Forty-years ago I was asked by Dr. Al Metsker to be the Evangelist-at-Large for Youth for Christ and the journey began of reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A dear friend put together 3 1/2 minutes of a video collage of 40 years of God’s touch allowing me to share the love of God with millions of people. What is even more exciting is the JOURNEY using television media is about to begin in a new effective way in the United States reaching globally. I hope you enjoy watching (the clip ends with Cristie Johnston’s effective teaching ministry). Pray for us as we launch many new endeavors reaching the masses through media!
What can you do in 30 minutes? Have lunch? Watch television? Check Facebook? How about change your life? Why do some people achieve far more than others? We all get the same 24 hours in a day, yet a special few seem to have superhuman abilities when it comes to accomplishing great things in life. Tommy Barnett, a proven master at “getting things done,” says the key to maximizing your productivity is to make use of small, manageable moments in your day?just 30 minutes at a time. In this remarkably practical book, Tommy shows how to begin a whole new life of fruitfulness. You’ll see immediate results in all areas of your life. His book “The Power of a Half Hour – Take Back Your Life Thirty Minutes at a Time”
VISION MAN … MY FRIEND TOMMY BARNETT
If somebody asked me who was one of the greatest visionaries I had ever met — I would say, “Dr. Tommy Barnett.” I interviewed Tommy today on television and he told the amazing story of founding THE DREAM CENTER in Los Angeles, California with his compassionate son, Matthew. Feeding the homeless, seeing drug addicts set free, releasing men and women in addiction through the power of Christ is just the beginning of THE DREAM CENTER. Several times through the years I have preached for Tommy at First Assembly of God in Phoenix and also had the spiritually moving experience of speaking at THE DREAM CENTER. Tommy latest book, “THE POWER OF A HALF HOUR: Take Back Your Thirty Minutes at a Time,” is sensational! The anecdotes in the book are classic – men and women, some now household names, who made a decided difference in their life in the span of 30 minutes. I wonder what change of direction you could redeem in your life in just 30 valuable God-guided minutes!
“Why not change time from being your worst enemy to your everlasting friend? It all starts with the amazing things you can do in only a half hour,” Dr. Barnett writes. Tommy and I spent more than a half hour together sharing the future vision of our lives. In his 60 fruitful years of ministry, God has used him to reach hundreds of thousands of people for Christ all over the globe. He breathes every moment with vision, and his refreshing spirit and love is so contagious!
Dr. Barnett admonition is worth remembering every single day: TURN YOUR FLEETING MINUTES INTO DEFINING MOMENTS!
Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Daniel Amen stresses on the importance to focus on the right thoughts. If you change the way you think, then you will be able to maintain the healthy lifestyle in a long run.
Afsar Ahmed’s life began with his mother praying over him that he would become a Christian after being forced to become a Muslim when she got married.
Ken Shigematsu, author of “God in My Everything”, shares about how his pilgrimage to the holy places in Ireland changed his lifestyle and his relationship with God.
Best friend. Confidant. Loyal. Loving. Sensitive. Soft. Smart. Attractive. Spiritual. Voluptuous. Attentive. Caring.
Good. Smart (D Min graduate). Best Mom. Loves and honors her Mom & Dad. Best Date Ever. Discerning. Listener.
Conscientious. Caring. Faithful. Honest. So Much Fun. (Cristie corrected me – we will be married just 35 years on
March 6, 2014, not 36. My response – I only wish it was 36 years.) I love you forever, Cristie Jo Johnston
Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Mark Hyman shares about the importance of partnership in changing your lifestyle. When there are people walking beside you, your chance of succeeding doubles! The power of a group of helping each other, getting healthy together is the secret sauce behind The Daniel Plan.
I have been thinking about her all day. She is so kind and has a heart filled with such goodness. If she has any fault, she ignores herself and puts everyone and everything before her. So, I asked my wife, Cristie Jo Johnston, to head home and begin an new era where once-and-for-all she put “Cristie first,” after, of course, our wonderful Lord.
Ours is a love affair. It began in October of 1978. On March 6 we will celebrate 36 years of marriage, Sincerely, I have enjoyed every day of it! I thought I might incrementally tell you how we met and why the sizzle of our romance never faded.
I’ll make our introduction brief: Cristie, age 18, after high test scores was told she had failed the State of Michigan Board to receive her cosmetology license. To say she was shocked would be an understatement. Every semester she receive straight “A’s.” Simultaneously to this jarring disappointment, her Dad, Al Huf, was asked by a friend to come here a young 19-year-old evangelist named, Jerry Johnston, holding an evangelistic outreach at Calvary Baptist Church in Holland, Michigan. Confused and disheartened by her failure, she reluctantly accepted her Dad’s invitation to attend and they sat on the second-row-from-the-front of the church auditorium.
God was moving mightily and the crusade had extended to three weeks every night. Thousands of people attended. On the second Sunday night, prior to my message, as spiritually as I knew how I leaned over to the pastor, Earl Webb, and asked, “Who is that gorgeous girl on the second row?” He told me she was one of the four Huf girls. Immediately, I was interested. One week later when she asked me to sign her Bible I doted and took my time really transfixed just looking at her.
Cristie would later learn there was a clerical error in Lansing, Michigan, and she had, indeed, passed the bar exam with high grades and her cosmetology license was immediately granted with a written apology. Was it an accident that the registrar made the error? Cristie probably would not have accompanied her Dad to my Crusade had she had not been asking, “God, what is going on? I have a job already secured at one of the best salons in Grand Rapids, Michigan.” The Lord used that “disappointment” as a big “appointment” for us to meet. I’ll give you the next chapter in a few days. By the way, I married her 5 1/2 months later, and I am crazy about her.
Pastor Rick Warren is the founding Pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church, California. He is also a best selling author of several books including “The Purpose Driven Life”. Most recently Pastor Warren has Co-Authored the book “The Daniel Plan”. The Daniel Plan is a groundbreaking, healthy lifestyle program where people get better together. With love as the motivation, it’s a story of abundance, not deprivation. Relying on God’s power and the support and encouragement of friends, get ready to be transformed from the inside out. www.thedanielplan.com