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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?

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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

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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 

“YOU WILL SEE JESUS, FACE TO FACE”

Posted by on Feb 21, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It was the middle of the night and I needed to relieve myself. My groggy plan was simply to do my business and get my head back on the pillow. As I stood and started to the bathroom I was surprised by a voice as clear as any conversation you have ever had. It spoke, “You will see Jesus face to face.” I had trouble getting back to sleep afterwards. That was thirty years ago.

I have often harkened back to that surprising voice in the night. In many ways that word has been profoundly answered. It has not happened with a vivid and tangible face to face encounter but with astonishing Holy Spirit experiences, answers to prayer, prophetic encounters, dreams and visions. There have been a few appearances of Jesus in my dreams but I still have a great longing to see Him lucidly and in tangible reality.

I know there is a pan-ultimate day when all of us will have the opportunity to see Jesus face to face. It makes me shudder and thrill with anticipation.  Honestly, I feel a push me-pull you in encountering Jesus. I have so much desire to see him fully, yet I have had experiences with his glory which have overwhelmed me to incapacitation and trembling.

Just last night, in a dream, I was in a church building where I was praying longingly, brokenly to experience his presence and see His face. He began to make himself known in such power and holiness, I was pressed and physically overwhelmed! Pam heard me sighing and groaning and shook me awake. I have a little idea as to why God told Moses, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

Apparently, the Jews are not troubled by our western thinking and see no contradiction between the exhortations to seek His face and the thought, you can’t survive if you see Him.

Jesus was seen walking about in His flesh suit and people typically managed seeing Him trouble-free.

But when Peter, James and John saw him transfigured on the mountain it was overwhelming.

When John saw Jesus in His glory in revelation it was not the Jesus of former, familiar times but the glorified Jesus. John was down as a dead man.

One of my prayers is that my constitution and character be upgraded in wiring, and much grace be added, so I may have the capacity and ability to stand and see more of His wonderful Face! I think my attitude may be like many hurricane/tornado chasers. I chase after the experience, but “sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.”

‘Ooh’ said Susan. ‘I’d thought he was a man.

Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion…’ 

‘Safe?’ said Mr Beaver … ’Who said anything about safe?

‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.

He’s the King, I tell you.’ 

(The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe)

Steven C Johnson

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IF I COULD ONLY ASK ONE THING

Posted by on Feb 19, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The genie offered only three wishes. The Wonderful Jesus encourages us to ask, and ask big, endlessly! But what if you could ask only one thing of our magnificent Father? Think it over. What would it be?

Solomon made it wisdom. Some of us might say, “Wish I had thought of that.” But what is your one request?

For me, the ultimate request realized is beholding the face of Jesus! I desire to see Him as He really is, and not just as I have imagined Him! This desire is put in other words.

For Moses it was, “Show me Your glory!”

For Elisha it was a double potion of Elijah’s experience with God

For David it was to dwell in God’s house, to see His beauty and relish the reflections.

Paul’s quest and request was to fully and intimately know Jesus Christ

The Doctor may know things about my wife Pam I don’t, such as her blood pressure, heart rate and blood chemistry. But I know Pam in far deeper ways!

I know about Jesus from studying the bible, but oh, to know Him person to person, face to face! Having information about Jesus is not nearly as satisfying as having relationship with Him! Information about Jesus is like embracing shadows. Having Jesus experientially is desire realized, a tree of life!

The right now, senses-vibrantly-awake, touch-hear-see companionship of Jesus satisfies every other need! When we have lucid, fully awake companionship with Him we possess all things! He comes with everything else we might ask for: wisdom, comfort, belonging, material provisions, guidance, friendship, and power – meeting our needs and desires.

You make known to me the path of life;

you will fill me with joy in your presence,

with eternal pleasures at your right hand.   (Ps 16:11)

Seeing Jesus’ face at his return is the climax of the Bride’s desire.

But even at this instant He offers, “Seek My face.”  (Ps 27:8)

It tops the prayer list.

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ADDING DANCE: A NUTRITIONAL SUPPLIMENT FOR JOY!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This morning I found and listened to a song by Ron Kenoly; “I will Dance.” I played it – swinging, swaying and stretching to the joyful music! It took me back 25 years when Anna and Claire were little. I took one in either arm and swung and spun with them getting us dizzy in the living room. What delightful moments!

I’m thinking many of us are lacking vitamin “D,” for Dance. Kenoly introduces the song by saying laughter and singing are signs of joy. And a third expression of joy is dancing! If we each took a lab test to discover our joy levels what would we find? Malnutrition or abundance?  Perhaps medicinal doses of laughter, singing, AND DANCING are just what the Doctor orders.

It’s important to have good theology. But if we are missing joy perhaps our theology is defective at the most elementary level. With all the exhortations in Scripture to rejoice in the LORD perhaps one of our greatest doctrinal errors is joylessness. Some dour souls warn too much joy may reach toxic levels. If joy can reach dangerous levels I suggest we stay just under the redline!

May Dance be added to your day along with Gui-Dance and Abun-Dance and Ascen-Dance!

     “In the morning I arise

     And lift up my eyes

     And behold I will dance!”  Ron Kenoly 

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ENCOURAGEMENT: DELIVERING THE GOODS

Posted by on Feb 11, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

ENCOURAGEMENT: DELIVERING THE GOODS

You may remember a scene from The Music Man where the community is hopeful, expectant and eagerly waiting for the Wells Fargo Wagon. What a fun song full of anticipation and energy!

People get excited over special deliveries.

Flowers! Chocolates! Toys! Tools! Games! Furniture!

The delivery guy may not get much attention, but typically there is a passing moment, a pleased, “Thank you!”

Delivery people are not in the business for acclaim and fanfare. But it feels good to know, even for an instant, that we are brightening someone’s day and doing something meaningful with our deliveries. You may make someone’s day, or even influence the course of their entire lives, by simply delivering one expression of encouragement.

 

ALL OF US ARE CALLED TO BE ENCOURAGERS

True prophets, pastors and teachers are encouragers.

Whatever your business, encouragement is vital.

Individuals, families and churches thrive when you sprinkle on encouragement.

VW came out with a diesel car that gets 78 MPG. But a simple expression of encouragement will carry someone 100,000 miles! Talk about fuel potency! Just a little dose of courage will inspire many to achieve things they never would otherwise. Do you want to influence people for good? Then be an encourager!

 

JESUS DELIVERS THE GOODS!

Jesus says, “Your name is Simon, but I’m going to call you Rocky!” 

How’s that for instilling courage!

The widow lost her only son.

“Don’t cry”, says Jesus. 

He touches the coffin and says,

“Young man, I say to you, get up!” (Luke 7:13-15)

That’s comfort and courage off the Richter scale!

 

Jesus assures, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage;  I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Goodness knows, Jesus delivers the goods! Jesus never promised us a life without problems! That’s why encouraging others is non-optional. Jesus encourages us to:

Not give up in prayer

Not worry about stuff, but seek the Kingdom

Be courageous when we don’t feel like it

Forgive 70 times 7 times

Take up our crosses and let our lights shine!

Build our houses on a good foundations

Rejoice when persecuted

 

When Jesus conveys His Father’s special delivery packages the result is faith, courage, and break-through! May we, like our Master, be encouragement agents delivering the goods!

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Holiness: My Most Intense Encounter with God

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Like many of you, I’ve been privileged to have experiences with God, in Christ. Some of those experiences have come as I have earnestly sought him. Other experiences have totally blind-sighted me with surprise. He has been The Pearl of Great Value I have sought for, as well as the Hidden Treasure I have stumbled upon!

God has spoken to me through dreams and visions and prophecy. Like many I have experienced His unspeakable joy. I have felt His comforting peace. I have felt exhilarating love! Sometimes there are simply no words to describe these moments.

My most intense, literally take-your-breath-away experience, was with the holiness of God. We had sponsored a youth conference at a local college. The presence of God was palpable! Many were overcome by the sense of His glory. There was a small circle of people on the floor praying for an individual. Someone waved to me to come over and join their prayer. As I got close I saw one of our daughters, laying on her back with four people on the floor praying for her.

Intense and amazing prophecies were spoken over her. As we continued to pray a forceful pressure came over us. Several of us found our heads shaking wildly side to side. Together we began to speak out, groan out, a great “Aaaaawwwww!!!” My breath expelled as we exclaimed together. It felt very much as if a strong man had put his hand on my chest and back and then pressed until there was not a drop of air left. But still, there was a silent “Aaawww!” coming out without air.

The experience left us washed out and spacey. We were in awe, almost unable to speak. This was not an experience of peace,  joy, or love. It was holiness! The intensity immobilized us on the floor. It was a pressure, a fear, a largeness, a power beyond description.

I have thought many times over the past three decades about those moments. If the experience could had been put into a bottle, and anyone had tasted a drop of it, they would certainly be overwhelmed with the fear of the Lord! No one on earth could withstand such an encounter without reverencing God.

In the Scriptures we find others who tasted the holy glory of God in similar ways. Moses said, “I am full of fear and trembling.” Priests were not able to minister because of the glory of God. Isaiah, Ezekiel and Daniel were overcome! John in revelation fell as a dead man. Through church history many have testified to the intense, bowl-you-over, immobilizing holiness of God.

The closest thing I can compare our experience to is a scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, as the Ark was opened at the end of the movie. Remember?

I often pray for the awareness of the holiness of God, and the great, pressing fear of the Lord it inspires. May he capture us and overwhelm our nations with His holiness! Please pray for the sensibility of Father God’s holiness to convict and set straight our neighborhoods and the world!

Steven C Johnson

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Three Lost Things Recovered

Posted by on Feb 5, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

THE TAPE MEASURE

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 kept praying.

After several weeks of looking, and praying, I dreamed I found the tape measure. I went to my office the next morning and there, in the middle of the desk, it sat! My secretary had no idea how it got there.

 

SUNGLASSES

 

 

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 everywhere,  many times. You never know – the seventh time you look in the glove box, they 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 in plain sight 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.” No one in the family knew how they got there.

 

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! Where it fell from, I have no idea.

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:

 

Proportion and proper fit

Ability to see dazzling things

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“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

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LEVERAGING CRIMSON

Posted by on Jan 30, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

Beautiful, bright, bold and brilliant

Beautiful, bright, bold and brilliant

The crimson blood of Jesus!

 

The blood of Jesus is against you, devil!

Satan screams and freaks

We rejoice and exult!

 

Jail break, jail break!  

Free from Satan’s rickety cage

We were trapped, but God helped

We were given power!

 

By the Father’s grace, we kicked though the wall

We butted the wall and broke through!

 

Brilliant and dazzling blood of Jesus!

We fought and persevered

We broke through!

 

Fear not little flock

We, His sheep, are The Lion’s pride

Hear the lambs roar!

We roar like The Lion!

 

Lamb’s blood sprinkled upon us!

Lambs blood covers guilt, sin and shame

 

Is that the blood of Jesus against you, devil?

Must you run so soon?

Spattered with the blood of Jesus!

 

Better run you liar

Better run you murderer

Better run you thief

Watch the accuser run!

 

Throw her down! Throw Jezebel down!

Satan fell from heaven, ouch! From heaven, ouch!

Oh Jezzy, is that your icky blood spattered on the wall?

Bad hair day for Luci

 

Poor writhing snake. Off with her head!

Ding dong! The wicked witch is dead!       

The bell tolls for Thee

Ding dong! The wicked witch is – ha, ha, ha – so toasted!

 

Flames of fire! 

Who burned the bacon?

Jesus!  He burns the bacon

Turn the oven to broil!

 

Getting strong now!

Push ‘em back, push ‘em back, way back!

We will, we will, rock you!

You’re under our feet!

 

The captives felt the earth quake

The captives had a jail break

Children of the ovens now free

From mass graves, raised to liberty!

 

Look at all the pirate’s treasure

Plunder all the pirate’s treasure

Stolen things recovered

Our lives redeemed!                                                    

 

Beautiful, bright, bold and brilliant

Beautiful, bright, bold and brilliant

The crimson blood of Jesus!

 

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A WHIP OR A MOP?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

Some caption the image as “Jesus driving out the money changers.”

Others label the picture as “Jesus cleansing the temple.”

I don’t think Jesus’ goal was to disrupt as much as put things in order. Some paint an image of a roaring, ravaging lion tearing up bad guys. The image which seems closer is a mother bear alarmed for her cubs, willing to savage the threats, for her cubs’ safety. Jesus’ goal was not to gain a reputation as an iconoclast and gain a good photo op, but to re-create purity and peace in The House of Prayer.

 

Garbage being thrown into a can may look like disruption to those accustomed to it cluttering floors and countertops. If cleaning out garbage is disruption, may every place and every heart be thoroughly disrupted!

Fishermen had their industry disrupted. Routines out the window!

Tables topsy-turvy. Religious notions, traditions and rules which subverted the Ancient Ways, took a lashing – for a cleansing

Demons lost their homes.

Doctors’ predicable income dried up

Funeral home directors lost business

 

When Jesus shows up with His scourge and mop He is into deep cleaning. I feel he is asking deep cleansing questions of His Church today. What answers shall we give him?

 

“My house is meant to be a house of prayer. Why do you do everything but?”

“Why do you serve bits of crackers and juice in demitasse cups and call it communion?”

“Why do you work so hard to keep the 99 and not search for the lost?”

“How can you love one another when you separate from one another?”

“Why do you spend money on X, Y and Z, but not on 1, 2 and 3?”

 “Why do adults get such energy and the children get the scraps?”

 

Jesus’ end goal is not to lay on whipping stings of shame and humiliation, but to challenge us to our roots, that we may regain our health, vitality and fellowship with Him! By responding positively to these questions, we will see Jesus as less of a disrupter, and more as the mother bear giving us a good scrubbing behind the ears!

 

“Lashes and wounds purge away evil,

and beatings cleanse the innermost parts.” Prov 20:30

 

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PIZZA DREAMS!

Posted by on Jan 28, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

 

I was talking to a friend today who said they were dreaming, a lot!

I asked, “Do you record your dreams?”

She answered, “No, because they’re just about things I’ve been doing with my baby.”

 

I believe we should be mindful of all our dreams, even pizza dreams!

Funny how we discount dreams because they are outlandish, weird and bazaar.

We also discount dreams which are ordinary and “every-day.”

 

What if I decided to ignore dreams where people were speaking English, because that is my every-day language? What if I decided to ignore dreams with people I know, because they have an every-day place in my life?

 

Certainly, dreams can come from too much pizza. In fact, this reality is found in the bible.

“…a dream comes when there are many cares….”  Ecc. 5:3 

 

Things which occupy our thoughts during the day, often do the same at night.

This is the gift of God.

Be aware, for the night may show the every-day in a new “light.”

 

I’ve had dreams at night where I was exhausted, and our dog Tucker was part of the action. It was a reflection of the day. I was working hard,stressed too much, and it was showing up in dreams. Tucker was there as an emblem. I was “tuckered” out!

 

I’ve had undeniable “God” dreams. I’ve also had wrestlings with real demonic powers in the night.

But many of my dreams are from the Pizza genre.  Still, if I take time to write them down, I get lessons, like:

Don’t eat a lot of pizza before going to bed.

Don’t overstress about things. Get your rest!

Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

 

Every night before I go to sleep I set my pen and paper at the head of the bed. I pray, “Lord, in the night with dreams, and in the day with visions!” The Lord has answered that prayer thousands of times, often with pizza dreams.

Don’t ignore them!

 

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FORTY YEARS!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As Pam and I looked at the picture of those kids we both said we would like to sit them down and give them a good talking to! O, the counsel we would furnish, and the exhortations we would level!

What an education we have received. Wouldn’t it be nice to start all over with the accumulated experience and wisdom of four decades? Still, we capitalize on what we have, and we believe it is more than a fluffy word of inspiration, but sober and wonderful truth – “The Best is Yet to Come!”

We are determined to press on, and cross over, into promised lands –  rejoicing in our battles, our plantings and buildings, as we capitalize on every past good and hard experience, and upon the present grace and favor of our Lord Jesus Christ today!

I don’t have the words to express the deep appreciation, love and respect I feel for my lover, counselor and precious friend. So many travels, travails and delights are compressed into forty anniversaries!

Thanks to so many who have intersected with our lives and made our lives richer along the way! Bless each one as you press on for the high Goal!

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KINGDOM PREPOSTEROUSNESS, WITH APOLOGIES

Posted by on Jan 4, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Imagine this preposterous dialogue with Jesus.

Jesus: There has been a change of plans. We are not bringing heaven to earth.

Saints: But Lord, we have prayed 2000 years for heaven to prevail upon the earth!

Jesus: It was too big a project to tackle. The sinfulness of men and demons is too great.

Saints: What are we going to do?

Jesus: We had planned for the whole earth to be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God and that all the nations would become my disciples. But it just seems too difficult.

Saints: But Lord, what now?

Jesus: We are moving to plan B.

Saints: Plan B?

Jesus: Heaven on earth is too much for us to pull off. We are going to evacuate the earth and all of us will go to live in heaven.

Saints: Lord, but what about the earth? What will become of it?

Jesus:  We are aborting our plans to redeem the earth. We will let the earth rot and rust.

Please excuse me for presenting such an imbecilic and inane dialogue! Nothing could be farther from the truth! What our Lord begins, He finishes! What our Lord promises, He fulfills and brings to completion! 

 God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?   Numbers 23:19

We will get the answer to our persistent 2000-year-old prayer, “Your Kingdom come on our planet, just as it prevails in the highest heaven!” Jesus did not ask us to pray for his Kingdom on earth in vain. He did not ask us to be ambassadors, emissaries, and conduits of Heaven to terminate in frustration. The purposes and delights of the Mighty One, the Creator of heaven and earth will be thoroughly realized. He is the Beginning and He is the End! What our Lord begins, He completes!

Our God, who conceived the earth, its plants and creatures, knows how to bring the seed to maturity and fruit! Even with the stumbles and corruptions of we children of Adam, His pleasures will be realized. The squeaking of men and demons will not inhibit fulfillment, but will be found lending themselves to the glory of God. Pharaoh’s resistance only made God’s power more evident!

Is the Kingdom on earth an impossible dream? Why is it that within our hearts there is such a yearning for some kind of brave new world, a new world order, Shangri-La, paradise, Utopia –  garden of Eden? What did Solomon mean when he said, “He has put eternity in their hearts”? There is a longing for something enduring and perfect in every human heart; a higher, refined, transcendent place of existence.

Jesus coached us to Pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done one earth.”

It means the first commission given mankind is not scrapped, tabled, or aborted.

Our super-progenitors, Adam and Eve, were not just simply given a garden to enjoy, and vegetation to savor. They were given a mission, a task, a grand project! “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number: fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’”   Gen 1:28

The plan was to expand the garden! As Adam and Eve’s generations multiplied the garden was to be expanded until their progressive generations cultivated the whole planet into a garden paradise.  The desire of God was to see the entire earth, every square inch saturated in abundance, nurtured into lush fruitfulness. They were to cultivate and expand the awareness and knowledge of the glory of God!

As the garden was expanded, the grapes vine was to be trained to climb the trellis, the ox was to be trained to pull the plow, and the children were to be trained to live in awareness of the Lord’s holy companionship, to the uttermost boundaries!

The original great commission seemed to bite the dust, as Adam and Eve and their generations, on by one, did the same.

We were created from dust.

We return to dust.

But the Redeemer has a plan

To restore us from the dust again,

So, we may complete the first great commission.

BACK ON TASK!

 

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ITS PLACE REMEMBERS IT NO MORE

Posted by on Dec 28, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The life of mortals is like grass,

they flourish like a flower of the field;

the wind blows over it and it is gone,

and its place remembers it no more.Ps 103:15-16

 

The picture is of the Falkner High School’s baseball team. Grandpa Johnson is sitting on the floor, and his good friend Hugh Bedient is sitting in the middle. As you recall, Leslie as well as Hugh did well at baseball. Wait, don’t you remember?

If I asked today’s students and staff, “Do you remember Leslie Johnson?” they might roll back their eyes and search the memory banks. “Sorry, I don’t remember him.”

“O come on! Everyone knew Leslie! The picture doesn’t capture it but most of the time he was wearing a smile. He was the fun-loving guy everyone liked to be near. Come on, think about it! Leslie was captain of all his sports teams. A really friendly guy! He was especially good at baseball. He couldn’t play baseball at the University of Pennsylvania because he played semi-pro after high school.”

“Let me think…. When did he graduate?” 

“Oh, about 113 years ago.”

 

In time the slightest recollections are gone.

It may take a few generations but in time the rich, the beautiful, the villain and virtuous are forgotten.

The names, dates, and places may be studied by a few history students,

But in time historians lose interest as new history supplants the old.

But our lot is not found in an overgrown, forgotten grave!

Our Lot is with the LORD!

In fact, our loving Father has perfect recall! We are remembered!

Job gives us the first biblical reference to the resurrection of the dead in a prayer.

 

“If only you would hide me in the grave

and conceal me till your anger has passed!

If only you would set me a time

and then remember me!

If someone dies, will they live again?

All the days of my hard service

I will wait for my renewal to come.

You will call and I will answer you;

you will long for the creature your hands have made.

Surely then you will count my steps

but not keep track of my sin.

My offenses will be sealed up in a bag;

you will cover over my sin.  (Job 14:13-17)

 

You, my friend, are remembered!

 

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MY NEW BEST FRIEND

Posted by on Dec 10, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

He seemed to have a snarl. He did not look friendly, but rather intimidating.

I could have avoided him. Instead I decided to buck up my courage,

let my guard down, and talk with him.

As I approached, I coached myself; “This could be your new best friend.”

Then I gave a cheerful, “Hello!”

 

It might have worked otherwise, but the man was approachable.

In fact, our chatting ended with the beginnings of friendship.

“Great to meet you!” “Likewise!”

 

When I am about to meet someone for the first time

I endeavor to activate important realities in my consciousness.

 

O, my Dear God, this is a creature made in your very image!

What a unique and precious work!

Help me to value this person as You do!

 

This person is certainly my superior in many ways.

I’m confident I will learn much from them!

 

All people are fascinating.

What makes this person amazing?

 

This person could become my new best friend!

 

There are many titles of distinction but one of the grandest is “Friend.” 

It’s sweet to me when I hear Jesus address a person as,“ Friend.”

Jesus prized people dearly. He was awake to their worth!

 

What was Jesus was thinking about, and anticipating, as He began a conversation?

 

Take up your courage, take a risk, and discover the marvel of your new best friend!

 

Steve C Johnson

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Listen to The Tangible River, Episode 2, from Riverfront Property!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If I were to prophesy a river erupting from under the back door of your neighborhood beauty parlor,and then, divide into multiple rivers, what would you think? And if you should see it come to happen, with your own eyes, what would you do?

Five prophets tell of a dynamic river emerging from the city of Jerusalem!!!

Other prophets complement the theme!

I would be pleased and surprised to discover one Christian out of a hundred who is aware of this forth-coming phenomena, and has taken a few moments to ponder it. If I have my way, every believer in Christ will come to understand, and make preparations, for this River’s fresh genesis!

“Freely you have received; Freely give!”  (Matt 10:8)

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LEND ME YOUR EYES

Posted by on Jul 22, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My world is enlarged through the beautiful, brown eyes of my wife. She is able to share with me perspectives and sights I would otherwise have sightlessly missed.

She was raised in Southeastern Oregon, in the high desert by a wildlife biologist. Her Dad often took her on drives and walks while he was doing game counts. He taught her to see. Often driving or walking with only the sound of the wind he would point and she was supposed to figure out what he was pointing at. Pam has an innate alertness and power to reach out with her eyes and perceive things, invisible to others. She took her natural genius for perception and developed it as one of her “Super Powers.”

When we would visit her old stomping grounds I would be impressed with the wide vistas, but the greys and brown of the desert were plain and drab to me. Pam on the other hand would be delighted to see all the shades, the angles of the craggy outcroppings, the orange and yellow lichen, the velvet texture of the Ponderosa pine, the quaking aspen and the scrubby juniper She would point out to me the rabbit brush and its shiny leaves compared to the tumble weeds ghost-like shadows.

While we drive the lonely roads, I have a vague, dull sense that there is a world about us, but Pam sees it all! Her telescopic eyes see the elk standing like a statue a half mile away, camouflaged into the hillside, and the doe and fawn bedded down under the juniper’s shadow. I see the hill.

She was by far the first to point out to the children the herd of deer silently moving away from our approach, the bald eagle soaring above the river, the young bobcat statue still, and other contours of the land.

I was born short-sighted. Pam was definitely born long-sighted, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t see things up close. Pam is able to see the  wee little horny toad skitter across the sand, lizards sun bathing lazily on the rock and the snake sliding quietly around the bush. None of these register in my senses.

From time to time I think of how Jesus said, “If you have eyes, use them to perceive. If you have ears, use them to comprehend.” My wife has exercised those senses as the athlete trains their muscles.

Having Pam with me rouses me from my bland, blinded stupor – reminding me there are things all about me to be discovered, realized, appreciated and wondered in. She has tutored me in the obvious, where the obvious beforehand was unreachable.

One of the greatest benefits of friendship is the gift of perspective. It pleases me when a friend says, “This is how I see it.”

Where we are dull friends point their floodlamps. When we see only monochrome they bring out the crayons and show us the colors. They brighten our lives by revealing the vivid liveliness we otherwise miss.

“Eyes that see and ears which hear, the Lord has made them both.

Steve Johnson (with a little help from Pam)

Landingstripenterprises.com

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Listen to Episode 1 from Riverfront Property!

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                        EPISODE 1 from Riverfront Property: Connecting at the River of Life

 

                     HAVE A LISTEN, AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!  Steve 

 

READ A SAMPLE AND GET A COPY OF THE EBOOK HERE  http://riverfrontpropertybook.com/

 

FROM THE BACK COVER

Hold the book and your fingers get wet. Open the pages and water pours! Riverfront Property is a Biblically drenching, spiritually refreshing thirst-quencher. Soak in inspiration for dreams and visions, spiritual gifts, and the fruit of righteousness. Make connections at the riverfront!”

       DISCOVER:

The Physical River that Springs from the City of Jerusalem
The Transformational Inner River
How to be a Conduit of the Holy Spirit’s Graces

      GREAT REVIEWS!

“Steve Johnson is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met.  From the first time I met him I was drawn to the River of God so evident in him.  I am not surprised that his book is remarkable as well.  Steve writes from his own personal experience with the River Master and from the overflow of God presence flowing through him.  After reading the book and experiencing the seminar I am even more hungry for the ever-increasing flow of God’s presence in my life and in the city where I pastor.”  –  Chuck Farina. Pastor of New Hope Church Abilene, Texas

“It’s the best thing I can remember seeing of its kind, which is a combination of thematic Bible study and Christian energy drink. Steve’s explanation of what the Bible says about rivers, water, and spiritual life is as good as it gets.”  –  Dr. Jeff Treder

“Riverfront Property makes me thirsty. The love of God and the river of life flow in these pages. Get a fresh drink here! Now I want to run through a rain shower, stand under a waterfall, and soak in the ocean. Come Holy Spirit, pour out on us!”   – Harold R. Eberle, President of Worldcast Ministry

After your read (or listen to) the book please leave your own review at Amazon

at  www.amazon.com/author/landingstripenterprises

SHARE THE RIVER WITH OTHERS!

 

Click here to read a sample chapter and buy it now!

Host a River Seminar! Click here for details.

 

Rivers of blessings,

Steven C Johnson

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“Riverfront Property” Connecting in Audio!

Posted by on Jan 27, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“Riverfront Property” Connecting in Audio!

Hi Friends,                               

Here’s a chance to listen to “The Primer” to, Riverfront Property: Connecting at the River of Life.

Keep on the lookout. I am freshly updating the book in audio and will be posting sections here!

LISTEN HERE!

 

THE PRIMER

This book is motivated by the conviction that history is about to be hijacked by Heaven. For the past two thousand years followers of Yeshua (Jesus) have been praying, “May Your kingdom come on our planet just as it prevails in the highest Heaven.” A colossal answer is bulging above us and about to splash forth with the Return of the King!

Anticipation stimulates preparation. What grander project can there be than preparing a landing strip for our Monarch? I pray Riverfront Property will stimulate those longing for His coming – those preparing the way.

It’s heartening to see little signs and wonders demonstrating this venture is birthed from His heart.  Our daughter Claire had a dream where I was working in a huge library. I was studying about water and was preparing to make a presentation. I told Claire in the dream she too should study about water.  On another occasion a young prophetic friend told me, “God has given you ‘a roar’ like rushing water.”  One woman said Pam and I are like deep wells with fresh, clean water. No one knew I had been working on this project.

You are about to discover two distinct “rivers of Life”.  One refers to a future, tangible watercourse flowing out of a city you find on a map, Jerusalem. You will be able to travel to this river, dangle your feet in it and swim there.  Fruit trees will drink from the river. You may walk the shore munching their delectable produce!

“The river of life” is used in another sense, as an inner spiritual river – the Holy Spirit given those embracing Yeshua. This spiritual river transports us into joy and purpose and glory! You will realize dynamic transformation and empowerment through its gentle stillness, and mighty surging!

It is not enough to enjoy this river alone. Many live in Death Valley, shriveled by dehydration. Our lives cannot be complete until we learn how to be conduits and imparters of the river’s dynamism. There is satisfaction for ourselves, and blessing for others, as we communicate this river.

Wherever this river flows things will live! Its resurrection life is welcome news to millions! We are everlastingly grateful to The River Master. This book is ultimately about knowing and walking with Him by the riverfront. He is the guide for both the outer, tangible river and the inner, spiritual river. As you read on and comprehend this river you may find it a complement when someone says, “You’re all wet!”

The one thing this book lacks is the dynamic interaction possible in the Riverfront Property Seminar. Learning about the two rivers of life and how to navigate those streams comes much easier when in good company. If you can’t make a conference I suggest you read Riverfront Property with a group of friends who know, or long to know, the liquid realities of, “Christ in you.”

For those who must read the last chapter first to find the conclusion let’s save some page flipping. When they ask, “What was the book about? What did you learn?” you may answer, “Follow the Lamb and He will lead you to the Waters of Life.”

 

 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;

He will lead them to springs of living water.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Rev 7:17)

 

 

READ A SAMPLE AND GET A COPY OF THE EBOOK HERE  http://riverfrontpropertybook.com/

 

FROM THE BACK COVER

Hold the book and your fingers get wet. Open the pages and water pours! Riverfront Property is a Biblically drenching, spiritually refreshing thirst-quencher. Soak in inspiration for dreams and visions, spiritual gifts, and the fruit of righteousness. Make connections at the riverfront!”

       DISCOVER:

The Physical River that Springs from the City of Jerusalem
The Transformational Inner River
How to be a Conduit of the Holy Spirit’s Graces

      GREAT REVIEWS!

