Steve and Pam’s Bio

Like you, we are glory seekers. We have wonderfully, “Tasted and seen, the Lord is good!” The greatest prize is in the pursuit of the fame, splendor and radiant beauty of our Sovereign! We came to Yeshua in the days of the Jesus... Read More...

Riverfront Property in Audio

I am so grateful and pleased to share freely the whole audio book of Riverfront Property: Connecting At The River Of Life! I’m confident you will receive a delicious drink! As you find your thirst quenched please recall those you know who would also love a drink, and pass the cup! Read More...

A Miracle Story

Thursday July 30, 1987, started out as just another hot summer day in Ellensburg, Washington, a town of about fifteen thousand souls in a picturesque valley a hundred miles east of Seattle... Read More...


Often engaging in the Holy Spirit is a breeze. The presence of the River of Christ’s is felt, engaging and ministering comes easy and everyone is refreshed, empowered, comforted, fortified, liberated and healed!

Then… there are other times… when God feels distant and we feel “parched.” What do you do then? When the River vanishes into cracked puzzle pieces people dig wells. There are times we must dig spiritually. It can be gritty, hard labor but joy is restored to the whole community when we find water again!

May this episode from Riverfront Property: Connecting at the River of Life, stimulate you to the noble task of digging wells for you clans.




The Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were regarded as honorable for many reasons. One is, they dug wells to provided water for their clans. Noble-minded people dig wells, water works which satisfy needs.

There were intense conflicts and grumbling over water rights. The Patriarchs came up with honorable solutions for the clashes and complaints. Most involved time-consuming, back-breaking labor. Answers to problems came with shovels attached!

What do we do when we discover our river bottom has dried into cracked puzzle pieces? Grab a spade!


Thirsty people grumble, naturally. Churches are not happy with water shortages. We moan and complain. “Where is God’s presence?” “This church is bone dry!” “Where did the love and power go?” “Someone drained the pool!”

Some of us church hop, looking for a place with dancing fountains. We hope for an easy drink. Others join a community, and when they realize water is needed, they do all they can to see their tribe gets it. Some complain, or leave. Others dig.

Responsible believers take ownership of problems and work on solutions.

Sometimes responding to the Spirit is a cinch. We cannon-ball in, swim and frolic! When rivers go dry, people dig wells. They think this is preferable to dying. If the river goes arid don’t despair, get to work! You remember Jesus saying, “He who believes in me, out of his inner being will flow ….” The work of faith produces flow. Digging wells is also done by faith.

I visited southern Israel near Beer Sheva, the well of the oath, and saw a hand dug-well. I could tell it was deep because the pebble I dropped took a long time before

it plopped. It must have been hard work. If you live in a place with a handful of inches of rain a year, you dig or die. Don’t whine if you don’t sense the presence of God. Get digging! Dig deep via hope and humility and intercession and gain water for your clan.

Do you want to see a party? Dig a well in a barren place where people walk miles for water. We were part of a well-drilling project in Kenya. What a party they had when the water started pumping!

Many churches do not feel like partying. Who wants a dehydrated fellowship? Some dread going to worship service, fearing the next one will be as dry as the last.

Our neighbors and people in faraway places are waiting for us to confirm that Jesus makes good His promise of living water. They try drugs, entertainments and wacked-out philosophies to satisfy their thirst. They despair that real drink can be found. You have their answer, but it may require digging.


During the wanderings of Israel, they dug a well. We get a snatch of the story in Numbers 21:16-18.

From there they continued on to Beer, the well where the LORD said to Moses, “Gather the people together and I will give them water.”

Then Israel sang this song:

“Spring up, O well! Sing about it,about the well that the princes dug,  that the nobles of the people sank— the nobles with scepters and staffs”.


Those that accessed water for the community were not commoners; they were nobles! Many want a noble title – Duke or Duchess, Apostle, Evangelist or Pastor. Don’t expect people to think you noble because of your genealogy. It will come because of you noble lifestyle, the way you care for others.

Noble leaders realize their responsibility for providing water. They do not idly show up for church, turn on the tap and expect anointed ministry. They probe God. They augur into His heart. They burrow into his word. These leaders are to be honored!

Digging wells is the work of genuine monarchs, knights, barons and counts. They willingly get their hands dirtied and blistered, down in the gloom, for the sake of their people. Laboring in a murky well-shaft may not be your idea of fun, but it is a great idea for survival.

Nobility is gained by noble deeds. It is an expression of character. When water is found we celebrate, and the diggers are esteemed!


Water in short supply occasions quarrels and contentions. Neighbors fight. When there is abundance fearful apprehension is washed away. We are friends again!

If you delve into the earth, boring into the unseen depths, you might stumble on diamonds, emeralds and rubies. You might discover natural gas, oil and coal, perhaps ancient fossils. You might also discover water. And if you, your family and flocks were really thirsty, you would bring them together, drink deep and throw a party!

Those about you are watching you dig. They hope for your success because they would love a big draught of water. In fact, they would take a water break and throw a party!


Jacob fled for his life. His brother literally wanted to kill him! He came to the distant land of Padan Aram where shepherd girls were waiting to water their congregation. These shepherdesses were delayed because those strong enough to remove the stone protecting the well had not arrived. When Jacob saw Rachel daughter of Laban, his mother’s brother, he manhandled the stone from the mouth of the well and watered the sheep.

Several people were needed to move the stone, but Jacob single-handedly removed it. Jacob was tough, the kind of guy who wrestles angels. By the way, he later married Rachel who was probably swooning, “My, he is so strong and handsome!”


Many believers have perfectly fine wells with lots of water, but their wells are capped. They cannot access the water because heavy weights block the opening. Those caps may seem so immense; it appears a herculean task to remove them. We can help one another get the caps off!

If you or your friend feels a restriction in experiencing the Father’s love and power, see if one of these caps need to be removed.

  • Unbelief—God is not interested in me
  • Fear—I dread the future
  • Pride—I must look important
  • Presumption—I can do it my way
  • Hard heartedness—Being vulnerable with God is for the weak
  • Grief—Nothing can remove this pain
  • Unforgiveness—I would rather have them punished than personally know God’s peace

Ask God for discernment. He may reveal blockages like apathy, self-sufficiency, false loves or distractions. He will show you how to remove the blockages and access the water. Remember, God’s plan to get the lids off may involve other brothers and sisters.


We are grateful for times that accessing water is a breeze. This is the grace of God. There are other times where we need to dig, and the labors are difficult. This is also the grace of God! Look for the Lamb beside you in the well- shaft!

Out of a river, or out of a well, we access waters by faith. Whether it comes easy or with toil, we trust in God’s generous provision. There are times we must dig. May it prove our nobility!


In May of 1995 I had a dream that would get on my Top Ten. I suddenly found myself standing on a gangway one hundred feet over a large suspension bridge. The bridge was six lanes wide. No cars were on the bridge, but a group of about 8 people were in the middle, standing in a circle of prayer.

Interestingly, the bridge ran right down the middle of an immense river! As I looked, a wave lapped over the deck of the bridge, covering the people praying below. I was alarmed, thinking they were washed off the bridge, but they were all there after the water rolled away. I ran down stairs to check on the people, and when I got to the bottom I came to a large room where dozens of people were praying.

I believe the last-days Church will not bridge from one spiritual awakening to another. As we become the house of prayer, we will endlessly experience the river of life.


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!

I would love to go fishing with you at the Dead Sea. It may be renamed The Lively Sea. Are you anxious to sample the fruit there? The most delicious thing will be to walk with the Lamb!

Today is yesterday’s future. Since you live in the future, make the most of it. Make following the Lamb your daily habit. As you trust Him more you will experience more of the inner river.

May you draw from the river with ease! If you must dig wells, be of good cheer. Dirt under your nails means water for your tribe. You do a noble work!

Many have yet to learn that Jesus is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” Not only are non-believers in fatal dehydration, but millions who acknowledge Messiah live with a dribble when they might have a river!

Your neighbors and those at the edges of the world thirst for what you have. They desire an authentic demonstration of love, power, truth and righteousness. They are waiting for you, God’s delivery system!

May water flow from your buckets. May your seed have abundant water!

Steven C Johnson


I Hope you have received a delicious drink! As you find your thirst quenched please recall those you know who would also love a drink. Pass the cup!

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


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



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

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

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

“I just finished this book–it truly is refreshing with great revelation. I also enjoyed hearing about Steve’s experiences that back up what he is saying–this was refreshing in of itself and made me thirsty for more of the River of God and the Holy Spirit!” — Peter Spencer, The Elijah List

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Many believers are seeking religious exemptions from taking the mRNA injection as their jobs are threatened. For fun I start with some different classes of religious exemptions.


I am an atheist. The only one I worship is myself, and I do so devotedly. I make my own decisions without giving a damn for others. This is a free country. I own my body and will not be bossed around. My body, my choice. I’ll take a jab if I want to, and I’ll refuse it if I don’t want to. And the government has no right to know what I have decided. I’ll take the shingles vaccine if I want to, and won’t if I don’t want to. It’s that damn simple. I am a person of conviction and you have no right to be insensitive to my beliefs!


Death to infidels! Allah is great and America will die by plague, famine and our swords. The mujahedeen will not submit to the injections of infidels. No, they shall be injected with our bullets! A thousand curses as the wrath of Allah brings calamity by disease, earthquake and fire on the corrupt. No medicines will save them from our wrath!


I don’t know for sure… Maybe there is no God and all of life doesn’t matter. Maybe life and death have no meaning. Maybe it doesn’t matter if we take a covid shot or not. Since I don’t know for sure, and don’t like injections, I think I better just save some time and discomfort and stay home and watch TV. You guys let me out of jury duty. The least you can do is let out of this.


How is it possible for an anti-God politician to make judgments on the validity of the faith decisions of those who reverence God and seek to please Him?

Someone at the top of the political food chain by whim or fancy decides the validity of a person’s religious faith. While denying God they place themselves in the god-like role of being the judge of religious authenticity.

Are we by submitting a religious exemption conceding our position of strength, and permitting non-religious “public servants” to have authority over our religious affairs. In essence we may be handing over ultimate religious as well as political authority to those who oppose our faith. Those elected to serve become those who negate the validity of our faith.

WA State Governor has said no religious exemptions will be accepted for State Troopers? Hundreds are facing termination. If Gov. Inslee can disallow the religion of believing Troopers he can disallow exemptions for dog groomers and computer techs. If he is not challenged how far will he go?

There was a document that came out a few years ago called The Constitution of the United States of America. In the very first amendment to that document we find these words:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

There are many lawsuits going on around the country against employers and governments who are attempting to coerce employees to take an experimental treatment. Many companies are in danger of being slammed! Many are backing down!

I am not a lawyer, but my thought is this. If your job is threatened do not resign. Instead have a legal notice sent to your employer or government supervisors that you intend to sue them if fired. Many, many class action suits are in motion! This will be another tool to remove corrupt government officials. It is a rare day when I would advocate for pursuing a lawsuit but this is the type of leverage many will respond to.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and stories especially if you or someone you know is being threatened.


I would use the whole situation to magnify my witness for Jesus! I would hammer the powers that be with my confidence in Christ. I would talk up Jesus a lot! Take advantage of a setting where interviewers are forced to hear your testimony! Get aggressive. There is no need to present your rational reasons for refusing the injection. This would simply send you down rabbit holes of debate. If you take the exemption appeal route be a fragrance for Christ, either of life or death. Your letter could be very different than what I drafted below.


I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. I love Him with all my heart, mind soul and strength. He died to save me and give me eternal life. He is my Companion in this life and the life to come. I serve and obey Him for what He has done for me. I owe Him everything. I belong to Him and He belongs to me. I seek daily to follow Him because of my love and reverence for Him.

He has taught me that my body is His temple. He lives within this body. Because of this I only want healthy things in my body so this temple is not defiled. I must be very scrupulous about what I put into my body to respect Him.

I am not debating, at this time, the benefits or dangers of what is called the Covid 19 immunization. Having studied carefully the potential liabilities of this injection I cannot risk defiling my body, Christ’s temple, with what has the potential to corrupt it. I wish to be a thoroughly clean vessel for the Holy Spirit of Jesus.

I understand I am presenting a religious exemption, not a medical one. Many will never understand my religious reasonings because they have never encountered Jesus Christ in His power. But I have!

Most Sincerely,…



How are you doing with it? What are you praying and hearing?



Either Mr. Biden is a bumbling idiot with dementia, or a demented calculating mad man. I have no other categories to explain him.

I pray for him that he may escape the fires of hell but come to judgment in this world. I continue to pray for him and his cohorts as I would Jezebel, Athaliah, Absalom or Amnon.  



Einstein developed the theory of relativity. Who Theorized CRT?

How does CRT work in Algeria, Nicaragua and Romania?

If whites are naturally racists what are Asians?

Are there people in the world who are systemically infected with love and generosity?



Jesus is the ringleader of a bunch of ruffians who are keying Satan’s car, slashing his tires, bashing his windows and knocking off his side mirrors.

Jesus and his disciples certainly like destroying things – that is things that need to be destroyed of course. What do you expect when He says, “The Son of Man came to destroy the works of the evil one!”


Prov 21:12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.

Prov 21:22 One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.


Steven C Johnson





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for an online Zoom study of


Luke 24:45 “Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.”


Saint luke's painting                                       

Pam and I would love to have old and new friends join us for an exciting, systematic study of Luke’s gospel and its themes! You can join us from virtually any location online!

Your life will be transformed as you are saturated with the Biblical text, soaked in the Holy Spirit and Connect with other believers! This class is designed for serious disciples of Jesus who wish to grow strong in Word and Spirit.


Find security in Luke’s Rescuer!

Feel the heart of the Son of Man who came to “Seek and Save”

Learn new study and communication skills

Be fascinated by archaeological and historical insights!

Prepare yourself to counsel a friend, or witness to a coworker

Equip yourself to lead a Bible study, preach from a pulpit or do international missions.

Fuel you lamp to burn brightly!

Pray confidently for the sick and deliver the demonized!


CONVENER: Steven Johnson is devoted to encouraging others in their gifts and callings. He loves to lead others into theological maturity and genuine spiritual relationship with the Savior. He is a graduate of George Fox University and Palmer Theological Seminary. He has studied in Israel at Jerusalem University College.

WHEN: Tuesday evenings online via Zoom at 7:00 PM PST, Sept 14th through Nov 30th

PRICE: It’s free, but the price of being a disciple will be more costly.



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Hope to see you in this exciting time of study and fellowship!


Steven C Johnson







The sexual revolution enticed us with a brave new world of pleasure and freedom. However, the fruits of the revolution brought us horrific damage and pain. Millions now are in bondage to sexual sin and bound by its tyranny. But a counter-revolution is in motion. Will you join our holy crusade to bring rescue, healing, comfort, restoration and peace?


Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.  Rev 2:20

The sixties brought a proclamation of sexual “freedom” and “liberty.” The “stultifying, tyrannical and archaic morals” of previous generations were abandoned.

Those who questioned the revolution were shot down with compelling arguments like, “If two consenting adults want to be sexually active, affecting only themselves, what is that to you?”  It was airtight reasoning, so sensible, and emancipating.

We sang songs mindlessly because we loved the beat and the tune. The songs said,

“I’m trying to get some girl pregnant”

“If you’re not with the one you love [your boyfriend or girlfriend], love [have sex with] the one you’re with.”

“I’m not talking about commitment…but I really want to see you [have sex with you] tonight.”

A bi-line of the sexual revolution was, “If it feels good do it.” And many of us gave up the “old fashioned” moral restrains for a promised land of pleasure.

I apologize for my part in this revolution, either actively or by standing on the sideline and not fighting to hold the ground. Those sexual liaisons between those “two consenting adults” impacted us all. The revolution went sour for those who participated and for those who tolerated it. 


            Undermined marriages

The sexual revolution taught us that there is nothing holy or sacred about sex and marriage. It undermined the sanctity of marriage. Many became convinced that marriage is an archaic, worthless illusion. Besides, why risk failure?


Venereal disease somehow effected those two consenting adults. Society became burdened with the apparent need to help them deal with the physical consequences.

             Single moms

Broken hearts followed those sexual revolutionaries. Single moms gave up the happily-ever-after vision for a life of stress, poverty and loneliness.


Abortion is a family planning afterthought. Had those “two consenting adults” first decided to commit themselves in sacred matrimony there would have been far fewer abortions. The baby became the “fall guy” for “unprotected” sex.

              Fatherless children

Where did they all come from? In some schools, half of the children no longer live with their biological fathers. There is no fatherly voice speaking value and purpose, vision and devotion, disciple and safety. What loneliness and pain!


I’ve witnessed personally, about 95 percent of the inmate, in penal institutions are fatherless. Some still have the “sires” but they provided negligible fathering. Why do you suppose? Those inmates are abandoned children, part of the fallout of the revolution. Moral laxity in the sexual department found its way into all the other moral departments.

