Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2018.03.25



March 25 – March 31




Scripture Passage:  “And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry in the city of Jerusalem, until you are endued with power from on high.”  Luke 24:49


Dear Friends,


     Easter is a season of promises fulfilled.  The long winter is coming to a close and the snow is being replaced by rain showers.  The sun is warming the ground, the grass is beginning to grow and the Easter flowers are blooming.  Rabbits are scurrying through the yard and Easter eggs are being colored in the kitchen.  Our children are on spring break, and the Passion Play has already been performed once with great success.  Everywhere I look, I see evidence of new life.  Last week I was preaching in Madisonville and right before I walked into the church there was a double rainbow in the sky.  The colors were radiant and reminded me of the colors we use to dye Easter eggs.  This all reminded me of the promise God made to never completely destroy the earth again by water.  Promises made by man are often broken, but God’s promises are kept – every one of them.  Let us look at a few of these promises.


     “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Romans 3:23 “For God so love the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16   This is a promise that I have heard preached and taught my entire life.  From the earliest remembrance of Sunday School classes, to Vacation Bible School, to church revivals, this was the central theme of the message.  I was told over and over again that God loved me, Jesus died for me, and they both wanted me to be saved.  It was not God’s will that any should perish and go to Hell, but that we should repent of our sins, accept Jesus as our Savior, and go to Heaven to live with Him.  My preachers and teachers always emphasized that this was one of the promises of God and if I obeyed this command, He would keep His promise and save me.  I claimed this promise in May of 1972 and am still living as an example of God’s promise kept today. 


     Another of His promises is found in Matthew 6:33.  “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  I have always wanted and liked nice things.  I am not talking about foolish, over the top extreme possessions, but simply nice things.  A nice home, a good truck, stout tractors and powerful lawnmowers. (The riding kind.)  I also enjoy quality musical instruments.  I have had involvement in farming all my life, and for many years kept widow’s yards mowed.  So, I did not consider these to be a luxury but rather a necessity.  Patty and I had been married many years before I owned my first riding lawnmower.  We were married eight years before we financed our first home.  I bought a John Deere tractor in 1988 and paid for it over six years.  I have had several good guitars over the years but it took me 34 years to own a “Martin” and it was given to me as a gift.  I am going somewhere with this.  It has seemed there was never enough money for me to have what I wanted, but looking back, I realize God has kept his promise to me.  When I have sought first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, He has made a way for me to have those things I always dreamed about and allowed me to have them.  It was not always on my timetable, but His and it has worked out for my good every time. 


     The final promise is a combination of two.  “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5   “I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”  John 14:3-4    The longer I live, the more I realize that my life has been a journey.  It has consisted of mountain top experiences and low valley trials, often times in the same day.  I know what it is to enjoy wonderful successes and feel that everything I touch turns to gold.  I also know what it feels like to have the “bottom drop out” and experience depression and desertion.  My God has always kept his promise to never leave me.  Even when everything is at its darkest, there is a constant ray of light and hope (sometimes very faint) that things will get better.  The final promise I want to mention is one that I have not experienced before.  Jesus has prepared me a home in Heaven and is coming to get me very soon.  To receive this promise, I must die.  This is the culmination of all promises.  God’s intent has always been to live in constant fellowship with His children.  He made a way for this to take place through His Son Jesus.  I have no doubt that He will keep His promise and when the time comes, it will be all I ever dreamed of and more.  Because He lives I will live also forever throughout eternity. 


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny




Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny