Sunday, January 21, 2018

    No church is stronger than its weakest family and no family is stronger spiritually than the dad in the home. Throughout the next few days, emphasis will be placed on making our homes all that God wants them to be. More often than not, the process begins with the dad.

    Our churches are suffering today because of a shortage of godly men. Our homes are in disarray due to the absence of fathers who are strong in Biblical convictions. It has been computed that more than 50% of all American children will go to bed tonight without a father in the home. Of the remaining 50%, I wonder how many of those dads will read the Bible and pray with their children?

    In Ezekiel 22:30, Ezekiel says that God is looking for a man to stand in the gap. In Jeremiah 4:25, the cry is that there is no man. The prophet, Samuel, told faithless King Saul, "the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart."

    It has always been a thrilling thing for me to see a man stand for Christ. I speak from experience when I say that any man who wants an exciting, fulfilling life will never be disappointed by giving his all to Christ.

    Let me challenge our men to strive to lead your families spiritually. Read your Bible. Spend time in prayer. Establish family altars, win souls, tithe your income, and make sure your family is faithful in all of the services.

    I believe God is always looking for a faithful man. He wants a man after His own heart. I urge our men not to be satisfied to put in your eight hours, collect your paycheck, and fall into the world's routine.

    I have heard that every Christian husband is a pastor with his own congregation--his family. The home is the training ground for leadership in the church. Our church needs strong, spiritual servant leadership from our men. Will you rise to the occasion?


Sunday, January 14, 2018

    The year 2018 has started with a mixed bag of events. Christmas decorations have been put away for another year. A period of icy, cold temperatures has frozen water lines and required our church to install a new heating system for the north wing of our building.

    The theme for the year is seen in banners hanging in our auditorium and heard in lessons and sermons from our pulpit. New Year's resolutions have been made and goals are set. Throughout the rocky start to this year our church family has remained faithful. Visitors are gracing our services with their presence and the air of expectation of present and future blessings is everywhere.

    Much is on our plate for 2018. A new plant will rise from the debris left in the wake of the tornado. Several new programs will be added to our church ministry keyed on special groups of our membership.

    The traditional family conference will be held January 21-24 with your pastors bringing the messages. Tuesday night, January 23 will be the date for this year's Vision Banquet. One of the highlights of the evening will be the documented review of 2017. This presentation is expected to last approximately thirty minutes and will take us pictorially though the events of 2017. Along with a challenge from God's Word, a delicious meal and testimonies from some special people, the year of coming events will be revealed. We call the evening, "Our Vision." The plain truth taught from scripture is that vision is not just necessary or essential but crucial. Goals will be presented to challenge us to move forward with purpose. Literature will be distributed for information and witnessing. The vision involves "continuing" in the things we have learned from God's Word. When we involve ourselves in those things, God blesses!


Sunday, January 7, 2018

    I begin my thoughts to you today with a question, "What are you doing in your life that requires faith?" Philippians 4:13 is my life verse. Paul's statement, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" has been my anchor in life. The moments I have been down, discouraged, and ready to throw in the towel, this verse has reminded me that the victory is mine. That verse has given peace to worried hearts and calm to many nervous situations for Christians down through the ages.

    The great danger is what we become stagnant and complacent. Striving for stability and completeness is natural and God blesses efforts that result in lives that hold steady. We must not forget, however, that without faith it is impossible to please God. The older in Christ we become, the more we are tempted to coast without rocking the boat. We know His promises are positive and powerful but a status-quo life free of struggles will produce weak, unproductive Christians.

    What are you doing in your life that requires faith? Soul winning, giving, building others through teaching and mentoring, are but a few of the daily tasks that require a measure of faith. Most never witness because it is impossible to be effective at that task in the flesh. Giving cuts cross grain at our selfish nature. Faith to see God grow a Christian with all of its ups and downs will have to keep its eye on the Lord.

    We are saved by faith but admonished to live in the same. What is our mood in the times of testing? We are chosen in the rod of affliction and proven in the cauldron of testing. No wonder God says, "Without faith it is impossible to please Him." I fear becoming complacent and satisfied and in so doing relinquish the mighty blessings that ultimately come when we choose to go beyond ourselves and cast our every hope on Him. Faith is often expressed as forsaking all, I trust Him. The process involves the negative and the positive. Above all, we should wish to please Him!


Sunday, December 31, 2017

     Today marks the last Sunday of 2017. the next time we gather on the Lord's Day, we will usher in a brand new year. this year has been busy and packed with good things. Our missionary family was increased by four new missionaries bringing our total to ninety-two. Souls were saved, converts were baptized and the Lord added precious families to our membership.

     The theme for 2018 is "Continue." Each month will emphasize continuing in the things we have learned (II Timothy 3:14). As your pastor, I assure you that we will stay with the basics. Bible study, prayer, worship, giving, soul winning and faithfulness to ministry will head the list. The coming year will be filled with opportunities for each member of our church family. There will be burdens as well as blessings. When all are mixed in God's will, they will bring glory to Him and good to us.

     Words cannot convey my gratitude for the care and provision given to each of us individually and to our church corporately in 2017. We have much for which to be thankful. Our church family is rich in so many ways. We enjoy each other and the work of the ministry. When people are absorbed in others instead of self, double joy exists. The days of 2017 have slipped away but the memories remain, as do the rewards of principle-driven decisions. 

