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Our Vision of God

by Gary Johnson

Every January we as a family of Common Ground come together at our annual All Church Visionary Gathering. The purpose of these gatherings is to acknowledge where we’ve been with God, and to look ahead and dream and to cast a vision of what God wants from His church and where we are headed as […]

A Pastor’s Prayer (Part 5)

by Gary Johnson

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas is a traditional greeting during this particular time of year. What are we to make of such a greeting when we wish upon our family and friends a Merry Christmas? Obviously we are wishing for them good fortune and happy times during this traditional holiday season. But is that all there […]

A Pastor’s Prayer (Part 4)

by Gary Johnson

The other day I had some pastors pray for me. And what they prayed for in particular was that God would bless our church and that God’s favor would be upon me. I’ve somewhat wrestled biblically with what exactly we mean when use those phrases. Of course I desire to be blessed by God, and […]

A Pastor’s Prayer (Part 3)

by Gary Johnson

When one thinks about church growth what does one think about? What comes to your mind when people discuss church growth? Believe me, the topic of “church growth” is constantly on the mind and heart of almost every pastor. And sadly in today’s American church this is what characterizes and stigmatizes and distinguishes a supposedly […]

Prepare Him Room

by Alfie Kult

Oh for a fall that would last forever… Or at least until spring could come. The last week has been pretty hard on the notion that maybe winter might skip us this year, and already the stores are filling their aisles with things of Christmas. You have to admit were we to miss winter, we […]

A Pastor’s Prayer (Part 2)

by Gary Johnson

Acts 1:14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 6:4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer […]

A Pastor’s Prayer

by Gary Johnson

Greetings beloved family of Common Ground, My heart beats for Christ and His beloved bride. My hope and prayer is that we as a family would continue to go deep with God as we cry out to Him for His sustaining grace and power in our lives. Would you please beseech our Lord with me […]

Last blog from Africa

by Gary Johnson

Greetings in the name of the Lord, We have returned from our jungle expedition and it was simply stunning to experience.  Some of it was so primitive I thought I was part of the cast in a Tarzan movie.  Below are some more of my observations. Observations from Africa: There is no speed limit or speed […]

Graduation Day in Liberia

by Gary Johnson

Day 9, Blog 6 Today was our graduation ceremony and all who attended received wonderful certificates of graduation.  Yes we are all relieved that it’s over, we are totally exhausted, but extremely grateful for all that God is doing.  For the first-ever, best-ever Liberty Pastor’s Conference, it was all the work of GOD!  The official […]

More from Liberia

by Gary Johnson

Day 7, Blog 5 Well we just made it through hump day in our week long training. The response from the pastors has been amazing. We are building relationships and have handed out our addresses, phone numbers and emails to many of our new friends. They are an amazing people. They sit through 5 hours […]