Current Olive Branch Message Series:

TRANSFORMERS
Changing Direction One Choice at a Time 

One of the latest concepts for movies and toys has been Transformers. The Transformer toys started coming out in the 1980’s. The cool thing about them is that what appeared to be some kind of machine or car could be manipulated and twisted around to become a robot or a super hero – or a super villain. When it comes to electricity, a transformer takes the electrical current flowing from a power source – and converts it into usable alternate power – like 110 and 220.
The word transform comes out of the bug world – specifically used to describe what happens to a caterpillar when it goes into a cocoon and comes out – transformed into a butterfly. In the Bible, it comes from a Greek word, “metamorphaowhere we get the word metamorphosisThis has always been a fascination for superheroes and comic books; first there was Superman, then the Incredible Hulk; then the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers and now, TRANSFORMERS 6 – BUMBLEBEE!
Here’s the deal; everyone wants to turn from a creeping caterpillar – to a beautiful butterfly; everyone wants to fly instead of crawling on the ground – but not many want to morph – that is, go through the daily grind of making changes. We’d love for someone to show up and instantly make us the person we’ve always wanted to be – but without the pain of making changesAnd yet, Paul taught in Romans that we are transformed when our minds are renewed.  That is – we think in new ways about life, about what matters and what doesn’t. That means that how we think, how we believe, how we struggle, how we serve, how we give, how we love, and how we surrender is part of that transformation.

Sunday January 6. 2019
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
THINKING IN NEW WAYS
We’re all different – but everyone thinks; everyone has a pattern to their thoughts – and things they generally think about – and ways they think. Ultimately? Those thought patterns are shaped by the people and things we allow into our minds. And then those thoughts shape who we become.  The way we think about life, about God, about what matters and what doesn’t, about what’s right and what’s wrong, about what we believe or don’t believe and about making a difference – either keep us stuck or transform our lives. Paul says that we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.To follow the teleprompter of our culture – think just the way everyone else thinks – leads no where!

Sunday January 13. 2019
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
INTERVIEW with HARRY JAMES
Harry James played a huge role in the founding of The Olive Branch. It was his encouragement – and faith – that helped us find our current home! Harry and his family have been active at The Olive Branch since we started in 2003 – and Harry has been active in business in Markham for 35 years – starting with Harry James Financial, and then branching out to Harry James Enterprises – a multi-faceted business that covers a lot – from a quarry to property development, employee benefit plans to business and life consulting. Over the years, based on his professional experience and insight, Harry has developed a strategy to help people thrive by paying careful attention to four key quadrants of life; our relationships, our finances, our health, and our spiritual lives. Thousands of people across Canada have benefited from his counsel. 

Sunday January 20. 2019
2 Services @ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
WHAT DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE?
Everyone’s different, but as skeptical as we are, we all believe somethingSome people reduce that “something” to themselves. The problem with that is that all that we humans can see is in front of usWe can see almost nothing ahead of us – and absolutely nothing beyond the grave. To believe solely in yourself and your ability and your intellect is, bottom line, foolish. We all believe something about what’s beyond us, about what we’re supposed to be doing, about what’s the most important thing we will do – and the most significant contribution we can make. What’s really, really important is to have evidence for what you believe – and not just  believe something because it seems cool – because it’s what you want to believe. Jesus calls people to believe in Him – not just like they believe in other stuff – but to trust in Him. What you believe will either renew your mind and transform your life – or leave you stuck.

Sunday January 27. 2019
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
HOW WILL YOU STRUGGLE?
Everyone’s different – but we all struggleThat is, we all have problems; we all have bad habits; we all have doubts and fears; we all have physical problems, hassles, parts of our lives that we don’t like, hang-ups, financial issues. You can face those struggles with your own resources – strength, mental agility, emotional resources, and detours. The struggle, first of all – is good! The only way a caterpillar gets out of the cocoon to fly – is through a struggle. Struggles are not the enemy, but without help, they can take you down. God doesn’t magically airlift us out of our struggles, but He does stay with us, encourage us, help us, and show us the way out, whether our struggle is with our personal issues, obstacles or others.

