Genesis 5020

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Meeting God Face to Face by Bill Johnson January 30, 2019

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Did you know that you have the same access to God the Father that Jesus has? Meeting God Face to Face is a 365-day devotional based on Bill Johnson’s best-selling book Face to Face With God.Each day’s reflection contains a Scripture verse, a short reading, a highlighted point to ponder, and lines for journaling.

Much of the content of this devotional and its companion book, Face to Face With God, was first preached by Bill Johnson in 2002. This message became his whole life—a life devoted to discovering and hosting the presence of God. Pursuing this goal has been costly, but it did not prevent him from making it his sole reason for living.

If you desire to grow in intimacy with God and develop a stronger sense of and appreciation for His presence, this book is for you! Deepen your relationship with God by pursuing His favor and continuing the spiritual journey you started through Face to Face With God.

My thoughts:

This is one of the best devotionals I have read since Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

Bill challenges the reader in a small paragraph to go deeper with God. You start with a passage of scripture the sets your heart ready to hear Bill’s thoughts. It stirred my heart and drew me closer to Jesus.

It ends with a point to reflect on and a place to write your thoughts.

I highly recommend this devotional. If you don’t have a lot of time but want to encounter God’s presence and set the tone for your day, pick up this book.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


Raising Giant-Killers by Bill and Beni Johnson December 19, 2018

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With honesty, humor, and keen biblical insight, bestselling authors Bill and Beni Johnson help you discover the keys to successful parenting in God’s kingdom. “Parents, we rule for the purpose of protection, but we also serve with the purpose of empowering,” they write. “We want to release our children into their destiny–that’s the privilege of parenting.”

In these pages you will gain the wisdom, kingdom concepts, and practical tools you need to help raise your children to their best.

You’ll discover how to parent to their uniqueness, gifts, and strengths, as well as how you can demonstrate and reveal who God is to your kids. The authors also address pressing issues parents face today, including how to

· be fully engaged in hearing what the Lord is saying over each child
· maintain relationship and discipline
· develop character
· train your children for worship
· fan the flame of what God has put in their hearts
· and more

No matter what age your kids are, you have an incredible opportunity to shape their hearts, minds, and values. Here is everything you need to help your children walk into the destiny of their lives and see them become the awesome people they were created to be.

My thoughts:

I always get excited when I see a Bill Johnson book come out. I enjoy hearing him speak, he is full of humble wisdom.

But, if I am honest, I haven’t found a book yet that I love by him. That doesn’t mean this book isn’t good. It is. It is full of Godly wisdom that you can definitely apply and use but I found my mind wandering and I would have to go back and read.

I’m sure it’s me and for whatever reason his writing style doesn’t capture me. But, as I said, this book really is full of wisdom and ways to raise our children to be giant-killers.

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A copy of this book was given to me though All opinions are my own. 


Anointed to Heal by Randy Clark and Bill Johnson March 22, 2017

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Practical Insight on Praying for the Sick from Two Bestselling Authors

If you could sit down and talk privately with two world-renowned leaders in healing ministry–away from the spotlights, stages, and eager crowds–this is the conversation you would have!

Bestselling authors Randy Clark and Bill Johnson witness the miraculous regularly and see thousands touched by God each year. Now, in a rare behind-the-scenes format, these close friends interview each other, sharing with you the heartbreaks and victories, the failures and successes, the personal and candid insights into their extraordinary journeys. With honesty and humor, Clark and Johnson reveal
· how they first heard God’s call
· the hard-learned lessons that propelled them forward
· the most amazing miracles each has witnessed
· detailed strategies for more effective ministry
· and much more

These real-life reflections from two soldiers on the front lines of healing ministry will inspire your own obedience to God’s voice, your deeper faith that God is at work, and your trust in his power to bring the answers you need.

My thoughts:

Yeah, these two men are so inspiring. There is no way you can read this book and not want what they have, what Jesus has. This book will rock your world.

This book didn’t start out that way, it was supposed to only be a DVD but they decided to put it in book format and I am so grateful they did.

