. I have stayed faithful and kept praying. Now my husband comes with us, and shouts about Jesus at home. I was so happy to see my husband put a bumper sticker from The Rock on his work truck. God is so amazing!
I am so blessed to have The Rock Church. I am here to give the good news and I am so excited about the shout! I am shouting God’s word out in the Inland Empire.
Dear Rock Family,
In September, 2011, my wife, her cousins, and I were on our way home after watching my wife's choir performance in downtown Los Angeles. It was pretty late and we were all tired that evening. We were trying to figure out where the freeway entrance was. As I was driving through this intersection, I didn't realize that the light was red. I drove past the intersection only to be greeted with a flash of light to my face. It was the camera! Busted! A couple of weeks later, I get the ticket in the mail with my picture on it and a fine of $480.00 for failure to stop at a red light. Knowing that we could not afford this fine, I went to court 30 days later and requested to see a judge to plead guilty and to request a reduction in fine due to financial hardship. I was scheduled to see the judge on Friday, July 20, 2012.
The night of July 19, 2012, I was on the phone with my Breaking Free mentor to discuss my homework. Shortly before we hung up, I asked for prayer that God will miraculously work on my behalf by showing me favor by approving my fine reduction request from the judge. My mentor believed and prayed for a "no fee." I believed and was in agreement with him in spite of a slight disbelief on the inside of me that it was next to impossible to not have to pay for anything. But I believed for favor.
I left early for Los Angeles the following morning knowing that the traffic can be horrendous due to rush hour traffic. During my commute, I was listening to this pastor on the radio preach about faith. He made a statement that just hit me like a moving locomotive. He said, "True faith is not based on our positive circumstances." Then the Spirit of God spoke to me, saying these words in addition to that revelation, "It is based on the negative that surrounds you in your daily life. Without it, you will fail to see the miraculous power of your Lord Jesus Christ manifest into your reality from the supernatural!" I took that message like fish out of the water.
At around 9:45 am, the judge called my name. I stood up and politely greeted her by saying, "Good morning!" She proceeded by saying "Mr. Navarro, you are charged with Vehicle code..." Right before she asked me "how do you plead?," She IMMEDIATELY proceeded to say "case dismissed. You are free to go!" I must admit, I was rather dumbfounded in every good sense of the word! I was prepared to plead guilty and tell her my story to justify my reduction-in-fine request. But knowing how my God is, He worked it on my behalf! Not only was my fine completely waived, this violation will not reflect on my driving record and will not cost me an increase to my auto insurance premium. Praise our Lord God Almighty for favor!!!
Dear Rock Church,
About a month ago, I went into our van to get something out and I noticed that someone stole our car stereo; a gift my husband gave me for Christmas last year. I was bothered, but I knew I had a promise from God about when people steal from me. I shared the info with my hubby and told him not to worry, Proverbs 6:30 says "People, do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; He may have to up all of the substance of his house".
I claimed it, stood on it and believed that God had already found the thief, and He knew who and where this person was that stole our radio. Something else happened a day after; our timing belt went out on the van. I thought that was going to be a huge expense and it's our only family vehicle. The mechanic called and said it was $425 to fix (what a relief!); we get there and they reduced it by $5 when we got there.
I've had this vision in my heart for the longest time that God was going to bless us with a specific type of house. Then a couple days after this all happened, I asked my husband if we could just go "dream driving.” During the dream drive, we found a house that we thought we could never afford. Guess where we live now?? God’s word can be trusted and that thief may have thought that he was getting away with something but in all actuality, he blessed us; our faith is built and we're tired from all the moving we've been doing in this last week! Thank you My Jesus!
Dear Rock Church,
This morning I prayed to God before going to the dentist because the last time I went I was told that 2 of my cavities were so bad that I might need a crown or some other major work that financially would get me in a tough situation. God reminded me of what I have been learning at The Rock which is to speak His word over all aspects of my life. And I used to think that praying for stuff like my teeth was probably selfish, or just something that I have to deal with on my own. But God cares about every aspect of our life! Big or small.
So I said, “God your word says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” And although I may be paying the consequences of my actions because I know drugs mess up peoples dentures, you have made me new, all of me including my teeth so I pray that this won't be anything big and that I won't need any major work done in my teeth. AMEN."
So when I went to get checked up there was a new dentist and he did my checkup and he said that nothing major is wrong with my teeth and all I need is some minor fillings, which is a major blessing and it’s awesome to know how God really cares even about our small prayers! All glory and honor to God always!
Dear Rock Family,
I want to shout for all the love I have received, I have been saved! God will always be in my heart and life! My first time going to the Rock was a few weeks ago. I felt the Holy Spirit move through me and it felt as if a heavy weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. I have a SPT and I am on week 4 of the program. Let me tell you it is so amazing and eye opening. I hope that one day I can help someone learn how to have a relationship with God the way my trainer is training me. She truly is a blessing from God. God Bless everyone!
Dear Rock Family,
So this past weekend my church was celebrating our 24th Birthday! It was one crazy weekend for me. I don’t know how I kept going (with no energy) but God seemed to keep me going. Last week I was getting discouraged about going to London. I thought, “Am I really going? Do people really want to support me? Why do I think that this amazing thing can happen to me? I’ve been let down so much in my life, so I was ready for another one.” Then something happened.
I prayed for a while I had been wavering back and forth about praying for this trip. I felt it was too big to accomplish, too good to be true. But don’t you know that there is NOTHING too big for God?
So, in my heavy heart, and discouraged spirit, I prayed. It was that kind of prayer that you finally pray and fully surrender; I gave it all to Him. I said, “God, I thank you for this amazing opportunity, but I'm giving it to you. If your will is for me to go to London, then show me you want me to go. And if it’s not then I’ll be OK.” When we pray something special happens. We release heavenly activity. The minute I said to God, “I’m giving it to you,” my faith was activated. His presence was with me, his Holy Spirit came to comfort me and Jesus was interceding on MY behalf. So from then on I stopped thinking about London. I stopped checking the mail for donations, because it was in His hands.
After a rough Friday, I was ready to just go home and knock out. I got home and my dad saw me and said, “You got a letter in the mail, and I opened it.” My first thought was, “I get ONE letter in the mail after all this time, and you opened it??” Then he started joking with me, and I’m clearly not in the mood. I just wanted to get my letter and go to sleep, in a bitter mood. Just as was leaving he said, “You got two checks in the mail, your financial aid came in.”
I didn’t understand because I wasn’t supposed to get my financial aid until September, and last year, for some reason, they did not give me financial aid. I opened the letter and my mouth dropped as I read the amounts on each letter: two thousand seven hundred dollars and one thousand three hundred dollars. The financial aid I was supposed to get last year came, a little late, but just on time. Only God could have done that.
Once I prayed I released the spiritual blessings, which released the physical ones. So I thank my heavenly Father, Jesus for always coming to my aid. I thank Him for increasing my faith through this obstacle, and for allowing me to trust Him. I’m truly blessed! I hope that anyone who has taken the time to read this post is truly blessed. I hope you are encouraged to believe God for something you think is “too big,” and watch God trump it.
Dear Rock Church,
At one point in my life I was not in church. I decided one day that I wanted to go back. When I started to search I picked up my Bible and read Jeremiah 29:11. I came to The Rock one morning, and as I started to worship, Cameron quoted that exact scripture. I knew that I had been led to the right place. I couldn't get enough. I received healing at Breaking Free and Captivating, met wonderful people in the music ministry and have grown leaps and bounds attending services here. I love the diversity here as I believe this is what heaven looks like. I love that when you walk through the doors you hear God being spoken.
I know God exists because in the middle of the darkness all around us, God has placed this church here for all of us to experience His peace and strength. I look back on my life since I've been coming here and I did not even notice all that He has done in my life. Now I am surrounded by people who love God and encourage my growth in Him. My prayer is that people can experience God as I have been able to. That's worth shouting about! Jesus!
Dear Rock Church,
I want to say thank you Rock Church! I have been coming to this Church for one year and the Lord has restored my family back into my life. I'm a recovering heroin addict and have been sober and drug free for one year and three months. I took Breaking Free two times and I'm still journaling. The Lord showed me that my children won’t have generational strongholds on drugs. My SHOUT is that all things are possible through Christ as long as you believe in God. He changes things in the supernatural not on our own, ask and you shall receive on his timing.
My son is ten years old and he was baptized at The Rock and I teach him the Word of God. I was married in this church. We are living right with God and learning to put God first in everything. I want to say thank you to my mom for her prayers. God never left me and I’m happy to say I have a wonderful family in my life today. Your teachings from God are what I need to hear.
Thank you for all the awesome things you do for the children. I really enjoyed the Perris Hill Back to School Bash. Those smiles on the children faces were irreplaceable, you are amazing. Girlfriends Bible Study is so wonderful; Pastor Deborah, God used you to encourage me to go to College. You said if it’s in my heart go for it and with the support of my mom, sister, and my wonderful husband, I did it! I’m going to be a drug and alcohol counselor and reach people and share the Word of God. My Shout is that through God, he restores. All things are possible through Christ. God bless you and thank you so much for Breaking Free and for the Rock Church.
Dear Rock Family,
When we walked through the doors of the Rock Church for the first time, over 10 years ago, we knew that we were home. You see, after moving back to the Inland Empire, we had been in conversation with the Lord about finding a place to call our home. We wanted a pastor whose heart was tender toward God and His people. We wanted sound Biblical teaching, a pastor with humor and ability to relate to the people. We wanted a family in which we share love and acceptance, and have opportunity for spiritual growth and participation in ministry. We got that, and so much more, thank the Lord for Pastor Jim and Pastor Deborah's wise leadership for this body of believers in the Inland Empire. They don't just talk love; they do love! We have seen time and time again God's love extended to those in need. It's evident in the outreach to the community and also to those of the household of faith.
In April of last year I was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer. I had multiple cancerous tumors in both kidneys. My outlook was very grim, according to the doctors. But, God's hand of mercy and grace were ever present! The Holy Spirt led us step-by-step from diagnosis through recovery. I (Deborah) am now cancer free! Pastor Jim, Pastor Deborah and all of the Rock pastors covered and supported us with focused prayers and guidance; standing with us in faith believing God for healing. The Lifeline ministry stepped in with food and encouragement. Because we were involved with the SPT (Pastors Dave and Michelle), the Girlfriends A.M. ministry (Pastor Eleanor) and Heart to Heart ministry (Chaplain Doug) we had the support and prayers of those we had come to know in the Church family. The Rock is a great family! No one should be without family! God bless you Pastors and family.
Dear Rock Church,
I want to shout about our Worship team. They are so amazing. The anointing is on them and it reaches out and touches me everytime! They bring heaven down, it is a beautiful thing! I am very thankful for all of them. Glory to God for The Rock Church and the outstanding worship team. Love you all. Keep shouting the wonderful music! The Rock, rocks!
Dear Rock Family,
I serve in "La Roca" as an usher. About a year ago, I went through a divorce. I was devastated, and hurt. All I had to go by, was the promise of God, that He had everything under control and the peace He had given me in my heart. So, I got closer to God, I went to counseling, I dedicated my time to God and Church and became a prayer warrior. I am shouting the faithfulness of God! On May 21, I got married again with my ex-wife. I was blessed to get married in an "in office wedding" in my church. My wife is now starting to serve also with me. My God has restored our marriage! All The Glory to God!
Dear Rock Family,
My children and I traveled to Los Angeles to attend church for over 3 years. My unsaved husband complained but through the complaining he always supported my children whenever there was a special program which they would be involved in the numerous times he attended the church services, he was bombarded with fellow Christians trying to “save” him. After so many miles on our car and numerous arguments about other personal things, my children and I stopped going to church all together.
The Lord introduced me to a friend that attended The Rock Church and World Outreach Center. She invited me to Girlfriends and I haven't looked back. I SHOUT for my children. I have learned that stepping out of my comfort zone, opens so many possibilities. The complaints continued from my husband. He didn't understand how I could continue going to church after he voiced his discontent. My Father in Heaven protected us, our marriage--His plan is perfect.
A year after attending The Rock and meeting friends and a group of women at Girlfriends (two or three in all) who were facing the same problem of not being "equally yoked", we prayed week by week and stood in agreement with one another our husbands would be saved. My husband came to church with us finally after a year and his "excuse" was to see what this church was teaching his children, he honestly said "if you can't beat them, join them". With a couple of services under his belt, the Men's Conference of 2010 came and the second my husband agreed to go, we marched and purchased 2 tickets: one for him and one for my father. My husband dedicated his life to Christ during that conference.
The most awesome day is when I received a text from a friend whose husband was there when my husband made that wonderful decision.
Two years ago, we became equally yoked and I cannot begin to tell you what life has been like. I praise God for His forgiveness, love, guidance, and His mercy...for His perfect plan. The Holy Spirit led me to The Rock and my family has not been the same. I am shouting praise the Lord!
After many long Semesters and many setbacks (many hospital stays) I finally received my AA degree in Liberal Arts from San Bernardino Valley College.
Dear Rock Church,
My family and I have been coming to the Rock since late 2010. We love this church and it has been life changing for us. I work for a garage door company that does road shows inside Costco Wholesale stores all over Southern California. My job requires me to drive my personal vehicle to the Costcos, wherever the show is being held and I have been really racking up the miles on our vehicles.
Every morning when I get ready to hit the road, I have a conversation with God to thank Him for allowing me to wake up for another day, thank Him for even having a job, to ask Him that I get to work safely, on time and to have a productive day. I was working at the Costco in Lancaster last week and their was a young man doing a blender road show. I approached him to see how his show was coming along and you could see the frustration in him. He said that the day before, he went the entire day without selling a single item and that never happened to him before. Even though the store had barely opened for business, he was ready to pack it up and go home instead of wasting his Sunday at work. I felt bad for him. When I went back to my display, I said a little prayer for him hoping that his luck would turn around.
Throughout the day, I kept peeking down the aisle to see how he was doing and he always had a crowd watching his presentation. When we were 3/4 of the way through the day, I went back to see how he was doing. He was taking his first break and he said "I don't know what happened! I don't know what it is. I have already sold 8 blenders. It's weird! I have already made up for the bad day I had yesterday!". I told him, "You know what it is?", "It's not you....it's Him!" As I pointed up to the sky. He said, "What do you mean?" I told him that I put in a prayer for him and God was working for him. He looked at me in disbelief and thanked me. All I could do was smile as I got up and walked back to my display.
Later on, there was a half hour left in the day and he came back looking for me with a very humble look on his face. He extended his hand and thanked me again for the prayer and said "I don't know if it was you but I just sold 4 more blenders! Today has been crazy! Thank you, thank you, thank you!". I told him not to thank me but to thank Him. I reminded him not to forget God. I asked him where he lived and he said he lived in North Hollywood. I didn't have any Rock cards on me to hand to him but I told him "When you get home, go online, look up RockChurch.com" He said, "That's the name of your church? I already like the sound of it!" I told him about the billboard campaign and how the main message on the ads says "Stop Messing With God."
I didn't talk to him anymore before I left for my long trek home, but I called my wife to share the story with her and it brought tears to both of our eyes. Even though I didn't get to go to church that Sunday, I still felt like I was given a chance to get out there and spread the good word by whatever means possible. It was a great feeling! God Bless!
Dear Rock Church,
Where do I start, we are self employed, 3 years ago we started slowing down badly as the recession started it was getting worse, we had been coming to the Rock for awhile, giving in the offering but not tithing the way we should. One Sunday it hit my husband and I, we need to tithe the way God intended us to, that Sunday I wrote my first real tithe check. By the time we got home from church there was an email from a potential customer who became a great job, and every Monday since then our phones have been ringing off the hook. Our business has been so blessed that we not only survived the recession, we thrived during it. We always laugh and say, “Gifts and Surprises.” We love giving our tithes each and every week. When other people ask us how we survived the recession, boy we SHOUT how great our God is.
