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Finding Your Voice–a personal journey (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

I prayed.  I studied.  I had anxiety attacks.  I couldn’t figure out what to say.  Then through an odd set of circumstances, I happened upon an idea–donkeys.  I could talk about the donkeys of the Bible and draw application from their lives to ours.  Bear with me, as a sixteen year old, it sounded like a good idea.

I’ll save the details of my first sermon for another conversation.  The point here is that my pastor helped me.  The twenty or so people at the prayer meeting loved me and spoke into my life even after I called them a bunch of burrows!  Moreover, I was beginning to find my voice.

My pastor’s name was Ron Johnson.  He walked with me.  I watched him.  We took car rides together and talked ministry.  He let me preach more at Wednesday night prayer meetings.  Then Sunday night services.  Finally, the big game…Sunday Morning!

I haven’t told you something.  I was one of only a handful of African-Americans in this all white church.  Many people of this congregation were encouraging and loving toward me.  I only found out a few years ago that all the while that my pastor was developing me, he and his family were receiving threats upon their safety because of their commitment to me.

Today, Ron Johnson sits with his wife every Sunday morning as I have the privilege to proclaim the words of God.  He’s not a pastor anymore (not officially that is).  And I am forever grateful to this man for helping me find my voice.  I hope he likes it as well.

By the way, he has a blog.



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ronnie johnson

posted March 17, 2007 at 2:14 pm


You will never know how much you mean to me…..NEVER!
My latest blog Roberto under a different pen name: I have several pen names I employ to spice up my devotionals read around the world.
March 17TH, 2007
“YOU” Series (1)
“For whoever shall save his life shall lose it, and whoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:25 RKJV).
St Patrick is known for establishing Christianity in Ireland around the fifth century A.D. Many people get “the pinch” on this day for not wearing the color green. It is emblematic of Shamrock Green, the color in the Ireland flag and symbolic of their nation; known by many as the Emerald Isle because of the green vegetation throughout the Irish domain. Sounds like St. Patrick lost his life for Christ so others could find it.
You and I establish our own Christianity and faith day by day by the character and influence we exhibit. It adds up to losing our life for Christ so others might find it. That we ourselves might find it! Never think for once that people are not watching you. You are God’s e-mail to the world around you every day. People watch people. Children watch and observe us adults. Do not kid yourself, every action and choice you take is a re-flection of the God within you, and the compassion of Christ that you exude to others. It’s never the big, grandiose things that count most, no! It is those little insignificant decisions that you make that tell people about the genuiness of your faith and commitment to the Lord. You can’t hide your faith—it shows for good or for bad.
I think it was Socrates who once penned the lines, “The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we appear to be.” I must ask myself, “Am I?” And what about you? You, too? Do not forget who you are. You are a very special gift from God to this world. There is only one you. Only one. And I reiterate, you and I are God’s e-mail to those around us each day that we live. What are people reading about today? From you? From me? From us?
For the loving Light,
Elizabeth J. Lloyd
PS – 8ministries.com/blog



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ronnie johnson

posted December 5, 2007 at 6:06 am


12-05-07
ROBERTO,
I AM PROUD OF YOU.
RONNIE LEE



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