Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.12.03



December 3 – December 9 


Scripture Passage:  “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”  Philippians 4:11 

Dear Friends,  

     Down through the past five years of writing this page you have met my family, heard my stories and learned a lot about my character and thought process.  I hope with every article you learned something about how life always ties in with Scripture and ultimately Jesus has been glorified.  I have tried to improve in my writing ability and often have had to change my wording to be grammatically correct.  The difficulty I have is that my writing mimics the way I talk and is a good description of who I am.  I love to read authors who tell stories from their lives, so it is only natural that I am encouraged to write using those characteristics.  After all, no one can tell my stories quite like I can – I am the one who has lived them.   

     Patty has a saying that fits precisely the story I am going to share with you today.  She often says, “You can’t make this stuff up,” when we are met with a challenge we do not quite know how to handle.  I want to share with you an event that happened in our lives just this past week.  As you read, ask yourself this question, “What is the Lord trying to teach Pastor Johnny?”  See if you can make sense of it all. 

     I had been going since very early Tuesday morning visiting the hospitals in Knoxville and had several more phone calls and appointments to set up once I arrived at my church office at 11:00 A.M.  As I entered the Family Life Center, my administrative assistant, Janean was on the phone with the Sweetwater Utility Board.  They had called the office trying to reach me with news that I had a bad water leak at my house and they had shut my water off.  The young lady informed me that I had used the equivalent of fifteen swimming pools full of water in the space of one month.  I was also told that I was responsible for paying for the usage since the leak was on my side of the meter.   The water bill is approximately $2,500.  Denny went with me to find the problem.  There was no visible evidence of a leak anywhere.  As a matter of fact, it took a process of elimination and tracing every inch of water line to find a soft spot going in to the side of the garage.  Not a wet spot, just soft.  You would think that much water would have my back yard floating in water.  When we dug down to the water line a special connector had broken in half in a place that should have been impossible to break because of its design. There was not a pond, just a wet spot around it.  Where did all that water go?  What did I do wrong?  Nothing.  What were the warning signs?  There were none.  How can I keep this from happening again?  Should I check my water meter every day and turn it off before I leave on any prolonged trip?  I am almost paranoid about this happening again. I do not have the benefit or pleasure of money well spent.  It is money – well, down the drain. (hole, ground, cave, cavern?) This was an absolute shock to my system as well as our bank account. 

     Now, before we all have a heart attack, the utility board said they would work with me, to adjust and reduce that bill to a more manageable amount, but it is still going to be quite expensive.  It is not something I deserve or want, but it is what it is and I am responsible for the bill.  Patty always puts things into perspective when I cannot see clearly.  She says it is a test from God to see if we will be faithful with the rest of our money. She also reminds me that our family is relatively healthy and right now no one is dying in our immediate family.  She also says we will have the money to pay it by making adjustments in other areas. We had not planned for this, but it is just a part of life.  I was really upset when I first got the news, but after I found the leak and fixed it, God gave me peace about it all.  I don’t like it, but I am trying to be like the Apostle Paul to be content in whatever state I find myself in.  As Paul Harvey used to say, “And now you know the rest of the story.” 


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny


Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny