Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Friday, September 22, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.11.20

November 20 – November 26


Scripture Passage:  “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing.  Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise:  be thankful unto Him and bless His name.  For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations.”      Psalms 100



Dear Friends,


     Let me be the first to wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving season.  I find myself a very blessed man.  We have had an addition to our family with the birth of little JP.  Kenner was saved three weeks ago and was baptized Sunday in a creek near his home.  Emily is in Hawaii with Carson Newman University to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Your generous gifts and much frugal saving made this possible for her to experience the trip of a lifetime.  Patty and I are anxiously awaiting our trip to the Holy Lands in February and the joy of knowing you love and care for us is overwhelming.  We still have parents to visit and they are in relatively good health.  Our children are healthy and some of my medical issues are finally diagnosed and being addressed.  We have a wonderful church and people are coming to be saved, baptized, and join the church.  Your faithfulness in attendance, service and tithes bring joy and a sense of pride to this pastor’s heart.  I have a wonderful staff that takes much of the immense pressure of ministry off of me by faithfully serving the Lord and loving you with a servant’s heart.  As much as still needs to be done, I feel we are becoming salt and light to our community and around the world.  Our missions giving and going are growing at a tremendous rate and I am proud that it has become an important part of who we are.  My children have made me proud in the way they serve the Lord and each one is a contributing member of society.  (This is a BIG deal to me.)  They honor their dad and mom with their words and actions, so I realize I am indebted to the Lord for the way they have turned out.  Finally, I am thankful for Patty.  Outside my salvation experience, she is the best thing that ever happened to me.  We do not have a perfect marriage, but it is “pretty doggone good.”  We are growing old together and have adjusted to the empty nest by spending more and more time together.  I pray that you will take time to contemplate how much you are blessed and then take time to be thankful.  As the old song says, “Count your blessings name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” 


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny