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Jul 06

60 Days To Go!!

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

In approximately 60 days, our 7th book in the Give God the Glory! series will be released to the general and Christian marketplaces in 59 countries across the globe.  In anticipation and to generate more interest, the retail price has been cut in half, to just $10.00, through September 6, 2010.  Here is an overview of what’s to come and the press release that has been distributed globally, beginning today:

July 6, 2010 – Clarksville, Maryland U.S.A. – The Give God the Glory! book series, by multiple-award winning and best-selling Christian author Kevin Wayne Johnson, continues to expand around the world. With sixty days before the anticipated scheduled release to the general and Christian marketplaces on September 7, 2010, to 59 countries around the globe, ‘The Power in the Local Church will be available at a discounted pre-publication price of $10.00.

‘The Power in the Local Church’ is summarized as follows: Part I – What is the Church? – establishes that the local church is revealed in Matthew 16:18 and cannot be destroyed by anyone who   chooses to come against its message or existence.  Part II – What is My Role in the Local Church? – examines the critical importance of reconciling others to Christ as His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). These actions are manifested through service to others and understanding our specific roles within the confines of the local church.  Part III – How Do I Glorify God by Fulfilling My Role in the Local Church? – is accomplished through our good works, togetherness (unity), and by “staying in your lane” through the twenty spiritual gifts that God gives us to compliment, in lieu of compete, other gifts within the Body of Christ and in the local church.

Book #7 in the Give God the Glory! series of books and devotionals

Religion/Christian Living/Spirituality/Family/Relationships

ISBN: 978-0-9705902-5-1

Trade Hardback / 235 pages / Edited by: Hallagen Ink c/o Tanya Brockett

Retail Price: $19.95 U.S. / $20.97 Canada / £12.73 UK / €14.66 Euro

Dimension: 5.5” x 8.5”

This new release will be available in print, Amazon.com (The Kindle), Print-on-Demand (POD) and electronic book (e-book) formats. 

About the Founder & Author:

A native of Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A., Pastor Johnson lives in Clarksville, Maryland, with his wife and three sons.  He founded Writing for the Lord Ministries in 2000 and is the author of the Give God the Glory! book series, winner of 17 literary / media awards, since 2001.  These include the 2010 International Best Books Award Finalist (Religion: Christianity), USA Book News, 2009 National Best Books Award Finalist (Religion: Christianity), USA Book News, 2008 Books&Authors.Net Award for Literary Excellence, and the 2006 & 2007 Christian  Publisher of the Year, Book Expo America, African-American Pavilion.  Johnson’s radio and television show – Give God the Glory! – has aired on VoiceAmerica.com and BlackTVOnLine.com, respectively, from 2004 to 2007, reaching a global audience.  When he is not writing, Johnson and his family are active members of Celebration Church, Columbia, Maryland, where he serves as Pastor of Ministry, President of the WIN (Bible) Institute, and in other various leadership positions.  Johnson also serves as Secretary, National Association of the Church of God (Anderson, IN) Men’s Ministry and as an adjunct professor at the National Bible College and Seminary World Outreach Center, Fort Washington, Maryland.  He attests everyday that God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things!

The Give God the Glory! series of books and devotionals are distributed throughout the U.S.A., Canada, and internationally by STL Distribution of  North America – www.stl-distribution.com, INGRAM, Baker & Taylor, Black Christian Book Distributors, LLC – www.BlackCBC.com, and 11 other strategic distribution partners globally. In 2010, selected books in this series are available in the FALAM, NGAWN, BURMESE, and RUSSIAN languages.

Get on board and get your copies today!

www.writingforthelord.com

Jun 16

Universal Father’s Week

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

In the United States, we set-aside this coming Sunday to celebrate the rich heritage of FATHERHOOD.  Father’s Day recognizes the importance and critical roles of millions of dads.  Across the globe, father’s are being honored throughout this entire week.

Several years ago, my fourth book in the Give God the Glory! series [The Godly Family Life] featured an entire section on the role of fathers.  Below is an excerpt for you to mediate on this week leading up to Sunday:

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

 (Ephesians 6:4 KJV)

From an historical perspective, man established a special a day to acknowledge and recognize the “role” of fatherhood.  This day, of all days, fathers are to be celebrated.  This is a fairly new phenomenon in today’s culture relative to timing.  Here is the story of Father’s Day:

Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington, first proposed the idea of a “father’s day” in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd’s mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child.  Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.
 The first Father’s Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington. At about the same time in various towns and cities across American other people were beginning to celebrate a “father’s day.” In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’s Day. Finally in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.

Father’s Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all honored on Father’s Day. God’s perspective is quite different.  He created man is His image, after His likeness, and gave him (man) dominion over all the earth (Genesis 1:26).  He did not stop there.  God inspected all that He had made and declared it was very good (Genesis 1:31).  Throughout The Holy Bible, there are over nine hundred references to father and four other variations.  Father, a noun, derives from the Greek word – patēr – meaning “a nourisher, protector, and upholder.”  This word, in its singular form, is used 963 times.  Other forms of this word include:

 fathers – 522 times,
 father’s – 146 times,
 fathers’ – 10 times, and
 fatherless – 41times.

Additionally, there are 254 references to the Heavenly Father (God Almighty) throughout the Scriptures.  Fatherhood, then, is an awesome role, responsibility, and duty in the overall plan of God for mankind. 
While we applaud man’s attempts to acknowledge fathers’ on a special day, God has already ordained the role of fatherhood.  A man’s role in this regard is much more significant than society realizes or can comprehend.  To this end, Part I will repeatedly emphasize what the Apostle Peter preached to the Council in the Books of Acts, “…we ought to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29).”  If we follow God’s Word, we cannot help but succeed in our homes, work places, schools, and churches.

www.writingforthelord.org

 

Jun 07

Make It a Great Day!

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

In the book of Psalms, chapter 118 and verse 24, God’s Word says:

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

What a delight that we can enjoy another wonderful day.  Why? The Lord made it!  On this first Monday in the new month of June, let’s make it a great day.  Why? Simply put, because the Lord made it…

Allow everyone within your sphere of influence know that you are rejoiceful today because of what the Lord has done.

www.writingforthelord.com

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!

www.writingforthelord.org

 

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.

www.writingforthelord.org

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.

www.writingforthelord.com

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.

www.writingforthelord.com

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!!

www.writingforthelord.com

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!

www.writingforthelord.org

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??