February 26, 2013

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Robert Smith wrote the powerful  little book 20,000 Days and Counting. I suggest you read it. The Psalmist wrote in 90:12, “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to YOU a heart of wisdom.”  Today is really the only you day you have to live. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is not has not arrived.  Today is the day the Lord has made. Now is the time to make a difference. Today, February 26, is day number 21,609 for me. I plan to make it my best! To find out your day number and discover more about this life changing book, click here.    

February 19, 2013

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I am grateful for staff members at Olive. We have a great team. This morning we had a guest hosting a meeting on campus. He was astonished at the service he received. I watched as small things were done with no one giving a command. Servants just saw a need and met it. Later in the day I was with a retired gentleman. He told me one of the things he misses about not being at work was putting a team together and watching the synergy as they developed for action. That made me come back to the office more grateful and ready to work harder. And it led me to these thoughts today. Amen for team. We have a new team member coming in a few weeks. John Lowe will be leading our high school ministry. I look forward to helping him be a part of the Olive team.    

February 15, 2013

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And He gave some as evangelists (Eph 4:11-12). Scott Dawson is an evangelist doing a great job of preaching the Gospel. He is gifted at drawing the net and seeing a harvest. I was honored to be with Scott and his team last night in Jacksonville for his Presidents Summitt. This is his annual meeting of supporters. It is always a great meeting. In a day when being an evangelist is difficult, Scott is remaining true to the Gospel and creative in his methods. He will be with us at Olive Jan 24-26, 2014. Mark the dates and pray for the harvest! For more about the work done through Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association, check out his website.  

February 12, 2013

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Monday and Tuesday I had the honor of being a guest chapel speaker and class lecturer at The Baptist College of Florida.  What a great group of young men and women!  They have hearts eager to serve God and are hungering after Him.  It was good to spend some time with Olive member Jamie Settle, who is preparing for his call to the ministry. Dr. Tom Kinchen, President of the college, is a longtime friend and ministry partner.  He has dedicated his life to molding young lives for Christ. I am grateful for him and others there who have answered the call to prepare the next generation of kingdom leaders.

February 8, 2013

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Wednesday night I spoke to Rewired, Olive’s high school group. I put together a panel to field questions from the 9-12 graders. I was impressed with the life questions they asked. I believe we could have stayed three hours. One young person asked how to discern God’s will in choosing a college. Another asked how to stay faithful to Jesus when going off to college. He started by quoting me saying a large percentage of teens fall away in college years. YES, they do listen! I am excited by what I see in the coming generation. We must put time and effort into this group. I saw where one Baptist leader said our churches will soon have more people over 60 than under 16. We have work to do. I have a renewed commitment to reach and disciple young people. Will you join me?

February 5, 2013

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It was an honor and and a joy to speak this morning to the Preschool/Children’s Metro Leadership Conference in Destin. OBC Children’s Minister Dennis Dean is the coordinator for this year’s event.  Mr. Frank Lay and I led the sessions. Leaders from across our convention who direct ministry to children in larger churches were in attendance. They do a fantastic job behind the scenes of each local church. Teams need all kinds of members. The people I spoke to this morning are some of the best. Maybe you should write them a note to say thanks. Or better yet, think about volunteering in these areas of ministry. We must train up a generation to love Jesus and serve in His church.

February 1, 2013

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Let me introduce my beautiful granddaughter!

Kathryn Jean Hinote

Born Friday, February 1 at 5:32am

7lbs. 8oz.

21 “long


Liz and I are thrilled!

Congratulations Brad and Rachel!