Good Friday Remembrance

  This is a powerful week on the Christian calendar. We are reminded of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Olive will celebrate the Lord’s Supper in the Good Friday service at 6pm. Our music ministry will point us toward the cross. The stained glass, which is the centerpiece of the worship center, will be a powerful part of the service as it comes alive with the Gospel message. I will be preaching regarding the blood of Christ. Bring friends and family.   I would encourage you to read Matthew 27:45-65 and meditate on the events found there. Without the cross Read more →

The Power of Prayer and Fasting

Olive Baptist is setting aside the 25th day of each month to pray for revival and renewal.  Today I am posting a devotional my wife Liz wrote as a contributing author of One Year Devotional Bible (NavPress, 2011). Here she shares about breaking through a stronghold to experience God’s power.           So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but fasting and prayer.” Mark 9:29 (NIV) “I give up, God. I’ve prayed.  I’ve struggled to overcome these overwhelming feelings of anger.  She hurt me badly, but doesn’t even know it. Why can’t Read more →

What Was a Need is Now a Must

      Several years ago our church stepped out to begin the Ministry Village at Olive. One of the first projects was a home for ladies in need of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. The Charis House has been a blessing to many and has expanded in recent years to two facilities.   Inspectors recently discovered one of the old homes we renovated several years ago has a bad termite problem. Currently all ladies are living in one home, meaning we can minister to fewer that before. Our plan is to replace the old house with a better dorm. This Read more →

What Can I Do When Crisis Hits?

The Tuesday evening tragic death of military personnel along the Gulf Coast moved us. It broke our hearts and makes one ask, “What can I do?”   No doubt each of us have found ourselves in a crisis and needed to know how to respond. Coming to Olive is a one day training that will be just what you will need.   SHARING HOPE IN CRISIS is a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Olive will serve as the host on Saturday, April 18. I encourage you to sign up and attend. This training is for everyone. It is Read more →

Truths on Racial Reconciliation

Fifty years ago today in Selma, Alabama, protesters of racial injustice regarding voting rights walked across the Pettus Bridge. The scene was ugly and drew attention to a culture that needed to change. Many will be there today to remember the occasion. Last night in Pensacola our City of Five Flags decided to once again fly all the flags of our history. That includes the national confederate flag. The past fifty years have seen much change. Last night an African American councilman was casting a vote in the flag issue, and today an African American president will walk across the Read more →