• Betty Johnson

    Contributing sermons since Aug 18, 2008
Betty's church

, Minnesota

About Betty
  • Education: B.A. Sociology with honors thesis, Atlantic Baptist College, Moncton, New Brunswick; M.A. Biblical Counselling, Providence Theological Seminary, Otterburne, Manitoba. D.Min. Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Experience: Retired from ministry in 2017 to serve one year as a Christian Academy Principal and High School teacher. During my 20 years as a pastor, I served as an EMT, and a Law Enforcement Chaplain.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Fault Lines - Steve DeNeff
  • One of my favorite illustrations: At children’s sermon time one Sunday as I chatted with the children prior to giving the lesson, one little boy told me he was four. Thinking it might be his birthday, I asked, "Are you four today?" to which he replied, "I’m four every day!" The whole church erupted in laughter.
  • Family: Married to my husband, Ron, since October 12, 2002 (Canadian Thanksgiving). My sister is also a Wesleyan pastor. We are spiritual sisters and colleagues as well as biological sisters.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: He’s willing to tell me when they’re weak. He gives me lots of affirmation when I hit a good one!
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Be yourself. Take all the help you can get.
  • Books that have had an impact: "When Addiction Comes To Church" - Melinda Fish; "Whatever Became of Sin" - Menninger; Soul Shift, Steve DeNeff; Be Holy, Steve DeNeff; The Rest of Life, Ben Witherington III
  • Hobbies: Camping, walking, motorcycling, swimming, reading.
  • What I want on my tombstone: She loved us well.
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  • I Am The Vine

    Contributed on Feb 15, 2016
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    This message looks at the I AM statement of Jesus that he is the Vine. The message considers the action of the Gardener and the actions of the Branches.

    I Am the Vine (many of the ideas in this message come from various messages at sermon central with the same or similar title, contributed by K. Edward Skidmore, SC Smead, and Douglas Phillips) Scripture: John 15:1-8 This is the seventh of our series on the “I Am” statements of more

  • I Am The Resurrection

    Contributed on Feb 15, 2016
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    A message on Jesus' statement, I Am the Resurrection, from the perspective of the dead stuff in our lives.

    I Am the Resurrection Scripture: John 11:17-43 We are continuing our series on the “I Am” statements that Jesus makes in the gospel of John. If I were to retitle the message this morning, I would likely have called it, “What stinks?!!” Because we’re going to more

  • Be At Peace

    Contributed on Apr 21, 2015
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    How can we preach peace, when we are living in an age of martyrdom? A message focusing on the body of Christ using two stories of the 21 men martyred in Libya for their faith.

    So Send I You Series: Be At Peace Scripture: John 15:18-19; 16:1-2 Twenty-one young men, - the oldest was 42 - forced onto a beach in Libya, and brutally murdered - for no other crime than their faith in Jesus Christ. People of the Cross. Martyred. Saeed Abedini, an American citizen - a more

  • Beware Of The "Second" Temptation

    Contributed on Nov 17, 2013
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    Why do we yield to temptation when things are going well and how do we resist it effectively.

    Beware of the Second Temptation Scripture: Genesis 3:1-13 - message to go with Adult SS Class.... Today we’re going to talk about temptation. And we all know the classic passage of scripture that every pastor has used at least once to preach on temptation. What’s the more

  • Pressure Points - Playing Favorites

    Contributed on Nov 17, 2013

    Sermon preached to coincide with Adult Study on James called Pressure Points.

    Pressure Points - Favoritism/Partiality Scripture: Matthew 22:15-22 I’ve been preaching once a month on the subjects that are coming from the Adult SS Class’s study of James. Last week we talked about temptation - that was at the end of their section. This month, I thought we more

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  • In A Little Fishing Village In Scotland, The ...

    Contributed on Sep 22, 2008

    In a little fishing village in Scotland, the people gathered to welcome home a fishing vessel that had been away at sea for many days. As the boat neared the shore, the men gazed eagerly toward the dock where a group of their loved ones were waiting. The skipper, looking through his telescope, more

  • I Couldn't Help But Think About Something That ...

    Contributed on Sep 20, 2008

    I couldn’t help but think about something that happened a couple of Sundays ago because it illustrates so beautifully the fullness of the message of this part of the text. It was after Sunday service and Anthon and Jamie and his family and I went out for lunch - Yes, we were eating out on Sunday more

  • There's A Story Told About A Fitness Center. ...

    Contributed on Aug 18, 2008

    There’s a story told about a fitness center. This fitness center owner was offering $1,000 to anyone who could prove that they were stronger than he was. Her’s how it worked: the owner of the fitness center was a real muscle man, and he would take a lemon and squeeze it until all the juice had more

  • Get Down In The Ditches

    Contributed on Aug 18, 2008

    GET DOWN IN THE DITCHES A few years ago when I had my motorcycle accident and ended up in a ditch full of dirt, I was lost in the same way the Bible uses the world "lost." I could not get out of that ditch, even though every fiber of my being wanted to. My HEART wanted to. My spirit wanted to. more

  • On The Coast Of Scotland, At The Top Of A Steep ...

    Contributed on Aug 18, 2008

    On the coast of Scotland, at the top of a steep and dangerous cliff there stood a little company of rescuers planning how they might let someone down over the edge in order to search for the one who was lost and to take a rope to him. They wanted to use a small shepherd boy who was used to the more