Days of Prayer and Fasting at Olive

  Mark the 25th day of each month on your schedule in 2015. These are our days of prayer and fasting at Olive. The first one comes this Sunday. We are walking prayerfully together toward October. I believe it will be one of the greatest months in the history of Olive. More about that in days to come. Right now, let’s pray and believe for God to move among us.   On these days of prayer I suggest you consider… No food for the day and pray at meal time. Maybe you give up one meal on the day and Read more →

2015 Deacon Ordination and Officers

  Last night Olive’s 2015 deacon body came together for our first meeting. Four new deacons gave their testimonies and answered questions relating to serving in this key lay leadership position. Sunday night Jason Crawford, David King, Ryan Mattox, and Mike Ward will be ordained.  These young leaders have great vision and passion for God. It’s going to be a great year! In the same meeting we elected officers. Steve Butler is our Chairman for 2015. Serving alongside him will be Vice-Chairman Jared Gann and Jim Harris as Secretary. Our 2016 Chairman-Elect is JT Young. These men do a great Read more →

Persistence: Three Lessons from the College Football Season

  The college football season is over. We begin again in 263 days. There are always lessons from the game. One of the things needed to win is persistence. Here are a few illustrations from quarterbacks: 1. Kenny Hill at Texas A&M started out on fire with a big win over South Carolina. There was Heisman talk. He even bought the rights to the nickname “Thrill Hill”.  But a few weeks later he is on the bench and now he will transfer. 2. Blake Sims at Alabama was a 5th year senior who many said would never play. A transfer Read more →

Why I Disagree with Same Sex Marriage

  Today across Florida same sex couples lined up for marriage licenses. Our local NPR station called to interview me on this topic. People ask why I disagree with the ruling to change the definition of marriage from one man and one woman to same sex. Here are my three reasons on which I hold firm:   1. Florida Law-For years marriage has been defined as one man and one woman in Florida statues. But not only here but in the history of the world we find this has been the definition. Our culture is so arrogant in believing the Read more →

Celebration Sunday!

                  Celebration Sunday is just two days away! The Olive Baptist family has been in prayer the last several months regarding our Relaunch Capital Campaign.  Commitments were made on Sunday, December 7.  And now we look forward to meeting together Sunday morning to reveal the total committed as of this date.  It is going to be a marvelous time together! Many of our lay people served in various capacities during the Relaunch campaign. I appreciate each one and your servant hearts and willingness to do whatever asked to come alongside in this vision.  Today Read more →