Friday, May 2, 2014

5 STARS from Readers' Favorite!! Check out the review.

God continues to bless "Discovering The Shepherd: A Study of Psalm 23"! In addition to becoming an international best seller, Readers' Favorite has given it 5 STARS! Read the wonderful review below.




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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

"A deeper and more meaningful relationship with our Lord is beautifully illustrated in one of the most commonly used passages of scripture, the 23rd Psalm. G.E. Johnson’s exposition of the 23rd Psalm in Discovering the Shepherd: A Study of Psalm 23 brings out the deeper meanings behind the verses of this hymn of comfort and confidence which is typically used primarily with funerals. Through a deeper examination of the powerful testimony of the Shepherd, Johnson demonstrates the deep, spiritual relationship that David has with the Lord. Through examination of the original Hebrew text, the hidden meanings are expounded upon and the Provider and Comforter, i.e. the Shepherd, is brought into a fuller light.

Discovering the Shepherd: A Study of Psalm 23 goes beyond the typical usage for funerals and digs deeper into the meaning of the relationship between the sheep and the Shepherd. G.E. Johnson has expertly opened up the deeper truths, especially the ones that look at David’s background as a shepherd and the reasoning behind his use of the sheep and shepherd metaphor to describe his relationship with the Lord. God’s living word is no more profoundly expressed than in this hymn of provision and comfort. What the author has done is to take something that has such a common usage and make it come alive in a new way. He shows that this hymn is even more appropriate for comfort and provision than we have ever understood. Inspiring, accurate and beautifully written, Discovering the Shepherd: A Study of Psalm 23 will bless all who read it and assist them in building a deeper and more meaningful relationship with the Lord and Shepherd."


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Christian Common Sense: 21 Knowledge Keys To Start Improving Your Life Today (Final, Part 3)

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." -Hosea 4:6

In the past few weeks when speaking to me, God has placed extra emphasis on obtaining wisdom, not just for myself and my own life, but to share with those who have an ear to listen and a heart to come closer to Him. The Holy Spirit began to talk to me about some common things that we as believers can work on immediately to bring us into greater communion with the Lord & into greater cooperation with our sisters and brothers in Christ. He gave me a total of 21 all together and the part 1 post covered the first 5. Post 2 covered the next 8. These are the final 8.



Key 14
The blessings of the Lord will chase you down and overtake you, but that does not mean that you do nothing and wait to be overtaken. If blessings have to chase you down, that means you are already in motion toward the faith objective. At the same time, do not think your momentum will be increased by doing many things in the natural. With God, most of your work is done in the spirit realm. (Scripture Reference - Psalm 23:6)


Key 15
Do not allow worldly voices to convince you to conform to worldly systems when God has called you to be set apart and operate according to Heavenly systems. Worldly people will not understand the instructions of God. When they are busy hustling and bustling, He may call you to rest and spend your time in worship. When they are at rest and at play, He may awaken you to diligently work. Stand strong in what God has instructed you to do and watch your promises manifest. (Scripture Reference - Romans 12:2)


Key 16
If you ask God for a miracle, be prepared to become a public spectacle. God wants His Glory in the public light for the sinful world to behold. (Scripture Reference - Matthew 5:14-16)


Key 17
The power of God works in the natural as well as the supernatural. Sometimes the answer to the question burning in your heart is not hidden in the mysteries of the deep. You may find the answer attached to something or someone that you can literally reach out and touch. (Scripture Reference - Genesis 1:1) 


Key 18
Do not spend time arguing the Word of God with sinners. Without faith, they will not possess the spiritual ability to understand it. Offer them the love of Jesus followed by the way to salvation and by all means answer sincere questions. Just be sure to avoid contentious conversation and attempts to bait you into argument. (Scripture Reference - Matthew 7:6)


Key 19
If someone offends you in their actions, consider the intent of their heart before giving way to anger. Oftentimes an offense is more about the perception of the one who is offended than the actual intent of the offender. However, if you find the offense to be intentional, guard your heart from future interactions. (Scripture Reference - Proverbs 19:11)


Key 20
Guard your spirit from "second place" syndrome. This happens when the enemy tries to convince you that every one around you is always blessed before you. It can be frustrating to continue waiting while blessings are flowing all around you to other people, but there is no extra prize in being the first to receive. Your blessing will still be as bountiful as God promised when you receive it! If it helps, remember that some of the greats of the Bible were in "second place" - Isaac. Esther. Boaz. (Scripture Reference - Leviticus 26:4)


Key 21
The enemy rarely ever shows up looking like an enemy. Don't think He will always show up with guns blazing, ready to take you out in that moment. A lot of times He will hide among friends or loved ones, waiting for your weak moments to strike. Listen carefully to the people around you. Are they in agreement with what God has spoken over your life or are they speaking against it? Remember, Peter was rebuked several times by Jesus for speaking against the will of God and Jesus considered him a good friend! (Scripture Reference - Matthew 12:30)


Did any of these resonate with you? Leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts. Feel free to share the post if you feel like it could help someone. God bless you in your Christian journey!