I wasn’t sure how I would like the format of an interview but I was easy caught up in Billy and Randy sharing their stories of healing and the format of interviewing didn’t matter at all

I love what Bill said in one chapter, “…action releases faith.” I so believe that. Sometimes we have to move and that will release our faith. Sometimes we have to raise our hands, get out of the pew.

This book has reminded me of what I really am missing in my faith, things that the world has pushed out in the busyness of life. I want to get back to that faith? How about you?

Visit Randy here.

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A copy of this book was given to me through All opinions are my own. 


A Daily Invitation to Friendship with God by Bill Johnson June 21, 2016

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Your Daily Access to Heaven’s Wisdom, Creativity, Purpose, and Power

When people are in love they dream together. The same is true for your relationship with God. He wants to share the secrets of His heart—His thoughts, plans and purposes—with you. The Maker of Heaven and Earth wants to dream with you!

Pastor Bill Johnson shares transformational quotes and profound thoughts that will fuel your day with a greater sense of purpose,vision, and destiny. Take five minutes each day to create a sacred  space for you to dream with God, and receive encouragement on how you can bring the love, power, and creativity of Heaven to Earth. ***Material adapted from Dreaming with God


Bill Johnson is a fifth-generation pastor with a rich heritage in the Holy Spirit. Bill and his wife, Beni, are senior pastors of Bethel Church in Redding, California, and serve a growing number of churches that cross denominational lines, demonstrate power, and partner for revival. Bill’s vision is for all believers to experience God’s presence and operate in the miraculous—as expressed in his bestselling books When Heaven Invades Earth and Hosting the Presence. The Johnsons have three children and nine grandchildren.

My Thoughts:

I enjoy Bill Johnson very much. If you have never read any of his books or listened to any of sermons I highly recommend any and all. He is on fire for the Lord and it is contagious.

So I was very excited to get my hands on this little book. This book will give you a little bit of Bill Johnson wisdom every day. He challenges the reader to truly rely on God for all things, to co-labor with Him, to be creative and not afraid of a challenge.

You will be reminded daily of the inviation God offers us to partner with Him, I pray you will take that challenge.

If you enjoy reading short little devotions to get your day going I recommend this one 🙂

Visit Bill here. 

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 



The Power that Changes the World by Bill Johnson October 6, 2015

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Exciting New Teaching from Bestselling Author and Bethel Church Leader Bill Johnson

Two realities are evident in today’s broken world: Our culture is in desperate need, and our God is a miracle-working God. How do believers answer the world’s cries for help in a way that exhibits God’s heart of compassion?

According to bestselling author Bill Johnson, we simply embrace two additional realities: God’s wisdom and his power. With biblical insight and extensive experience of seeing God’s hand at work, Johnson offers keys to how believers can have the greatest impact on society. When we understand the long-term strategy of God’s wisdom and the immediacy of his miracle-working power, we can create eternal impact and significance in the here and now, whether in our own lives and communities or in the farthest reaches of the world.

My thoughts:

This book will challenge you to have a impact right where you live, in the areas in which you work and share community. Not just church. Actually, Bill shares that our greatest job might just be the influence we have on our communities outside the church walls with “pre-believers”.

He gave me so much to think about as a teacher with influence in children’s lives. I love what he shares in the first chapter, “When we are seen as servants who have no agenda except to love, we are given access to the heart of the community.”

Later he states, “And wisdom is the key if we are to fully manifest the purpose of the God on earth in our lifetime.”

Wisdom. I have just finished reading through Proverbs and wisdom is so important. The only way for us to gain wisdom is to be in the Father’s presence. We must take time to do that. When we do we will see not only our life transformed but those around us too because of the love that overflows from us onto them.

I could share so many more wonderful quotes from this book, but really you should just read it. It really is so good and Bill is such a good teacher, whether you’re listening to him speak or reading one of his books.

Visit Bill here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million, Deeper Shopping or your favorite retailer.

An e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.