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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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November 27, 2015, 6:09 AM

One Black Friday...


Luke 23:26-43 (NIV)

The Crucifixion of Jesus

26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then

“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
    and to the hills, “Cover us!”’[a]

31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[b] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

 

There was a Black Friday Long a Go that Starteds with a Long Line of people following to see what was going on... Waiting to see what was going to take place. On this day a man named Jesus carried a Cross to a place where He would be crucified..

With Thanksgiving just passed by we have to remember that as thousands are out shopping today standing in line for hours to save a couple dollars that there was a time on a Black Friday that many stood in a line following to see what would happen with Jesus on this day.

Today, think about Jesus and that day when He took on the sin of the world, and endured the Cross for each of us.. Think about that Sunday morning and the tomb being empty...

Thanksgiving doesn't end on Thursday.. for us it is an everyday remembrance of what Christ did for us on that day!




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


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