All Things

    All of us, young, old, single or married are giving our lives to something. What is it you have given your life to? We all have desires, things we think about and even dwell on. What's the first thing that comes to your mind? Are we giving everything we have to gain something we want? If we are going to be successful in our lives with God and our Christian lives, we must have self discipline in every area of our lives. We must commit to what God wants every day. 

    There is a reality of life that we must consider. All things were created by God and for God. He created all of us for a purpose. When we consider life, we must be living for Christ and that we may serve and bring glory to Him. It doesn't matter what or who we have in this world, Christ must be preeminent and be first. Christ, who has given us life, must be our number one priority! 

    We sometimes may wonder what is the reason we have to make all things about Him. The reasons are simple. The only reason we are alive is because of God. He is the only reason we are alive, and for that reason, we desire to lift Him up, know who Christ is and what He does. Think of every reward or trophy you have received. Just know, no matter what triumph you have, it is nothing when measured up against Christ. 

    God knows us better than anyone and He knows that we all want to be rewarded and have something to strive for. But lets not strive for temporal things here in this world. A fine house, new car and big boat will be lost in the history of life. After everyone forgets, we will be back to where we started and work for something else that doesn't matter.

    Our eternal reward will be our crown of life! In heaven, our rewards and crowns will never fade away.  So what are we striving for? Are we giving our lives to Christ? No matter where we are going and what we are doing, let's always put Christ first. Consider in everything we do and give the glory and preeminence to Him. Get a hold of God and let go of the other areas in our lives. What have you given your life to? 

"And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible." I Cor. 9:25

A Revival

    What a blessed day to worship the Lord with guest Pastor, Dr. David Dickerson from Peachtree Baptist Church. Dr Dickerson and his church family have been coming to Camp Fairview for more than 40 years.  We certainly enjoyed his preaching ministry today! 

    Isn't it amazing what God can do with everyone when we are committed by Jesus and controlled by the Holy Spirit? With the word of God we can also be controlled by the scriptures. When this happens, it can change everything and a revival in our hearts can begin. 

    The word revival is often misunderstood in our day. "Re"- simply means again, while "vive"- means alive. When we bring honor and glory to Jesus in our homes, we can be brought back to God and have revival. If we start this revival in our homes, it will lead to a revival in our nation. God is able to rebuild our hearts and there is no problem that is bigger than our God. 

    We are all sinners and the wages of sin is death. Thank God for sending His son, Jesus Christ, to take upon flesh to die and pay our sin debt. Jesus came and paid for our sins and with his resurrection we are justified. Jesus paid the blood and paid it all for our justification. So let's begin this revival and saturate our lives and church with His Holy Spirit! 

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;" Acts 3:19

 

The Unknown God

    Many can say that they know God, but do we really? The world will often take Jesus and put him on a shelf with many other gods. We can be involved in church and many other activities but not really know God. If we aren't careful we will become a nation of Christians who do not know God. We can have a knowledge of God and still not know who He is. Do you realize that the devil has an intellectual knowledge of God and even knew Jesus? Yes we may know God, but only in our minds. 

    God is the one who created everything. Things didn't evolve, God created them. He created all and we must realize we are responsible to Him. We are serving a God that created us. God is also all powerful and we are the benefactors of the power of God. We think we know so much by the things we think we've created, but we've only done these things by God's grace. We simply don't know just how powerful God is. There is no comparison to what we can do by what God does achieve. With His power and wisdom, He can wipe everything off the face of this world. We think we are breathing on our own, but our very breath is controlled by God. In Him we move and have being. 

    God didn't just create and sustain everything, He determines everything. God is sovereign and there in no one telling Him what to do. Our God is also a God of mercy. When we are in the darkness, do we feel after Him and find Him?  We have the opportunity to make a decision and the opportunity to receive the truth. Some may mock or delay the decision and think everything is just going to be okay in life. But one day God is going to judge us. We must not hesitate in His will. 

    To not make a decision is to make a decision. We have no idea how the gospel is going to impact the lives of people. The unknown God is very knowable. He is seeking you out even if you are not seeking Him.  Only through Christ and the resurrection can we really know God. Through Jesus Christ our lives can be forever changed, our sins forgiven and all things are new! 

"For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you." Acts 17:23

Enduring Trials

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    Fairview Baptist Church welcomed Dr. Dave Douglass and music by Grace and Truth from Hyles-Anderson college this evening. What a blessed evening hearing Grace and Truth sing to worship the Lord. We are thankful for their visit and Dr. Douglas'  message of enduring and the consequences of sin.

    What a selfish thing to purposefully sin without thinking of the consequences in our lives and the lives of others.  We must consider the consequences and always consider God's goodness and love. We must trust God that He is infinitely wise and that He is in control!  Consider God's goodness and don't cave in to internal temptations. To endure temptations we must consider the consequences, consider His goodness and finally, consider the divine nature that lives within. The Holy Spirit of our infinite God lives within all of us right now. Be patient during the trials, pray during the trials and don't waste trials. Learn something and gain wisdom from them.

You can find more information about Hyles-Anderson college and Grace and Truth at www.hylesanderson.edu.

"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. James 1:12"

Service at Camp Fairview

    Fairview Baptist Church gathered at Camp Fairview this evening. Following the service we also had a summer cookout. What a blessing the message, food and fellowship was!

    Fairview Baptist Church will be having our bible school 7/5-7 (10:00a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) at Camp Fairview. This will be a wonderful opportunity for children to get to know the Lord!! Don't miss it!! Click the link below for more information about Camp Fairview.

https://www.campfairview.org

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22.6 

One Nation Under God

    We live in such a wonderful country! A country that has a heritage of Christian values with a Constitution of bi-laws with scriptural truths. A country with strength and solidarity based on Christian faith. Yes, most certainly, God has had His blessings on this country. But have we turned in to a nation that has forgotten God? 

    The strength of our nation begins at home with our strength in God through our homes, family and children. Things are so different than they were just a few years ago and with the liberalism going on in our country, we seem to be moving away from the truth of God. The devil is a very patient being and what he can't accomplish in one generation, he will try in the next. 

    It's very progressive how Satan moves in. Satan can creep in and make religion based on good works and deny Christ and the blood sacrifice He made for us. Satan can make people believe they can have their own ways and think being a good person will surely get them to heaven. But lets not deny Christ or let false truths infiltrate our lives. Today we need to take a stand, and stand for the word of God. 

'Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core." Jude 1:11

God is Looking

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    What are we looking for in today's world? What is our hearts desire? Is it a love, kindness or happiness? We can all think of  things that we may be looking for and never find them. We may even not be looking for God, but God is always looking for us! 

    We can sometimes feel we don't have any joy or happiness in our lives, but God is still looking. God doesn't see us, our sins or all our problems we think we have. When God is looking on us, He only sees the sacrifice that Jesus made to pay for our sins. We don't deserve it, but what Christ did on the cross gave us God's mercy, forgiveness, grace and love. When we come to know Christ as our personal Savior, it fixes our place in eternity. We begin to have a relationship with God and we are the children of the King. 

    God is looking and sees us. He is ready to forgive us when we fall before Him and ask for His mercy and forgiveness. He is ready to pour out His blessings. There will never be a day where we will look back and say we wished we hadn't. God is looking and wants you to come to Him! 

"I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance." Luke 15:7

A Mighty Man

    Happy Fathers Day from Fairview! What a wonderful morning to worship the Lord and celebrate all the dad's. the Bible is full of mighty men for God but it doesn't end there. There can be mighty men for Christ in the world today. 

    Man was made in the image of God and the likeness of our Savior. Men can take a stand in the world for Christ and help lead the lost to the Savior. As dad's we will leave an imprint on our children forever. We want to leave an imprint of responsibility, as a provider, a prayer warrior and always show leadership according to God's word. 

    Men can be physical and not mind standing out or being the center of attention. We can get out in front and be a leader and stand for Christ. We can also be committed. Committed to God and be leaders of the family. This doesn't mean we won't be alone at times. What is times get hard or people don't understand? Don't just back away. It's so easy to be a Christian on Sunday mornings with others, but what about when we are by ourselves and in our homes? Always take a mighty stand for Christ,

    When you do take that stand, you will certainly be in good company. When we are around great teachers and mentors who believe what the word of God has to say and that Jesus is the only way to Heaven, we are in good company. It's a simple plan to live for Christ and obey His word. We shouldn't quit taking a stand for Christ. Doing what is expected and average is rarely going to affect anyone. It takes more and we shouldn't be satisfied with just the average. Victory in life does not come from just being average. 

    As fathers and men we will have a great influence on the lives and hearts of others. So let's do more than what is expected, more that what is just average. Lets stand for Christ and have others want to be in our presence. Raise up and be mighty men for God! 

