Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Friday, September 22, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.06.04

June 4 – June 10 


Scripture Passage:  “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”    Matthew 19:14


Dear Friends,


    We are in the middle of vacation bible school for the 2017 church year.  We are having great attendance and men, women, boys and girls are learning about Jesus, Scripture, God’s creation and missions.  We have gone out into the highways and byways and compelled them to come in.  It is amazing how God takes such a mixture and hodgepodge of personalities and backgrounds and puts them together to form such a beautiful collage of His wonderful grace.  Young children especially are accepting of others regardless of skin color or social status.  They just like being together whether it is listening to a story, coloring a Bible character or singing in music class.  The fellowship that takes place over cookies and “Kool-Aid” is the thing that
“Hallmark” cards are made of.
  Even the adults I am teaching are having a good time.  We start with things to make us laugh, move on to things about the awesome universe God has created, and then climax the night with a study of God’s Word.  To put a cherry on top, the ladies have special treats prepared for us to enjoy as we fellowship and learn more about each other.  Our workers and leaders are doing a wonderful job and I anticipate each night will be better and better.


     Our evangelistic night will be Wednesday.  Please be praying that the Gospel presentation will be clear, unhindered, and so simple that even a small child can understand.  This is such a vulnerable time in young children’s lives and I do not want to do anything that would confuse or lead them astray.  A person’s personal relationship with the God of the Universe is the only thing that matters in eternity.  Statistics show that most Christians came to that point of personal commitment when they were a child.  The number of professions of faith drop drastically the older a person gets.  I do not believe this is because the person gets wiser, but that they get more cynical and less trusting.  The choices these children make today will have a lasting impact on their view of God, their relationship with Jesus, and what they will believe about the Bible and its authority on morality.  I will go so far as to say that it will impact the future of our nation.  That is how important this week is.


     Also pray that the leaders, teachers, music directors and workers will be patient and kind as they interact with the children and each other. We have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ in our church and community and be the visible image of the risen Savior by how we conduct ourselves and present the Gospel.  Yes, Vacation Bible School is that important.


In Christ – Pastor Johnny




Pastor Johnny