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Posts by Brian Johnson

Thankful To Have Journeyed With You

On my very first Sunday with you, two years ago, I preached on Philippians 1:1-11. We focused on Paul’s affirmation from verse 6, “I am confidant in this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” I shared that there are lots of “good churches” out…

Greetings, Easter People!

Greetings Easter People! We’ve made the journey through the desert and darkness of Lent, and now we are basking in the light of Easter! A mentor once told me, “As Christians, when things go into the tomb, it is normal for us to expect God to bring something new out of that same tomb.” This…

God’s Resurrection Power

April will begin in sorrow and end in celebration. Easter falls mid month this year. This means we will begin the month mid-way through our Lent journey to the cross of Jesus. Even as we will celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, we know the cross is coming. Yet, as April 30 arrives, we will…

Looking to the Future

We approved a new church structure for Tomoka at our annual Church Conference last October. This new structure makes better use of people’s time, coordinates committee work, and creates a team whose purpose is to undertake detailed planning of the church’s future. Your Church Council met early in January and identified two major goals for the first six…

Family Worship Experience

My favorite moment in the Family Worship Experience on Sunday August 28 at 10:00 a.m. was looking out into the congregation as we sang “I’ve got so much, so much, so much to be thankful for…”. I saw the intergenerational family of God worshiping together, and it was awesome! The only problem was we didn’t have enough egg shakers…

Routine

A church member once told me they volunteer at the library, restocking books according to the Dewey decimal system. In addition to supporting our local library, it helps to keep their brain sharp. As we move through life we are constantly faced with new challenges. Whether entering school or the workforce, starting a family or enjoying grandkids, life always seems…

Priorities for 2016

I love the beginning of the year. It is a season fresh with possibilities. As a church, I am excited about 2016. As I have listened and talked with folks in our church and here are my priorities for the year, based on our vision statement. Becoming an intergenerational congregation of faith! We are already…

The Journey of Faith

I am always on the lookout for clever, creative, and simple ways to talk about God’s work in Jesus. The Christian faith is amazingly complex, to say nothing of trying to understand God. It is tempting to get lost in the mysteries of the universe, and yet, still struggle to find ways to live our…