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OUR STRETCH OF RIVERFRONT PROPERTY

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

“Our Inheritance in Messiah is a stretch of Riverfront Property! It is a delightful place of connection— connection with the Lamb and with His people!” Riverfront Property: Connecting at the River of Life.

Pam and I are blessed to be living in Morton, WA along the Tilton River. It is a place loaded with beauty and peace!  Drink some in as you continue below. 

 

VIDEO: OUR PIECE OF THE TILTON RIVER

 

BIG FISH IN THE RIVER

Our friend Pat is catching salmon on our beach. Over the past couple weeks he has caught other fish this size.. He filleted one for us ten minutes out of the river!

 

   “TALL TIMBER SILHOUETTES”

 

 

 

Tall timber silhouettes 

 

Stirring

 

Twilight trees

 

Anticipating

 

The morning stretch  

(Steve)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHICK CHALET (under construction)

We’ve had mini-farms in Ellensburg, WA, Sevierville, TN and Abilene, TX. We’ve had chickens at all of them. They must follow us. 26 chicks are waiting in a corner of the garage for their new domicile, the “Chick Chalet.” We had a couple scrap windows so they are getting a view and ventilation.

 

SMITTY ENJOYING THE LEAVES AND RIVER

Early in the morning Smitty and I go to our rocky beach and take in the life of the river. He sniffs around and finds yummy things like crawdads. We have been pleased to discover good neighbors. Even Smitty has good fellowship with the local canines.

 

A PLACE FOR ROOTS TO GO DEEP

We have lived in lots of places. We both agree Morton is the place to let our roots go deep. We are planting a variety of fruit trees, berries and flowers. We have a little greenhouse and put in some raised beds.

David said, “The boundary lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.” Grateful!

 

AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN!

One of the richest finds in Morton is discovering a band of praying Christians. We are looking forward to great seasons of prayer with that growing tribe, and earthshaking consequences! Jesus, take the glory!

Pam and I are flying the same flag our revolutionary army used. We “appeal to Heaven” daily for our nation. We have an ache for the welfare of our nation, and a longing for our dear Lord Jesus’ Kingdom to manifest in our nation, and the nations of the world. Trust you are adding your prayers to heaven’s bowls. “Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.” Rev 5:8 

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises

 

As a PS, Happy Columbus Day! Stand up Christopher!

People pulled down Cristopher Columbus’ statue because they believe this continent should never have been discovered by Europeans. If in 1592 Winston had sail the ocean blue, or Patricia had sailed in 1692 to discover America it would be resented by someone, and their statues, in time, might come down. I wonder how many who brought down Columbus could give us an intelligent lecture on his life to justify his humiliation.

HOLY MOMENT, FIGHT OR STARVE and MORE

Posted by on Sep 16, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

HOLY MOMENT

“All creatures great and small, The Lord God made them all.”

The day started cool and wet. It was still dark and a drizzle required wipers for visibility as I drove through rural Washington. Arriving at my destination I found the back deck covered in big drops of water beading up like miniature puddles. It felt cold and unfriendly and I moved back to the warmth of the house.

A few hours later I went outside to check the temperature and found a honey bee struggling to survive. It was wet and cold having landed in a puddle and had stopped trying to escape. In fact, it did not move at all. I looked for a tool and found a leaf to scoop it up. It hung on and I knew what to do.

i placed it in the sun and went inside to find a food source. No honey, but I could dissolve sugar in a spoon. I placed the bee near the sugar but it did not respond, so I dripped a little on its mouth. It immediately began sucking up the sweet stuff. Awwwww!

I had done all I could and returned to my work. An hour later when I looked the bee had flown. Restored to return home!

For me, this was a Holy Moment.

Pamela Johnson

 

FIGHT OR STARVE?

If thieves were coming into your home to steal your food pantry, would you fight them to the death?

It’s probably unfair to ask people living in modern Western nations this question. Most of us would say, “It’s not worth the fight.” We’d step aside. A few might willingly share their food. Others would give up their food to appease. The next day we would go to the grocery store to restock the refrigerator.

Near Eastern people have had different circumstances, attitudes and practices.

Gideon warred to save the barley harvest

Boaz slept at the threshing floor to protect the wheat harvest.

Shammah fought to save the lentil harvest

Biblical characters would build watch towers in their fields to house their harvests. They would post lookouts on them to watch for marauders who wanted to loot their wealth by raiding their pantry. Food was the measure of your bank account as well as the measure of your longevity. Houses were built with the food stored in the back room so raiders would need to come through the living area, “over the owner’s dead body” to capture the family’s supply.

Consider the heroic stand of Shammah. “Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel’s troops fled from them. But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.”  2 Sam 23:11-12

It might be good to know “Shammah” means The LORD is there! He must have realized the Lord was present that day in the field of lentils!

Months later families could say, “We are eating tonight because Shammah saved the lentils.” Failing to defend the food supply meant slow and painful starvation. One might die fighting to defend the staff of life, but it would be a quick death. If they died fighting they would not have to watch their children starve. Defending the food supply was defending their family’s lives.

Going to the modern grocery is a marvel. Most of the world does not understand our abundance. When I walk through an American grocery store I am so amazed at the plenty! I often worship God in the grocery store, giving thanks for the wonderful access to food we enjoy.

Just a hundred years ago many of us still took in the crops, sacked, canned and dried the food, and stocked the larder. Ben Franklin as a youth helped his parents pack out the year’s foodstuff into the pantry. In his young tongue-in-cheek way, he suggested they could pray once for their food for the year. In different days having a year’s supply of food was not hoarding. It was basic planning. Albertsons, Safeway, Tom Thumb and Walmart would not be open that year. Today we save money to buy food. Before modern groceries we just saved food.

Biblical characters were willing to die to save their pantry. They were not defending the few contents of an icebox or cupboard. They were defending supplies to sustain their lives for the year!

In those days food was not easily gained with bonus discount coupons. Their backs and blisters produced it from the earth. Farming people were known for their faith and hard work.  Some suffered anxiety when it came to planting. If seed was taken from the pantry to sow the field would there be enough food remaining till the harvest? Would they grow enough to restock the pantry for the next year? The reassuring prophetic word to the farmers was, “Those who sow in tears will come again reaping in Joy.”

The lion protects its kill. Dogs jealously gauard their bones. Bees fight to protect their hives.

As an FYI – Fema on food and water preparations

A SPIRITUAL APPLICATION

It may be totally appropriate to defend your physical food supply in a life or death battle. But, are we willing to fight tooth and claw to defend truth, integrity and righteousness? Solomon said, “Buy the truth and do not sell it.” I agree! Don’t sell out on truth regardless what you are offered, or threatened with. We can share truth freely without cost but we must never sell out on the truths which sustain our lives. God’s word, our daily bread, is worth fighting for! Our lives depend on it!

 

CHRISTIANS WHO DON’T VOTE

I’ve heard three out of four Christian don’t vote.

Can we also say, Three out of four Christians don’t

Pray?

Witness?

Give?

Study?

Fellowship?

Serve?

Can we say, “Three out of four Christians – are not?”

“Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” James 2:17

 

PREPARATION

 

Question: What does a spare tire, fire extinguisher and gun have in common?

Answer: It’s nice to have them but you hope never to need to use them.

 

A HYMN FROM MY YOUTH RINGING IN MY SPIRIT

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.

Rise up, O men of God!
The kingdom tarries long.
Bring in the day of brotherhood
and end the night of wrong.

Rise up, O men of God!
The church for you doth wait,
her strength unequal to her task;
rise up, and make her great!

Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where his feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
rise up, O men of God!

Steve Johnson

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OVERCOMING DISLEXIA: A TESTIMONY

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

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My childhood was very pleasant up to the time I entered grade school. Our family was loving and I felt like I was a pretty normal kid, managing life well and getting along fine with others.

1st grade began and life became problematic. When it came to academics I discovered I wasn’t quite normal. I was the kid that just didn’t get it. I didn’t understand the alphabet or numbers. They didn’t make sense to me. I began to see I was not like the other kids.

I was last in first grade learning my ABC’s and my 123’s. I remember missing recess as I tried to write my numbers in order copying the shapes from the blackboard. I remember being held back from recess in the second grade doing the same. Why was it so easy for the other kids? I felt frustrated. I felt stupid. Stupid and shameful became my identity. When it came to academics I was the kid whose lightbulb was dim.

I remember trying to become invisible so the teacher wouldn’t see me and call on me with a question. I didn’t want to be embarrassed again, and again. I was the last in class in every subject. I remember getting knots in my stomach at the end of the school year wondering whether I would be advanced to the next grade. I don’t know why but they passed this “D” and occasional “C” grade student to the next level yearly.

In the Fourth grade I saw I was going to be dead last in learning my multiplication tables. The title for “last” would go to a girl in the class or myself. I put out a great effort practicing diligently with the flash cards, and broke a barrier. I came in second from last! What a relief not to be dead last again. Math was my strong suit!

In the sixth grade the unthinkable happened. I got an A on a ten-word spelling test. I don’t remember ever getting a B, let alone an A before. My parents had been out of town for a few days. I was staying with an Aunt and a cousin. Over three days with perhaps up to six hours of repetition they worked with me on the ten spelling words. I remember being totally amazed when I discovered I had spelled every one correctly!

I squeaked through the seventh grade but did so with a break-though. I realized I could copy two or three letters at a time from the chalkboard onto my paper rather than one letter at a time. At times I could copy whole words. It broke a speed barrier!

My father was a physician and was studying a learning disability called dyslexia. I apparently had it. P’s and d’s, b’s and q’s  looked the same to me. Even today I confuse them when writing, along with other letters like Z and S. Phonetics helped a little but I could never trust them  because I was always stumbling on the exception to the rule and creating my own ‘fonedik’ spellings.

By blessed fortune my parents were able to hire private tutors and finally send me away to a private boarding school in the eighth grade. There were small classes, intense tutoring and four hours of study hall a day. This was where I first prayed. “Dear God, my Dad and Mom want me to do well in school. Help me do well so they will be pleased.” I prayed this frequently, sometimes many times a day.

It is a testimony to the all-wise God, my loving parents, caring teachers and the power of determined effort. At the end of the school year I was a straight A student. The earth shook with wonder! I was learning that by depending on God and using all my effort I could succeed. That was the year by providence I accidentally picked up number four pencils rather than the standard number two pencils. I realized I had to give greater effort to make a clear mark with the number four pencils. The greater physical effort of pressure on the pencil while writing math questions drove the sense of mathematics deeper in my mind!

I’ve had many “moments,” and those moments still visit daily. In the eight grade I could not remember how to spell my middle name. “Craig,” after all is a challenging name to spell. You’ll be glad to know I practiced and learned how.

The mighty grace of God took me through college and on to graduate school. I was able to keep a B average though school, which I think is an accomplishment.  There was a moment in grad school where I was writing a paper and needed to write the world “of,” but could not remember how to spell it. I tried “uv” and “ov” but it just didn’t look right. I was embarrassed to ask a fellow student how to spell “of” so started looking for it in the dictionary. After 20 minutes trying to figure it out I realized if I read a book, in time, I would come upon the word “of.” It worked!

I found when studying Greek that if I worked two or three times longer than fellow students I could do as well, or nearly as well, as others. The willingness to work twice as hard as others became a key for achieving.

 

I am so grateful for the good fruit which has come to me because of this little handicap!

By the grace of God, I have been able to shake off the title “stupid” and the feeling of shame.

I have compassion for others who struggle with mental handicaps. They are my peers.

I’ve gained creative techniques for learning and have come to realize reading, re-reading and then reading again will help me understand a sentence or paragraph.

Even though many speak faster and come up with amazingly quick quips I’ve learned I don’t have to compare myself to them. I realize that in my own way I’m quite smart, even if I sometimes speak slower looking for words.

I savor accomplishments which require hard work more than naturally gifted people do.

I am able to be patient with others because I realize thinking can take a lot of time and effort. 

There are still times when I cut a board at 69 inches rather than 96 but most of the time I’ve get it right and have successfully applied math in many practical situations.

Every time I write a page I have to look up spellings because my spellcheck has no idea  what I’m trying to say. Still, my third-grade teacher would be amazed. I’ve written lots: Sermons, Bible study lessons, newsletters, a couple books and hundreds of blogs.

I keep learning to lean on God in my weakness, and ask His help.

Do you have a handicap which you have overcome?

What fruit have you been able to grain because of it?

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.Com

 

 

 

THE FEAR OF THE LORD: PROMISED BLESSINGS!

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

Have you ever pondered the wonderful benefits our loving Lord grants those who reverence Him? You may find dozens of delightful promises for those who fear the Lord. What comes to those who with heart and soul breath, “Hollowed by Thy name?” You’ll be encouraged to learn!

A CHALLENGE: Put a “check mark” by the blessings you have already enjoyed because of your reverence for God.

The LORD delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love. (Ps 147:11)

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Prov 9:10)

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.  (Is 33:6)

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (Prov 1:7)

… then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. (Prov 2:5)

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.  (Prov 14:27)

The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble. (Prov 19:23)

Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and life. (Prov 22:4)

The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. (Prov 10:27)

The fear of the LORD leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil. (Prov 19:23)

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for: through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.  (Prov 16:6)

Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. (Ps 34:9)

Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and keep them alive in famine. Ps 33:18-19)

In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And his children will have a place of refuge.  (Prov 14:26)

The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.(Ps 25:14)

Oh, how great is Your goodness,which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which you have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!  (Ps 31:19)

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them.  (Ps 34:7)

But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple  (Ps 5:7)

For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him (Ps 103:11)

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him   (Ps 103:13)

Isaiah spoke of the coming Root or David, The Branch, “and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.”[ Is 11:3a]. Our Lord Jesus, The Branch walked, and walks today, saturated in the these promised blessings!

What future blessing do you anticipate coming to you, and your family, through these promises?

What are ways you personally upgrade your reverent love and fear of the Lord?

Steven C Johnson 

LandingStripEnterprises.Com

 

 

WHAT WOULD “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” LOOK LIKE?

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

I had a show-stopping moment last week in a Men’s prayer group. I’ve thought of it daily since Cesar made this statement: “I’ve been wondering what “One Nation Under God’ looks like.” It slammed me, bowled me over, stupefied me!

I’ve pledged “One Nation Under God.” I’ve prayed for “One Nation Under God” but I have never taken moments to picture what “One Nation Under God” would look like!

I say it reverently and with startled amazement, “O my God! If a nation ever decided to come under God…what would be the outcome?” Imagine the dripping oil and wine, the milk and honey Heaven would rain on a nation under His covering!!!

What would happen if all the chicks in a nation came Under Wing? Safety, security, belonging, identity, purpose! It would mean a national rebirth of hope and vision, a golden-age of brotherhood. Under Heaven’s shielding umbrella and outpoured bounty what blessings might overtake that nation?

Do you find it easy to imagine what happens to a nation which abandons God? It a little harder, but try this, imagining what happens to a nation in whole-hearted devotion to the Lord of hosts.

I’m endeavoring to pray for one nation a day. I’ve taken up listening to the national anthems of the nations I pray for. Virtually all nations sing of heritage, virtues, aspirations of hope and oneness. Those aspirational longings can take quantum leaps for nations which come under God!

What would become of Algeria, Uzbekistan, Indonesia and Suriname if these nations decided to come under God? “Holy Smoke!”

I am one who believes that whole nations will come to Christ in these last days. They will be known as Sheep Nations. See Matthew 25: 31-46. Imagine the lavish blessings overflowing on those nations who reverence their Creator and live under His protection! They will enjoy His bountiful provisions! Yes, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD!”

Steven C Johnson

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DO YOU KNOW THE GOD-HONORING FOURTH VERSE OF OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM?

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

DISCERNMENT: A LITMUS TEST

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

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” Phil 1:9-10

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt a sense of evil that made your skin creep, or a sense of holy delight that got you jumping on your tiptoes? You were discerning. Supernatural powers of discrimination are urgently needed. Many lambs are led away by false teachings and seducing spirits because they lack it. Many believers miss heaven’s resources as they fail to realize an angelic presence is there to provide or guide.

I was in a library of huge books. In the dream there were marble busts of wise and discerning people. Curiously, their noses were much larger than normal. The Lord showed me this is discernment.

You find a Tupperware dish in the back of the refrigerator.  How long has it been back there? Carefully you pop the lid and give it the sniff test.

Do you have a nose for discernment? Can you sense when angels or demons are about? Can you sense when things are holy or tainted? What a vital gift!

                A LITMUS TEST FOR DISCERNING

Here is one way to discern if an activity is worthless or worthful. After you are done with it do you sense:

A greater softness in your heart toward others?

The sweet fruits of love, joy and peace?

Increased gratitude toward Jesus?

A greater resolve to live for Jesus and make the most of your life?

So, after you are done watching it, drinking or eating it, or talking about it – have you gotten good fruit?

Do you have your own litmus tests to help you discern the value of activities, the origin of a spirit, and what is harmful or healthful?  Your comment here might help others hone their discerning gifts.

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.Com

 

 

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“MY HEART GOES OUT.” MOVED BY THOSE WHO INTERCEDE

Posted by on Aug 7, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Can you explain this to me? When crisis or tragedy strikes I come alert and aware, but it is not until I see people rising to help, mobilizing for rescue, that my heart is deeply moved, my throat tightens up and I feel the swelling tears.

What is this phenomenon I’ve witnessed in myself for years?

When our daughter was abducted and drown I was fully awake, fully contending. But I was moved to tears when I saw police officers and medical workers seeking to help with their every fiber. Then my heart swole three times its size, expanded with gratitude.

When the Twin Towers fell I was shocked, angered, and grieved, but no tears until I saw pictures of first responders and noble-minded citizens seeking to help.

I see riots in Portland and am alarmed and pained. But when I see the interview of a True-Blue black officer standing steady for what is right I am caught with that hard-to-swallow feeling in my throat.

I’ve experienced it recently with news from Beirut. Their apocalyptic explosion left miles of waste, loss of life and injury. Its horrifying, but I am moved to tears when I see people respond to comfort and relieve.

I read the story of the sinking of the Titanic. It’s tragic. But I’m choked-up when I learn of the noble rescue efforts of the crew and passengers on the Carpathia.

When I see things going South in our world I am alerted, but when I see righteous men and women of character take their stand in the gap, I am stirred with emotion!

I’m not sure what goes on inside my heart, but this could be part of it: I think of problems and tragedies as normal, but people rising up in noble intercession as exceptional!

Deborah sang with deep appreciation for those who volunteered to go into the fray. I’m wondering, can you relate? “My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel who offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless the LORD.” Judges 5:9

Steven C Johnson

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THE RIDICULOUS, DANGEROUS NONSENSE OF “HATE CRIMES.”

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

We should expunge “Hate crimes” from our vocabulary, and remove all “hate crimes” from our list of laws. “Hate crimes” should be outlawed!

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The designation “hate crime” is nonsense. You can’t measure hate. You can’t know the motives of people’s hearts. You may speculate or surmise but you cannot know. You can however judge people by their actions!

It is impossible to know with certainty the motives of anyone.

If we keep creating new “hate crimes” we will be able to arrest anyone for any action we feel is motivated by hate. What’s more, we may arrest anyone based on our suspicion they may possess hateful thoughts. “I have a strong suspicious that in your heart you are a racist, and religious bigot. Therefore, you should be arrested!” This kind of “justice” is found in communist and totalitarian antichrist nations.

All hate crimes should be obliterated from our law books. If not, prepare for the motives police to knock on your door. “Hate Crime” laws create a new type of prejudice.

If I don’t like broccoli, tattoos, someone’s sexual orientation, or the color they paint their living room I could be in danger of being charged with a hate crime. “You must hate farmers, tattoos artists , celibates, and interior designers. After all, your don’t care for what they do. Therefore, you are full of hate!”

