Monthly Archives: April 2011

Insanly Sane…Staying Sane in an Insane Manner

So people frequently ask how we are doing.

Well…the Johnson family is doing well and we are doing are best to stay sane through all the transition and process of moving into full-time missions mode.

Here’s our secret so far…Hope you enjoy!

In public we put on our smile (or sane) faces…

And in private we put on our crazy faces…!

Thanks for all your continued support. It truly does make a difference.

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Balence Beam Challenge

So, recently this dude keeps popping up from blogs, emails, and now from friends who are reading his book, Crazy Love. Even though his style of preaching can be direct and in your face I haven’t heard one negative thing. I heard him speak at a National Youth Worker Convention and bought the audio tape of his message and have listened to it when I need a kick in the pants in the right direction.

Recently, one of my friends said he loves his stuff because… “its challenging and makes you feel guilty (in a good way)”. Our youth ministry is also currently going through a video series with him.

Enough said…you want to be challenged a bit…get a kick in the right direction…watch this short clip from Francis Chan. I know it has challenged me.

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Self “FRAG”mentation

For those who play video games you know what a “frag” is or know what “fragging” is…for those who don’t play video games…calm down…it’s not as bad as you may think. In video game ( or nerd speak of which I am) , “fragging” is simply a term for scoring a win or kill. If you beat an opponent in a game you just scored a “frag” or conversely if you die you were just “fragged”.

With that in mind. I’ve been thinking alot lately about unity and its opposite disunity. The greatest threat to the church today does not lie “out-there” in our culture which we like to so frequently demean and point the finger at their “perverse” ways…no the greatest threat lies within… through self “frag”mentation.

We don’t have to worry about the world killing us we are much more capable of doing that ourselves.

Throughout scripture there is the call toward unity: “I appeal to you…that you may be perfectly united,” (Paul in 1 Cor 1:10) “May they be brought to complete unity,” (Jesus in John 17:20-23) and “How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity.” (David in Psalm 133).

There is no greater threat to the kingdom of God then disunity among the body of Christ. As Christ himself says in Mark 3:25, “If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”

The enemy does not directly destroy us…hes much smarter than that. He prefers indirect and subtle ways. If you play video games he is the rogue that hides in the shadows…and yes currently I’m playing a game as a rogue character…its  fun to hide in the shadows and watch people destroy themselves at the traps you set. The rogue is the “master of the shadows” and uses a repertoire of subtle methods to destroy his opponents.

Likewise, the true enemy (not the one in video games) knows that if he can turn one believer’s heart against another, he doesn’t have to do the work…we will destroy ourselves. We will bite, pick, and devour each other till we are nothing left but broken and weak vessels…”frag”mentations of what we could become. And the best part for him(the enemy) is that we do all this in the name of our Savior. We fight each other all in the name of God and our church. I hope the irony and subtlety of this doesn’t get past you. The enemy gets to kill two birds with one stone so to speak…he gets to “frag” individuals and at the same time gets to “frag” the name of our Savior. The enemy gets to walk away with “clean hands” because we are two busy blaming each other, not willing to take a hard look at our own hearts and minds, and ultimately destroy ourselves through self “frag”mentation.

The church today and by the church I mean the individuals and leaders within the church would do well to heed Christ’s warning in Matthew 7:1-5, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother or sister, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”


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Mexican Fiesta

Last night we and a close group of friends hosted a Mexican Fiesta for interested people at our church. It was a good time to share of God’s faithfulness and provision in our lives and share our passion for the people of Mexico. We made many good connections with people and as always felt humbled by the support and encouragement of those around us.

We served “Mexican Cheesecake” as our dessert….What makes it Mexican you ask…?…well…the flags of course. I tried to see if people would put hot sauce on it to make it truly Mexican…but no takers!

The people wearing the “Sombreros of Superiority” won a trivia contest and got to wear the hats to show off their superior intellect for the rest of the evening. We also gave them some corn tostados, gringo salsa, and two cans of coconut water to share as a table!

Even though we are transitioning into missions…we are still youth pastors at heart!

Thanks to all for your show of continued support and encouragement. It means more than you know.

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