37 Years Ago This Week …

If my service had not been canceled at the last minute in Detroit on a Sunday night in 1978; and IF the Pastor, impromptu, had not invited me to stay over and speak in his evening worship; and IF at the end of that meeting, again impromptu, the Pastor had not extended the services for the next two weeks as spiritual renewal came to western Michigan — I would have never met a beautiful young lady by the name of Cristie Huf. The love, blessing, and friendship she has been to me is simply inexpressible. Her dad, Al, had been invited to the services where I was speaking. The last Sunday night Cristie came and we met. God intersected out lives in a most unlikely way. The rest is history — beautiful marriage, three awesome children, and five incredible grandchildren. It all started 37 years ago this week! Thank you, Lord!portrait-cristie

Overcoming Biblical Illiteracy: Bible Doctrines You Must Know

George Gallup has called the United States “a nation of the biblical illiterates.” And, researcher George Barna concludes that “the Christian body is immersed in a crisis of biblical illiterate.” My heart has been deeply moved by this reality. The lack of knowledge regarding the Bible’s major doctrines can leave a believer shipwrecked in their faith! Further, marriages corrode, parenting skills are weakened, and young people make life-damaging decisions when people of faith do not clearly understand solid Bible doctrine.

1. Doctrine of Sin
2. Doctrine of the Trinity
3. Doctrine of the Church
4. Doctrine of Satan
5. Doctrine of Salvation
6. Doctrine of Man
7. Doctrine of Last Things
8. Understanding Creeds of the Church


Spiritual Armor: Confidence to Live Life Successfully

This series is based on one of the most interesting passages in Scripture on the spiritual battle in which every true believer of Jesus Christ is engaged. The Apostle Paul detailed the six essential pieces of spiritual armor necessary for a true believer in Jesus Christ to live a victorious Christian life and it will require five messages to exegete Ephesians 6:10-18 in our new series entitled, “Spiritual Armor:Confidence to Live Life Successfully.” Learn God’s plan to protect the believer as we carefully examine the six pieces of spiritual armor so necessary for every believer in Jesus Christ to understand.

  1. The One Habit that can Prevent me from Falling
  2. How to Develop Confidence?
  3. The Wicked One and his Fiery Darts
  4. Eight Dynamic Ways to Increase your Faith
  5. The Helmet of Salvation: What is it?
  6. Winning: How to Stay on the Offense


Introducing “And Then There Were Nones”

And Then There Were Nones

There is a emerging trend across North America demographically that is indisputable. Regretfully, most of us are unaware of even what is going on. People are leaving. Where are they going? Why are they going? Who are the influencers? What is the prediction for America’s spiritual future? The dichotomy presents the Nones and the None Other. Filmmakers Drs. Jerry and Cristie Johnston are interviewing a cast of international experts for a riveting documentary to be released in 2016. They are listening to the nones and dones! Moreover, the Johnston’s are profiling the One Person who divides time and destinies.


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Portraits of Christ in the Old Testament Tabernacle

Its descriptions and ministries dominate fifty chapters in the Old Testament, while the creation of the entire world is described in just two. The Old Testament tabernacle is essential to understanding Jesus Christ and His substitutionary death in our place.

  1. What was the Ark of the Covenant?
  2. The Cleansing of the Bronze Laver
  3. Why the Sacrifices at the Alter Burning
  4. Our entrance into the Holy of Holies
  5. The Light of the Gold Lampstand
  6. The Sweet Smell of the Altar of Incense
  7. The Essential Offerings at the Table of Showbread


Reaching Your Potential Message Series: How to Overcome Adversities in Your Life

Society Places a high premium on individuals who have the ability to lead others. More and more effort is being spent on “executive search” and “management development” today than ever before. Key positions are continuously opening in commerce and industry, government and civil service – all to the effective leader. But where are the leaders to be found?

Do you have some seemingly unreachable goals? No one ever said reaching them would be easy. But it is possible! Probable, IF we learn to rely on God to help us like Nehemiah did, one of the greatest leaders in the Bible. He succeeded despite all the obstacles. You can too!

Join Jerry Johnston as he unfolds the compelling LEADERSHIP LESSONS revealed in every chapter of Nehemiah. The management principles that flow from his life to ours are profound and intensely practical. This inspired Scripture will tutor you on how to become a LEADER in our competitive world. And you will learn how to apply these LEADERSHIP LESSON in your home, marriage, and professional life.

You can use Nehemiah’s game plan to achieve the goals that challenge you! God helped Nehemiah, and He will help you too!

  1. The Critical Need for Leadership (Nehemiah 1:1-4)
  2. The Greatest Force on Earth (Nehemiah 1:5-11)
  3. Loyalty, Leadership & Opposition (Nehemiah 2:1-20)
  4. Leadership’s Secrets for Success (Nehemiah 3:1-32)
  5. The Power of Perseverance (Nehemiah 4:1-23)
  6. The Leader: A Future Forecaster (Nehemiah 5:1-19)
  7. The Leader Who Discerns Distractions (Neh. 6:1-19)
  8. A Leader’s Legacy (Nehemiah 7:1-8:18)
  9. The Leader As A Catalyst (Nehemiah 9:1-38)
  10. The Leader Who Challenges (Nehemiah 10:1-39)
  11. The Leader & Innovation (Nehemiah 11:1-36)
  12. The Leader As A Model (12:1-13:31)


Jerry Johnston 40-Year Film Clip of Highlights of Evangelism

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!

“I Don’t Have Time”

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!





Re-Focus on How You Think About Food and Life

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.