Also a month ago our 19 year old son was arrested because a jealous girlfriend lied to the police about him. It was the worst night of our lives. The following Sunday Pastor Jim preached on rest. My son got that CD and anytime he felt scared or nervous he would listen to it and reminded me a few times about where our rest comes from. I was led to a Christian lawyer who prayed with us the first meeting and was working on our case. Then Pastor Debbie preached the Mother’s day message. I stood on that message and my husband and I prayed for our son, and last Friday our lawyer called and her exact words were “the Lord is good, no charges filed.” I thank the Rock for teaching messages that teach us how to stand on God’s word. Trust me, we have shouted it to everyone.
One last thing, we have been trying to buy a house for two years, nothing we did could get us in escrow. We prayed the last 6 months asking God for help. Well one day our realtor was driving around and saw some people working on a house asked if it was for sale and now we have been in escrow for 15 days. I am sure this will be another shout, stay tuned!
Dear Rock Church,
I started going to The Rock around August of 2011. At that time my life was in shambles. I was 26 with 3 kids going through a divorce with no job and had just lost our place to live. Our belongings were all in my car and we slept wherever we could. We finally moved into my mom’s apartment in San Bernardino. I would look around me and see the drug deals and prostitutes all around us including three different gangs surrounding us. I couldn’t believe the situation we were in. How was I going to get through it all? What about my kids? I didn't want them in this life style. My mom has been attending The Rock for a couple of years and also went to Girlfriends on Thursdays. I finally gave in and started going.
Pastor Deborah was talking about the Proverbs 31 wife. I realized I was nothing like that, the message intrigued me. I come from a family of divorced women. I didn't know how to be a wife. After going a few times to Girlfriends, I started attending Sunday services and there I heard about Breaking Free. I heard God say, "You're going." I said, “OK.” and signed up immediately. That completely changed my life. I was set free. While I was going through Breaking Free my marriage took a drastic shift. I changed myself, I applied Pastor Deborah’s and breaking free's teachings to my life.
My husband moved back in, right after he got a great job. My life was changing. I started seeing everything in a different way. I had come to San Bernardino to find The Rock and to find God. I had to see the pain and the hurt all around me to open my eyes and to stop asking, "Why me?" There's so much more to life and now I see it. My daughters minister to the children around us. They ask them "Do you know Jesus?" I give my kids and all the neighborhood kids snacks and treats while they're outside playing and I hear my girls teach their friends how to pray before they eat. My kids are learning to have compassion for others who are less fortunate. They had never seen poverty before we came here. When they see a homeless person we pray for them, give them money and, a Shout card along with it. My husband has also changed.
After I became the wife I should be he became the husband he's suppose to be. Our marriage is now completely restored. As I'm writing this shout we are also in the middle of packing. We have purchased our first home in Loma Linda three minutes away from the church. I love my church! God knows I wanted to live closer and from one day to the next He made it possible. I have awesome friends that I met at church and my amazing mom that has always been by my side. So this is why I SHOUT!
Dear Rock Family,
This past week I had to choose between a job that I was really hoping to get this summer and being an intern at Shift; the reason why it had to be a choice between one or the other is because the job required me to move kind of far and right now with no vehicle it was simply not an option for me to drive back and forth. When making the decision God reminded me of His word that says "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things shall be added to you." The obvious choice was to not take the job, putting God first and trusting that He will provide a job that won't require me to choose and will accept my new schedule as an intern. Today I went job-hunting down the street from my house and I got an interview on the spot. I start work tomorrow! God is so faithful and I am so exited to begin my journey serving at the Rock Church!
Hi Rock Family,
I just wanted to share how God has been good to us. My brother in law has been in jail since last year in May. His ex-wife falsely accused him of something so horrible I won’t mention it here. The prosecutors wanted him to make a deal with them but he said no because he wouldn’t make a plea bargain if he didn't do it. He was going to fight it and he did! We heard good news yesterday! The prosecutors called his Lawyer and said they want to dismiss the case! We never gave up praying for him we asked The Rock to pray for him and they did. Wow God is so good! What billy was accused of was so awful if you lived in the natural, you wouldn’t think it’s possible to get out but we were thinking in the supernatural, had faith in God, and He stepped in. My brother-in-law used to be an usher at The Rock and I would love for him to tell you his testimony if he wants to. He gets out of jail next week! We have been into trials including my mother- in-law dying of cancer last year. Since we have been going to this church we have been getting blessed and God has been protecting us. Thank you Rock Church for being there for us! We love you guys! God bless you!
Dear Rock Church,
In the Spring of 2005, I married my wonderful husband Tommy. When we married, our family became a family of 6 overnight (his 3 and my 3). We were living in Arizona and traveling out here to California every other weekend. My husband made sure that we were in church every Sunday, no matter what. I spotted an ad in the Yellow Pages for the Rock Church and World Outreach Center, and we began to attend every other weekend that we came out (we already had a home church in Arizona). The first time we attended, when Pastor Jim gave the altar call, I was shocked! It was those very same things I had read in the Bible that lead me into a real relationship with Jesus Christ!
After a few months, we prayed, the Lord answered, and we moved out here to California. Since then, it has been one miracle after another:
1) We were directed to a beautiful woman of God, and when we asked her if she knew of anyone in the church who was wanting to lease a house for a year, she actually showed us the house that we wound up moving into.
2) As I read the Word, and as my own faith grew in the Summer of 2006, I fasted for 7 days, and the Lord healed me of a heart condition that I've had since I was a child. He also healed me of migraine headaches that I've had since I was a child. We were learning the Word of God “Line upon line, precept upon precept.”
3) In the summer of 2007, I was diagnosed with endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. I was scheduled to have a hysterectomy. I put that off, believing that the Lord was going to heal me. Finally, in December of 2007, I came to the understanding that the Lord can heal miraculously through the laying on of hands, or through surgery. Healing was the issue, believing was the issue. Two weeks before I was scheduled to go in for surgery, my husband turns to me just after service and says, "Why don't we go down to the altar and have them lay hands on you and pray for your healing?"
I agreed and we went. I was healed NOT ONLY of the endometriosis and PCOS, but also of injuries that I had received in a car accident in 2004 (which had shortened my left leg by twisting my pelvis and knee just slightly). I had been in constant pain for YEARS, and it was all gone in an instant!
4) In 2010, I was helping a friend to paint her bathroom on a Saturday. I stood up to move, and something in my left knee ripped. It was awful! I went home, and went to bed early. I almost skipped church the next morning, but by then, we were volunteering in Children’s Ministry, and there was no way I was going miss out on that! My knee was swollen to 3 times its size, I couldn't put any weight on it, and it just hurt! Before I made it into the Sanctuary, 3 different people came up to me and prayed for my knee to be healed. I sat through Pastor Jim's message, made my way to the Childrens' Ministry, where 2 more people stopped me in order to pray for my healing. I made it to class, and as my husband began to explain to the kids why I was not teaching them that day, Pastor Tom and Pastor Heather walked in. In front of the class, they prayed for my knee to be healed. As I began to walk away, my knee just felt like it knitted back together again! By the end of class, my knee was its normal size, and I was pain free!
Weeks ago, the Lord healed me again at Girlfriends. He healed the most painful wounds of all: the pain of a miscarriage I had at 16, and the even deeper pain of shame and guilt for the abortion I had when I was 24. Not to mention that since we began to pray our “Declaration of Faith” as we give our tithe and offerings, we have received checks in the mail, gifts and surprises, debt forgiven, people coming to our door with groceries, with witty inventions and ideas, and most recently, my husband received a 'better job' and so much more!
