Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Friday, September 22, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.11.13

November 13 – November 19 


Scripture Passage:  “And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare unto him, Isaac.”    Genesis 21:3


Dear Friends,


      The Saffles and Carr families are proud to announce the arrival of the latest addition to our families’.  Jonathan Patrick Carr II (JP) was born on November 9th at 3:30 P.M.  He weighed 8 pounds and 8 ounces and was 21 inches long.  He is a big boy.  Never underestimate the joy and excitement of children.  When Kenner and Cadence was born we were elated because we had a boy and a girl grandchild.  They are so special and we thoroughly enjoy being with them and the excitement they bring.  You think you can never feel that sense of joy and amazement again, but with each birth it happens all over again.  There are things that are exactly the same, but at the same time there is something uniquely different.  To see the face of Patrick and Mandi as they look upon the face of their son and the pride they feel takes me back many years to when he was born.  I watched him change a dirty diaper and listened quietly as he explained the correct process of “diaper changing” to me.  I did not have the heart to tell him what he was doing right and what he was doing wrong.  I just watched with joy in my heart.  I think the little fellow has already “baptized” them so some things you learn from experience. 

     Abraham knew the excitement of God fulfilling His promise.  Sarah had laughed when God told her she was going to have a child, and no doubt Abraham was skeptical.  They both were beyond child bearing years and they had both watched as everyone had their children.  Can you imagine the disappointment?  Can you feel the heartache that Sarah experienced?  The years came and the years went without the birth of a child.  No wonder Sarah laughed when God said she was going to have a child.  As the months passed, Sarah’s tummy grew and life began to move within her.  The womb that was dead, vibrated with life.  The hearts that were broken began to leap with joy.  The old couple felt like teenagers again and their life was filled with renewed purpose.  Can you imagine the faces of Abraham and Sarah as the mid-wife delivered the baby and placed it at Sarah’s breast to nurse?  Can you hear Abraham as he tells family and friends how much he weighed and how long he was?  “He has his mother’s nose, but he has my eyes.”  At that moment, a baby changed everything.  The child was named Isaac (laughter) and the promise of a nation, and a Savior, was fulfilled. 

      As we prepare to enter the Christmas season, let us remember that a child does change everything.  The promise was that a virgin child would conceive and bear a son and his name would be Emmanuel, God is with us.  No one would believe that a virgin could conceive God’s Son anymore than an old couple could have a child in their old age.  This child would fulfill all of God’s promises for a deliverer and the bridge between God and mankind would be restored forever.  Celebrate the birth of God’s Son and remember that with each birth God is fulfilling a promise to bless his children. 


In Christ,

Pastor Johnny