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Current Olive Branch Message Series 

In our world, UP is a big deal. When we’re little, we can’t wait till we grow up. We want the value of our home to go UP. We want our career to move up and to the right. We want our investments to go up. Bloggers and Instagram-mers want the numbers of followers to go UP. So, it would seem that the theme of Higher Ground would fit perfectly with that! The problem is that Paul, in this letter we’re studying, tells us that in this new country, this new nation of followers Jesus is building, the way UP… is down. That is, if you wanna go up, you gotta go down. It’s kinda disappointing, isn’t it? To realize that there is no straight path up and to the right that just keeps soaring… until we fall into the grave.
This new country, new nation, new thing Jesus started building almost 2000 years ago has been called the upside down kingdom. It’s where the Son Himself in an unparalleled slide from Eternity, the presence of God, unimaginable greatness, power, worship and knowledge – stepped into a human body – and died the most humiliating death possible – to serve us! And if we want true greatness in our own lives, if we want to leave light behind us – and step into greatness forever – the way is down. Humility, death to self, and servant-hood. Do you want to be great? Forever? There is no other way!

Sunday September 13 @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
DESCEND INTO GREATNESS 
(Philippians 2:1-11)
Everyone dreams of being great. No one ever dreams that it has anything to do with others – setting your own interests aside to serve other people lovingly and tenderly and selflessly. Yet, when God put on skin and lived here – that was His model. And the truth is that no one, not a single person becomes truly great without humbling themselves and serving. It’s built into the very DNA of this universe, and one day everyone will know it!

Sunday September 20 @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
STARS OR MATCHES 
(Philippians 2:12-18)
Most of us underestimate the awesome impact our lives can have on others – simply by God shining His glory through us. The darker the world gets, the greater that chance we have to light it up – bring colour, clarity – dispel fear. The most amazing news is that God Himself is at work in us – helping us want to obey Him, and helping us do what He wants! God wants us to shine like the stars – and shine is what stars do best! But, we have to choose light over darkness. The most attractive, most brightly shining quality we have as Christ-followers is joy! We choose whether we will clean the windows or pull the shades.

Sunday September 27 @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
HANGING AROUND THE RIGHT PEOPLE 
(Philippians 2:19-30)
A lot of times, Christ-followers just don’t get it – that our faith was meant to be lived in community with others – little platoons where we know and are known, love and are loved, serve and are served, celebrate and are celebrated.  In fact, every truth taught in this letter was meant to be interpreted and lived out in a small group. We’ve lost the essence of this. Out of fear, or because we simply will not take the time to obey – we choose a solo existence which is a recipe for spiritual mediocrity. We desperately need others in our lives. In fact, God has called us to build into others – like Paul did Timothy, and then allow others to love, serve and challenge us. Who we ‘hang’ with will determine who we become. And when it’s all said and done, what we will truly value about our lives is the difference we’ve made in others – and the relationships we’ve built.

Sunday October 4 @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
GIVING IT UP, TRADING IT IN, WRITING IT OFF 
(Philippians 3:1-11)
Paul reveals that, like us, he was a collector of personal trophies.  Things that proved how important, successful and valuable and knowledgeable he was. One day, he had to follow the example of Jesus Christ and set all of his perceived advantages aside. He realized that trying to impress and coerce people was a dead-end street. He also realized that trying to impress God was a dead-end street. In fact, he had to leave all his self-righteousness behind – get off the self-improvement plan, the performance plan – and write it off.  Give it up, trade it in, write it off as skubala. In the process, he realized how truly pathetic it was in comparison to really knowing Jesus Christ. And we have to do that too. Trade in our pedigree, our performance record, our dazzling image-enhancement, our knowledge quotient – for intimacy with the One who gave up all His advantages for us.

Sunday October 11 @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
Thanksgiving: WHERE DOES THE OVERFLOW GO?
We have all received way more than we deserve in life.  God’s goodness and love – follows us in many many ways. Life is all about God’s goodness and kindness – called Grace! Our lives have never been intended to be dams – reservoirs – igger barns – here we hoard and store grace, mercy, kindness – and forgiveness. We have been called to enjoy – and overflow with grace, the most beautiful thing in all the universe.Grace is amazing – and we are called to gladly and extravagantly share it!

