December 3, 2013 in Make A Comment
We are on the way to signing up 2000 people for our 100 Days of Prayer commitment. The 100 days begin January 10 and we will pray until Easter. You pray at your home or wherever you decide. Every few days I will send prayer reminders, requests and scripture to unite us. You can sign up on line at www.olivebaptist.org/prayer. I encourage you to join the team today. And invite others to join us as well. It is the time of year when we all are asked to consider year-end giving. And that is a good thing. Many need and desire to catch up on giving to the local church. Now is the time to make that plan. Olive is a blessed family. It takes resources to fund the vision. Be found faithful!
November 27, 2013 in Make A Comment
During the week of Thanksgiving I always think of Jean Rea. She was the thorn in my side and the catalyst that helped move me in the area of social ministry. The Ministry Village at Olive would not exist without the persistent work of my friend. This week of the year was not her favorite. Individuals and Sunday School classes would call her and ask, “Do you know of a needy family we can help during the holidays?” Her standard response was not soft or helpful. "If you have lived all year and do not know someone in need of help, how can you call yourself a real Christian?” was her reply. Pretty tough for a little lady! Miss Jean visited with me often about doing a social ministry in Pensacola and sponsored by our church. She was not against the holiday help, but she often told me people are just as hungry in July as they are in December. That was her way to lobby for the ongoing ministry. So this is why Olive will not do a big event on Thursday. But the week after Thanksgiving we will be open for business. When all the gatherings for hurting people are over, people will be ...
November 26, 2013 in Make A Comment
On Sunday night word came to me that Dr. Leo Day’s mother had passed away. Mary Day was my friend. She helped me honor as well as have some fun at her son’s expense. I was always glad to see her come over from Mississippi to Olive for a visit. Several have asked how they might reach out to Leo in these days. Here is a great way to do that. I have printed below the request of the family. A gift in her honor to help students at Southwestern Seminary would be a great tribute. I plan to give. I encourage you to do the same… …In lieu of flowers the family has requested that Mary Elizabeth Scott Day be honored with gifts towards the Mary Elizabeth Scott Day Memorial Vocal Scholarship. This scholarship matches her passion to help needy students studying voice at Southwestern Seminary. Gifts can be sent to: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, PO Box 22500, Fort Worth, TX 76122 or online at
November 22, 2013 in Make A Comment
Do not forget the date. 11-21-13. U.S. history changed on Thursday. The U.S. Senate changed on Thursday. The nuclear option was used by the majority party. The rights of the minority were weakened. Thomas Jefferson wrote the rules of the Senate. Those were changed yesterday. Senator Harry Reid is a liberal. Yesterday he proved to be a dangerous liberal. Many of his colleagues through the years have warned not to use this option. Senator Byrd spoke of it often. Even Senator Biden spoke against it in 2005. He is now the Vice President of our country. When the minority is trampled on, you have a power grab. The rules were written to force elected Senators to talk and compromise for the good of the whole. There is blame on both sides of the aisle on this. But the Democrats made the motion and voted for the change. Many will walk by and say it is just politicians fighting. I tell you something wicked happened in America on Thursday. A few blocks were removed in the foundation of the republic. To lose trust is one thing, but to change the procedures of the Senate is something different. This will one ...
November 20, 2013 in Make A Comment
As we enter the holiday season, many people ask about year-end giving to the church. These are the days many catch up with their giving. I encourage you to be faithful in this area to your church. At Olive we are always open until 5:00pm on December 31. This year we have a service planned for New Year’s Eve and of course you can make year-end gifts at this service if you plan to attend. There is an interesting, creative, and good way to give for those age 70.5 who have an IRA account. US tax law allows an IRA holder to make a gift to charity and find a tax saving. If you are 70.5 or more, you must make a withdrawal from your account annually. And this year you can give from the IRA to the church and not have a tax consequence. (If a person makes the withdrawal and uses the money there is often a tax to pay.) I would encourage people who can afford this gift to speak with their tax advisor and consider this avenue for giving before December 31. Current tax law will not allow this opportunity in 2014 unless it is extended.