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Message Series @ The Olive Branch
FINISH LINE GOD: Promises That Point The Way Home

In our culture, we hand out names without thinking a whole lot about them – except that they sound right – sound cool.  Sometimes we tuck a family name in the middle – you know, where it will only be seen as an initial. In ancient times a lot of consideration went into a name – and when a person changed, their name was changed too. Names are very important to God, too. We know that by how specific He was about the fact that His Son would be named Jesus – or Saviour.  Why?  Because that’s Who He was… and IS! When God revealed Himself to Moses, the name part was simple – yet profound. Yahweh – I AM. I AM THAT I AM.
When Jesus taught us, His Followers, how to talk to God, He was very specific that we honour His Name; “May your name be honoured/May your name be kept holy.” First, I think He wanted us to literally worship Him for Who He is.  But it went deeper; I think He wanted us to think about and remember Who He is when we call on Him. And I think He wanted us to know Who He is in the context of any given day. Finally, I believe that Jesus wanted us to actually honour God – and, in some ways, live out the goodness of His name in ways that let the whole earth see His greatness, His kindness, His direction, His power, and His grace.  Think about it; What if the whole world understood how great and how good God is?
The final piece is the Finish Line. Everyone that I know of is interested in the finish line of life – or should be! Most of us would like to finish well – finish strong – and then enter well when it comes to our future with God forever. For that to actually happen, you have to live well. And the promises of God – given in His Name, tell us how all of the power of God gets poured into our lives so that can actually happen.

Sunday July 2
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
HE SUBSTITUTES HIS PERFECT LIFE FOR MY MESS
  

Sunday July 9
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
HE CHANGES ME TO THE CORE

Sunday July 16
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Chris Martin
HE STAYS WITH ME

Sunday July 23
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Kent Andrews
HE CALMS ME AND MAKES THINGS RIGHT

Sunday July 30
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
HE HEALS MY BODY, MIND AND SOUL

Sunday August 6
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
HE GIVES ME EVERYTHING I NEED

Sunday August 13
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
HE CARES FOR ME FROM BEGINNING TO END

Sunday August 20
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
THE FINISH LINE GOD: HE GIVE HOPE ALONG THE WAY

Sunday August 27
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Chris Martin

Sunday September 3
1 Service @ 10 AM
Speaker: Chris Martin

New Message Series Starts Sunday September 10

SENT.
Don’t Be Afraid ۰ Don’t Hold Back
To put it mildly, God wants to get some things done in the world. To state it more accurately, God wants to transform the world; to get people and the world system off the destructive path it’s on. To do that, He SENT Jesus. After teaching us how to live and what to do – and giving both His life and His Spirit – Jesus SENT… us! As an act of loving, respecting and blessing God, we then go as loving, respecting, blessing influences wherever we find ourselves. We don’t go where we go, live where we live, do what we do out of random chance. It feels like chance – or luck – but it’s not. We’re SENT  and we’re on a MISSION for God. We aren’t called to give something we don’t have; we simply pass on how God had loved, respected, and blessed us. And apparently, that’s enough to change the world!

Sunday September 10
1 Service
@ 10 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
SENT.
To LOVE Everyone, Always
If Jesus made anything clear with His life and His teaching, it was to love others. That’s exactly how He lived – and it was the foundation He laid for us. What that means is that if we are ever to be known for just one thing – as His followers, it’s love. And love is not a random feeling that sweeps over you – love is always intentional – as intentional as laying your life on the line for someone who doesn’t care about you. Without love?  We’re nothing. Without love, our profound thoughts, our amazing gifts – and even our sacrifices are… nothing, nada, zip!
So…what does this kind of love look like?  Glad you asked! 

Sunday September 17
2 Services
@ 9:30 & 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
SENT.
To RESPECT Everyone, Always
If there’s a word that describe what is happening around the world – in governments, nations, social media and families – it would be disrespect. Man, the gloves are off – and it’s like a verbal free-for-all has broken out. And in a context of disrespect – no one wins! Here’s what’s weird; most of us know exactly what disrespect feels like. It feels awful. Disrespect makes people feel small – angry – and sometimes worthless. Disrespect hurts. So, we know disrespect – what is RESPECT? What doe it mean to respect everyone… always?

Sunday September 24
2 Services
@ 9:30 & 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
SENT. To BLESS Everyone, Always
God made it clear when He made everything that His blessing was on it all! The day our ancestors voted Him off the island, our disrespect for Him and his leadership brought a curse. In Abraham – and then in Jesus – it was clear that God wanted to end the curse and restore the blessing to all nations. His plan was to do that through the nation of Israel – His people. When they burned down through their opportunities – this was no surprise to God. All along, all through the eons of eternity – He had planned for His Son to come and make blessing possible by taking the curse on Himself.  And now, as His people, we have been sent to bless and restore His grace, kindness and blessing to all the nations. And that happens one neighbourhood, one workplace, one hockey arena, one restaurant, one family at a time… as blessed people…bless. What does that look like?