Sunday February 3. 2019
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
DEALING DIFFERENTLY WITH YOUR ENEMIES
Everyone’s different, but we all have enemies. Jesus had some very specific things to say about how we treat enemies. The world system tells us to treat others as they treat us – or to make them wish they hadn’t messed with us. That is the bottom line theme in just about every action movie. Maybe the most difficult transformation of all is having our minds renewed in how we see – and then how we treat our enemies. The writers of Scripture are clear that there’s a whole array of worldly weapons we can use to get our enemies – and that there are spiritual weapons we can use.  Weapons like spite, angry outbursts, slander, revenge, grudges, and sabotage may seem like they’re working. But when push comes to shove – they don’t workHaving our minds renewed in this area is likely the first step toward victory… and God’s gift of peace!

Sunday February 10. 2019
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
LOVING IN NEW WAYS
Everyone’s different, but we all love someone or something. The system we live in tells us that it’s okay to love ourselves and put ourselves first. It tells us that it’s okay to lust after others and call it love. It tells us that it’s okay to love those who love us and treat us well – and to hate those who hate us, and treat us badly. In our world system it’s okay – natural – to love ourselves and the people in our circle – and not give much thought to God. Jesus said that loving God with all we are – needs to come first. It’s thinking like that that renews our minds and transforms us into truly loving persons – because God is the One who increases our capacity to love, be generous, show kindness, goodness, patience and compassionThe goal is to leave love and kindness in our wake.

Sunday February 17. 2019
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
CHOOSING TO SERVE SOMEONE DIFFERENT
Everyone’s different, but we all serve someone or something. Bob Dylan’s song was actually quite accurate; You Gotta Serve SomebodyWe have a lot of options in this arena. The most popular is to live a self-serving life and pretend that we’re not self-centered. Sometimes we fall into addictions – and end up serving the next drink, the next hit, the next sexual experience, or the next purchase. Sometimes people wind up serving our children – which is dangerous for both them and us. It’s possible to end up serving your bank account or your ego – through the work you do. Jesus said that when He truly gets ahold of our hearts and minds – and transforms us—we serve Him and serve others. That kind of servanthood is the mark of true greatness.

Sunday February 24. 2019
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
WE ALL GIVE SOMEWHERE
Everyone’s different – but we all give something… somewhere! Again, in our culture the teleprompter tells us that it’s okay to make ourselves our own preferred charity. That to give when it hurts is okay for your kids –  but not smart when it comes to God and others. Interesting isn’t it? That God has made the most important thing He has going on this planet – dependent on whether or not the people who belong to Him – will BELIEVE AND GIVE. Giving almost never just happens. If we are convinced that more stuff, a bigger house, more money in the bank, the appearance of success, nice clothes and technology will bring us fulfillment and happiness and meaning – that’s where we’ll do our givingThe Bible in general – and Jesus in particular – are very clear about giving. It’s giving that breaks the back of selfishness, self-preservation and greed in our lives. How we think about giving – how our minds are renewed in this area – has the power to transform our lives – and our eternity.

Sunday March 3. 2019
2 Services 
@ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
WE ALL SURRENDER TO SOMEONE/SOMETHING
Everyone’s different – but we all surrender to someone or somethingIn our world, the word surrender does not have a good vibe to it. It means conceding defeat. It means letting someone else rule over us – boss us around. Tell us what to do and what not to do. And yet…? There is only One who deserves our surrender – because He is, in fact, already Lord of all. If we refuse to surrender to Him – we will in fact surrender to something else. And usually that surrender is about ourselves – or just the way everyone else thinks. And that surrender, in fact, determines our future and whether or not we will ever become the person we were created to become. How you think, what and who you believe about struggles, about your enemies, about giving and serving will predetermine Who you surrender to – and then the outcome of your life. What do you want that outcome to be? Is that outcome ultimately about you or about the difference you can make?

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