Category Archives for "Spirituality"

Jan 02

Keep It S-I-M-P-L-E in the New Year

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Christianity , Religion , Spirituality

Our family theme for 2008 is “SIMPLIFY.” In early December 2007, I told my wife that the Johnson family will focus and aim to simplify our lives in 2008. That means eliminating activities, emails, places and things that do not aid us in achieving our ultimate family goal: Giving God the glory that He desires and richly deserves!

The act of simplication is extracted from Genesis 1:1-5, The Spiritual Principle of Organization. It is one of the seven spiritual principles taught by Pastor John A. Cherry, From the Heart Church Ministries, Temple Hills, Maryland. Being organized simplifies our lives. I learned these seven principles over 12 years ago, applied them to my life, and have watched them work over and over again.

Our 2008 family theme is so appropriate at a time like this because publishing is a tough business. It is very competitive and driven by $ales, $ales and more $ales. Being focused and keeping things SIMPLE is a distinguishing characteristic that gets overlooked by most. On this past Sunday morning, December 30th, I heard three comforting messages from three of America’s most watched pastors:
(1) Dr. Creflo Dollar reminded me that Jesus always spoke the truth, although it was not popular, and to follow Jesus requires sacrifice,
(2) Dr. Robert Schuller reminded me about the awesomeness of miracles, and
(3) Joel Olsteen provided an inspirational message about how to deal with critics and undeserved criticism.

From each of the messages above (about 15 to 30 minutes in duration each), they confirmed that it is time to allow God to do a new thing in my life and ministry. – hence, SIMPLIFY.

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
– Isaiah 43:19 (KJV)

Dec 26

Merry Christmas

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Christianity , Religion , Spirituality

Merry Christmas today!  As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I also think of why He was born.

He was born to die.  In His death, it is proven through God’s Word that He arose.  When Jesus rose from His grave site, it is symbolic of us being able to rise above the situations and circumstances that hinder us.  Hence, as Christians who believe that Jesus is Lord, we can rise and eliminate from our lives all of the following:

Low self-esteem,

Sickness & disease,

Sorrow,

Loneliness,

Affliction,

Poverty,

Nastiness,

Unkindness, and

Selfishness.

Aren’y you delighted that Jesus was born?  Celebrate Him during this advent season and know that He is the reason for this time of the year.

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