Steve and Pam’s Bio

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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...

OVERCOMING ANTICHRIST WITH INCARNATION

Christmas messages are packed away after the holiday. Jesus is boxed up with the tree and ornaments till next year. Good parents raise their children to adulthood. Packing the baby away in a crate is regarded as infanticide under other circumstances.

God compressed himself into a space above the mercy seat, over the ark of the Covenant. In the greatest “communication” God compressed Himself, “voiced” himself, into human flesh, showing up as man. What powerful mystery! Even the Apostle Paul declared the flesh-God a profound mystery.

1 Tim 3:16 Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great:

He appeared in a body,

was vindicated by the Spirit,

was seen by angels,

was preached among the nations,

was believed on in the world,

was taken up in glory.

Our Mystery is substantial, not ethereal! Our auditory, visual, and tactile senses discern the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us.

1 John 1:1-2 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked atand our hands have touched-this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.  The life appeared;we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

I prefer calling Christmas “Incarnation Day.” The primary message is, God became incarnate among us wearing human flesh to save creatures made of flesh. “Incarn,” means “in flesh.” All of us are born with flesh, but how exceptional for God to show up wearing it!

Heb 2:14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–

The story of Christmas is a rescue mission, a purposeful heavenly strategy to redeem us from death’s dominion and restore us to life! God’s war strategy utilized a virgin, a baby, a cross and tomb, and a few other items like hosts of angels. These weapons decimate death and hell and all their powers! Some babies come as “surprises.” Jesus’ birth was all about Heaven’s intention.

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the worldis to testify to the truth.”John 18:37

Have you noticed how stealthily, subtly, the Grinch has operated? Each Christmas the radio sings more “Santa and sleigh-bells” and less “Christ-has-appeared-among-us.” The message of incarnation has been watered down to dissolve its potency. Nativity has been replaced by naivety.

The anti-Christ is the Grinch who steals “Today in Bethlehem is born for you…” not just from one day, but from the other 364.

    Who is the antichrist?

Most people think of the Antichrist as a man who is a really bad dude. “We’ll have to watch out for him when he shows up.” The far greater danger is the spirit of Antichrist, which is already in the world. If we cannot discern and overcome that spirit we will be cannon fodder for individuals who operate as antichrists. Many Christians have been decimated by the subtleties of the spirit of antichrist. The Apostle John warned us:

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spiritsto see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the fleshis from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and now it is already in the world.1 John 4: 1-3

 

      What is antichrist’s malicious, seductive, intent?

Satan doesn’t want earthlings to know Jesus walked among them in flesh.

Antichrist reduces Jesus to a vague, warm, but powerless, spiritual feeling.

He clouds the realization that Jesus is physical, tangible, concrete and touchable.  

He obscures Jesus physical incarnation and His ultimate tangible, sizzling, dazzling return.

He muddles the reality that Jesus raises us physically at the resurrection

 

      Antichrist slanders Jesus, saying:

“Jesus only appeared to have flesh.”

“Jesus can’t relate to you because he doesn’t understand your fleshly struggles.”

“Jesus is powerless to help you in your day-to-day fleshly world.”

“Don’t expect Jesus to do anything world-changing. He will only grant you an indistinct ‘spiritual’ comfort.”

“Don’t expect to live a life of overcoming sin because nobody who has flesh can overcome.”   

“Don’t expect much from Jesus because there is not much to Him. He’s insubstantial.”

The spirit of the anti-Christ is fine with us “spiritualizing” everything. This deceiving spirit is fine with otherworldly ideas of our Jesus, but not striking moments of awareness of His felt presence.

 

      YOU MAY HAVE BEEN SEDUCED BY ANTICHRIST IF:

You divide the world into “spiritual” and “material.”  

You have an abstract, theoretical, or hyper-spiritual image of Christ.

You are more interested in going to heaven than seeing heaven tangibly transform earth.

Your hope is in dying and going to heaven rather than the resurrection of the dead.

You settle for Jesus healing the “spiritually” blind and deaf  but don’t expect Jesus to heal the blind and deaf physically.

You don’t expect to see tangible answers to your prayers.

PRCLAMATIONS FOR CRUSHING THE ANTICHRIST SPIRIT

Sometimes we must shake ourselves and speak out loud the reality of our substantial Savior. Here are words for your to start with to crush the nay-saying antichrist!

 

I am a Christian materialist!

There is no division between spiritual and physical.

Jesus pre-existed eternally and “incarnated” as a baby for me.

Jesus solidly, physical lives for me.

He knows the pain of my stubbed toe, and personal rejection.

He knows what it is to be exhausted and feel hunger.

He knows the pleasures of family and friends.

Jesus connects with me because he became like me.

Jesus touches me in tangible ways, not just vague mystical ways.

When I pray I expect my Lord to respond with tangible answers.

He delivers and heals my flesh.

Jesus Christ is solid!

 

My Lord Jesus:

Was born in the flesh

Lived among us in the flesh

Ministered to mortals who wear flesh

Died in flesh

Rose in flesh

Ascended in flesh

He reigns in Heaven in flesh. [What does that tell you about heaven?]

He is returning in flesh, to our material world.

The antichrist was overcome at the cross. I will no-longer allow the antichrist to slink around. I uncover and expose Him! I certify the victory!

 

My Lord Jesus crushes antichrist because He is

Pro-substance

Pro-truth

Pro-hope

Pro-intimacy

Pro-security

Pro-power

Pro-impact

Pro-anointing

 

 INCARNATION BULLETS FOR YOUR GUN

 

Scriptures are bullets for our spiritual guns. Take the following incarnation passages to pow, bang and rat-a-tat-tat against the power of the antichrist.

But before you start shooting remember, we Christians do not quote Scripture like magical incantations. Jesus said, “If you abide in me AND my word abides in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be given to you.” John 15:7

Abide in our dearest Lord Jesus and let His word abide in you. It is open season on Giants. Happy hunting!

 

Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. 

 

Isa 9:6-7 For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

Mic 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

though you are small among the clans of Judah,

out of you will come for me

one who will be ruler over Israel,

whose origins are from of old,

from ancient times.

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Rom 8:3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful manto be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 

Gal 4:4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law

Phil 2:5-8 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

but made himself nothing,

taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

and became obedient to death-

even death on a cross!

Col 1:15-20 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginningand the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

2 Cor 5:19 God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Heb 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Heb 1:6 And again,when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”  

Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

1 John 4:2-3 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the fleshis from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

2 John 7 Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.

Rev 21:3-4 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.Com

 

MUST SEE ELECTION DOCUMENTARY!!!

THIS DOCUMENTARY SHOULD HAVE THE FULLEST VIEWERSHIP!

View this and weigh the evidence. Furthermore, be a patriot and share it with those in your circles, even if it means rejection and antagonization against yourself.

You are neither a Christian or a Patriot if your fail to pray during these times.

Most earnestly, Steven C Johnson

 

 

 

CLEANING SOLUTIONS FOR MESSES

 

In a dream I found myself in a house holding a loaded and pumped pellet gun. I was thinking of discharging it to unload it but did not want to damage the house or things in the house. I looked at a large box of cleaning supplies and thought of shooting it there.

My interpretation:

I have a spiritual gun loaded and pressurized by Holy Spirit. My aim should be to activate cleaning solutions! 

There are cleansers for dishes, laundry, windows and walls, toilets and carpets. God has “Solutions” for us! When we look into God’s box of cleansing agents here is what we find:

Blood Cleanser

Water Cleanser

Holy Spirit Cleanser

Fire Cleanser

Scripture Cleanser

Stripes Cleanser

Christ’s Appearing Cleanser

 

     Blood Cleanser

“These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Rev 7:14

“In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Heb 9:22

“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death so that we may serve the living God!”  Heb 9:14

     Water Cleanser

Both blood and water were used in the temple service for cleansing.

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22

 

     Fire Cleanser

“For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.” Mark 9:49

 “…anything else that can withstand fire must be put through the fire, and then it will be clean.”Num 31:23

“They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” Acts 2:3

 

     Stripes Cleanser

God will use lashes and wounds to cleanse us. Physical chastenings and hard knocks in life cleanse us.

“Lashes and wounds purge away evil, and beatings cleanse the innermost parts.” Prov 20:30

 

     Scripture Cleanser

“…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”Eph 5:25-27

 

     Spirit Cleanser

“The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion: He will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by the spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.” Is 4:4

 

     Christ’s Appearing Cleanser

 

The appearance of Jesus brings a harsh, caustic scrubbing and a fiery smelting. The good news is that Saint’s willing to stand this scouring will present their offerings in righteousness!

“But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness.”

 

WHAT SHOULD WE CLEAN TODAY?

Let’s start by cleansing our hearts and thoughts.

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8

 

     PRAYERS FOR CLEANSING

Lord God, please show me (and your Church) what you would like us to clean up today.

“Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalms 51:2

“Cleanse me with hyssop [dipped in blood and sprinkled], and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7

 

     FATHER PROMISES CLEANSING

 

A loving father cleans his baby’s bottom. Our heavenly Father goes farther!