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Christian Common Sense: 21 Knowledge Keys To Start Improving Your Life Today (Part 2)

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." -Hosea 4:6

In the past few weeks when speaking to me, God has placed extra emphasis on obtaining wisdom, not just for myself and my own life, but to share with those who have an ear to listen and a heart to come closer to Him. The Holy Spirit began to talk to me about some common things that we as believers can work on immediately to bring us into greater communion with the Lord & into greater cooperation with our sisters and brothers in Christ. He gave me a total of 21 all together and the part 1 post covered the first 5. Below are the next 8 keys.



Key 6
Receiving the promises of God will require that your faith be tested first, usually through God calling for a spiritual sacrifice. A great example of this is found in the story of Abraham and Isaac. Note that the sacrifice God called for in that situation was not something that was harmful or hurtful to Abraham's person. Nor did God require something that Abraham would have been eager to give up.  He asked for a good thing that He himself had blessed Abraham with and that Abraham was entitled to have. (Scripture Reference - Genesis 22)


Key 7
Don't fear going into personal spiritual battles alone in the natural realm. (without other people on your side) Sometimes God will ordain the fight against your enemies to be just you and Him, along with the heavenly host of war angels assigned to your life. In most cases, this is to avoid having human beings take any credit for your victory. God wants 100% of the Glory as your deliverer! (Scripture Reference - 1 Samuel 17:40-47)


Key 8
There is no big mystery in finding your Godly purpose. As believers in Jesus Christ, we all have the same one: to be a reflection of Him in the earth. How He uses you to accomplish that purpose is based on your unique spiritual and natural gifts & life experiences. (Scripture Reference - 1 Peter 2:9)


Key 9
Jesus is less concerned with your denomination and is more concerned with your demonstration. As a believer, are you sharing the love of Christ with the world through your life? (Scripture Reference - 1 Corinthians 12:12-13)


Key 10
Do not let anyone discourage you from pursuing abundance through God! God's will is that all His children would live a life of abundance - fully supplied with the things that we need and with the desires of our hearts when we delight in Him. Learn to be content in transitioning times, but always hope and exercise your faith for what God has promised in His Word. (Scripture Reference - John 10:10; Psalm 37:4)


Key 11
When sharing or teaching Bible wisdom, do so with gentleness and love. Teaching through accusation or condemnation will turn away the ears of the people who need to hear what you have to say the most. It is good to pray that you decrease and God increase in every situation where you are delivering His Word or wisdom. (Scripture Reference - Galatians 6:1 *the Amplified version of this verse explains it perfectly)


Key 12
You do not have to participate in every debate or get involved in every conflict that comes your way. Don't take the bait! Beware of contentious spirits that seek to disturb your peace and save your energy for warfare that matters. Sometimes silence is the most forceful thing that you can "say!" (Scripture Reference - Proverbs 15:18)


Key 13
It becomes easier to forgive spiteful people when you remember that your battle is not against them, but the spirit at work through them. They are being used to hurt you by the evil at work in their lives and when you move beyond the initial emotional reaction to the offense, you will realize that they are victims in the situation. You are free to move forward while they are bound by bitterness and anger. (Scripture Reference - Ephesians 6:12)


Did any of these resonate with you? Leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts. Feel free to share the post if you feel like it could help someone. The final 8 are posted HERE.



Saturday, April 19, 2014

Christian Common Sense: 21 Knowledge Keys To Start Improving Your Life Today (Part 1)

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." -Hosea 4:6

In the past few weeks when speaking to me, God has placed extra emphasis on obtaining wisdom, not just for myself and my own life, but to share with those who have an ear to listen and a heart to come closer to Him. The Holy Spirit began to talk to me about some common things that we as believers can work on immediately to bring us into greater communion with the Lord & into greater cooperation with our sisters and brothers in Christ. He gave me a total of 21 all together, but I will be splitting them up to make it easier for discussion. Below are the first 5.




Key 1
Practicing a spirit of excellence where you are right now will help qualify you for your next level. Don’t wait until you have better to do better.  (Scripture Reference - Colossians 3: 23-24)


Key 2
Your height (or depth) in God is most accurately measured by the sweetness of your spirit in service. This is not to be confused with the sweetness of your actions. Acts of kindness can come from a self-serving place, but sweetness of spirit is seen in how you treat people when there’s nothing for you to gain from them.  (Scripture Reference – Matthew 25: 34–45)


Key 3
Having God in your life does not stop the world from trying to corrupt your spirit with lies about who you are and what you're worth. Having God gives you the source of divine truth about who you really are – beloved, worthy, and beautiful.  (Scripture Reference – Psalm 139: 13–15)


Key 4
Get familiar with the “slingshot method” of acceleration in God. Sometimes you must be “pulled back” in order to have the speed and momentum you need to slay the giant blocking your way forward. If you are praying for deliverance and obeying God’s instructions, do not be discouraged with what appears to be setbacks. That could be God pulling you back to be launched forward!  (Scripture Reference – Hosea 2: 14–15)


Key 5
There is a difference between judgment and correction. The biblical act of judgment is to pass down a permanent sentence on a person’s sins, condemning them to always suffer from whatever is plaguing their spirit. (e.g. “You’ll never change!”) Only God has the right to condemn a person for eternity. However, those who are spiritual (i.e. knowledgeable about and equipped to rebuke evil spirits) are allowed, and actually instructed, to correct each other with LOVE if we witness each other engaging in sinful behavior. (Scripture Reference – Matthew 7: 1–3; Galatians 6: 1)

Did any of these resonate with you? Leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts. Feel free to share the post if you feel like it could help someone. The next 8 keys are available HERE.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Paperback Copies Are Ready To Travel The Globe!


This past week I received my first shipment of paperbacks for supporters of "Discovering The Shepherd." There is no feeling like opening up the box and seeing your work in print. The joy and excitement never gets old! The most precious part of this entire project, though, is knowing that every book sold or given is a ministry work. My readers will experience God in these pages and hopefully they will feel HIS love on every page. Check out this cool map showing where my paperback readers are located so far!


I thank God for every area, state, and country represented here. To God be the glory!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

WOW! God Blessed The Release Date With FIVE Best Seller Lists On Amazon

Wow! I was completely blown away by the opening statistics for the Kindle version of "Discovering The Shepherd." Here's where the book ranked on its release date (01/23):

#4 Kindle Hot New Release Old Testament Commentaries
#9 Book Hot New Release Old Testament Commentaries
#61 Hot New Release Kindle Christian Bible Texts
#66 Hot New Release Christian Spiritual Growth 
#63 DEBUT BEST SELLER Old Testament Commentary


I could barely believe my eyes! I know that this was the work of the Lord and I am so grateful to Him for His favor on this project. If you haven't gotten a copy of the book yet, it's available for Kindle, Nook, and in paperback worldwide. All the links are below. God bless you and thank you for your support!



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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It Is Finished! Ebook Cover Reveal PLUS Pre-Order Your Autographed Paperback

I am so excited to share that "Discovering The Shepherd: A Study of Psalm 23" is complete and is being edited right now! What an amazing journey this has been and I can hardly wait to share this book with the world. The very talented cover artist Natasha Brown put together this amazing final cover. I cried when I first saw it because she captured perfectly the emotion and reverence for God shown in this project. What do you think about it? Leave a comment and let me know!


More than likely, the Kindle version of the book will be available in a day or two, but I am now taking pre-orders for signed copies of the paperback. These autographed copies of the paperback are being offered at a discounted price of $10, including shipping. Signed copies will only be available for a LIMITED TIME so claim your copy as soon as you can. 

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Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this project. May God continue to bless you in a special way every day! Also, I would love to connect with you via social media. My links are listed below and I look forward to hearing from you.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Volume 3 Is Complete! Read An Excerpt

On New Year's Eve I sent out volume 3 of "Discovering The Shepherd: A Study of Psalm 23" to my pre-release readers. We're getting close to a completed work! Volume 4 will be the final section and then I will combine them all into a full commentary that will be released to the public. Until then, enjoy an excerpt from the latest volume below.

(Temporary Cover)


Welcome to volume three of the Psalm 23 study! We’ll be picking up with verse four.

Psalm 23, Verse 4
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”

If you recall at the end of volume three, the Shepherd shifts from solely nurturing and refreshing to commanding His flock as He leads us through the paths of righteousness. We discovered that the path is tightly constricted by two “walls” – love for God (the Shepherd) and love for our fellow man. As we enter verse four, we encounter a darker part of the path in the “valley of the shadow of death.” King David does not give us a clear indicator of where we encounter this valley, but we know by his mention of it that it is an inevitable, unavoidable part of the journey.

The Hebrew word yalak, translated as “walk” here, means to “depart; proceed; go away.” (Strong’s Concordance) This is very encouraging because we know then that this dark valley is a place that we as followers of the Shepherd will pass through and not dwell in. Another use of yalak that is noteworthy for our study is found in Hosea 2:14 where God speaks to Hosea concerning the restoration of Israel. God says to Hosea that He will restore Israel after bringing her, or walking her, “into the wilderness” called the “Valley of Achor” or the Valley of Trouble.

Unlike the valley of trouble in Hosea, the valley of the shadow of death is not a place that we are led into as a rebuke or a punishment from God. However, the trouble that we see in both valleys is only temporary and God promises to be with us and to restore us after this dark part of the journey. Having to endure these troublesome periods during our walk with the Shepherd should not surprise us. Jesus confirms in the New Testament that following Him requires carrying a burden and losing earthly comfort and security. (See Matthew 16:24-25) He promises though, that enduring these dark times for His sake brings about tremendous blessings, favor, and reward. Take time now to read Matthew 5:1-12 to refresh your mind and spirit of these promises.