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 War was still twenty years away. The Emancipation Proclamation was also years from being written. But a twenty-eight year old attorney and future president saw the disregard for the rule of law as a sign of an unraveling society.

We have come a long way in America. Great strides have been taken. Yet, we must always deal with the temptation to ignore the rule of law. It takes prophetic champions to speak into these issues. I prayed this morning that God might raise up a Lincoln, an Martin Luther King or another to bring us together.

These are new days and circumstances, but an old problem still exists among the nation. It is like terrorism at home as we turn on ourselves, citizen against citizen. The rule of law must prevail. And it takes men with great heart, sharp minds and persistence to bring people together around truth and not emotion.

One pastor told me this week that preserving unity in the community seems to always be an uphill struggle. It’s exhausting and takes perseverance and commitment.

But as I told him, “All things worthwhile are uphill.”

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 2 Chronicle 7:14.

The gathering is open to anyone who desires to call out to the Lord God Almighty for a fresh move of the Holy Spirit. Join us!


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 to get started. We renovated a house and started ministry to ladies at the Charis House. We were not prepared, but the Lord honored obedience.

Today we are almost twelve years into the work. MVO provides a ministry to the least of these. We are still growing and learning. Check out more about the services provided here.

All things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose. ~ Romans 8:28