“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean: I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.” Exe 36:25

 

DEEP CLEANING GRAVEYARDS

 

 

Jesus does a more dazzling job at cleansing than “Mister Clean!” Our Lord comes to renew the face of the earth. Every lonesome grave and every massive boneyard will be made clean!

Outside the Eastern wall of the old city of Jerusalem there are hundreds of thousands of graves. Many religious Jews wish to be buried there so they may be among the first raised when Messiah comes.

On the other hand, Muslims also have graveyards near the Eastern Wall and the “Golden Gate.” These are a “strategic” attempt at preventing the Messiah from coming. They believe the Messiah would not contaminate himself by coming through a cemetery. Putrefying flesh and dusty bones are considered unclean.

How can Jesus walk through a contaminated cemetery? By raising the dead!

How can Jesus make a cemetery plot holy? With resurrection power!

“The whole valley where dead bodies and ashes are thrown, and all the terraces out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far as the corner of the Horse Gate, will be holy to the LORD. The city will never again be uprooted or demolished.”  Jer 31:40

We have a part in the cleansing process but God finishes the job because of His mercy in Christ!

 

     OUR PART IN CLEANSING

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:8-10

The following verse has been called “The Christian’s bar of soap.”

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.

 

     GOD’S PART IN CLEANSING

God can wash places we cannot reach, like the middle of our backs and the center of our hearts. Praise His Holy name, because in Christ Jesus His Son He washes us white as snow!!!

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.” Is 1:18

 

Steven C Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.Com

An end note:

The past four years President Trump has drained perhaps 2% of the swamp. Watch what happens in the next four years! If you are part of the swamp it is time to get out, humble yourself before God, and apply cleaning solutions.

 

 

ADOPTION, TUCKER, AND ELECTION MIRACLES

HOLY SPIRIT OF ADOPTION

 

I often receive God’s messages through a song. I’ll awaken with a little tune in my spirit and find myself humming it as I start my day. Little by little I become more aware of the tune and begin to dig out the words. “What is God trying to speak to me?” 

The day’s song was the Momma’s and the Papa’s 1968 version of “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” This song wove through my day as I watched an interview of a woman’s decision to adopt, and another who decided to foster. When I went to church I met a single woman who was deciding to foster. Below I share how God pieced a message together through interactions and His faithful Holy Spirit.  Step by step He leads us.

I watched an interview of  Amy Coney Barrett as she explained her family dynamics. She was pregnant with her fifth 5 and received a call from Haiti asking her to take a little boy that needed a home due to difficulties in his nation.

Amy put on her warm coat and took a walk in the cold winter, stopping to sit on a bench to discuss this idea with God. She had this thought – “Well God, life is hard and there is nothing better to spend my life on than raising children.” It deeply impacted me as I thought of this very accomplished woman, supreme court nominee, magna cum Laude from Notre Dame, wife and mother of seven.  Wow, now that’s a liberated woman. One we would all be happy to emulate.

The words, “life is hard, and there is nothing better to spend my life on than raising children“ just rang so true. That is a mother’s heart.  That is my heart. Maybe that’s your heart.

I also watched an interview of a young woman who decided to lay down her calling as a worship leader and became a foster mother. She was on a Zoom call talking about placing our Idols of calling on the alter to God and taking up His heart cry. For her that was fostering children.

This was all unfolding in me as I walked into church. A woman walked up to me and recognized me from an event we had both attended a year ago (Really, with a mask on too).

Long story short, she had wanted to adopt a child most of her life. She went to China as a missionary, then on to Hong Kong, no adoption. She realized she needed more stability so changed careers, became a teacher, picked up a second language to be bilingual and most recently purchased a two-bedroom condo and completed a foster care  program to start the process. And she was a single woman. All these people are NOT in ideal situations, but trusting. I was beginning to see a pattern. Now I was getting it. In this season of Esthers and Deborahs many of us are being prepared and repurposed to fulfill our hearts desire (our Dreams). 

With the probable end of abortion in America there will be more children to give homes to. And God is raising up “mothers in Israel” (Judges 5:7)

Esther was an orphan raised by her uncle and sovereignly prepared to become queen of a foreign nation, and at the right time, a spokeswoman for her people, the Jews. Perhaps this is a time you’ve been waiting for, to take the honorable place of raising children? Even again.

God is calling many of you, and your partners, to assist in the foster care and adoption of HIS children across our nation. Note: Mordecai- Esther 2:15.  Shamgar-Judges 5:6.  Barak- Judges 4:8-9

If you will dream with Him and ask He will make it happen. You will become the Mommas and Papas to dream with God for a generation. I believe communities of folks fostering and adopting kids will grow up and a new culture of life will bring rich rewards for those who hear this call. 

Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers [or mothers]. 1 Corinthians 4:15

Pam Johnson

 

PUTTING DOWN TUCKER

Pam just learned dear friends were needing to put down their dog. The husband was out digging the grave as we talked. Our hearts went out immediately. This family is dear to us, and the dog is precious to them. It is a grace-filled animal with a sweet disposition, a companion willing to befriend all.

It made me remember putting down our grey schnauzer, Tucker. I called Tucker the Super Wonder Dog. He was a gentleman considerate of others, willing to obey and eager to please.

He could be relaxed and laid back or go into hyper-energetic mode. He would respond to sit, stay, come, up, down, roll over and more. He loved to play soccer with the kids. They would kick the ball to him and he would run it back to them pushing it with his nose.

When Tucker was about 8 years we got another schnauzer, this time black. Jack was a rascal of a dog always pushing the limits. In fun, I called Tucker the good dog and Jack “the other dog.” We loved them both. Tucker did his best to educate Jack but Jack always liked to bend the rules. Still, Tucker’s modeling sunk in.

Tucker had few flaws. For fun, now and then, he liked to flush the chickens. Still, he was near perfect as a composed lap dog or an excited run-about friend. We had plenty of experiences with him moving from Washington, then Tennessee and then Texas.

When Tucker was 12 he started to get sick. His energy flagged, his motivation dropped. He had a cancer. We prayed for our friend, cuddled and pet him, but his health deteriorated. He did not complain but was patient as always. It was obvious he was in his last days, at most he had a handful left.

It was evening but I knew we couldn’t wait longer. I took my rifle, turned on the porch light, and carried him to the back yard. I sat him down and he stood wobbly between my feet. I said, “Tucker, stand still.” He obediently responded. I shot him in the head. He fell still, but to my amazement his tail wagged vigorously, quicker than I have ever seen before. It lasted a couple seconds and he was gone.

The next morning, we dug a place for him in the back pasture. I cried watching Old Yeller. I did the same with Tucker. There were some lonely days afterwards. Then four days later I had a dream. God graced us with it to bring a beautiful closure. I paste it from my dream file below.

12/12/2016 DOGS GO TO HEAVEN

I was walking along a country road where there had been rain. Water was running swiftly on the side of the road in the ditch and culverts. I looked and saw our dog Tucker running very rapidly back and forth in the field. He was much quicker than he had been in real life. He ran like lightning as if he could never be tired. I called out, “Go, Tucker, go!” At one point I saw Tucker was thirsty and standing in the water. As he began to drink I called out, “Drink, Tucker, drink!”

I called Tucker to me and he ran to my side. I gave him a couple pats, then he zipped off again. I could tell he was having a blast!

REFLECTIONS: Tucker was sick and I put him down four days ago. We were sad, missing him. This was an encouragement and a reminder. “Dogs do go to heaven.” We should drink deeply of the living waters, Like Tucker!

 

ELECTION MIRACLES! 

 

10,000 rose from the dead in Michigan to cast their ballots! Just imagine how many were raised in the other 49 states. You wonder who they voted for.

Amazing/appalling accounts of voting “irregularities” are coming out. Pam and I have been seriously imploring God in prayer for Revelation and the “HIGHEST COURT’S” justice! We are praying that everything will be revealed in Light! For the sake of future generations of voters we must be assured this election has true integrity.

GOING BACK TO PENNSYLVANIA WITH THOMAS PAINE

Once again, we are taking a cold, hungry, exhausting stand in Pennsylvania. But what is the alternative? As Washington’s troops shivered at Valley Forge they knew the weight of Paine’s words.

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated”

A PRAYER FOR THE WICKED MEDIA

God’s justice is coming to the god-like thrones of the media.“May ruin overtake them by surprise– may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.” Ps 35:8.  Read Zech 5:1-4 to discover what happens to the thieving, lying media! 

A TITAL WAVE OF JUSTICE

Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness.Ps 98:13

FIRE IN A BOX

The most amazing invention to me is the internal combustion engine. What benefits the world has enjoyed by capturing fire in a box! We Christians sometimes have “FIRE” but how few have made productive energy with “IT.”

Steve and Pam Johnson

LandingStripEnterprises.Com

 

OUR STRETCH OF RIVERFRONT PROPERTY

“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

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

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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!

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?

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

“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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