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The Virtues of Conservation and Liberality

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

The words “conservative” and “liberal” represent two wonderful virtues.

We see the wisdom of the conservative in Proverbs 21:20; “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil”.

We see the blessings of liberality in Proverbs 11:2; “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

The conservationist wants to save and preserve things. That’s definitely a virtue, assuming we are trying to preserve the right things. A liberal is a generous soul who is always sharing with others. That is a fine virtue as well, assuming that we are sharing things of value.

The problem is when either the conservationist or the generous are corrupted. It is nasty when the “conservative” steals to themselves constitutional authority meant to be shared. It is ugly when the “liberal” steals resources to solicit favors.

I see the beavers as blending the best of conservation and liberality. Beaver dams create rich ecosystems. The waters are both saved up as well as passed on. The beavers must have gotten their cue from the Creator who in Christ abundantly saves and generously gives.

We pray for genuine conservatives and liberals to appreciate one another and work meaningfully together! All we ask is that the water not be polluted by self-serving pretenders.

Steven C Johnson

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Looking and Crossing the Street

Posted by on Sep 21, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’VE DECIDED NOT TO TEACH MY CHILDREN TO LOOK FOR CARS WHEN CROSSING THE STREET.

When they grow up they can decide for themselves whether looking for cars is the right thing for them.

Children should be released to grow naturally, to experiment with life and make their own decisions.

Creating alarm about cars killing people is gruesome and distressing.

It may lead to a sense of paranoia about cars.

We want our children to grow up unafraid of cars and realize they are wonderful transportation devices and distinguishing status symbols.

When they grow up they can make decisions on their own regarding what they believe about looking before crossing the street.

After all, we decide not to tell our children about God for the same reasons.

Steven C Johnson

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INDEPENDANCE APPRECIATION

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Has the meaning of Independence been lost behind a smoke screened of fireworks? The holiday originally was more than explosive light shows. It was death-defying determination to escape totalitarian rule.

In a land, smaller and missing the millions who live here today 4,435 died because of the Declaration. They put action to the words, “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, … And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

What if you could not buy products from Turkey, Germany or South Africa unless they first went to England and then were shipped to you with English taxes?

What if a British officer knocked on your door and informed you that ten soldiers would be staying at your home for a few months starting now?

What if you were not allowed to make the most basic laws governing the behavior of people in your state or community?

What if the government taxed you more than they taxed the people in England and refused to listen to your many questions and petitions?

Would you acquiesce or would you finally say, “Don’t tread on me!”

Would you and I have signed the document? Would we have laid down our lives, our bank accounts and reputations to back up our signatures?

It’s been said that to maintain our nation’s freedom it will take the same kind of resolve that it took to form it.

Let’s be grateful for the intelligence, wisdom and determination that those before us acted on to gain us freedom. Let us somberly remember our children and refresh this freedom with a resolve of our own!

John Adams wrote regarding the freshly signed Declaration.

“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

Sadly, most holidays have been neutered of their potency.

We share presents, but forget the Advent.

We Barbeque and play a round of golf, but don’t remember those who have fallen.

We eat to gluttony, but forget to give thanks.

We set off fireworks, but forget the meaning of independence.

One more closing word from John Adams. On April 26th, 1777 Adams said, ”Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.”

Steven C Johnson

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HIDE AND SEEK

Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Hide and Seek

Every good father knows how to play Hide and Seek with his child. He hides in such a way that his child will be challenged to find him, but not so the child will be exasperated.

We train our children to love the prize of discovery. We also coach them to add endurance to their inquisitiveness.

This is why Jesus coaxed his disciples to develop their searching capacities, by saying, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  (Matt 7:7)

Seekers will be finders! Take courage. Those secrets are findable. Those mysteries are discoverable. The perplexities will be found out if you persist in asking, seeking and knocking!

In fact, every hidden thing will someday be discovered, or uncovered!

All the devious things will be unearthed. Ultimately there is no “perfect” crime because all Heaven is watching us.  Our Creator even monitors our thoughts and motives!

There may be “unsolved” murders presently, but not for long. God has it all on video. Not only so, but the victims of crimes will someday rise up and point out their murderers!!!

See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling

to punish the people of the earth for their sins.

The earth will disclose the blood shed on it;

the earth will conceal its slain no longer. (Isaiah 26:21)

Can you imagine the day of resurrection, where out of a secret, hidden grave a victim arises and reveals their murderer?

Not only are bad things revealable. So is the good.

Jesus said our secret acts of worship, would not forever be secret. In fact, He said that the virtuous things we do in secret will be openly rewarded! The secret prayers, fasting, giving, kind works and clandestine acts of good will are all to be manifest, and rewarded!

“FOR NOTHING IS HIDDEN, EXCET TO BE REVEALED, NOR HAS ANYTHING BEEN SECRET, BUT THAT IS SHOULD COME TO LIGHT.”  (Mark 4:22)

And, not only are works of darkness, and light, about to become patently obvious, every other secret in the universe is about to collapse!

The cures for every disease,

The riddle of the gnome,

The mechanics of the atom,

Unseen realms of heaven,

Enigmas, mysteries, hide-outs don’t have a chance

So don’t give up the game. Seekers will be finders. Set yourself a great hidden thing to search out, and don’t give up till you find it!

Steven C Johnson

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CLOVIS

Posted by on May 28, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

An old, slender gentleman with a bent knee and a cane had slowly been working around the stations of the gym and now stood beside me. He wore the cap of a marine.

“Sir, I see you had a marine cap. Have you served our country?”

“I was a Marine from 1942 to 44.”

“Sir, that would put you in your 90’s.”

I suddenly found myself on holy ground, there beside the latt machine.

“I’m 95. I was at Okinawa.”

“There must have been half a million men fighting there.”

“I also fought at Guadalcanal and was part of the occupation in Japan.”

I was overcome with a sense of homage and reverence.

“Thank you, for your service, Sir.” There were 16 million men in boots during that war. Now less than a million remain.”

“Is that right – less than a million?”

“Yes Sir.”  I have a high regard for that generation, the generation of my father and uncles.”

He told me how he had gained a purple heart and other metals, with no trace of boasting, but matter-of-fact innocence. His knee had been broken in a bayonet battle when a man fell across it. He had two surgeries in a battlefield tent. He had lived, but seen men he knew have their heads blown off.

Here was a treasury of story, with so few still living to tell it, and I had stumbled on it!  I felt unworthy as the smoke of holiness filled this uncommon chapel. This man had truly seen, “active duty.” 200,000 died at the battle of Okinawa. It was the bloodiest we saw during the war. 26,000 died at Guadalcanal. And Clovis walked, or at least hobbled, away alive.

Most of the WWII generation has gone to their reward. There are just a few stragglers, a remnant, left on this half of eternity. Just a handful who can report first-hand the monumental battle against global tyranny. Sixty million casualties world-wide were part of that conflagration. So much of our security and prosperity comes from that story!

I told the Being standing before me – perhaps an angelic apparition, “The generations that follow you appreciate what you have done for us.” As I said it I hoped that it was true. But I know how history and its significance fades into the oblivion of cultural forgetfulness. In fact, I had almost forgotten, at least in part to be thankful for my father’s generation.

Lord help us remember and appreciate the gift given us, the legacy of a fading, great generation.

Steven C Johnson

A post script: Listen to John William’s “Hymn to the Fallen.” Moving!

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Three Lost Things Recovered

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

THE TAPE MEASURE

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We moved from one house to another and in the process I lost my brand new, 25 foot, Stanley tape measure. The New House was a fixer-upper. I really needed that tape! I looked high and low to find it, praying all along, “Lord, help me find my tape measure!”

I worked with a flimsy 10 foot measure, and prayed.

After several weeks of looking and praying I dreamed I found the tape measure. I went to my office, and there, in the middle of the desk, it sat!

 

SUNGLASSES

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When I was a junior in High School my parents bought me some wire rim prescription sunglasses. I used them about 25 years, and then lost them! I interrogated every family member. I looked every place, many times. You never know, the seventh time you look in the glove box, it might be there. I prayed many times over several weeks for their recovery.

One Sunday morning I was about to leave for church. I thought, “I’m going to jump into the car and drive straight into the rising sun without my glasses.”

I got down on my knees by my bed and prayed, again, “Lord, you know how I need those glasses. I’ve had them a long time. They’re valuable to me. They help me see. Please restore my glasses to me!”

I went out the car and opened the door. There on the seat were the sunglasses! I ran back into the house and asked my wife, “Pam, did you find my sunglasses?” She replied, “No, but last night I dreamed you found them.”

THE WALLET

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I lost my wallet. Searching pockets in the closet, cleaning out the car, and even calling the business where I last remember having it brought no results. I canceled the cards, ordered a new driver’s license, and prayed often.

A couple weeks after the loss I was getting up from bed and sensed that something fell right beside my foot. I bent down and picked up my wallet!

In each story we are unaware of any human element in bringing back the lost item. I seriously believe the angels of God were at work! The three recovered items in my stories are parables.

 

The Lord would restore:

Our perspective, proportion and proper fit

Our capacity to see with clarity and comfort things too dazzling to take in

Our sense of identity, and privilege, and wealth in Christ.

“Ask and it will be given to you;

seek and you will find;

knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7

Steven C Johnson

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WONDERMENT: THE LAUNCHPAD FOR WORSHIP

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Wonderment is the launch pad for worship.

Children are masters at the art of wonder. As we “mature” the world loses its color. Things become ordinary. “Been there, done that.” “I’ve seen it all.” “There is nothing new under the sun.”

No “wonder” children often prefer the company of other children over adults. Adults lose their ability to see things for the first time, to see things fresh.

The Scriptures speak of “signs, wonders and miracles.” Wonder is always sandwiched between God’s signposts and unique works. I am convinced that as we restore wonder we will have a vast increase in signs and miracles.

To recover wonder is hard work. It requires a return to childhood, an attitude of innocence, an eye for the artful, the humorous and impossible.
Practice wonderment. It will launch you into the worship of your Creator!

Steven C Johnson

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REBOOTING THANKSGIVING

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

THANKGIVING: Rebooting our memories

 Five years short of 400 years ago the English Pilgrims left their temporary refuge of Leyden, Holland.

 Nathaniel Morton chronicles their departure

“So they left that goodly and pleasant city of Leyden, which had been their resting-place for above eleven years, but they knew that they were pilgrims and strangers here below, and looked not much on these things, but lifted up their eyes to Heaven, their dearest country, where God hath prepared for them a city (Heb. XI, 16), and therein quieted their spirits.

When they came to Delfs-Haven they found the ship and all things ready, and such of their friends as could not come with them followed after them, and sundry came from Amsterdam to see them shipt, and to take their leaves of them. One night was spent with little sleep with the most, but with friendly entertainment and Christian discourse, and other real expressions of true Christian love.

The next day they went on board, and their friends with them, where truly doleful was the sight of that sad and mournful parting, to hear what sighs and sobs and prayers did sound amongst them; what tears did gush from every eye, and pithy speeches pierced each other’s heart, that sundry of the Dutch strangers that stood on the Key as spectators could not refrain from tears.

But the tide (which stays for no man) calling them away, that were thus loath to depart, their Reverend Pastor, falling down on his knees, and they all with him, with watery cheeks commended them with the most fervent prayers unto the Lord and His blessing; and then with mutual embraces and many tears they took their leaves one of another, which proved to be the last leave to many of them.”

There were many setbacks, and a long dangerous voyage, but they reached their promised land, with thankfulness to God.