I cannot speak for anyone else, but I will SHOUT from the rooftops that here, at our church, Jesus really is Lord! Here at our church, the Word of God is held to a higher standard. It is taught without the 'frills' and it is taught just as it is written. Line upon line, precept upon precept. And I thank God and whoever it was that put that ad in the Yellow Pages!
Dear Rock Family,
In my early years, I was on fire for God. As I got older I let the ways of the world nearly swallow me. I allowed an abusive step-father and my mother mold my attitude. Even to the point where on Christmas Eve, he pulled out a sawed-off shotgun out on my mom for not getting him the right Harley Davidson boots. I got into heavy drinking and even joined the Navy. I repeated the same patterns as my step-father with my son. I challenged God and yelled, “Why is my life was like this?” I almost gave up. One night I was contemplating running my car into something but a police officer stopped me for speeding just minutes before making a life changing decision. The alcohol had consumed me to the point that I hit rock bottom. I received a DUI with my son in the car. My relationship with my son turned sour and I didn't speak with him for a couple of years. I knew at that point, this life of alcohol and doing things on my own had to stop. I had to turn my life around through God's grace. I got back into a couple of churches and finally felt at home at The Rock. Now, I am sober, I am healthy physically and spiritually. I am again on speaking terms with my son. I am trying to teach him how to drive, God's grace will be needed tenfold. I am active with ushering and will be hosting our Men's Bible study/BBQ At my house this Friday. Faith works! The only thing left to say is that God gives you hope when you think you have squeezed out the last drop. I do have a spirit of love, power, and a sound mind. Amen!
Dear Rock Family,
Here is my SHOUT! I am still recovering from a head-on car crash in January of 2011. I sustained numerous broken bones, a blood clot, 2 titanium plates put my right arm (one since has been removed) 3 surgeries and more possible in the future. I am still here standing and praising God! I am very grateful to have a second chance at life! I have been given Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you", Declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." from more than one person at this church to hold onto...So I am holding on to it! I know my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will heal me completely in His timing not mine. First I had to learn to truly trust God and that came not in my healing process but in my finances. I have always tried to stay on top of my budget and finances but after a serious car accident and having my pay altered through disability, I started having problems paying my bills. Nevertheless God was always faithful in providing for me this whole time. I made the serious mistake of taking my eyes off the Lord (BAD MOVE!) I tried to handle my financial situation on my own by maxing out credit cards and taking out loans from the bank, which only led to stress and depression. I asked God in prayer to forgive me for my stubborn ways and letting go and letting God take over. Almost instantly God moved on my behalf. Through a favorable settlement I was able to pay off all my bills, and my car loan. Thank You Jesus! I am only one of many lives in our great church at The Rock that God has given a second chance and a reason to SHOUT!
Dear Rock Family,
I recently moved to Alabama for work and I watch services online. I had an eight hour safety class I needed to take to start work and had to pass a test on it at the end to start working. The first time I took the test I did not pass. I came home and prayed to the Lord to help me on this test. I went back the next day and had to do the class over, and went to take the test over. I thought I failed but little did I know that day they changed the score you needed to pass to 70% instead of 80% and I received a 79%. I passed the test and now I can go start working! I would have not been able to do this without the Lord’s help. He works in so many mysterious ways. I just wanted to share that with you. Love you Rock family and God bless.
Dear Rock Family,
Just wanted to shout God's praise. I am not as socially equipped as my husband Michael is. I am usually the quiet one supporting what he does there at the church (drums). I help behind the scenes with the worship team. God has recently been working on bringing me out of my comfort zone. He has been building my confidence up through Christ. As a result, I have managed to meet new people and fix a few relationships with family members. That caused me to invite 14 people since January. Out of 14 invitations, 13 people have visited. Out of 13 visitors, 10 people have been coming back on a regular basis! It is exciting to witness the changes in their lives, all because I was obedient and allowed God to change mine! God is "AWE"-some. What a privilege we have to witness God's manifestation of Glory. If you have ever wanted to witness miracles first hand, this is your chance! Invite people to come party in God's house!
Dear Rock Family,
"STOP MESSING WITH GOD!" The statement is loud and clear,so why had I never heard it before? In December 2010 one of my dear friends invited me to The Rock Church to Girls Night Out. At that time, I was living in uncertainty, and I was truly "lukewarm." I responded to the altar call and received Jesus! It was wonderful and scary all at once. The most amazing things began to happen!
I was living with my boyfriend of 8 years and although we would mention marriage, I felt as if he kept putting it off. I was feeling cheated, and it was easy for us to end a conversations in arguments. We have a 7-year-old daughter and regardless of what he and I would go through, she was always our priority. One day at Sunday service, I asked God to put it in my boyfriends heart to make a decision with our relationship. I had tried to control us from falling apart, but I was failing miserably! So I placed this situation in God's hands.
Within two weeks of my prayer my boyfriend surprised me with a proposal! (We were married in November 2011) It was Father's Day in June 2011 when he accepted Jesus as his savior and we both attend church regularly ever since , not just my daughter and me. God not only delivered him to me, but He saved him. Soon after there was a Miracle Birthday Offering. God put a number in my mind, and while I had no idea if I was going to be able to do it, it didn't feel impossible. So I placed my pledge in the basket and prayed to my Lord that he would provide not just the money for the pledge, but for my school. I was getting ready to transfer to CBU in Riverside and it was going to be a financial sacrifice for me.
Well, this past Wednesday service, I walked into the sanctuary and my husband and I were early, so I wrote down a prayer. I asked Jesus to alleviate the situation in front of me. The financial aid office was already pressing me to accept loans for school and for some reason I just could not bring myself to accept it. My balance after the aid kicked in was $4,300!!! I was not prepared to pay that sum, much less borrow it. I asked the Lord to please help me, and even though my situation was not impossible, it was a tough situation for me. The very next day, right before my shift at work was over, my financial aid adviser contacted me and surprised me! We both could not understand how, but I received a Cal-Grant of $4,800!!! On top of that, I received an additional Access Grant of $770!!! I broke down in tears right there at my desk. God not only covered the $4,300 dollars, His blessing went well beyond that amount! Our God is great, He is a generous God just ask Him! He wants to bless you and make your lives abundant! He wants to restore. I will shout, I will praise! "You will find God at the Rock Church!" Thank you Rock Family.
Dear Rock Church,
Our family has so much to shout about! We have been through some hard times in 2011. We found our marriage in trouble and instead of giving up we turned to our church. Pastors Hendrick and Eleonor Becker spend time helping us to understand each other and how we should love each other Christ focused. We were excited to go to church together. Just when we were feeling strong, work slowed down and money became tight. My parents who also attend the Rock church faithfully, helped us get through financial hardships. We would still attend church and pray with our tithe excited with the believe and faith that we know God will get us through our hard time. The month of Febuary was hard, the last week was when I got offered a full time job. My job that I already had started picking up. We celebrated our 4th year being married on March 8th. Things are not back to normal just yet, but they will be because we have Faith and belong to a great church led by CHRIST.
Dear Rock Family,
This is a Shout about how good my God is. I am currently a single mom. I am a faithful tither and have been believing God for favorable settlements and gifts and surprises. Well, on Monday April, 18, 2012 I received a letter in the mail from a company that I worked for over four years ago. The letter stated that during my time of work for this company I was not paid the total contribution amount in a 401K account, which I thought I had taken the money out and closed two years prior. I found out that there was $293.25 in this account that I didn't even know I still had. God is full of gifts and surprises, now we have a little bit more to put down on a car. Thank you Lord!
