Saturday, December 31, 2016

12 Hours from Now

Within the next 12 hours, we will be closing down this website and moving to our new one. We are very excited to launch our new ministry website in the next few hours.

All of the postings from this website will be moved to our new domain. This includes all comments made to any of our postings.

As the New Year rings in, our new site will be launched. On behalf of our ministry and IT teams, we would like to thank all of you for your prayers, help and financial support. Without you, we would not be able to launch our new web-based ministry.

Thank you. 

Jesse and Karla Johns

Answers Inside - New Testament

Hebrews 11:1 New Living Translation (NLT)

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Answers Inside - Paul

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New Living Translation (NLT)

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Answers Inside - Psalms

Psalm 19:1 New Living Translation (NLT)

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
    The skies display his craftsmanship.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Year's Message This Sunday

On Sunday, January 1, Sr. Chaplain Jesse Johns will be giving the New Year's message.

In his message, he will be looking at all of the mighty things that our Heavenly Father has done for us in 2016 and preparing our hearts for 2017. 

The message will be posted on our new website. Stay tuned to more details. We are so very excited about this new ministry website.

We serve an awesome God who loves His children.

Mid-Week Message - Act Strong and Courageously in the Face of Fear

Sr. Chaplain Jesse Johns talks about meeting a Christian man during one of his business trips and how fear can sometimes paralyze us.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

On the Web

After a lot of praying and planning, Karla and I are excited to announce that we will have a new website starting on January 1. The New Year's message will be the first message posted to our website.

It will have a new name and we will be expanding the services we offer. We thank everyone for their words of encouragement, prayers and donations. With God's direction and help from our friends and faith family, we have been given the opportunity to serve His flock around the world.

Continue to watch for more updates during this week on our new website.

Answers Inside - Gospel

Luke 4:18 New Living Translation (NLT)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
    that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,

Monday, December 26, 2016

New Ministry Website

Starting on January 1, 2017, we will be be launching our new ministry website. We are very excited about this and ask each of you to pray for us as we take our next steps in preaching the word of God to all. 

Over the past couple of months, our faith family and friends have been so wonderful in sharing our message with others and we have grown. It is our prayer that we may take the message of hope, love, peace and joy to all those who need it in their lives.

Please continue to pray for us and support us with your generous donations. If you would like to become a partner in this ministry, you can donate to us via the "Donate" button on this page.

Once again, thank you for your support, words of encouragement and financial support. Without those, we are nothing. 

Isaiah 40:3-5 New Living Translation (NLT)

Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,
“Clear the way through the wilderness
    for the Lord!
Make a straight highway through the wasteland
    for our God!
Fill in the valleys,
    and level the mountains and hills.
Straighten the curves,
    and smooth out the rough places.
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
    The Lord has spoken!”

Answers Inside - Proverbs

Proverbs 31:10 New Living Translation (NLT)

10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
    She is more precious than rubies.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn king"
Peace on earth, and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled
Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim
"Christ is born in Bethlehem"
Hark the herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn king"

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy

Joy to the World!

Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him!

On behalf of our family and ministry, we wish you a most blessed Christmas Day. Let us come and adore him! 

Yea, Lord we greet thee
Born this happy morning
Jesus to thee be all glory given
Word of the father
Now in flesh appearing

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve - O Holy Night

Tonight we witness the true miracle of Christmas. 

O Holy Night!

Christmas Eve Message

Sr. Chaplain Jesse Johns delivers the Christmas Eve message for 2016.

This ministry is possible through the continued prayers of our faith family and the generous donations we receive. If you would like to donate, please use the "Donate" button on the right side of the webpage.

We encourage everyone to share this message with others.

Christmas Eve - Silent Night Holy

On Christmas Eve in 1818
A blizzard stranded the tiny village of Ogledorf
Nestled in the Austrian mountains
That same day the people of St. Nicholas' church found their organ broken
So the priest and organist began composing a song that could be sung without 
An organ yet beautiful enough to express their Christmas joy
All day and all night long they worked
And at midnight the gentle carol Silent Night was born
The pure clear tones echoed through the hills
And the world has been captured by the beauty of that simple song ever since.

Silent Night
Holy Night
All is calm
All is bright
Round yon virgin
Mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Christmas Eve - We Three Kings

We Three Kings
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Answers Inside - New Testament

James 5:16 New Living Translation (NLT)

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Answers Inside - Paul

2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

Each time he said,“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Answers Inside - Psalms

Psalms 3:3 NLT

But you, O  LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high.

Answers Inside - Gospels

Matthew 11:28 NLT

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Prayers for the Persecuted

Please keep the following pastors and all those persecuted for their faith around the world in your prayers.

  • Rev. Hassan Abduraheem and Rev. Kuwa Shamal - arrested and imprisoned by Sudan's Islamist Security Services.
  • Pastor Andrew Brunson - arrested and imprisoned in Turkey on false charges of "membership in an armed terrorist organization."

Christmas Eve Message Reminder

As a reminder, Sr. Chaplain Jesse Johns will be posting his Christmas Eve message on Saturday, December 24th, on the ministry podcast site.

If you miss this message or any of our podcasts, they are all available via our podcast website. You can access all of the messages by clicking here.

Mid-Week Message - Problems Sleeping

In today's mid-week message, Sr. Chaplain Jesse Johns will examine the problems of those sleepless nights and what we can do.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Small Gift for Christmas

Someone sent this to me to share with all of our friends and our faith family. 

Answers Inside - Gospels

Mark 16:15 New Living Translation (NLT)

And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Answers Inside - Proverbs

Proverbs 1:7 New Living Translation (NLT)

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Love (Closing Prayer)

Abba Father, we thank you for the love that You showed us through the birth of Your Son, Christ Jesus. We cannot comprehend the depth of that love. Even as sinners, You loved us enough to give Your Son to us as an atonement for our sins so that we may have eternal life. We can never repay or thank You enough for that gift.


