Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.10.29



October 29 – November 4




Scripture Passage: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”             Proverbs 25:11


Dear Friends,


     I have always admired individuals who are able to say the right thing, at the right time.  I have been lauded as one of those individuals in times of death, but I have also been guilty of the opposite during heated moments of confrontation.  Words are powerful.  They have the ability to heal, comfort, and encourage.  They also have the ability to tear down and destroy.  James, the half- brother of Jesus said it like this:  “Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing.  My brothers, these things ought not so to be.”  James 3:9-10   I have noticed the older I get, I tend to think more about what I am going to say before I say it.  I try to measure the negative impact those words are going to have, and refrain from saying them unless there is a positive result I want to accomplish by them.  I am not always good at it, but it is my goal as your pastor to be known for “words fitly spoken.”  These are perilous times.  The amount of negative, and critical comments has escalated in recent years by the news media.  It has also escalated in the denominational and church venue.  Our church is not bad about having a critical and negative spirit, but occasionally the enemy creeps in.  It does not take long to determine a person’s spiritual condition by the words they speak.  Even good people can get bent out of shape every now and then. 


    Solomon says that a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.   It is something so beautiful that it stands out.  The context of apples used here refers to a decorative motif in jewelry.  The apples are actually pomegranate patterns found throughout Old Testament Scriptures.  The image represents godly speech which is spoken and suited to the occasion.  The beauty is stunning.  Words that are fitly spoken are becoming rare, so when they are spoken they are a thing of power and beauty.   


     My challenge for us this week is to measure our words carefully and be an example of kindness and love.  Everyone we come in contact with will have circumstances going on in their lives that will have the potential to make or break them.  They may be hateful and grouchy and all you want to do is “pinch their heads off,” and leave them to stew in their own bile.  It may be that God has placed them in your life today so that you can make a difference.   If you act instead of react, you may end up being the apples of gold in pictures of silver.


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny





Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny