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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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March 16, 2016, 12:00 AM

I've Got GAS!

GOT GAS?

Think about it...
Your Car will not run without Gas...
Worship to the Christian, is like Gas in your Car...

It can even be expensive at times... Somtimes you have to give up somthing to get in to church to worship... But the value of it to your walk with Christ is worth it..

Just like the price of Gas, you still pay it if you want to get where you want to get!

 

We need you to join us this Sunday!
Let us all gather as we worship together for Palm Sunday!
Dr. Eddie Estep (DS) will be worshiping with us this Sunday! Let's Pack the House for JESUS!
Worship is an Important Part of your relationship with Jesus!
 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

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March 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

The Perfect Pastor with the Perfect Church...

1 Peter 1:7 (NIV)

These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

James 1:12 (NIV)

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

The Perfect Pastor, and the perfect church... There not here. We all face trouble from time to time, and we all see trials. It's those that can stand the the trail and push through that will reap the rewards. The church will see hard times from time to time, you will face some bad days here and there, and honestly so will your pastor.

Think about it, how many of you would still be faithful to your church and the leadership on your pastor, it the church faced some trials, some tests from the Lord? How can we grow unless we are challenged? Some will shake your hand and say, "Pastor I will always have your back, I will always be here for you" but at the slightest sight of trouble they are the first to hit the door and leave the church....

If you always learn basic skills, and never challenged you will never grow. But, when you are pushed and you stand the test, and persevere there will be a great reward, and you will show the genuineness of our faith. When we are tested, "tried by fire" what is left over is the pure praise and glory that we can give to HIM.

 

Pastor J.W.Pannell III

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February 13, 2016, 10:15 AM

The Forgotten TEN..

It's interesting when we read the ten commandments, we are in a current day and time "mind set" that these things don't effect us anymore... This mind set, is wrong. The church in the same since look at the commandments and says, well I haven't kills, cheated, stole yep, IM GOOD. But... You could be wrong..... Think about it. 

Have you said you hated someone? If so, God's word says you have murdered them in your heart... Have you lusted over someone... then you have already committed the act.... By now many of you are checking the list again. What about church on Sunday, have you ever pushed it aside for one reason or another, just said well I'm not going today? I have a headache.. I have to much to do.. If I work today I can get some overtime, and I have bills to pay.. What happened to "Remembering and keeping the Sabbath" It's interesting that God is the first one to get pushed aside in our lives.... 

Sunday is a day of Worship, to the point God even says hey! You have SIX OTHER DAYS! We often wonder why things are going the way they are going in our lives, rethink where God is in your life, what is HIS position... You don't go to church over a headache but you go into work with one... (just being real here...) You go to work no feeling well, but you can't go to church when you don't feel well?.. 

If Christians, are not following the commandments then, in truth its no wonder why the schools, courts, and government offices are removing the Ten Commandants from there grounds.... 

What's a "god" in your life? "Thou shall have no other gods before me" What about money, your children, your job, social media, your spouse, a girlfriend? (JUST BEING REAL HERE AGAIN...) IF "IT" gets more of you than GOD does... its a "god" in your life....... 

We need to take a step back and revisit at these commandments, and the commandment of LOVE. As Christians, we are missing the mark. We are not loving one another, our friends or our enemies... We are not putting GOD first, and keeping his day. We are broken, and in desperate need of coming back to Jesus! 

 

Exodus 20 (KJV)

20 And God spake all these words, saying,

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

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, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

13 Thou shalt not kill.

14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

15 Thou shalt not steal.

16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

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January 20, 2016, 6:08 AM

Your Fired!...

One of the hardest things you will ever hear at work is Your Fried or We are going to have to part ways....

What IF serving God was your job...? (As in your Monday-Friday, paid job...)

Would you be fired?

How is your work proformance for Jesus?

Think About it...

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January 16, 2016, 12:04 PM

Submission...

Ephesians 5:22-33 (NKJV)

Marriage—Christ and the Church

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wivesbe to their own husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body,[a] of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”[b] 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

It's funny that for many Christian men that they have a joke about preaching "submission"... But on a more serious not submission is an important part of our relationship with Jesus. We should all be submissive to Him. As husbands we must love our wives just as Christ Loved the church. I think about this as we are only in the first couple weeks of the year and I have gotten several requests for weddings for the year. Being a busy Pastor of a great church, it is important for me to always remember my wife and the family that God has blessed us both with. God gave me the wife that I have and blessed our houshold as we have walked in ministry doing HIS work. 

Being a Pastor is not always the easiest thing, nor is being the wife of a pastor. You often find yourself busy and torn as you share in ministry with many families. But in the midst of a busy, blessed, and growing ministry... We remember that God blessed us with each other. I love my wife just as Christ, loved the church. We are in ministry together. God did not design me to do ministry without her, and we work together in doing the work of our Lord. 

 

As you get close to Valentines Day and think about your love, and remember the blessings that God has poured out to you both. Its a team work effort and God had to be your focus. 

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