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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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Apr 22

Earth Day

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

Today, millions of people will celebrate “Earth Day,” being mindful 0f our vast natural resources and utilizing multiple strategies to attempt to preserve them.

God’s word teaches us that “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; and they that dwell therein.” – Psalm 24:1

Simply put, we are to recognize and acknowledge that God created ALL things, including this earth, as well as its inhabitants (us). He owns it, but we are His trusted stewarts. To this end, we will be held accountable based upon how we choose to cultivate, care, and provide for where we live and how we live.

As you celebrate today, remember to treat yourself, others, as well as this earth, in a manner that is worthy of glorifying God in heaven.  Afterall, we are His represents in the earth.

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Apr 16

The Joy of Serving Others

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

The gift of writing a best-selling book series – Give God the Glory! – has developed into something much bigger over the past seven years: Serving others. The Apostle Paul taught this simple, yet effective, principle to the saints at Philippi:

 ”Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

(Philippians 2:4 – NIV).

His service was also personified through four mission journeys throughout Asia Minor and Macedonia as he established several local churches, encouraged their growth and development through epistles, and mentored young pastors.

Looking at Paul’s life, particularly after his conversion on Damascus Road, I marvel at how God uses ordinary folks to accomplish extraordinary things by the orchestration of the Holy Spirit.  That said, “writing for the lord” for the past seven years has led me down a phenomenal path that has broadened into an unprecedented number of opportunities, both locally and internationally.  Amongst them include preaching at selected churches several times per year upon request, teaching at numerous writers conferences, receiving annual royalties from the copyright clearance center, earning 16 literary awards for literary excellence, generating global sales, translation of selected books into foreign languages, cultivating great relationships with publishing industry professionals, enjoying  the fulfillment that comes in response to the call upon my life, and moving toward e-books as a viable alternative to print books only.

Given the new wave of technological advances across the industry, and the soon-to-be transition from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0, it is incumbent upon authors, writers, and publishers to keep pace with today’s consumer.  Smart authors/publishers will heed the three key market dynamics shaping today’s book-buying behavior. For example, did you know that e-book sales increased 50% in the past year?

1. The economy and the resulting decline of book purchasing.  Book buyers as a percentage of the U.S. population dropped below 50% for the first time ever 2008.

2. Reading’s competition for our leisure time with the ever-growing choices available. Last year, online activities even surpassed television viewing as the No. 1 leisure activity among American adults, who now spend on average more than 15 hours per week online. Reading books comes in at a paltry 5.5 hours per week.

3. The migration of product formats.  E-book sales are sharply increasing as hardcover, paperback, and mass market sales are all down.  The Amazon Kindle Store includes more than 440,000 books, the Sony e-Reader offers users access to more than 1,000,000 e-books, and Barnes and Noble Nook offers more than 1,000,000 titles.  Further, at the end of 2009, Amazon.com announced that its Kindle e-readers had become the most gifted item in Amazon’s history.  On its peak day of the holiday season (December 14, 2009), Amazon customers ordered more than 9.5 million item worldwide – a record-breaking 110 items per second.

I serve others through shared knowledge of industry trends.  Take advantage today and advance your publishing program to new levels!!

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Apr 12

Mentoring Our Men

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

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

Philippians 2:4 (KJV)

The leadership team of the National Association of the Church of God Men’s Ministry spent this past weekend in St. Louis, MO at the New Cote Brilliante Church of God for our first quarterly men’s rally. I serve as National Secretary and along with my distinguished brethen on the leadership team, we shared our mission and vision to eradicate the current trend in which 7 out of 10 boys and girls go to bed each night without a daddy in the home.  To achieve our goal in closing this devastating and evil occurrence, we are traveling the country to 4 key regions – midwest (St. Louis), northeast (New York), south (Orlando), and west (Los Angeles) – in 2010 to partner with several local churches and to solicit their help.

This past weekend, five local churches were represented at our first men’s rally. Simply put, we shared information about how to create and maintain a successful men’s ministry, principles of mentoring, and strategies to capture our 19-25 year old young men (this age group historically gets forgotten relative to nurturing, encouragement, and Godly inspiration).

The five local churches represented at the men’s rally will send the national leadership team their respective action plans within 30 days.  Upon review and approval of these plans, we would have successfully moved closer to our goal: To save the next generation of God’s children…

For more information about our work, go to www.nationalmen.org.

Enjoy God’s blessings!

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Apr 04

A Worldwide Celebration: Easter

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

This weekend, the entire world is celebrating the birth, life, crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. In a nutshell, the gospel of Jesus Christ is captured in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4:

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” (KJV)

We celebrate the life of Jesus for the following reasons:

(1) He is love: 1 John 4:7-8

“Beloved, let us love one another: For love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

(2) He came to seek and to save those who are lost: Luke 19:10

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

(3) He came to save mankind: Romans 10:13

For whosoever shall call upon the name Lord shall be saved.”

(4) He came to forgive us for our sins: 1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

If you do not have a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, call upon Him today.  All it takes is a simple request; Not a long-winded story, testimony, or explanation.  He desperately wants to call you His child and demonstrate to you that He is the way, the truth, and the life ( John 14:6).  What better time than now??

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.