"But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the Lord wrought a great victory." II Samuel 23:12

Behold I Come Quickly

    As believers, every day we should be looking forward to the second coming of Christ. But along with His coming back, He will also be giving His rewards. Throughout the Bible we are promised of the blessings we will receive as believers. We should use these blessings as a filtration in our every day work and keep these sayings of the prophecies of the Bible. For one day, we will be receiving the rewards as bible believers.

    Salvation is by grace and grace alone. God gives this opportunity to the world and He will reward us for that. But sometimes we can be saved and suffer great losses. Our lifestyles do not indicate our salvation, therefore, we will suffer the loss of the Lords rewards. We can be saved, but become an outcast, but when we are saved by the grace of God, we certainly have God's approval. So, when Christ comes back to give His rewards, some believers may not receive the rewards that could have been given. 

    Our salvation is holy of God and we have no part, except making the decision to come to the Savior. Salvation isn't earned by works but by His mercy and there is only one way to heaven: Jesus Christ.  There is no middle ground on this. Salvation is received by faith, not works. We always have our salvation, not hope for it. Salvation is a simple matter even to a child or an adult. So there is no need to complicate it as the world does. 

    So our rewards from God are earned by our good and faithful works after we are saved. After we are saved, we must do the things that God tells us in His word and He will reward us for that. We may not understand just how the Lord will do this, but the Bible says that rewards will be given to the believers who have earned them. We will not be judged for our salvation, but rewarded for the works we've done after we accept Christ as our personal Savior. 

    Salvation is always a present blessing. From now or a thousand years from now. Our sins are forgiven in salvation and rewards are our future blessings, compensation and earned. Salvation is by faith, never lost, inspires and encourages in suffering. Rewards for our works could be lost. We should be inspired to earn our rewards, and won't we wish we had done more and been more obedient? 

    We shouldn't treat the rewards the Lord will give out lightly. We can sometimes get to a point where we want the temporary things of this world, and relinquish the rewards that will be eternal. There are hours of opportunities we will waste and not worked for the Lord. But know that one day, He is coming back. One day, rewards will be given. A few simple questions to consider: Are you saved? What are you doing in your life to glorify Him? Every person needs to be serving. So give yourself to Him.

 "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." Revelation 22:12

Affecting the World

    Do you know that Jesus has control over everything? He was able to calm the storms, raise the dead, healed many from their diseases, even blindness and deafness. As Christians, we should hope to have such an affect on the world and the world to see our Lord Jesus in all we do. 

    Salvation can't be explained through logic by the world. The medical field has no way or part in explaining the lives of a christian. So in part, the world has no place in the lives of a christian. As Christians, we should be in opposition to all the world stands for. We are not comfortable enjoying the things of this world, but looking forward to what is not in this world; spending an eternity with our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

    As children of God, we are different. Although we are not a part of this world, the world is always affected by Christians, For what is a believer left in this world for after salvation? As born again believers, we are to stand and be the salt and light for Jesus. We can stand for Christ and make the world better. A child of God can affect the world and help the world to seek Christ. Our lives are to be the light and that light comes from Christ So let the world see that light and introduce others to our savior. 

    Christians can always draw a response. Let someone feel better when you're around. Be so Christ-like when others see you, they automatically think about Jesus. As a believer, you are a mystery to the world. A Christian is a person who has a settled and obedient mind and the world and the unsaved are scared. For they know we have what they need. 

    So ask yourself this, "Is the world different because of me?" Have an affect on the world through Jesus and make the world different because of it! 

"Return to thine own house and shew how great things God hath done unto thee, ...." Luke 8:39

The Truth Shall Make You Free

    Happy Memorial Day weekend from the Fairview Baptist Church. This morning we honor our members who have served in the military. The freedom to worship our Lord Jesus is one we hold dear. God bless America! 

    Truth. All truths are found in the Bible. When the world is in a state of change and lost in the wilderness, we can hold on to only the truth found in God's word. The Bible is a revelation. We can search the world for truth, but we will never find it. Don't look to the world to find the definition of truth. Love, beauty, success, happiness or even finances can not be defined by the worlds view.  When we are searching for the truth on any topic at any time, the Bible is where we need to search. 

    We have received the truth. The fact that we can all hold a bible in our hands today, we can let that trust dictate and dominate our lives. The bible is the only truth in the universe. As Christians, we are also guardians of the truth. We must not get so far away from the genuine truth that is God's word. We must also be responsible for the truth we have in our hands. 

    So that leads to the most important truth of all. We're all going to live some place forever. Where? The truth of the Bible tells us there are only two places to spend eternity, heaven or hell. But when we are saved and Christ is in our hearts, the truth is, we will spend eternity with Him. 

    Our God is a powerful God and one day, judgement is coming. We are all sinners and none of us can rise to God's standards, but through Christ Jesus, we are redeemed. Christ died for our sins and payed the eternal debt that man couldn't pay. But one day those who are saved will be called together to meet Him. To spend eternity with our Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever. And that is the truth. 

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32

Welcome Home

    Today marks the first day back at the Fairview Baptist Church building. It was such a blessing to have members of the community to join us as we share our appreciation to those who came together after the tornado to clean up. Some would say it was such a tragedy, but as we learned over the past six months, the building is not the church. The church is the body of saved, born again, baptized believers. Although our time in the warehouse was special, we are grateful to be back in our auditorium. The same Spirit that was flowing through the warehouse, is the same Spirit surrounding us in our church building. God has been wonderful to Fairview Baptist Church and we are so grateful God knew He could let a tornado damage our buildings, but not His church! 

    There is so much majesty in Christ.  All is His and He is preeminent of all that is. Christ does His work and we are alleviated by God from our sins. Christ changes us. One day He will present us perfect to God. So lets not just represent Christ, but always let others see Christ in us. 

"And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." Col 1:18

Jesus Is Our Captain

    Tonight is our last service in our temporary location since the tornado. What a blessing it has been to be able to meet, only 3 days after the tornado in our warehouse. It is a bittersweet moment for Fairview as we move out of the warehouse God provided during this trial.  We've learned so much over these past six months and the power of what the Lord can do in our lives and our church! 

    We are having our "back to the auditorium" service on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 11:00 am with an open house beginning at 10:30 am. Immediately following the service, we will meet on the hill for the Fairview Christian Academy ground breaking ceremony. It will be a service we will remember for the rest of our lives. Come be a part of God's miracle!!

Complete in Christ

    Happy Mother's Day! What a blessed morning to come together to honor our mothers and to worship our Lord. 

    As the hymn say "Complete in Thee", how complete are we in Christ? Today we are so incomplete in ourselves and if we aren't careful, it can lead to a pretty bad slope in our lives. As believers, are we living our Christian lives on our own, or are we finding our strength in the Lord? When Jesus Christ lives in us, that is our hope and glory and we don't have anything to be afraid of.

    We can receive so much strength in the Lord if we can give our lives to Christ. We always have all of Him but does He have all of us? As believers we need to understand that we need to also mature. When the Spirit of God is in complete control of our lives, we don't have to just wander in the wilderness. So often we let the thoughts and standards of the world in our lives, but we must see, hear and understand His word so we are able to discern between good and evil. Stay in God's presence and not encased in things that will hold us down and drag us back.

    Lets take the time to evaluate our lives based on the scriptures. Learn to understand the ineffectiveness of ourselves and the effectiveness of God. We are by no means perfect. We are also not made perfect by what we do. Yes, we must attend church, read our bibles, pray and also give. But doing works will not make us perfect, complete or mature. When we live our lives for Christ, that's when we can be complete. Only in Christ are we made whole. So let Jesus put His arms around us and let the Holy Spirit guide our hearts.  Let our hands be empty so that Christ can fill them!

"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God," Hebrews 6:1

For Such A Time as This

    Thank you to everyone for prayers for Fairview Baptist Church. In only two weeks, we will be back in our building that was damaged by the tornado. We are certainly excited to be back in our building the Lord has blessed us with. During the past six months we have learned so much. We know that the Church isn't just a building, but Gods people that come together to worship Him. We've also learned about God's perfect time. Gods timing is always planned, always has a reason and how we can redeem our time.

    When we are faced with any situation, we must have faith in God's timing. God's timing is always planned perfectly, even though our situations may not be so perfect. We can look at any situation in our lives with what's occurred and maybe wish God hadn't put us through it. But God's timing is perfect, planned and also purposeful. Consider why God has brought you to this place and how you can do His work or where you can be used. 

    It's so easy to waste our time. If we consider the reality of time, it happens to us all and is limited. We want to live like we have tomorrow, another year and even forever. But tomorrow is never promised and we must take advantage of the time we've been given and what God wants us to do. 

    If we consider the reasoning of time, we see that every minute is slipping away and we will never get it back. We must decide what to do with the little time we have and not simply "sleepwalk" through life, sticking with our same daily routines. Time is passing, so walk honestly in His light. Invest our passing days for Him. Who can we help and encourage today? 

    Finally, time is so precious and we should want to redeem every moment of every day for Christ, it's so easy to waste and not use our time. We want to look forward to what we are going to do in the future, but what about today? Redeem our time in God's will right now, don't wait and think about what you are "going to do."  There is nothing in yesterday or tomorrow , but what we do have, is right now. God can turn around any situation and use it for His glory, for such a time as this! 

 

"For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14

Men's Prayers Breakfast

    Fairview Baptist Church had a Men's Prayer Breakfast this morning at Camp Fairview. Following the breakfast, we moved the pews back into our church building. God blessed us with perfect moving weather. Thank everyone for all the prayers and help. So much progress has been made to get ready for the first service in our building since the tornado. Our first service will be on May 21, 2017. Come and join us to worship the Lord!! 

Run toward God

    What a wonderful and warm day we gather to worship the Lord. We woke up this morning with intentions on coming together to praise Him. But do you ever find yourself running away from God and His plans for you? The story of Jonah and the whale is a familiar one where we see one of God's men trying to do what he wanted, and not what God had in store for him. But in this story, God used just one man in such a great way to minister to a whole nation. This just goes to show that God can use us in ways we can't think of. 

    We all have our circles of influence and God wants to use our Christian influence to turn lives to Him. God makes much of preaching, but also a proclamation of Him. We have so much more in our hands now than Jonah ever did. We can take our bibles and scriptures everywhere to proclaim God's word. We can share the simple truth that God loves us and Jesus died for us. As Christians we have to also get right with God ourselves and have a burden in our hearts to put ourselves at God's disposal. We can get on board and fully commit to what God wants. 

    So let's put ourselves at God's disposal and don't remove God from the equation. God sometimes will send a storm, but we can be better for it. We can get comfortable and do what we want and when God wants us, we go in the other direction. Realize when God is speaking, there is no other way than His. There can be so much joy and pleasure knowing we are where God wants us to be, so let's not run in the opposite direction! 

"Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee." Jonah 3:2

 

 

Yesterday, Today and Forever

    This wonderful, rainy Sunday the Lord blessed us with, is such a joy. Can you remember last year when we were praying for the rain? What about yesterday, did the rain change any of your weekend plans? As Christians, one thing that remains the same is Jesus Christ our Savior. Jesus Christ is forever and we serve a Savior that is the same yesterday, today and forever. 

    When you think of yesterday, do you have a time of reflection on your blessings or a time of disaster? Yesterday can be made up of things we want to forget and things we can't take back. We may want to go back yesterday and do things over to make them better and have the chance to do more. But Jesus lives today! We can't do anything about the yesterday. Our Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday and today, we can do something. Jesus can give us a strength and victory over our sin today. If we are able to understand His abilities and commit to our fellowship with Him, our today can be different. 

    Then there is forever. Forever has no beginning and no end. Forever has no start and no stop. What about our forever in eternity? Even when we are saved, eternity can seem scary. But how scary would forever be if Jesus wasn't there? An eternity in hell where there is no hope. Not even the relief of death, forever in darkness. 

    But thank God for sending His son Jesus who died for our sins. The forever for a believer in Heaven where we will walk streets of gold, fellowship with our Lord Jesus where He is the only light. We can't do anything about the past, but we can find forgiveness in Jesus. Jesus is our present abiding saviour and we will all have a home in eternity before us. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!  

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Hebrews 13:8

He is Risen!

    He has risen indeed! What a wonderful day to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As Christians we can celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, not only on Easter Sunday, but every day. We can rejoice in the fact that He lives!

    Throughout the scriptures there are so many proofs that Jesus rose from the tomb. Books written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John specifically states that Jesus has risen. Proof from the angels when Mary saw and spoke to Jesus. There is proof in the doctrine of judgment from Jesus where every knee shall bow and every mouth confess. 

    If we visited the tombs in the pyramids of Egypt, Westminster, Mt Vernon and even Arlington cemetery, the bodies of pharaohs and other leaders would be found. But our Lord Jesus is not in a tomb. The rock was rolled away and that tomb is empty. We have all been saved in different ways, but it's all by the same gospel. On this day, whatever the world may say, we know, Jesus has Risen! 

"Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them. I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God, and your God."     John 20:17

    Fairview Baptist Church's Children's Ministry celebrated Jesus's resurrection during their morning service and followed by an Easter egg hunt. Click here for more pictures.