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November 13, 2015, 5:32 AM

The Flowers will Fall..

1 Peter 1:24-25 (NIV)

24 For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.

Time Flies, when you are having fun... We have all heard this statement before and probably all used it at some point. What we probably miss is that it is such a true statement. Over the next couple months, my two boys will both  have birthdays one about to turn seven, and the other about to turn two... WHERE DOES TIME GO?

As we are flowing through fall and vastly approaching winter we are seeing the grass all die back, flowers falling, all the leaves change and fall off trees. These things bring my attention to the words that are spoken in 1 Peter 1 "All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever".

 

To often we get to caught up in earthly things, that we forget about our relationship with Jesus. There will be a time when the things in this world that we wrap our selves up in will pass away... And we are left with our attention focused on God. We will grow old and wither, and "our" glory will fall. Today, make a new leap. Put your attention on your relationship with Jesus. Focus on the true things that matter... Because the "Word of the Lord, endures forever".

Let Him lead you, guide you, and mold you into who He wants you to be. God wants to commit His works to "faithful" men as the scripture says. God will not give you a position, a ministry, a blessing to make you faithful, obedient. He will bless those who have run the race, proved themselves and make the sacrifice.

It is not always easy to serve the Lord, it is not always easy to focus on Him and not the things that we enjoy, or would "rather" do.. But, God desires for us to make Him a priority and to always put Him first and trust Him for the rest. Remember, the Word of the Lord, Endures Forever...

Today, Make a Commitment to God, that you will realign your Priorities and Focus on Him.

Because, Everything else will one day fade away...

 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

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November 9, 2015, 5:56 AM

Community Baptism Service

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

It was an awesome time with our Community Baptism Service this past Sunday Night. We held the service at the Rock (YMCA) Aquatics Center and over a hundred people showed up, and we baptized sixteen people from the age of six to being able to baptize one on her 50th Birthday! What a joy it was to be in the presence of the Lord! Worship was led by Academy Christian School located here in Rock Hill, they did an amazing joy. The school having a very gifted group of young people engaged about serving the Lord.

 

Now being in the next stage of the journey in there walk with Jesus, it is up to each of us to encourage these 16 individuals and support them in there relationship with Jesus as they draw close to Him every step of the way. We have to remember the 20 verse of this scripture, "teaching them".

 

Congratulations to all those that were baptized yesterday and may God Bless You all and keep His hand over you in your walk with Him.

 

Pastor Jonathan

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November 5, 2015, 5:40 AM

Let's Make it a God Day... The Choice is yours....

Acts 5:29 (NIV)

29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!

Today a retired pastor friend of mine posted this scripture on his Facebook page as a devotion and it brings light to the world we live in today. We seem to live in a day and age where people serve "man" and listen to people more than to God...

We need to take our thoughts, prayers, needs, and burdens to HIM not "them"... God always has the final say so. I have seen situations that looked like the finial results were everything but engraved in stone, and with the prayers of His Children, God made a way where there was no way... There is no limit to what God can accomplish if you will just give it to God and move over! 

 

We all have a choice to make...

       -Who will you serve?

             -Who will you put your trust, your faith, your hope in?

Every time you check Facebook, every time you are riding down the road blaring your country or rap music, and open your eyes in the morning and close your eyes at night all without acknowledging God even as a simple thank you, you make a choice...

 

Sometimes in the absence of making a choice, you have already made your choice....

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October 27, 2015, 6:54 AM

"What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"

Matthew 16:26 (KJV)

26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Far to often in life, we put things in front of our time with God we are concerned with our earthly possessions and what we can gain here on this earth... I wrote a post entry recently Martha and Mary; and I am often reminded how when Jesus came to the House of Martha, how she was so busy doing, doing, doing while Jesus was there. I can relate at times, what about you? And the in that time Mary was also there but she sat with Jesus, dwelled in HIS presence and sought HIM. Mary put everything aside and put HIM first.

How many times are we willing to do that?

Can the Grass wait? Can the Painting wait? Can your friends wait? What about work..? TV? Facebook? Going to the mall? Sleeping in? 

We each have a long list that we can make of things that we let interfere with our time with Jesus...

