Gather • Devotion 6
on September 17th, 2022
RedeemerDr. Randy JohnsonI have been starting each of these devotions with a quote from one of our country’s founding fathers. In this devotion, I thought I would represent many of them by quoting the Supreme Court (1892). It said, “Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It’s impossible that it should be otherwise; and to t...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 5
on September 16th, 2022
Christian PresidentsDr. Randy JohnsonAll too often we feel the phrase “Christian President” is an oxymoron. Is it possible for a Christian to be a politician? It is interesting to see how the founding fathers would answer this question.John Jay (1745-1829) was the second governor of New York, director of the United States policy, negotiator and signatory of the Treaty of Paris of 1783, and the fir...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 4
on September 15th, 2022
ImpossibleDr. Randy JohnsonGeorge Washington’s name is inseparable from America, and not only from the nation’s history. It identifies countless streets, buildings, mountains, bridges, monuments, cities, and people. Jesse Washington recorded for the Associated Press, “The 2000 U.S. Census counted 163,036 people with the surname Washington.”George Washington (1732-1799) was an American military gen...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 3
on September 14th, 2022
Pillars of ChristianityDr. Randy JohnsonJedidiah Morse (1761-1826) is known as the father of American geography. He was a Pastor, instructor at a school for young women, and rebutted views against Native American people. He stood up for all people. People may ask why he was willing to stand up for the overlooked. I think it was because of his faith.Morse said, “Whenever the pillars of Christianity...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 2
on September 13th, 2022
Self-Evident TruthsDr. Randy JohnsonJohn Quincy Adams (1767-1848) was the United States Secretary of State for nine years before becoming the sixth president of the United States. I found it interesting that he named his first son George Washington Adams before giving his own name to his second son (John Adams II). That is pretty American. I appreciate a statement he made, “The highest glory of th...  Read More
Gather • Devotion 1
on September 12th, 2022
Founded on the GospelDr. Randy JohnsonPatrick Henry (1736-1799) was an American attorney, mayor of Virginia, and well-known for his declaration, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” As one of the founding fathers, he knew the basis for our country. I am moved by another statement he made, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, bu...  Read More
Reach • Devotion 6
on September 10th, 2022
Testimony | Joanna MontgomeryI grew up the third of seven children born to a country pastor. I was saved by Jesus when I was four years old. I do not remember the exact day or time, but I know I was standing on the front porch of our home in the Nebraska Sandhills, watching the summer sunrise with my mom and dad as I prayed for the Lord Jesus Christ to come into my little heart so I could be His f...  Read More
Reach • Devotion 5
on September 9th, 2022
Testimony | Matt MontgomeryMy mother was a church secretary and my father was an ordained minister and youth pastor who ran inner-city sports programs, a great Christian family. I remember most of my childhood at church. We attended church services on Sunday mornings and nights. Sports programs were at our church on Mondays. Tuesdays were soul-winning services. Wednesdays were Bible studies, and s...  Read More
Reach • Devotion 4
on September 8th, 2022
Testimony | Courtney SandersI come from a long line of Christians on both sides of my family and have many close family members who are pastors and who are very active in their church communities, so growing up in a Christian home was very normal and expected. I was the first kid to Sunday School every week, learned all of my “memory verses,” sung in all the church productions, and attended youth ...  Read More
Reach • Devotion 3
on September 7th, 2022
Testimony | Ferdinand SandersFor as long as I can remember, attending church on Sunday mornings was a built-in practice for me and my family. As a kid, it meant a regular flow of vanilla wafers, goldfish, and apple juice at the expense of sitting in “Big Church” for an hour doing my best to stay quiet as the man at the pulpit donning the robe and sash preached until it was time to go out to lunch....  Read More
Reach • Devotion 2
on September 6th, 2022
Testimony  | Haleigh WashburnI grew up in a Christian home with two parents who loved and supported me. I started going to church immediately after I was born and was raised going to church multiple days a week. Because of this, I accepted Christ at a very young age. However, I did not know what it meant to be a Christian until I was in seventh grade. I remember being at a youth group retreat and ...  Read More
Reach • Devotion 1
on September 5th, 2022
Testimony  | Keaton WashburnI grew up with the privilege of two loving parents who are both followers of Christ. I began going to church almost as soon as I was born and much of my life revolved around the church. My parents were very involved in the church as youth leaders, trustees, and faithful servants wherever there was a need. As I grew up, I was surrounded by Christians and loved so well by...  Read More
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