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“Committed Community” – A Free (MP3) sermon by Bryan Johnston »

Title: Compelled Community – Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-12 –  “The picture of the church is a group of disciples doing its part to edify the body and advance the kingdom.  It looks like hands and feet bringing love, unity, and hope to the world.  When each part is doing its work it is a healthy, […]

“Looking Back” – A devotional by Bryan Johnston »

When I was in college, I was blessed to spend one summer in Takahagi, Japan teaching English using the Bible. One day our hosting minister Sensei Yatabe, took us on a tour of Tokyo. Without any instruction or preparation, we stepped off the train in downtown Tokyo. Sensei Yatabe looked at me alone, since I […]

Doing Life Together – by Bryan Johnston »

(Editor’s note: Life Groups, often called “Small Groups” in some congregations, are groups of believers that meet at various times  to discuss Christian life. Some follow topical studies, discuss that day’s sermon, or whatever as is their interest. They are very beneficial in growing strength in the congregation. Here is a note Bryan sent out […]

The Light of the World – by Bryan Johnston »

(Written 8/27/17 – shortly after a full solar eclipse was visible from our location) Millions of people traveled hundreds of miles to witness perhaps a once in a lifetime experience – the 2017 Solar Eclipse! We traveled 100 miles to Newport, Oregon to witness one of nature’s amazing sites. It took planning and forethought to […]

When Darkness Turns Into Light – by Bryan Johnston »

On August 21st a total solar eclipse was visible in totality within a band across the entire contiguous United States. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the sun for a viewer on Earth. The last time a total solar eclipse […]

Home Sweet Home – by Bryan Johnston »

My grandfather Harold Martin made his home in the Mona Community in Northeast Montana. His parents homesteaded there in 1915 and after marrying my grandmother Edith in 1925, they built their life together on that land. They had five children together and were active members in the Church and kingdom of God. My grandpa loved […]

Be Holy as the Lord Your God is Holy – by Bryan Johnston »

Resting in the Lord is hard to do. It is a gift from God that he commands his people to set apart one day a week for the Lord. In Exodus 20:9-10 the Lord says, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord […]

Respect God’s Name – by Bryan Johnston »

The names for Jesus go on and on, I have never met someone who has so many names. The descriptions that are associated with our Lord are innumerable. So what is the name that the Lord our God prefers to be known as? I have known many people who preferred to go by a particular […]

Beautiful Welcome – by Bryan Johnston »

There is not a more beautiful sight than coming home to the McCullough Bridge into North Bend (Oregon, USA- See footnote). This architectural expansion is laid down firmly to provide safe entry into the Bay Area from the North. The mile-long cantilever bridge allows travelers easy entry as they pass high above the city of […]

Unlocked Doors – by Bryan Johnston »

Don’t you love those friends and families who say “you can come over anytime without an invitation,” those places where if you knocked the owners would be offended if you did? My grandparents’ home was like that. My aunt and uncles place on the farm was like that. And there have been a few dear […]

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