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Mar 19

Forgiveness

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

Yesterday was designated “Forgive Mom and Dad Day” in the U.S.

Although I do not know its origin, I do realize that the act of forgiveness is a powerful prescription for the release of unwanted pain and misery.  Tomorrow is the beginning of another Spring season. It symbolizes a fresh beginning, newness of life, longer days with warmer weather.

Let go of the past…live for the present. Forgive those who may have caused harm in your life and move forward.

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Feb 17

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

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

Most people probably do not know, but this week is designated as “National Random Acts of Kindness” week in the United States. Specifically, today, February 17th, is “Random Acts of Kindness Day.”

As we collectiely celebrate Black History Month, I am mindful of two quotes from two distinguished African-Americans who helped to shape this world through their acts of kindness:

Wilma Rudolph, Olympic champion – “No matter what great things you accomplish, somebody helps you,” and

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.”

Your act of kindness can go a long way today. At the root of your kind acts, be mindful that service to others brings the ultimate joy and fulfillment in life.  Be blessed today.

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Jan 17

From 1968 to 2011 – Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Today, our country celebrates a federal holiday set-aside for the only minister of the gospel: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His response to his call into the ministry, at age 19, is what led to his prominence in the civil rights struggle in the United States and, ultimately, the world.  A hero amongst heros, Dr. King’s legacy still motivates me to read through his 221-page photobiography, review the Life magazine images, and glance at the Ebony magazine biography to vividly remember all of his heroics from decades ago. This past Friday, while at work, I again listened to the “I Have a Dream” speech in its entirety. 

Four short days after his untimely death on April 4, 1968, Mrs. Coretta Scott King publicly whispered these encouraging words to the nation:

“I would challenge you today to see that his spirit never dies and that we will go forward from this experience, which to me represents the crucifixion, on toward the resurrection and redemption of his spirit. We must carry on…”

I reflect upon and study the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. regularly throughout the year. God blessed him with wisdom beyond his years and I remain captivated by his courage in the face of extreme injustice(s). On this day, we will teach our three sons about humility and service as we tour the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC, to reflect upon his Godly leadership, character, persistence, courage, and faith.

I love you Dr. King and all of your service for humanity. Continue to rest in peace.  Your dream remains alive!!

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Dec 18

The Significance of December 25th

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

As we begin another new week, and soon close out another wonderful year, the entire world slows down to reflect upon the significance of the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  Believers and non-believers alike celebrate this momumental moment in history.

The “gospel,” also referred to as the good news, is summarized in one New Testament scripture.  It captures the essence of this celebratory time of the year that billions of people observe and appreciate.  It is found at 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).

The facts, scripturally, that support Christ’s resurrection are unparalleled. As you move into this season of rest, relaxation, and restoration, please remember the significance of December 25th – the time of the year that we celebrate Jesus. He is the reason for this season.

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Dec 03

Well Done LeBron!

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

As a sports fanatic, last evening I was torn between which game to watch on television:

1. Cavaliers vs. Heat (Pro basketball)

2. Eagles vs. Texans (Pro football), or

3. Arizona vs. Arizona State (College football).

I chose #1 above and glad that I did. That game taught a good message, that I shared with my three sons, if you allowed God to minister as you carefully observed.

LeBron James, a member of the Miami Heat who is arguably pro basketball’s best player and a guaranteed hall-of-famer, is a 25-year old professional athlete who had to endure 3 hours of belligerent, hostile, unruly, and child-like berating from an audience of largely adult on-lookers that paid approximately $125 per ticket.  All of this nonsense because LeBron changed employers, from Cleveland to Miami, this past summer.  The sheer number of professional athletes that have changed employers during their careers is staggering, to include Wayne Gretzski (hockey hall of famer), Bret Favre (future football hall of famer), Shaq O’Neal (future basketball hall of famer), and Ted Williams (baseball hall of famer), just to name a few whose names most people recognize. There are countless more and all were much older than 25 years of age at the time and none received the type of backlash that was levied toward LeBron.  He simply exercised his rights, as millions of people do each year, to change employers.  Nothing more…nothing less. On a personal note, I’ve changed employers eight or nine times during my 27-year career.

