My name is Michael Flores, and I am sinner that has been saved by the grace of God. I have a passion for God’s Word, photography, great coffee shops, and authentic relationships. I am married to my beautiful wife, Michelle and we live just outside my hometown of Austin, Texas.
I grew up in the Catholic church, and went through all of the sacraments, including serving as an Altar Boy. I stopped going to church once I was no longer forced to, but after fathering a daughter out of wedlock, my mother pushed me to have my daughter baptized at the Catholic church we grew up in. During the preparation classes the Deacon teaching the class said the only statement that had ever impacted me during my many years in church. He said,” this is a call to change your life, and if you have no intention of changing, then there is no point in you finishing this class.” I returned to the church but as I began to study the Bible I began to seriously question what I had been taught growing up. I found myself to be lost in any real relationship to God.
During a visit to a small church in El Monte, CA I was compelled to go forward during the Altar Call and thought I began a relationship with Christ. I soon got married, but over the next 14 years my life and marriage crumbled. After all those years I realized that I had offended a Holy God, and that I needed forgiveness. I then made a commitment to place Jesus first in my life, to live it, to die to myself daily, and be conformed to the likeness of Christ. I have learned that starting a relationship with Jesus Christ is not about saying a special prayer or walking to an altar, but it is about putting your faith and trust in what He did on the Cross. I pray that in someway I can teach others about Jesus, and His beautiful Word, the Bible.
Jesus is not about going to church it is about being the church! It is about relationship with God the Father through what Jesus has accomplished on the cross. It is realizing that you need the Gospel each and every day!
16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. – Galatians 2:16-21