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A Word for the Journey

 

    A New Generation

    Sun, Mar 26, 2017
    After God delivered the the children of Israel, they spent 40 years in the wilderness because of the hardness of ...
     

    Always

    Sun, Mar 19, 2017
    This past weekend, Sis. Crystal and I spent a couple of days with other ministers and their wives. It ...
     

    An Army

    Sun, Mar 12, 2017
    There are many things at the heart of God, but one of those things is worship. Jesus said, that ...
     

    Bridges

    Tue, Mar 7, 2017
    We don’t think about them, but we are surrounded by them. If we did not have them, our lives ...
     

    Before The “Amen”

    Sun, Feb 19, 2017
    In prayer the other day, I was praying, and I was praying over so many things. I was coming ...
     

    Current Events

    Sun, Feb 12, 2017
    I will admit that when people are discussing current events, often, I have to ask for more details. It’s ...
     

    Sports Games

    Sun, Jan 29, 2017
    Have you heard of sports games that had a team or player that was by all counts the heavy favorite. ...
     

    Poke Holes

    Sat, Jan 21, 2017
    The other day, I was on my way to Parkersburg, to the hospital.  It was an extremely cloudy day, as ...
     

    Set Out a Welcome Mat

    Mon, Jan 16, 2017
    It’a amazing that in one place in scriptures Jesus can be sitting with the intellectual Pharisees, and in another scripture ...
     

    Twenty Years

    Sat, Dec 31, 2016
    It’s hard to believe that 2016 has past, and last night we celebrated the transition into 2017.  This year will ...
     

    Wrong Shelter

    Tue, Dec 20, 2016
    Each week, I try to come up with personal anecdotes, illustrations and stories that will inspire, direct, and encourage you.  ...
     

    Watch Out

    Sat, Dec 10, 2016
    Have you ever been startled by someone yelling, “Watch Out”? What comes to mind when you hear that phrase? You probably ...
     

    Pray BIG Prayers

    Sat, Nov 5, 2016
    This past Wednesday, I shared a message with the church entitled “Pray Big Prayers”.  I feel like this message is ...
     

    Simple Choice

    Sat, Oct 29, 2016
    Some people try to make living for God harder than it is.  Actually the choice is simple.  The Word of ...
     

    Never Wrong?

    Sun, Oct 23, 2016
    Sis. Crystal and I have this thing that we have joked about since we first married.  I’ll say it when ...
     

    One Sinner

    Mon, Oct 17, 2016
    One of my favorite scriptures is “There is joy in heaven when one sinner comes to repentance.” I was thinking about ...
     

    Let’s Go Fishing

    Sat, Oct 8, 2016
    Allow me to share with you a story.  There was a group called “Fishermen’s Fellowship”. They were surrounded by streams ...
     

    Beyond Your Storm

    Sat, Oct 1, 2016
    I remember a geography lesson from eighth grade. (Pretty good retention, huh.)  We learned that the southernmost tip of Cape ...
     

    Tighten Up

    Sun, Sep 11, 2016
    Do you remember the song “Everybody ought to go to Sunday School”?  It may be a Sunday School song that ...
     

    Excel or Be Content?

    Sat, Sep 3, 2016
    It has been just a few months ago, that five us embarked on a 21 hour drive to San Antonia, ...
     

    Your Choice

    Sun, Aug 21, 2016
    This past week, we took Nicholas’ car to the garage for some repairs.  Ultimately, we had to replace the alternator.  ...
     

    A Promise for You

    Sun, Aug 14, 2016
    Luke 3:16 (16) John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, ...
     

    Great Things

    Sat, Aug 13, 2016
    Luke 3:16  John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, ...
     

    Benefits

    Sun, Aug 7, 2016
    I would not be honest if I didn’t admit that living for God can be challenging.  God’s word compares our ...
     

    We Need Jesus

    Sat, Jul 23, 2016
    While Sis. Crystal and I were out of town last week, we stopped at a few stores.  When I walked ...
     

    Conviction Versus Condemnation

    Sun, Jul 17, 2016
    Have you considered the difference between conviction and condemnation? A lot of believers hear condemning thoughts, and some believers even think ...
     

    Worship

    Sat, Jul 9, 2016
    The book of Leviticus begins with the Lord summoning Moses, (a strong verb in Hebrew).  God authoritatively called him into the ...
     

    Boundaries

    Mon, Jul 4, 2016
    When I was a teenager, I was like most teenagers. I had my moments that I would live to ...
     

    Fresh Fire

    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
    A few weeks ago, I preached a message from 1 Thess. 5.19.  As I sat in my office on Thursday, listening ...
     

    “Walk a Little Plainer Daddy”

    Sat, Jun 18, 2016
    Walk a little plainer daddy,” said a little boy so frail, “I’m following your footsteps and I don’t want to fail. Sometimes your ...
     

    Snowflakes

    Sun, Jun 12, 2016
    Since last Sunday, Sis. Crystal and I have had all of our children home. This seems to be a ...
     

    What’s in Your Pulpit?

    Thu, Jun 2, 2016
    I am convinced that one reason so many have become disillusioned with God is because in their pulpits, the God ...
     

    No Turning Back

    Fri, May 27, 2016
    There is an event in American History that is not spoken of as much as it should be.  It involved ...
     

    God’s Mercy

    Sun, May 22, 2016
    Can I just take a minute and tell you about stones that were never thrown? We read throughout scripture, God instructed ...
     

    Sluggish

    Sun, May 15, 2016
    Am I the only one to get frustrated with their cell phone. Lately, my phone has been responding very ...
     

    The Impact of Praying Parents

    Wed, May 11, 2016
    It has been 27 years since I received the Holy Ghost.  When I began living for God, I was unmarried, ...
     

    Observing Families

    Sun, May 8, 2016
    It has been 27 years since I received the Holy Ghost. When I began living for God, I was ...
     

    The Answer

    Sat, Apr 30, 2016
    Have you noticed that there are three elements of life that we must learn how to deal with? The past-This is ...
     

    Nosing Around

    Sun, Apr 17, 2016
    My wife and I have a cute and very inquisitive Westie named Baylee. She loves to go places and ...
     

    Thank You, Pastor!

    Fri, Apr 15, 2016
    This Word for the Journey is from Bro. Tim Thomas. If there is one Pastor that truly walks in the ...
     

    Peace

    Sat, Apr 2, 2016
    As most of you know, I am currently going through a storm in my life. It was unplanned, and ...
     

    Pruning

    Sat, Mar 12, 2016
    When I was young, in our backyard was a grape arbor, and a peach tree. All summer, I would ...
     

    Stop

    Sat, Mar 5, 2016
    When I was a teenager, I ran everywhere. Looking back, I could have been on the track team. Even ...
     

    Building Your Team

    Sun, Feb 21, 2016
    This was shared on Facebook, and it is worth sharing with you. Deedra Linder wrote on Building Your Team…. People are more ...
     

    Appointments

    Thu, Feb 11, 2016
    I’m sure this has happened to you. An appointment has been scheduled, and due to unforeseen circumstances, you needed ...
     

    CCYC

    Sat, Feb 6, 2016
    The last two days at Capital City Youth Convention, brought a scripture to my mind. It is this, 1 ...
     

    Influence

    Sun, Jan 31, 2016
    You are a person of influence. Maybe, you don’t think of yourself in that way, but whether you are ...
     

    Revive

    Sun, Jan 17, 2016
    REVIVE is our 2016 theme. A good definition of revive is found in Merriam-Webster as: 1. to make (someone or something) strong, ...
     

    In the Books

    Sat, Jan 2, 2016
    Welcome to 2016. For better or for worse, the last year is in the books. Before us is ...
     

    TGI2016

    Sat, Dec 26, 2015
    Most people come to the end of a year, and they are glad to see it go. So they ...
     

    Thanksgiving

    Sat, Nov 21, 2015
    Today, I was thinking about Thanksgiving a year ago. It was a really wonderful holiday in the Johnston house. ...
     

    Breakfast

    Tue, Nov 17, 2015
    There are special occasions in the Johnston house when I will fix breakfast. Sometimes it will be a full ...
     

    “Thank You”!

    Sun, Nov 8, 2015
    Today we honor our veterans. This has been a longstanding tradition. World War I – known at the ...
     

    The Basement

    Fri, Oct 30, 2015
    While on my trip to Israel, one of the places that we visited was the basement of a church. ...
     

    Spiritual Outbreak

    Sun, Oct 25, 2015
    Over the past few nights of revival, God has confirmed to us that he desires to bring a fresh wave ...
     

    Prayer

    Sat, Oct 17, 2015
    This past Wednesday evening, the Lord blessed us with a powerful move of His Spirit.  There was a move of ...
     

    Vision

    Sun, Oct 11, 2015
    Recently, I was driving back home on Route 50.  It was in the evening, and the sun was extremely bright.  ...
     

    Keep Shopping

    Sun, Oct 4, 2015
    Friday, I was walking through Wal-mart and it dawned on me. Christmas is coming. That means that everyone ...
     

    Atmospheric Changes

    Sun, Sep 27, 2015
    The past few days, Sis. Crystal and I have been attending the General Conference of the United Pentecostal Church International. ...
     

    Lifeguards

    Sun, Sep 6, 2015
    It’s usually about this time of year that Sis. Crystal starts thinking about vacation for next year. This begins ...
     

    Expectations

    Sun, Aug 23, 2015
    Recently, I had an experience where my expectations did not compare with the expectations of the person that I was ...
     

    Land Mines

    Sun, Aug 2, 2015
    Several years ago during Desert Storm, our troops were preparing to for a land invasion into Kuwait. Their objective ...
     

    Don’t Overestimate Your Strength

    Sat, Jul 25, 2015
    Any winning sports team will tell you that to be a winning team takes a lot of preparation. One ...
     

    Walk Facing Traffic

    Sun, Jul 19, 2015
    When I was a child, and growing up in southern West Virginia, we lived outside of town. It was ...
     

    Truth

    Sun, Jul 12, 2015
    There are many things that confound me. One of those things that puzzle me is, “How is it so ...
     

    Called of God?

    Sun, Jun 28, 2015
    When you look through Pentecostal history, you soon discover that many of the men and women of God were people ...
     

    Planting Godliness

    Wed, Jun 17, 2015
    Jonathan Edwards was a respected and renowned preacher. The First Great Awakening was attributed much to his passion and ...
     

    Out of Control

    Sun, Jun 7, 2015
    Is it just me, or does it seem that the world is out of control? Everyone is looking for ...
     

    What is Marriage?

    Sun, May 31, 2015
    I am sure that you know about the recent vote in Ireland regarding same sex marriage. Also, I know ...
     

    Memorial Day

    Sat, May 23, 2015
    Pentecost Sunday, and memorial day normally occur weeks apart. However, this weekend two important days overlap. Pentecost Sunday ...
     

    Mothers Day

    Sun, May 10, 2015
    Proverbs 31:10-31 (KJV) 10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart ...
     

    Miracles Happen

    Sat, Apr 25, 2015
    For today’s WFTJ, I just have a simple message, “Miracles Happen”. I’m talking about real miracles, “the lame walking, ...
     

    Making Bitter Things Better

    Sun, Apr 19, 2015
    Yesterday, we spent the day with Bro. and Sis. Zimmerman, and of course Josiah. It was a day of ...
     

    But For This Cause

    Sun, Apr 5, 2015
    When addressing Pilate Jesus made this statement “…but for this cause came I unto this hour.” An accurate ...
     