“Steve Johnson is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met.  From the first time I met him I was drawn to the River of God so evident in him.  I am not surprised that his book is remarkable as well.  Steve writes from his own personal experience with the River Master and from the overflow of God presence flowing through him.  After reading the book and experiencing the seminar I am even more hungry for the ever-increasing flow of God’s presence in my life and in the city where I pastor.”  –  Chuck Farina. Pastor of New Hope Church Abilene, Texas

“It’s the best thing I can remember seeing of its kind, which is a combination of thematic Bible study and Christian energy drink. Steve’s explanation of what the Bible says about rivers, water, and spiritual life is as good as it gets.”  –  Dr. Jeff Treder

“Riverfront Property makes me thirsty. The love of God and the river of life flow in these pages. Get a fresh drink here! Now I want to run through a rain shower, stand under a waterfall, and soak in the ocean. Come Holy Spirit, pour out on us!”   – Harold R. Eberle, President of Worldcast Ministry

After your read (or listen to) the book please leave your own review at Amazon

at  www.amazon.com/author/landingstripenterprises

SHARE THE RIVER WITH OTHERS!

Click here to read a sample chapter and buy it now!

Host a River Seminar! Click here for details.

 

Rivers of blessings,

Steven C Johnson

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A Train! A Train! A Train!

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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The lights flashed, the big polls would fold down and the bells would ding! A train was coming! We would jump up and down on the back seat (before seatbelts) shouting, “A train, a train, a train!” Count the cars. Look at the shapes, and letters on the side. What’s inside those cars? Where is it going? We were full of awe and wonder! What happened to that magical delight?

Adulthood sucks out of us the capacity for astonishment. The downgrade attitudes of “Been there, done that, seen that,” demonically pillage us of the capacity for amazement. The evil spirits whisper, “The train is boring.” Demons may even shout, “This train is an offense to the god of hurry!”

“The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy” the entrancement we find in steam coming off the soup, water ripples in the bathtub and curtains wrinkling in the breeze.

Wonder is the springboard into worship. We live in stark poverty without it. Who will save us and restore the wonder? The answer comes from Isaiah 11:6: “… a little child will lead them.”

Only a child can rescue us! Jesus, of course, was never plundered of His wonderment. Even as an adult He was able to be fascinated by the birds and flowering grass. He warned adults we would be hopelessly lost without child-likeness.

The prescription is to find a child to teach us the amazing world of flashlights in dark bedrooms, the enchanting fragrances of spices in the cupboard and the way a spider weaves a web. These are things every adult should learn! With remedial help from qualified children we can recover wonderment.

Look! A train, a train, a train!

Steven C Johnson

Landingstripenterprises.com 

COME YE THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME

Posted by on Nov 22, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“Please” and “Thank you” are powerful words, too often under-appreciated and underused. These words shape nations and steer the course of history. A happier, healthier world may be enjoyed when we use those two words with sincere hearts.

The account of that first thanksgiving is staggering! Remember, a year after their arrival in the new world half of the pilgrims were dead from malnutrition, cold and sickness. Instead of calling for a shake-your-fist-at-God protest rally they called for thanksgiving!

Do you see what faith and character are required to give thanks? Picture yourself with half of your family gone or having buried half of your community. Those people were true God fearers, focusing not on their entitlements but on the merciful God.

To give thanks when all is well is something we teach our children. To give thanks when all is less than well is something only the mature can stomach. The Bible teaches us to give thanks even in persecution, in hardship and trial. When I see people actually doing this I am stupefied with admiration.

Sadly most holidays have been neutered of their potency. We set off fireworks but forget the meaning of independence. We share presents but forget the Advent. We barbecue and play a round of golf, but don’t remember those who have fallen. In the case of Thanksgiving we eat to gluttony but forget, those two powerful words.

Lord, help us recover lost and stolen meaning and be people of gratitude!

Steven C Johnson

Landingstripenterprises@gmail.com

 

Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.

All the world is God’s own field, fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown unto joy or sorrow grown.
First the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take His harvest home;
From His field shall in that day all offenses purge away,
Giving angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store in His garner evermore.

Even so, Lord, quickly come, bring Thy final harvest home;
Gather Thou Thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified, in Thy garner to abide;
Come, with all Thine angels come, raise the glorious harvest home.

                  

    Words: Henry Alford,                              Music: St. George’s Wind­sor,

  Psalms and Hymns, 1844.                                George J. El­vey, 1858

 

 

 

 

 

 

BATHROBES

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 T or F:     The disciples walked about in bathrobes because they were too lazy to change into street cloths.
 
T or F:     John the Baptist was a wild, crass hillbilly of a man.
 
T or F:     Many people in America wear paints with holes across the knees because they are of the poorer class and must work on their hands and knees for a living.
  
JOHN’S STATUS
 
John was born with a silver spoon. 
You remember his father Zechariah was a priest who served in the magnificent temple.
John was born into the priestly line. That speaks volumes!
The priest were the social standard makers, religious litmus test takers, and the civil/legal judges of the day.
John was born into an elite class with the highest social rank.
He was better educated than 95 percent of the nation.
In terms of religious recognition John was born at the crest of the hill.
Economically he was probably in the upper class, for priests had financial benefits others did not.
 
The truth is that John had it all – status, education, and most likely wealth.
 
