Geoffrey Johnstone preached his first sermon on April 17, 1977. Since then he has pastored churches in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.
His call to Seymour Baptist Church marks his return to Central Victoria. These blogs are the thoughts of a christian who believes that faith can be simple without being simplistic. It is an exciting journey which can take you to amazing places.
This blog invites you to travel with us.
Decision making 4 September, 2022 : In 1980 a book entitled, “Decision making and the will of God” hit the shelves. It created quite a stir by challenging the status quo. The traditional view of God’s will is that He has an exciting plan for your… Read More Surgeon 14 August, 2022 : I remember the day my doubts disappeared. It was three years ago on a dreary Sunday afternoon. The only thing worth watching on television was a documentary drama based on the early days of medical research. A thousand years ago… Read More Scam 17 July, 2022 : It happened six weeks ago while I was scrolling through Facebook. There they were. Read More Resilience. 11 July, 2022 : I do not know why one person has resilience and another does not. If I did, Read More Enough 19 June, 2022 : Recently the weight loss industry made an amazing discovery. Overweight people do not know the difference between a feeling and a craving. Read More Autumn 22 May, 2022 : We recently played host to a colleague who returned to Australia after a five year absence. “This country has changed,” is all he could say. Read More Civility 8 May, 2022 : In one week Australians will be going to the polls. I cannot remember a more unpleasant Read More Election 24 April, 2022 : "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." Matthew 5:6 It is a strange thing to pray for an election Read More Peacemakers 20 March, 2022 : “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.” Mat 5:9 My grandfather fought in the first world war Read More Worry 6 March, 2022 : “How to stop worrying and start living,” is one of my favourite books. Dale Carnegie first published it in 1948 and it quickly became the standard Read More Tempted 20 February, 2022 : Louis Armstrong recorded “What a wonderful world,” in 1967. It did poorly until the movie “Good morning Vietnam” gave it Read More Prayer is difficult 6 February, 2022 : When I pray a multitude of thoughts seek to distract me. “Is the oven on?” “Has anyone emailed me?” “Should I check to see if the postman has been?” Read More Prayer 23 January, 2022 : There are more books on prayer than people who pray. We spend more time talking about prayer than being in prayer. There is a reason for that. In 1993 I visited Mindanao in the Philippines. My host took me to… Read More Forgiveness 9 January, 2022 : There is a parable in Matthew chapter 18 that is the subject of some controversy. A king is owed a great fortune but chooses to forgive the debt. However, Read More Persecution 26 December, 2021 : Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Read More Peace 12 December, 2021 : Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called the sons of God. Read More Purity 5 December, 2021 : Many years ago I heard a televangelist preach on prayer. He said, “If you are not spending 3 hours a day in prayer then you are not taking God seriously. Read More Mercy 28 November, 2021 : Grace is God’s answer to sin. Mercy is God’s answer to pain. I saw this demonstrated at a hospital service in 1998. The chaplain recognized the genuine grief experienced by medical staff when a patient died. Read More Righteousness 21 November, 2021 : The Sermon on the Mount has been called the greatest sermon ever preached. It is technically perfect. Each beatitude overflows with truth and becomes the basis of how the sermon develops. In verse 6 we read “blessed are they who… Read More