 

One of the dominant, nonsensical presumptions is that people who hate should be punished more severely.

For example, if a murderer kills because he hates another for social, religious, philosophical, or racial reasons he should get a more severe punishment than the cold-blooded psychopath.

To get a lesser punishment we might plead, “I was not hateful. There was nothing personal. I simply killed them for their stuff. No premeditation, no animosity, I’m simply making a living.”

We cannot measure the quality or magnitude of anyone’s hate, therefore “hate crime” laws are nonsensical. What’s more, such laws lend themselves to suspicion, speculation, and false accusations, based curiously on novel prejudices. Communist China has perfected this type of justice. Suspicion is enough to have your arrested and worse. 

No person is capable of judging people’s motives, but we can judge actions and call people to account for breaking established laws.

 

There is One who will make judgements over our lives based on motives.

God knows every thought and intention. He searches our hearts and make true judgements of heart contents.

Let’s not pretend we know the motives of others. Rather, let’s be humble and vulnerable before our Lord as He scrutinizes each of our hearts.

“We speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” 1 Thess 2:4

“You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts.“ Luke 16:15

 “The Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought.” 1 Chr 28:9

When we judge the motives of others we are in peril of mocking God, claiming His supernatural abilities to know the mysteries of hearts.  Let us properly judge based on people’s actions, based on their fruit. But for pity sake, please put an end to the dangerous folly of “hate crimes!”

Do you agree? Disagree? Want to dialogue?

This article by Louis DeBroux shares one type of abuse of “hate crime ” laws.

Steven C Johnson

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RE-MASCULATING BOYS: RESTORING STOLEN MANHOOD

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

I was listening to The Danish National Symphony Orchestra’s outstanding performance of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. This has become a go-to song for inspiration. It stirs me deeply. Apparently, millions feel the same way.

Scrolling through the comments I read: “My neutered dog heard this and his testicles have grown back.” I laughed with tears for five minutes! It was good for the eyes.

I wonder, What it would take to grow back testicles on emasculated men?

 

 

It’s been said, “Our culture has taught young boys to be good little girls.” How many young men are wobbly about what it means to be a man? No wonder our sexual confusion. Boys are taught, “Men are rude and violent. You don’t want to be one of them! Men abuse women. You don’t want to be one of them. Men start wars. You don’t want to be a man.”

Some boys are neglected and become feral. They may become aimless and unrestrained, become abusive and violent, or cowering hermits. But the education many boys get today is almost worse than neglect.

 

 

Modern social innovators teach boys to be sensitive, to quench their rambunctious ways, to be passive, not damage the china or clang the tableware. In our pursuit of taming men, we have turned lions to sheep and eagles to chickens. In our taming the “savage beast” of manhood we have removed their fight for greater things, their courage to contend for a noble cause. And many seem proud of this accomplishment.

 

     

Who will teach boys to harness their masculine powers for good, rather than the bad and ugly? Boys need to be taught self-control, to play within the boundaries, and fight fair, but Lord have mercy on the ones who would steal away sport and sparring and rumble from hearts born to possess it!

 

 

May boys be raised again to have tough sinks and soft hearts. May boys harness their sanctified manhood to protect the vulnerable, to contend for the right and to pursue high-heaven ambitions! Boys should be inspired to yoke their masculine powers for The Good, The Glorious and The Magnificent!

 

 

Perhaps a listen to The Danish National Symphony Orchestracould help bring healing for young men robbed of manhood.

WHATCHA THINK??

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprise.Com

 

 

 

 

CAROLYN GROGAN GRADUATES! HEAVEN IN ELATION!

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“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves,

so that when it is gone,

you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” Luke 16:9

Carolyn Grogan Graduating mana cum laude!

 

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Pam’s Mom, Carolyn, passed into eternity last night, 7/9/2020. It would be hard to find a Saint more eager and excited to be with her Lord. She is receiving a royal revelry! Carolyn is a woman who made many great investments. “Welcomed into eternal dwellings” rightly describes heaven’s scene!

I used to tease Carolyn over an agreement we had. “Carolyn, if you die before me I’ll come up with something nice to say about you. And if I die before you, you scratch your head and come up with something good about me.” She would laugh. So, I’m under obligation. But no head scratching necessary.

Carolyn loved to laugh! She would find any excuse to do so. Joy characterized her life as brightness characterizes the sun. Sometimes I thought she laughed too much, but I don’t think heaven was offended by her joy and the faith behind it.

Carolyn was an evangelist, a good-news-er! I recall times when we were together and she met a stranger. She would ask in various words, “Do you know my Lord Jesus?”

We wrote a book about our daughter’s resurrection but didn’t have much money to see it published. Carolyn volunteered to help with expenses. When I told her we did not know how the book would sell of if we would be able to repay her, her reply was, “I’ll take it in souls!”  I know for a fact that thousands came to Christ though that story and the TV and radio interviews which carried it around the world!

Carolyn pitched in strongly to make the prayer meetings go to new levels. Most of her prayer was early in the morning with marked up bibles, inspirational books, prayer lists and worship music in the background. She is famous in our family for praying her immediate and extended family members into The Kingdom.

Carolyn delighted in her children, grands and greats! She had many qualities which make for a great Mom and grandmother. Fun, adventure, and celebration, sewing, cooking canning, and more. I prize a beautiful thick, warm sweater which she made for her husband, Frank, which I inherited.

     A sweater Carolyn made

She was a God-send helping with our kids and concerns in Ellensburg and Goldendale, WA. She also enjoyed living with us in Sevierville, TN, and would adventure out on foot with her hat and stick to enjoy the beauty and see if there was a conversation to strike up.

As she aged the wrinkles always went upwards. The last leg of her race was a challenge as she struggled with memory loss. None-the-less her spirit always leaned toward the finish line where her Lord, standing at the tape, was cheering her across.

Many of us are jealous for her arrival and the joyful pomp and circumstance of reunion! May God bless each of us in our respective races, and give a special grace for strong kicks to our runs as we cross over!

Steven C Johnson

Landingstripentprises.com

 

JOINING THE VANDALS: AN INVITATION

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

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Those tearing down national statues are operating on a reliable principle. “Tear down the objects which inform people’s perspectives and values and you will overcome them.”

Proverbs 21:22 affirms the same principle.

“A wise man scales the city of the mighty

and brings down the stronghold in which they trust.”

Our heavenly commission includes destroying and vandalizing. Our assignment involves overthrowing lying, deluding teachings vomited up by demons. We do so with heaven-forged weapons discharged with Holy Spirit gunpowder!

The good news is that every form of prejudice is coming down! But first, God wills to use us to do it! We contend, “The truth will set you free” and “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty!” Word powered by Spirit!

Christ is the head instigator of violence. He is roused as a mother bear robbed or her cubs. Lance Wallnau says, “God’s mercy is ferocious!” He is ferocious to rescue those robbed of their sanity, their freedom of mind, their courage and relationships. Jesus the “meek and mild” said,

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s works.”

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

Gideon and his men destroying the altar of Baal.  Maerten van Heemskerck

It takes courage to follow Jesus’ violent lead and become destroyers and warriors tangling with demons. Gideon had to pull down things inside himself to muster the courage to pull down the idol of Baal.

Gideon was told by the angel of the LORD to destroy the altar of Baal and pull down the Asherah pole. The city had given place to Baal. To fail to worship Baal, or worse to offend him, could mean Baal’s wrath again the city and devastation to their families. (Judges 6:25-32)

Before Gideon could pull down the physical altar he had to pull down things in his own mind. If he pulled down the altar would God be able to protect him from the wrath of Baal? Would the people, terrified that Baal had been offended, want to kill him? Could he pull down the fear of Baal and the fear of man in his heart?  

Gideon took courage and did the inner work so he could do the external work! His inner heart-work and courageous action earned him a new name, “Jerubbaal” meaning, “Let Baal fight against him” implying Baal doesn’t have the stuff to take on Gideon.

WHICH OBJECTS SHOULD BE BROUGHT DOWN?

People pulled down Cristopher Columbus’ statue because they believe this continent should never have been discovered by Europeans. If in 1592 Winston had sail the ocean blue, or Patricia had sailed in 1692 to discover America it would be resented by someone, and their statues in time might come down. I wonder how many who brought down Columbus could give us an intelligent lecture on his life to justify his humiliation.

I’m sure that some statues should be torn down. For example, I don’t understand how we can have a statue of Stalin in Seattle. Yes, I know it is considered private art on private property but it is in full public view. The only “good” quality of that statue is that his hands are painted by citizen vandals, from time to time, blood red. Why have a statue of a man who killed 20 million of his own people in your back yard? I would think thousands of Russian Americans would demand its removal.

Anarchist destroy but have no plan afterwards. Their only aim is to destroy. Afterward they leave us in ruins. By the way, after the memorials are torn down, the history books containing their stories need to be destroyed, and then those who dare to preserve those histories. Our founding fathers reminded us that anarchy is always followed by despotism. Anarchy may kill its thousands, but the despotism which follows kills millions.

So spiritually what idols need to be toppled and demolished? It seems there is more demonic statuary among us than we can begin to despoil. Most of it is not in marble or bronze, but thoughts. Paul said,

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion

raised against the knowledge of God

and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Cor 10:4-6.

We may start with lying prejudices inspired by pride and fear. Let’s get our crowbars, ropes and sledge hammers to tear down and demolish every form of prejudice from our hearts. Let’s overthrow racism, sexism, ageism, and presumptive divisions based on supposed intelligence, wealth, pedigree, national origin, political affiliation and religion.

Our ministry does not stop at destroying. We destroy what injures others so we may build up and plant what brings life! Jeremiah was called to be a destroyer, then, a builder!

See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to

uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow,

to build and to plant.” Jer 1:10

HERE’S A QUESTION SEEKING YOUR RESPONSE

How do you as intercessor stand between our history and its lessons, and those who tear down historic values and perspectives?

May we repent from being social observers and commentators and become activist in both the prayer and social arenas. May we be so Heavenly minded that we become earthly good!

Your fellow intercessor,

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEntrprises.com

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Should children of slaves, sue the Democratic Party for reparations?

Should children of slaves repay the families of the 360,000 northern soldiers who died for their liberty?

 

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Hoodlums Versus Protesters: Making Distinctions

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

“I think the lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Hamlet

A woman has been charged with starting 5 Police Cars in Seattle on fire. I helped buy those Police Cars so it’s rather irritating to have them destroyed. 

The picture of this woman reminds me of Proverbs 14:1. “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” America cannot be overcome by external enemies but she can commit suicide.

I wish the news were capable of making a distinction between legitimate protesters and lawless hoodlums. How difficult can it be to distinguish between them?

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.Com

 

INTERCESSORS EMBODIED ON AN ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT SCALE

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

 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” Ezekiel 22:30

    

My stomach still gets queasy when I consider of it. Honestly, I’m moved to tears when I think back.

On September 1st, 2004 a group of Chechen rebels took over a Beslan school in Russia. It was the first day of school and many parents and relatives were there to celebrate the “First Bell”.

  
The Islamic militants held children, parents and teachers captive 
for 52 hours while Russian troops were outside. 
It ended in a conflagration of explosions and shooting.  

 

Of 1,100 hostages 334 people were killed, including 186 children. 700 were wounded. 31 of the 32 attackers also died.

  

I prayed strongly for the deliverance of those hostages 
while the siege was going on. I grieved for the brutality 
and the loss of those precious lives. 

 

During the siege I began to conceive of a whole new type of Christian Intercessor. I thought:

What if at the first note of the siege Christians around the world were rallied?

What if 1000 intercessors from 30 nations immediately boarded planes and flew to Russia to be on-location intercessors?

What if they took intercession to an altogether different level by standing between the school with its hostages, and the Russian soldiers?

I’ve been brewing the concept of a rapid deployment intercessory force for the past 16 years. Some would say:

That’s so unrealistic

It meddles with other nation’s internal affairs

It puts mobilized intercessors in mortal danger

It would be logistically too difficult

Who would be responsible if some of the intercessors never came home?

Yes, it would take a different breed of Christian to participate in such an intercession.

They would have to value others more highly than themselves. They would have to give up the luxuries of their own safety or comfort. They would have to put their lives on the line.

We pay soldiers, police and firemen to do dangerous things. There would be no pay for such intercessors, rather the expense of a plane ticket or all-night drive. Perhaps such people could not be found.

I’ve been gratified to learn of Saints from our congregation as well as others going to Capitol Hill in Seattle where there have been legitimate protests tainted by rioting. They have interceded and shown their light among sheep without a shepherd! It is a true blessing to see Saints in action, engaging for the sake of Christ and for those He loves!

Metro Seattle has a population of 4 million. What if 10% of them were Christians. What if 1% of the Christian’s really wanted to intercede for the welfare of their city, were willing to take up a different type of cross, and do it on location. Image four thousand Christians lifting their burning lamps, praying up a storm and sharing the earthshaking love of Christ in that setting!

I wonder what tragedies could be averted by embodied intercessors who would stand in the gap.

It’s been said, “Soldiers may run from the battle, but warriors run to it.” What do you think? Can we be intercessors – not just in our prayer closets but on the front line, person to person,  incarnating ourselves in the culture?

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.Com

 

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Steve Johnson stirs the Church to prepare a landing strip for the Lord’s return. He helps Saints discover their gifts and callings, and network in collaborative Kingdom ventures. He cultivates the visions and values of Christ’s Kingdom. He is a lover of Israel and Israel’s Messiah. Steve is a graduate of George Fox University and Palmer Theological Seminary. He is available as an impartational guest minister and as the facilitator of Riverfront Property Seminars. Steve and Pam Johnson live in Seattle, WA and are active in their church and community. They have four adult children and are pleased that grandchildren are showing up!

 

 

 

 




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June 18, 2020

Washington’s Farewell in Audio: Urgent Counsel for Today!

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President Washington’s Farewell Address (1796)

Narrated by Steven C Johnson of Landing Strip

Enterprises

 

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AN INTRODUCTION

As a fair warning, this audio will be a challenge to listen to and understand for most people today.

It was delivered in a time when people had larger vocabularies and where words carried nuances and weights we are unfamiliar with. Washington was not warned to “dumb down” his language. For those simply looking to expand their vocabularies this speech will give a tremendous stretch. You may need to have a dictionary nearby.

This speech is also challenging for the delivery was presented in a day when attention spans were not limited to sound bites.

President Washington’s audience had a felt and vested interest in the success of their new country. The nation was in its toddlerhood, being just three decades old. The “cares, labors, and dangers” associated with the rebellion and establishment of their most novel government were still felt and jealously guarded. There was a determination in His audience to see the “experiment” succeed.

Although many moderns would like to undermine the President’s character, and the cause for which he gave his strength, in that day he was generally revered as, “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.” At times he was referred to as “His Excellency” because his character and competence exceeded his pay grade. It might be remembered that although George Washington was elected, his election looked more like a conscription by the people than a modern political race.

George Washington’s counsel, warning and admonitions could never be timelier. Take note as he addresses, “the fury of party spirit,” warns against “the mischiefs of foreign intrigue,” and warns to “guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”

It will take some auditory grit and determination to listen to and understand our President’s final message to his countrymen.  You must note that President Washington’s concerns and admonitions are the wrestlings of our nation today.

I hope the wisdom, the warnings and optimism of our first President will be heard by modern patriots. I hope the hearing will help save us from our national amnesia and inspire us to go. further up and further in, to the vision, which inspired our founders to contend for a great republic.

Steven C Johnson

 

President George Washington’s farewell address,

September, 19th, 1796

 

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Friends and Fellow Citizens:

The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of whom a choice is to be made.

I beg you, at the same time, to do me the justice to be assured that this resolution has not been taken without a strict regard to all the considerations appertaining to the relation which binds a dutiful citizen to his country; and that in withdrawing the tender of service, which silence in my situation might imply, I am influenced by no diminution of zeal for your future interest, no deficiency of grateful respect for your past kindness, but am supported by a full conviction that the step is compatible with both.

The acceptance of, and continuance hitherto in, the office to which your suffrages have twice called me have been a uniform sacrifice of inclination to the opinion of duty and to a deference for what appeared to be your desire. I constantly hoped that it would have been much earlier in my power, consistently with motives which I was not at liberty to disregard, to return to that retirement from which I had been reluctantly drawn. The strength of my inclination to do this, previous to the last election, had even led to the preparation of an address to declare it to you; but mature reflection on the then perplexed and critical posture of our affairs with foreign nations, and the unanimous advice of persons entitled to my confidence, impelled me to abandon the idea.

I rejoice that the state of your concerns, external as well as internal, no longer renders the pursuit of inclination incompatible with the sentiment of duty or propriety, and am persuaded, whatever partiality may be retained for my services, that, in the present circumstances of our country, you will not disapprove my determination to retire.

The impressions with which I first undertook the arduous trust were explained on the proper occasion. In the discharge of this trust, I will only say that I have, with good intentions, contributed towards the organization and administration of the government the best exertions of which a very fallible judgment was capable. Not unconscious in the outset of the inferiority of my qualifications, experience in my own eyes, perhaps still more in the eyes of others, has strengthened the motives to diffidence of myself; and every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome. Satisfied that if any circumstances have given peculiar value to my services, they were temporary, I have the consolation to believe that, while choice and prudence invite me to quit the political scene, patriotism does not forbid it.

In looking forward to the moment which is intended to terminate the career of my public life, my feelings do not permit me to suspend the deep acknowledgment of that debt of gratitude which I owe to my beloved country for the many honors it has conferred upon me; still more for the steadfast confidence with which it has supported me; and for the opportunities I have thence enjoyed of manifesting my inviolable attachment, by services faithful and persevering, though in usefulness unequal to my zeal. If benefits have resulted to our country from these services, let it always be remembered to your praise, and as an instructive example in our annals, that under circumstances in which the passions, agitated in every direction, were liable to mislead, amidst appearances sometimes dubious, vicissitudes of fortune often discouraging, in situations in which not unfrequently want of success has countenanced the spirit of criticism, the constancy of your support was the essential prop of the efforts, and a guarantee of the plans by which they were effected. Profoundly penetrated with this idea, I shall carry it with me to my grave, as a strong incitement to unceasing vows that heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence; that your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the free Constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection, and adoption of every nation which is yet a stranger to it.

Here, perhaps, I ought to stop. But a solicitude for your welfare, which cannot end but with my life, and the apprehension of danger, natural to that solicitude, urge me, on an occasion like the present, to offer to your solemn contemplation, and to recommend to your frequent review, some sentiments which are the result of much reflection, of no inconsiderable observation, and which appear to me all-important to the permanency of your felicity as a people. These will be offered to you with the more freedom, as you can only see in them the disinterested warnings of a parting friend, who can possibly have no personal motive to bias his counsel. Nor can I forget, as an encouragement to it, your indulgent reception of my sentiments on a former and not dissimilar occasion.

Interwoven as is the love of liberty with every ligament of your hearts, no recommendation of mine is necessary to fortify or confirm the attachment.

The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.

For this you have every inducement of sympathy and interest. Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. You have in a common cause fought and triumphed together; the independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint counsels, and joint efforts of common dangers, sufferings, and successes.

But these considerations, however powerfully they address themselves to your sensibility, are greatly outweighed by those which apply more immediately to your interest. Here every portion of our country finds the most commanding motives for carefully guarding and preserving the union of the whole.

