Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2018.04.01


April 1 – April 7




Scripture Passage:  “And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.”  Mark 16:2


Dear Friends,


     I know that it is theologically incorrect to say that Sunday is the Christian Sabbath, but that is what it has been to me all my life.  Even though my daddy did not attend church, we never worked, hunted, or fished on Sunday.  My papaw was a deacon in the Baptist church and it was taboo even to wash your car on Sunday.  You never mowed your lawn on Sunday and in my early years you could not even go to the store – there was nothing open.  Sunday’s were for church, resting, and visiting with family.  The longest trips we took were to our grandparent’s house.  We would get there on Saturday, spent the night, go to church on Sunday, eat Sunday dinner, and then spend the rest of the day talking and playing.   Late in the evening we would start the journey home and prepare for the upcoming week.  These are some of my fondest memories of childhood.  Even though our culture has changed and people’s opinions have changed toward Sunday, mine has not and I continue to honor Sunday as the “Lord’s Day.”  Why?  I am glad you asked.


     While the Jewish Sabbath always has been Saturday and is a required day of rest by Levitical Law, the only Gentiles who observed this were proselytes to Judaism.  After Christ’s resurrection on the first day of the week, devout Jews would have still met on Saturday to observe the Sabbath, but they also met on Sunday to remember Jesus’s victory over death, hell and the grave.  When the Apostle Paul began his public ministry, he stressed that we are no longer under the law, but grace.  Many of the traditions and rituals required by the law had been fulfilled in Christ’s life and death and so now we were to worship Christ rather than the law.  This was extremely controversial back then and was the topic of many debates and riots.  There are some today that still hold to strict adherence to the law and Saturday Sabbath observance.  But to most Christians who practice, “By grace, through faith in Christ alone, not by works lest any man should boast,” Sunday has been our day of rest and worship.


     I must admit that Sunday is not much of a day of rest for me.  I preach a minimum of three times each Sunday and often teach a discipleship class.  We have our deacon’s meeting once a month on Sunday and there are times emergency home and hospital visits are required.  At this point in my life, a little Sunday afternoon nap is almost a necessity. We rarely travel or go out to eat on Sunday’s and it is a special treat to eat one of Ms. Patty’s meals with family and friends around the table.  She cooks and the children and I pitch in and help do the dishes so she can get some rest also. Sunday’s are still the Lord’s Day and family day in the Carr household.  The Lord is first and the family is second, no variance and no questions asked.  Some of our family is required to work on Sunday’s occasionally by their employer, but if an option is given, we remain faithful to observe the Lord’s Day as a day of worship and rest.  The Lord knew that the body he created needed rest and if we are going to remain productive we must make time for our bodies to recuperate.  If we do not, it will only be a matter of time before something malfunctions and the body begins to falter and shut down.  This natural law is only true 100% of the time. 


     So as we observe Christ’s resurrection this week, let us also celebrate the victory we have in Him.  Because He lives, we live also.  Jesus gave us the example of taking time to rest and fellowship with the Father and if we want to finish well, we must do so also.  Covet with me, that we will not let anything take precedence over worship and rest on the Lord’s Day and we will guard the sanctity of our family by keeping our priorities straight.  The end result will be glorious. 


In Christ,



Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny