LIVE for TODAY…

My encouragement for you today, is to ask you to live for today! Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do for today. Life is short! Enjoy every minute of everyday, spend time with your families, call you loved ones and build relationships. We hear all throughout scripture that life is quickly passing and this is something that we all know already and have been told before. I feel as though we often times need to be reminded of this, we let life slip by and waste precious moments, and opportunities to create memories.

From time to time we have regrets in life, don’t let this be one of those… Know that your life is vastly passing by, and you are not promised tomorrow. Love your families and make memories that will last for generations to come.

 

Blessings on this beautiful day that our Lord has made and Given us Today!
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

 

 

Proverbs 27:1 (NKJV)

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

Psalm 144:4 (NKJV)

Man is like a breath;
His days are like a passing shadow.

1 Peter 1:24 (NKJV)

All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,

Psalm 102:11(NIV)

11 My days are like the evening shadow;
    I wither away like grass.

Psalm 78:39 (NIV)

39 He remembered that they were but flesh,
    a passing breeze that does not return.

James 4:13-15 (NIV)

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s willwe will live and do this or that.”

Job 8:9 (NIV)

for we were born only yesterday and know nothing,
    and our days on earth are but a shadow.

Job 9:25 (NIV)

25 “My days are swifter than a runner;
    they fly away without a glimpse of joy.

Ecclesiastes 1:4 (NIV)

Generations come and generations go,
    but the earth remains forever.

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Praying for Los Vegas 10/2017

The recent tragedy in Los Vegas is absolutely heartbreaking. There are many families who will be impacted for many years due to this senseless  act of evil caused by one man. As an individual took aim and fired upon hundreds of people, taking the lives of many and hundreds of others wounded, an individual who appeared to have no set target and to this day no true motive for his actions shows nothing less that pure evil and heartless intent. Tragedy is a terrible thing no matter the situation, and my heart goes out to the large number of people who lost loved ones during this attack. I pray that you may be able to find peace and comfort in this time of trouble. Always know, no matter if you believe or not, that Jesus Loves you and can bring peace where no peace can be found on this earth.

I must also say that following this attack our President Donald Trump, gave a public address, turning the attention of this nation to our Heavenly Father during this time of trouble. He is right, and we must cast our cares upon Him.

Today, I pray for each of the families involved, the large number of people that witnessed this tragic event, the families of those that lost their lives that night, and the many that will be forever affected by this tragedy. Please know that when tragedy comes, and trouble awaits that Jesus, has already come and overcame the world, and also waits for you during this time of struggle to bring you strength, encouragement, and peace.

Pastor J. W. Pannell III

 

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

Praise to God for a Living Hope ] Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1 Peter 1:3 NIV

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Satan Tries to Outwit Us

2 Corinthians 2:8-11 (NIV)

I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. 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.

 

One of the biggest things that sticks out in this passage are the words “Satan might not outwit us”. I see that we are living in a world where we are now more than ever being outwitted by Satan. Christians today are forgetting God’s expectation of Forgiveness and Love. Satan has been able to fool many people lead them out of God’s will for their lives. When you stand the test, stand and “be obedient in everything” no matter what the situation might be, ensure that you will work through it as God would desire for you to.

Peace found in Jesus

We live in a world that seems to be covered in darkness. Things seem to be getting worse in our world today, and many live without any hope. I want you to know today that there is Hope that can be found in Jesus, and this hope is like no other.

Jesus brings us peace, peace that can get us through every situations in our lives, and hope to get through such a discouraging world. When you have a one of those Monday’s or face a situation in your life that is breathtaking, always remember to keep your head pointed to Heaven and look to Jesus for His peace and direction. Jesus Loves you and wants the best for you.

 

John 16:33 (NKJV)

33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)

31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Standing in Line with the crowd

John 8 (NIV)

but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

–>THINK ABOUT IT.

We have all sinned and fallen short from God’s Glory (Romans 3:23). We have all made mistakes, and things that have set us back in Life. Jesus came to give us Life, and brought us forgiveness of our sins.

One thing that I believe most people miss about this passage is what is seen in verse 4, “Teacher this woman was caught in the act of adultery”, “Caught in the Act”. How was she caught in the act unless those that caught her, were in line? We are quick to look to the fault of others, forgetting our own faults, mistakes, failures and sins.

A very valid point that Jesus is making here when he says, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her”. You see, this point with my point of view with the men who “caught her in the act” does make perfect since. (Of course, it made perfect since before as well.)

We, too many times want to be quick to kick someone else why they are down, grab the first stone we see, and shoot and ask questions later. Consider this, Jesus came as a redeemer for our sins, all of our sins. Anyone who would believe in Him and live for him. I AM, a Whosoever, and so are you.

Before you go out picking up stones, do as Jesus did. Jesus stood with her through this time, encouraged her, showing her forgiveness, and telling her in verse 11 “Go now and leave your life of sin”. When someone you know has fallen, pick them up and work to encourage them restoring them in Faith, share the hope of Jesus with someone today.

Blessings~
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

 

Romans 3:23 (KJV)

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Matthew 7:1-5 (NKJV)

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 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? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Galatians 6:1 (NKJV)

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

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,

 

God is Love

Love is a very beautiful and interesting thing, there are many scriptures on LOVE. One thing we know from scripture that GOD is LOVE. How amazing is it that we have a Heavenly Father that Loved us so much that He paved a path for redemption. While we were lost, dying and on our way to Hell, God gave us His son as a sacrifice for our sins. The one and only way to gain eternal life.

This past Wednesday night I challenged our discipleship class and encouraged them to think deep past the normal on this Love that God has shown us. God’s Love is a vital part of our relationship with Him. Not only has God showed us Love, He has commanded us as Christians to also Love, just as He has loved us.

Of course this is hard to do at times, and you will always have those people that will be harder to love than others, however we have to push past us and love as God would desire us to.

God’s Love is an amazing thing! And something to cherish and to reflect to everyone we come into contact with.

Think about, How do you Love?
What kind of reflection have you been for Jesus?

I encourage you to continue your study on “LOVE” and God’s complete Love for each one of us. Always Remember that God is Love.

Blessings~
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV)

13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

1 Peter 4:8 (NKJV)

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

1 John 4:7 (NKJV)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

Some Thoughts on the Woman’s March

Over this past weekend, Thousands to Millions of woman marched for Women’s Right. The Presidential Inauguration on Friday (January 20, 2017).

This is a bit confusing to me, what rights they are worried about. One thing that I see many folks with signs for is “My Body, My Choice”… if that’s the right you are looking for, marching the streets of cities all over America will not give you that “right”.

And if you think, “My Body, My Choice”… well YOUR WRONG!

Truth it, it isn’t even “your” body. It is actually on loan to you by God to do His work. Many women believe that they can just go out and get pregnant and then go and have an abortion just as its a “normal” doctors appointment. What they are not taking into account is the precious life, the gift, that is given through a new baby. This “fetus” as you would call it is actually a Baby, a baby with a heart beat that starts pumping blood as early as 6 weeks into the pregnancy.

You can march all you want, down any street that you want, MAN cannot give you a right that God did not give you. That Body of yours does not belong to you, neither does that unborn child, you “choose” to become pregnant with.

No matter how you look at it, or what Man’s Law states Abortion is Murder, and murder is sin, and sin separates you from God.

If you want a choice, make your choice before you lay in that bed.. The marching, is wasting your time, instead you should be praying.

There are many women out there who will, share there testimony with you, that abortion is not the way to go. Many women who have had abortions before they have came to a personal relationship with Jesus, and who now in the understanding of God’s Word, know that abortion is not the way. Find a TRUE, relationship with Jesus, through FAITH you can walk through this journey.

I encourage you, study God’s Word, and find understanding in Him, Faith in Him, Forgiveness in Him, and Love in Him…

Blessings~
Pastor Jonathan Pannell

 

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
    before you were born I set you apart

Leviticus 17:11 (KJV)

11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

Psalm 127:3 (NKJV)

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Psalm 139:13 (NKJV)

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.

Exodus 20:13 (NKJV)

13 “You shall not murder.

Deuteronomy 5:17 (NKJV)

17 ‘You shall not murder.

1 John 1:9 (NIV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Building the House!

What a Great Day it is to be a Child of the King!
Today, I wanted to write but to do things a bit differently than normal. Below is a message I shared with our church. This message is in my passion to see Emmanuel succeed for many generations to come. This is for all, but mostly for leaders and those that inspire to become leaders. I never want a leader to loose there passion for ministry, there Zeal or there commitment to God for His Kingdom.

Truth is, we can ALWAYS do better…Strive Harder…And Reach Farther…

A true leader, a true servant to the Lord is a person that is so humble that they will desire for there ministry area would be greater than self desires…

For example, If God WAS TO call another pastor to the church, I did say, WAS TO and IF GOD.. so Calm down… (hypothetically speaking) If God sent us another pastor, my role to God and HIS ministry is to move over… That must be the mindset that we all have, we must be so humble that we are aware that this isn’t about US but ALL about HIM. In my journey with God, I want to do MY BEST for HIM.

We have done a fantastic job with this over the years past, and I want this to always be our Goal.. “LESS OF ME, MORE OF YOU” With that, God will see your passion…

Check out the message to the church today, Be Blessed! And Look Forward to another AWESOME year at ECN!

Pastor Jonathan

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Good Morning Church:
I must say that 17 days into this New Year and God is doing great works at our church. This is going to be an incredible year for ECN! Through visitors, lives being touch and the ministry outreach, God is opening up doors for us to minister to many new people.
I wanted to clue you all in on some works in progress. My goal is to always look at areas of the church to where we can improve and be better servants for our Lord. This is in or physical campus such as renovations you have seen take place and in our ministry areas such as ministries including Sunday School, Teen Ministry, Women’s Ministry and the upcoming development of a men’s ministry area.
I have recently began to email some of our leaders in various areas, this will be over a several week process one after the other. Basically in a “one-on-one” mentality. My goal is to see how I as the pastor can better assist them in growing there ministry. And to ensure that our leaders being trained and equipped for there position.
I want to keep the passion for ministry alive and for us not to ever grow stagnant in any area that we all serve. We have a great church, that is growing and I believe God wants to do great things through, and it’s my job to protect it and prepare people that can help us do our best for the Kingdom.
One thing I have in the works is the development of a Men’s Ministry area. This is important, as men will be accountable for there households and have a huge responsibility given by God. I do believe that this area is much needed. Please look for this announcement in the weeks to come.
We also are getting closer to adding two mobile units to the church campus, this will give us more flexibility in classroom space along with needed room for operating Emily’s House and our Community Food Pantry.

On a last note this morning, I want to stress the importance of Sunday School. This is an area that gives great opportunity for you to have a in depth study into God’s Word. I really want to encourage you all to make Sunday School and especially to bring your children for Sunday School. As Sunday School grows you will also see an additional growth in worship…

Focus on Him as He is Focused on You!
Blessings-
Pastor

 

Luke 16:10 (NKJV)

10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.

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.

Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Matthew 20:25-28 (NKJV)

25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”