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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.

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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.

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May 23

Question?

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Uncategorized

As I enter into another summer, I realize it is a time of reflection.  To date, 2010 has been phenominal.  I’ve earned my 17th literary award for the Give God the Glory! book series, took my next step in ministry as the new Pastor of Ministry at my local church effective on 1 May, and feel a deeper conviction for more service as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

My question for you is…are you fulfilling your purpose? How do you know? Think about it before you answer.

Blessings!

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May 17

The Church

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Uncategorized

As you may know by now, the next book in the Give God the Glory! series is subtitled “The Power in the Local Church.” It is scheduled to be released to general and Christian marketplace worldwide over the Labor Day weekend.  In parallel with my efforts to complete this book by the end of this month, my pastor is teaching a series titled “Go To Church.”  God’s timing is phenominal as we both learn and grow from this rich experience.

Below is a brief excerpt from the upcoming book.  As always, your comments are welcomed:

 

I love the church and what is represents.  To me, the church is a place of  comfort where, joy, peace, tranquility, rest, and contentment permeates the atmosphere. Over the years, the church has consistently and repeatedly provided an untarnished sense of pure power that is inconceivable to describe.

Power is referenced throughout the Scriptures 242 times!  Its first reference is transcribed in Genesis 31:6 (KJV) – “And ye know that with all my power I have served your father,” and concludes in Revelation 20:6 (KJV) – “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” In the former verse, ‘power’ refers to ability. In the latter verse, there is comfort in knowing that the second death, reserved for the unjust, has no power in the life of the believer.

Church is referenced throughout the Scriptures 80 times! The Greek word for ‘church’ is ekklesia, meaning “called out ones.” Its first reference can be found in Matthew 16:18 (The Message) – “Jesus came back, “God bless you, Simon, son of Jonah! You didn’t get that answer out of books or from teachers. My Father in heaven, God himself, let you in on this secret of who I really am. And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out. The last mention in the Scriptures is located at Revelation 3:14 (NLT) – “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning[a] of God’s new creation:” In both instances, the church represents a gathering place of believers who worship, celebrate, and praise the Lord corporately. Although I have served as an active member and ministry leader in three denominations – African Methodist Episcopal Zion, Pentecostal, and Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) – since my salvation experience in 1993, the common theme throughout each of these dynamic local churches is that Jesus is Lord! There is power in that name.

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May 11

Remembrance of Mother’s Day

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Uncategorized

Mother’s Day is now behind us although we should celebrate it everyday.

This past weekend, our family drove 4 hours one-way to spend the day (Sunday) with my mother-in-law (Granny).  Why? Because my wife wants to see her mom each Mother’s Day for as long as she is alive. The drive is equivalent to 240 miles.  She lived with us while in New Jersey, when our 3 boys were babies and toddlers.  Without her, we could not have made it.

We met her at church.  Services began at 11am (EST) and we arrived at 11:10am (EST), almost on time. During service, Pastor Ward invited me to come forward and pray for the offering. This was his way of acknowledging our commitment to see Granny. After church, we stood in line for an hour at the local Red Lobster’s restaurant in Lynchburg, VA, Granny’s favorite.  After our meal, we visited Aunt Delrio, Granny’s sister, and my wife’s favorite aunt.  We finally left the area at 5pm (EST) and arrived back home at 9:30pm (EST).

Clearly, we love out mother’s.  Driving 5oo-plus miles in one day is no easy task.  Waiting in line for an hour awaiting a table for lunch is equally painful.  However, seeing Granny’s smile was worth the trip!  We will do it again?  Sure will!  Can’t wait until Mother’s Day, 2011.

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May 06

National Day of Prayer!

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Uncategorized

Today, we celebrate the National Day of Prayer. It is a time that we choose to recognize and acknowledge our Heavenly Father through open communication and, by faith, anticipating the manifestation and answer to our prayers.

God’s Word teaches us to “pray without ceasing” – 1 Thes 5:17.  Thus, there are several ‘types’ of prayers with various meanings.  These include:

1. Confession – see Luke 15:11-24

2. Praise – see Matthew 6:9

3. Thanksgiving- see Luke 17:11-19

4. Petition – see Matthew 7:7-12

5. Intercession – see John 17:9 and :20-21

6. Commitment – see Matthew 6:10

7. Forgiveness – see Matthew 6:12

8. Confidence – see Matthew 6:5-15

9. Benediction – see Jude 24

As you celebrate this day, take the time to pray one for another and for situations that need correction and assistance.  Tonight, as I lead a community of worshippers at St. Johns Baptist Church in Columbia, MD, I will be mindful of the significance of this day.  It is may prayer that people within my sphere of influence will enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth and the life.

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Apr 26

A wonderful reunion!

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Uncategorized

This past weekend, my family and I enjoyed a wonderful three-day weekend with our college friends and fellow alumni in Richmond, Virginia.  Together, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Commonwealth University African-American Alumni Council’s Farewell/Fellowship Breakfast.  It is the culmination of multiple activities from Friday morning to Sunday morning.

During the annual fellowship/farewell breakfast, we sing praise songs, pray together, enjoy an excellent meal, hear the Word from one of the dynamic preachers (classmates) amongst us, and celebrate the lives of those alumni who died since we last met one year earlier.  It is truly a meaningful event for all who regularly attend.

This year, our guest preacher, oneof my fraternity line brothers from 1979, shared a moving message about getting to know Jesus.  From the book of Luke, chapter 23, Minister spoke from his heart about how God changed his life from a womanizer to a man of God with a divine call on his life.  He reminded us that Jesus died for us according to God’s plan.  Throughout the 23rd chapter of Luke, we read in the scripture there was a man who died “in” his sins, another died “to” his sins, and ultimately Jesus died “for” our sins.  In the end, one of the sinners recognize that indeed Jesus was the Son of God.

Get to know Him today. He is the truth, the way and the life and is awaiting on you to call upon His name so that you can be saved (Romans 10:9-13).

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May 05

Salvation – 15 years!

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Uncategorized

May 2, 2008

Following the lead of our pastor in 1993, my wife and I prayed the ‘Prayer of Salvation‘ fifteen years ago today.

 
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
– Romans 10:9-13 (KJV)
 
It has been a blessing to serve the Lord willingly over the years.  As many of you already know, it is my passion to share God’s Word with those within my sphere of influence  – using the gifts that were freely given to me.  To this end, the Give God the Glory! e-newsletter is one of the many tools at Writing for the Lord Ministries that we use to Give God the Glory.  I pray that you choose to serve Him uncompromisingly during our short time on earth.  I also pray that you may prosper, be in good health, even as your soul prospers (3 John 2).

 
Enjoy God’s blessings!
 

Let me know your thoughts!

 

Oct 26

Our Families

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Uncategorized

I wrote my fourth book in the Give God the Glory! series 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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Oct 09

Pastor Appreciation Month

By Kevin Wayne Johnson | Uncategorized

I often think about the 3 pastors who have been instrumental in my life since I confessed Jesus as my Lord and Saviour on May 2, 1993.  They are:1.                   Episcopal Pastor John A. Cherry, From the Heart Church Ministries, Temple Hills, MD (1993 – 1997 & 2003 – 2005),2.                   Pastor Patricia Webster, Shiloh Pentecostal Church, Inc., Christian Love Center, Somerville, NJ (1998 – 2003), and3.                   Pastor Robert S. Davis, Jr. (Robbie), Celebration Church, Columbia, MD (2005 to present).These ministries are/were impeccable, either through their preaching or lifestyles (or both). This is the month dedicated to the appreciation of our beloved pastors.  They work diligently on behalf of those with whom they have been entrusted, by God, to shepherd.  I believe that all pastors have a strong desire in their hearts for members of their respective congregations to come to know the simplicity of God’s Word.  To this end, carefully consider how you respond to these five questions: 1.         Will you spread the good news of Jesus Christ to at least 10 people this year, and each year, for the rest of your life? 2.         God is dependent upon each of us to spread the good news of Jesus Christ in the earth.  Can He depend on you to do your part? 3.         The Prayer of Salvation is simple and available to everyone.  Will you encourage someone with prayer?  (Romans 10:9; 13) 4.         What will you do today to help those who have a desire to know God? 5.         As Christ’s representative in the earth, are you an effective witness?(1Corinthians 3:23; 2 Corinthians 5:20)    

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