Dear Rock Family,
The Word of God tells me to "Endure Hardship." (2 Timothy 2:3)
On my Lunch break today I sat in my car and cried out unto the Lord, “Father God, I'm tired of going to work everyday, faithful and never complaining. After I gave my tithes, bills and rent, I have NOTHING left over, can't even take my 2 kids to the movies. My car is on its last leg and if the car falls apart today, it wouldn't matter because I don't have any gas money to make it for the next two weeks anyways. I am living paycheck to paycheck and I'm tired! This single mom thing is not working out. You said in your word that YOU are my husband (Isaiah 54:5) My provider and would supply ALL of my needs. I need a financial breakthrough!" 6:36 PM my cousin who I haven't spoken to in months, called to see how my children and I were doing. She came over and blessed me with $300. Then I received a phone call from my job stating I have a mileage check available for pick-up. I cried my eyes out again. My God is Faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
Dear Rock Church,
I was asking God for favorable settlement as I was getting ready to get current on my student loan account. The lady on the phone told me that I owed $21,500, and asked how I intended to pay it. I wanted to ask her if she took checks, but she sounded serious. So I got bold and asked if there was any way to reduce the amount, and she said yes. YES?! A few calculations and $800 later, my new balance was $9,000! More than half of the original amount! I’m now on track to pay it off within a year. Making my faith declaration every time I tithed, definitely gave me the confidence to trust in God. Now I know what Pastor Jim means about having the SHOUT in you, ‘cause it’s in me! Thank you Jesus!
Dear Rock Church,
Last Sunday evening I went to the grocery store and as with most, on a budget. I walked out and was looking down and saw a bill. I looked closer and it was $100.00. I picked it up thinking it may be play money or fake. I opened it up though and was a real $100.00 bill. I looked around to see if anyone was near or around that may have dropped it but there was NO ONE! Then it came to my heart "finding money, bills paid off, bills decreased, blessing and increase!" Finding the money was awesome but it was more an encouraging moment for me. Earlier that day I was feeling down about some things and finding it just refueled my faith. It was more than just finding the money, it was like God Himself said "here you go baby, cheer up and go buy yourself a new dress." Thank you Jesus for the gift!
Dear Rock Family,
For about five years I've been unemployed, the last two years I spent taking care of my elderly mother, a preacher’s daughter. Mom helped me financially because of my helping her out, no matter how much I wanted to get a job. Yet, for the last two years I've been a volunteer in the Rock Bus Ministry. The first year God and I washed buses and in the second year, I recieved a class "B" license and have gladly drove one of HIS church buses bringing people to church.No matter what was taking place in my life, I would continuously tithe and give offerings in order to build the Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ! The blessings I've received have been in many forms, not always financially, but God's blessings are all so great! I love the Lord and all He has done in my life.
I was once considered to be one of the most dangerous men in the state, based on my background. The powers of hell once had a hold on my life, but God changed that when I got saved on January 29, 1989. December 30, 2011 my mother passed away and went to be with the Lord, she's dancing on streets of gold, with no pain or sorrow. She made it home, Praise the Lord! I miss her, and I'm very happy for her and look forward to the day that I too can go up yonder!
After she passed, I found a great woman of God to stand beside me and help make me strong, she's the woman of God that I've been praying to God for over 20 years to find. God placed her in my path at just the right time. On March 6th I asked her to marry me, she now wears a very nice engagement ring. I made one condition before I would marry her, I told her that I needed to get a good job. For the last three months I've been struggling financially, but I continued to keep my faith strong. I did receive checks in the mail, rebates and other finances from people wanting to help me through this tough time. I began looking for work again, submitting resumes and applications. During this time, I began to doubt, but my fiancee Christine got me back on track with God.
Just recently, I got down to $10.00 dollars in the bank and that same day, I was hired as a shuttle driver at Ontario Airport! God knows all about it, HIS timing is perfect! Now as finances begin to improve, my fiancee and I can start planning on the date of our marriage! With God in my corner, I can never fail, 'cause He's got my back!
Dear Rock Family,
September of this year will be five years since my son Ethan was diagnosed with Moderate to Severe Autism. The Doctor said, "Mrs Walden I suggest you get counseling and learn how to deal with this disorder because Autism is a non-curable brain disorder."
Ethan was non verbal, aggressive, locked away in his own world. Gina and I could have done as the doctor had recommended and learned to accept his condition, but we knew that only the Word of God is true, and as it states, God has a Plan that is Good and full of Hope and a Future.
Autism, and any sickness for that matter, does not line up with Good, and Future and Hope. We decided to not settle for the reality of his condition but instead believe God.
God gave us a picture, a vision and a hope for the future and now Ethan, Devin, Gina and I have all seen that Hope become reality. God has given us "A Brand New Day".
This child who was never suppose to speak, make friends and go to regular school is now the most popular kid in his class, won't ever stop talking and is smarter than anyone can believe.
We received a letter from the school district last week that stated, "Ethan is not only excelling in class but has tested at the 99 percentile. Because of his outstanding performance Ethan has been accepted into the GATE Program.
It’s amazing what can happen when you stand up and believe God instead of your circumstances. Shout for He alone is Good.
Dear Rock Church,
About five years ago I lost custody of my three kids and lost everything that I owned. Last year I became homeless in July, I had no income, the father of my oldest two kids was murdered and I went into a deep depression. After that I continued to come to church and give my tithes and believe God. My faith began to strengthen! In December I started a new job in the field that I began when I was young which is a Hair Stylist. In February I got a new house, last week I got my youngest daughter back, and this week I will have my two other kids back with me. I’m giving thanks to God because at this point in life I’m stepping out that I will make enough money to pay my rent and take care of my kids in Jesus’ name.
Dear Rock Family,
The first day I walked into The Rock was the first time I heard God speak to me, He told me I would be getting married here. I thought that was impossible because my fiance of thirteen years and I were on two different paths. As he was battling his demons and an addiction of about fifteen years I began to believe and pray and fast! After seven months of what seemed like the worst time of my life, he was delivered! I am amazed at what God has done for him, and for us! I feel so special because Jesus loves us so much and cares about our family that he made a blessing out of what seemed like a nightmare! He heard all my prayers! He stabilized him and has made him such a great man of God. Our children have their dad again and I have my best friend back! Now a year later, I am proud to announce we will be getting married this summer here at The Rock! This church has become our home and we are so proud to shout about it! God continues to help us grow and blesses us every step of the way!
Dear Rock Family,
I was an angry lost child that was the victim of sexual abuse. At the age of 11 I started dealing with so many different anxieties and fears, I became attracted to the same sex, and was full of rage. By the time I got into High School I was severely depressed and didn't want to have anything to do with God, people, or even myself. There were several times I tried to kill myself and run away, but each attempt was failed.
A friend invited me to The Rock, and I reluctantly accepted the invitation to church. During praise and worship, I stood with my arms folded, waiting to go back to my seat. Then something fell over me that I couldn't put into words, but before I knew it, I began crying and couldn't stop. Pastor Richard started preaching, and it felt like he was preaching all the things I was going through, and that night, I gave my life to God.
Three years later, God has delivered me from homosexuality, drug and alcohol abuse, rage, self loathing and God has taught me how to trust and lean on him for strength through all my circumstances.
Last year my parents got a divorce, so my dad was sent out of my life, but immediately God replaced my loss with another family of 8 who have spiritually adopted me as their daughter. When my father left, my mom struggled with money, so we had to move at the beginning of this year. We barely had any money, and on top of that, our car completely stopped working, and we had no source of transportation. We trusted on God through this time, and now, we're living in a place close enough for me to walk to school, for my mom to walk to work, and my sister to drive the new car we got with no down payment to her school. How did we get the money? I don't know. But I do know that if it hadn't been for God who sheltered my family, and guided me through years of my rebellion and chaos, I would be lost and broken. I thank God for The Rock and for the people at Bright Hope! This is my shout, my testimony, and if it weren't for God and his unfailing love, I'd be lost.
Dear Rock Family,
My husband brought me here almost 15 years ago. We have come a long way and if you look at us now, you would never think that we were the people we were back then. I always thought that God blessed me with Jerry, but back then I had to ask myself what I did so wrong that God gave me Jerry. The violence, verbal tirades, lack of respect, and the torment we put each other through in the first 2 years together was not pretty. Our big question was is this even worth hanging onto? God saw something in us that we never saw. Or maybe it was that we never bothered to look for it, or maybe we had so many people tell us we never had it, we believed them. Then we came here and everyone we met had seen what God saw. We felt loved, we felt wanted, we felt at home. God took control of our lives at that time, although giving it all to Him was not easy.
