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July 22, 2016, 11:55 AM

An Epidemic...

An Epidemic.

Revelation 3:15-16 (NKJV)

15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

There is an epidemic across America that is getting worse by the generation. The Problem, the commitment of the Christian. Some questions to get you started in your thinking…..

What Does God Expect of Me?
What Does it mean to Be a Follower of Jesus?
What IS being a Christian?
What Do I Do for Jesus?
Could I Do More?
Should I Do More for God?
What Example am I setting for My Children?
-My Family?
-Those that I witness to?
What IS enough for God?

There is no doubt that there are still committed Christians in the world today, however there is a fast growing population of what Jesus would call “LUKEWARM” Christians. Lukewarm Christians do more harm than good, why? Honestly it sets a poor example for others to follow, hence the Epidemic… It shows, and teaches “flakiness” or half heart-ed commitment.  Think about it like this, your children as they grow up and if you take them to Sunday School and Church every Sunday, chances are they will never ask “Mommy are we going to church this Sunday…” Children ask this because you taught them  a hit or miss attendance habit that there are other things that get in your way of worship or at least your desire to be in the House of the Lord..

If you haven’t figured out yet, this is one of those “I need steel toe boots” messages….

Churches today struggle with members not giving there all, and to find commitment. The Bible teaches us that we are to commit the things of God to faithful men and women, the problem… there is only the faithful few… And people wonder where God is in there life… Maybe its not where God is in your life, but where you make time for HIM in yours…….

I often hear of churches cancelling services, or closing there doors due to a lack of attendance, you would think that with our Country in the shape that it is in that we would be flocking to the church and to the opportunity to get close to Jesus.

There is only so much a church Pastor and core leadership can do, if you want to see YOUR church Thrive, then commit to it. And encourage others to commit to it.

What will make you on Fire for God?…. What will it take for you to Hunger and Thrust for HIM? Why is Jesus not enough? Why is HE always second or last place in your life?

Jesus wants us to be HOT or COLD, not riding the fence… He is saying you are either IN or OUT… Which is it?

Revelation 3:15-16 (NKJV)

15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[a] I will vomit you out of My mouth.

2 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV)

And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

John 15 (NKJV)

The True Vine

15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;[a] and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[b] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

Proverbs 13:19-25 (NKJV)

19 A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul,
But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

20 He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.

21 Evil pursues sinners,
But to the righteous, good shall be repaid.

22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

23 Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor,
And for lack of justice there is waste.

24 He who spares his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.

25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul,
But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.

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July 12, 2016, 6:38 AM

Drifting Away....

Let us Never Forget Where the Blood found us.....

Serving Jesus is the most rewarding choice you will ever make in your life, the benefits are eternal. In times it can also be challenging and hard to stay motivated. However we have to know and understand that God is always with us, and that He is always in control. The Bible tells us that we are to not get tired of serving God, that if we will continue doing it that in His timing we will reap the benefits, meaning you will be blessed but you have to stick to it.

I have a few friends on Facebook we like to go Kayaking and just this past weekend I saw many friends went on a tubing trip and they spent there Saturday drifting down the Catawba River, an enjoyable day with friends. Who doesn't love a great day on the lake. But, I got to thinking about this thing......

To use this as an illustration, This is pretty close to our relationship with God.... Many of us accept Him as our savior, we choose to serve Him and become active in our churches and are running full speed doing His work.... and then. A bump in the road happens, an obstacle, we face something at some point and we become weary. It could be as simple as leading a group at church and a lack of attendance bums us out and we are ready to throw in the towel, or it could be we get hurt by someone, or we face a loss in our lives and loose desire. There are many things that we could face, but no matter what life brings we have to stay focused and always look to Him for guidance.

We often also find ourselves back in our desires for the things that we have been delivered from. Lets just make a honest statement here... Sin is Fun...(or no one would be doing it) and if it wasn't Jesus would have to tell us not to do it!

We need to hold on to the one who saved us, and stay close to Him who has delivered us from the things that once entangled us (sin). Sometimes like my friend who like to drift down the river, Christians drift away from God back toward the world. When you find yourself doing this, remember where the Blood of Jesus found you, what you were delivered from, and the wonderful feeling that it brings you to serve Jesus.  

Always choose to serve Him in and out of the storm, God will be faithful to you, you just have to be faithful to Him. Don't catch yourself Drifting away.. stay focused on Him... Stay connected, read your word, stay involved with your church. God wants to bless you, you just have to put in the effort and never give up on Him...

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell

 

Hebrews 2:1 (NKJV)

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.

1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

James 1:21-25 (NKJV)

21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NKJV)

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

James 1:12 (NKJV)

Loving God Under Trials

12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Hebrews 2 (NKJV)

Do Not Neglect Salvation

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?

The Son Made Lower than Angels

For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying:

“What is man that You are mindful of him,
Or the son of man that You take care of him?
You have made him a little lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,[a]
And set him over the works of Your hands.
You have put all things in subjection under his feet.”[b]

For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.

Bringing Many Sons to Glory

10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying:

“I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”[c]

13 And again:

“I will put My trust in Him.”[d]

And again:

“Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”[e]

14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

 




July 8, 2016, 5:54 AM

It's WORTH it to LOVE..Like HE FIRST LOVED US!...

We live in a day were it seems that "mass killings" just happen, and some seemed to be desensitized to it. I write today following a night of a mass shooting that took place in Dallas Texas, I describe it as a mass shooting because four police officers lost there lives. That is four families that are missing someone that they love to night, four people who affected many lives when there life was taken. And then protesting that took place around the country in different cities, one protest demonstration that I heard about took place nearly about thirty minutes away from where I live. And as I drive into work I pass an overload of law enforcement as  they work to ensure safety and prevent future acts following these events. This situation gets me to thinking this morning, where has love left us? The thing is, it hasn't left us anywhere.... WE have LEFT IT! 

If you sit back and think about it, people today will kill another over the simplest thing. We have forgotten that God LOVES us ALL, no matter race, gender, ethnicity HE LOVES US...ALL! And we have to show LOVE. We are called out in His word to not only Love our neighbor but to LOVE HIM, because of the fact that He first Loved us... Truth is He, Jesus,  loved us enough to lay down His own life for us... And God loved us enough to Give us His one and only Son that we would have the opportunity to have and accept eternal life that can only be found through Jesus.

God Loves us So much that he knows the number of hairs that we have and doesnt want us to ever face a place the Bible describes as Hell, an eternal death. But He wants us to choose life, He wants us to Choose LOVE and to share Jesus with the World.

So on that note, "WE", we meaning us as "Christians" followers of Jesus for those of us who accept Jesus and the reward of eternal life, we cannot be conformed to this world, be should even want to be like them that don't choose Him, that choose hate over love, that choose death over life, but we should be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our minds. When we do this we discover God's will in our lives and can live the life that He has layed out for us...

Today, I want to ask you to BE AN EXAMPLE of LOVE to SOMEONE... Show them what LOVE is, LOVE that can only be found through JESUS. After all they will too know us by our fruits..

Pray Today for all those affected by the Tragedy in Dallas Texas, the families and friends of those who lost there life. Also pray for this Country that we live in, it truly doesn't matter who the president is if we don't turn back to God. There is NO president that can restore us like Jesus can.

 

1 John 4:19 (NKJV)

19 We love Him because He first loved us.

 

Luke 12:6-7 (NKJV)

“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

 

Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

Matthew 7:15-20 (NKJV)

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

 

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June 23, 2016, 6:35 AM

Church People........

CHURCH=PEOPLE  PEOPLE=PROBLEMS .....

UNITY is a neat thing, when it works... Unity is defined as the state of being united or joined as a whole. As believers we should remain in unity. That is not always easy though...

I say that church people kill, church people because if you have been in ANY church for ANY amount of time you have either had your feelings hurt or experienced someone who has had there feelings hurt... this seems to be common in MOST churches. One reason for this is we over expect from our churches, we are looking for perfection. And most of the time having unrealistic expectations of our church.

What we have to understand that in a church (at least mine...) it is a place where broken people meet... When you feel a place with brokenness of all types you cannot seek perfection. What you will find is a place where grace and mercy flows from above, you will see humbleness and God move in mighty ways. 

To often to many times, we ourselves don't show mercy, or grace to each other, we are to quick to be snappy, or we are short with one another. We don't hurt when our brother or sister hurts, we don't rejoice with them nor do we weep with them... As believers we should be united, in all ways. We are to quick to be hard, and to slow to comfort and show love, the same love that we have been shown by our heavenly father.

On the same coin we are to quick to want to give up, and quit church or to look for another church. Seriously step back and look at it... do you think that you absolutely won't get hurt there either, do you get a divorced from your spouse every time you get upset or they hurt your feelings... As Christians we are not designed to be quitters but conquerors and to have endurance. You shouldn't want to quit every time you get offended, that makes the enemy's job to easy... But, you should over come the works of the enemy and support one another during difficult times as we can be conquerors together..

Let us join together in unity, focusing on one another. Putting others before yourself and sharing love with each other, praying with each other. Understand that no matter where you attend church you will experience brokenness, and hurt. But remember that joining together in unity with Jesus and sharing in God's love will bring peace and comfort and a closeness that only a savior can bring. 

Your church is your family, and the enemy wants to destroy your unity and tear down your family. Lets share Jesus, and share love as we lift up and encourage one another..

Blessings-
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

 

Ephesians 4:1-6 (NIV)

Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

John 17:21-24 (NIV)

21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Romans 12:10 (NIV)

10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

1 John 4:20 (NIV)

20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

 




June 16, 2016, 6:32 AM

#PrayforOrlando

God vs. Orlando

Judgment, Wrath, Reap what you sow, justice, act of God, Sodom and Gomorrah… I have seen many post from people like this yes, mostly from “Christians” since the Orlando Massacre took place. I have one BOLD statement to make on this note…

GOD did not strike anyone down because of sin, this was not judgment this was not God’s wrath… if you are saying this and preaching this… YOUR and idiot.

One thing we have to know and understand is that ALL sin to God is equal, SIN is SIN period. There is no question about it. Sin will separate us from God, and God doesn’t have a spreadsheet to tell him which sin is worse or to rank sin, no. Sin is sin and yes, even us Christians, still fall short and sin. The Bible says that we all fall short, and Paul said that he sinned daily…. Face it chances are you have sin in your life, it may not be the same sin as someone else, but to God, it’s just flat out sin.

DON’T JUDGE SOMEONE BECAUSE THEY SIN DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU….

We need to know and understand that God loved the WORLD and sent His son for ALL of us, He desires a personal relationship with all of us, and desires for us ALL to turn from our sins and choose to LIVE for HIM. God is a God of LOVE.

What took place in Orlando is nothing less than HATE and an act of Terrorism.  God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. During this tragic situation we should lean to God and not blame Him for this event.

We cannot scare people into a Relationship with Jesus… Many preachers fill this is necessary, and this is not true.. This is why God gives us a free choice to Choose who we will serve. Any Place of Love is a Voluntary Place.  Share the Love of Jesus, the Heart of God is a wonderful place full of mercy and grace.

So NO God is not responsible for this act of Terrorism, and even today, He so loved the world that He gave HIS son up for it, to take on the sins of the WORLD and we just have to make the choice to believe in Him, serve Him and Love Him.

Remember, God LOVES YOU. No Matter Who you are.

Think about it. AND PRAY for the Orlando Community and all the families affected by this tragic loss. Share the LOVE of Jesus, NOT Hate (HATE = Sin… just sayin’)

Blessings-
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

John 3:16-17 (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

1 John 4:8 (NIV)

8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Romans 3:10 (NKJV)

10 As it is written:

“There is none righteous, no, not one;

1 John 3:15 (NKJV)

15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV)

33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

Matthew 7:1-5 (NKJV)

Do Not Judge

7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Romans 3:23 (NKJV)

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,




June 14, 2016, 5:53 AM

I've Got The POWER... (oh) SNAP!

