Mar 28

A Significant Day: Palm Sunday

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

It can be hard to keep track of the many religious holidays. For Christians, Easter – the day Jesus is said to have risen from the dead – is preceded by several worship-worthy events. There’s Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Palm Sunday, which is coming up this weekend.

Although we don’t know the date of the actual event, Palm Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday before Easter. Also called Passion Sunday, it commemorates Jesus entering Jerusalem for his anointment as King.  The story goes that Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem on that auspicious day with leaves from date palm trees – a common tree in Jerusalem, which symbolized victory. Palm leaves were laid down like a red carpet for Jesus, riding on a donkey, to pass over, and waved as fans.

That’s why it’s called Palm Sunday. And if you celebrate this day, you know that palm leaves are typically given out during Palm Sunday services. Some keep the palms, braiding them and using them as sacred decorations in their homes.  The biblical account can be found in the New Testament in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19.

Bless you today!

***See Lifescience.com, for more information, from which the above mention was extracted.

Mar 09

Small Press Month

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

In the literary world, March is designated as ‘small press month.’  Now in its 13th year, it is a fantastic month to get started on your book project(s) that you have longed to write, publish, distribute, market, promote, and publicize through the publishing industry.

During this month, there is a heightened awareness surrounding the outstanding contributions of the small, independent, and self-publishers that work diligently in this industry.  We publish great works that are loaded with tremendous insights and messages to a plethora of readers that crave to read good books. In 2005, close to 80% of all published books were published by small and independent publishers.  Step out on faith and write something that uplifts, encourages, and inspires, while praising God from whom all blessings flow.

Feb 08

Reflections on Black History Month

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

I celebrate black history, and our individual and collective accomplishments, daily.  Meanwhile, we live in a country that typically only acknowledges our wonderful achievements during the shortest month of the year – February.  What an insult.

In the midst of horrid conditions and unfair rules that were slanted in favor of the majority population of this country, black men and women of note perservered, by faith, to utilize their spiritual gifts, abilities, talents, and knowledge to make America a better place for all mankind. In essence, there were living out what Jesus taught in His sermon ‘On the Mount:’

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 KJV

For their bravery, they are to be commended!  See many of their inventions and recorded dates below:

Air Conditioning Unit Frederick M. Jones July 12, 1949
Almanac Benjamin Banneker Approx. 1791
Auto Cut-Off Switch Granville T. Woods January 1, 1839
Auto Fishing Devise G. Cook May 30, 1899
Automatic Gear Shift Richard Spikes February 28, 1932
Baby Buggy W. H. Richardson June 18, 1899
Bicycle Frame L.R. Johnson October 10, 1899
Biscuit Cutter A.P. Ashbourne November 30, 1875
Blood Plasma Bag Charles Drew Approx. 1945
Cellular Phone Henry T. Sampson July 6, 1971
Chamber Commode T. Elkins January 3, 1897
Clothes Dryer G.T. Sampson June 6, 1862
Curtain Rod S.R. Scratton November 30, 1889
Curtain Rod Support William S. Grant August 4, 1896
Door Stop O. Dorsey December 10, 1878
Dust Pan Lawrence P. Ray August 3, 1897
Egg Beater Willie Johnson February 5, 1884
Electric Lampbulb Lewis Latimer March 21, 1882
Elevator Alexander Miles October 11, 1867
Eye Protector P. Johnson November 2, 1880
Fire Escape Ladder J.W. Winters May 7, 1878
Folding Bed L.C. Bailey July 18, 1899
Folding Chair Brody & Surgwar June 11, 1889
Fountain Pen W.B. Purvis January 7, 1890
Furniture Caster O.A. Fisher 1878
Gas Mask Garrett Morgan October 13, 1914
Golf Tee T. Grant December 12, 1899
Guitar Robert F. Flemming, Jr. March 3, 1886
Hair Brush Lydia O. Newman November 15, 18–
Hand Stamp Walter B. Purvis February 27, 1883
Horse Shoe J. Ricks March 30, 1885
Ice Cream Scooper A.L. Cralle  February 2, 1897
Improv. Sugar Making Norbet Rillieux December 10, 1846
Insect-Destroyer Gun A.C. Richard February 28, 1899
Ironing Board Sarah Boone December 30, 1887
Key Chain F.J. Loudin January 9, 1894
Lantern Michael c. Harvey August 19, 1884
Lawn Mower L.A. Burr May 19, 1889
Lemon Squeezer J. Thomas White December 8, 1893
Lock W.A. Martin July 23, 18–
Lubricating Cup Ellijah McCoy November 15, 1895
Lunch Pail James Robinson 1887
Mail Box  Paul L. Downing October 27, 1891
Mop Thomas W. Stewart June 11, 1893
Motor Federick M. Jones June 27, 1939
Peanut Butter George Washington Carver 1896
Pencil Sharpener J.L. Love November 23, 1897
Record Player Arm Joseph Hunger Dickenson January 8, 1819
Refrigerator  J. Standard June 14, 1891
Riding Saddles W.D., Davis Ocotber 6, 1895
Rolling Pin John W. Reed 1864
Shampoo Headrest C.O. Bailiff October 11, 1898
Spark Plug Edmond Berger February 2, 1839
Stethoscope Imhotep Ancient Egypt
Stove T.A. Carrington July 25, 1876
Straightening Comb Madam C.J. Walker Approx. 1905
Street Sweeper Charles B. Brooks March 17, 1890
Phone Transmitter Granville T. Woods December 2, 1884
Thermostat Control Frederick M. Jones February 23, 1960
Traffic Light  Garrett Morgan November 20, 1923
Tricycle M.A. Cherry May 6, 1886
Typewriter Burridge & Marshman April 7, 1885

Wow…with God, nothing is impossible!  Reflect on black history everyday because it lasts more than just 28 days per year.  It is quite meaningful to know our history!

Source: http://www.black-collegian.com/african/inventions605.shtml

Jan 18

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

In honor and recognition of Dr. King’s 81st birthday over this weekend, we collectively celebrate the life of this wonderful man.  At the age of 19, just prior to his ordination as a minister, he stated publicly “I have an inner urge to serve mankind.”

As the United States, and the world, acknowledges his great work, while giving God the glory, let’s remember Dr. King through the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 7:12 – The Golden Rule – “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.  Although his life ended at the tender age of 39, his memory lives on forever.  Why? Because he understood his higher calling – to serve mankind.

Dec 21

World Peace Day/Winter Solstice

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

In the spirit of my December 10th blog, symbolizing the importance of PEACE, the entire world celebrates its benefits today, the 21st of December.

Peace is referenced in The Holy Bible 405  times! One of the key verses references Jesus’ teaching on the subject:

“Peace I leave with you, may 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 KJV

Allow peace to abide in you during this wonderful season of the year!  You”ll be glad that you did.

Dec 10

The Promise of PEACE

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

Today is an historic day.  The Nobel Peace prize will be presented to this year’s recipient – President Barack Obama – our 44th President of the United States.

On this day in 1964, another young man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., traveled to Oslo, Norway, to accept this prestigious prize for his wonderful work to promote peace in the midst of the nastiest climate in recent memory.  As a 19-year old, Dr. King acknowledged publicly that “I have an inner urge to serve humanity.” God elevated his platform so that the world could see his work on behalf of others.

During President Obama’s campaign, prior to his inauguration, he echoed repeatedly, “This is not about me.”  I earnestly believe that the millions of people (me included) that voted for him recognized his sincerity, and urgency, for change.  While Mr. President noted that his work to date is not necessarily worthy of the Nobel Peace prize, those who voted for him to win the prize have been moved by God to elevate his platform at this time in world history. Truly, there is not a better time to recognize this year’s recipient following the extremely poor performance of this country’s 43rd President, particularly as it relates to foreign policy and declined relations.

Jesus is the prince of peace.  The two are inseparable. Paul left the church at Corinth with a powerful exhortation after spending quality time with them correcting many of the behaviors and mannerisms that kept them at odds with one another and their failure to consistently practice Christian principles:

Finally, brethen, farewll. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” – 2 Corinthians 13:11

Let today’s ceremony move you to live peaceably with all men and women.  Start today.

Nov 23

Family and Bible Week

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

Today, November 22nd, marks the beginning of two significant and unique milestones: National Bible Week and National Family Week.

They are both significant in that our Heavenly Father has ordained the family unit as an institution created to bring the utmost fulfillment and enjoyment for a man and a woman.  Further, the Bible, our ultimate roadmap for a successful natural and Christian life on earth, specifically addresses EVERY concern, issue, situation, circumstance and/or dilemna that will ever come our way as well as how to solve problems and make decisions.

Due to Abram’s obedience to God, all families are blessed for all generations.  This represents a covenant between God and Abraham.

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. – Genesis 12:1-3 KJV

Along with blessing of the family unit, God left us his written Word – The B-I-B-L-E: Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. The Bible is the inherent Word of God and is intended for our growth, development and maturity as Christian men and women.  It always provides the answer to all of our questions about this life and what it means to have purpose and spiritual gifts to make this world a much better place – using the common theme of LOVE throughout.

Take heed of your family and Bible this week through prayer, reflection, meditation and thought.  When you do, you will realize just how blessed you are!

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Nov 13

Kindness – Do Your Part

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

Friday the 13th!  Normally, a scary proposition.  Hollywood distributes movies that glorify death and darkness on this day.  Millions flock to see them.  But…this week has been designated as WORLD KINDNESS WEEK and today, the 13th, is officially WORLD KINDNESS DAY.

Kindness is simply a having a friendly attitude toward others.  It is manifested through Jesus’ lesson titled ‘The Golden Rule’:

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 7:12

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” – Luke 6:31

Today, and everyday, let’s CHOOSE to carryout God’s mandate to love one another through the gift of kindness.  As Christian men and women, based upon God’s Word, we represent the characteristics of God is the midst of this lost and dying world. A small demonstration of love could impact someone’s life immeasurably.

“For all the law if fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” – Galatians 5:14

Do your part today: Be kind.  Bless you for doing so.

Nov 07

How Do You Communicate?

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

Let all things be done decently and in order.” – 1 Corinthians 14:40

In cooperation with the International Society of Friendship and Good Will, the world (this is a global coalition) is about to conclude what is affectionately known as WORLD COMMUNICATION WEEK, the 1st of November through the 7th.

I am personally reminded about Paul’s teaching to the church at Ephesus:

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” – Ephesians 4:29

During this specific exhortation, Paul had recently explained the purpose of the perfecting gifts in the church – “…some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers“… (verse 11) and urges us to put off the old man and to add the new man, through the renewing of our minds, as a result of our Christian experience (salvation).  Similarly, Paul had taught the Romans to renew their minds with the Word of God (verse 23 confirms Paul message in Romans 12:2) and the manifestation of this renewal SHOULD result in new and improved communications.

Hence, make it a point to communicate positive, uplifting and energizing words to others.  Build up one another (edify) so that IT (what is being communicated) may minister grace to those that hear your words.

You’ll be surprised at the power of a simple “hello,” “good morning,” or “how are you today.”  Let’s represent our Heavenly Father well!  Watch your communication.

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