Olive Branch Message Series

FAMILY STUFF:  Staying True in Confusing Times

We live in a very confusing time – relationally. You’d think that with the thousands of years that men and women have been falling in love, getting married, dealing with in-laws… and out-laws, raising children, facing problems and finding our way – we’d have this figured out. The section on family stuff in bookstores and on the internet is jammed solid with advice and weird new theories.  But it seems like we’re getting more confused. I mean, there’s a lot of pain in this part of life. Think about technology – does it help? Not much, really.
Over time we either realize that all relationships have been affected by sin and selfishness – or we just keep breaking things and wondering “What happened?” With humility, patience, God’s powerful love and grace, a peace-seeking heart, and God’s gift to people who hurt each other – forgiveness – almost any relationship can be made less painful – and sometimes, healed!

Sunday April 29. 2018 / 2 Services @ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
DEFLATING THE ELEPHANT
Speaker: Kent Andrews

Sunday May 6. 2018 / 2 Services @ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
BURN THE BOATS!
I’m always a little shocked when I see reality shows that feature a bunch of wannabe brides going after one particularly desirable bachelor – or the same in reverse with guys trying to win one very desirable bachelorette. Part of me wonders, “Why would you dumb down something that is so potentially beautiful – or dangerous!  Would you do this if you were locked and loaded for the rest of your life? With no exit strategy? No chance of parole – do not pass go, do not collect $200?!
Grit – 
in the relational world – is seen in two things; understanding that the passion, love, that drives the creation of a marriage and a family – is not enough on it’s own; for relationships to last and be healthy, it takes perseverance. That is – you do whatever it takes – pay whatever you need to pay – forgive what you need to forgive – admit what you need to admit and swallow what pride you have left to keep things together! When Hernan Cortes landed in the new world in 1519, he knew they were facing danger and extreme difficulty. To make sure everyone stayed in the game, he ordered, Burn the Boats! There was no exit strategy! Either they succeeded – or they died trying!

Sunday May 13. 2018 / 2 Services @ 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
WHAT EVERY MOM NEEDS TO KNOW
Most potential parents these days start worrying about a lot of stuff when it comes to having children; money, education, enrichment – and “Can I do this? Can I cope? Can I raise a child into someone who makes a contribution to the world – and also fills my heart with joy?” The complicating factor, of course, is a world system that’s lost it’s way. The good news is that GOD has not lost His Way – and he still offers wisdom to everyone who asks for it. But there are some givens; every child needs irrational love, solid limits and great leadership.

Sunday May 20. 2018 / 1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
ONE HEART – TWO JAGGED PIECES
You’ve seen the pendants; two people in love wearing two jagged halves of a broken heart. The implication is that if only the two pieces can come together, the heart won’t be broken! The two halves will make a whole; you know, the soul-mates will find each other and fit together forever! Have you ever noticed that the points on each half are sharp? And have you ever noticed that the points fit in a deficit in the other half? Actually? It’s true! The odds of a person marrying someone very different than them – frustratingly different – hover around 100%! Just the male/female differences are enough to make you cry. And that’s why marriage can only work well when men and women truly believe that it is more blessed to give than to take!

Sunday May 27. 2018 / 1 Service @ 10 AM
Guest Speaker: JASON SOWELL
Founder of CURRENT, a non profit organization in Florida that started with young adults committed to educating others on current social initiatives and mobilizing them to bring about change.  CURRENT establishes community groups for awareness and education and organizes local initiatives such as the Laundry Project, Hope for Homes, and Affordable Christmas.

Sunday June 3. 2018 / 1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
DOCKS DON’T FLY!
One of the most tense moments of being a parent – and being a newlywed – is the hand-off that happens when the parents of a bride and groom say, “WE WILL” when asked officially – and unofficially if the new couple has their blessing. Truth is – negotiating the in-law thing, right – is critical to the health of the new relationship. This is way, way bigger than most couples – and most parents of couples think it is. There is a story from the Jewish Scriptures about one couple that got it wrong and splattered pieces of their family all over the landscape of 2000 BC… but we don’t have to do the same thing they did.

Sunday June 10. 2018 / 1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
BAGGAGE HANDLERS ANONYMOUS 

We all have baggage. All of us. See – we had imperfect parents.  Imperfect siblings. Imperfect grandparents. Some of us have been hurt in ways we never deserved – and then we’ve hurt people in ways they never deserved. Actually? Because every person who’s ever been born in this world is bent – that is, has this inclination toward selfishness and worse – the baggage has been piling up for years. Honestly? Handling it, dealing with it, getting perspective on it and working through it is too much for us. But there is a great baggage handler! It’s the power of the Spirit of God who helps us see the baggage, deal with it and stop hurting people with it.

Sunday June 17. 2018 / 1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
BEST DAD EVER!
(Baptism Celebration)
When Jesus came, He surprised everyone by the name He used for God. Abba. It was the equivalent of a boy or girl calling their Father, Daddy. Papa. What’s fascinating is that Jesus – the Son of God – asked us to call Him Father – Abba – too. And we have all the benefits of that. He cares for us – like good Dad’s care for their children. He knows us – and loves us too – and Abba, Papa, Daddy – is at the core of this relationship. Best of all, He’s the loving Dad of those who stray away and finally figure out that it’s time to come home.

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