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August 7, 2015, 8:50 AM

Payback!

Many times in our lives we find ourselves getting hurt, offended, or let down. Sometimes we are even taken advantage of and broken by people. During these times we in our flesh desire to "get even" we want revenge for what has happened to us or our family. We want to speak our mind, we want them to feel like we feel. This has become the way of the world, "No Justice, No Peace"... 

1 Peter 2:19-25 says 19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Jesus died for our sins, He was the only man to ever be without sin. Jesus didn't resist and didn't want revenge for what He went through, He went through it with Love for us. Let Jesus heal your wounds when you get hurt, let Him mend your heart and let Him be the one that judges. We must learn to always Love, and forgive as He has Forgiven each of us. Stay away from wanting Revenge, Wanting Payback, wanting to get even or to hurt someone else or their feelings because of what you went through. Trust in the Lord with ALL that you do. By staying close to God during these times, HE gets all the glory. Don't Worry...Just know Who has your Back!

Pastor J.W. Pannell III ©

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August 5, 2015, 4:45 PM

WeAk!

I saw a church sign once that read "7 Days without Prayer, Makes on Weak!" This statement is more true than you will ever truly realize! 2 Corinthians 12;9 says "My strength is made perfect in weakness" sometimes we face some very trying times, situations in life that are challenging beyond words and we fill that life is over as we know it... It is in times like this when we fill completly weak and we are humbeled that God's strength is shown so perfectly through the storm. Life is tough and unfair! I always heard a phrase growing up "thats just life in the big city" life is challenging at times but in these times take notice to God's power and the understanding that HE has a perfect plan in store for you. We don't always see the "big" picture, the end result..and God He knows the ending and what till be best for us. Trust in Him with all that you do! 

Pastor J.W. Pannell III

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August 4, 2015, 12:00 AM

Flowing From the Spring

James 3:11 says "Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

In todays world we are faced by many challenges that cloud us everyday. You see we cannot ride the fence... Christians today seemingly want to ride the fence. God desires us to Follow Jesus and HE will make us into the disciples that HE wants us to be. However your relationship with Him will never truly flourish if we don't put the world behind us and God before us. Making God a number one priority despite the sacrifices we have to make is key in our journey with Christ. To often as Christians we want to submit to the things of this world, however this pleasure is temporary. We need to make God the first priority in everything we do. We become tired however God's word tells us that we should never grow weary in doing HIS work. God desires the very best for you, He has a great plan for you and He wants His blessings to flow in your life. Always seek Him and put Him first and watch the windows of Heaven open in your life.

The world gets a bad image of us when we choose things of the world over our journey with Him. The enemy knows your weaknesses and will tempt you with those things. Stay Strong in the Lord.

Pastor J.W. Pannell III

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