My Strength is My Story with Craig Johnson, CHAMPION.
Craig Johnson shares how one boy’s miraculous journey through autism is changing the world in his brand new book, CHAMPION.
Craig Johnson: He is a husband to his beautiful wife, Samantha, of 28 years and father to their three children; Cory, Courtney, and Connor. Pastor Craig is currently the Director of Ministries at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas (Church of Joel & Victoria Osteen) overseeing all the pastoral ministries and staff.
In 2009, Craig launched the Champions Club, a state of the art facility for special needs children. He is the co-creator of Champions Curriculum for special needs families and the author of Lead Vertically.
“Even if they have special needs, God is using them so that their power be revealed.” ~ Craig Johnson
Enjoy the multitude of topics discussed including grace, vasectomy, unrehearsed destiny, depression, and a miraculous journey. Open your heart and be touched by the hope in Jesus Christ all through the life a little boy.
- Grace for a day
- Family life
- Marriage & Children
- Unrehearsed Destiny
- Church move
- No words
- New normal
- Diagnosis – Autism
- The Enemy
- Fear to Faith
- Melt down
- Why is he struggling so much?
- Do you trust me?
- John Gray
- Billy Graham
- The Breakthrough
- The Miracle
- The Plan
- Church Programs
- Shut ins
- Task Force
- Champions Club
- Devotional life
- Christian curriculum for special needs
- John 9:1-3
- God’s perfection
- Faith over Fear
- Inside Out, the movie
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- What can you give?
“When you’re thinking the worst, God is planning the best.” ~ Craig Johnson
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” ~ Proverbs 3:5-6
Quotes and statements within the interview:
“We only have grace for a day.”
“She’s my hero. Sam is just that rock. She’s that steadiness.”
“You won’t believe this, but I’m pregnant.” ~ Sam
“I just got a vasectomy. How in the world did this happen?”
“Sometimes we plan things out in life, but God has another plan. And it’s kind of an unrehearsed destiny. You didn’t plan it, but God had it planned all along.”
“You’re hustling. You’re depending upon God.”
“Our world shifted at that moment.”
“He stopped speaking all together.”
“It’s a finality of the way your life was at one time and what it’s gonna be now. And so you’ve gotta start a new path, a new direction.”
“God’s name has ‘GO’ in it.”
“You’re not a victim. You’re a victor.”
“The only way that you can battle words of fear is come back with words of faith.”
“When you come to your most vulnerable point, you’re gonna ask the whys.”
“If you’ll go to God, even if you’re broken and you feel like you have nowhere to turn in everything, God will give you the why not.”
“Your child is not a burden. Your child is a gift.”
“You’re looking at everything that’s wrong with him. You’re not looking at everything that’s right.”
“I’ve got a heritage of faith, but man I was low.”
“What’s amazing with God, is that’s where He does His greatest works.”
“We look at brokenness as something that needs to be fixed. But God looks at brokenness as someone ready to be used.”
“Brokenness has a perfume that pride can never produce.” ~ John Gray
“It’s through the hands that heal and bless.” ~ Billy Graham
“If you’ll be good to someone else while you’re going through your storm, you’ll get a different perspective on your storm.”
“I didn’t even think about what God told me in the car, but right at that moment what He said came to pass.”
“When God give a declaration, He usually follows it up with a plan.”
“You can only get God ideas from sitting at His feet.”
“Your devotional life dictates your emotional life.”
“If you’re gonna get good ideas or God ideas — Your good ideas where you would say ‘I wish I would have thought of that.’ But a God idea is where you would say, ‘I would have never thought of that.'”
“You’ve got grace for a day. So embrace the day. Let go of the past, embrace the day, and let God take care of your tomorrow.”
“If they come from the hands of God, they were made perfect.”
“When you are thinking the worst, God is planning the best.”
“Just keep looking up!”
“There’s a purpose behind your pain.”
“Everybody has something to give.”
Connor’s First Spoken Words
This is my Bible. I am what it says I am. I have what it says I have. I can do what it says I can do. Today, I will be taught the word of God. I boldly confess. My mind is alert. My heart is receptive. I will never be the same. I’m about to receive the incorruptible, indestructible, ever-living seed of the word of God. I’ll never be the same. Never, never, never. I’ll never be the same. In Jesus name… (repeated by Craig, his father)
- Start as low as $500
- Launch in a church, organization, private schools, orphanages, homes, and so many more.
- 31-day Devotional
- Soon to release a public school curriculum.
The Champions Club is a wholistic approach to meet the developmental needs of special needs children in mind, body, soul, and spirit. There are four stations: physical therapy, sensory, educational, and praise & worship.
What has your story gifted you?
- Better dad
- Better husband
- Better friend
“I’m a better dad. I’m a better husband. I’m a better friend because of my son; because of my kids.”
“I think my story has changed me more than I can change someone else.”
“I want to be a better son to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- BOOK: Champion
- Connect with Craig Johnson
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/championsclublakewood/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/championsclubs
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/championsclubs/
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