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PUPPY LOVE

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I was at a flea market and came by a booth that was selling puppies. They were cute little things in variegated colors and shapes. Some were actively sparring and wrestling. Some were sleeping, even while being stepped on by their siblings.

The lady at the booth had cupped one in her hand and was kissing its tiny head. I said, “God’s creatures, great and small.” She said, “Yes, they’re my babies and I love them.”

I walked away with this impression. What if God is taking the same tender delight in us, his tiny creatures? What if God has a case of puppy love toward us and he simply desires to cuddle us and kiss our little noggins?

What if God actually found us dear and darling rather than seeing us as a pile of stale, dirty, unwashed laundry? What if God could look past our poop and see us as cute?

We know from scripture that God is very serious about sin. But He is even more serious about caring for the creatures he has conceived. The puppies were going for $200 each. But our loving Savior Jesus really splurged, and paid quite a lot more for us. He did it because he found us precious. Perhaps he was overcome with puppy love.

Steven C. Johnson

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PROTOCOL FOR ENTRY

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

Esther before King Ahasuerus. Fransesco Fontebasso, National Trust.

Is there a protocol for entering the Lord’s presence?

Tell us what you think!

If we were to visit with the President an aide would inform us of the timing of activities, where we will be walking in and moving to, and the process of greeting and speaking. And if we are petitioning for action on a matter we typically thank the President and then honor the President as we begin.

“Thank you, Mr. President, for your interest in the infrastructure of our highways. We honor you for your attentiveness to the safety of our citizens and the durability and longevity of our roads and bridges.”

There are times when we dial heaven’s 911 hotline and say without formality, “Lord, I’m in a crisis. Help, now!” The Lord is gracious and understands our pounding hearts looking for relief. But typically, there is a protocol for entering the King’s courts, even for Sons and Daughters, which involves thanksgiving and praise.

Psalms 100:4 says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Thanks and praise properly stages our entrance, helping us be grateful for the benefits we have received, and appreciative for the person who has brought those benefits.

When someone shares a gift with us we all know to be thankful, but we don’t always remember to “praise” or esteem the giver. A friend gives a gift. The first response is “Thanks you, kindly!” But our second response may be of praise.

“You are so thoughtful! You remembered my husband died a year ago. These were his favorite flowers!”

“You are so creative! Wow, to think of the time and skillful energy you put into this gift!”

“You are so generous! This is such a precious and valuable gift!”

 

SUGGESTIONS FOR ENTERING OUR HEAVENLY FRIENDS’ PRESENCE:

 

THANKS                               PRAISE

For safety                                I feel so secure with you as my protector!
For healing                             You are a compassionate physician!
For help in trouble                You are such an attentive comforter!
For solutions to problems    You are a river of wisdom!
For food and clothing           You are a caring provider!
For beauty                              You are so artfully creative!
For joy                                     Your love endures forever!
For abundant blessings        You are so generous!

“Give thanks to the Lord,     For his love endures forever.”

How wonderful that communion with God is just a breath away!                      

How do you enter in with Thanks and Praise?

Steven C Johnson

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A VISION OF PASSOVER BLOOD

Posted by on Mar 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Pam and I were in bed preparing for sleep. She had beaten me to the pillow. I was reading a book with a light beside me. I put the book down and looked across the room to the door and ceiling. Then I had a vision.

I saw an old clay bowl full of blood. Then a leafy branch was being dipped into it. The bloody branch painted the door jams and lentil. As I was seeing this vision I assumed Pam had fallen asleep. Then she began to pray, “Lord, may You take the blood and put it upon our doorpost.“ Pretty remarkable! The experience left an impression.

“Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning.”  Ex 12:22

God told Israel to put the blood on the doorposts. Keeping it in a bowl was not enough. The angel of death would need to see the blood applied on the posts in order to pass over.

       We apply ointment to aching muscles.

       We apply math formulas to build.

       We apply action to diet and exercise plans.

       The blood applied makes all the difference!

We should meditate daily on the Passion and Victory of our Lord! Pam and I have been sharing communion daily. I touch our home’s door frames and affirm the covering of our Lord’s blood. Do you have ways to remind yourselves of Christ’s atoning blood?

In my early days as a believer many preachers talked about the blood of the Lord Jesus. In recent decades we hear less of our ruby-red hope. Of course, if you wish to study the potency of Christ’s blood there is a treasury of Scripture. Here are a few clips from Hebrews for your fortification.

Heb 9:11-14 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Heb 10:19-22 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Heb 12:24 …to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

Heb 13:12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.

Heb 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep,equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

May His Spirit show us what applications to make today of His cleansing, protective, life-giving blood so we may rest safe and secure in Yeshua!!!

Tell us how you make applications of our Savior’s vibrant life-giving blood.

Steven C Johnson

Landingstripenterprises.com

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Listen to “Leveraging Crimson” an affirmation of the Blood of Jesus from an earlier post HERE. 

JUDO AND THE CORONAVIRUS

Posted by on Mar 26, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How can we leverage Covid-19? Some investors are making lots of money by investing in services and products used in treatments, or by capitalizing on the fears of others. But what can we as Christians do to leverage the Coronavirus for the King and His Kingdom?

               The coronavirus has brought us:

     Genuine sickness and death – and the threat of more

     Financial loss – and the threat of more

     Isolation and loneliness – and the threat of more

“The threat of more” the past couple weeks has been the fearmonger’s paradise.  Heaven’s intent is that the threat be transformed into “the promise of more!” We have been given authority and power to leverage fearful threats for good.

Social distancing may protect us from disease but it does not cure fear. In fact, being mindful of social distancing is an opportunity for fear to go viral.

Judo uses the energy of the attacker to our advantage. What if, using our spiritual Judo skills, we absolutely magnified, as much as we could, the possibility that we and our families could all get sick and die? What if we pulled that fear toward us, took a side step, and pulled that fear, tripping past us, into Jesus’ refining fire? Toasted fears! The same move could be used with other “threats of more.”

One strategy to overcome fear is to try to minimize. Another is to magnify the fears as valid and send them on to Jesus for His judgement. What if we told the fearmongers, “You can’t possibly know how really bad it could become! And, you simply can’t imagine how Jesus’ consuming fire disintegrates those monstrous fears!”

When fearsome threats come we don’t deny them. We leverage their energy and send them on for Heaven’s judgement! By doing so we end up:

     Healthy and vigorous – with the promise of more!

     Financially strong – with the promise of more!

     Socially connected – with the promise of more!

What Biblical martial arts moves do you make when “the threat of more” comes menacing?

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.com

 

CORONAVIRUS CONVERSATION CONNECTIONS

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’ve been talking to our neighbors over the fences, and at a respectable distance at the front door or at the grocery. We’ve done phone calls with friends and texting of Corona jokes. We picked up some groceries for an elderly neighbor and for fun mowed the front yard of another neighbor.

What are you doing with your time? What kind of conversations are you having? Find something in this list of conversations which may take you beyond Corona and weather talk. What a great time to work on relationships from other angles!

How are your love, joy and peace levels during this time?

What do you do to keep your faith strong?

Do you have financial concerns? 

If you have more on your plate than you know how to handle, what help or resources could you use?

What are your favorite Coronavirus jokes?

If you have more time available how are you using it?

Is it time to start a new business or retool for other work?

Are you studying a subject or reading things you’ve hoped to get to?

Are you getting rest?

What is your prayer focus?

Are you getting connections with family?

How do you handle isolation? Do you get cabin fever? Can you get out for a walk?

What friends, old and new, can you reach out to?

Do you check in with your neighbors?

What lessons are you learning? Who would benefit from those lessons?

Do you have a plan to come out of this stronger than ever?

Are you watching too much news or just enough?

Are you laughing, singing and dancing enough?

What questions or statements do you use to get connections going in a Covid 19 environment?

Steve Johnson

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JESUS DEFIES QUARANTINE!

Posted by on Mar 23, 2020 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Jesus “broke” the quarantine rules of the day, but got away with it!

According to Moses, lepers were to be isolated outside the camp. No one got close to lepers. It was revolting and unthinkable. If you accidently came in contact with a leper there were all sorts of religious cleansings you were obligated to observe. But Jesus touched the leper and got away with it, because as soon as he touched him the leper was a leper no more.

 

Only the closest of family were to touch dead bodies.If you touched a dead body there were rituals of cleansing and sacrifice to follow. But Jesus got away with it, because when he touched the dead they came to life.

 

To be touched by a woman with an issue of blood was to be defiled. There were rituals to follow in order to be cleansed. But Jesus was touched by a woman unclean because of a persistent bleeding problem. Yes, he was touched and would have been contaminated according to the law, but the woman who touched Him was no longer defiled.

 

The Covid 19 virus would not have been diagnosed in Jesus’ day. One thing we know is that people were brought to Jesus with all kinds of diseases, including the corona viruses of the day. Jesus was not afraid of become defiled and contaminated. When the sick touched Jesus they “contracted” Jesus’ vitalizing health!

There is a day when Jesus will walk through the graveyards. He will not be contaminated by doing this because the dead will rise!  Jesus did not actually break or degrade Moses’ law by breaking quarantine. He transcended and superseded it  with a superior covenant of love and power!

Today non-Christians don’t think of bringing their sick to a church for prayer. They know most Christians are powerless to help. It will not always be that way. The Church is laying hold of the “greater things!”