In response to the non-sensical Cleveland Cavalier fans, LeBron quietly scored 38 points last evening as he led his new team to a 20-plus point victory and humbly addressed the media after the game with his usual poise, character,professionalism and self confidence.  Well done LeBron! I, and many others, am very proud of you.

1 Corinthians 13:11 teaches us:

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought as I child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” (NIV)

Cleveland Cavaliers should look to this 25-year old as one who has put childish things in his past.  I told my sons that I would never embarass them by acting like those fans did last night.  This morning, they should feel as foolish as they looked on television last night.  Lebron has moved on, why don’t you!?!  He has expressed no amimosity toward you.  He simply changed employers as I’m sure each of you has done, or will do,  during your respective careers.

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Nov 20

Children’s Day

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

Today is Children’s Day and what an outstanding opportunity to celebrate God’s gift to humanity. I am always excited about the enthusiasm and optimism that children display.  Below, I will share the introduction that I wrote for my fourth book in the Give God the Glory! series back in 2005. I welcome you thoughts.

I write this book at a time in history when the family is under attack at an unprecedented rate. 

The first-ever rating of prime television’s portrayal of fatherhood was in 1999. It concluded that few fathers are to be found on prime-time television and those that are, usually are portrayed as incompetent or detached.  Of the 102 shows originally reviewed, only 15, or 14.7%, featured a father who has children under the age of eighteen as a recurring central character.  This study, conducted by the National Fatherhood Initiative, reviewed prime-time television on the five major networks from mid-November through mid-December, 1998. 

With each generation, a myriad of facts reveal the deterioration of the family unit.  Its current state is in a crisis mode, but has society considered what God has to say about it?  A Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973 – Roe vs. Wade – is partly attributable to the more than 40 million abortions performed in America since that time.  That decision ruled that the right to personal property includes abortion. The USA Today newspaper ran a cover story on the front page on May 2, 2005 titled, “The Changing Politics of Abortion.”  The essence of the story centered on how political leaders voted relative to abortion rights – Is it or is it not legal to abort a child?  Up to forty-five percent of Republican lawmakers polled agree that abortion is legal in a few circumstances.  However, the middle verse of The Holy Bible teaches us that “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8). 

U.S. News & World Report featured a special report on May 24, 2004, “The Rise of the Gay Family,” highlighting that more and more American children are growing up with same-sex parents.  Although this was not a cover story in this issue, its contents were spread prominently throughout five pages, and labeled as a “special” report, garnering as much attention as the cover story of the week.  In the August 2004 issue of The Vine, an Upper Marlboro, Maryland-based Christian newspaper, the cover story highlighted the anniversary of homosexual Bishop Vicki Gene Robinson’s confirmation hearing.  He was the first openly reported homosexual bishop in the Episcopal Church USA.  Also, reportedly, there are 40,000 new HIV infections each year. 

Lastly, 24 million children (34 percent) live absent their biological father and these children are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married (biological or adoptive) parents.  How has this affected you personally? What happened? 

God’s plan for the family is so important that He references family or families in The Holy Bible 285 times!  Moreover, references to father, mother, and child, and their variations, are found 963, 325, and 1,957 times, respectively!  In the first book of The Holy Bible, God reveals unto Abram “…in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12: 1-3). 

So why has the world disregarded God’s instructions pertaining to the family?  I wanted to know why, so I studied, researched, prayed, observed, listened, read extensively, traveled, and wrote.  This is book #4 in the Give God the Glory! series of books and devotionals.  Let’s explore, together, what God’s plan was, and still is, for His family.

Together, let’s Give God the Glory!

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Oct 31

National Forgiveness Day

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

Yesterday, October 30th, was National Forgiveness Day. Forgiveness is the most powerful act that releases the burdens that we are prone to carry.

It is the pardoning or the excusing of a wrong (Matthew 6:12; 14:15). It is the cancelling of a debt.  It is giving up a claim for revenge or resentment. To forgive is to trust others as if the wrong is forgotten. It includes a new start in attitudes and actions (John 8:11).

How easy or difficult is it for you to forgive? To be forgiven? Forgiving others opens us to receive forgiveness from God. Jesus forgave sins (Mark 2:5) and encourages us to forgive each other the same way (Colossians 3:13 and Matthew 18:22-35).

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