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Simple Living [Paperback]

By Bill Johnson (Author)
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A runaway go-cart. A pet pig. A pink-haired preacher. God used each one of these to show the author that stress-filled, complicated living isn't part of the divine plan. Simple Living in a Complex World takes us to the heart of following God's view of living. Simple living doesn't mean we have to live with less, just that we can be contented without the rat race of getting more. Through humorous real-life stories the author gives nine observations about how to live life in a simple way. Moving from the city to the country provided many opportunities to experience life in a very simple but dynamic way. Changing from preacher to "preeecher" was more than just southern accent; life changed!

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A short read using funny anecdotes from country life to illustrate the possibility of living the simple life. A must read for anybody who feels like life is being lived in fast forward mode rather than play mode.

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Studio: Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing
Pages   100
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.24"
Weight:   0.26 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2008
Publisher   Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing
ISBN  1414111908  
ISBN13  9781414111902  

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More About Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson I am a fifth generation pastor on my dad’s side of the family, fourth on my mom’s. My three children are now the sixth generation of pastors. I grew up in a very good Christian home and had a fear of God, and while I never lived in out-and-out rebellion, neither was I a passionate follower of Jesus. The thought of becoming a pastor never once entered my head.

In 1968 at the end of my high school years I moved from the LA area to Redding, California where my parents became the pastors of Bethel Church, and in 1970 the Holy Spirit began to move powerfully in our church community.

It was around this time that Mario Murillo would come and visit our church and speak about being absolutely abandoned to Christ. One Saturday night, alone, I finally said yes to God – the absolute yes. For me everything changed that night.

Weaverville 1978

I was invited to pastor Mountain Chapel in Weaverville, California, in 1978 and I accepted only on the basis that this assignment was from the Lord, that I would be sent out from Bethel Church in Redding, and that I would still be able to come under the supervision of my dad who continued to pastor the church in Redding.

We served in Weaverville for 17 wonderful years.

During this time the presence of God was so strong on us as a church family that we extended our times of worshiping and glorifying God but in those first years we saw few miracles despite praying for many.

My greatest breakthrough in ministry came after attending two conferences in 1987 put on by John Wimber. I realized I needed to “put a demand” on what I believed – my risk factor had to line up with the boldness of my beliefs. As I did this there was an immediate change in my ministry and we began to see healing and miracles increase.

Redding 1996

We moved back to Bethel Church in Redding in 1996 after the leadership there unanimously supported my one condition : I was born for revival and would pursue revival – this was not negotiable.

The outpouring when we started to minister at Bethel began almost immediately, although in seed form, yet grew rapidly and we began to see many healings including multiple cases of cancer healed.

Healings and miracles have become normal today and I rejoice in this.

Many visit Redding weekly, hoping that God will touch them. I am happy to report that many leave well and whole. But many others leave in the same condition in which they came. I refuse to blame God for this, as though He has a purpose in their disease. While Jesus did not heal everyone alive in His time, He did heal everyone who came to Him. His is the only standard worth following.

SPANISH BIO: Bill Johnson y su esposa, Beni, son pastores de la iglesia Bethel en Redding, California. Bill es pastor de quinta generacion con una herencia rica en las cosas del espiritu. Juntos sirven en una creciente Red de iglesias apostolicas que atraviesan lineas denominacionales y permiten construir relaciones que ayudan al liderazgo a caminar en la pureza y el poder. Sus tres hijos, junto con sus conyuges, estan involucrados en el ministerio a tiempo completo.

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A Minister Experiences Culture Shock as the Pastor of a Country Church  Feb 7, 2009
After twenty one years of serving as pastor of large city churches, Dr. B. R. Johnson exchanges his clerical robes for overalls and cowboy boots in this rollicking memoir of pastoring a country church in a town with a population of just over 1600 "saints" and "sinners."

Dr. Johnson has written this book of anecdotes about his experiences as a country "preeecher" in Alabama to bring a smile or a good healthy laugh to the reader. It is also his prayer and purpose to offer the reader inspiration and encouragement by providing illustrations and Biblical truths on living the simple life.

His stories are downright funny. "Pastor BR" has a unique gift for developing spiritual applications using stories from the Bible that parallel his experiences. Whether rounding up cattle for the first time, fixing the plumbing, filling the baptistery, or calling on a potential parishioner whose significant other was a pig gone berserk. Johnson finds a "discovery" of a truth with which to challenge the reader.

The book is made up of nine "discoveries", nine chapters, all drawn from Johnson's experiences as a country pastor. He talks about listening for God, about responding to warning signs to avoid going deeper into sin, and how God turns your problems into opportunities.

Dr. Johnson defines "simple" "as the enjoyment of success, focusing on basics, realizing the difference between what you can change and what you must accept."

"Simple Living in a Complex World" has an answer for anyone in the fast lane who is looking for a way to slow down, clear the clutter in life, to find the beauty in nature, and the blessing of family.

Fabulous book!  Dec 27, 2008
This wonderful little book is a real treasure! It is alternately charming, delightful, insightful and hilarious - in the easy going style of Garrison Keillor. The perfect read for a lazy Sunday afternoon in the hammock, when you need something to tickle your funny bone, and nourish your spirit. Highly recommended!!

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