Monthly Archives: May 2014

Growing Season

DSCN1449You may be like me and have been busy getting your garden ready to plant for the growing season. It’s kind of amazing how much work needs to be done ahead of time. Depending on how you are getting started determines a lot on how much work and the time you need to be ready for growing and then harvesting. Now you know I’m not going to be talking about gardening only but I’m hoping to relate this whole process to our spiritual growth as believers in Jesus Christ.

I haven’t been a gardener all my life, in fact it’s only been about ten years since I’ve gotten really involved in it. The decision to start a garden came out of a desire to have some fresh produce and to save some money. Maybe the challenge of growing a garden and having less lawn to cut played a part in it too but I don’t think I got very philosophical about it, my parents gardened for as long as I can remember and I figured I would give it a try too. When I got started I was surprised by all the work that needed to be done to get to the point where I was happy with my garden! First I had to decide where I wanted the garden and how large it would be. It took a lot longer to get the ground ready, I had to use the roto-tiller to break up the ground. Oh, I thought that was going to be no problem. NOT, it was hard work. The turf was thick grass and deep roots. The previous owners had put in a special grass that produces thick root systems to keep out weeds. Good for a nice lawn, bad for making a garden.

I haven’t been a Christian all my life. I came to know Jesus as LORD when I was in my twenties. At first I thought it would be easy. I had gone to church with my parents, I had been to services, bible classes, I even took communion on Sundays, and I thought I knew how to do this. Surprise, surprise the struggle was on from the moment I said yes to Jesus. My friends thought I was nuts. My parents thought I had rejected them and their parenting skills, my siblings thought I was just on a new fad. The friends made it hard, I had to break up some old ground with them. I had to change some of the things I use to do that I learned would hinder my growth as a believer in Jesus Christ.

Life as you know has a lot of “roots” in it. Like the roots in the turf of my garden I had to break it up and remove the clumps of turf. I couldn’t leave those clumps there, they would have re-rooted and started growing again. I found that some of the things I did, things I read, music I listened to, people I associated with, all had to be evaluated, then removed as needed, to make sure I could succeed in this new way of life. This was HARD work, I didn’t want to do it but I knew that it had to be done. Like a garden if you know you have sin, rebellion, and unbelief in your life, it can re-root and choke out your faith. Jesus shared this principle in the parable of the Sower in the Gospel of Matthew 13: 22-23.

The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing.  But as for the seed sown on good soil, this is the person who hears the word and understands. He bears fruit, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.”

So you can see seed grown among thorns which can be a lot of things in our life do have a choking effect on our spiritual life and growth. But seed grown in good soil which means we are taking steps to be a good garden of the mind, body, and spirit, has an excellent place to grow and to produce a great harvest.

Gardening doesn’t just start with breaking up the ground. Next you have to check the soil condition and adjust it as needed, then plant your seeds and plants at the right time, then water,weed, and feed them until harvest time. Spiritual growth is very similar. It was exciting to start my garden but it didn’t end there. I prepared the soil with some peat moss and fertilizer. It was exciting to be a young believer, I met new friends, heard great teaching, went to awesome conferences, went on retreats. I would read my bible, study it daily, pray and worship. I couldn’t get enough of God’s Word. I was growing in amazing ways of understanding God’s Word, my faith in him, and learning to love others. It was exciting to grow.

Not all growing seasons are the same but growth is the key word here. We have to cultivate a spiritual growth in Jesus Christ based on His principals not ours or the world’s. It’s not by doing good works, it’s by grace in Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross. His forgiveness of our sins, not our abilities to try and make things right. There is all kinds of soil out there that His seed falls on but only that “good” soil lets that seed grow in such a way as to produce an abundant harvest.

Cultivate a garden in your body, mind, and spirit that is ready for God’s seed. Faith in Jesus Christ is not a temporary thing it’s for a life time, your season of life.

Your brother in Jesus,

Giovanni Soto



I have always loved the story of Charles Blondin, the acrobat who performed on a tight rope.  He would walk across the tightrope with seemingly no fear.  He once carried a small stove and made an omelet for himself while on the tight rope. There was a performance one night and the royal family was in attendance.  It was in September of 1860.  Charles took a wheelbarrow and went back and forth across the tightrope.  He stopped and asked the Prince of Wales if he believed that he could carry a man safely across the tightrope in the wheelbarrow.  The Prince of Wales said “yes” he did believe that it could be done.  Charles then asked the Prince of Wales to get in the wheelbarrow.  The Prince declined his invitation and also requested that Mr. Blondin never ask again.

This story is amusing.  I laugh every time I hear it because it is one thing to say that you believe in someone and it is another to trust that person with your life.  The Prince of Wales had enough common sense and God given wisdom not to trust this dare devil with his life.  He made the right decision.

The Bible tells us that God is not a man that he should lie.  We are human and we all fall short and even on our best day we miss the mark.  We slip and fall.  I am thankful that God is there to catch me every time.  

Many people have trouble trusting others.  I get that.  I understand that.  We have all been disappointed when we find that someone we thought we could trust has let us down, but we must all remember that we too have not always been found to be trust worthy.  I am thankful that God is not a man and he does not lie and he can be trusted completely.  

I always tell my young adults the story of how I told the girl at Popeyes not to put the biscuit in my bag.  She asked me “why” and I said “because I can’t be trusted with the biscuit” and she laughed hysterically.  It’s sad that I can’t trust others but even more sobering to know that sometimes I can’t even trust myself.  That is why I am so thankful that there is someone I can trust completely.  I can trust God.  I can trust him with my life.  I do trust him with my life.  I trust that he will carry me and will not let me fall.  He has my best interest at heart.

I believe that many people have trust issues because they have been wounded or betrayed. They have trusted someone with their secrets or their money or their heart and have been disappointed.  I want you to know that you can trust God with your secrets, your money, your heart and your very life.  He is faithful.  He proved his love when He gave His own son to die and become the sacrifice for our sin.

Someone asked me once why I trusted God and this is my answer:

I trust God with my life because He gave His own life.  

I love you all,

Pastor Pam Bonner-Kacys

The Devil IS a Believer

There are two very interesting things about the devil that Christians have a difficult time believing. The first is that the devil believes in God and the second is that he knows the Bible. The truth is that he can probably quote more Bible Scripture than many who are actually true followers of Christ. I don’t say this to condemn anyone. I say this to challenge us all because it is obviously much more important to love, honor and follow Christ than to just “believe” that God exists. There is also no blessing or benefit to being able to quote Scripture if we do not live in obedience to God’s Word. Still, you must admit it’s a bit shocking to hear that the devil is a “believer”

Truth ShallThe one thing that angers me about the devil is that he is such a liar. He is called “the father of lies” (John 8:44) and everything he says is a lie. The devil is a liar and there is no truth found in him. The thing that I hate even worse than being lied to is being lied to by someone who knows the truth. This is exactly what the devil does. He absolutely knows the truth but he doesn’t want you and I to know or believe the truth. He knows there is a God. He knows there is a Heaven and a hell. He knows that God is all powerful and that he is the healer. He certainly doesn’t have a revelation of truth, however, he does have “information” and is aware of the truth.

It causes me great embarrassment to think of the many times I believed his terrible lies. I once believed that God didn’t love me. I once believed that God could not heal me or help me. The devil lied to me and yet he himself is a believer. He knows what he is telling me is a lie. He lies maliciously and with intent to deceive and harm people. I am so thankful that through study of God’s Word I received a revelation of his love for me and I now KNOW the truth.

If the devil did not believe that it is God’s will to save, heal, deliver and bless he would not go to such great lengths to try to deceive us. It is because he does know about God’s great love for us. If he did not believe in the power of prayer he would not try to keep you from praying. He knows that prayer works.

The question is not whether or not the devil is a believer, the question is whether or not you and I truly believe God’s Word is true. Do we believe that God loves us? Do we believe that He has our best interest at heart? Do we believe that there is a Heaven to gain and a hell to avoid?

I told my brother not long ago that I do not believe that many who claim the name of Christ truly believe there really is a Heaven and a hell. The reason I believe this is because IF we really believed that Heaven and hell were real wouldn’t we live differently? I believe we would do everything we could to make sure everyone we knew heard the gospel message. We would be careful to keep the commands of God with joy.

The story below is something I read long ago. I’m pretty certain it isn’t a true story, however, you will surely find it amusing.

We must choose to believe God’s Word is all truth and He is love and reject the lies of the enemy.

I love you all……
Pastor Pam Bonner-Kacys


In a small Texas town, a local bar began construction on a new building to increase their business. The local Baptist church started a campaign to block the bar from opening and called special nightly intercessory prayer meetings.

Shortly before the bar opened it was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.

The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means (praying against them). The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building’s demise in its reply to the court.

As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork. At the hearing he commented, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to decide this, but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and a Pastor and an entire church congregation that does not.’