The North, in an unrestrained intercourse with the South, protected by the equal laws of a common government, finds in the productions of the latter great additional resources of maritime and commercial enterprise and precious materials of manufacturing industry. The South, in the same intercourse, benefiting by the agency of the North, sees its agriculture grow and its commerce expand. Turning partly into its own channels the seamen of the North, it finds its particular navigation invigorated; and, while it contributes, in different ways, to nourish and increase the general mass of the national navigation, it looks forward to the protection of a maritime strength, to which itself is unequally adapted. The East, in a like intercourse with the West, already finds, and in the progressive improvement of interior communications by land and water, will more and more find a valuable vent for the commodities which it brings from abroad, or manufactures at home. The West derives from the East supplies requisite to its growth and comfort, and, what is perhaps of still greater consequence, it must of necessity owe the secure enjoyment of indispensable outlets for its own productions to the weight, influence, and the future maritime strength of the Atlantic side of the Union, directed by an indissoluble community of interest as one nation. Any other tenure by which the West can hold this essential advantage, whether derived from its own separate strength, or from an apostate and unnatural connection with any foreign power, must be intrinsically precarious.

While, then, every part of our country thus feels an immediate and particular interest in union, all the parts combined cannot fail to find in the united mass of means and efforts greater strength, greater resource, proportionably greater security from external danger, a less frequent interruption of their peace by foreign nations; and, what is of inestimable value, they must derive from union an exemption from those broils and wars between themselves, which so frequently afflict neighboring countries not tied together by the same governments, which their own rival ships alone would be sufficient to produce, but which opposite foreign alliances, attachments, and intrigues would stimulate and embitter. Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. In this sense it is that your union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other.

These considerations speak a persuasive language to every reflecting and virtuous mind, and exhibit the continuance of the Union as a primary object of patriotic desire. Is there a doubt whether a common government can embrace so large a sphere? Let experience solve it. To listen to mere speculation in such a case were criminal. We are authorized to hope that a proper organization of the whole with the auxiliary agency of governments for the respective subdivisions, will afford a happy issue to the experiment. It is well worth a fair and full experiment. With such powerful and obvious motives to union, affecting all parts of our country, while experience shall not have demonstrated its impracticability, there will always be reason to distrust the patriotism of those who in any quarter may endeavor to weaken its bands.

In contemplating the causes which may disturb our Union, it occurs as matter of serious concern that any ground should have been furnished for characterizing parties by geographical discriminations, Northern and Southern, Atlantic and Western; whence designing men may endeavor to excite a belief that there is a real difference of local interests and views. One of the expedients of party to acquire influence within particular districts is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection. The inhabitants of our Western country have lately had a useful lesson on this head; they have seen, in the negotiation by the Executive, and in the unanimous ratification by the Senate, of the treaty with Spain, and in the universal satisfaction at that event, throughout the United States, a decisive proof how unfounded were the suspicions propagated among them of a policy in the General Government and in the Atlantic States unfriendly to their interests in regard to the Mississippi; they have been witnesses to the formation of two treaties, that with Great Britain, and that with Spain, which secure to them everything they could desire, in respect to our foreign relations, towards confirming their prosperity. Will it not be their wisdom to rely for the preservation of these advantages on the Union by which they were procured ? Will they not henceforth be deaf to those advisers, if such there are, who would sever them from their brethren and connect them with aliens?

To the efficacy and permanency of your Union, a government for the whole is indispensable. No alliance, however strict, between the parts can be an adequate substitute; they must inevitably experience the infractions and interruptions which all alliances in all times have experienced. Sensible of this momentous truth, you have improved upon your first essay, by the adoption of a constitution of government better calculated than your former for an intimate union, and for the efficacious management of your common concerns. This government, the offspring of our own choice, uninfluenced and unawed, adopted upon full investigation and mature deliberation, completely free in its principles, in the distribution of its powers, uniting security with energy, and containing within itself a provision for its own amendment, has a just claim to your confidence and your support. Respect for its authority, compliance with its laws, acquiescence in its measures, are duties enjoined by the fundamental maxims of true liberty. The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.

All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.

However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

Towards the preservation of your government, and the permanency of your present happy state, it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority, but also that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts. One method of assault may be to effect, in the forms of the Constitution, alterations which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown. In all the changes to which you may be invited, remember that time and habit are at least as necessary to fix the true character of governments as of other human institutions; that experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing constitution of a country; that facility in changes, upon the credit of mere hypothesis and opinion, exposes to perpetual change, from the endless variety of hypothesis and opinion; and remember, especially, that for the efficient management of your common interests, in a country so extensive as ours, a government of as much vigor as is consistent with the perfect security of liberty is indispensable. Liberty itself will find in such a government, with powers properly distributed and adjusted, its surest guardian. It is, indeed, little else than a name, where the government is too feeble to withstand the enterprises of faction, to confine each member of the society within the limits prescribed by the laws, and to maintain all in the secure and tranquil enjoyment of the rights of person and property.

I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism. A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart, is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position. The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositaries, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them. If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit, which the use can at any time yield

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?

Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.

As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it, avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertion in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear. The execution of these maxims belongs to your representatives, but it is necessary that public opinion should co-operate. To facilitate to them the performance of their duty, it is essential that you should practically bear in mind that towards the payment of debts there must be revenue; that to have revenue there must be taxes; that no taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant; that the intrinsic embarrassment, inseparable from the selection of the proper objects (which is always a choice of difficulties), ought to be a decisive motive for a candid construction of the conduct of the government in making it, and for a spirit of acquiescence in the measures for obtaining revenue, which the public exigencies may at any time dictate.

Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all. Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be, that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and at no distant period, a great nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. Who can doubt that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it ? Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue ? The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature. Alas! is it rendered impossible by its vices?

In the execution of such a plan, nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. Antipathy in one nation against another disposes each more readily to offer insult and injury, to lay hold of slight causes of umbrage, and to be haughty and intractable, when accidental or trifling occasions of dispute occur. Hence, frequent collisions, obstinate, envenomed, and bloody contests. The nation, prompted by ill-will and resentment, sometimes impels to war the government, contrary to the best calculations of policy. The government sometimes participates in the national propensity, and adopts through passion what reason would reject; at other times it makes the animosity of the nation subservient to projects of hostility instigated by pride, ambition, and other sinister and pernicious motives. The peace often, sometimes perhaps the liberty, of nations, has been the victim.

So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification. It leads also to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill-will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation), facility to betray or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding, with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation, a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation.

As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public councils? Such an attachment of a small or weak towards a great and powerful nation dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter.

Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.

The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none; or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.

Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people under an efficient government. the period is not far off when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality we may at any time resolve upon to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.

Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice?

It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it; for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing infidelity to existing engagements. I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. I repeat it, therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But, in my opinion, it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them.

Taking care always to keep ourselves by suitable establishments on a respectable defensive posture, we may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies.

Harmony, liberal intercourse with all nations, are recommended by policy, humanity, and interest. But even our commercial policy should hold an equal and impartial hand; neither seeking nor granting exclusive favors or preferences; consulting the natural course of things; diffusing and diversifying by gentle means the streams of commerce, but forcing nothing; establishing (with powers so disposed, in order to give trade a stable course, to define the rights of our merchants, and to enable the government to support them) conventional rules of intercourse, the best that present circumstances and mutual opinion will permit, but temporary, and liable to be from time to time abandoned or varied, as experience and circumstances shall dictate; constantly keeping in view that it is folly in one nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that, by such acceptance, it may place itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favors, and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion, which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.

In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish; that they will control the usual current of the passions, or prevent our nation from running the course which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations. But, if I may even flatter myself that they may be productive of some partial benefit, some occasional good; that they may now and then recur to moderate the fury of party spirit, to warn against the mischiefs of foreign intrigue, to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism; this hope will be a full recompense for the solicitude for your welfare, by which they have been dictated.

How far in the discharge of my official duties I have been guided by the principles which have been delineated, the public records and other evidences of my conduct must witness to you and to the world. To myself, the assurance of my own conscience is, that I have at least believed myself to be guided by them.

In relation to the still subsisting war in Europe, my proclamation of the twenty-second of April, I793, is the index of my plan. Sanctioned by your approving voice, and by that of your representatives in both houses of Congress, the spirit of that measure has continually governed me, uninfluenced by any attempts to deter or divert me from it.

After deliberate examination, with the aid of the best lights I could obtain, I was well satisfied that our country, under all the circumstances of the case, had a right to take, and was bound in duty and interest to take, a neutral position. Having taken it, I determined, as far as should depend upon me, to maintain it, with moderation, perseverance, and firmness.

The considerations which respect the right to hold this conduct, it is not necessary on this occasion to detail. I will only observe that, according to my understanding of the matter, that right, so far from being denied by any of the belligerent powers, has been virtually admitted by all.

The duty of holding a neutral conduct may be inferred, without anything more, from the obligation which justice and humanity impose on every nation, in cases in which it is free to act, to maintain inviolate the relations of peace and amity towards other nations.

The inducements of interest for observing that conduct will best be referred to your own reflections and experience. With me a predominant motive has been to endeavor to gain time to our country to settle and mature its yet recent institutions, and to progress without interruption to that degree of strength and consistency which is necessary to give it, humanly speaking, the command of its own fortunes.

Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. Whatever they may be, I fervently beseech the Almighty to avert or mitigate the evils to which they may tend. I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will never cease to view them with indulgence; and that, after forty five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal, the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, as myself must soon be to the mansions of rest.

Relying on its kindness in this as in other things, and actuated by that fervent love towards it, which is so natural to a man who views in it the native soil of himself and his progenitors for several generations, I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.

United States
19th September, 1796

Geo. Washington

 

Worth watching: John Avlon talks about his book, 

Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations

Steven C Johnson

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THE DAY OF GLORY AND MARVELING

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

“…the day he comes to be glorified  in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.”(1 Thessalonians 1:10)

There will be no disappointment among the saints at the appearing of Jesus. No one will say, “The advertisements and trailers made it look great, but the movie was a bust.”

Spielberg and Lucas have produced incredible stuff but nothing will compare with this wide-screen production!

Only a few shepherds saw it the first time but everyone will see the panoramic sequel. You won’t miss it, wherever you stand on the planet. In fact every eye will see His glorious coming with heaven’s epic entourage! The cast will be so immense that Christ’s escorts will seem like water droplets making up an all-encompassing cloud.

There are times when we are with family and friends and there is an immediate weather report.

“Hey guys! Come quick, you need to see this!” We are amazed as we come to the patio and see the glorious sunrise, torrential monsoon rains, a double rainbow or baseball sized hail.

We will need a new word to replace “awesome” when Christ returns.

We look forward to vacations, birthdays, graduations, weddings and births of babies. The Return is the Christian’s blessed hope and eager expectation. We are, “awaiting the blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13).  Whatever our age or circumstances, lovers of Jesus have something to look forward to!

In contrast, those who have stiff-armed Jesus must sober up!

 

How can we resist the One who has come to rescue us?

How can we say, “No” to the offer of His saving hand?

How can we say “No” to the advances of the Bride Groom?

They will hide in caves and call on the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” (Rev 6:16-17)

Adoration of the Lamb, Hubert and Jan van Eyck (ca. 1390 – 1441) 

Many think of the Second Coming of Jesus as a doctrine rather than a
young woman’s hope for the perfect wedding to the perfect man.

 

The crown is not for those who “believe” that Jesus

is returning. It is for those who “long for” His returning.

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (2 Tim 4:8)

Steven C Johnson

Landingstripenterprises.com

LESSONS FROM PROFESSOR PAM ON NURSING AND MIDWIFERY

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

I’ve had many learned professors.

When I think of them my heart fills with appreciation. Of all the instructors, my wife has been the master teacher. Classes with her are still ongoing for I have much yet to learn. As I look back on forty years in her classroom I could write books on lessons learned from Pamela.

One of the amazing courses I’ve taken with Professor Pam has been in nursing and midwifery. Sometimes she bring into the classroom living illustrations of her sagacity. I remember the names of four particular sessions:

Courage and determination in bringing forth Brian

Peace and certainty with Theresa

Grace and Joy with Anna

Boldness and resolve to bring forth Claire.

Each of the births was attended by different midwives with unique personalities and helpful gifts.

Pam has escorted and welcomed many other babies into our world. There are passages in scripture I would never appreciate as I do without this particular class in nursing and midwifery. I’ve seen laboring in prayer through the eyes of someone who has helped others labor in childbirth.  I’ve seen the wonder of bringing hidden and unseen realities into the world through childbirth.

Paul knew how to labor in prayer for saints to come forth healthy and mature.

“My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…” Galatian 4:19

I’ve come to see, labor pains do not leave us in futility but productively bring forth Kingdom Life!  

When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a child has been born into the world”John 16:21. 

Pam has helped me see God as the First Midwife. He helps us bring forth the things which have been seeded within us. Eve said,

“I’ve given birth to a man by the help of the Lord.”

His attending voice gives us the strength and courage to bring forth!

“The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve”  Psalm 29:9

We won’t run out of steam to give birth if we stay connected to our Midwife. We will be delivered!

  1. “Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. “Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” says your God.Isaiah 66:9

The scope of the reality of giving birth goes even to the national level through prayer-ways. I’ve had intense spiritual experiences and moments in prayer where, “for all the world,” I felt I was laboring in childbirth.

“Before she goes into labor,

she gives birth;

before the pains come upon her,

she delivers a son.

Who has ever heard of such things?

Who has ever seen things like this?

Can a country be born in a day

or a nation be brought forth in a moment?

Yet no sooner is Zion in labor

than she gives birth to her children.  Isaiah 66:7-8

I know we men will never appreciate labor and delivery as women do, but still it is a good course for us to take, for the spiritual parallels are everywhere!

I’m blessed to have a woman in my house who has tutored me in many classes, including spiritual nursing and midwifery. Professor Pam is cute. I hope to be on my best behavior and become the teacher’s pet!

Would you like to chime in and share your insight into birthing in the Spirit?

Steven C Johnson

Landingstripentprises.com

THE NEVER ENDING BATTLE FOR FREEDOM

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

It’s tragic when our pastors are unaware of the very constitution this country abides by. America is bound and established by that constitution and states no government will make a law that infringes upon the free exercise of religion.

Some want to say religion must stay out of government. The constitution instead makes it clear government must stay out of the affairs of the church. When president Lyndon Baines Johnson tried to pull rank on the church, no one stood to address it. We gave up our podiums

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The Black Robed Regiment

The podiums where the powerhouses of the revolution. They stated the truth about men’s character and about their place in political discourse. Fiery preachers spoke truth that other men feared! We must be rebaptized in Holy Fire! 🔥☄️

Today, is it the fear of a law or fear of a disease? Is God is using this lockdown to upend a weak and powerless church? Jesus dealt with the money changers by upending their businesses and so honoring His Father!

 

“My Father has called His house a house of prayer. You have made it a den of thieves!”

 

More than nice sounding words let us impact with words that result in power emanating and changing lives. Power like Peter, Paul and the disciples had ise videnced in speaking!

I yearn for the saints to get their courage and get their voice in pulpits and in everday matters. Surely,we must come out boldly as laid down, dead to self Sons and Daughters, and understand who He is in us!

 

Pamela C G Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.Com

PERCEIVING THE GLORY IN A BLADE OF GRASS

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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If we were fully awake and fully sensible, looking at a single blade of grass would throw us into conniptions of wonder and spasms of worship. Some of us might weep and fall to the ground, overcome. Others might feel supercharged, invigorated, and wanting to jump and shout. But first our eyes must be opened!

As it is now most of us say, “Right, big deal, a blade of grass. So, what.” We are asleep to the glory of God all about us. We see the world only in dull and off-focused monochrome.

The whole earth is presently saturated with the glowing, reverberating glory of God. But it goes unnoticed. We need not conclude there is no glory to behold. We are immersed in glory, but not sensible to it.

 

 

Birds see colors we don’t. Eagles outdistance our vision. There is more glory about us than we know! Our lack of perception is the issue.

 

As kids we watched the Wizard of Oz. The movie starts in black and white and when the door is opened to Oz the scene is revealed in vibrant Technicolor!

 

 

We were the first family on the street with a color TV. Neighbor kids came over to watch the magic! Disney employed the same effect as the Wizard of Oz. The pixy would fly in front of the black and white castle, tap her wand and “Splash!” the castle was covered in color.

 

The effect is used even in more modern movies. In Beauty and the Beast the curse is
lifted, people are restored to their rightful state and the castle comes alive with
berightness and color.

 

We meet amazing angelic creatures in Ezekiel 10. Verse 12 says, “Their entire
bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings, were completely full of
eyes, as were their four wheels.” Do you suppose those creatures might have more
perceptive abilities than we do? No wonder they worship God! They sing about it!

 

And one called out to another and said,
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”Isaiah 6:3

The world is darkened to His glory. Even we Christians who have gained windows into the glory see partially. But a Great Day of awakening is upon us where perceptiveness will shoot through the roof.

Habakkuk prophesied a day where the glory of the Lord will no longer be hidden. It will be perceived! “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” 

 

 

Next time you see a blade of grass find out how much of the magnificence of God is found drenching its structures! Wake up, world, and behold the glory! O, Lord, Open our eyes!

Let us know what you are perceiving of the glory of God!

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.Com

 

 

EARTH’S CONSPIRACIES AND HEAVEN’S LAUGHTER

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

God gets a good laugh out of a conspiracy. So should we!

First of all, every “secret” plan of evil takes place before millions of watchful eyes. God and heaven’s assemblies see it all. Ultimately all cloak-and-dagger plots are revealed on earth as well.

Secondly, every plot to overthrow the Lord of Host and his plans are the smallest of potatoes. Jesus said, “If I cast out demons by the finger of God then know the Kingdom has come near you.” Those big bad demons Jesus portrays as tiny bugs on his sleeve, which he flicks off with a Mighty Finger. Heaven rumbles with laughter and evil is set a-trembling!

The One enthroned in heaven laughs; 

the Lord taunts them.

Then He rebukes them in His anger, 

and terrifies them in His fury:

 “I have installed My King on Zion, 

upon My holy mountain.”   Psalm 2:4-6

Every Good Thriller must have a Conspiracy

Who would read a thriller novel without a conspiracy? The Bible contains lots of thriller conspiracy stories. There were plenty of conspiracies going on in Isaiah’s day. They talked about them in the corners and on social media.

Don’t call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy. Don’t fear what they fear, and don’t be terrified.  Isaiah 8:12

There are loads of modern conspiracies. Yes, you bet’cha!! In fact, I think we could spend every moment ferreting them out: Political schemes, religious seditions, treacherous nations, mad-scientist chemical companies, social engineers, historical revisionists, cartoon producers – and don’t forget that sinister neighbor. But would you have time left to spend in adoration of God and pursuing His high purposes?

I think Isaiah would counsel; Sure there are conspiracies, but don’t see them the way the world does, and most certainly, don’t be afraid or terrified. Fear is so unbefitting a child of God. Laughter is more becoming!  

Balancing our attitudes about intrigues 

Sometimes the uncovering of a conspiracy can save the day, even a nation. Thank God, Benedict Arnold’s treachery was revealed. The revolution might have been lost! If you have a special calling to search out conspiracies then blessings on you! Perhaps you will save the day. The dominant temptation when searching out conspiracies is being seduced from of our Grand Mission.

How Jesus dealt with conspiracy

There are a dozen references to death plots against the Lord Jesus in the gospels. He knew the plots, yet you never hear Jesus say, “Poor me, everyone is out to kill me.” Jesus was focused! He lead the ranks on the last march to Jerusalem!

“As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. Luke 9:51.

They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again, he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him.  Mark 10:32

Don’t slow down!

Conspiracies did not slow Jesus down! They should not slow us. Like Jesus on his way to Jerusalem, our steps should be more certain and emphatic! 

One of our favorite conspiracies is about the anti-Christ. When people mention the anti-Christ I reply, “It’s not my responsibility to make sure the anti-Christ does his job. He’s on his own. If he makes a mess of it that’s his problem.”

Join our Conspiracy!

Won’t you join our conspiracy? Actually, it is an ancient scheme to redeem mankind and the fallen world. Heaven’s conspiracy motivated Jesus to go to the cross. It is motivating people to travel to the nations and even talk to their next-door neighbors. It is a conspiracy to overcome darkness with light. It’s not like most “Hush, Hush”conspiracies. It’s a shout-it-from-the-housetops conspiracy. It’s light and life in Jesus Christ the risen and transcendent Son of God!

May all the bad-guy conspiracies be uncovered and thwarted. Don’t miss your opportunity with God to laugh in the process. Rejoice in Father’s power to flick off the bugs! Then let’s  resolutely get on with Kingdom Business, preparing a most Royal Welcome! Back to constructing The Landing Strip!

How will you be responding to the next conspiracy you hear? We welcome your feedback!

Steven C Johnson

Landingstripenterprise.com

Here is some perspective on a few contemporary conspiracies from The Australian Christian Lobby.  

Here is some interesting perspective on some contemporary conspiracies from The Australian Christian Lobby

THE DAWN OF A NEW CHEMISTRY WITH GOD

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“…then you will understand the fear of the LORD

and find the knowledge of God.”  Prov 2:5

A NIGHT MESSAGE

Last night in a dream I was in a restaurant with a man who was a distinguished chemist. Other scientists were joining us for a secret meeting. Amazing things were being discovered, creating awe. The man I was with pointed to another man entering  the room. He was extremely impressed with him as an astounding chemist. He said, “His name is actually Johnathan Dawntheus.”

Demitri Medeleev Father of the Periodic Table

INTERPRETING THE DREAM

Jonathan Dawntheus could be translated, YAHWEH HAS GIVEN THE DAWN OF A [RENEWED] KNOWLEDGE OF GOD TO US!

Incredible spiritual chemistry is being revealed! We use an expression; “There is a chemistry between them.” This is the chemistry between God and His people. We are beginning to see God as he really is through Biblical revelation and Spiritual experience! God is revealing Himself with relational chemistry breakthroughs.

FROM PARTIAL TO COMPLETE

Our knowledge of God has been fragmentary and dim. Now that is changing! We will nolong be partial and see through a distorted mirror. Face to face is coming with a new dawn! This is spiritual awakening.

As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.   Psalm 17:15

I’ve often prayed, “Dear God, let me know you as you really are, and not simply as I have conceived you!” Of course, we have no business trying to conceive God. He is the One who conceived us! Our Father is downloading, to those who seek him, the full disclosure of His face.

ARE YOU SENSING LIGHT ON THE HORIZON?

Recently the birds have been chirping at 5:15. They know the dawn is coming! We also are chirping in anticipation! Early in the morning, before the sun comes up, we may go to the tomb of our old theology and find a living Christ!

AREN’T YOU ANXIOUS FOR THE DAY!

“I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”  Psalm 130:6

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO WAKE THE DAWN!

Awake, harp and lyre!

I will awaken the dawn. Psalm 108:2

Let your chirping be heard!

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.Com

COORDINATING HUMILITY AND BOLDNESS

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

TEACHING WATER SKIING

I used to teach people to water ski.  Skiing is very doable for the person with average strength. What messes people up is getting things coordinated. Here is the formula:

Keep your skis together

Knees bent

Back straight and head up

Arm’s straight

Hold tight, and let the boat pull you up.

Find your equilibrium

Getting those elements in coordination is the challenge. I see the same principle of coordination in our Christian experience. Many have a challenging time coordinating the Christian virtues. Take for example, Humility and Boldness.

GETTING THE WOBBLE OUT OF HUMILITY AND BOLDNESS

We have no problem finding Bible verses on either humility or boldness. But we fumble integrating them. Humility and boldness are not in opposition. Wobbly ideas of humility and boldness lead to wobbly harmonizing.

Humility is not thinking of ourselves as small. It is seeing God as BIG! Boldness is not being cocky, but acting on truth with resolve.

JESUS’ CALLS TO ACTION ANSWERED WITH FALSE HUMILITY

When Jesus calls us to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth, we cannot answer, “I’m much too humble to be a witness.” To be humble does not mean to put your lamp under a basket when the Lord tells you to lift it up!

Jesus charges us “Let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Shall we answer, “O Jesus, I’m much to humble to do that?”  Our failure to witness boldly may be defiant pride towards God and His will.

SEEING OUR PRESIDENT AS HUMBLE?

This may sound strange but I am seeing President Trump as a very humble man. I’m sure you could site one of his many statements to prove he is arrogant and self-absorbed.

But consider this: He has given up his wealth and comfort, to serve our nation at his own expense. He is volunteering 100 hours a week to help us. He is confronting wrong (draining the swamp) and boldly pulling for the right. He is seeking to restore America. His bold words and bold actions are signs of true humility towards the One who calls us to action.

WE MUST NOT BE COWARDS WHO CALL OURSELVES HUMBLE

Humility and boldness must go together! Not being bold is prideful or fearful. When the Commander calls us to war courageously, we must not beg off claiming humility. That “humility” may be nothing but cowardice or irresponsibility. Not being bold is defiance of God and disrespect for His assignments.

HUMILITY IN ACTION

Humble before God is boldly entering His awesome presence by the blood of Jesus.

Humble before God is boldness in exposing and confronting evil.

Humble with God is sharing Jesus fearlessly.

When He tells us to be bold and courageous, and we do our best to act bravely, that is humility toward God!

May you find that place of harmonic coordination, get up on your skis and glide on the water!

WHAT THINKEST THOU?

How are you at coordinating the Christian virtues of humility and boldness?

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.com

SHOPPING SPREE!

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

Several years ago the Lord gave me the word, “Spiritual Shopping Spree.”

Perhaps there is someone in the universe who looks down on shopping sprees. “Sure they sound nice but shopping sprees can be exhausting. You’re given a few thousand dollars to freely spend but you still have to push the cart up and down the isles, make decisions about what to get, then push that heavy cart out to your car.”

I’ve found similar attitudes when it comes to prayer. “Sure Jesus says, ‘I will do whatever you ask in my name’ (John 14:13). But you still have to push the shopping cart, make the decisions about what you want and load up, and haul it home. And besides, what if you load up your cart just to find God won’t let you out of the store with it. It’s better not to pray, that way you will never be disappointed.”

Religious Lawyers come out as we pray to make sure we don’t ask the gracious Father too much, or expect too much from Him. They don’t want us to be disappointed when prayers are not answered.

They warn us that there are many qualifiers to Jesus’ generous offers. They go through lots of tiny print which no one else can find in the scriptures. They assure us that God answers prayer occasionally, and they have personally heard of it happening, but just don’t expect too much. They protect God from requests which are too big, and protect us from disappointment.

God has been slandered and portrayed as a miserly father, either unable or unwilling to keep His promises. “He plays bate and switch with us. Since he can always find fault in us He doesn’t need to keep His promises.”

O, that His name would once again be hollowed as the generous father, so faith will again find His promises realized! The Father of Lights is the generous giver of gifts. Awakening to Fresh Faith!

Jesus really meant what He said about prayer!

Don’t pass up the spiritual shopping spree!

Steven C Johnson

Landingstripenterprise.com

 

THAT’S HOW COURAGE IS GENERATED

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

“They encourage each other in evil plans” Ps 64:5

A group of rowdy teenagers walk down a street of parked cars. One gets overly rambunctious and keys a car. After a while another kicks off the side mirror of a second car. A few moments later another breaks the window of a third car and the group loots the contents. That’s how courage is generated.

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.”      Ps 31:24

A family watches a program about child abuse. The kids look at their parents. Mom is weeping. Dad is fuming. The next day in school the kids talk to their classmates about child abuse. They actually have a friend who is beaten by his step dad. A dozen kids rally. With a little assistance they create a society to help abused children, and the frustrated parents who inflict abuse. That’s how courage is generated.

“The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”  Judges 6:12

The angel of the Lord appears to cowering Gideon. He speaks a new identity. “Mighty Man of Valor!” Gideon gets a courage boost. He then rallies people to fight the teaming minions. Courage rises! God trims down the men to 300. They courageously launch a night attack. Other formerly timid Israelites who have been hiding learn of the victory. They join the battle making the victory complete. That’s how courage is generated.

I saw this example of courage generation in one of my churches.

 

Man #1, Joseph, courageously followed his dreams and inspired others.

Joseph was working at a cabinet shop but he had always wanted to be an artist. His frustration and courage grew together. Joseph started a frame shop where he could study and practice art on the side. He found a new peace and satisfaction as he pursued his art. His skills improved and he has shown well!

Man #2  in our congregation saw his example. Frank was a science teacher in a public school. He was frustrated with the arrangement. Taking some hand-me-down courage, he quit his job and went to teach at a new Christian school. He found satisfaction following his convictions and influencing young people eager for higher values.

Man #3 picking up on the courage of others, gave up a struggling storefront business and started painting homes. Less headaches, more flexibility of time and greater income. Bob’s  desire for excellence was met in freshly painted homes.

Man #4 was frustrated with work at his fire department. Scott quit, went to work part time for a department in a neighboring city and started a custom water features business. He was free to pursue creative expression. And what he created was overflowingly lovely. That’s how courage is generated!

 

WITNESSING COURAGE GENERATES
COURAGEOUS WITNESSING

Most believers need just a little tipping-point courage to break their silence about Jesus. One martyr inspires courage in many. “And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.”  Phil 1:14

Our Master Jesus is the ultimate courage generator! When we consider his bold courage at the cross we gain boldness as well! See Hebrews 12:3. After all, That’s how courage is generated!

 

How have you seen courage multiply for Kingdom good?
Are you a courage generator?
What courageous action can you take today?

 

Preparing the Landing Strip!

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.Com

 

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ETHICS, DECISIONS AND THE TRUCK PURCHASE

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

For your ways are in full view of the LORD,

and he examines all your paths.Prov 5:21

Yesterday I bought a little blue Ranger from a private party.