Sunday October 18 @ 10 AM
Speaker: Blair Malfara
In the Christian life, it’s quite obvious who we are following… Jesus! However, in his little book to the Philippians, Paul urges the Philippian Church to follow him as he follows Christ. But why would Paul make such a demand… It almost seems blasphemous! The reason? Paul understands the difficulty of following Jesus at any time in human history, and seeks to inspire us by reminding us to look to the Christian body, in other words, one another, as motivation to keep pursing the ultimate goal; looking like Jesus!

Sunday October 25 @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
YOU GOTTA KEEP PRESSING ON! (Philippians 3:12 – 4:1)
No one ever drifts into what Christ has called them to be; we have to cut the anchors, decide on our primary citizenship, keep our eyes on the ultimate goal of life, and PRESS ON!

 

New Message Series starts Sunday November 1

Our world, for the past 7 months or more, has had fear pumped into it every single hour of every single day – locked in by the fear of getting fined or shamed. The only outside links were a) social media and, b) TV and endless news on how bad COVID was, how many people had it, what was getting shut down – and what idiots leaders were for opening things up. In the middle of all this were the outpourings of anger and frustration in the streets – and law enforcement over-reacting, and making things way, way worse. Add to this the financial impact, the loss of jobs, the shut-down of education, restaurants, travel, and entertainment – and that is a recipe for anxiety.
Put people in a context like this – kids inside, home from school 24/7, parents home from work – and working from home, the constant fear that being with others could contaminate you with a disease that could either kill you or family members – or make you wish you were dead. This is a recipe for huge anxiety. And it raises the question for some, “Where is God in all this mess – does He even CARE?”
Fear has no problem finding us. It hunts us down, strips us of our defenses, and demands our attention. And in all of this Jesus, the Prince of Peace says, (originally to people in a far worse position than us), My peace I GIVE to you? If that in fact is true – how? Here’s a thought; maybe the Prince of Peace can’t bring peace to us – unless He’s our Prince – our King?

Sunday November 1 @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
WHERE’S GOD?
If you’ve been a person of faith for any length of time, you have without doubt gone through the cycle of thinking, “There’s God!” You sense His Presence, you feel assured that He’s with you – working in your circumstances – your Forgiver, source of strength and hope. And then one day you’re in a dry spot, you’re facing an unexpected challenge – you have a series of things that go really wrong. And then on one terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day – you think…”Where’s God?” You talk to Him – and your prayers bounce off the ceiling – or make nests in the rafters. You lose any sense that God is there – let alone helping you, watching over you, guiding you, and hearing your prayers. Know what helps – at least theoretically? You could go through every narrative in the Bible and write in the margins: “Where’s God? Oh, There’s God! Where’s God? Oh…There’s God! Where’s God?” It’s not because He can’t make up His mind; it’s because, a) a lot of His work is hidden, and b) our fear and anxiety and, at times, despair obscures Him. Where’s God? Always, always there – we just can’t see Him!

Sunday November 8 @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
CHOOSING PEACE IN YOUR RELATIONAL WORLD
The one thing that rocks our world and steals our peace more quickly and thoroughly than anything else – is chaos, ruptures, breakdowns in our relational world. Know who needs to fix that? We do. No one else – not even the posse of friends we tell about it – can heal our relational world. God, the originator of shalom – and His Son, who came to make peace and show us what forgiveness looks like – is very interested in things being right between you and others. The biggest barrier is always…are you ready for this? Our pride! We need to decide whether we want to win or reconcile.

Sunday November 15 @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
ANXIETY DOES NOT HAVE TO WIN THE DAY!
Getting back to the issue of anxiety – it is a taskmaster, a slavedriver that will crush you and suck the joy and happiness right out of your soul. But you already know that. Paul, who lived in a pressure-cooker learned how to find peace when life was bleak. And he was just an ordinary person – not a super human. The key seems to be finding a place to unload your anxiety. and puting up a firewall that keeps it there.

Sunday November 22 @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
THE LAW OF EXPOSURE
There is a law in the universe that is every bit as predictable and real as the law of gravity. It’s the law of exposure. Whether or not you believe in it, you need to know that cancer research believes in it, that social media experts believe in it, and that the entire marketing community believes that it is inevitable. Simply stated – what we regularly expose ourselves to affects our bodies, our mental health, and our soul. We gradually become what we expose ourselves to. If it’s good stuff – that is, noble, true, right, pure, etc. – it will produce good fruit. If it’s not? Well… not so much.

Sunday November 29 @ 10 AM
Speaker: Blair Malfara

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