Monthly Archives: May 2010

May 30

Trust God

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christianity , Religion , Spirituality

As we enter into the final weekend of May 2010, I think often about how quickly this year is moving and how God is strategically positioning us for our ‘next step’ in this life.

“I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before Him.”

Ecclesiastes 3:14 (KJV)

God predetermines the events and conditions of our lives.  In doing so, we trust that His motives are in our best interest. Therefore, it is encumbent upon us to trust Him in all phases of our lives.  Our purpose in the earth, along with our spiritual gifts, exist so that we learn to trust Him as He leads, guides, and directs us along the way.

Today, we celebrate our Lord Jesus Christ through the divine ordinance of communion.  As a congregation of people that love the Lord, we have an opportunity to examine ourselves and where we stand as Christian men and women. As I partake today, I will have the follow Scripture upon my heart:

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

James 1:17 (KVJ)

Trust God today.  He loves you too much to let you down!

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May 23

Question?

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Uncategorized

As I enter into another summer, I realize it is a time of reflection.  To date, 2010 has been phenominal.  I’ve earned my 17th literary award for the Give God the Glory! book series, took my next step in ministry as the new Pastor of Ministry at my local church effective on 1 May, and feel a deeper conviction for more service as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

My question for you is…are you fulfilling your purpose? How do you know? Think about it before you answer.

Blessings!

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May 17

The Church

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Uncategorized

As you may know by now, the next book in the Give God the Glory! series is subtitled “The Power in the Local Church.” It is scheduled to be released to general and Christian marketplace worldwide over the Labor Day weekend.  In parallel with my efforts to complete this book by the end of this month, my pastor is teaching a series titled “Go To Church.”  God’s timing is phenominal as we both learn and grow from this rich experience.

Below is a brief excerpt from the upcoming book.  As always, your comments are welcomed:

 

I love the church and what is represents.  To me, the church is a place of  comfort where, joy, peace, tranquility, rest, and contentment permeates the atmosphere. Over the years, the church has consistently and repeatedly provided an untarnished sense of pure power that is inconceivable to describe.

Power is referenced throughout the Scriptures 242 times!  Its first reference is transcribed in Genesis 31:6 (KJV) – “And ye know that with all my power I have served your father,” and concludes in Revelation 20:6 (KJV) – “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” In the former verse, ‘power’ refers to ability. In the latter verse, there is comfort in knowing that the second death, reserved for the unjust, has no power in the life of the believer.

Church is referenced throughout the Scriptures 80 times! The Greek word for ‘church’ is ekklesia, meaning “called out ones.” Its first reference can be found in Matthew 16:18 (The Message) – “Jesus came back, “God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out. The last mention in the Scriptures is located at Revelation 3:14 (NLT) – “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning[a] of God’s new creation:” In both instances, the church represents a gathering place of believers who worship, celebrate, and praise the Lord corporately. Although I have served as an active member and ministry leader in three denominations – African Methodist Episcopal Zion, Pentecostal, and Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) – since my salvation experience in 1993, the common theme throughout each of these dynamic local churches is that Jesus is Lord! There is power in that name.

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May 11

Remembrance of Mother’s Day

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Uncategorized

Mother’s Day is now behind us although we should celebrate it everyday.

This past weekend, our family drove 4 hours one-way to spend the day (Sunday) with my mother-in-law (Granny).  Why? Because my wife wants to see her mom each Mother’s Day for as long as she is alive. The drive is equivalent to 240 miles.  She lived with us while in New Jersey, when our 3 boys were babies and toddlers.  Without her, we could not have made it.

We met her at church.  Services began at 11am (EST) and we arrived at 11:10am (EST), almost on time. During service, Pastor Ward invited me to come forward and pray for the offering. This was his way of acknowledging our commitment to see Granny. After church, we stood in line for an hour at the local Red Lobster’s restaurant in Lynchburg, VA, Granny’s favorite.  After our meal, we visited Aunt Delrio, Granny’s sister, and my wife’s favorite aunt.  We finally left the area at 5pm (EST) and arrived back home at 9:30pm (EST).

Clearly, we love out mother’s.  Driving 5oo-plus miles in one day is no easy task.  Waiting in line for an hour awaiting a table for lunch is equally painful.  However, seeing Granny’s smile was worth the trip!  We will do it again?  Sure will!  Can’t wait until Mother’s Day, 2011.

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May 06

National Day of Prayer!

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Uncategorized

Today, we celebrate the National Day of Prayer. It is a time that we choose to recognize and acknowledge our Heavenly Father through open communication and, by faith, anticipating the manifestation and answer to our prayers.

God’s Word teaches us to “pray without ceasing” – 1 Thes 5:17.  Thus, there are several ‘types’ of prayers with various meanings.  These include:

1. Confession – see Luke 15:11-24

2. Praise – see Matthew 6:9

3. Thanksgiving- see Luke 17:11-19

4. Petition – see Matthew 7:7-12

5. Intercession – see John 17:9 and :20-21

6. Commitment – see Matthew 6:10

7. Forgiveness – see Matthew 6:12

8. Confidence – see Matthew 6:5-15

9. Benediction – see Jude 24

As you celebrate this day, take the time to pray one for another and for situations that need correction and assistance.  Tonight, as I lead a community of worshippers at St. Johns Baptist Church in Columbia, MD, I will be mindful of the significance of this day.  It is may prayer that people within my sphere of influence will enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth and the life.

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May 02

May – The Month of Peace

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christianity , Religion , Spirituality

Without question, Christianity offers something that most people in the world seek daily: PEACE.  The major drug companies sell in excess of $10 billion in pharmaceutical drugs annually.  It is perceived that these deadly drugs relax, calm, and decompress the body and state of mind for both adults and children.  In reality, they don’t.  The human element perpetually creates environments that cause stress, worry, and anxiety through competition, workplace politics, educational barriers, and our unconscious attempts to “keep up with the Jones’” (whoever they are!) .  It is a never-ending cycle throughout this world, in every country.

Our Heavenly Father, however, in His triune nature is the very source of PEACE. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7

Jesus, the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6) taught His disciples a life changing message about peace – “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27

Through the Holy Spirit, peace is the evidence that we are walking and living according to the Scriptures: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.” – Galatians 5:22

As we move into another month, look to God, and not ourselves, to live peaceable among our neighbors, families, co-workers, bosses, friends, and even strangers.  The value of peace in our lives is immeasurable and the health benefits are tremendous.  As I always teach, put God first and foremost in your life.  He is the only way to obtain true peace.

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May 01

Honestly

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Authors , Books , Christianity , Religion , Spirituality

Tonight, I am writing from Memphis, TN.  April 30th was celebrated throughout the day as “National Honesty Day” in the U.S. It is a little-known designation for this date.

I am in Memphis because I was scheduled as one of the featured authors and speakers for the annual Memphis Black Writer’s Conference.  Unfortunately, it was abruptly cancelled a couple of weeks ago for a lack of sponsors. I had already given my word that I would appear for an event at one of my favorite bookstores on Saturday and that would remain as the guest preacher at Journey Christian Church on Sunday.  God has prepared me to preach a Word to a targeted audience, so I must show up for the assignment.  I must display honesty. 

Our Daily Bread reminds us that “Honesty Day would be a good time to review the value of this trait according to God’s Word. Honesty is not as easy as it seems – but we please God by striving for it.”

Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.”

– Proverbs 12:22

This weekend, I celebrate 17 years as a Christian on May 2nd. It’s a message that I have been assigned to deliver to the people in Memphis.  People who trust God’s Word should be people whose word can be trusted.

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