Monday, May 30, 2011

First 3 pastors...

How many pastors named Rick Johnson are in the world? Here is the list of first 3 pastors...

Pastor Rick Johnson, serving Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Corona, CA, comments on areas of interest and encouragement for Christians.

Senior Pastor: Rick Johnson at First Bible Baptist Church

First Bible Baptist Church
1441 SE Adams Dairy Pkwy
Blue Springs, MO 64014

Pastor Rick Johnson accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior in 1968. He graduated from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO with a BA in Theology and has been in the ministry since 1974. Pastor Rick served for eighteen years at Kansas City Baptist Temple as Associate Pastor in the areas of Youth, Adult Sunday School, Discipleship, Music Ministry and Missions. In 1996, God directed Pastor Rick to start First Bible Baptist Church in Blue Springs, MO.

Rick and his wife, Becky, have been married since 1972. They have four sons and three daughters in law: Aaron and JoAnna, Stephen and Billie-Jo, David and Erin, and Mark. They also have five grandchildren.

Pastor Rick Johnson at Lamb of God Lutheran Church

Lamb of God Lutheran Church
3923 - 103rd Avenue SE
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Phone: 425-377-2173

Pastor Rick Johnson has been leading the congregation at Lamb of God since 2005.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Outreach at Crown of Life

This week was a busy one for outreach at Crown of Life.

First was Camp Sonshine. This week we conducted our all day long all week long Bible day camp with 41 children, 8 staff, 9 borrowed vehicles, 2 bus drivers and a partridge in a pear tree. It's all fact except the partridge in the pear tree. It was a great week with Bible stories themed on Jesus & water, loud singing, swimming, bowling, Soak City, the Beach, crafts, hula hoops and Crown of Australian Life Insurance tee shirts. Special thanks to Carin who was this year's camp director; to a great staff: Carin, Louise, Courtney, Lauren, Nicole and Amanda.. Thanks also to everyone who loaned us a vehicle, to the meal hosts and host homes and to Kelly for the special snacks for the children. We went through $100 in sunscreen (Water Babies SPF 50), a mountain of snacks and gallons of drinks. Next year, I will recommend to parents whose children are extremely sensitive to the sun that they get rash guard shirts for their children. We did have some sunburn on a few children even though we greased up the kids with sunscreen every hour and a half.

Now the work of follow up.

Corona 4th of July Parade And this year COL had a float again. Mike, our outreach guy, rented a 20 foot flatbed. Jennifer designed the decorations. The Chojnackis and Sheltons did the decorating. Tim put together a band (great job Brad, Leah, Heather, Connor, Savannah and Tim) and today the Brys, Gowins, Ferreris, Chojnackis, Unkes, Jason Smith, Cathy Reisinger and Darla Travers handed out 3000 pencils. Today we rubbed shoulders with our community.

56 Signers

This from Mark Batterson's blog. I thought it was very interesting.

"I love history. And I love America! Thought I'd share a little of both as we celebrate Independence Day.

We live in a a day and age where we almost have to defend our patriotism. I'm certainly not suggesting that America is above reproach. Far from it. But a few years ago I did extensive research for a sermon series on our spiritual heritage. And I walked away with a renewed sense of destiny. There is so much revisionist history out there that we tend to forget that a lot of our Founding Fathers were motivated by their faith in Christ.

Just thought I'd share some backstory about some of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence. Most Americans know next to nothing about these fifty-six heroes who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the cause of freedom.

John Witherspoon was an ordained minister and authored several books of sermons, as well as editing America's first family Bible published in 1791.

Charles Thomson served as Secretary of Congress and was a Biblical scholar. He helped edit the first American translation of the Greek Septuagint into English.

Charles Carroll, the last of the fifty-six signers to pass away at the age of 95 in 1832, wrote out his declaration of faith at the age of eighty-nine.

On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for my salvation, and on His merits; not on the works I have done in obedience to His precepts.

Another Founding Father, Benjamin Rush, is considered the "Father of American Medicine." He personally trained three thousand medical students. Dr. Rush also founded "The First Day Society" which was the precursor to the Sunday School movement, as well as founding America's first Bible society. It was Benjamin Rush who said the Constitution was "as much the work of Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament were the effects of divine power."

Francis Hopkinson was a church music director and edited one of the first hymnals printed in America in 1767. He also set 150 psalms to music.

Roger Sherman is the only Founding Father to sign all four of America's Founding documents: the Articles of Association in 1774, the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the Articles of Confederation in 1778, and the U.S. Constitution in 1787. Roger Sherman was also a theologian. He wrote a personal creed that was adopted by his church:

I believe that there is one only living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. That the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are a revelation from God, and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him.
I could share story after story, but the bottom line is this: many, if not most, of our Founding Fathers were motivated by their Faith in Christ. They wrote sermons and creeds and hymns. They founded Bible Societies and Sunday Schools. They served God's purposes in their own generation.

By the way, five signers were captured and tortured during the Revolutionary War. Twelve signers had their homes ransacked and burned. Two signers lost sons to the war they declared. Two signers had sons become prisoners of war. And nine signers fought in the war and died from wounds or hardships of war.

Hope that adds a dimension of gratitude to your 4th of July celebration!"

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Wish I'd said it...

Adrian Rogers is a well-known Christian preacher and he certainly has a way with words. I pulled these from Todd Rhodes blog today.

Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?
God grades on the Cross not on the curve.
Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity.
I read other books. The Bible reads me.
You can save a lot of time waiting on God.
If you need encouragement, give it. If you need love, give it.Whatever you need, give it away.
Just because it doesn’t make sense to you doesn’t mean it doesn’t make sense.
If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.
On gossips: don’t let them use your ears for garbage cans.
It’s what you sow that multiplies, not what you keep in the barn.
There was a time when you were not. There never will be a time when you will not be.
We live in a day where a hero is a sandwich, life is a magazine,power is a candy bar, joy is a detergent, sin is a perfume, a star is an actress who’s been married three times, and the real thing is a soft drink.
God does not flunk any of His children. He just re-enrolls them.
If you were sinking in quicksand, the devil would pat you on the head.
On salvation by works: I wouldn’t trust the best fifteen minutes I ever lived to get me into heaven