Olive Branch Summer/Fall Message Series

TALKING WITH GOD
Sometimes we put prayer into this weird category of special words and quotes and things we can do to get what we want from God. Asking God for things is certainly part of prayer – but, in some ways, it can become very self-centered, that is – it’s all about me and my needs! Prayer is so much more than that.  Kids start out pretty much just asking their parents for things. But if that’s where things still are through childhood – and into the teenage years and adulthood – there’s nothing normal about that. At the core, prayer is a conversation – both listening and talking.
It’s communication. And it’s based on a relationship. Most people understand that every relationship, to last – needs communication!

Sunday July 7. 2019
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
TALKING WITH GOD
There is a huge difference between talking with God as a Friend, as a loving Father who knows what you need – and trying to leverage God to give you what you want.

Sunday July 14. 2019
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Kent Andrews   

Sunday July 21. 2019
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Kelly Davis

Sunday July 28. 2019
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
RETHINK WHO YOU’RE TALKING TO…
A crabby, selfish, distant, abusive, or non-existent human father can cause us to doubt that a Heavenly Father is even interested in helping. We need to rethink the relationship – and rethink what help looks like.

Sunday August 4. 2019
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
THE FAITH FACTOR (Matthew 17:17-21, Mark 9:14-29, Mark 11:20-25)
God does not expect us to crank up our faith to a certain level before He can act in miraculous ways; what He needs is us to believe in His power and His judgment to do what’s best. God wants people who will make room for Him to be huge, majestic, active and loving.

Sunday August 11. 2019
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
PRAYING THROUGH THE DARK NIGHTS (Mark 14:32-42, Isaiah 38)
Dark nights of the soul will come, and at that rock as we sweat blood over agonizing decisions and predicaments – God will meet us. Our faith has to include, “even if He does NOT!”  and “even if THEY do NOT!” Even if our best friends fall asleep, God will not abandon us.

Sunday August 18. 2019
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
LISTENING FOR DIRECTIONS (Acts 13:1ff)
Prayer is often seen as talking to God – or talking at God.  Truth is, He wants to talk with us and nudge us in ways we won’t see – unless we listen. He can’t direct us in the ways we should go if we won’t listen!

Sunday August 25. 2019
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Blair Malfara

Sunday September 1. 2019
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Jason Sowell

Sunday September 8. 2019
2 Services @ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
UNDISTRACTED TIME WITH GOD (Matthew 6:16-18; Mark 2:18-22)
When we fast, (taking a break from food) we do it for God – not as a form of bribery to get what we want. Something changes deep within us in those hidden moments.

Sunday September 15. 2019
2 Services @ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
NEVER GIVE UP PRAYING – NEVER! (Luke 18:9-14)
To give up praying is to give up hope in the character of God, in the intimacy of our relationship with Him – and to miss what God wants to do, both in us and in the situations that seems so hopeless.

Sunday September 22. 2019
2 Services @ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
THE HARDEST PRAYER YOU’LL EVER PRAY
Right in the middle of his message on The Second Mile Jesus tells His followers to pray a prayer no one would ever think of praying. It’s an outrageous prayer! It seems to make no sense. Yet Jesus prayed it in His most agonizing moment—as His enemies were driving nails through His hands and feet. I’m guessing that He’d been praying it all along – practicing for this moment. Jesus put it like this; Love your enemiesand pray for those who persecute you.

Upcoming Message Series Starts Sunday September 29:


Two thousand years ago, God himself showed up here as a man. In one of His first messages, given on a mountain in northern Israel, He laid out a blueprint – a plan for how things were supposed to be in our relational world. It’s the only thing that ends wars; it’s the only thing that makes marriages liveable; it’s the only thing that makes a work environment bearable – and it’s the healthiest way to live – physically, relationally, spiritually and emotionally. That message was a blueprint, an outline – a plea for peace. Peace within, peace with others, and peace with God. We now call it the Sermon on the Mount – which doesn’t describe the intensity and breathtaking beauty of what Jesus calls us to. The larger picture is captured by the Hebrew word, Shalom – or the Aramaic equivalent – Salam.
People who dragged themselves into the first years of the 21st century with the horror of 9-11, global warming and mass shootings read this and say, You’ve GOT to be kidding! So people have done all kinds of things with this teaching – from trying to legislate it – to dismissing it to a future time. I believe it is simply the life that the Spirit of God is pushing, pulling, urging and pleading toward. It’s not really about performance – or attainment; it’s the life that people who are filled with the Spirit of Jesus will be drawn toward. It’s the life that Jesus, alone, lived out perfectly. Though it seems to make no sense – it makes perfect sense! And anyone who wants the shalom of God – who longs for true peace has to pay attention. In fact, Jesus said that to not use this truth as a foundation will result in the collapse of everything we build – no matter how impressive it is.

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