Join us for our Lance Bennett's current Sunday Morning Series:
Why has the church brought Joy & Pain, Blessing & Struggle? What is the church Suppose to be? What is its Purpose?
A couple of weeks ago, the air conditioner stopped working in my car. One day there was nice cool air and the next day there wasn’t. It wasn’t so bad at the time because the temperature was still rather cool. Now, it’s become inconvenient to be without the cool air. The temperatures have increased (where did Spring go?) and now it’s uncomfortable to ride around without A/C. It’s uncomfortable and really inconvenient. No one likes to sweat as they go from place to place!
Isn’t it amazing how quickly things become inconvenient. Just a few decades ago, vehicles did not even have air conditioning. Now, we find it hard to live without it. There are other things that arise in life that cause inconveniences. Long lines at the grocery store when we are in a hurry. Slow traffic when we are late going to work, for an appointment or taking the kids to school. Appliances that break without warning. Injuries, aches and pains that occur without notice. Slow WiFi or slow laptops or phones can also become an inconvenience. The list could go on and on. Life is filled with inconveniences.
If we truly reflect upon the inconveniences in our life, we are really rather spoiled. Air conditioning is a luxury for the vast majority of the world. Automobiles are an extravagance for the majority of people on this planet. Paved roads and transportation systems are unknown in many places in the world. The ability to wait for our doctors in air- conditioned offices on soft chairs is unheard of in countries throughout the world. The ability to go to a doctor when we suffer injury, aches, pains and even the common cold is such a blessing that many cannot enjoy.
We are a blessed people. So many of the things that become inconveniences to us are a result of luxuries that the majority of the world would love to experience. It’s time to view our inconveniences in a different light. It’s time to be thankful for that which we have been blessed.
When’s the last time you counted your blessings? There is so much for which we need to be thankful and so much that we take for granted. We take for granted the technology that makes communication so effortless. We take for granted the vehicles that drove us to Fairlane this morning. We take for granted the breakfast we enjoyed this morning and the lunch we will soon be eating. We take for granted the A/C that cools our building this morning and the indoor plumbing that is a luxury in many parts of this world. The list goes on and on. We are blessed beyond measure. We could spend the majority of this day simply listing our blessings.
Inconveniences are irritating but they are usually related to a blessing that we are taking for granted. Let me challenge you to count your blessings this week. As the song says, “name them one by one”. You will be reminded of the goodness of God and his care for you. And enjoy your car’s A/C. It too is a blessing, that I wait to enjoy again! soon!
Vacation Bible School
June 3rd – 5th
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday Evening
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Come join the fun! We will have classes for all ages including adults. Please make plans to join us for the amazing “rolling river rampage” to experience the ride of a lifetime with God! If you would like to teach a class or volunteer, please see Charlie Pope.
The 30 Day Challenge to Pray More
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving present your Requests to God Phil 4:6 (NIV)
Fairlane Family Prayer Challenge
5/13 Pray for the spiritual growth of the Fairlane family
5/14 Pray for the numerical growth of the Fairlane family
5/15 Pray for Henry & Anna Wihoite
5/16 Pray for Ricky & Helen Blanton
5/17 Pray for Jerry & Marie Smith
5/18 Pray for David & Angie Parker
5/19 Pray for Jeff & Elizabeth Floyd
5/20 Pray for Lance & Misty Bennett
5/21 Pray for Charlie & Cindy Pope
5/22 Pray for the Fairlane deacons and their wives
5/23 Pray for Fairlane’s Children’s Ministry
5/24 Pray for Fairlane’s Teen Ministry
5/25 Pray for the Hispanic Ministry at Fairlane
5/26 Pray for the City of Children Mission Trip
5/27 Pray for Fairlane members who are sick and shut-in
5/28 Pray for the Bear Buddies Ministry
5/29 Pray for our upcoming VBS
5/30 Pray for President Donald Trump
5/31 Pray for Senator Lamar Alexander
6/01 Pray for Senator Bob Corker
6/02 Pray for Governor Bill Haslam
6/03 Pray for our State Representative Pat Marsh
6/04 Pray for our local government leaders
6/05 Pray for the inmates in our local jails
6/06 Pray for the residents of our local nursing homes
6/07 Pray for the spiritual growth of your family
6/08 Pray for someone you know who needs a relationship with Christ
6/09 Pray for a neighbor or co-worker
6/10 Pray for someone with whom you have a difficult or estranged relationship
6/11 Pray for ____________________________ (personal prayer request)
See The Fairlane Focus E-Bulletin for a 30 day Bible Reading plan