Praying for Those Within the Shadow of the Cross

 

Naomi Jones lived just a few blocks from the back entrance to Olive Baptist Church. She was abducted a few days ago and yesterday her body was discovered less than five miles from her home.

The search gripped our community. The authorities set up their command post on the Olive back parking lot. Klaas Kids came to search. Hundreds of volunteers were a part of the effort to find Naomi.

On Monday afternoon we held a prayer time for the hurting. I will never forget the sobbing young girl in the church altar, pouring out her hurt to the Lord.

Grief is never easy. Yet, when we are at our worst God is at His best. He is the Comforter.

This crime happened within the shadow of the cross on top of our church building. No place is immune. I am reminded that we must be faithful around the world but also at home with the Gospel.

Today I am praying for our friends in law enforcement. They are working a homicide. Justice must be served. May God give them quick success.

If you have children in your home, hold them a little closer today. May the God of all comfort bless the family of Naomi Jones.

Easter Gratitude

 

Easter weekend at Olive was a God-honoring time of worship. People were saved, baptized, added to the church family and encouraged. We simply could not have pulled it off without the scores of people who did their job.

Thank you, deacons, for putting together a fabulous Lord’s Supper service on Friday night.
Thank you, preschool staff and volunteers, for caring for hundreds of children.
Thank you, music ministry, for soul stirring worship.
Thank you, greeters and ushers, for moving the people to their places for worship.
Thank you, parking lot volunteers, for getting us on and off the campus.
Thank you, housekeeping staff, for taking care of the physical plant.
Thank you, baptismal team, for assisting the people making this step of faith.

Thank you, LORD JESUS, for resurrection!

Exciting Days Ahead at Olive!

Yesterday was a historic day in the life of Olive. At 4pm, we signed the merger agreement with Warrington Baptist Church. In weeks to come we will replant a Gospel work in the facilities of WBC.

Many weeks ago, I entered into a dialogue with members at Warrington. This was at their request. We talked about various avenues for their future. We made the choice to merger, with the result that WBC corporation would dissolve and all members and physical assets of the ministry would become a part of Olive. In turn, OBC assumes liability and responsibility for the ministry going forward.

Now what?

I feel a lot like I did before my first sermon. Never have done this before. However, Olive now has a staff member who has navigated these waters with success and growth. God sent Shaun Pillay to us right on time. But he has never done this in the South, but he is ready to embrace these challenges. His expertise is vital as we move forward in this endeavor.

Bottom line: God has opened a door for a rebirth of a ministry opportunity in a strategic location. This was a part of our Vision25 dream.

Here are some next steps:

1. Pray
2. Walk and drive in Warrington and pray
3. Some Olive members will go to OBC West in Warrington as core group members
4. Mark May 28 on your calendar, as we will have our evening service at Warrington.
5. Summer will bring many ministry opportunities.

What part will God have you do?

Together we can!