Three months after their arrival half of the 102 pilgrims were dead of malnutrition and sickness.

 Here the amazing thing:

 Rather than having a shake-your-fist at God protest rally they had a day of thanksgiving.

 Rather than seeking professional therapists to help them through grief and trauma, they had a day of thanksgiving.

 They proclaimed a day of thanksgiving!

 We live in a historical amnesia that cannot comprehend the depth of Christian faith, the resolve and commitment of those daring souls.

 Our nation is broad but shallow, when those lives were narrow and deep.

 Gary Bergel says, “There is perhaps no sin of great consequence in America than that of thanklessness and ingratitude toward God and His goodness.”

 Let us take a lesson from men and woman who 400 years ago took their lives in their hands to risk a great venture – with determined faith in God, and an ethic of discipline incomprehensible to a society bent on instant gratification.

Let us, like them, give thanks, regardless of the hardships. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

LEARNING TO LISTEN

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We hung a musical mobile over our children’s’ crib. Mickey, Donald, Pluto and Goofy went roundabout over their tiny eyes and ears, chiming, “It’s a small world.” Before our children could walk or talk they were collecting impressions. As months and years passed the “meanings” behind the mysterious mobile would be interpreted and appreciated.

Many want a crash course on hearing God’s voice. Sometimes we’re granted sudden revelations. Usually we learn a language by listening, and then listening more.

Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

We raised sheep. New lambs would stick close to mom and after a while learn to trust us, distinguishing our voices.

A good way to start learning the voice of the Shepherd is to stick close to our spiritual parents. They will teach us to hush our spirits and learn the meaning of the vibrations. Pay attention to the way they read their Bibles, sit quietly for stretches of time and move when they sense the Holy Spirit.

We learn the Shepherd’s voice through closeness, attentiveness and reflection. Welcome to the school of listening!

Steven C Johnson
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FLAG DRENCHING UPDATE

Posted by on Jul 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

FLAG DRENCHING UPDATE

The most recent case of flag drenching occurred in Flagstaff, Arizona. The 35 year old defendant, Stan Dowser appeared before Superior Court Judge William Garble. The defendant’s court appointed attorney looked rather despondent. Off the record he was heard to say, “Why do all my clients have to be crack pots?”

Mr. Dowser is accused of extinguishing the flames on an American flag which was set on fire by the plaintiff, Gerald Blaze. The prosecution seems to have a watertight case. Mr. Blaze purchased the flag with his own money so it was obviously his to burn. Furthermore Blaze was merely using his constitutional right of free expression. He was burning the flag, as he said, “Because some knuckle head police officer unjustly gave me a parking ticket.”

Judge Garble first used the fatherly approach with Dowser. He was explaining that flag burning was as American as baseball, apple pie and alcoholism. But Dowser went into some incoherent babble about the flag representing every citizen of the Republic and the noble values of it’s patriots. At that point Judge Garble silenced Dowser and took a sterner approach.

“Young man,” said Garble, “don’t you realize that I can give you up to 6 years in prison and $45,000 in fines for drenching a fire on an American flag?!” Mr. Dowser, by drenching the fire on that flag you show yourself to be a rebellious hoodlum, one who scoffs at the American way and is insensitive to the rights and feelings of flag burners.”

The defense is trying to put together an insanity plea. At any rate both defense and prosecution agree that Dowser may need serious reprogramming.

As a side light it should be noted that Judge Garble was hospitalized last night with second and third degree burns to his scalp. The Judge set fire to his hair in order to protest a bad haircut. He hoped this gesture would teach his barber a lesson. Garble’s neighbors speak in admiring and reverential terms of the venerable judge. Mrs. P.W. Doodle said the judge is a man of consistency in and our of the court room.

Steven C Johnson
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PS President Obama has said that burning a Koran is “completely contrary to our values as Americans.” Yet, as Senator he said to prevent people from desecrating the American flag “would destroy part of freedom itself.”