Recently Ashley and I watched one of my favorite movies, Man of The House. Man of The House is a movie made in 1995 and stars Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Chevy Chase. To make it short its about a step father trying to gain a relationship with his new wife's son who is played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, one way he does this is they join a father son Indian tribe. I believe one of the best parts of the movie is when the group is learning to do a "Rain Dance" the music "I've Got The Power" by the group SNAP. To sum it up in hopes to not ruin the movie for you, the two in a very comical way gain a great relationship even though they face some crazy challenges during the film.

This really makes me reflect on life, and lets be real here for a minute... at times life sucks. Because of obstacles, challenges, trials and valleys that we often face. In life there will be your fair share of down days, but we have to learn to stay focused. People will let you down at times, you will fall short, and so will they. But, don't let that kill you. Everyone will fall from time to time, it's how we get back up that matters, and what we do next.

Understand, that when we face struggles and the unthinkable that YOU can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens YOU! Take that scripture and right above it in your Bible make it personal, or write yourself a sticky note and Replace me with YOUR name. This is for YOU... You Can Do It, if you tap into HIS power! With Him YOU have GOT the POWER!

All you have to remember, is that when it gets tough, just take a step back, be still, breath, and KNOW that He is GOD. And that HE has given you the POWER to face whatever comes your way, its there you just have to release it in your life. No matter what you face good or bad, God wants all the Glory- Remember to Praise Him in the Storm, not just on the beach with your tanning oil.

Blessings-
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

 

Philippians 4:13 (KJV)

13 I can do ALL things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Luke 10:19 (KJV)

19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Psalm 46:10 (KJV)

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

John 9:3 (KJV)

Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

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June 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

The Gift of Giving...

Many folks have questions about tithes and offerings I have been asked several times this week alone, and its okay because for many people its a big topic. This is why God put such a big emphasis on it. So I wanted to make a post about it incase others have questions as well..

Many people think that this is part of God's "Extra Credit" system and its not, we have to understand first off when we talk about tithes and offerings that "scriptural" tithing is NOT and option, its a command. God doesn't just say hey if you would like to... God says,  YOU HAVE ROBBED ME... (Malachi 3:8-11).

Many Christians fall short in this area, because we can do the church activities, the pot lucks, we can attend faithfully, we can pray and teach Sunday school, we can be in the choir and do everything right... and then. Then we "Rob God" sounds harsh huh? Thats what God says "ROB GOD" you see a thief will come unexpectedly... But a Robber, he has guts, a thief is slick and usually at first is undetected, but a robber you know when you are being robbed. Which is exactly why God is says the word "ROB" right here with the word "tithes". We often ROB God every week, and on top of that we ROB ourselves of our own blessings by cheating God. It would be safe to say that a mojority like 99% of folks know what we should give, and still under give God... to put that into a real life situation, then we go out after robbing God and spend twice as much on a Sunday lunch with the family.... (insert "ouch" here- or hop around your livingroom holding your toe while your family glares at you..)

God wants you to be Blessed, He doesn't want you money... He wants your faithfulness and your obedience in Giving. God owns all your money already, I mean after all the streets of Heaven are Gold, give me a break... Pearly Gates... God owns it... He doesn't need yours... accually.. what you have, the Bible says that you say that you own it or "earned it" but we have to remember that it was accually the Lord that gave it to us!... (Deut. 8:17-18) What He does want is to know that you Love Him enough to be honest, and faithful, and that you will be obedient to Him.. What better way to do this than to hit you where it hurts... your pocket. God is no dummy, He knew that that would get you and stop many in there tracks.

You see God knows your heart and wants you to give "willingly" and "cheerfully" God doesn't want you to give out of bitterness, He wants you to give because the choice is yours and you Love Him enough to follow His word... After all from ground zero with Adam and Eve we had a choice and even today we have a choice to follow God or to Not Follow God, God loves us and for that reason He gives us the choice to choose to follow Him. Love is no fun when you are forced, or obligated. Put when there is joy in your heart, butterflies in your belly, and tears of happiness in your heart... that is the good stuff, that there my friend is a choice worth making..

The Bible tells us "first fruits" God wants you to make a sacrifice He doesn't want second best... (remember Cain and Able) God always has to be first, always remember He is a jealous God! What is First fruits, off the Top. So for me and you, BEFORE the government or anyone else gets there hands in it, meaning before taxes. Also, a simple tip, don't try and fool God. That won't work either, remember how I said that God owns everything, we technically He wrote the check, HE knows! (Deut. 8:17-18) Remember the story of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5)  not a good idea to be dishonest to God... 

God's whole design with Giving is with you in Mind. Its wrapped in Love, and Blessing we just have to be honest, and strong enough in faith to grab it and obtain it! God wants to bless us... we just cut ourselves short.

Give God a try, Trust HIM that my friend is a challenge....

If you want to give to God through our ministry you can give right from our website. Many people miss giving while they take vacations or when they miss a week of church, did you know that God doesn't take vacations... And we must still have a heart of giving even while we are enjoying vacation or have to be away a week. Think about it.. If you don't pay your taxes for a couple years, and then had the thought that you needed to make things right, do you think that the IRS will just forget about the past debt if you don't say anything about it?. No they would expect you to pay them, to fix your mistake. Not to mention the Bible says that if you owe a debt that you should pay it! (Romans 13:7)

Start today and make a commitment to God to take the challenge and tithe cheerfully as the Lord has commanded us to do, and is leading us to do.

With Blessings-
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

 

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (NKJV)

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

Proverbs 3:9 (NKJV)

Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the first fruits of all your increase;

Leviticus 27:30 (NKJV)

30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.

Malachi 3:8-11 (NKJV)

Do Not Rob God

Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You?’
In tithes and offerings.
You are cursed with a curse,
For you have robbed Me,
Even this whole nation.
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.

11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
Says the Lord of hosts;

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (NKJV)

17 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’

18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

 




June 2, 2016, 6:19 AM

The Road is Not Always Easy.....

Life defiantly has its challenges and we are all aware of that... Some of us at times face more than others, and some journeys are more intense than others. We all know the story of Job, Job was referred to as "a perfect and upright man" a man the feared God... Vs. 6 in Job chapter one interests me as it states that when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord that Satan also came... How many time do you feel when you get up on Sunday morning that the enemy is just riding your back? Even on your ride in, until the time that you make it to the church you feel defeated from the start... Trust me it has even happened to me before...

Just like with Job, he gave it his best but the enemy still planned an attack against him. God had protection around Job and his family, but Satan had a plan to bring him down. Satan said to the Lord if you would just "let me" I will make him curse you... The thing about Job and what makes his story so great is that he stood strong, and he endured. Job's obstacles to us may seem a little intense, or we might even say that there is absolutely no way that we could handle that. But, the thing is... Job did. He pushed through. We have to understand that the road is not going to always be easy and we are going to, yes going to face tough times. Let's be realistic here at times its safe to say, life sucks. BUT GOD, is always there, and always gives us joy and strength we just have to draw near to Him and to seek His face even in our greatest times of need. It's easy to balm God, even to curse God. And that was Satan's plan he wanted Job to quit and to curse God for the heartaches. Remember this, Satan went to God and asked God... asked God to let down the hedge so he could get to Job, and God gave Satan a boundary line... What you need to remember is that GOD, HE is STILL in control! NOT SATAN...

How easy  is it that we make it on the enemy, for many we give up without a fight at all. You have heard the saying, "if you can't take the heat, stay out if the kitchen..." Serving Jesus, is tough, it is life changing, but the rewards... they are eternal. When the enemy give you his best shot, either through your family, your friends, your church... or anywhere else in your life, would you be willing to take the heat? Remember the road is not always easy...But the travel is well worth the journey...

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

 

Job 1

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

 




May 30, 2016, 8:03 AM

Feed me that line again...

Are you strong enough in your faith that...
                                                    ...you would go to jail or die for it?

You say that you are willing to go to jail over your faith when you won't even go to church for it?.... Many Christians today are not as strong in their relationship with Jesus as they want to try and say that they are. When you have total faith, and trust in God, you fully SUBMIT yourself to Him, Trusting Him in every area of your life. Walking with Him, talking with Him, and to the point of death will follow and obey Him. Many Christian's today will lay out of church for a toothache, a headache, or any other excuse that the enemy has in his book that we like to choose from... And lets be real here... there just excuses.... You say Pastor you just don't understand.. you don't know what I am facing, no trust me.. I do, but I know that I face very similar situations (because even though I am a pastor, I am human and have a life...) I have to push through and keep moving for Jesus! I am not perfect, but I have enough faith to know that God will get me through whatever I am facing... We live in a day and age where church, our faith and God is no longer our top priority. We will let many, yes many things get in between us and our relationship with God.  Hebrews tells us that we should not forsake assembly (meeting together, going to church, worshiping together) as some are in the manner of doing...

There are to many Christians that will allow a leaky toilet, a disagreement with a spouse, a flat tire, and many other life happenings get in the way of them coming to worship...

SO... if a leaky toilet can keep you from going to church to worship and serve the Lord as HIS word has clearly told us to do... how can you honestly say that you wouldn't choose to lay out on Him if you were told to do so with a gun pointed to your head?.. We have already seen many stories in the news of Christian's being persecuted for there faith, it is happening in places around the world today (Not everyone has it as free as you..). If you were in that situation would you be willing to stand for Jesus? Or would you coward down on Him to save your own life? The Book of 2 Timothy tells us that everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. Kids today will be picked on for serving Jesus and believing what they have faith in, adults will be looked at differently by many for standing firm for there faith, serving the Lord is not always going to be "cool" but it will always be the right thing to do.

As Christians and if we want to be true followers, we will have to learn to be disciplined in our faith, to the point that we will stand firm through ANYTHING and always look to HIM for our strength, answers and deliverance.

Today, I challenge you as you read this, to not let ANYTHING stand between you and God, I hear a lot as a pastor I have family in town? Maybe they would like to hear about Jesus? Worth a shot just ask... And if they are staying with you..and if I remember correctly the scripture says "as for ME AND MY HOUSE...we WILL serve the Lord" hey, I didn't say it just quoting scripture.... Trust me I can write a book on excuses should call it "why I chose not to serve today" usually most of them I am thinking -don't you think that God could handle that for you? Our problem is GOD CAN handle it, we just seem like we want to do it ourselves and by our selves for some strange reason...

If you are going to be willing to be a TRUE Christian, a TRUE Believer, and stand firm for your FAITH that be willing to stand for HIM through anything. Including going to jail for Him and not knowing if you will ever get out, unless you denounce Him.

Something to think about... Blessings
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

 

Matthew 24:9-13 (NIV)

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Hebrews 10:25 (KJV)

25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

2 Timothy 3:10-13 (NIV)

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.




May 25, 2016, 12:00 AM

Shut up....and Listen!

Most of us as a kid or probably some as an adult.... have all heard HUSH! and Listen.... This is much more than momma, or your wife trying to get a point across, this is a life lesson straight from God's word... Often times we allow our mouth to overload our tail... It's easy to stick your foot in your mouth, it is also easy to say something that can never be taken back. Many times we don't realize it but our words can cut someone very deep, and can bring more pain than we can see on someones life. The Bible states that there is both life and death found in the tongue (Proverbs 18). A simple choice can alter someones life for a long time. These are just not verbal words, think about the ways that you text, the things that you say about people when they are not around, the things that you post on social media. Things get back to people and it is just as damaging as if you were standing right there in front of them. Most of the time it is the easiest to say things such as this when we are angry. As a young adult, I have been guilty of not fighting fair when in a argument with my wife, we both discovered that this was the way to get on top of the argument, but it is honestly not the right thing to do, no matter who you are having a disagreement with.

 

We will all have disagreements, but we have to learn to stay focused on the problem, and not stray into another field. When you are arguing try not to dig up graves of things that you are trying to bury. We all (yes..including me) have to learn to be quick to listen, and slow to speak... and slow to become angry... To many times, boy do we all let out feathers get ruffled and carry these feelings around to the point that we explode. We have to work to get in a habit of prayer, and meditation before addressing a problem, a disagreement, or even a major situation. Praying first will give you time to seek God and some advice, direction, and peace before speaking to the other person. And meditating will help you to sit, relax, and think it over. To get your self together so to speak.

 

I have experienced some trying situations and it has been more than a challenge to push through at times, life is not always fun... But, good things are in the works. God always has a plan and wants the best for us... we just have to learn to seek Him, and to become Humble. We as humans don't like to be humble, we want to be in charge, to be fighters, and directors but we need to humble ourselves to God, to seek Him and draw near to Him, and let our strength come from Him.

 

Blessings-

 

James 1:19 (NIV)

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

James 4:10-11 (NIV)

10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III




May 24, 2016, 12:00 AM

Forgiven just not forgotten...

Forgiven just not forgotten... One of the Hardest things that I face is the act of Forgiveness. I have never calmed to be a perfect person, perfect pastor, or even to have a perfect church. We are all in some way or the other broken people, with problems, and face our own situations. The Bible tells us that we must forgive.. Matthew 6:4 "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you". While God told us that we needed to forgive He didn't say that we had to immediately trust them or go back to "normal" again so to speak... While we understand that God wants us to forgive, it is completely normal to not forget... We are human, and we are often reminded of what was forgiven through life events, and various other things that come up from time to time. And even though we are called to forgive, forgiveness is not a railroad track for the other person to use this as a track of grace and repeat what happened over, and over again, leaning on a means of grace and with the knowledge that they "will be" forgiven. Just because we forgive doesn't mean we have to accept the torment that someone brings to our lives through having to relive situations over and over again. Forgiveness untimely, is for you. Not them. Forgiveness will start to bring healing, but know that it doesn't mean that you will probably never think of it again, it's forgiven and most likely not forever forgotten... 

On that Note Many people say well it is thrown into the "Sea of Forgetfulness" That is for God who is perfect and Holy, not for us humans who are not perfect and fleshly and sinful in nature. Also there is really NO such thing as a "sea of forgetfulness" its not in the Bible... (Check it out...) Where you will fine the idea to why people say this is found in Micah 7:19: “He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” Its the idea that HE will cast our sins "far" away from us in using the illustration of the "depths of the sea"...

Forgiveness IS something that God wants us to do, commands us to do.. And still to this day, is the Hardest thing in the world to do.... Trust me, it is. But, we (including me) have to understand that we have to find it in us to forgive, and  some can forgive easier than others, we are all different people and process things differently..... But the enemy doesn't want you to forgive, and he sure doesn't want you to forget.. We have to be careful of the enemy's schemes, tricks and focus on God in our times of need. With HIS help we will be able to find it in us to forgive, and work toward forgetting.

 

2 Corinthians 2:5-11 (NIV)

5 If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. 6 The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 9 Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. 10 Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

 

Micah 7:19 (NIV)

19 You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

 

Matthew 6:14-15 (KJV)

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III




May 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

Saving the Best for LAST...

Saving the Best for Last!...

 

In reading the text out of John 2:1-11 we have all heard the story of Jesus turning into Wine.. One of the greatest and most well known miracles that was ever told. We hear of Jesus helping out and making the "best" wine, to the point that the best was saved for last rather than giving the good stuff first and the cheap or not so good stuff last... When they ran out Jesus turned the water to wine and the host stated that that was the best that they had...

Where this story is different, is that mostly it is told as that the best was saved until Last... and that is not the case... If you were to re-read the scripture in John 2:10, you see it was quoted as saving the best for "NOW"...

I truly don't believe that we have to wait till "last" or the end to receive good things, blessings and the plan that God has in store for each of us... But I honestly believe that if we are diligent in serving Him and in seeking Him, that His plan is for NOW for us not for later... Think about it... Proverbs 27 tell us not to get to wrapped up in tomorrow because we are not promised Tomorrow we "don't know what a day may bring forth".

 

I truly believe that God wants to bless you, and give you the desires of your heart...
Many times its not us waiting on God as much as it is God waiting on us.....

 

Saving the Best for NOW, not till Last...

 

John 2:1-11 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Changes Water Into Wine

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

 

Proverbs 27 King James Version (KJV)

27 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III




May 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

As for Me and My CrAzY house....

Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)

15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

 

We live in a crazy busy world... There are many things that we can all find to do in the place of our time to serve the Lord... We often times find our selves to busy to make time for Him, to talk to Him, to Worship Him, and to show Him that we Love Him.

It could have been any other "god" the god of the Amorites, or the "gods which  your father served" for many of us, it could have been one of the many other things that we find ourselves putting in front of the Lord.

 

One definition of a God is "an image, idol, animal, or other object worshiped as divine or symbolizing a god". In a choice of serving our God, the creator and author of the Universe. 

Exodus 20:3-5 (KJV)

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God

 

HE is a jealous God... and we should have to other God's before HIM. Meaning that when He says that His day, is His day..  He means that His day is HIS day... Anything that we allow to get before HIM, take our attention form Him is a god in our life. This is why "as for me and MY house, we will serve the Lord". I will do everything possible to stay focused on HIM and not let ANYTHING take away from my time with my Lord. For He is Good and worthy of our Praise.

My house is a little crazy it self sometimes with two young boys, and two dogs running around... But, no matter how busy or crazy life is... it is and always will be....

As for me and MY CrAzY House... WE will serve the Lord...

 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

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April 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

Distance Brings Weakness

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Did you know that God desires a close walk with you, a daily walk, a personal relationship. It is often times easy for us to become side tracked and "forget" about Jesus in our lives. It's easiest to become busy when its time to read your Bible or Pray. The devil will do whatever he can to keep you away from spending time with God.

In a busy day that we all live in, many things come up and keep us from Worship, things divert our attention from focusing on God, and making Him a priority in our lives.

 

Truth is the enemy knows the situations that you are currently facing and if the enemy can keep you from seeking God during this time, he is working to try and defeat you.

 

Many people allow simple little things to keep them from God, from Church, from Praying and from reading God's word. Trust me, the devil knows when God has a blessing in store for you, and he wants to detour your from that as best possible.

The more distant you become from God in your walk, the weaker you find yourself growing spiritually.

 

The Point- Make time for God in your life, sometimes its a sacrifice, But God see this, and will bless you for it. But, don't just take my word for it.... try it.

 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

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March 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

Gone when I need you the Most...

Matthew 26:31-46

31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’[a]

32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”

34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”


Have you ever got to the point to where you feel that people have just let you down when you needed them the most?

Have you ever felt that people have turned their back on you?

This was the scene in Matthew 26, Peter is telling Jesus even if everyone else walks away from you, I'm your man, I got your back, you can count on me... Church people say all the time boy I love this church, this is my home, God is moving, God led me here, I will never leave this church no matter what.... And then, well. yeah. Jesus told Peter, yes you will, you will disown me three times... Peter was quick to respond, no "even if I have to die" I will not disown you...

 

Even when Jesus goes to Pray, he tells the disciples sit here, while I go over here and pray. Jesus goes to pray and comes back to find everyone asleep. Jesus about to face, what would be to me the biggest challenge of my life, about to be arrested the disciples while Jesus is praying, fell asleep... Jesus couldn't you pray with me for an hour...

How many times do you feel that your family, your friends, your loved ones have left you when you needed them the most...

How many times though have you went to God only when you needed something, and passed by all the times you failed to pray when it was just you and Him, when things were good, just to tell Him you love Him or thank you..?

 

Prayer is an important key to our DAILY walk with God, and when you feel that everyone has walked away or left you, Jesus is still there. God is waiting for you, He has never left you.

Without prayer it is like a leaking damn, if not repaired the damn will eventually break and fall... Let prayer mend your life, Jesus is waiting for you, let Him repair the cracks and lift you up to give you strength that you need.

 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

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