     As your pastor, let me express my sincere appreciation to every member for your tireless efforts, your selfless service and your loving care to the ministry our God has given you. I look forward to the coming year with anticipation and eagerness to serve our Savior. The great enjoyment of working with you and enjoying you as friends and co-laborers us rivaled only by the enjoyment of working for the Lord and enjoying Him.

     Remember in 2018 to continue serving the Savior!


Sunday , December 17, 2017

    There would not have been angelic announcements to Judean shepherds nor major pilgrimages seeking, "He who is born King of the Jews.". All prophesies of the sages past would fall unfulfilled in the dust of time. The world would never hear of the star, the manger, or of swaddling bands. The stable would be empty--but also the throne, the cross and men's hearts, if He had not come.

    All instruments would be muted and every pulpit silenced, classrooms would be empty, altars broken, and all church buildings darkened.

    What would it be like if you can imagine, if there were not majestic music or authors' manuscripts, or poets' sonnets or canvas brought alive by artists' hands all in honor and praise of Him? There would be...

No gifts without the greatest Gift.

No light without the Light of the world.

Souls would go hungry without the Living Bread

No foundation without the Chief Cornerstone

No healing without the Great Physician.

No education without the Master Teacher

No justice without the Righteous Judge, and

No wisdom without the Living Truth.

    If the Babe had not been born, the priceless elements that give meaning to life would be missing. Without Him where would any of us find joy or peace or love or forgiveness?

    We would all still be in our sins, our faith would be in vain, death would be the conqueror, and all hope would be swallowed up in the grave...if He had not come.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

    As we enter the Christmas season, I want to encourage our church families to have a Christ-centered Christmas. We are all aware of the efforts of the world to commercialize and secularize these days. Each year it seems the stores begin their Christmas advertisements earlier than the year before. The Christ-child receives no notice while the emphasis is on Santa Claus, elves, decorations, and gifts.

    Some have simply said that any efforts to celebrate this day is pagan. Therefore, it is not appropriate for a believer to take any part. I am grieved at Satan's advances but refuse to turn this precious time over to him. There should be a time for God's people to celebrate the great happenings of our faith. The incarnation at Christmas and the resurrection at Easter are the two events that compromise  the base of Christianity. It is no wonder Satan has sought to muddle these great Christian times.

    As believers, remember the true meaning of Christmas. I recommend all believers memorize Luke 2:1-20 and recite it often during December. Pay close attention to scriptures related to the incarnation, the Virgin Birth, and Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. Let the words of the great old Christmas carols fill your heart with worship and praise. Enjoy giving to others, to the church, and to the work of Christ. Be an encouragement to someone less fortunate. Purpose in your heart to share the greatest gift, the gospel of Christ with lost friends and relatives.

    As December 25 draws near, may we use this time to pay homage and praise to our Savior as the wise men did so many years ago. From your pastor and family, may we wish you a very, merry Christ-centered Christmas!



Sunday, December 3, 2017

    The Christmas season has arrived. You can feel the excitement in the air. Christmas carols can be heard from the radio and in the stores. Everyone seems to be preparing for the great event of Christmas day. Decorations have been put up. Lights are everywhere and presents are wrapped and on display waiting for Christmas day.

    All of the above activities give to us a warm feeing of holiday cheer. The nostalgia of thoughts of past years and the desire to see the glow on children's faces as they open their presents makes us anticipate this time of the year.

    As you pastor, I caution you, yes, even warn you each year at this time, to keep a clear prerspective of what is happening as well as the true meaning of Christmas. Here again are some practical hints to help you enjoy the time and profit for eternity.

    Keep Christ first in your life. Read your Bible, attend church faithfully, and be consistent in your witnessing and deveotional life. Honor God with your stewardship. Many people are indebted year round due to their lack of financial disciplines and some even take money that should be used for God's work and use it for Christmas. Solve this by giving a special Christmas offering to missions during this Christmas season. Don't get too busy until the delights of Christ are turned into drudgery. Shopping, decorating, and a generally hectic schedule can cause an overall weariness.

    Last and most importnat, use this time for the things that really matter such as ministering to others, deepening your spiritual commitments, worshiping our Savior, and establishing eternal priorities. Remember that He is the reason for the season.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

    The week before us is officially Thanksgiving week. Most of us will take a break form our regular routine to enjoy a day of Thanksgiving. Our celebration may include a nice meal, fellowship with family and friends, and time of rest and relaxation. I have grown more and more appreciative of this holiday time as I have grown older. In the first place, I have so very much to be thankful for, that it is a joy to be reminded of the theme of Thanksgiving. Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to thousand generations;

    As Christians, thankfulness is to be a regular ingredient in our lives. Even when we pray, we are to do so with thanksgiving. The month of November, as our stewardship month, has reminded us that a great part of any gift is a heart full of gratitude and thanksgiving. Having a grateful heart will do wonders for anyone. All too often our focus is on things we do not have while overlooking all that God has given. Invariably, those whose hearts are in love with Jesus and whose lives are focused on Him will enjoy being thankful.

    As a church, we should pause and give our wonderful Savior praise for His goodness. He has truly blessed us this year. Just think of the new members added to our fellowship, the growth in Christ we have enjoyed from His Word, and the inspiration of our services. The souls saved and lives strengthened are all notes of praise.

    We should all lift our hands toward heaven and be thankful. Be thankful to Him and praise His name!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.