Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.12.31



January 1 – January 6 


Scripture Passage:  “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him the curses thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”  Genesis 12:1-3


Dear Friends,  

     One of the worst enemies in life is boredom and monotony.  It causes marriages to disintegrate, jobs to terminate, and relationships to dissipate.  It also causes churches to crumble.  A church that is built on programs and personalities is bound to eventually fail.  Regardless of how wonderful these things are, eventually they are not enough.  It is kind of like shopping for a new cell phone.  We want the next “best thing,” with all its whistles, bells and gadgets.  We dream of it before we get it, move to infatuation once it is in our hands, and then on to boredom once we hear of something new.  It is a never ending cycle for someone who is never content.  The church that is built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ alone, is never bored and the services are never monotonous.  How can they be when He is the focus?  His mercies are new every day and His joy beyond words.  The difference is what you’re looking at.   

     I taught at four different schools and have been a part of four different churches.  This sounds like I have been a job and church hopper, but the truth is: I have had above average tenures at each place.  My church tenures have been twenty-two, seven, fourteen, and fourteen years respectively.  Each of those changes have occurred due to God’s leading in ministerial opportunities.  Looking back, I must admit they were challenges to my faith and abilities.  Twenty-two years were spent in my home church, where I learned to sing and eventually announced my calling into the ministry.  Seven years were spent at East Rogersville where I was a minister of music and youth.  Fourteen years were spent in my first pastorate at Shepard’s Chapel where my knowledge of the Bible and people skills were developed at an unbelievable pace.  I am in my fourteenth year at Fairview now and my preaching skills, Biblical, knowledge, administrative abilities and pastoral leadership skills have been forged by fire.  You may ask why I bring all of this up and how it pertains to today’s Scripture text.  In each of these places of service I have had times of boredom and monotony that tempted me to move before my time of service was complete.  I not only wanted to leave, but actually made plans to do so.  The Lord put a stop to it each time, (I am so glad He did) until He gave the orders for a new assignment.  Obedience has spared me countless difficulties and provided many blessings, when I have had the good sense to listen.   

     Abram had reached a point in his life when things had become simple and convenient. In a patriarchal society, the Father took the lead role and was responsible for decisions and provisions for the entire extended family.  This responsibility fell upon Terah, Abrams’ father, but then he died at two hundred and five years old.  Abram is now seventy-five, and for the first time all the responsibility of family fell upon him.  I can imagine the monotony and frustration of doing the same old thing every day, when deep in his heart he just wanted to do his own thing.  (Every man knows what I am talking about.)  The only remedy for boredom and monotony is a fresh word from the Lord. He knows about things we know nothing about.  He knows the difference between needing a fresh start and just needing a little break.  I often have trouble differentiating between the two.  Abram was not looking for a change when it took place, so it ended up being the Lord’s doing and not his own.  The one trait I feel I have in common with Abram is I know when it is the right thing to stay and when it is the right time to go.  The moral to my story is this – never do anything rash when you are having a bad day.  Never make decisions based upon emotions.  Emotions are fickle.  Learn to listen for the voice of the Lord and when you can’t hear him- do nothing.  The result will be the difference between a blessing and a curse.


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny