Dr. Jerry Pence

Into the Storm

Into the Storm

Here is an article written by Jimmy Tomlin of the HP Enterprise on Pastor Jonathan and his trip to Puerto Rico during Hurricane Irma. When Hurricane Irma makes her presence known in High Point this week, one local man will be seeing the storm for the second time....
A Thorough Cleaning

A Thorough Cleaning

I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. (Ezek. 36:25) I SUFFERED A STROKE Thanksgiving morning, 2014, while driving to Denver to celebrate the holiday with our children and grandchildren. I missed out on turkey and pumpkin pie, but I...
What’s Wrong with Your Heart?

What’s Wrong with Your Heart?

I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. (Jer. 31:33) WHILE WALKING MY DOGS ONE MORNING, I met an elderly man with a Coton de Tulear, a rare dog breed. Coton is French for cotton. Since one of my dogs is also a Coton, I struck up a conversation...
Ironclad Promises

Ironclad Promises

I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. (Jer. 31:31) THE FOLLOWING STORY is strange but true. Several years ago, a prisoner filed a lawsuit for 235,000 dollars against a couple he had held hostage. The prisoner, Jesse Dimmick,...
Fret Not

Fret Not

Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong. (Ps. 37:1) LIVING IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE makes for interesting winters. Our social and working activities may be determined by what the weather is doing. We watch the evening weather report and...
Jesus Knocking

Jesus Knocking

I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (Rev. 3:20) THE FAMILIAR PAINTING Christ at Heart’s Door by Warner Sallman is an artist’s interpretation of Revelation 3:20. This...
God’s grace

God’s grace

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Eph. 2:8) VOLUNTEERING PUTS A WHOLE NEW SPIN on life after working for a paycheck for so many years. Volunteers’ “pay” is the gratification...
Paying it forward

Paying it forward

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8) PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRIES involve women knitting or crocheting prayer shawls for hurting people. These people may be physically, mentally, or emotionally...
Acknowledge your sin

Acknowledge your sin

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom. 3:23) A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD BOY, raised in an abusive family, reached out and stabbed a boy he did not know on the playground. The aggressor stabbed the boy several times, and he died. This was a cry for help from...
Children of God

Children of God

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12) WE, AS CHILDREN, do not choose which family we are born or adopted into; God does. An adopted cousin of mine had made contact with her birth mother...
​Zip Codes 22901-22908: Charlottesville, Virginia

​Zip Codes 22901-22908: Charlottesville, Virginia

Reverend Tony Schiavone is the lead pastor of Cornerstone Community Church (CCC), Charlottesville, Virginia, where he, his wife, Joy, and their four children ages 7 to 15, call home. On August 12, violence in Charlottesville received national attention. White...
​”She’s 4 Years Old, and Wishes She was White”

​”She’s 4 Years Old, and Wishes She was White”

“I think God ran out of white, so that’s why he made me brown. I wish that I was white.” I will never forget those words spoken earlier this year by a little 4-year-old girl who has stolen our hearts. As I read about the sad events in Virginia on...
Never beyond redemption

Never beyond redemption

How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. (Ps. 36:7)   The permanent restraining order hearing had begun. The accused man, represented by no one, sat slouched at the defendant’s table, displaying...
​Transitions Call for Inner Strength

​Transitions Call for Inner Strength

There was a day when my husband and I came to an understanding that God was releasing us from local church ministry. In a turn of events, we moved to Budapest, Hungary, to serve with Global Partners in Europe. I remember being marked by this thought from a devotional...
Immigrant Connection Shadowing Experience

Immigrant Connection Shadowing Experience

Immigration Connection site shadowing has proven to be the the fastest and most cost effective way to move people radically forward toward offering this community transforming ministry for immigrants in a local church. -David Drury Founding Board member of The...
​Grieving Loss and Welcoming Grace

​Grieving Loss and Welcoming Grace

Slowly, my freedoms have begun to fall away, one by one. I can no longer exercise, drive, be alone with my children, eat, walk or even get out of bed unassisted. In the last six years, I have encountered numerous challenges: entered into recovery from an eating...
Faith ownership

Faith ownership

We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world. (John 4:42) The young expectant Dad nodded politely as his mentor told him how drastically his life and perspective would...
​College Transition is Not an Isolated Event

​College Transition is Not an Isolated Event

College transition for most students involves many other people – their parents, siblings, extended family members, friends, church communities. Following are tips prepared by our Wesleyan education institutions to make transitioning to college a success for everyone....
Unshackled

Unshackled

Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” (John 4:39) a church IN DENVER occasionally records the testimonies of its members to encourage people in their faith. During...
Crucial conversations

Crucial conversations

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.” (John 4:17) ALLISON INTRODUCED HERSELF to the divorce recovery group as a “two-time loser.” She was now going through her second divorce after a stormy ten years of marriage....
​Wesleyans Gather for Prayer, Post-Charlottesville

​Wesleyans Gather for Prayer, Post-Charlottesville

… if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV). On Monday, August 14, just two days...
The big reveal

The big reveal

Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds? (John 4:12) There is a popular TV show where the CEOs of large companies pose as new entry-level employees then enter into the...
SWU, Central and Pickens County Host Eclipse Event

SWU, Central and Pickens County Host Eclipse Event

An event is coming August 21 that is unlikely to repeat itself in our lifetime, and Southern Wesleyan University will offer one of the best spots on the planet to experience it. On that day, North America will experience a total solar eclipse, but only those within a...