    I Do Not Understand

    Sun, Mar 22, 2015
    I admit that there are somethings that I do not understand. Splitting atoms is above my pay grade. ...
     

    Problem Solved

    Mon, Mar 16, 2015
    My name is David Johnston and I am dependent on my computer. There I said it. Confession is ...
     

    Valentine Love

    Sun, Feb 15, 2015
    Do you remember celebrating Valentine’s Day in grade school? Shoeboxes became “mailboxes” covered with construction paper, with a pipe cleaner ...
     

    Framed Together

    Sun, Feb 8, 2015
    This is being written before I left for Israel, but in anticipation of the trip, I am writing about one ...
     

    A Promise

    Sun, Feb 1, 2015
    Tomorrow, I leave for Israel. This is going to be an exciting trip. Seeing and walking the land ...
     

    Music

    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    As you know, Sis. Crystal and I get up early during the week. My wife gets up around 5:00 ...
     

    New Things

    Sun, Jan 18, 2015
    There are some things that I just do not like. I do not like liver. I do not ...
     

    Made Up Mind

    Sat, Jan 10, 2015
    A couple of years ago, after eating dinner at Bob Evans, we were going to the car. I was ...
     

    The Will of God

    Sat, Jan 3, 2015
    1 John 2:17 “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God ...
     

    A New Year

    Sun, Dec 28, 2014
    Over the past few days, I have said it over and over again, “it is hard to believe the year ...
     

    Christmas

    Sat, Dec 13, 2014
    Saturday evening, our family celebrated Christmas with Chris, Bro. & Sis. Sauters, and the Hardbargers. As always, it was ...
     

    Black Friday

    Sat, Dec 6, 2014
    Well, we did it again this year.  Yes, at 6:00 on Friday, “Black Friday” that is, we were already in ...
     

    Thanksgiving

    Sat, Nov 22, 2014
    Well here it is time for Thanksgiving again!!! It seems like I just got up from the table last month ...
     

    Friendships

    Sat, Nov 15, 2014
    The wisdom of the Bible continues to amaze me.  The scripture speaks with a pointed simplicity.  One of those scriptures ...
     

    Remember

    Sun, Nov 9, 2014
    This week we observe Veterans Day, which is a day of remembering the men and women who have served in ...
     

    Planning

    Sat, Nov 1, 2014
    How often do you find yourself doing things unintentional opposed to doing things that you have planned? I think ...
     

    Up

    Sat, Oct 25, 2014
    Recently, I was at a hospital, when asking for the room number of a patient, the receptionist told me there ...
     

    Out of Gas

    Sat, Sep 13, 2014
    Has this happened to you?  You know that you need gas, but your too busy, or you don’t feel good ...
     

    Call Tech Support

    Sat, Aug 23, 2014
    If you use computers as much as I do, you have had similar problems as I have.  Data lost, programs ...
     

    Reflections

    Tue, Aug 12, 2014
    The other day I was at the church by myself.  As I was walking through the sanctuary, out of the ...
     

    Graduates

    Sun, May 25, 2014
    Congratulations to all of our graduates!  We are so proud of you!! This is a major milestone in your life.  As ...
     

    Faith

    Fri, Apr 4, 2014
    This morning when I got out of bed, I went to the kitchen, turned the knob on the faucet, and ...
     

    De-cluttering

    Wed, Jan 22, 2014
    Sis. Crystal has been on a mission in our home. She is de-cluttering. You know how it is with clutter, you ...
     

    Revival

    Sun, Jan 19, 2014
    Robert Coleman said, “Revival is that sovereign work of God in which He visits His own people, restoring and releasing ...
     

    Sin and Self-Centeredness

    Sat, Jan 11, 2014
    It amazes me that things that once made us go oooh and ahhhh, are now commonplace.  When I was young, ...
     

    Let Us Worship

    Sun, Dec 22, 2013
    I realize that the miracle and the majesty of “Christmas” has been drug through the gutter. The true essence of ...
     

    Christmas

    Sat, Dec 7, 2013
    It has started!  Black Friday is past, the shopping lines are longer, it’s hard to find a parking space.  The ...
     

    One Person Can Make a Difference

    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    When recently visiting my Mother, on a dresser top in one of the bedrooms, I noticed a notepad with the ...
     

    Veterans Day

    Sun, Nov 10, 2013
    It was the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month in 1918 when the world celebrated a ...
     

    Participating

    Sun, Oct 20, 2013
    Yesterday was college football Saturday. Stadiums across the nation were filled with screaming, jumping, waving fans.  It would be interesting to know ...
     

    Compassion

    Sun, Oct 13, 2013
    On my way home one night, I noticed a glow of flashing lights down the road. As I got closer, ...
     

    The Word of God

    Thu, Oct 3, 2013
    When our kids were younger, each year we would take a trip to Sea World in Aurora, OH. (When it ...
     

    Choices

    Sun, Sep 29, 2013
    I remember as a kid, going to the lake or to the river with my family. One of the things ...
     

    Grace

    Sun, Aug 25, 2013
    NOTHING BUT GRACE   In 1914, before insulin, Corrie ten Boom’s Aunt Jans was diagnosed with diabetes.  She knew that she ...
     

    Lost Sheep

    Sat, Aug 17, 2013
    Jesus told the story in Luke about a little sheep that was lost. It’s scary being lost.  I have been lost ...
     

 

Pastor’s Study

 

    Back from Vacation

    Sat, Jul 28, 2012
    It is good to be home.  We had a wonderful vacation.  The only thing that could have made it better ...
     

    A Midweek Message

    Tue, Jul 3, 2012
    Since we are not having service this week, I thought it important to pass along a little message to help, encourage, and ...
     

    No Barriers

    Wed, Jun 27, 2012
    Hebrews 10:22 (KJV) Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, ….. As a child, I ...
     

    Acts Celebrates One Year

    Tue, Jun 5, 2012
    The A.C.T.S. Program, a ministry of the First United Pentecostal Church of Ravenswood is marking its first year of meetings.  ...
     

    The Barnabas Group

    Mon, Mar 26, 2012
    Jesus was the master at discipleship.  Everything thing that he did, he did with purpose.  Though Jesus chose twelve men, ...
     

    Breakthrough 2012

    Sun, Jan 8, 2012
    Let 2012 be the year of Spiritual Sreakthrough.   30 Days of Prayer and Fasting       Pray for a breakthrough in: Jan 15 – ...
     

    Thank you all

    Sat, Dec 10, 2011
    Words cannot express how thankful Sis. Johnston and I are to be part of such a wonderful congregation.  So many ...
     

 

Elder’s Corner

 

    One Person Can Make a Difference

    Thu, Nov 21, 2013
    When recently visiting my Mother, on a dresser top in one of the bedrooms, I noticed a notepad with the ...
     

    Veterans Day Video

    Thu, Nov 14, 2013
    It was with great pleasure I was asked to put together a video to honor Veterans.  The video is too ...
     

    THINK – Before You Speak

    Sun, Oct 14, 2012
      (Lesson taught – 10/14/12) A young man working in the produce department was asked by a lady if she could buy ...
     

    Easter Play

    Tue, Apr 17, 2012
    On Easter Sunday, the Youth Department put on a play in the fellowship hall  for Super Church.  It must have ...
     

    A world we often “look” at, but very seldom “see”…….

    Sat, Feb 11, 2012
    I love to take pictures and a few years ago I decided to try “macro photography” (closeups). Once I got ...
     

    Baptism – Are You All Wet?

    Tue, Jan 31, 2012
    Before reading this lesson, I highly suggest you read Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth  first (if you have not ...
     

    Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

    Tue, Jan 24, 2012
      The Word of God is important in our lives and must be studied correctly,  our souls depend on it.  Here ...