Fourth Sunday of Advent - Love (Message)

In today's message, Sr. Chaplain Jesse Johns will be discussing the most important aspect of Christmas, love.

This ministry is possible through the continued prayers of our family of faith and the generous donations we receive. If you would like to donate, please use the "Donate" button on the right side of the webpage.

We encourage everyone to share this message with others so that they can truly begin to understand what love truly means.

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Love (Special Music)

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Love (Prelude)

The Fourth Sunday of Advent is devoted to love. If you look at the word, it is a very simple, four-letter word, but it conveys so much in just those for letters.

There have been more poems, books and stories written and told about this word, but none are sweeter than the message of love and hope that became flesh and dwelt among us.

In John 1:14, John perfectly captures our Heavenly Father's love.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

As we continue through the Fourth Sunday of Advent, let this truth be the central theme for our worship and praise.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Love

As a reminder, we will be celebrating the Fourth Sunday of Advent on December 18th. 

Sr. Chaplain Jesse Johns will be giving the message at 12 PM on Sunday. In his message, he will be discussing the undeserved gift of love.

If you miss this message or any of our podcasts, they are all available via our podcast website. You can access all of the messages by clicking here.

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Love (Gospel Reading)

The Fourth Sunday of Advent reading comes from the Gospel of John.

John 13:34-35 New International Version (NIV)

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Answers Inside - New Testament

1 Peter 3:15 New Living Translation (NLT)

Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Prayers for the Persecuted - Pastor Andrew Brunson

A Christian pastor in Turkey was just imprisoned. He is in danger.

American Pastor Andrew Brunson - a U.S. citizen from North Carolina - has been falsely charged with "membership in an armed terrorist organization." The charging documents state no "evidence has been gathered" against him. He has been a Christian pastor in Turkey for the past 23 years.

Pastor Andrew had been in a detention center since October 7, 2016, but he was just transferred to prison. During his 63-day detainment, he was denied access to his Turkish attorney.

If convicted, Pastor Andrew could face years in prison based on extremely serious - and false - charges.

Keep Pastor Andrew, his wife, Norine, and their three children in your prayers.

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Love (New Testament Reading)

The New Testament reading for the Fourth Sunday of Advent comes from Paul's Epistle to the Galatians.

Galatians 5:14 New Living Translation (NLT)

14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Answers Inside - Proverbs

Proverbs 22:6 New Living Translation (NLT)

6 Direct your children onto the right path,
    and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Prayer Request - Pastor Don Duncan, His Family and Church

It is with a heavy heart that I write this note. Last night, my wife and I found out that Pastor Don Duncan of Calvary Chapel Fellowship in Wichita, Kansas, passed away Wednesday afternoon from complications from his fall. It is my understanding that he passed away on his birthday.

Let us all remember Pastor Duncan, his family and his church in our prayers. Although we grieve, we realize that he has gone on to be with the Father. In Colossians 2:5, Paul talks about being separated by a distance, but being able to be there in spirit. 

For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

Just as Pastor Duncan remained steadfast in his faith, let us strive to do the same and continue his work to share the Good News with all.

For more information, click here for more him and his memorial service.

For the original request for prayers, click here.

Answers Inside - Gospels

Luke 10:25-28 (NLT)

25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”

27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

Fourth Sunday of Advent - Love (Psalm Reading)

The Psalm reading for the Fourth Day of Advent comes from the Book of Psalms.

Psalm 68:5 New Living Translation (NLT)

5 Father to the fatherless, defender of widows— this is God, whose dwelling is holy.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

4th Sunday of Advent - Love (Old Testament Reading)

The Old Testament reading for the Fourth Sunday of Advent comes from the book of Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy 10:17-19 New Living Translation (NLT)

17 “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. 18 He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. 19 So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.

Mid-Week Message - Good and Perfect Gift

In his mid-week message, Sr. Chaplain Jesse Johns discusses who gives the best and most perfect gifts to His children.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Answers Inside - Psalms

Psalm 119:105 (NLT)

105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
    and a light for my path.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Prayers for the Persecuted - Rev. Hassan Abduraheem and Rev. Kuwa Shamal

Two Christian pastors - Rev. Hassan Abduraheem and Rev. Kuwa Shamal - have been arrested and imprisoned by Sudan's Islamist Security Services on trumped-up national security charges because of their Christian faith.

They are on trial, facing possible death sentences because they are Christians. They could be sentenced to hang for their faith if we, as Christians, remain silent.

Christian Pastors Hassan and Kuwa need your prayers now.

Answers Inside - Paul

Romans 3:23-24 (NLT)

23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Third Sunday of Advent - Joy (Prayer)

O most gracious Father God, we thank you for the joy that we share with Mary. The birth of Your son, Jesus, is a blessing and salvation to us. We thank you for all of that You continue to do for us and sing your praises throughout the land and our lives. You continue to show mercy to us as we obey Your will. We will always remember the gift and cherish in your heart forever and ever.

On that glorious day when our faith shall be sight, we will fall before You and sing praises to You forever.


Third Sunday of Advent - Joy (Sunday Message)

Today's message for the Third Sunday of Advent discusses how we share the joyful news each Christmas.

Prayers for Healing

My wife, Karla, received a request for prayers of healing for Pastor Don Duncan of Calvary Chapel Fellowship in Wichita, Kansas. 

While working in the church, he fell at least 20 feet from scaffolding in the church gym Thursday. Duncan landed on his head, and is still hospitalized in critical condition. He suffered serious brain swelling and trauma.

Please lift him, his family and congregation up in prayer. For additional information about the accident and updates, click here.