Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
 
 
Staying Connected
 
 
 
 
 
  
April 3 – April 9
 
Scripture Passage: “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.”   Psalms 113:3
  
Dear Friends,
 
     The last few days have been beautiful and I have seen many people enjoying working in their gardens and yards. The weather service says that March was the driest on record, but last Thursday and Friday we received some much needed precipitation. Today started out chilly, but the sun is warming things up nicely. The green grass, budding trees and blooming flowers remind me of God’s goodness and why I love spring so much. The cold, hard winter is over and the warm spring days have arrived. Some of the deadness of winter is passing and there is a sense of renewed life and fresh beginnings. Aren’t the works of God amazing? It is a constant reminder of His awesomeness and ability to take nothing and make something out of it. It is also a reminder that He can take a tired, worn out body and refresh it daily. The joy of the Lord is my strength and I will be forever indebted to Him for His gift of salvation and unconditional love. 
 
     In the spirit of springtime chores, let me remind you of some things that need to be done around the house as well as in your spiritual house. There are some dead branches, leaves and plants that need to be pruned or completely dug up and thrown away. There are also some things that need to be pruned from your spiritual life because they do not need to be there or they are taking up space that is intended to produce a harvest. If it does not show signs of life, get rid of it. If it is a weed, do what is needed to destroy its root. If you do not you will be dealing with its pesky hindrance all year long. Secondly, repair things that need to be repaired, paint things that need to be painted, and clean up things that need to washed and cleaned.   A little bit of time and money now, will save you a whole lot later. On a spiritual note, repair the relationships that need to be repaired in your family and social life, but more importantly take time to get right with God. Even though we are saved, there are times we have veered off track, lost our way, become hardened, and even returned to old sinful ways. We need to repent and return to God. That is what it means to get right with God. 
 
     Thirdly, sow some seeds, plant a tree, put out a garden or a flower bed, and freshen up the ground cover. What your neighbors see growing in your yard is a reflection of who you are. So many people come to church only for what they can get out of it, never what they can give back. If you never sow the seeds of the Gospel, if you never invest in the life of a child or friend, if you tend to allow your appearance to become spiritually ragged, eventually everything will rot and die out. Work every day to remain fresh in your thinking and your relationship with the Lord. If you do not you will die from stagnation.
 
     Finally, eat a little, sleep a little, play a little, and work a lot. We were created to accomplish the Father’s purpose for our life. The person who does nothing, accomplishing nothing, but on the other hand if you are going to wear out, wear out for a worthy goal. Do not work all the time, but rather take time to relax and spend time with your family. Just as a balanced diet is necessary to be physically healthy, so a balanced life is necessary to remain emotionally sane. Try not to get so uptight about things that do not really matter. Learn to laugh, you will live longer. Learn to control your temper, you will stay married longer and people will enjoy being around you much more. Learn to let go of things you can do nothing about, you cannot change it anyway. Finally work daily to trust God more. He is the Master, we are his servants. He is responsible for the major decisions and all outcomes. This changes our perspective and gives us spiritual freedom. Carpe’ Diem. 
 
In Christ,
 
Pastor Johnny