Sunday, November 12, 2017

    There is a massive difference between giving and investing. The Bible teaches plainly that those things given to the Lord's work are a pure investment that pays temporal and eternal dividends. The  principle is that God is debtor to no man. The ironical part of the entire matter of giving is that we actually have nothing that we have personal ownership over to give. Our God, who owns everything, lets us use His possessions and then rewards us when we invest part of that back to Him.

    Investing in God's work has many areas of dividends. Our money, our time, our abilities, and our energies benefit as an investment in at least five ways:

  • An investment in God's work strengthens that work.
  • An investment in God's work accrues rewards for the person giving.
  • An investment in God's work always impacts other and is a pure investment in people.
  • An investment in God's work continues throughout successive generations and is long-term in impact.
  • An investment in God's work serves as a testimony to an unsaved world of God's care for His people.

    The next time you write your tithe check or give toward missions or to the building fund, stop and recognize that you are actually involved in a lucrative (one-hundred fold) investment program that has short-term and long-range dividends. Frankly, an investment in God's work beats any 401K and is more likely than any bank or broker to follow through on the provided agreement.

    Couple the above truth with the sheer joy of giving because God has given so much to us, equals an unbeatable combination! No wonder God refers to believers who have learned these truths as cheerful or hilarious givers.

 
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

    Throughout the month of November, our church will be emphasizing stewardship. You will have Sunday School lessons, guest speakers, sermons, and literature given to you related to the topic of giving.

    The conservative, fundamental interpretation of scripture teaches that our God owns all things. The earth is the Lord's and the fulness therof (Psalms 24:1). Tithing is a confirmation of God's controlling ownership. "The tithe is the Lord's (Leviticus 27:30) The surrender of the tithe is symbolic of the consecration of the whole. How a person gives to the Lord is not an issue related to salvation. Real students of the scriptures never teach tithing as a requirement for salvation either from the Old Testament or the New Testament. Our God is systematic and orderly and wishes us to have a plan of giving that comes from a heart of purpose (II Corinthians 9:7). Although there are no limits of scriptural giving, the first standard mentioned in the Bible is the tithe in Genesis 14 and either by precept or principle, it permeates the whole of the scriptures.

    The local church is God's agency for spiritual activity in the age of grace. Therefore, it would follow that the church is the storehouse for reception of the tithes and appropriate special offerings of God's people.

    The above stated principles have been the position, not only of the Fairview Baptist Church and your pastor for all these years, but the position of conservative, fundamental Christians throughout church history. The basic reasons to give our tithes and offerings through the local church are:

  • To honor the Lord                               (Proverbs 3:9-10)
  • To care for the needs of His house     (Malachi 3:6)
  • To cause increase for His people        (Proverbs 11:24-25)
  • To provide for the saints                     (I Cor. 16:1-2)

    We have a tremendous opportunity to invest for eternity. Begin today!

 
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

    Our missionaries circle the globe with the gospel. We provide a listing by continent of our missionary families each Wednesday evening in the prayer bulletin. We now have eighty six missionaries or projects that we support corporately as a church. This number includes works both foreign and at home. We would like to add at least four new families to our outreach bringing the total to ninety.

    Today we are talking about supporting missionaries. While our church budget has a main line budget item for missions, we also urge our people to give faith promise gifts for missionaries each week. The addition of new missionaries will be made possible only as our people give to faith promise missions. The size or amount of the missions' offering is between each person and the Lord. Some can give $1.00 a week; other may feel led to give $10.00, $20.00, or more.

    There are three things that are important in faith promise giving. The first is that you determine an amount between you and your Savior that you will give each week. The faith element rests in the fact that you will believe Him to allow you to make the gift. The second element is to give this amount consistently each week. Set aside the amount agreed upon between you and God, and trust Him to work out the details. Lastly, you will see the ways God works in your life to enable you to fulfill your commitment to faith promise giving.

    What will you trust Him for each week? Would you believe that God would be leading you to increase you giving by $1.00 - $5.00 - $10.00 or another amount? It is exciting to commit by faith and watch Him work! Make your commitment today.

 
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

    Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a great four-day trip! We begin our journey this morning with our annual missions' conference. Four missionary families seeking prayer and financial support are with us for the conference.

    During this week you will have opportunities to see presentations, hear testimonies, and feel the burden of those who are making plans to go to the place God has called them. Our services will be regular today. Monday and Wednesday services are at 7:00 p.m. The International Supper will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening in the American Bedding Warehouse located at 276 Dennis Street.

    Take the next four days to major on missions! Here are a few opportunities available for you:

  • Attend every service. (Come early and stay late).
  • Visit the missionary displays and take literature.
  • Evaluate your Faith Promise giving for the coming year and do as God leads you.
  • Bring a guest to the services.
  • Write a note of encouragement to a missionary.

    I am praying that these will be days of revival and spiritual stirring for all our people. This is one aspect of the Christian ministry that requires the attention of every believer. We have all received the Great Commission. As God enables, we should participate. Ray Thompson of Baptist International Missions said, "A mission's conference is a local church in business meeting deciding the fate of the heathen." One thing we cannot do about world missions is to get rid of our responsibility.

    Let us all pray that the Lord will put the whole world in the heart of this local church.

 
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

    The month of October is Missions Month. We all need to be reminded of our Lord's commission to His Church. We are to evangelize our generation. The plan is simple. We must begin where we are. Our Jerusalem is the first order of business. This means to be actively involved in getting the gospel to our families, our friends, our co-workers, our neighbors, and others who are within our immediate frame of reference.

    Certainly our emphasis should be on reaching our Jerusalem. Many have invited guests to the services. Do not stop there. Write letters, send notes, make phone calls, visit homes, invite others to your home, and pass out tracts and literature to those in your area.

     Paul had a heavy burden for his nation Israel. He was so consumed with getting his fellow countrymen saved that he actually volunteered before God to give up his own place in Heaven if it would mean the Jews had opportunity to be saved. Moses pled the same cause. He begged God to blot his name from the Book rather than to destroy the people of Israel.

     How big is your burden? When you see your relatives, do you pray for them and witness to them? Often the most difficult people for us to share our faith with are those we know the best. After all, they know all about us. Because of our immediate love for those close to us, we should go to them first and never give up until we are sure they are secure in Christ,

     Missionary service is not just an activity performed in far away places. We are all missionaries and we all have a Jerusalem that needs our Savior. Make a list of those in your Jerusalem and begin today to reach them for Christ.

 
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

    The words of Christ in John 4 are, "Lift up your eyes and look on the fields for they are white unto harvest." The theme of this year's missions'  conference is, His Plan - Our Purpose. We must have a vision of the world. Think of the possibilities afforded this generation with our ability to travel, communicate, and be knowledgeable in our total world. Couple these advances with resources now available and the opportunities are staggering.

    We are in for a treat with visiting missionary candidates and guests. The activities of this month will give all present an international burden.

    Our church is so blessed! Never take for granted or call ordinary the extra ordinary opportunities we enjoy here on a continual basis. Prepare your hearts for mission's conference by praying for each guest missionary family. Ask our Lord what part He would have you to play in Faith Promise giving. I pray that you will start today. If it is your custom to give to Faith Promise, please pray about increasing your weekly amount.

    The time is short and the hour is late. It is imperative that these precious people who give their lives to reach the world for Christ should have resources to help them get the job done. If God has not called you to go past your Jerusalem, give sacrificially so that other who are called may go. These are great days of opportunity. The Lord has raised up this church and its membership to be directly involved in the harvest.

 
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

    On one occasion Jesus said to His disciples, "Let us go apart into a desert place and rest awhile." When I think of our Lord, I think of quiet strength. I cannot picture Jesus hurried, anxious, or bothered. I don't think of Him unraveling at the seams or frayed around the edges.

    We are told that in major storms there is a center called the eye. All around this haven of quietness is danger, turmoil, and violence, yet in this pleasant place there is tranquility beyond understanding.

    Life for a Christina is a paradox. We have the world, the flesh, and all the powers of Satan's kingdom bombarding us daily from every angle. In the very midst of this eternal struggle, Jesus provides a place of rest. This rest is a wonderful fringe benefit of life in Christ. The disciples didn't have time to eat or sleep and the people pressed on them constantly with problem after problem. Jesus' answer was to come apart with Him to rest awhile.

    The older I grow in the Lord, the more I value resting places. We all need to rest our bodies but also our souls. Jesus talked of finding rest even when we wear His yoke of labor. The need of soul rest is apparent for every believer who has a ministry and takes it as a high priority. The soul is made up of intellect, emotion, and volition or will and is the part of man that interconnects him as an earthly being to the celestial or heavenly world. Understanding this principle of rest comes only after we recognize our weakness and His strength, our stewardship and His ownership. This work is not ours but His.

    Do not misunderstand this desert place rest. It is not a cessation of activity. I have known of families taking vacations, which left tired, confused, and discouraged and came back the same way or worse. For the believer, the key to quieteness in the eye of the strom is the assurance that Chirst is with you. When we are in the very center of His will for our lives, nothing in the strom aroud us can bother us as long as we stay in the place of safety and rest.

 
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

    Today marks forty-four years of ministry at Fairview for your pastor and his family. I came to Fairview after completion of seminary study at Tennessee Temple Schools in 1973.

    It is with a great sense of appreciation and gratitude that I approach this day. First of all, I am grateful to my Savior for calling me into the ministry. To serve Christ is the supreme privilege. I believe any move from the express will of God would be a drastic step down. My ultimate goal is to hear, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" from the One Who saved me and called me into His service.

    I wish to express my gratitude to that great host of people who have helped me and stood by me these many years. Many of those who have played a leading role in my life are present in the services today. My friends are my most valuable resource. Over forty-four years, you make a lot of mistakes. I particularly appreciate those who have looked past my faults and accepted my efforts as coming from a sincere heart.

    I am grateful for this ministry. Our church, our camp, and our school have been my life. From the first days, there has always been more to do than we could get done. Every day has been filled and the years have seen the work flourish.

    I am also grateful for our future opportunities. The greatest days for our church are before us. Let's dream together for God's blessings in the future. May our Lord give many souls for our labor. Thank you for forty-four wonderful years.

 
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

    Scripture memory is essential to spiritual growth. From the Psalmist pleading to hide the Word in our hearts to the New Testament urging us to study to show ourselves approved unto God, scripture memory is imperative. There are many reasons why we do not commit the words of scripture to memory. Busy schedules, lazy minds, and misplaced priorities are but a few. Some feel overwhelmed when they look at the many verses contained in scripture that hold truths worthy of memorization. For those who have never made a conscious effort to memorize verses, let me give you a foolproof, easy method.

    Choose a passage to work from and become familiar with the total context. Select a section of verses, one to six in number, to memorize. Copy these verses on a 3 x 5 card with the reference (book, chapter, verse) on the back. Keep these cards with you for an entire week reading and re-reading the verses. After three days of reading the verses, make a conscious effort to memorize each verse. Get someone to check your success. Select a new section each week but review the old verse cards daily.

    I know from experience that this plan can net good results. Just think, memorizing two verses per week would add up to more than 100 verses each year or 1,000 verses in a ten year period.

    Hiding God's Word in your heart will allow you to begin the wonderful art of scriptural meditation. Some passages are a must: Isaiah 53:1-6; Luke 2:1-20; John 14:1-6; Philippians 2:5-11; Romans 8:28-39; Matthew 6:31-34; Romans 12:1-2; Hebrews 12:1-2; Corinthians 13; and 1 Peter 5:6-10. Remember to include the Psalms: Psalm 1, 8, and 19, 100, 117 -- just to list a few.

    I am confident that once you have developped a plan and begin to see results, you will be delighted! Begin today!

 
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Sunday August 27, 2017

    We live in a strange world. To the secularist it is blasphemy to say "I am right and you are wrong," and heaven forbid that anyone should say that God has given the truth that we speak.

    The liberal media, socialistic politicians, and humanistic professors tell us that everyone has a right to his own slant on the truth. However, we, as Bible-believers are not to be vocal or allow our unshakable faith to dictate our behavior. Even though we actually believe the things we say, and have the confidence to make statements regarding right and wrong, good and evil, we are being told that this attitude is not to be imposed on a relative, secular society. We all know that the one thing our tolerant society will not tolerate is the assertion that there is any authoritative, Biblical way to make judgments. The problem for them isn't with out sincerity but with our conviction that we are doing God's will. Those of us who are true believers have no choice but to lead a life that sprouts from our core understanding of truth. Maybe that is what throws our critics. We have seen plenty of people who talk about God, use His name, and wax eloquently about the heavenly deities. But those who actually walk with God and give Him control in their everyday lives are very rare. If there is not lifestyle to back up an expressed belief, one wonders if it is truly a belief.

    Paul spoke of those who had a form of godliness but denied the power of it. Godliness is not a word, a thought, or an explanation of belief but a revealed standard format for integrating scriptural truth into worldly activities. the opposite of godliness is worldliness. When we adopt the world's standards, our conformity take the pressure off and makes us accepted in circles where Bible principals take a backseat to religious entertainment. In the religious world compromise has become the order of the day. 

    As your pastor, I must tell you that things are only going to get worse before our Lord's return. We are to hold to the truth, express it daily in our lives and order our very existence from it. This was the cause of persecution in first century Christianity and it very well could be again in the hours before the end of the age.

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

    "Life is not made up of dreams but decisions," is a classic and often used statement. We know that success in any field is the accumulation of thousands of right decisions. We must not become overly simplistic in this approach, particularly in the spiritual realm. Man's accomplishments, regardless of the genius of decision-making, are still subject to the sovereign will of God. When I look back over my life, I can recall making decisions that I am sure were guided by a loving Heavenly Father and not by my wisdom.

    Dreams are not a bad thing as long as we realize that Biblical vision is a dream that has Biblical direction. The key is to desire the will of God in every matter. Every believer must see through the eyes of faith.

    Life is a three-legged stool; skill or abilities, attitude or motivation, and character. We can make good decisions out of proper motivation but it is character that keeps the train on the track. Someone said it best: be and then do, then have. Our quality of life should always be held as a higher priority than our standard of living. The world has the matter completely turned around. I recentrly read that most people view success in eight factors: happiness, resources, prosperity, security, friends, family, peace of mind, and help for the future. When I read the list, it dawned on me that all are available without God to the person who defines success as outcome instread of obedience. Our Biblical dreams made from decisions that are driven by Biblical principles will produce fullfillment. The by-product of that life will include the above list plus much, much more.

    The Bible-based perspective gained by our young people from a Christian school education gives eternal wisdom in decision-making. The center core of life probably revolves around less than a dozen major decisions. It is precious to know that we are equipping our children with Biblical principles that provide direction when decisions have to be made. Remember, success is obedience, not outcome.

 
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

    I was saved January 2, 1966 under the ministry of Orman Norwood who is now in heaven. I surrendered my life to full-time Christian service the next year and was ordained as a pastor Sunday, June 9, 1968. I celebrate 49 years in the ministry this year all of which has been in the pastorate. Over three-fourths of that time, I have had a Christina school as vital part of the pastoral ministry.

    Although I am quite sure the failures over these years have succeeded the successes, I have learned a few principled truths that are vital to the work of Christian education. First and foremost, I believe the Christian school to be a mandate of the Great Commission. We are instructed to teach new converts all truths commanded by Christ. Once salvation is received and the new believer is baptized and established in the local church, a lifetime task of Biblical instruction begins. It is a rich blessing to begin the Biblical training of children in those early formative years. Salvation and spiritual understanding come easy to those who have been given Biblical precepts and principles as children.

    I have learned that success is measured in obedience not outcome. When we obey and trust the results to our Heavenly Father, He always gives us the best. The importance of God's Words the filter of all life's circumstances is best learned as a child.

    Disipleship is a mentoring process. Instilling in the heart of our youth an appreciation of proper role models whose lives stand strong for the principles of God's Word will ancho them for a lifetime. Our Heritage Month theme, "Life is for Service" speaks volumes. It is up to us to train our young people in the art of being a servant. I urge our students to forget being a leader and work on being a servant. The people we serve will make us leaders.

    We welcome our 2017-2018-studnet body of Fairview Christian Academy and pray that we may teach them the benefits of life with a Biblical world-view.

 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

    It is God's plan for the present generation to provide mentors for the youth to come. Joshua had his Moses and Timothy his Paul. We have failed our young people when we do not provide heroes with spiritual substance for their lives.

    The entire month of August has been devoted to honoring those who provide us with  a great heritage. Pastors, missionaries, teachers, evangelists, and spiritual leaders will be presented to our church family.

    Today we welcome Dr. Mike Allison. Dr. Allison was called to preach in 1974. He has been the pastor at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, Alabama for 28 years.

    I encourage parents to begin today to honor the right leaders for your children. The following suggestions may help our Fairview families in this venture:

  • Invite spiritual leaders as regular guest in your home.
  • Honor God's servants in family conversations.
  • Keep a scrapbook of missionaries, special speakers, pastors, etc.
  • Post prayer cards around your home.
  • Visit Christian colleges, camps, and conferences.
  • Subscribe to Christian periodicals and magazines.
  • Collect signatures of Bible preachers and teachers.
  • Have a family library that includes biographies of great Christian leaders.
  • Pray with your children concerning their call to the ministry.

    Enjoy Heritage Month at Fairview and begin today to honor those who are making an impact on the coming generation.

 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

    There are times in the ministry when you get the feeling you are being buried under an avalanche of troubles. We hear reports of homes breaking up, national and international crisis, and personal problems. We must stay focused on eternal priorities or we will lose perspective as we live in this world. Many people are trying to build their heaven here. The right house, car, bank account, or station in life becomes their ultimate goal. For Christ to return would be an interruption instead of a joy.

    While we are in this world, we will have tribulation. These physical bodies will wear out and be attached by disease. Our service for Christ will be unappreciated by many, and our days will be filled with troubles. Satan will attack and the world will oppose godly living, but take heart. Jesus has promised that His followers will overcome the world.

    Remember the shortness of time, the depth of eternity, and the truth of God's World. The old spiritual says, "This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through." Let's not forget that truth today. The trials of this life will seem so small when we look on His wonderful face. Live for Christ and trust Him in the midst of the trials of life.

 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

    For those of us who regularly attend and work in this ministry, we all know that every day at Fairview carries a marked emphasis on the salvation and Christian development of children. The Fairview Christian Academy, Camp Fairview, bus ministry, children's church, King's Kids, Sunday School, and other program make the Fairview church a great place for children.

    There are very good reasons why our church should invest time, energy, and resources in our children. We understand that our children belong to God and are our most precious stewardship. We have but one opportunity to train and instill Christian values in their lives.

    We understand that to reach a child is to save not only a soul but also a complete life. Only God fully knows the potential of a child's life. Parents who "train up " a child can watch that life unfold in God's will. The dedication of our children to Christ at birth is essential.

    Another reason to encourage ministries to children is to develop a legacy. Children won to Christ in Christian homes will grow up to establish Christian homes and win their Families. It is possible for parents with two children to impact over a dozen souls just by winning and training their own children. We often say that Noah only won his family, but I remind you that the worlds of people today sprang from Noah and his three sons.

    The scriptures teach that the children came to Jesus and He held them. "Jesus Loves the Little Children" is a familiar chorus but it is also a great truth. I pray we can reach many boys and girls for Christ here at Fairview.

 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

    Last Sunday I voted to close the church. I voted to close its doors that its witness and testimony might be stopped. I voted to close the open Bible on its pulpit, the Bible that had been given us by years of struggle and by the blood of the martyrs who died that we might have it to read. I voted for our ministry to stop preaching the glorious truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I voted that the children of the Sunday School no longer lift their tiny voices in song. I voted for the voice of the choir and of the congregation to be stilled.

    I voted for every missionary of the church to be called home, every native worker supported by the church to stop preaching, every hospital, every school and every dispensary in its foreign missionary fields to close.

    I voted that its colleges close their doors and no longer bother to train its youth for Christian service. I voted for every home missionary project to be abandoned, every influence for good and right and truth in our community to be curtailed and finally stopped.

    I voted for the darkness of superstition, the degrading influence of sin, the blight of ignorance and the curse of selfish greed once again to settle their awful load on the shoulders of an already overburdened world. I voted all this, I say, and more too; carelessly, thoughtlessly, lazily, indifferently, I voted.

    For, you see, I could have attended, but I didn't stayed away from church last Sunday.

(The above article is reprinted from the Sword of the Lord. No author was given.)

