Goldenview Baptist Church

Rest For the Stressed - Matthew 11:28-30
Written by Rev Zackary Johnson   
Sunday, 15 November 2009 00:00

My brothers and sisters, we live in a very tense, uptight and fast paced world filled with hurry.
A Tahoma, Washington newspaper carried the story of Tattoo, the basset hound dog.  Tattoo didn’t intend to go for an evening run, but when his owner shut the dog’s leash in the car door and took off for a drive – with Tattoo still outside the vehicle, he had no choice.  A motorcycle officer notices a passing vehicle with something dragging behind it.  He commented that the poor basset hound was, “picking them up and putting them down as fast as he could.”  He chased the car to a stop, and Tattoo was rescued. But not before the dog had reached a top speed of 25 miles per hour, falling down and rolling over several times.

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From Overcomers To Survivors - 1 John 5:1-6
Written by Rev Zackary Johnson   
Sunday, 12 July 2009 00:00

There has been a lot of interest recently about a television series called “Survivors.” Regardless of what you think of this Television series it is something of a Phenomenon. It was reported that 50 million Americans watched these broadcasts. In case you know nothing of the show a group of people volunteered to be marooned on an island and the last person not voted off the island wins a million dollars.

But, “What does it mean to be a Survivor?

Webster Dictionary says that to survive means to “To remain alive or in existence.  To live longer than: outlive.  To persist through: (like plants surviving a frost”.

In our world today we talk about all kinds of survivors: cancer survivors, abuse survivors, tornado survivors, earthquake survivors, hurricane survivors and the list goes on and on!

Their was a trivia question asked once, “That if a plane crashed on the United States and Canadian border “Who would bury the survivors”.  Someone answered “I don’t know”.   Well, the answer is “you don’t bury survivors”.

You ever ask someone “how are you during” and they said “I’m just surviving”.  

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Oh Say, Can You See? John 9:13-9:25
Written by Rev Zackary Johnson   
Sunday, 19 July 2009 00:00

I’m reminded of a story of a blind man who was on his deathbed. The man had been born blind but that didn’t stop him from serving the Lord.  He was very active in his church, always giving, never asking for anything in return. Everyone loved this old man. Children ages 6-60 came to him for his straightforward, good Christian advice and counsel. You may say he was the epitome of what Jesus talked about in Matthew 7:16 when he said “You shall know them by their fruits...”

Well one day the pastor of the church came to pray and to talk with him. The pastor when he approached the man’s bedside said, everything’s going to be fine? The old man responded, “I know everything’s going to be fine”. I’m not worried at all. Matter of fact, I’m real happy right about now. Well, this kind of threw the pastor for a loop. Here is a man on his deathbed and he is reassuring the pastor that everything is going to be all right, and to top things off, the sick man claimed that he is real happy right now.

After that exchanged both he and the pastor were quiet for a moment then the old man spoke up. He said, ‘‘Pastor you know why I’m happy right now?

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“Good News For A Bad Day” - Luke 24:1-8
Written by Rev Zackary Johnson   
Sunday, 28 June 2009 00:00

How many of us have been approached by someone who said, “I have some good news and some bad news, which do you want to hear first?” I am always tempted to say, “Give me the good news and keep the bad news to yourself!” But in life we will receive some bad news from time to time.

In fact I am sure that some of us feel like we have already received our share of bad news. Many of us have experienced troubles in our relationships. Some of us have experienced financial and business struggles. Others have experienced major health problems, spiritual dilemmas and so forth. For many this has been a year of extraordinary loss, hurt or grief.

On the first part of the week, we heard about the loss of Ed McManhons.  Who could ever forget him on the tonight show, introducing Johnny Carson with those famous two words “Here’s Johnny”.

And on Thursday we heard about the loss of Farrah Fawsett.  She loss her battle with cancer, and she was best known for her role as one of “Charlie’s Angel’s”.

And as we were digesting the loss of Farrah Fawsett, on that Thursday afternoon we heard of the loss of Michael Jackson, one of the greatest public Icons of out time.

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A Few Good Men - Ezekiel 22:30
Written by Rev Zackary Johnson   
Sunday, 21 June 2009 00:00

Ezekiel 22:30 "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none."

My brothers and sisters, everyone is looking for a few good men.  The Marines say we are looking for a few good men.  They are implying that they are not looking for everybody.  They are not trying to get every man.  They are just looking for a few good men.

Many women today are looking for a few good men.  Many women today will say if I can’t find a good man, I won’t have one at all.

They want one that is being a man, taking responsibility as a man (In other words, do they have a job), thinking like a man, acting like a man, and working like a man.

Everything I just said are prerequisites to being a good Father!

And you see, we will never be good Fathers until we learn how to be a good man.
Good Men are a dying art today…there are not many in our nation anymore.

And ladies, men are wired differently.  This is why John Gray wrote the book “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus”.

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God's Got Your Back! Isaiah 59:19-21
Written by Rev Zackary Johnson   
Monday, 15 June 2009 01:43

My brothers and sisters, There is a word for those of us who have ever found ourselves in the midst of trouble… There is a word for those of us who have found ourselves in the midst of problems… In the midst of circumstances… And there is a word for those of us who have ever found ourselves all alone with no help (examples)… And that includes just about everybody in here…! Let us not fool ourselves and think that just because we’re Saved, Sanctified, and Filled with the Holy Ghost that we are exempt from being involved in troubled times… Don’t think that it exempts us from difficult dilemmas and messed up moments… Just because we’re moving and operating in His Will doesn’t mean that the enemy will never send some trouble our way…! For even Job declares in Job 14:1 that “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble …” But isn’t it good to know that when trouble comes… Isn’t it good to know that when hell and havoc comes your way…? Isn’t it good to know that “When the enemy… Comes in like a flood, the Spirit… of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him…?” Tell somebody, “God’s Got Your Back…!”

I’m reminded of when the Children of Israel had come to what seemed like the end of their journey on the banks of Jordan, Moses told them to go on ahead… They began to wonder what would happen to them next, and the Lord said in Deut. 31:6 tell them… “Be strong and of a good courage do not fear, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you; He will not fail you, nor forsake you…” In other words God’s saying, “I Got Your Back…!”
That’s why He told us in James 1:2-3, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into various trials; Knowing that the trying of your faith produces patience…” and in (v12) “Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him…” In other words, the Lord was saying, “I Got Your Back…!”
Then the Lord tells us in 1 Peter 4:12-14, “Do not think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers (or participants) of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If you suffer for the name of Christ, blessed are you…!” In other words, the Lord was saying, “I Got Your Back…!”

 

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