We felt that our relationship had turned a corner and made a decision that the way to fix our problems was to have a child; which God blessed us with Jacob in 2002. We had to realize that Jacob was not given to us to fix us, we had to do that ourselves. What we put him through in his short 9 years, no child should have to endure. All this while we continued to come to The Rock. We wanted to do what we wanted. I thought divorce was eminent but God had another plan for us. He would make us listen no matter what.
We both took Breaking Free and it was an eye opener! All this time I thought it was normal to be the way we were, and you just make due. How wrong we were! I had no idea that I was so jacked up (Pastor Joel, thank you). My heart was hurting and I now had the tools to find out why, we both did. I took Breaking Free two more time and each time found a part of myself that was lost. God restored that in me, to be a better wife, a better mother, and the life partner that God intended for Jerry. Together we found the greatness that God gave us!
Jerry and I have found a new respect for each other as we re-dedicated our lives to the Lord. His presence reigns in our home. My child is so in love with God, he would rather listen to Pastor Dan preach in the car than his music. Now we shout to raise each other up, we shout our love for one another, we shout to glorify His name. We shout to honor God! God blessed me with this man, and this child. I will honor and keep them and be the Godly woman He has called me to be! Praise God for His promises! I will shout it from the mountaintops, until I can’t shout it anymore!
Dear Rock Family,
My name is Cecilia and my husband's name is Truman. I really don't know how to start this shout, but I can say that God is good! Prayer does work! There were a lot of people praying for us last year when we separated. In January 2011, I decided that I didn't want to fight for my marriage anymore. The first 5 years had been rocky and I couldn't take it anymore. I told my husband that I wanted a divorce. It was a pretty hard year for us. We have 2 kids, one together and one from a previous relationship from my past. Our son took it the hardest. He was only 3 when we separated. It was the hardest thing for me to do, but I thought it was necessary. I kind of turned my back on God during this time and my husband and I had a lot of arguments. Truman and I were separated for nearly 11 months.
One Friday in October, I went to a paralegal to find out what was left with the divorce. I didn't have $250 for the paralegal to do it for me so I went to the Courthouse to get the papers to do it myself. God wasn't going for that. This day was not going the way I'd planned. On Saturday I called Truman and asked if he could help me move a bed that a friend was giving me. He reluctantly agreed and he helped me move the bed on Sunday. We moved the bed and our son's bed and ended up talking and crying for 2 hours that day. That was the first time that we had sat and talked that long about us in over a year.
After that day, we slowly worked on getting back together. We even went to counseling again. We are doing great today and we have agreed that the word "divorce" is no longer used in our marriage. We both needed to go through everything that we did in order to grow and become stronger. I do not regret anything that has happened because I love and respect my husband more now than the day we got married. God is so good and I am so grateful that others didn't give up on us even though I did. This November we will celebrate 7 years of marriage! I can't wait for 17 years, then 37 years, then 57 and so on. Amen for favor!
Dear Rock Family,
While having coffee at a local Starbucks, somebody I have never met before approached me and asked if I attend The Rock Church. After excitedly telling her that my family and I, in fact, do attend The Rock, I asked her if she also attends. Her reply was no, but she believed she had seen me with my family on a local television commercial for the church and wanted see if it actually was me that she had seen. Also, she wanted to let me know, that after watching the ad, she and her husband had decided to attend The Rock Church's Sunday service this weekend. She explained to me, they have been "out of church" for several years and had recently started to consider finding a new place to attend. She explained to me that the reason she had recognized me was because, since she and her husband had made this important decision, her heart has been full of joy and excitement that the images of that commercial has imprinted in her mind and it is all she has been thinking about. Also, she wanted to share with me, since making this commitment to begin attending The Rock, she has picked up three extra, much needed shifts at her work. The Shout is loud and reaching far and wide!
Dear Rock Family,
We often say the offering affirmation without really thinking about it. The last two months for us causes reflection and thanksgiving. Checks in the mail; we got a refund from our mortgage company of a little over $100 but our payment went up. Two weeks later we got another check from them for over $200 and our payment went down below 2011's. Rebates and returns; we got a refund from the IRS for an 941 overpayment. Favorable settlements; We have been working for a company for over six years and they have always paid their invoices late. We found out they were closing the business. We were owed 5 figures, some 90 days old. Very much out of character they offered to pay us all of the money owed. Not only did we get all of our money but they ignored our accounting and over paid us by $2,000. Gifts and surprises; We have been working on our mom's house to get it ready to rent. The back fence was 50 years old and barely standing but our money had to go to the inside, the fence could wait. The neighbor put up a beautiful new fence without telling us. Our God is always faithful but we must trust Him.
Dear Rock Family,
Well my SHOUT started 15 years ago. I decided to write because while in the youth room recently I sat in a teal chair, with a heart of joy and a smile. I wondered if this could have possibly been the chair where my life began, well actually the second chair. I’ll explain my sister was working with a lady who weekly brought in cassette tapes of messages from her church – The Rock. My sister got the church information, attended a service on her own, and decided it was time to change churches. Her words were “I can grow here!” I’ve always been close to my big sister and she had invited me a couple of times to go to church with her, I had excuses not to go. However, she tricked me on a Wednesday and said what are you doing tonight? My reply to her was nothing. She replied back to me, good you’re going to church with me. My head was yelling WHAT! Who has church on a Wednesday? I went to my room, got dressed, did the drug of choice to be numb, and put the rest in my pocket.
When we arrived at the church she was excited, my thoughts were let this be over quick. I listened here and there and it came the altar call. I thought, I’ve done this before, and when I heard that sound, BANG my hand went up, I thought to myself oops. The call came to come forward and you guessed it I didn’t go, I stayed in my seat. When we left my sister said “that was good huh?” I replied “yea it was alright”, she then said, “good I’m glad you came. I’ll pick you up and we can go again on Sunday.” By the way, I forgot the drugs in my pocket and washed the pants – no more drugs that day. Sunday morning came, my sister knocked, but I hid behind the door. She left and then I started feeling awful, the inner pain and shame was unbearable. That afternoon I called my sister in tears and asked her to come over. I cried in her arms and told her what happened that morning; she forgave me, prayed over me, and of course brought me back to Sunday night service. I thought man does this church ever take a break? The altar call came again I sat on my hands so they wouldn’t go up. Pastor was passionate and said stop playing with God this is your day. Once again my hand went up, this time I went forward and that was the beginning of my encounter with God. I no longer had the need or desire to be numb or do drugs. I was then in church 3 to 4 services a week. Pastor said bring your Bibles, I knew I had one of those because I dusted it every week on my coffee table. I hated reading and had attempted to read it over the years but the words were just words and old stories to me. I started bringing my Bible to church and to my surprise as the pastors went through their messages, the book began to speak to me. It seemed every message was designed specifically for me and showed me exactly how and what to do to live and enjoy my life.
I learned I was God’s masterpiece, my past was just my past and so much more. The Rock Church says it’s a place that loves people to life and for me this place has done just that, loved me to life. An amazing life with Jesus. There are so many life changing stories to tell - I could go on and on and on! One of my favorite things is that I have been grafted into the most famous family known and I am blessed with awesome, gifted, and spirit filled people to love and do life with forever. The Rock is the place where God brought me and I found Jesus who changed me forever. I love sitting in my Father’s living room during services and learning how to live, and being loved, truly loved to life.
Forever in His hands.
Dear Rock Family,
My 2011 ended rough, as Thanksgiving approached my dad, the greatest man God could ever have given me lost his battle with brain cancer. I decided that 2012 was going to be a year of refreshing and renewal for my family and we are determined to SHOUT! One of my absolute best friends gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on February 29th (a leap baby). Benjamin came into this world at 21" long and a whopping 11 lbs 1.4 oz. BenjaFriend as I have so affectionately named him, by all accounts was a big healthy baby boy. The following morning his pediatrician came to visit and noticed Ben was having these small seizures or tremors.
They immediately admitted Ben into the NICU unit where he was put on IV therapy. Ben's parents were told that these tremors were most likely the result of an infection in his brain that could lead to brain damage and if not treated, death. You go from being on top of the world to hitting the pavement of fear in an instant. As soon as I received the call I notified several people putting Ben, my new BenjaFriend on prayer lists, asking people to stand in the gap for this baby that was only 24 hours old. He went through brain scans, lumbar puncture, and an EEG. So much in such a short period of time, and so many of us praying for Ben.
Seizures stopped two days ago, the brain scan and EEG came back yesterday NORMAL, and as of 10 a.m. this morning March 4, 2012, we found out the lumbar puncture came back NEGATIVE. Ben's parents were told that he was healthy and could go home as soon as all the paperwork was complete. Our God is so faithful. Our children are so precious, and I thank the Lord for healing Ben, my BenjaFriend. I thank all those prayer warriors who stand in the gap for our children. Shouting from one end of the city to the next! Whoop to my Jesus! Whoop Whoop!
Dear Rock Family,
Weeks ago at a Wednesday night service, there was an invitation for those who wanted the Baptism of the Holy Spirit to come to the Altar for prayer and to receive their gift of tongues.
Prayer and encouragement went forth for all to do their part since the Holy Spirit wasn't going to speak for them. I could see that one of the ladies from the Deaf Ministry was pressing in to receive, with her arms held high. Her deaf husband was in the same ready stance occasionally looking down at his wife. Her eyes were shut and focused on God so she didn't notice him. Then she got it, first speaking in loud groanings, releasing pain that was in her heart with the help of the Holy Spirit. Then her tongues came forth! Excitement broke out as others realized that this was a deaf person speaking in other tongues!
The lady’s husband was in awe! She couldn't stop speaking until she was freed from all the pain she had held onto for years. She wept grievous tears. Then I witnessed the most beautiful thing between this awesome couple. By now the sanctuary was empty except those of us in the Deaf Ministry. Her husband excitedly brought her close to him and spoke, signing simultaneously, "I heard your voice!" I lost it! I wept that this deaf man said these words! He continued, "But it's not your voice; it was the Holy Spirit talking through you!" I kept crying and didn't want to leave as I clung to this powerful revelation experienced by a deaf person!
Then the lady came and hugged me. I held her for a long time and when she was ready she shared what her pain was caused from; she and her husband had been asked to leave their former church. They wanted God to correct them if they were in error but instead He blessed them by bringing them to The Rock, then filling them with the Holy Spirit and healing them!
The Deaf Ministry has warmly accepted them, encourages them and can't wait to see all that God is going to do through them!
Thank you to all my Pastors for allowing me to be a servant at The Rock and to God's people.
Dear Rock Church,
I recently injured myself at work lifting and flipping boxes. Unfortunately the pain got worse as the months passed and I did not want to go get it checked out. However to be safe I went to the hospital anyways. The pain turned out to be unknown. I had to have blood drawn along with a CT Scan and an X-ray. Later that day I was appointed to a Urologist where I found out it had nothing to do with work. I was diagnosed with stage 1 testicular cancer. At first it was shocking and very hard to except the fact that at age 22 this was happening to me. The next morning I was appointed to a urology clinic. My family and I prayed about the situation, and continued to stand strong in our faith. God spoke to my heart and gave me a peace of mind about it all. That next morning I went to the clinic with my head held high and all my faith in God that the urologist would have a good report to give me about my diagnosis. My family and I got the news that the cancer did not spread, and I would be receiving surgery early the very next morning.
The surgery was successful. God had answered my prayers. I now stand today a survivor of cancer, and share my testimony with those who are facing or know someone who has some kind devastating illness. I want everyone to know that if you put all your trust and faith in God, speak out healing, He will do wonders in your lives. As a young man I can live everyday knowing I have a purpose on this planet which is to share my experience and lead those to God, so they can also spread the Word and lead others to live for Him. Everything happens for a reason. If I had not gotten injured at work I would have never known that I was living with a disease. I am thankful everyday to God for that and blessing me with a wonderful church, supporting family, friends, a strong "never give up" mind set, leadership, and most importantly His love. I will continue to declare daily that I am healed in the name of Jesus and all things are possible to those who seek him. I also thank you Rock Church for your continuous prayer and love. May the Lord continue to bless this church and all who seek Him. Go! Fight! Win! SHOUT!
Hello Rock Church,
There are so many great things to SHOUT about what God has done and does in my life, as well as my family's life. Recently was my husband was laid off and was told there is no longer work. He supports our family, while I am attending school. My husband has been stressed out over not working, I told him I know everything will be alright just believe and have faith, that is what I have been doing. This Monday after he went to a company to look for work they said they would give him a call when they needed him. About an hour later he received a phone call from his boss that just laid him off and asked him to come back to work. God really works in miraculous ways and this is just one thing he has done in our live's. There are so many things He has done for us and our family. We are so grateful that he is going back to work and we can continue to tithe the same amount we have been so that others get to hear about Jesus! We are both young and have two small children, tithing 10% so that others that are lost can be found and learn about all the great things Jesus will do and has done is way worth it to us.
Hello Rock Church,
There is so much to SHOUT about what God has done for me and my family here at The Rock. God set me free from drug addictions, gangs and so much more. When I came to The Rock I found out that God is love and He loves all people. I’ve learned that Jesus is no longer hanging on the cross like I grew up seeing, but He's alive and well. I learned at The Rock that I don’t have to have a poverty mentality of just getting by but that we can dream big with our BIG God. Thank God for the amazing altar call that God has given you. Our family uses it to reach the people in our sphere of influence, it's really true there's no BULL at The Rock. Thank you Pastors for doing what God would have you to do and not giving a flip what people or the devil says. God is good!
Dear Pastor Jim,
It will be three years this March since my wife and I moved from Monterey to Loma Linda. The move was a dramatic and significant event in our lives as we had only been married just over a year and a half when the downturn in the economy forced me to close my architectural business. This was not what I had imagined our honeymoon years were supposed to be. After all, I had invested thousands of dollars and close to twenty years of my life into my architectural career, and had built quite a name for myself. With no way to earn an income as a licensed architect, we moved in with my parents in Loma Linda and put everything in storage.
The slow and painful process of starting over with a new career became even more difficult and challenging as we came to terms with the magnitude of the debt my business had amassed over the years. It became a complete test of our faith as everyday we faced the reality we did not have the means to support ourselves to pay our normal bills, much less get out of this massive debt.
As the collection calls increased in frequency, so did the strain on our marriage. But with the little faith we had, we committed ourselves to put God first and tithe. At the same time we began looking for a church where we could fellowship, and that’s how we found The Rock. Little by little, God began to honor our faith in Him and began intervening in our lives. He provided Ashleigh a job; provided a quick transition for me to earn a little money doing home inspections; He worked on the hearts of some of our creditors and vendors who began reducing their account balances or settling on a reduced lump sum; a year later, He opened the door for Ashleigh to start her own fitness business with no capital investment.
As months went by, we began proclaiming our profession of faith at The Rock with our tithes and offerings. The more we believed in this, the greater the frequency of “finding money”, “bills paid off”, “sales & commissions”, etc., occurred.
We began serving as small group leaders at The Rock with a mission God put on Ashleigh’s heart to help people with their health and weight-loss challenges. This gave us purpose and I took another step of faith to move further away from my architectural past (where it was all about me), and into the future God had for us, where it’s all about Him and the people He was putting into our lives. So I soon became a certified fitness instructor and began getting more involved with the business, and also began helping her lead the Healthy Living group.
Seeing the lives on whom we made an impact was humbling, yet when at home, we would still get hung up on our financial situation. It wasn’t long, however, that we began to feel that the messages and the encouragement from the pastors at The Rock was helping our faith to grow even more and soon we began to look forward to and get excited about paying our tithe.
As we did this throughout all of 2010, we became amazed how it happened that despite working with only HALF the income of my architectural business, our debts were still being reduced, paid off or settled. Then, in 2011, God opened the doors for me to develop a witty invention, the cool thing about this was that it was an idea I had conceived of twenty years ago! We were humbled and amazed how God had waited until now to make it a reality – and at a time when I needed a new career! And as He continues to guide me in this endeavor, we are constantly reminded that He is in control.
Yesterday we received a letter informing us of a debt my architectural business had since 2005 had been cancelled! You would not believe the shocked look on our faces! This has been hanging over my head for years and all of a sudden it’s been cancelled?! No settlement, no collection – just cancelled! You want to hear the best part? The best part is that this was not $500, not $1000, not even $5000 – the debt cancelled was for $23,816.23!
This is unheard of – especially coming from a big bank! Sounds impossible? Too good to be true?! Well, it’s TRUE! We were stunned! Speechless! Completely in awe and thinking it was a dream. We didn’t know what to do but to praise God!
So you can see why we had to shout it out and say God is awesome! He is the king of our past debt, the king of our jobs, the king of our finances, the king of our careers, the king of our health, the king of our lives, the king of our future and He is good!
Dear Rock Family,
My men and I shout because God has blessed us with the honor of being able to see this church online. One of my buddies brought it up to my squad one day, he had said how his friend was able to watch church anytime of the day on the computers. His brother or cousin told him about it and little by little we all were able to watch in shifts. I shout because God has kept me and my men safe. I shout for my friend’s friend that showed us this, I give a great big shout to the brothers and sisters we have lost. What a wonderful work The Rock Church is doing. Some of us will be home soon, others will have made the ultimate sacrifice, but I'm sure they are making a great big SHOUT. God bless us all.
Dear Rock Family,
When I found out I was leaving my church in Georgia I cried like a baby. I wanted to stay because it was my home. I asked my Pastor if he knew of a good Church in San Bernardino and he said there is a Pastor named Jim Cobrae, he didn't know the name of the Church. So when I arrived here I was on a prowl to find this church, but the neighborhood I was in didn't go to church often. I met a woman who was addicted to drugs, she was high and I was witnessing to her and asked her if she knew Pastor Jim Cobrae. She had told me that it’s the church she gets food from when she doesn’t have any. She also told me a bus will pick me up and take me on that upcoming Sunday. She called for me and we both went together. I have to thank God because she is now saved and attending church regularly and so am I. This has been one of the best churches I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of. In the 2 years I have been in this church I have learned more here about GOD than in my whole life! Thank you God and Pastor Jim and Deborah for being the good teachers that you are. I SHOUT about this church everywhere I go even before the year of the SHOUT.
Hi Rock Family,
For as long as I can remember my mom has had a severe issue with alcoholism. My nursing program required that I go to an Alcoholism Anonymous meeting. When the Miracle Offering came around my focus was originally giving 450 dollars. Something told me to give 1,000 dollars instead. I thought wow that's a lot of money for someone who makes minimum wage. I had an indescribable feeling of peace when I gave that day. I was believing God to heal both of my parents who were knee deep into alcohol. An AA meeting I attended for school hours offered a small book with all the meetings listed. That day after the meeting I went home to a very intoxicated distraught mother. I went to her job to bring her Starbucks and she was not at work that morning. When I got home I asked her why she was home, and she said "I told my work I took you to the urgent care." Well everyone could clearly see this was not the truth as I had just dropped off a coffee to her desk. I calmly talked to my mom as she panicked and again I felt peace. The Holy Spirit directed the words of my mouth in a calm caring way like no other time before. I gave my mom the small book of all AA meetings in our area.
Well, this was about 2 years ago. Since then, God has worked on my stepdad also and has him living a sober lifestyle as well. My prayer before I gave into the Miracle Birthday Offering was that my parents would be dragging me out of bed and we would be sitting in church together every Sunday. This is exactly what has been fulfilled. My family has changed dramatically. We love and appreciate each other, we have found unspeakable joy in this house and we are living in joy every single day of our lives. My family and our present condition are a living testimony that God does fulfill his promises and performs miracles present day. He is the living God and while there are so many other things to shout about, I felt this was worth telling! Thank you Rock Church for equipping me and encouraging me as a nineteen-year- old young adult to believe God for his goodness. I will lift my voice and shout as my testimony reveals a reason worth shouting for! Amen.
Dear Rock Family,
My daughter was born at 1 lb 11 oz, and very sick. Within 24 hours the church had sent a pastor to come pray for her. She remained in the hospital for 6 stressul months. One day after returning from the hospital I found my mailbox stuffed with cards and letters from members of the church I had never met; encouraging and comforting me!
I had been thinking of what my shout would be when I began watching Pam's message. I was overwhelmed by her story. I began to think about what a testimony it was, about the love of the church. Then she spoke about receiving food in her time of need and I was blown away, even though I had never met her, she was talking about me, "I" had helped her!
Due to work schedules, my husband and I are not able to fully commit to a ministry, so remembering what they did for us, we joined LIFELINE ministry, and began bringing food to the church when there was a need. Now to hear her story about how our gift helped her through, I don't know what to say, but I know what I'll shout, "yes, we are a big church, but no, you won't be alone here, come see what God can do."
Julie and I began our journey at The Rock in 2005. We had re-married after a divorce. The only reason we divorced is because I did not want to have children and I could not keep Julie from her dream of having children. God changed my heart and we re-married with Christ as the center of our marriege.
In 2008 we adopted two boys, Isaiah and Andre because we were having trouble having children. Quite honestly we had given up. We were faithful at attending church and faithful tithers. Then in 2011 I felt God told me to tithel a certian amount for the Miracle Birthday Offering. I approached Julie with this amount and she first said that we could not do that, it was more than we could afford in our budget. Being the wonderful godly wife she stood behind my decision. After only two months of following through on our part of the Miracle Birthday Offering we recieved a large amount of money in a gift and were able to finally have the in vitro procedure we needed to have our own children.
God has been with this process and on December 28, 2011 Julie and I were told we were pregnant with twins. Thank you Jesus for your gift, what a blessing, and all because we were faithful. Our Rock family has been the main reason we are able to stay faithful. We now SHOUT nightly with our boys and future twins that The Rock is great and GOD is greater.
My name is Justin, I once went to your church. I sat in the back rows with the woman I loved and she begged me to go up and get saved, I didn't. I felt it wasn't right at the time and a week later I ended up killing someone and got into a shoot out with the police. Her biggest fear was that I would go to hell since I didn't get saved.
I regret not getting saved that day. I regret being worried of what others would think of me waking down there in front of them. But now all I can think of is how life would have been different had I gotten saved, listened to the Lord, and the woman I loved.
Now I'm in a prison cell doing life but I'll never forget your church and the day I turned down God. Now I am saved, I dropped out of my gang and live to make others see what is right by living right. Please pray for me.
I got a message from my cousin in Afghanistan, he loved todays sermon, he said over 45 men from his platoon watched with him. He is thankful for The Rock for going live and if he ever misses anything he can always go back and look at it. I too just came back to California and went to church today, it was the best. I gotta SHOUT and say The Rock Church is the best!
The Rock is a family church, meaning that your whole family is welcome here. And no matter your age, we have a service for you. We have an incredible Children’s Ministry, a clean, safe place for your children with a message, music, and games all designed to teach them more about God, while having fun with other people their age.
And for your teenagers, we have the world’s most exciting Youth Ministry, for Jr. High and High Schoolers. They’ll hear a relevant message designed for students, worship lead by their peers, and they’ll have an opportunity to connect with others their age in a safe and Christian environment.