America at a Reset

 I was asked numerous times this week how I feel about the election results. Each time I responded with one word.Hopeful.Then I would be asked if I voted for Donald Trump, and if so, why.Yes, I voted for President-elect Trump for these reasons that give me hope from a political view:1. Supreme Court nominations2. Religious liberty3. The abortion issue4. The economy5. Protection of IsraelThe next seventy days are critical. An outsider who has never been an elected official must put together a leadership team and begin to function in a deeply divided national political environment. Americans who pray must intercede Read more →

Why the Rule of Law Must Prevail

Against the backdrop of a controversial killing of a black man in St. Louis and seething rage across the United States, a young lawyer stood before a small group of men and delivered a speech that would make him famous.“If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time. Or die by suicide.”These were the words and actions of Abraham Lincoln in 1838. Francis McIntosh was the black man who had been chained to a tree and burned to death by a white mob. The Civil Read more →

United in Prayer is Sunday Night

This Sunday marks the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 terror attack. After that unforgettable day, churches were soon filled with people praying. Fear gripped the nation. And now, it is evident our churches and the American people have become dull. It is time for a spiritual awakening.This Sunday at 6pm at the Pensacola Bay Center, Olive Baptist and Pace Assembly are co-hosting United in Prayer. Many other churches have joined us in the effort. The music will be spectacular. The event will be Bible driven. Local leaders will give brief exhortations and lead us into prayer. Our theme is Read more →

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Even When We’re Not Prepared God Is At Work

In September 2004, Hurricane Ivan rolled into the Gulf Coast. There was catastrophic wind and water damage. Many people lost homes and possessions. People from across America came to help us. Olive became a staging place for much of the relief work.Out of this storm the Ministry Village at Olive was born. I had no idea what to do. But the one thing I was sure of, God spoke to me. I heard the voice of God tell me we needed to do this work on a continual basis. So we took our first steps. So many people joined in Read more →

I’m Proud to Be Your Dad

Seven years ago several Olive staff members approached me about asking my son Bennett to join our team as part of the recreation ministry. My response was skeptical but I told them to keep me in the loop and find the best person for the role. I did my best to keep myself out of his business and treat Bennett as another member of the team.Bennett leaves our staff on Thursday and heads off to Liberty University School of Law this weekend. He has talked about this off and on for years. I ask you to pray for him and Read more →