Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.05.14

May 14 – May 20  


Scripture Passage:  “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain you: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” 


Dear Friends,  

     It is rare when I run out of words to say.  I remember all through school when the teacher would say, “Today we are going to write,” the other students would moan with frustration and I would be relieved that I was going to be able to put to paper the thoughts I had swirling in my head.  There are times even today that I can write something down that I cannot seem to say verbally and express exactly what I am thinking.  But as I sit here today, I am having trouble finding something to say.  There have been several events and words that have been said that have set me back emotionally and spiritually.  They say the ego is the most fragile part of the body and I am inclined to agree.  We would all like to think we are irreplaceable and what we do is extremely important to our families, jobs, and even the Kingdom work. The truth is if we die or leave today, life will go on and in a short time we will be replaced and soon forgotten. 


     I have not known what to say when four separate people were diagnosed with cancer.  I wanted to say that God was going to touch and heal them and that they would not have to suffer or even go through treatments.  That is what I prayed for, but so far God has chosen a different path than the journey I had in mind for them.  I didn’t know what to say when a person very dear to me was threatened with termination from their job after thirty-nine years of service.  They had never been written up or even reprimanded in all those years, but a change of supervision brought a change of demands that could not be lived up to.  I didn’t know what to say when a person who has sat under my preaching for years left their spouse and had an adulterous affair.  I don’t know what to say when the desire to have fun takes the place of the desire to be holy or when I show up to teach a discipleship class to children and no one shows up.  I didn’t know what to say when in revival meeting a young man told me I preached better the second night than I had the first, or when a person told me they would rather hear singing any day than preaching in my own church.  Finally I didn’t know what to say the other day when a dear Father shared with me an awful situation he and his family were going through.  He cried and my heart broke as I listened helplessly to the circumstances surrounding his situation.  There is nothing I can DO to fix any of these situations I have told you about.


     As I have written these words there were some words to an old song that came to mind.  They seem to have jolted me out of my melancholy and reminded me where I fit in the bigger picture.  They are not words of deep theological truth written by professors with PhD’s.  They were not written by Masters of Music with diverse and complicated ranges and rhythms.  It is a simple song with a deep meaning that touches my heart.  It was written by Jack Campbell and Jimmie Davis and begins like this:  “I can’t take a heart that’s broken, make it over again.  But I know a man who can.  I can’t take a soul that’s sin sick make it white as the snow.   But I know a man who can.  Some call him Savior the redeemer of all men.  I call Him Jesus for He’s my dearest friend.  If you feel that no one loves you and your life is out of hand.  I know a man who can.”   Amen.  Let us bring our burden to the Lord and leave it there.


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny




Pastor Johnny