            Aimless men

Men became convinced they were only animals lead by uncontrollable passions. They were taught they could not control those passions. The dignity and honor found in self-controlled, disciplined manhood was forfeited. We gave up meaningful disciplined lives for lives of momentary pleasure. We traded our treasures for a bowl of stew.

            Broken hopeless, hearts

Who can grasp the great pain that the revolution brought to the hearts of men and women, boys and girls? It seems we were all wounded by “friendly fire.” I’m too overwhelmed to find words.

            National debt

The fallout from the revolution has been enormously costly financially. We’ve gone in debt treating STD’s, supporting single moms, building prisons, paying for abortion “services,” converting schools into nanny daycares, caring for homeless adults, and paying an arsenal of counselors to treat our mental disorders and sexual identity questions. These costs outstrip every item in our national budget, our military spending and spending on roads and infrastructure. Those two consenting adults had no idea what a Pandora’s box they were unleashing.


No one today would claim that the sexual revolution won us a healthier, happier, more wholesome America. The revolution produced massive casualties!

“Liberty” came short lived, like an evening of binge drinking. Those that wake feel something was lost or stolen in the night. We were “liberated” from security and faithfulness, from belonging and permanent relationships, from prosperity and peace. We impoverished ourselves spiritually, intellectually, morally and financially.

But even today many are staying faithful to “the cause.” They are working to indoctrinate our small children in sexual promiscuity, just as some radicals indoctrinate their children for Jihad.


If I ever hear someone say again, “If it feels good do it” I will reply, “Does that mean if my bladder is full that I can relieve myself by peeing on your carpet?

I refuse to be discouraged and give up on our culture. I am stirred to join the counter-revolutionaries fighting for sexual sanity. Luke Skywalker and company took on the evil empire. Our counter insurgents have a much larger battle, to turn the minds and hearts of the delusional.

What weapons do you have to overcome the vain imaginations of the sex marketers?

What medicines do you have for the sexually violated and heart-broken?

What soaps do you have to help cleanse defiled consciences?

What tools and building materials do you have to help others reconstruct their broken lives?


You can arm yourselves with Christ’s loving and redemptive heart.

You can decide to purge yourself of any residual contamination.

You can model a way of purity in both singleness and marriage that inspires.

You can renew your mind and the minds of others with the truths of Scripture.

There are things you can do to save your tiny children and your adult friends from the seductions of Jezebel.


May God forgive us for our toleration of the woman Jezebel!

May we expel this spirit from our circles!

May we walk in the blessings of moral purity, and be found worthy as overcomers to receive the promised Morning Star!

Rev 2: 20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.


There are no quick and easy fixes for a land decimated by war – But there are sure fixes!

We must realize and own that our own folly has brought trouble on ourselves. And – we must look up and return to the Creator who made us male and female! He is willing to heal our land if we truly and humbly return to Him! The Lord is willing to pour wine and oil into our wounds, and comfort us as we recuperate.


There were many persuasive, enticing, arguments for the sexual revolution. The images projected by the revolutionaries were as intoxicating as a juicy worm on a fish hook. A vision for a spiritual and moral awakening, a counter-revolutionary movement, must also have winning arguments. Do you have credible and appealing arguments for convincing a culture that God’s wonderful idea for sexual intimacy is found in a consecrated, faithful marriage? Can you project that as pictured in your life?

There is a pathway back to sanity. Who will have the courage to show the way and be counter-revolutionaries? Who will find the arguments and demonstrate visually the blessing of lives renewed under God’s wisdom and safe boundaries? I’m determined to be one engaged in the fight to liberate captives from strongholds of thinking which lead only to death.

Old excuses and reasonings can be torn down and wholesome values and models recovered. We will be saved and restored as we return to the ancient highway of holiness.

Jesus said, “The Son of Man came to seek and save the Lost.” This is still our mission as Sons and daughters of God!

Will you join in our crusade?



Steven C Johnson



Worth watching – Darren Stott does a powerful job with

Gender Identity & The Good News

You may wish to forward through the music







Has the potency of our Independence been lost behind a smoke screen of fireworks?

The significance of holidays degrade by inattention. Thanksgiving becomes gluttony day. Christmas Incarnation becomes gift-giving day. Resurrection Sunday becomes eat a chocolate bunny day. Independence Day becomes picnic and fireworks day.

Independence Day originally was more than explosive light shows. It was death-defying determination to escape totalitarian rule. In a much smaller land, and missing the millions who live here today, 4,435 died because of The Declaration. They put action to the words, “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, … And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

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

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

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

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

Would you patiently implore the understanding of England as did the colonies? Would you petition and implore? Would you, like the the colonist eventually say,  “Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God” and “Don’t tread on me!”

A question for us moderns is, “Would you and I have signed the document?”

Would we have laid down our lives, our bank accounts and reputations to back up our signatures?

Our behaviors as everyday patriots will show us what we would have done had we been planted in those pivotal days of history. Perhaps our days are no less momentous. 

It’s been said that “To maintain our nation’s freedom it will take the same kind of resolve that it took to form it.” Let’s be grateful for the intelligence, wisdom and determination that those before us acted on to gain us freedom. Let us somberly remember our children and grandchildren, and refresh our resolve as we celebrate our costly freedom.

John Adams wrote regarding the Declaration.

“The Second Day of July 1776, [the day Adams thought the signing and commemoration would both be on] will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.

It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with-

Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.

You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.

Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

Please do solemnize the day by setting off fireworks, clanging the kitchen pots and honking your car horn, but don’t fail to tell your children the reason for doing so!

Steven C Johnson

Note this excellent article written by Scott Williams

The cost paid by the signers of the Declaration of Independence




I had three pairs of goggles, put one on, and left the other two at the end of my lane. After swimming about 15 minutes, I saw a boy sitting beside my goggles. He looked at me and innocently asked if he could borrow a pair. It was interesting that he asked so straightforwardly. I said, “OK,” adjusted the goggles for him and resumed swimming. The boy swam with full-length blue Jeans.

He was diving for a toy. I stopped and talked to him while he labored to tread water. His name was Cain; he was eight and lived in a group home. A handful of other boys from the home were also there. He asked if I would play with him. What innocence and frankness! We dove together for a few minutes.

As Cain was trying on the other set of goggles, he said, “Someday I hope I will have a foster family.” I was touched and felt an impression: The curse is coming off Cain.

After finishing laps, we visited in the water. Both of us linked an elbow on the side of the pool. I asked, “Cain, do you know anything about Jesus?” He gave a childlike account of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I told him that it was a powerful story, and that it was true! Feeling I might never see Cain again, I encouraged him to get to know Jesus better and better by talking to him daily: “Jesus is real and He deeply cares for you, Cain. He will help you through life.”

I was growing attached to this boy and felt like packing him home and fathering him. He said, “I sure wish I had a pair of goggles like these.” I told him, “Keep them. I give them to you.” He confided that he had had some discipline problems at the home, but he had a special class apart from the others and that he thought he was doing better. He mentioned also that there was a tiny child in his group that chattered and babbled and sounded funny. I told him that he was probably a good friend to that child.

I prayed a short but earnest prayer with that eight-year-old boy. As I was getting out of the pool, he asked, “Do you know the song ‘I See the Moon?”  He sang:

“I see the moon and the moon sees me…God bless the moon and God bless me.” As I walked away, Cain continued to sing the song to himself. I was touched with emotion for Cain’s challenges, his innocence, uncertainty and hope. May the living God follow that young man’s career!



I’M THOROUGHLY PLEASED to inform you that my newest book is coming out shortly!  


I think you’ll like it. “In the Pool with Cain” is one of thirty edifying pieces in the book. 

Compounds of Encouragement is coming in both audio and eBook.

When Riverfront Property: Connecting the River of Life came out some of you graciously offered to be reviewers. I’m seeking reviewers again. If you’d like to have access to the book early and are willing to give a review. simply send me a note saying,

“Steve, I’d like to review Compounds of Encouragement!”

Add “In Audio” or “In ebook.”

I’ll be posting more in the next few weeks.


As a PS the Riverfront Property Prophetic Documentary has been on the back burner. It is a rather daunting undertaking. Hoping to get more motion on it in the fall. Thanks for those who have prayed for this!

Steven C Johnson

Landing Strip Enterprises







One is a sunrise. The other is a sunset. Can you tell which is which? How can you tell if you are at the beginning of something or at the conclusion?  In both the light is just on the edge.


In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;

in the morning I lay my requests before you

and wait in expectation. (Ps 5:3).


May my prayer be set before you like incense;