looking east from our yard in Creston BC


Hi everyone! The photo above represents the view to the east from our home in Creston, BC. I miss the mountains. Truly the mountains inspire an awe of God. And I am reminded of many Biblical inspirational events that took place on the various mountains of the Holy Land. This current teaching series explores some of the ‘mountain lessons’ I see in those accounts. Hope that you too appreciate the mountains.

These are the themes our people are thinking about on Sundays.

While we might want to stay on the mountain with Jesus in all of his glory, life and ministry are to be lived down from the mountain among the needs of a desperate world crying out for help and hope.

Jesus took Peter, John and James up onto a mountain to pray. … The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met them.
– Luke 9:28, 37

Sometimes it takes a blast of supernatural power to bring us back to where we should have been all along – hearts devoted to the Lord, crying out “the Lord – he is God!”

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of God. He will teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths, and so that the word of the Lord will go forth to the peoples.
– Micah 4:2

How quickly we can move from spiritual highs to spiritual lows. We seek the big, the large impressive sign while often it is listening to the little, the whisper of God where we find direction and reassurance.
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
– 1 Kings 19:11

Jesus announces, instructs and inaugurates the Kingdom of God. As we live under the rule and reign of God we co-operate with him in bringing heaven to earth.

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
– Isaiah 52:7

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view to the northeast from our Creston home


About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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One Response to mountainTOP

  1. Tekintetünket felemeljük,mikor a hegyre tekintünk,s ha nem csak feltekintünk,de el is indulunk az ösvényen felfelé,folyamatosan előre kell néznünk,hogy a megfelelő helyre tegyük a lábunk lépésről,lépésre.
    Hasonlít ez a kirándulás az Úrral való együtt járásunkra,ahogyan felemeljük nem csak tekintetünket,de szívünket is Hozzá.

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