Saturday, September 5, 2015

How to Get Everything You Need

by Gregory A. Johnson
How to Get Everything You Need, by Gregory A. Johnson

Food, shelter, and clothing are the basic necessities of life, and Jesus tells us not to be anxious about them. Jesus will give us all that we need as we follow Him and continue His point-of-need ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Throughout our ministry, God has provided my wife, my children, and me with food, shelter, and clothing. The first church we pastored paid us fifty dollars a week. The second church we pastored paid us one hundred dollars a week. We never went hungry, homeless, or naked during those years. We obeyed God, and He miraculously provided for our needs, and still does today. I thank God for the people He sent to help us, for second-hand stores, and for my wife, who is an expert at couponing.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

He Is No Longer a Babe in a Manger

He Is No Longer a Babe in a Manger, by Gregory A. Johnson
by Gregory A. Johnson

Jesus left glory and all of its riches to come into our world and reveal His Kingdom. Theologians
refer to this emptying process that Jesus willingly went through as "kenosis." After the resurrection, the opposite of kenosis took place—Jesus was re-glorified. Jesus is now back in His original state of glory.

John, secluded on the island of Patmos, received a revelation of the re-glorified Christ. He testifies: "When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, 'Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades'" (Revelation 1:17-18 ESV).

Saturday, July 11, 2015

How to Walk in Power, Love, and Self-discipline

How to Walk in Power, Love, and Self-discipline by Gregory A. Johnson
by Gregory A. Johnson

As we approach the coming of our Lord, we are surrounded by ever increasing evil. Many are overwhelmed by fear. What is the Christ-follower to do? We are to overcome evil with love. Jesus has not left his followers powerless until he returns. He has given us his Spirit, which empowers us to live as loving overcomers.

Please allow me to share with you a short devotion that I have written.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Kingdom Revealed

by Gregory A. Johnson

The Kingdom Revealed by Gregory A. JohnsonWhat is the Kingdom of God? What does building the Kingdom mean? How does one work in the Kingdom? If you were asked those questions today, how would you answer?

I'm sure that some people would answer that the church is the Kingdom, and building the Kingdom involves growing church attendance and membership. Many would define working in the Kingdom as volunteering expendable time to church activity, mostly taking place within the walls of a building and the confines of a service. Those answers may involve good things to do, but is all of that correct?

Saturday, May 9, 2015

God Does Not Discriminate

by Gregory A. Johnson
God Does Not Discriminate, by Gregory A. Johnson

Because of Jesus, we all have equal access to God. Everyone has access to God's grace and peace, regardless of race, gender, or economic status (Click to Tweet). Because of His amazing grace, God pours His Spirit into all who will receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. With God's Spirit comes supernatural peace that surpasses all understanding—peace with God and peace with man.

God loves us so much. Who would not want to receive His grace? Who would not want to receive His peace? Only those who have been blinded by sin and evil would reject God's free gifts. They search the world for peace, but will find none. The peace that wars and diplomacy try to bring is costly, fragile, and fleeting. The peace that God gives through His Holy Spirit is free, strong, and eternal.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

How Prayer Will Increase Your Faith, Love, and Praise

by Gregory A. Johnson
How Prayer Will Increase Your Faith, Love, and Praise, by Gregory A. Johnson

One of the benefits of being a praying person is being able to look back over your life and see the answers to prayer that God has brought. If you pray, you know what I’m talking about. Reflecting on God’s goodness in answering prayer increases not only our faith, but also our love for the LORD. Out of our increased faith and love comes praise from the heart that articulates through our lips.

If you are a person of prayer, take a moment now and reflect on the answers to prayer that the LORD has brought to you (Tweet This). If you are not a person of prayer, there is no better time than now to begin making prayer a part of your life. Get a spiral notebook to use as a prayer journal. Make a list in the notebook of all the prayer requests that you are going to pray about and trust the LORD to answer. In the left-hand margin, put the date of when you first write the prayer request in your journal. Take time every day to enter your place of prayer with your prayer journal in hand. Pray over each request daily until you feel the Holy Spirit directing you on to the next request. In God’s timing and in God’s ways, you will begin to receive answers to your prayers. As you do, take a highlighter and highlight each prayer request that the LORD has answered. Write the date in the right-hand margin of when the LORD answered the prayer.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Why Does God Not Answer My Prayers?

by Gregory A. Johnson
Why does God not answer my prayers?

Being in the ministry for many years, my wife and I have heard the same question over and over again. So many ask, “Why does God not answer my prayers?” They say, “I call out to Him in my time of need, but it’s like He is not even there.”

Please know that we must call on the Lord in truth, which means praying while expecting His promises for you as declared in His Word. It’s not praying for what you want; it’s praying for the promises that God has given you in His Word. So many today call on the Lord in their times of trouble, but they do not know the Word; they do not obey the Word. They ask things of the Lord that are not even in line with His Word. As we learn the Word and obey it, we can call on the Lord in truth.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

True Leadership from the Greatest Leader

by Gregory A. Johnson

Books abound on the subject of leadership. Volumes have been written. Seminars, lectures, and course studies are everywhere, including the church.

Everyone wants to be a great leader, whether it is in the home, workplace, schoolhouse, marketplace, or church house. People look for success in current leaders and in leaders throughout history, yet there seems to be a huge vacuum of true leadership today. Where in the world are all the true leaders?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

How to Live With Fearless Confidence

By Dmitry A. Mottl (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons
by Gregory A. Johnson

We can live with fearless confidence in these times of terror, turmoil, and uncertainty as we surround our life with prayer. As we pray, we will receive a holy boldness from the Holy Spirit that enables us to speak and live the Word in these difficult days. Praying will get us through every one of the devil’s attacks against us.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Top Ten Posts of 2014

by Gregory A. Johnson
By Nigel Howe from Sydney, Australia (Fireworks  Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
I am humbled by the number of people who take time to read what I write. Finding that God often allows me to be transparent, writing from a life that has experienced pain, hardship, hurt, trials, and tribulations on my journey as I follow Christ, I pray for his Spirit to encourage and inspire each reader.

Please allow me to share with you the top ten posts read in 2014:
1. Surviving the Storms of Life
2. Lent is a Blessed Time of Year
3. Trust God Even if You Feel Forsaken
4. Jesus Christ Will Return
5. The Cross and the Empty Tomb
6. The End of the Age
7. Gender Equality
8. Will You Dare to Be a Daniel?
9. Females Preach the First Easter Message
10. There is Hope in a Prison of Despair

Friday, December 5, 2014

Nothing is Impossible with God

by Gregory A. Johnson
By André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

We are trained throughout life to reason things out. We are taught human reasoning skills throughout our education, and the training continues into the workplace. Human reasoning or logic is not bad unless we apply it to God and His Word. Human reasoning is the opposite of faith. Faith is placing our total trust in God and His Word’s application to our life and impossible situations.

Faith comes and increases by the Word of God. The more of God’s Word that we believe and obey, the more faith grows in us. God speaks His Word to us through the Bible and often confirms it through prayer and through other people. The Word that God impresses on our heart through prayer or the Word spoken through others will never be in conflict with God’s written Word. The more of His written Word that we learn, understand, and obey, the more we are able to discern and identify the many voices that we hear today. Everything should line up with and be in agreement with God’s written Word. As we learn and obey God’s Word, faith grows in us.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thanksgiving: A Time of Reflection

By Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory. ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Mount Hood reflected in Mirror LakeOregon, USA
by Gregory A. Johnson

My most favorite time of the year is Thanksgiving. I cannot think of much I don’t like about it.

I like turkey, and all the trimmings. Pumpkin pie ranks in the upper echelon of pies I am most fond of, with a mound of whipped cream in the shape and enormity of snow-capped Mount Hood decorating the top of my slice.

I have precious memories of times I spent with dad in the woods during this time of the year, allowing his love and respect for God’s creation to be deposited in my intellect, becoming a part of my heart and soul.

I can still smell the goodness of aromas I experienced as a child coming from mom’s kitchen as I waited anxiously to gorge on oyster dressing, fresh cranberries, and sweet potatoes along with a fat turkey leg that was always reserved for me.

Yes, I love Thanksgiving. I always have. I always will.

Although Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be thankful for everything that God has so graciously provided, enjoying it has no relation to the abundance of what we have, or what we lack. I can remember many times during our years of pastoring small churches in impoverished parts of Appalachia, that Becky and I didn’t know where our next meal was coming from or how we were going to pay the bills, but I still had everything that I was thankful for: my wife, my children, family, friends, a roof over our heads, and most importantly, God.