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John Ed reading a Bible near an American flag.

A Bright Light in History

Posted on July 8

A BRIGHT LIGHT IN HISTORY Are you aware of the important place that the Bible played in the early history of our nation? What influence does the Bible have today in governing our personal lives and governmental practices? The Continental Congress was closely related to the American Bible Society. Elias Boudinot was the president of the Continental Congress in 1782 and the first president of the American Bible Society. Our sixth U.S. President, John Quincy Adams,... more »

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John Ed leading prayer on the steps of Valiant Cross Academy.

What Can I Do? – Part IV: Lift & Lead

Posted on July 1

WHAT CAN I DO? – PART IV: LIFT & LEAD 5. LIFT. When I truly listen, learn, lean, and love – I then lift people. People of all educational backgrounds, social standings, races, nationalities, denominations – we all need to lift each other. Paul says, “build each other up.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:11) The Bible says that when one person tries to stand alone, it’s dangerous, because if he falls, there’s nobody available to help him up. (Ecclesiastes... more »

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Lean on each other during a time of turmoil.

What Can I Do? – Part III: Lean & Love

Posted on June 24

WHAT CAN I DO? – PART III: LEAN & Love My first two steps are to listen and to learn. These lead me to lean on God and love all people. 3. LEAN. It is tempting in our day and age to think that we humans are so smart we can figure out all the answers. We have smart people, but the answers to the greatest issues of life come from God! “Trust in God and... more »

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John Ed standing with a group of people of multiple races, together in harmony, holding a basketball.

What Can I Do? – Part II: Learn

Posted on June 17

WHAT CAN I DO? – PART II: LEARN Last week, I wrote about how I have been listening. My next step is to learn. 2. LEARN. Authentic listening creates a platform for learning. I’ve learned so much about what many of my friends have been exposed to in this community – some really tough things. The best way to learn about people of another race is to sit down and listen to their stories. Learning brings change.... more »

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John Ed Mathison speaking about how important it is to listen at a press conference with many pastors.

What Can I Do? – Part I: Listen

Posted on June 10

WHAT CAN I DO? – PART I: LISTEN America can never be the same following the fight against COVID-19 and the expressions of racism and protests. Injustice against anybody at any level must be eliminated! Arriving at that victory is possible – but it must be approached with integrity, love, forgiveness, and respect for others. I don’t have all of the answers, but I do have some things that I’m going to practice myself. On Tuesday, June 2,... more »

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Opportunity knocking on a door.

Knock, Knock – Who’s There?

Posted on June 3

KNOCK, KNOCK – WHO’S THERE? “When opportunity knocks.” That’s a phrase I’m hearing from high school and college graduates as they go out into the world – from business people as we are beginning to emerge from the shelter-in-place and look at doing business differently – from the church as it looks at how best to do ministry in the new normal. The word opportunity is interesting. Before we had modern harbors, a ship would have... more »

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Two photos of John Ed Mathison and his father, one taken when John Ed was a child, one more recently.

Transforming Diagnosis

Posted on May 27

TRANSFORMING DIAGNOSIS The COVID-19 pandemic reminded me of a story my dad told me about a man who went to the doctor for a battery of tests. The tests revealed the diagnosis of a terminal disease. The doctor was candid with him and told him that he would probably not live more than a few months. The man was shocked. He immediately went to his pastor, who listened carefully and empathically. The man confessed that he did not have... more »

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We aren't falling apart, but falling into place.

Falling Apart or Falling into Place?

Posted on May 20

FALLING APART OR FALLING INTO PLACE? For the past 6 weeks, I have been filming a brief “Good News” segment on social media every morning at 10 o’clock. I stand in front of bookshelves in my office where I have some pictures. Since many asked me about the people in the pictures, I decided to take a different picture each day and talk about the person in the picture and what good news they might share. I... more »

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Video call during COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Can Reveal The Best Or The Worst

Posted on May 13

COVID-19 CAN REVEAL THE BEST OR THE WORST As restrictions are being loosened on large and small businesses and public gatherings, I pray that we will be very cautious and practice even more carefully the guidelines that have been put into place. We do need to see the economy rebound, but we cannot allow the coronavirus to rebound.  COVID-19 is bringing out the best and worst in people. 43 employees at the Braskem petrochemical plant in... more »

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A mask is set aside as the world enters a New Normal.

The New Normal

Posted on May 6

THE NEW NORMAL As most states are relaxing restrictions on businesses and confinement, people are talking about returning to normal. Normal will not be normal as we’ve known it! There will be a New Normal! Read Deuteronomy 28. Moses is leading the people into the Promised Land. If they obey God,  it will be a New Normal. He describes where they’ve been, and where they’re going. They have a choice to make – obey God and the New Normal, or... more »

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John Ed's book "Quotient Quizzes: What's Your Score?"
John Ed Mathison's book Change Change! How to Creatively Cope with Change
John Ed Mathison's book Transformed Living in Tough Times
John Ed Mathison's book When God Redefines the Possible
John Ed Mathison's book Every Member in Ministry
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