The seller said, “I want to help you with your taxes.”

I said, “That would be nice.”

He said, “Write on the bill of sale [only] $1000.”

Then he told me how our state licensing laws are so unfair and how much money I could save by changing the true figure.

I hesitated,  “Honestly, I’d need to think about that.” I finally answered; “I don’t think my conscience would let me do that.”

Half a dozen thoughts filled those moments of hesitation:

“I’d love to save hundreds of dollars.”

“And who would care?”

“Lying is easier than laboring for change in the political system?”

“Who would know, anyway?”

“O, Yes! There is One who watches me right now! And there is a day of accounting.”

“Could I float a good defense for lying on The Great Day, The Day when each one will give report before the Throne ?”

Do you ever have moments, like me, of hesitation and wrestling with the compromise option? What do you do when justifications seem so handy, and who would know anyway?

“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”Ecces. 12:14

“So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” Rom 14:12

“I say to you, that every careless word men shall speak, they shall give account of on the day of judgment.” Matt 12:36

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.com

DEMOLISHING IDOLS: FACTS AT THE TURKEY SHOOT

Posted by on Apr 23, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

THE TYRANNY OF FACTS

Factoids are tyrannical idols demanding worship. With slavish devotion many worship information and bow to facts. “Facts” are cronies with “impossible.” To prove something unreasonable nay-sayers marshal facts. Regretfully, many bow in subjection. We offer our newborn ideas and aspirations in child sacrifice. Our babies are not permitted to live. They are offered up in the inferno to facts.

We appreciate our friend Michael Danforth who stokes a better fire! He shares how we can prevail by contradicting or overriding facts! We can rebel against the gods! You can see him at  https://danforthministries.com Pick up his book, 2020 and Beyond!

 

 

FACTS EXPOSED AND HUMILIATED

It is a “fact” that we don’t have wings like birds, yet we have penetrated the clouds.

It is a fact we don’t have gills like fish, but we have visited the depths.

How many times has yesterday’s science suffered humiliation? Many “facts” which seem to be innocent neighbors are being exposed for what they are: tyrants!

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”1 Cor 3:19

 

 

GOD LOVES TO OVERRIDE FACTS!

We are pinned between the sea and our enemies. There is no escape! Exodus 14:10

The fact is the whole city is surrounded by an army from Aram!  2Kings 6:15

Your daughter is dead. Don’t bother the Teacher any more. Mark 5:35

“I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.”Matthew 11:25

 

SUPERIOR FIRE POWER OVER FACTS

Our Father’s power transcends minute details like death and corruption. Let’s not bend the knee to facts which set themselves against the knowledge of God! He said, “Have no other gods before Me.” Let’s rally the iconoclasts! Let’s pulverize facts with Heaven’s higher realties! They are lethal ammo for our guns, giving us superior fire-power.

 

SEE YOU AT THE TURKEY SHOOT!

What turkeys (facts) have you been able to overcome with Heaven’s higher reality? We’d love to pass on your testimony!

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.com

 

 

 

 

 

THE BLOOD OF JESUS: TRUCK-LOADS OF BENEFITS!

Posted by on Apr 20, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A DREAM OF A BLOOD-RED TRACTOR-TRAILER

In the dream I was standing with two other people and watched as a tractor-trailer came down the road and slowed to a stop before us. It was striking because the trailer was literally blood-red, as if painted with fresh dripping blood!

I felt this was about the delivery of the benefits of Jesus’ blood. We are going to appreciate the blood of Jesus in greater measure as we discover the cargo in the trailer! As Israel left Egypt the last memory of their homes would be the bloody door jams. They left Egypt strong, disease-free, loaded with a new prosperity, united as a nation and off on a great adventure. The ultimate escape plan was blood on the doorposts!

OUR CHILDREN SPRINKLED IN BLOOD

Picture this: Your children return to you after Church with their Sunday-best covered with blood spots. Thoroughly alarmed you ask, “What in the world happened?!” The children reply excited and pleased, “Daddy! Mommy! The Sunday school teacher sprinkled blood on all the children. Now we are free from all our sins!!”

Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.” Exodus 24:8

THE FOOLISHNESS OF THE CROSS

Some look back on the ancient practices of sacrifice and are appalled. Many call it gruesome and gross, barbaric and foolish. Actually, this mentality is a sign we have chosen to minimize the weight of our sins. “I’m OK, Your OK. We don’t need anyone dying to save us.”

Some of us reduce our sins to little mistakes and missteps. By minimizing the seriousness of our sins, we minimize the necessity of Christ’s nasty execution. We think of the vulgarity of the cross rather than the vulgarity of our sin. “I’m a pretty great person, I have a good attitude and a healthy self-image. Therefore, I don’t need anyone dying on a cross for me.” We believe we’re righteousness enough. “My life is a little messy but blood is way too messy, and unnecessary for me!”

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. … For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.  1 Cor 1:18

Christianity only exists because of bloody and ghastly sacrifice. Somber and serious stuff! But do you know why we Christians can laugh, be silly, carefree and goofy? Why we can run and frolic in pure delight? The potent blood of our precious Savior sets us free from the death-spiral of pride and fear, shame and condemnation! It removes every last vestige of the fear of death! This is why we take communion sober and thoughtful, but also gleeful and jubilant! THIS STUFF IS INSIDE THE TRUCK!

EARLY JEWISH BELIEVERS PRACTICED BLOOD SACRIFICE

The early church recognized the ultimate covenantal agreement and cleansing in Jesus’ bloody death. Many modern believers poopoo the former temple sacrifices because of the excellence and completion of a better covenant in Christ. It would be good to remember that the early Jewish believers in Jesus continued the temple sacrifices until the destruction of the temple in 70 AD by Titus.

When Paul spoke of hurrying to get to Jerusalem by Passover he knew he would offer the sacrifice of a lamb there. (Acts 20:16) When he paid the expenses for men who were taking vows he was purchasing the animals slaughtered for their purification. (Acts 21:24). Every time the early Jewish believers went to the temple and made blood sacrifices they would remember the wonderful sacrifice the Lord Jesus had made for them!

SPRINKLED WITH BLOOD

I have always hated killing and slaughtering animals. On our farm we raised chickens, rabbits, sheep and goats. All of them had to be killed to get to our pantry and plates. I hated shooting the sheep in their heads, cutting their necks, draining them out, and cutting them up, but it was necessary.

The complicated and Gory temple sacrifices are “only” types and shadows, but they illuminate our New Covenant. Blood was sprinkled on all the tabernacle utensils and draperies to purify them. It was sprinkled on priests and people. “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”  Hebrews 9:22

We have come “to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel. “ Hebrews 12:24

We saints have been “chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood”  1 Peter 1:2

LEARNING TO APPRECIATE OUR SAVIOR’S BLOOD

I had a pastor friend who told me that regardless what topic he preached on he would always mention, if only for a few moments, the sacrifice and the blood of Jesus. I took this to heart, for I never want to forget that precious blood, nor do I want those I love to forget. In fact, I want to prize the blood of Jesus more and more as I anticipate seeing Him face to face.

Are you hit-and-miss about remembering the sacrifice of Jesus? Let’s endeavor every day to recall the extent of His poured-out love! Recalling what the Hero of our story did to save his True Love is the secret of returning to first love. There will be truckloads of benefits!

SINGING BLOOD-LOVE

We sing exuberantly, “I’m forever grateful to you! I’m forever grateful for the cross!

We revel in the answer to the stubborn question; “What can wash away my sins?” We shout our remedy, “Nothing but the blood of Jesus!”

We sing with Andre’ Crouch, “The blood!”

YOUR FEED-BACK

Tell us what you think of Jesus’ bloody sacrifice.

What benefits have you received?

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  1 John 1:7

Steven C Johnson

Landingstripentprises.com

 

A VISION OF PASSOVER BLOOD

 

POWER FOR PURCHASING

 

LEVERAGING CRIMSON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Holy” Spirit: What Meanest Thou?

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

 

“HOLY” SPIRIT

Ninety-four times in the NIV Bible the Spirit is referred to as the “Holy” Spirit. The word holy implies separate, “other” and distinct. God is not animal, mineral or vegetable. He is different. When we pray that our Father’s name be regarded as holy we are asking that the astonishing, uniquely grand things about Him would stand out! This is the work of the Holy Spirit!

To be holy means to move from commonness to an exceptional place of separated distinctiveness. The Holy Spirit resting on common people makes them holy.

But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.  Jude 20

CHARACTER TRUMPS GIFTING

You may prophecy the secrets of people’s hearts, but can you be trusted with a confidence? You may possess great faith, but are you arrogant? Do you use your astonishing gifts for your own advantage or to honor and build up others and hear from the Father?

Sin will quickly compromise our ability to minister to others and hear from the Father. I would rather work with people of high character and little gifting than the other way around. Of course we pursue both! Don’t minister with scummy pipes. Live a distinctive life.

Many wonder how to overcome temptation and live the victorious life. As we are filled with the Holy Spirit corrupt, carnal ways of life are stifled by a greater power!   See Galatians 5:16

NINE FRUIT FLAVORS

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”(Gal 5:22-23)

There is no speed limit on joy. You won’t find a “No trespassing” signs for gentleness. You may be as kind or self-controlled as you wish and no one will arrest you! God the Spirit brings delicious flavors and fragrances to our communion! Some have received gifts of the Spirit but have sour dispositions. The cure is to enjoy these fruity flavors!

(Excerpted from Addendum #3, Riverfront Property: Connecting at the River of Life)

 

What do you think or feel when you hear “Holy Spirit?”

What picture would you use to describe holiness?

In what ways do we engage with God to experience holiness?

Steven C Johnson 

LandingStripEnterprises.Com

A NEW GOLD STANDARD: HOLY TO THE LORD

Posted by on Apr 17, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

SIFTING FOR GOLD

We had just landed in Anchorage. We were standing, leaning