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January Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

Yesterday, I was privileged to represent our church over at the Fairdale Pic-Pac.

A few weeks earlier I was contacted about a time when our Louisville Metro Councilwoman, Vicki Welch, would honor Mr. Bill Nichols, the owner of Pic-Pac.

It was a short and sweet surprise there at Pic-Pac. Mr. Nichols was not aware that we were coming. And while it was kept a secret, there was still a nice-sized group that went to celebrate and thank him.

There were about 40 of us , a mixed group of community citizens, leaders and workers, who went inside Pic-Pac and found Mr. Nichols working as usual in the produce area. We surprised him by singing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” followed by a heartfelt round of applause. That was followed up by Vicki Welch thanking him and presenting him a plaque that recognizes him as an outstanding community supporter in Fairdale. It was a special moment, and I was very humbled and pleased to have been a part of it.

Now, I want to take a moment to explain why he was recognized and celebrated. Do you know Mr. Nichols? Have you ever heard of him? Have you ever been to Pic-Pac, the local grocery store here in Fairdale?

Mr. Bill Nichols started and opened up Fairdale Pic-Pac in 1978-1979. For the last 36 years, he has been faithfully working and serving in this community. The Fairdale Fair, Fairdale High School and all the other community businesses and organizations have been helped and supported by Mr. Nichols over the years. Over the last 36 years, there has been a lot to come and go in Fairdale. A lot has changed in Fairdale since 1979. But one thing stayed steady and constant – Pic Pac and Mr. Nichols.

Faithfulness in any area of life is an admirable thing. It takes a lot of commitment and toughness to stay consistent with one thing for such a long time. I am learning a lot from Mr. Nichols. He worked longer at Pic-Pac then I have been alive. That is impressive!

I pray that you and I learn 2 things from this memorable occasion: 1) That we know how to appreciate people. Mr. Nichols didn’t necessarily change the world. You may not even know him. But he has contributed. And contributed in a remarkable way – 36 years! May we honor people when we can! And 2) That we would learn to be faithful and dependable. I hope and pray that many people are learning to count on us. Jesus is the ultimate example of Faithfulness, and we want to be like him. I long for the day when this community recognizes you and me for our long time commitment to helping this community!

I thank God for Mr. Nichols!

With all Sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

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Bible Reading Plan // 2015

In 2015, First Baptist Fairdale will read the Bible together. We are providing two different plan options in order to suit new Bible readers as well as seasoned Bible readers.

  • New Testament

    This plan consists of readings Monday through Friday with weekends off. It averages one chapter of the New Testament per day. At the end of the year, the reader will have completed the entire New Testament.

  • Entire Bible 

    (Old and New Testament) – This plan consists of readings Monday through Friday with weekends off. An average day consists of: 3 Chapters of an Old Testament book, a Psalm (every other day), and 1 chapter of the New Testament.

Click the button below to download a document that lists both plans. New Testament plan readers will disregard the Old Testament column.

Bible Reading Plan

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December Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

Every year, once the college basketball season begins, I begin looking down the road to March. It is awesome! I know what is coming. A jam-packed three weeks with as much basketball as any fan can digest. Even though it is only December and the young season still has a lot of games to be played, I find myself anxiously anticipating the great 64 (now 68) team tournament that we all know as March Madness.

Anticipation can be a thrilling feeling. It is the act of expectation or hope filled with excitement. It is sensing that something great is coming, and then being on the lookout for it.

In Isaiah 40:9-11, we read about Isaiah being in a state of anticipation. Isaiah is looking forward to the day when our Savior will be to us a King and Shepherd. He will rule over us in a most glorious way, and he will lead us in a most tender way.

The familiar Psalm 23 speaks of God shepherding us: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. (Psalm 23:1-3).”

Then, in John 10, Jesus speaks of himself as the good shepherd “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me (John10:14). And then Peter calls Jesus the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4). Is Jesus your Shepherd?

Shepherd is a great term for our Lord Jesus, and Sheep is a great term for us, his people. We are like sheep. We need help and leading. Jesus is the one to lead us. This is what Isaiah is anticipating. He is looking forward to the day when God will be our God and we will be His people. He will be our Shepherd leading us, his sheep. It is best this way. We should not want to be in charge. We will end up lost and going the wrong way. But, with Christ as our Shepherd, we can trust His leading. As Isaiah 40:11 says “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.”

This Christmas season, as you anticipate the celebration of the birth of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, I urge you to rest fully in the arms of Jesus, your shepherd. He cares for us, and He can lead us well. Do not be caught trusting in yourself and following your own lead, or worse, following nothing. Instead, let’s all commit this Christmas to following the one who we know can lead us: our Good Shepherd, Jesus.

With all Sincerity,
Your Pastor,

Josh

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Looking back at Homecoming 2014

Our 98th Homecoming was a special time in the life of our church. Enjoy these pictures, provided by Anna Harris.

 

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Operation Christmas Child

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.

Every filled box requires $7.00.

Please pick up a box or two and fill to help us reach our goal.

We will have a special service on Sunday evening, November 16, to collect all the boxes.

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October Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

It is a special (and sometimes rare) thing to be a happy pastor!

To be the called-by-God spiritual leader of our church is no small thing, and I am very thankful to God that he has placed me in this position. I am happy to be the pastor of FBC Fairdale. I am happy to be your pastor.

As I have been studying 2 Corinthians, I found the Apostle Paul saying:

“I rejoice, because I have complete confidence in you.” - 2 Corinthians 7:16

How often do you hear pastors and ministers speaking of their people in this manner? Is this not awesome and encouraging? Paul loved these Corinthians. Let me remind you that these are the same sinful people that he has been working with for quite some time. However, they were a church and they were growing. They were repenting of their sins, and unity, faith, love and strength were increasing.

Let me ask you how you view your relationship toward me and the other leaders in our church. Do you give us reason to rejoice? Is your love and service toward God and people so healthy and beautiful that your pastor rejoices? Do the leaders who are over you have complete confidence in you?

Let me remind you of the warning at the end of Hebrews in verse 13:17 in which we are encouraged to not cause our leaders to groaning because of our relationship toward them and the church.

Church family, I am confident that God is working in us. The fruit from what He is doing is all around us. Let’s build upon that. Let’s get stronger. Let’s live in such a way that we cause each other (even our church leaders) to rejoice. Let’s live so that others can have complete confidence in our faithfulness!

With all Sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

 

 

 

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September Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

I was recently caught off guard by Paul’s words to that church in
Corinth when he writes in 2 Corinthians 2:11:

 “so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

Paul and the Corinthians, (and therefore all Christians), are to know that Satan is real and is working. And not only is he at work, but he is witty and strategic at the work he does!

In John 10:10 Jesus tells us that Satan “comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” That is it! Satan is bad. He is continually working hard to ruin things. He is a thief. He is a killer. He is a destroyer. He has sight set on us, and he is using wit and strategy to maximize his efforts.

Satan is against God. He does not want people to know God’s love. He doesn’t want people to love God. And he doesn’t want people to love each other. Let that sink in for a moment, you have an opponent! Satan is against you. He is against us. He wants to mess you up. He wants to mess us up. Satan wants to mess our church up.

Satan would love for our church to have some dissension and division. He would love for some of us to take our eyes off Jesus and the cross. He would love for us to forget that all of this is about forgiveness. He would love for you and I to forget the eternal perspective. He would be so happy if you and I would forget that we are forgiven of all our sins and therefore able to forgive others. He would love for us to forget that He loves us with an everlasting love. He would love for us to forget that earth is not our home. He would love for us to get so distracted that we no longer have confidence that Jesus has “overcome the world.” He would love for us to doubt that “greater is he who is in us than he who is in the world.”

Satan wants our homes to be hostile instead of a place of refuge. He wants our marriages to be cold, distant, and weak instead of strong and united! He wants our church family to be hurting and with no healing. He wants us struggling with no community. He has evil and wrong plans to hurt us! Satan does.

But we have Jesus. He is able. He is stronger. He is greater. And we know that. We are not ignorant of what Satan is about. So, let’s love each other. Let’s forgive each other. Let’s be a real church strengthened by a real Savior!

With all Sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

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August Newsletter Column

Dear Church,

“And when you pray …”

These are the words of our Lord Jesus when He was teaching the
Sermon on the Mount which is found in Matthew chapters 5-7.

Our Lord assumes that we, His people, pray. Or rather, the Lord Jesus knows that His people pray. And rightly so, Christians are praying people.

Do you pray? When do you pray? How do you pray? Do you like to pray? Is it your desire to pray? Is it your reaction to pray?

There are two familiar passages in the Bible where Jesus instructs with prayer. In Matthew 6:9-13 we have the Lord’s prayer (or model prayer). This is where Jesus is instructing us on how to pray. He says “Pray then like this:” Let me encourage you to listen to the teacher. Learn from Him (Matthew 11:29), and therefore pray as our Lord teaches us to pray.

The other familiar passage is John 17. This chapter in John’s gospel is not so much Jesus telling us how to pray as it is Jesus showing us how he prays! Learning to pray gains from both of those experiences: 1) Being taught how to pray and also 2) observing how other people pray.

This month we as a church our committing ourselves to prayer. We are prioritizing this great privilege. On Friday & Saturday, August 8th & 9th, we will have people at the church praying for 24 straight hours. We will also have people away from church committing to prayer during this period.

Let me encourage you by challenging you to pray. Get involved with what it means to be a real child of God and a real piece to God’s church and PRAY!

Read Matthew 6 and John 17 and begin growing in your understanding of what prayer really is. Indeed, Learn from Jesus! So that the next time you read Jesus saying “And when you pray…” you will know for certain he is speaking to.

My prayer is that we will be a strong, unified, praying church. God help us!

With all Sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

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24 Hours of Prayer

On Friday, August 8, and Saturday, August 9, we are having 24 hours of consecutive prayer for FBCF and the entire Fairdale community. We are looking for four people to pray each hour.

There will be prayer guides available. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board downstairs by the office.

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98th Homecoming

Our Homecoming date has been set for October 19. Our service will begin at 10:30am that morning and there will be no evening service.

Longacre-PicOur special guest preacher will be Marlon Longacre who is Associate Pastor at Piedmont Church in Marietta, Georgia. Marlon is  a graduate of Morehead State University and serves the local community for Piedmont, as well as teaching and preaching. He graduated from Fairdale High School in 1982, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001. In 2011, he was honored with being placed in the Morehead University Alumni Hall of Fame.  He was baptized here at First Baptist in 1976. Marlon and his wife, Libby, have three sons, Todd, Jacob & Matthew, and live in Kennesaw, GA.

 

 

 

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