 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

    I have been in the ministry since January 1967. Periodically, I have to refocus my thinking. I have found activity to be a determent unless it is channeled in God's will and timing. Over these years, I have developed a checklist I run through to keep on track. Although this may sound a bit silly to come, it has kept me from throwing in the towel on numerous occasions. Perhaps you can profit from these suggestions:

  • The ministry belongs to Christ and I am simply a servant.
  • The work is to build the people not the people to build the work.
  • There are no small tasks in the will of God.
  • God's work is always resourced in His time.
  • People with difficulties need me the most.
  • Expect Satan to attack; he always will.
  • God is capable of performing His work without me.
  • Time is my most valuable commodity.
  • Friends never need an explanation.
  • It is better to suffer wrong than to do wrong.
  • I will take responsibility for any failure.
  • My greatest counsel is through my life.
  • I never lose what I give to the Lord.
  • Character is better than talent.
  • It is never right to do wrong.
  • The Bible always has the answer.
  • I can be faithful when I can't do anything else.
  • Everything I have has been given to me.
  • My friends are my best riches.

Remember to maintain priorities; keeping the main thing the main thing!

 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

    Today we celebrate the birth of our wonderful country. America is the best of all nations. People from all around the world risk their very lives to come to America.

    In america each citizens is free to talk, to think, to travel. If we don't like our work, we can find another job. We can go to school. If we don't like our elected officials, we can vote them out, or run for office ourselves. We can turn the channel or turn it off; read our Bibles, answer the phone or disconnect it. We can visit the supermarket or dine out; be married or stay single; go to church, make speeches, or keep silent. The hand of government rests more lightly on American citizens than in any other country.

    Although we are blessed as citizens of this great country, freedom requires a constant vigil. The world is crumbling all around us and Bible-believers are the only ones with a set of building plans.

    We live in a strange world--the kids know more about drugs, rock music, liquor and sex than adults. We tax productivity to support unproductivity. Is this the age of reason--NO! It is the march of folly.

    Criminals have rights while victims are suspect. The public schools cannot give a tract or read the Bible or pray. If we do not take the initiative to talk about morals, an amoral society becomes an immoral society.

    As believers, we must pray for our nation, participate in the governmental process, and stand for the Biblical principles that made this country great. God's people have an obligation to be salt and light in this world. Let us be grateful for our nation and live for Christ in these days of opportunity.

 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

    The motto of our nation is "one nation under God." Have you ever thought of what this means? It means that we have this land, our flag, and our government as a gift from the great God of the universe. It means that it did not become "the land of the free and the home of the brave" by blind fate or a happy set of coincidences, but that a wise and benevolent God was hovering over us long before the hour of our conception.

    When Columbus discovered this land, tradition has it that he took a cross in his hands and planted it in the new soil, fell on his knees, kissed the earth, and declared that he took possession of this continent for God. Our forefathers founded this nation upon the Christian faith and it will live and prosper so long as the Lord is our God. The Pilgrim Fathers left a land where they were persecuted to find a land wherein every man would have the right to worship God in his own way. When the constitutional convention met in Philadelphia to organize the nation and write our Constitution, Benjamin Franklin called on the members of the convention to pray for divine wisdom. His statement was, "The longer I live, the more convinced I am of this, that God governs in the affairs of men. Without His aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builder of Babel. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it possible that an empire can rise without His aid?"

    We must return to the faith of our fathers, return to our knees, and return to our God in repentance and commitment. The choice is clear--Christ or chaos? Pray for America today.

 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

    Today is Father's Day! One of the great joys of the ministry is to see men come to Christ, live for Him, and direct their families in the will of God. The men of our church should provide leadership and strength to this ministry. I thank God for all of our men who take their rightful place at home and at the church for our Savior.

    The life of David was a remarkable account of mighty men who surrounded this great king. These men went to battle with their king. They protected him and often placed their lives in jeopardy in doing so. When David was in trouble, they surrounded him and remained loyal to him through trials. When David was forced to flee Jerusalem, scriptures simply state that his mighty men were at this right hand and his left.

    Our men play many important roles in our church. They are providers for their households. Then men who work long hours to assure their families the necessities of life are to be commended.

    Our men also serve in the role of protectors of their homes and families. This means more than chasing off burglars and intruders. Our families are under attack from Satan. Our men are to live for Christ and lead their families to do so in order that Satan does not gain an advantage.

    Last and most important, our men are priests in the home. Personal devotions, family altar, prayer times, Bible studies, church attendance, tithes and offerings, and mission support all fall under the responsibility of the man as head of the house. Our men should initiate as well as see each spiritual exercise through for their families.

    I am praying that many strong Christian men from our number will rise up and bless our church with their great example.