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January Magazine Issue 2018

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What’s inside: Diana Barrios Trevino and Roland Trevino serves as the executive chairs for 2018 Khaki and Plaid, Diana also shares her story, learn how to get more out of your smartphone, tips for taking care of your winter wardrobe, Randy Adams learn to buy and sell cars, More students are going to grad school, and more!

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Episode 18 | Armando Acosta Founder of Immanuel Motorcycle Prison Ministry

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Armando Acosta Founder of Immanuel Motorcycle Prison Ministry tells his story about his life and the assistance of Chaplain Fernando Charles II as they both visit prisons to share the Gospel.

About Free By The Truth Ministry

Mission

We exist specifically to provide a compassionate recovery community for returning residents (men & women coming out of prison) who are willing to take responsibility for themselves and to learn to make good choices while striving for success.

Vision

The vision of Free By The Truth Ministry, Inc. is to be part of God’s plan to reconcile the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. II Corinthians 5:19 Our mission is to create a community here in San Antonio of the formerly incarcerated and their families who will help each other to lead abundant lives in Christ. Our plan is to help men and women by showing them how to Love God, Love People, and Disciple Others.

What We Believe

It is through my own experience with my encounter with God, how His truth has been revealed to me and has Set Me Free! I have seen the same experience in others who have come to know God in their life. How does this happen? I have been asked when I talk about our main verse for our ministry name. “How does John 8:31-32 apply to me? I say it this way, I’m a christian but i am still afflicted with the sin in my life”, I still struggle and wrestle with sin every single day. The bible tell me that I am a sinner. (Romans 3:23) But I strive to live my life to follow Jesus everyday. We can do this through the power of God.

John 8:31-32, “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings”. “And you will know the TRUTH, and the TRUTH will set you FREE”.

The reason why people are going through so much in their lives is because they are not adding both verses together in their life. Jesus was talking to believers, Christians or followers of Christ, that if they remained faithful to his teaching, they were truly Jesus’ disciples. In verse 31 Jesus used the big word, “IF”, this is huge because we have to make a choice in our life if we are going to follow Jesus or we are not.

This goes for us as well, if we remain faithful to God he will remain faithful to us. We must choose to follow Jesus and when we do the truth of his word becomes real in our lives.

John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing”.

When we know the Truth of God’s Word, our mind is open to understand what God’s will is for our life. And we are changed and no longer want to be the same, but live a changed life.

Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will”.

When we choose to follow God, he changes us from the inside out. This ministry is so important. I have seen how God has changed the lives of men on the Prison Unit. Because of this relationship with God, They no longer want to go back to their old life of crime, drugs, sin, and things they used to do. So please join me and let’s together share the love of God with others, so that God can change lives, save families, and mend broken relationships and keep them from going back to prison.

www.freebythetruth.org

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Ep 17 | Pastor Keely Petty Gives an Encouraging word for the New Year!

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We kick off 2018 with Pastor Keely Petty! Want to start the new year off right? Listen to Pastor Keely Petty’s message on living a productive life and establishing a relationship with God.

Pastor Keely Petty serves alongside her husband Sr. Pastor Lee Petty in various Ministry capacities at Bethel International Christian Fellowship in San Antonio, TX. She is an ordained Elder/Prophet/Teacher in the body of Christ, Author, International Conference Speaker, and frequent host on various programs for the Trinity Broadcast Network, and various media outlets. She is the Program Director of bethel Community development Corporation, Inc., a Faith-Based Community Organization serving the disenfranchised in San Antonio, TX and surrounding counties.

She is the founder of several community based and international initiatives such as: Girl Worth Mentoring, which empowers teen girls to fulfill their God-Given destiny through Life Skills Empowerment Training Sessions. The Self Esteem Initiative 4 Women helps women from all walks of life become competent to live productively for themselves and others through the 6 Pillars of Self Esteem and Emotional Freedom Techniques. Faith Connections which assist Ministries and Churches to become a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) Non-Profit Organization through Strategic Prevention, and Capacity Building Leadership Development and Training.

Pastor Keely also work with several AIDS Service Organizations and has been appointed to the Ministers Roundtable of Texas who mission is to reduce HIV/AIDS among women of color through the Texas Black Women’s Initiative and Worth Life. She is the host of a community dialogue “Conversations on Sexual Health” in an effort to reduce HIV infection rates among women of color. She is a member of the San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Christian Business Women’s Association, and the Professional Women of Faith Network.

She has received acknowledge for her contributions to her community from:

The San Antonio Business Journal Women’s Leadership, San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Top Ladies of Distinction, Gems of Faith in Who’s Who Women’s Edition, and has been featured on the cover of ReFocused Magazine. Pastor Keely has been appointed as Commissioner on the Mayor’s Status of Women, and holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of the Incarnate Word, and is a graduate of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).

This beautiful woman of God is the mother of two young adult sons Jirah and Jonathan Petty, and resides in Cibolo, TX with her lifetime sweetheart and agreement partner Sr. Pastor Lee Petty.

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Podcast weekly broadcast location:

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