April 22, 2014 in Make A Comment
Easter weekend has been a wonderful time of harvest and worship. The week at Olive was a blessed season. I am hearing reports from all over America that God did a strong work in churches. There are some lessons to learn and things to remember. 1. HE is Risen! This is always our message. 2. Asking friends to join us at church works. 3. A spirit of joy and celebration is good for the church gathered together. 4. Prayer is essential to the working of God in the church. 5. Follow-up is essential to all guests.
April 15, 2014 in Make A Comment
Last night Dr. Stan Lewis and his wife Kristin joined Liz and me for a wonderful dinner engagement. We were invited to the home of UWF Computer Science professor Bilal Gonen. He and his wife Ayse prepared a delicious meal of Turkish cuisine. It was a joy to get to know them and their two delightful children. Bilal also works with the Atlantic Institute. This group promotes dialogue between Muslim, Jewish and Christian people. These opportunities are all part of the Great Commission for me. There are times for Gospel presentations and there are occasions for Gospel conversations that later lead to Gospel presentations. That was a part of my reason for giving an evening to this exchange. And we got a great free meal and meet some new delightful international friends. When it comes to the GREAT COMMISSION we can respond in three ways. You can GO, SEND or DISOBEY.
April 11, 2014 in Make A Comment
Today I was in downtown Pensacola taking two co-workers to lunch. I was paying to park at one of the newly installed meters. I didn’t have a clue how to use it and had to read the instructions. Then I had a hard time putting quarters in the machine because of the homeless guy breathing alcohol breath on me while he was asking for my money. When you are hit up on a consistent basis by the homeless of our area, it is easy to become calloused. And we get it daily at Olive. It is one of the sides of ministry we seek to do a good job on. And then you encounter people begging in your face as you try to go about your day. I have to watch over my heart. I must not grow callous. I have some convictions about caring for homeless people. That is not the point of this post. Today I am watching over my spirit and attitude. So I remember some things today. I am a blessed man to have a job. I was never abused as a young person. I was raised in a loving home. My parents taught me to work. Never have I gone to bed ...
April 4, 2014 in Make A Comment
When Easter arrives it is time to give to North American Missions. Southern Baptists do that with the Annie Armstrong offering. Who is this lady whom the offering is named for? She was born in Baltimore in 1850. Annie was saved when she was 20 years old. She was founder of the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU). During her life she was a letter writer. It was her way of advocating for missions. If she were alive today, no doubt she would be using a blog and other social media outlets to champion the cause of missions. This Easter I encourage you to give a gift to the North American Mission Board. We do that through the Annie Armstrong offering. It provides needed funding for NAMB to aid the local churches in doing missions. I am writing my check this Sunday. My hope is you will join the effort. This offering is vital to the task.
March 25, 2014 in Make A Comment
BE WHERE YOUR FEET ARE. I have heard this phrase several times in the past week. What does it mean? The lesson is this-you only have today to live! Yesterday is gone. You traded something for it. Tomorrow never arrives. You can only live today. This is the accepted time. Do not spent today only looking down the road and miss today. BE WHERE YOUR FEET ARE. Your feet are on Tuesday, March 25. Your feet are on the ground somewhere. This is the day the Lord has made. Be glad and rejoice in it!