Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Life is a series of new beginnings. Today marks the start of a new chapter in the ministry of the Fairview Baptist Church. For the past six months our church family has met for regular and special services in the former American Bedding warehouse on Dennis Street. This has been a precious time. Our lessons have been many and our blessings abundant.

    Our theme for 2017 is, "The Building Year." We have learned much about our Savior and ourselves. Six families have been added to our membership. Scores have visited. Souls have come to Christ and number await baptism.

     The key verse for this year is Jude 20, "Building up yourselves on  your most holy faith." Numerous words come to mind as I think of our church family: flexibility, resolve, faith, joy, determination, selfless, and united to name a few.

    Early in our situation some laughed when I stated that I was the envy of every pastor in Athens and McMinn County. I truly believe this trial of our faith has placed ingredients into our lives and precious memories in our minds that will last a lifetime.

    Today we are back home in our church building. Much has changed, but the important things have not changed. Several days after the storm, I wrote in the flyleaf of my Bible: "Early in the morning of November 30, 2016 a tornado came through our Fairview community damaging our church facilities but it did not destroy anything of eternal value."

    Today I express a sincere appreciation to all who prayed, worked, and gave to this ministry. We are rich today. We hold an unshakable faith in the Word of God, and unswerving purpose to reach the lost, and an unwavering trust in our sovereign God.

    As we embark on the building of our educational facilities, we covet your prayers that God will give the wisdom and resources to accomplish the task according to His will.