We push Him to the side and focus on what we fill is important, when all we must learn to do is to put HIM first and Trust Him to take care of us for what we Need in our lives..

We focus on building up our earthly "things" and we get busy, too busy to spend time with Him.

Think about it. When was the last time you spent time with HIM? Don't count Sunday at Church.. That was Worship. I am talking about just YOU and HIM. No distractions, No Cell Phone, No Facebook, No nothing. Just you and Jesus...

Pray this week. Study His Word. And Seek HIS Face. Put HIM First, and then TRUST HIM.

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

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October 26, 2015, 6:24 AM

Church Logo

Our Church Logo is a representation of who we are as a church for Jesus Christ. Even if we have to stand alone, we are "BRINGING JESUS TO SOUTH CAROLINA". We hope and pray that you will join us in our effort to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world, and share Jesus with our community.

 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III




October 19, 2015, 5:50 AM

Never, be to busy for Him...

Luke 10:38-42  (KJV)

38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

We can learn a very valuable lesson from Mary and Martha's encounter with Jesus when He came to the house of Martha. Martha is just like many of us busy, busy, busy... I can't go to church, because I have to do this... I can't make it tonight to service because I have to do that... This isn't new, news we all have heard excuses and honestly at some point we have all used them....

But, the truth lays within the scripture with Jesus' words to Martha.. It is that Martha seems frustrated with Mary. Martha is busting her rump doing things serving, probably cleaning getting things ready things we all probably find our selves doing often instead of going to the House of God...

Martha questioned Jesus, DON'T YOU CARE, I am doing all this alone, while my sister left me to do the work while she is sitting down with you?... It was these next words where we get a tow stomper... Jesus said that Mary was doing it all right. She put her priority in being in HIS presence.

You see, it is in HIS presence that everything will all start to come together. You will build your relationship with HIM, and you will have everything that you will need to serve HIM.

I want you to start this week. Put Him first. Seek HIS face. Make a way to be in the House of the Lord. When you come to worship and you are able to experience being in HIS presence, you will understand why Mary dropped what she was doing just to dwell in HIS presence. 

Pastor Jonathan Pannell III

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October 12, 2015, 5:54 AM

The Walk in your journey...

Psalm 37:23-31 (NKJV)

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand."

We all have a journey, and we should all cherish our journey with the Lord. As the psalmist wrote,"the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.." we have to always allow God to lead us and guide us in His direction in our journey. The psalmist also adds, "though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand."

We have a friend in Jesus who is there for us every step we make in our journey, even when we fall He will pick us back up and uphold us with HIS hands. I can ensure you that in your journey there will be bumps in the road but the rewards are so much better than the bumps if you will stay focused on Him and push through.

I had an opportunity to spend time with Mrs. Sophia Lambert this past weekend. Mrs. Lambert is a life long member of our church born in 1928 and still to this day has a passion for our church and church family. Although I didn't have the opportunity to see Mrs. Lambert as she taught Sunday School or work in the ministry, as I sit with her this past Saturday I was able to enjoy stories of things that she took part in over the years in the ministry. I heard friends and Family members talk about the joys of her service to the Lord through our church and the lives that were changed.

I can only imagine that there were some bumps in the road over the years, even in the latter part of her journey, Mrs. Sophia lost her life long partner Mr. Gene who recently past away, and her memory may slip here and there. But, she still touched my heart as I hear her testimony through her as she sings Amazing Grace, hear all the stories, and spend time with her. I even got to sit on her lap and tell how much her service meant to us, and because of her faithful service to the Lord along with Mr. Gene and others we are able to worship were we are today.

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October 9, 2015, 5:39 AM

Revival Day TWO!

Revival Day Two was an amazing Night in the House of the Lord! If you have not had an opportunity to be in His House come out and join us! We appreciate each of you and for supporting revival! Join us as we enter into His Presence tonight at 7pm!

God is doing great and mighty things in the lives of His people and we are excited about what is in store! Please continue to pray for Revival Services and Homecoming Service. We ask that you join us for Homecoming Sunday This Sunday Morning at 11am, there will be a covered lunch following the service, please feel free to bring a dish if you would like to feed your family and one more.

 

Thank you for being a part of the ECN Family!

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October 8, 2015, 8:16 AM

Balancing and Revival

What an awesome first night of Revival! We are looking forward to what God has in store for the rest of the week. If you could have made it out and didn't... Shame on you. God wants to do a work in your life. Usually the main thing standing in the way of God doing a work in your life, is you. 

The enemy is a master at putting things in your way to keep you from God, what we have to do is push our selves to making time for HIM. God will move in you life like never before if you will just make HIM a number one priority in your life, in your marriage, in your work. Have you ever noticed how you can get through a whole episode of your favorite TV show, but can't seem to find the energy to get through one chapter of God's word? Admit it, we have all been there... The enemy knows that within God's word is answers, keys, and victory. If the devil can keep you out of that book he can win over situations in your life...

I don't care how you do it... FIND TIME Get in GOD'S Word. Find Time to Pray.

Make this extra commitment to Him and watch what starts to take place, Give it time...But watch. God will make some amazing moves... Trust Him, Believe His Word and apply it to your life.

Romans 13:14 (NIV)

14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.[a]

 

Keep YOUR eyes on Jesus and look to Him for help, guidance, and your place in life. He will do a work like never before in your life if you just give HIM the time in your life. Spend time with HIM daily. Read and Pray.

 

Pastor Jonathan Pannell

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October 4, 2015, 9:50 PM

Revival 2015

I want to invite you out to join us for Revival! Come out and Come expecting! We will welcome Jon Parrish Wednesday Night through Friday Night and looking forward to an amazing Homecoming service! Revival Services

October 7th-11th

Each night at 7PM. 

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September 29, 2015, 9:29 AM

A Glance.Temptation

James 1:13-14King James Version (KJV)

13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Temptation. Temptation. Temptation. No such a big word, but boy oh boy so many hurts, so much damage, so much pain comes from this word. We Started this Sunday on The Devil's Bag of Tricks and have continued to talk about this one thing called Temptation. I want to invite you out personally to join us as we dig in a little deeper on this topic and discovering how God is there to help us when the enemy is tempting us. I will continue to write more and post several things here on this topic. Start by searching your life for the things that are the most tempting to you and pray that God will give you strength in these areas in your life, find scriptures to fight back with. When you feel tempted use these scriptures as a tool to refocus your mind and your heart back to God.

Today: Search you life, What is tempting to you?

Pastor Jonathan Pannell




September 28, 2015, 3:02 PM

Join us!

We want to invite you to join us for Revival and for Homecoming 2015! We are in a time were revival is more important than ever before. ECN has a lot going on this time of year and we want to invite you to check out our calendar and join us in worship!

 

Revival is October 7,8,9 each Night at 7pm and Homecoming Service Sunday will be at 11AM on Oct.11th with Holy City from Charleston SC leading us in Worship! Mark your Calendars! And Come out expecting! God has been so good!

For More Information on Services, Events our the church contact our church office: 803-328-2134

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September 25, 2015, 4:49 PM

Kenny Rogers


Some of you may know my friend, most of you have heard his name.. Kenny Rogers. Kenny works at Lowe's and it one of the nicest guys you will ever know. Kenny always has a tall tale and if a fun person to be around. Recently Kenny went to the doctor an received a report that anyone would dread receiving.

Kenny got a report that he had Prostate cancer, they had removed and biopsy portions and sometime later Kenny went back in after the treatment for blood work to see the prognosis. As the young lady drew his blood and placed the label on the vile, Kenny stopped her and asked her if he could pray over that vile of blood. Kenny prayed that day over this vile of blood with that young lady in the room. When the results came back and Kenny sat down with the doctor, the doctor had results that would puzzle the sharpest minds in the world. The doctor said that Kenny was Cancer FREE. The Cancer was there, they had tested it, they had already went in and saw it.. and then they don't know what happened from there. But, it was gone.

Miracles DO happen!

GOD is STILL in the healing Business!

Kenny Gives ALL the Glory to God, Kenny was healed by a touch from the master's hand! Do you Believe that God is still in the healing business, because I do! Let us rejoice with Kenny!!

 

Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV)

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

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September 25, 2015, 4:31 PM

It's Raining..It's Pouring...and the Church is snoring!

Matthew 16:17-19 (NKJV)

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[a] in heaven.”

 

As it rains today, I think about a old song "It's raining, it's pouring..The old man is snoring.." A song I learned as a child and remember a saying by a pastor friend that I heard the other day, that the "devil is rocking the church to sleep". We are in a day in age where church people are not being the people that God has called us to be. Basically fallen asleep and the devil is at play.

In many cases, we are not even sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people that we come into contact with on a daily basis. We don't worship from the heart, we neglect praying, and being in the house of the Lord. 

Jesus said "On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." The enemy is not working hitting the church, he is attacking the people of the church. As followers of Jesus Christ, Christians, we have seemingly lost our desire to worship, to be in the presence of God and share the gospel with a lost and dying world. It's time for the church to wake up, and be the church once again!

The enemy is working on the people of churches all across this nation, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever more... He has not gone anywhere, we have pulled away from Him, we have ignored Him, and let the enemy blind us the the priority of serving and worshiping Him. The enemy knows that he can hold back the works of a church through the people... Who are you truly being a "vessel" for? If you are not leaving room for God in your life to use you, then the enemy has the space to move freely.

We live in a time that we must put our feelings aside and focus on the works of the King! It's all about Him and not about us at all. The church is being blessed over and over and God has good things in store, Let GOD work through you to build the Kingdom of Heaven.

WE are the body of Christ let us unit to do HIS work!

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

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September 22, 2015, 5:15 AM

It's Not About You...

Psalm 122:1 (KJV)

"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord".

 
I often tell folks to find a good daily devotional to help jumpstart your day in the Word. I read several different devotionals regularly, however I do enjoy the devotions that Bible Gateway sends out.
 
I wanted to share this one with you as it is a reminder of the importance of gathering to worship. Yesterday during our morning worship service we sang several songs including "This is the Day" and "He has made me glad" when I read this devotional I think about for each of us, and how for some of us going to church feels like it did when we were kids, like pulling teeth (and yes, we can feel that way at times as an adult).
 
My immediate thought was, is this about me or God? Sometimes we get our feelings hurt, we get weary or feel down each of these examples are covered in God's word.. If we have a problem we fix it we don't quit because of it. If we are weary or burdened we take it to Him. God wants to walk with you each and everyday and wants to help you and wants you to fellowship and worship one with another. As the devotion mentioned there are people who are dying gathering like we do freely.
 
Pray this week for our church and that you will have the true excitement of worshipping and gathering in The House of the Lord. God has placed you where you are by Devine appointment, not by accident and He wants to bless you and your family. Just listen to Him, Follow Him, and watch what He will do in your life. When we worship, when we go to church.. It is all about Him not about us. Encourage one another and pray for those being persecuted for doing the same. 
 
May your day be full of Joy as you worship our Lord and Savior.
                                    This is Next Level Living. Are you ready to move to the next Level? 
 
Pastor 
 

PS: original devotion is below. 

Devotion Presented By: Bible Gateway

Into His House with Joy (Psalm 122:1)

  • Why is it important to go to church?
  • How would your life be different if you couldn’t go to church?

Sometimes it’s a struggle to get ourselves up and going for church. But God wants us to go into his house with joy. This doesn’t mean that we will always be excited when the alarm clock goes off. But it does mean that we need to work to prepare our hearts and minds for what God has in store for us.

God wants us to gather together with other believers. He wants us to study the Bible, to hear the Word, to sing praises together and to bless others. All of this should happen in church. If you find yourself dragging, ask God to replace your lack of enthusiasm with his joy.

Many believers in this world are being persecuted for gathering together. Some people are even being killed. That’s how important it is to gather. For those of us who have easy access to a church, it can be easy to take it for granted. But we shouldn’t.

If you find yourself bored with church, ask God what you could do to make it more exciting. If you find church a difficult place to be due to problems with fellow believers, pray that God will heal those relationships and restore your joy.

Prayer

Dear God, thank you that we can gather together in your name. Please help us to have nothing but joy in our hearts as we step into your house. Amen.

 

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