Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.05.15
May 15 – May 21 
Scripture Passage: “Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no talebearer the strife ceases.”   
Dear Friends,
     I know of nothing more harmful to the health and well- being of a church than a gossip. Webster defines a gossip as one who is an idle tattler. King Solomon calls them a talebearer. Gossip can be true or it can be false. If it is true are you doing something wrong by repeating it? If it is false or even has the possibility of being false should it ever be repeated? Sometimes under the guise of spirituality we pass along a tale under the title of a “prayer request.” For example, “I hear so and so is having an affair with ________.   I need you to help me pray for them.” Would this not be better shared with God in a time of intimate and private prayer, rather than in passing conversation with someone you hardly know. Juicy gossip spreads faster than a wildfire in broom sage. Good news trickles like a leaky faucet. It needs to be the other way around. Let the good news flow and shut the gossip off at the source. Like Solomon said, “Where there is no wood, there the fire goes out.”  
     I believe we need to be quick to encourage one another rather than repeat things that seemingly tear others down. Life is hard and filled with obstacles to overcome. Some of those obstacles can be easily conquered while others take holy dynamite laced with fervent prayer to destroy. Things that appear to be pebbles on the path can go from being a nuisance in your shoe one minute to a bolder beating you down the next. Some of those obstacles are the result of our own words and actions while others are sent our way seemingly from nowhere. It is much nicer and a whole lot more pleasant to have someone offer to help you get a pebble out of your shoe than one who stands in the crowd and throws rocks at you.   Both scenarios contain rocks, but what is done with them makes the difference.  
     Have you ever had someone say something about you that was not true? What was your initial reaction? Did you shout your innocence from the highest hill and berate the scoundrel who dare tell a lie about you? Did you go to that person and confront them with two options: 1. Get down on their knees and pray and ask you for forgiveness, or 2. Invite them outside for a come to Jesus meeting?   There is nothing more frustrating than trying to overcome lies and half-truths told by individuals who have no clue what they are talking about. Jesus dealt with religious leaders who fell into this category.   In Matthew chapter 12: 22-37 one possessed with a devil, blind and mute was brought to Him and He healed him. The people were amazed and began to question, “Is not this the Son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of devils.”   They did not understand what they heard or saw. They saw something supernatural happen, but they did not know how to explain it. They heard the questions of the people, and even had questions of their own, but rather than ask the one who had the answers they decided to make up an answer that made sense to them. Instead of celebrating the healed man in front of them, and worshipping the Son of God before them, they left rebuked by Jesus and rejected by God.  So when you do not know what to say – say nothing. If you feel compelled to talk take a minute to think before you speak. If there is a possibility what you say may be misunderstood or hurtful count to 100 before you speak – in fractions. 
In Christ,
Pastor Johnny
May 15 – May 21