JOHN’S REPUDIATION
 
Like his father, John’s birthright was to serve at the temple.
There was one problem. John came to despise the corruption in the “organized religion” of the day.
He saw most of the priests and religious leaders as slime balls, hypocrites, widow robbers, and false teachers leading a nation away from God into dead ritual.
John repudiated the abuses of the priestly class and abandoned the option of being among the elites.  
He walked away from the magnificence of the temple service, the intelligentsia with their heady theological conversations, social commentary, the arrogance, hypocrisy and duplicity.
He would not tolerate the degradation he saw there.
John was so disgusted he turned his back on it all.
He traded in the priestly garments and dressed in leathers.
He no longer ate from the temple cafeteria but scavenged for food in the wilderness.
 
Israel had found God in the wilderness. God could be found there again!
 
JOHN’S SPIRITUALITY
 
John’s father was not just a priest. He stood out as a godly priest who had met the angel Gabriel in the temple.
John had been raised with that story – that impartation!
If ever a child had a sense of destiny and calling!
 
Johns young spirit had been seeded with, “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High…“
 
JOHN’S MESSAGE
 
John was not as harsh as he was convicted, convicted to the reality the nation was lost and in desperate straits.
It needed a radical turn-around.
 
John’s strident message came from revelation of a great alarm, and the alarm needed to be sounded!
He warned of a fire torching and an axe hacking.
He did not want his people to experience those things – because he had the heart of a priest!
He would rally the people back to God, and to the mercies received in repentance.
 
There was something else – a message of Messianic Weight!
It was not just, “Repent or you will be burned and hacked” but, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!”
 
Something monumental was about to take place.
God was about to act. He would not be distant but present!
All should be aware, because when the King takes decisive action heads will roll.
And comfort will come for the oppressed!
That stirred the nation and hundreds of thousands of people made the trek to the wilderness for they saw that John had the heart of a priest, but the voice of a prophet!
In those multitudes there was the fear of God, and anticipation of an amazing disruptive future!
 
John radically changed his associations, his cloths, his diet, his mailing address, and of course, his message!
 
Things change when men and women are gripped with the kingdom!

Steven C Johnson

Landingstripenterprises.com

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

http://landingstripenterprises.com/

 

 

 

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

Landingstripenterprises.com

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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

Landingstripenterprises.com

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. Persist in asking, seeking and knocking and the perplexities will be found out!

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, the victims of murders 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 words 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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Good day!

 

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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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

LandingStripEnterprises.com

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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

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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

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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.”

OVERTURNING THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE

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This morning [Friday, June 26, 2015] our Supreme Court made an equivalency statement declaring there is no distinction between the marriage of a man and woman, and that of a man and man.

I feel shame and disgrace, fear for our nation, as well as indignation and resolve. This is not an issue of homosexuality, it is about the undermining of our constitutional integrity. Don’t get sidetracked by talking about homosexuality.

In a sweep the Supreme Court has overturned the timeless consensus that marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life. The marriage referendums of our states have been overturned in a stroke. The decisions of the people are negated. I am angry with the systemic virus drawing us from God, pillaging our nation, and making dark, light – and up, down.

What will be the progressive outcomes? I wrote the following prior to the first election of Mr. Obama. The reality of my prediction is manifesting.

“HATE CRIME”

“A few weeks from now what I am about to say may be a hate crime so I feel I need to get it off my chest; ‘I get queasy and sick to my stomach on roller coasters’. There, I said it!

Senator Barack Obama said, ‘I will place the weight of my administration behind the enactment of the Matthew Shepherd Act to outlaw hate crimes and a fully inclusive Employment Nondiscrimination Act.’

A few weeks from now if I say that I get sick to my stomach and nauseated when my homosexual friends talk about their practices I may be prosecuted for hate speech. If my church refuses to hire a staff person because they are homosexual they will be prosecuted.

I wanted to say this now before a lawsuit impoverishes us or my family misses me because I was doing time.”

Decisions have consequence. If you haven’t already asked the “If…then” statements about this Supreme Court decision, now will be the time to anticipate the next steps of corruption to our constitution and nation.

I talked with three men at the gym over the Court’s decision. All of them made glib statements of acquiescence: “It was inevitable.” “I figured that would happen. “What a shame that this is happening to our nation.”

Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
To serve the King of kings.

It is high time to become contenders, not weak benders! We must appeal to a Higher Court and take activism to a new level! For the sake of our constitution and nation and the God we once reverenced.

May our nation not acquiesce one more time! May this be the turning point of defiance -by refusing to comply in our States and Cities. It is time for civil disobedience! Let us take them to court, the Highest Court!

“Don’t tread on me!”

Steven C Johnson

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“RIVERFRONT PROPERTY” – Now in Print and eBook!

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“Riverfront Property” – Now in Print and eBook!!!

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“It’s the best thing I can remember seeing of its kind, which is a combination of thematic Bible study and Christian energy drink. Steve’s explanation of what the Bible says about rivers, water, and spiritual life is as good as it gets.”  –  Dr. Jeff Treder

“Riverfront Property makes me thirsty. The love of God and the river of life flow in these pages. Get a fresh drink here! Now I want to run through a rain shower, stand under a waterfall, and soak in the ocean. Come Holy Spirit, pour out on us!”   – Harold R. Eberle, President of Worldcast Ministry

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