I am not suggesting you expose yourself to people defiled by Covid 19. Unless, of course, you possess Jesus’ revitalizing health to bring the cure.

Acts 5:15 “As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid

them on beds and mats so that at least

Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.“

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Are we to be satisfied with the present state of the Church’s power or are we to go up to new levels? 

Stretching with you for greater things!

Steven C Johnson

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FEARLESS: THE “I AM WITH YOU” PRINCIPLE

Posted by on Mar 12, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’m collecting people’s responses to the question:

“How do you deal with fear?”

Let us know how you overcome!

There is a truth so dominate in the Scripture that it is repeated dozens of times. It is the sometimes forgotten but not-so-secret reality which flattens fear with courage. It is the “I am with you”principle.

We may give many suggestions for overcoming fear but this one crowns them all; the awareness and knowledge that our mighty, wise and loving Lord is with us!

There is no fear of a band of bullies when a cloud of angels stand with us.

After all, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”(Rom 8:31)

For those of you who love Bible bullets to blast away fear, load up.

“Ready on the firing line. Fire at will!”

Gen 26:24 That night the LORD appeared to him [Isaac] and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid,for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.”

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Haggai 2:4 But now be strong, O Zerubbabel,’ declares the LORD. `Be strong, O Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the LORD, `and work. For I am with you,’ declares the LORD Almighty.

Zephaniah 3:15  The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord the King of Israel, is with you;never again will you fearany harm.

Haggai 2:5  This is what I covenanted with you, when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.  

Jeremiah 42:11 Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon, whom you now fear. Do not be afraid of him, declares the Lord, for I am with youand will save you and deliver you from his hands. 

Joshua 1:8. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. 

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the lord your God will be withyou wherever you go. 

Deuteronomy 31:8The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged. 

Isaiah 43:5  Do not be afraid, for I am with you;I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. 

Jeremiah 46:28.Do not be afraid,Jacob my servant, for I am with you, declares the Lord. 

Deuteronomy 20:1  When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraidof them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you

1 Chronicles 28:20  Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord Is finished.

2 Chronicles 20:17  Do not be afraid;do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you

Deuteronomy 31:6  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you: he will never leave you nor forsake you.

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid

Mark 4:40  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith? 

Let us know your strategies for blasting away fear.

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Steven C Johnson

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CHAPTER THREE: LOVE AT THIRD LOOK

Posted by on Mar 8, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I woke with these lyrics playing in my mind.

“Oh, isn’t this amazing?
It’s my favorite part because you’ll see
Here’s where she meets Prince Charming
But she won’t discover that it’s him ’til Chapter Three!”

The lyrics are from Beauty and the Beast. Artful words and gorgeous music!

Meeting Pam for the first time was not love at first sight. I knew her casually for a couple years at a large church we attended. I saw her as fun and energetic and a serious Christian, but there was no romantic chemistry. In fact, Pam got engage to a friend of mine, which I thought was just great. Bob and she seemed to be a fun couple. A month before the wedding they both had cold feet. I shared lunch with Bob and listened to his struggles.

After listening, I prodded Bob, “Look, Pam is a great gal. I think you should go ahead and marry her!” He looked back at me and responded, “Why don’t you?” I sputtered a bit at the question, but of course, I had no romantic interest at all.

A year or two later Pam and I started co-teaching a college class. I began seeing her in a new light. She was creative, spontaneous, industrious – more fun than I had realized, deeper in Christ, and determined to do the right, no matter the price.

One day she gave me a gift she had made, a sailing ship made of modeling clay and glued to a slice of tree trunk. It quoted Joshua 1:9; ”Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

There was something sweet about that expression of friendship. Then I took a second look. Perhaps a third look. It was Chapter Three! I started to realize she was cute, in fact attractive. Come to think of it, she was vivacious and beautiful!

The revelation of Jesus as Prince Charming comes to many of us in Chapter Three! Some think Peter’s first encounter with Jesus was when Jesus commandeered Peter’s boat for a pulpit, and then had him go out deep for the miraculous catch. Then supposedly, Peter spontaneously left his whole career to follow Jesus.

The real story is more like this: Peter first met Jesus while John was baptizing. Remember, at that time Jesus changed Simon’s name to Rocky. Jesus’ mother probably had family in Capernaum. They had visited on several occasions. Jesus set up home base in Capernaum. He had been preaching in the region and had actually been living at Peter’s house for some time. They certainly had had many discussions. The great catch of fish was Chapter Three!

Few of us meet someone for the first time and decided spontaneously, “They are the one for me!” Learning of Jesus initially may be the same. We like Him, but it is too soon to talk about marriage in chapter one. Hang around. You will be amazed at the revelations in Chapter Three!

What’cha think? Have you had a Chapter Three revelation in a relationship? Tell us about it. 

Steven C Johnson

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THE EDITOR: POWER AND CULTURAL SWAY

Posted by on Mar 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You are the editor of the news service. It’s press time and you must decide what news will get top billing. The staff settles on two major stories. You must decide which one takes first place. Here are your two options:

OPTION 1. STAGERING DEATH TOLLS!

“An estimated 151,000 people were catastrophically swept away today. This day will be an anniversary of mourning for years to come. Millions are devastated as they lay their loved ones in graves. Hearts go out for their loss. Stay tuned for details.”

OPTION 2.  WORLD-WIDE JUBILATION!

“Amazing news today as an estimated 360,000 babies are freshly introduced to our world! Hundreds of thousands of proud parents rejoice while millions of family members and friends join the revelries! Stay tuned for our special montage capturing delight from every nation of the world!

The editor tells us daily what is valuable and news-worthy. They hold tremendous power and cultural sway, for intentionally, or not, they shape cultural perspectives, values and attitudes.  They tell us what is important enough to be news.

By the way, an estimated 151,000 die daily and  about 360,000 are born daily

Sadly, some news services look for startling headlines like, “243 DIE IN PLANE CRASH.” They know 10,000 children starving daily would quickly become old and redundant news.

Sometimes I get angry at editors, or the people who pay their salaries. For I feel money or negative social agendas are at work.

People can be vulnerable to the emotional stimulants in news stories. Many editors seek a new yank-you-about emotional drug to share with viewers, listeners and readers. Fear and indignation sell to the addicted. Pity and resentfulness to others. The love people have for being judges is also a powerful drug. Heart-warming stories sell to a few. All of these may generate income for news services.

Many editors and the powers behind them spin their stories to reinforce their beliefs, or at least in an attempt to get people believing something.

Anecdotal stories are famous tools for news/persuasion.

 “Innocent mother killed by gun.” The point is guns are bad.

“Gun saves family in home assault.” The point is guns are useful.

Any number of cultural beliefs are shaped leveraging anecdotes.

An editor knows how to do this

My heart goes out to decent reporters and editors with integrity who are often hard up for news. Perhaps you should give them a suggestion for a story to cover.

You can literally “Help a reporter” out by going to https://www.helpareporter.com Perhaps a desperate reporter or editor will thank you for your lead.

By the way, you are the editor of your own life. I hope you will see life about you and know what is really news-worthy, and share it with others.

Steven C Johnson

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WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR EARS?

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

I was in a sticking point in ministry and needed counsel. We were living on our mini-farm on Wilson Creek Road in Ellensburg, Washington. I traveled to visit John Sandford for counsel in Sandpoint, Idaho. John was one of the fathers of the modern prophetic movement. Years before when I had met him for the first time he told me things about myself only God could reveal. His words got me on track with my calling.

I remember the night before getting down by the side of the bed and praying for our next day’s meeting. I asked God to give me a dream to share with John the next day that might help in the counseling.

That night I dreamed I was walking down the middle of #6 road. (As you went South on our road, Wilson Creek, it became #6 Road)

There was a rickety shack taking up both lanes of the road. I went into the shack and to the far-right corner where there was a mimeograph* machine. I entered it, flipped through it, and was spit out of the shack on the far end. You can only do that in a dream!

John Sandford was standing in front of me.He looked at me with concern and said, “What happened to your ears?” I became self conscious and put my hands over my ears. I said, “It must have happened when I went through the mimeograph machine.”

John told me the dream was perfect.

First, rather than going North in the “Will of the Son” I was going South (down hill) on #6 road. Six is the number of man’s way.

Going through the mimeograph was a picture of trying to duplicate the way others were doing ministry. Indeed, I was looking at other pastors and wondering what kind of minister I should be. Should I be a gregarious, glad-handing, slap-you-on the back pastor? A compassionate visit-in-every-home pastor? A detailed administrator pastor? A scholastic theologian pastor? I was looking for others to imitate.

John explained, by trying to copy other leaders’ personalities or approaches, or duplicating their gifts and callings, I was no-longer myself. He said I was designed to be wildly creative, but by trying to conform to other people’s images I was losing myself and my ability to hear God’s direction.

I still reflect back on that experience and its lesson. Because of it I have become more, myself, more comfortable in my own shoes.

I’ve learned to appreciate the amazing qualities of other saints. I honor them and learn from them, finding inspiration. But when we are truly ourselves, and not copies of others, we find the greatest personal satisfaction, and express the uniqueness of God’s creative genious.

Take care of your ears!

  • Mimeograph: a dinosaur duplicator pre-dating the copy machine.

Steven C Johnson

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John Sandford’s ministry is carried on at elijahhouse.org