Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.11.26


November 26 – December 2 


Scripture Passage:  “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  I Thessalonians 5:18 


Dear Friends,


      I hope that each of you had a very blessed Thanksgiving season.  Patty and I had the opportunity to spend time with our families and extended families without interruption.  The essence of the fellowship was refreshing and reminded me of all the things I have to be thankful for. If I started to make a list it would be so long that words would not suffice and space would be limited.  So I began to think – if I had to narrow it down to three things, what would those three things be?  I decided on these three:  faith, family, and friends. 


     My faith is the most important aspect of my life.  My relationship with the Lord began when I was ten years old and has been a work in progress for forty-six years.  I cannot express the joy that living for the Lord has brought.  It has been a challenge during the difficult periods, but a complete joy overall.  The good has far outweighed the bad.  My faith has grown from child –like trust to utter dependence on the source of my joy.  My happiness has been inconsistent at best, but my joy has been rock solid.  As I have grown in my relationship with him the Lord has been “most pleased with me when I have been most satisfied in Him.”  (John Piper)  Faith has also incorporated the church, the kingdom work, missions and a world-wide network of like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ.  Faith in Jesus has been the foundation my life has been built upon.  I find that it is the only thing that has remained consistent over the years.  My faith has wavered at times, but His love has remained unconditional. 


     My family is the next most important aspect of my life.  You may be surprised to find them listed second rather than first.  The Lord himself taught us that if we love family more than we love Him, we are not fit for the Kingdom of God.  If you are around me for very long, it will not take long before my conversation turns to something about my family.  I have had the joy of knowing great-grandparents, grandparents and the absolute best mom and dad in the world.  I married the love of my life and we were blessed with three beautiful and talented children.  Those three children have blessed us, and continue to bless us,  by the life they are living and the work they are doing for the Lord.  They have also blessed us with three wonderful grandchildren.  Patty and I understand why they call them grand.  Even my in-laws have been family.  By the time the family tree reach out to nieces, nephews and cousins you have quite a colorful pedigree.  There is absolutely nothing outside of my relationship with the Lord that means more to me than family. 


     Finally there are my friends.  My friends come in all colors, shapes, sizes and ethnicities.  They vary by age and social status.  Some are highly educated and some cannot read or sign their name.  Some of those highly educated ones are very ignorant when it comes to common sense.  Some of those whom the world would label dumb “by book standards” are extremely smart and practical.  They all make up my network of friends.  My closest friends are all older than me.  God has placed them in my life to challenge and mentor me.  They seem best at accepting me for who I am warts, bumps, and scars.  I love little children and they accept me without any preconceived notions of what a preacher is supposed to look like.  They do not even notice that I am wearing jeans instead of a suit.  They just love the man who is their preacher and I do not want to do anything to betray that trust.  Then I have a circle of friends that I will call those “behind the scenes.”  They are not always hovering around, but possess the uncanny ability of showing up at the right time.  They are not always talking about what they are doing or going to do – they just do it.  They never make me feel like I owe them, and because of that I will be forever grateful and indebted to them for their unconditional friendship.  I have also been blessed by having the experience of having an enemy turn into a friend through the divine intervention of a Sovereign God.  I am a man who is truly blessed.


In Christ,



Pastor Johnny






Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny