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August 24, 2016, 6:56 AM

To Stressed to Be Blessed!

Each of us was created for a purpose, and that purpose was to worship Him and to do God's will (Colossians 1:16). It is interesting that most of us get to a point in our lives to were we feel so busy and then it hits us, we become stressed to the max. Usually at this point we find ourselves cutting some things out of our schedules, and yes usually it is the things that benefit God that we cut out first... we miss church, we stop attending Bible studies and prayer services, we miss out devotional times, we lack in prayer and personal time with God... It is easier for us as humans being fleshly in nature to not cut the things that are of more interest to us. We enjoy our "desires" especially seeing that doing God will may not always seem as fun as a Carolina football game... But, as the old saying goes... WWJD What Would Jesus Do? Even as a young boy He (Jesus) was committed to "His Father's Business". Our schedules can become as busy as we would like them to be... you fill your calendars with work, school, social activities and many other things. For the most part no one is forcing you to keep your life complicated and stressful all the time. We have a purpose that we loose sight of, and that purpose is to Honor God; to worship Him and to do His will. It is far to easy to forget why we were created by our Heavenly Father. Choose today to start planning your life around God, and not God around your life.

What does your schedule look like?
Do you allow time for God in your daily schedule?
Do you make time to grow spiritually? (i.e. church fellowship, Corporate Worship, Prayer)

As you start allowing God to be in control in your life, and you remove things that you have added to your schedule that complicates it you will start to feel a since of peace and calmness. Doing God's will and enjoying the things that He has truly Blessed you with are your ultimate priority.

Teach your children the importance of worship and what it means to honestly serve the Lord. Yes we have to work, that's common since, but what about all the other things that we add to ourselves that have no benefit to the Kingdom of God? Take a look at your schedule this week, and ask yourself how much of your life is spent worshiping God...

Jonathan W. Pannell III


Colossians 1:16 (NKJV)

16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

Galatians 6:5 (NKJV)

For each one shall bear his own load.

Luke 2:49 (NKJV)

49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?

Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV)

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)

31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

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August 16, 2016, 7:18 AM

Need some cheese... with that whine!

There are many scriptures and biblical stories that I could use to illustrate the whining church that we see in our country today, but one story that fascinates me to the extreme is the story of Moses leading God's children out of the hands of Pharaoh.

For a people who were in slavery and working as hard as they did once they were delivered they quickly realized that "Freedom wasn't Free" it came with a price...

One way that the children complain to Moses was before they were freed, Moses had a pep talk and conversation of the Promise Land arose, the children complained because the sight of good things to come, caused them to have to work much harder than they did... Many times this is what happens when we do the right thing, the enemy tries to come in and tare us down by making things increasingly hard.  We see this in various areas of our life, church family, our work and school. The enemy wants you to give up and forget about the thought of what God has in store for you.. Stay focused and push through!

During the journey the Israelite's became hungry and before long they made sure that there voice was heard... They were hungry and God provided.. In HIS way.. But, not with earthy food..God provided heavenly food.. Suffering of earthly things for a heavenly benefits is much better than things that this old world can give you. Things of this world are temporary, gifts from Heaven and the things of God are eternal.. Don't Whine and Complain....Endure. God has something much better in store for you...   

God's word teaches us to do all things, ALL things without complaining and without disputing (Philippians 2:14) the problem is that is to hard for us... We are fleshly and worried about us, we get to caught up in what matters to us and less about what matters to God and His will in our lives...


In your life try and find joy... Try and look for God's ultimate plan in your life, look past short term pain and give God glory in all that comes your way!


Philippians 2:14 (NKJV)

14 Do all things without complaining and disputing,

Exodus 5:1-22 (NIV)

That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.

10 Then the slave drivers and the overseers went out and said to the people, “This is what Pharaoh says: ‘I will not give you any more straw. 11 Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.’” 12 So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw. 13 The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, “Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw.” 14 And Pharaoh’s slave drivers beat the Israelite overseers they had appointed, demanding, “Why haven’t you met your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?”

15 Then the Israelite overseers went and appealed to Pharaoh: “Why have you treated your servants this way? 16 Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, ‘Make bricks!’ Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people.”

17 Pharaoh said, “Lazy, that’s what you are—lazy! That is why you keep saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ 18 Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.

Exodus 16:1-4 (NIV)

Manna and Quail

16 The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.

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August 15, 2016, 6:06 AM


Laughter is good for the soul!
it is important for us to enjoy the life that God has given us...

Its a true fact that life is short....!
You are not promised tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1), we don't know what tomorrow will hold... "Don't worry about tomorrow, let tomorrow worry about its self..." Life being so short and it goes by so fast. I guess I truly didn't realize how fast life was going by until I had kids, now I see that they are growing right before my eyes!

Ashley and I took the boys to Carowinds this past weekend, We have taken Austin many times but this was Preston's first trip to the local theme park. Both of them were filled with joy and excitement to ride rides and see all the entertainment that surrounded us. Both boys were able to ride several rides and to be able to enjoy many areas of the park, we had lunch in Harmony Hall with a live Snoopy Show it was truly a Great Day! 

Now that I have given you my family "slide show" of our trip... I want you to understand an important fact that we and including me, often forget we must take time for family and we must enjoy the life that God has given us! (Ecclesiastes 8:15)

There will be many things that come your way that you will regret, we need to learn to LIVE and LEARN... learn from your mistakes and move on... Life is to short to dwell on these things and you can't let them steal your joy in life! DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF!

Focus on God and the Life that HE has blessed you with!


Proverbs 17:22 (NIV)

22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
    but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 27:1 (NIV)

27 Do not boast about tomorrow,
    for you do not know what a day may bring.

Ecclesiastes 8:15 (NIV)

15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 11:8 (NIV)

However many years anyone may live,
    let them enjoy them all.
But let them remember the days of darkness,
    for there will be many.
    Everything to come is meaningless.

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July 25, 2016, 6:33 AM

Praise you in this Storm...

When we go through a challenging time it is hard to give thought to praising God, we are generally left with the idea of questioning God or at least asking Him to deliver us from our situation.

Trials are hard, valleys are low but Jesus can bring us through them if we are committed to seeking Him, and we are focused during our time of need. One thing that is true is that we will all face a challenging situation in our life, and when we do we will have a choice to make, we will give a "Reaction" the the event that just took place in our life.

I love the story in Acts of Paul and Silas, they were chained and secured in prison following and upset business man, who's slave girl that could earn him money telling fortunes. Seeing that the girl was following him, Paul became annoyed and cast the Demon out, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” (Acts: 1618). Long story short they ended up in jail following the incident... What makes this story unique is that the boys in jail, beaten with rods and not truly knowing what would happen next. It says that they began to start praying and praising God... Now lets be real here... How many of us can say that, that would be us and we could honestly praise during that dramatic time. Me? Well I would probably be in a corner in the fetal position crying sucking my thumb (lol) or begging God for my life...

You See, Paul and Silas chained up (physically), and bound down, locked up or physically stuck in there situation.. Many of us have a situation in our lives that we feel stuck in, or imprisoned to. We feel chained down, burdened with things that our in our lives that are affecting our spiritual walk... We can make a reaction to these chains... a "Chain Reaction" so to speak about these situations... And that reaction should be seeking God and choosing to praise our way out of our situation.

When Paul and Salas prayed and praised God in this terrible situation, the Bible says that their chains were loosed, and not only where their chains loosed it says that everyone with them their chains were too loosed, all the prisoners had been listening to the reaction, the prayers and praise of Paul and Salas. Every door was opened on all the cells and the "foundation" of the jail (situation) was affected... What an incredible testimony that took place on this day, and a great example of what God can do in our lives!

God wants to move in your life and deliver you from what ever you are facing, it doesn't matter how big or small, God can be in control if you will put Him in control of your situation. Choose to Pray through, and Praise during your situation. Your praise could affect the foundation of your problem, free you from what is holding you down, and on top of that the example that you lead during that time, will in one way or the other affect those around you... 

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III


Acts 16:16-40 (NIV)

Paul and Silas in Prison

16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

19 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?


Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

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July 22, 2016, 11:55 AM

An Epidemic...

An Epidemic.

Revelation 3:15-16 (NKJV)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Revelation 3:15-16 (NKJV)

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

2 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV)

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

John 15 (NKJV)

The True Vine

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

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

Proverbs 13:19-25 (NKJV)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 12, 2016, 6:38 AM

Drifting Away....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell


Hebrews 2:1 (NKJV)

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

1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

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

James 1:21-25 (NKJV)

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

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

Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

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

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NKJV)

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

James 1:12 (NKJV)

Loving God Under Trials

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

Hebrews 2 (NKJV)

Do Not Neglect Salvation

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

The Son Made Lower than Angels

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

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

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

Bringing Many Sons to Glory

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

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

13 And again:

“I will put My trust in Him.”[d]

And again:

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

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


July 8, 2016, 5:54 AM


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

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

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

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

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

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


1 John 4:19 (NKJV)

19 We love Him because He first loved us.


Luke 12:6-7 (NKJV)

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


Romans 12:2 (NIV)

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


Matthew 7:15-20 (NKJV)

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

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


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June 23, 2016, 6:35 AM

Church People........


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III


Ephesians 4:1-6 (NIV)

Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ

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

John 17:21-24 (NIV)

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

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

Romans 12:10 (NIV)

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

1 John 4:20 (NIV)

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


June 16, 2016, 6:32 AM


God vs. Orlando

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

John 3:16-17 (NIV)

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

1 John 4:8 (NIV)

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

Romans 3:10 (NKJV)

10 As it is written:

“There is none righteous, no, not one;

1 John 3:15 (NKJV)

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

1 Corinthians 14:33 (NKJV)

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

Matthew 7:1-5 (NKJV)

Do Not Judge

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

Romans 3:23 (NKJV)

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

June 14, 2016, 5:53 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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...
                                           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.




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

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