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In today’s “Our Daily Bread,” contentment is the word of the day.

The lead Scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

The daily caption begins as follows: As a rule, man’s a fool. When it’s hot, he wants it cool. And when it’s cool, he wants it hot. Always wanting what is not.

Today would have been my mom’s 71st birthday. She lost her battle with cancer in March 2001. I am content knowing that she raised my brother and I in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. She taught us at an early age to love God and that Jesus is Lord.

To my mom – I am thankful! …and my thankfulness brings contentment.

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I am very excited to release book #7 in the Give God the Glory! series of books and devotionals in about 3 weeks at the Decatur Book Festival in Atlanta, GA.  There, I will be featured over the weekend in the “Emerging Author’s” tent in the midst of this highly anticipated and huge annual book festival.  Readings and booksignings accompany the appearance.  I am told that this festival attracts 50,000-plus booklovers over the annual 3-day labor day weekend.  Amazing!

Today, I share an excerpt for you from The Power in the Local Church to enjoy as you, too, anticipate the release of our first hardback book. Happy reading —

Church means different things to many people.  As I recall, my personal experience in the local church began in 1965. Sunday school, music lessons, sing-a-longs, reciting Bible verses, cub scout activities, and water baptism resonate in my mind vividly.  These were some of my earlier remembrances of Ebenezer Baptist Church, my local church as a child. 

“Kevin, it’s time to go to church.  It’s 10:30am and we can’t be late. Sunday school starts shortly and church services at 11:00am,” my mom would say without conviction. “Are you ready.”

“Yes ma’am. I’m ready,” I said without missing a beat.

“What about Eric? Is he ready too? You can’t forget your brother,” she asked.

“Yes, he said that he’s ready to go. He was ready five minutes ago,” I stated rather assuredly.

            “Are you excited about Sunday school this morning Kevin?” asked mom.

            “Yes ma’am, I am. I think that we will continue with last week’s lesson about David and his victory over Goliath,” I said with enthusiasm and excitement.

            “Brother Bell does a great job in telling the story about David. I enjoy his teaching. I hope that I can teach like that when I grow up.” My confident tone gave mom a proud look.

            “I’m sure that you will son. Pay close attention in class, learn as much as you can and you will be a great teacher just like Brother Bell.” Mom would stare in my eyes and smile when giving positive feedback on these matters. This reinforced her message of hope.

            As I smiled at my mom in return, I would look up at her 5 foot, 9 inch stature to say, “Thanks mom for taking me and Eric to Sunday school each week.  We have lots of fun and learn so much.”  Getting in the car, I paused briefly to reflect upon my arrival and lesson for the day.

            “Sure, Kevin. This is what I am supposed to do and I am happy to do it.  Just make sure that you do the same when you have children someday.”

            “Children? Me? Yuck! Now that’s a long time from now, isn’t it mom? I’m only five years old.”

            “It is. But it’s never too early to start working on good habits that will last a lifetime.  The Bible teaches us to ‘leave an inheritance to your children’s children.’ That’s found in the book of Proverbs. It means that we are supposed to make God a priority in our lives, including regular attendance at church and active participation in our local church. It is supposed to be passed down to the children in the family.  That means you Kevin. Also, in the book of Proverbs, the Bible teaches us ‘to train up a child in the way that he should go, so that when he is old he will not depart from it.’  Always remember this Kevin, it will serve you well.”

            “Yes ma’am, I will,” peaking out of the car window as we traveled seven miles to our local church. We arrived there in less than ten minutes.

            “There’s Brother Bell,” pointing to my Sunday school teacher from the back seat of our car. He was standing on the front steps of the church in clear sight.  I knew that Sunday school started in just a few minutes as the excitement built.

            “Brother Bell, Brother Bell!  I’m here! We are right on schedule. Whew!” I shouted with joy.

            “Yes you are Kevin.  Nice to see you this morning,” said Brother Bell.

            “What is today’s lesson?” I asked. “I remember the story about David and Goliath from last week.”

            “Kevin, this week we will discuss how the church empowers its members.  There is power in the local church that is specifically intended to encourage, motivate, and inspire us all toward greatness. This power is revealed by God through our collective attendance in a local church. The Bible clearly teaches us that ‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.’  Kevin, this is found in the book of Matthew, chapter 18.  In essence, the church is wherever you are if at least two people are gathered together for the purpose of worshipping God Almighty.  Isn’t that great?”

            “Wow…I’ve learned a lot and class hasn’t started yet.  Last week, you taught us about the power of God in the life of young David as he defeated a nine foot giant named Goliath.  Thanks Brother Bell, let’s go inside to join the others.”

            “Guess what everybody?” I asked in my curious tone of voice.

            “What?” replied the class of twelve Sunday school students in unison.       

            “God is in our midst according to the Bible because there are more than two of us gathered to worship Him today. We are empowered to greatness.  This power it supposed to be used by us to make this world a much better place for all. When we do so, God gives us the same ability as He gave to David who defeated a mean giant with a single aim from a slingshot.  Brother Bell told me so.”

            “Kevin, now that’s the power in the local church,” said Brother Bell with a huge smile as he took over and began teaching the week’s lesson plan.

            “Amen,” I said rather emphatically.

ENDORSEMENTS:

Kevin Wayne Johnson delivers another powerful glimpse into his best-selling book series: Give God the Glory! A thorough look into the power that resides inside of the local church is clearly written and revealed in this book.  A must read for all who sincerely desire to Give God the Glory while understanding the role of the local church in that regard.

–    Willie Jolley, CSP, CPAE (Speaker Hall of Fame), Best Selling Author of “A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback” and Host of the Willie Jolley Radio Show, on CBS-TV, PBS, XM Radio & WHUR-FM

www.williejolley.com (Named “One of the Outstanding 5 Speakers In The World,” by Toastmasters International)

Where two or three are gathered there is power! The Power in the Local Church will teach you about the purpose of church and our roles as Christians. We must recognize that we are the church and the power is within us. Kevin Wayne Johnson has eloquently penned this book and it will help us to better understand our purpose and our power.  Not only will this book inspire us, but it will allow our souls to grow.

–    Linda Pate, Proprietor, Precious Memories Reading and Collectibles Bookstore, Richmond, Virginia(Essence and New York Times Reporting Store) www.preciousmemories.com

A revelation is unveiled after flipping through the first ten pages of this book. Awesomely written, filled with wisdom, power, and instruction. I highly 
recommend this book!"
-    Resa Mitchell, Resa Mitchell Report Gospel Magazine
Just when I think that you have surpassed excellence in your former work, once again I am awed by the soundness, the relevance, the depth of 
research, and the impeccable ability demonstrated to masterfully weave the spiritual and the practical together. Being a seasoned Christian and 
"church-goer", did not impede my ability to learn and embrace a refreshing perspective. My love and appreciation for the Church has deepened as a 
result of reading this great literary work. Thank you Kevin for your obedience and for sharing your gift with the world.
-    Paulette C. Holloway, LICSW, LCSW-C, Director, Bethany Christian Services of Maryland
This book really made me wonder how many parents, grandmothers, Sunday school teachers, pastors and evangelists today are indefatigably sowing richly in the lives of our young people so they will not only grow up in the power and wisdom of God but also write books like Give God the Glory! The Power in the Local Church to help others in their life-walk with God.
-    C. Paschal Eze, preacher by God's grace, and author of 11 books, including Prosperity Power Kit, and Rebranding Race
I have read "The Power in the Local Church." It is really good and really powerful from a writing man of God. For example, the motive for Ruth to have the willingness to follow Noami was derived from her love for Noami. That love motivated her to go with Noami to help or serve her until she died. This is a true act of love and service that is consistently exemplified throughout this excellent and highly recommended book.
-    Kap Khen Thang, World Theological College, Yangoo Myanmar (Burma) 

 Kevin Wayne Johnson has delivered a much needed and important look at this compelling issue. Bravo Kevin!

-    Marilyn White, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer, Precious Times Magazine, www.precioustimesmag.com

Once again, Kevin Wayne Johnson has penned an outstanding book! It clearly explains what the Church is, its role in the Kingdom of God, and the power it has been given to operate on earth. The wisdom revealed in this book should be mandatory teaching for every person at the time or before they join a local church. It provides understanding of God’s Love, purposes, and desires for the Church, thereby allowing for us to operate on a much higher level.

-    Stephanie L. Jones, Survivor, Speaker, Author & Sexual Abuse Victim Advocate, www.stephanieljones.com

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