Olive Branch Message Series

THE BIG, HAIRY, UGLY ROOTS OF UNHAPPINESS
Everyone wants to be happy – longs to be happy – is searching for happiness.  What we sometimes fail to do is actually look at the roots of unhappiness. For example, there is a shadow side to the path of happiness Jesus lays out in Matthew 5; it’s thinking that the credit for the good things in life belongs to you; it’s being disconnected from the reality of death; it’s pride – and having no appetite for doing the right thing. It’s judgment instead of mercy; it’s a self-occupied heart – and a divisive spirit and heart that is always looking for the best deal. This stuff comes into our lives as a cute little seedling. But the truth is that what we plant in our lives grows. It doesn’t just grow – it develops a root system that chokes happiness and produces unhappiness. This stuff, if it’s not dealt with, becomes a system that steals, kills and destroys what’s good.  Ultimately, it turns us into someone we never wanted to be – and drags us off into places we never intended to go. It’s possible to call these things, mistakes – which means that we need to just learn how to do better.  I think we all know better than that.  To call this stuff sin – as Jesus did – is offensive in a world like ours, cuz that means we are sinners. The good news about that is that Jesus’ name means saviour. He doesn’t just forgive our sin, He saves us from it!

Sunday January 12. 2020
2 Services at 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
THE PARABLE OF THE ENGLISH IVY
At one point in history, people didn’t know about – or believe in germs because they were invisible to the naked eye! Because of this, people put themselves in all kinds of vulnerable situations – and died when they didn’t have to. Germs, like evil, were an invisible deadly force – capable of stealing, killing and destroying what we love and treasure. We’d like to think we can just do whatever we want, intuit our own way to happiness – and live in ways that Jesus tells us are destructive and thrive. It’s a lie! What we invite into our lives in the form of tiny, cute, pretty little seedlings doesn’t stay small. It develops a massive, hairy, ugly root system to feed itself and take more ground. Jesus warns that ignoring this stuff will drag us further and further from the happiness we most want.

Sunday January 19. 2020
2 Services at 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
IF I THINK IT’S OKAY – IT MUST BE OKAY!
In our culture, people tend to think that if a rule, a guideline, a law doesn’t seem to make sense, we can just ignore it – that is, if no one is looking. That is, we see ourselves as the final editor, court-of-appeals in most of the issues of life. And for many people, that includes what Jesus has to say about honesty, sexuality, anger, relational difficulty, retaliation, and love. Actually? Not believing in a rule – and the consequences for defying it doesn’t change a thing. We don’t have the final say in life.

Sunday January 26. 2020
2 Services at 9:30 + 11:15 AM

Speaker: Blair Malfara
THE FAVOURITE EMOTION OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM
You see it everywhere. You see it in governments – and leadership at the highest levels  You see it in marriages and schools and corporate cultures. It’s anger; it’s the gift (or the curse) that keeps on giving. It’s this inner infection of outrage that curses, insults, rants and raves and makes workplaces, Facebook, Twitter, and traffic such a miserable place to be. Anger is a very natural emotion that is intended to cause good things to get done.  But when it gets into our heart – and comes out of our eyes, mouths, fingers and feet, it becomes a killer that ultimately kills us.

Sunday February 2. 2020
2 Services at 9:30 + 11:15 AM

Speaker: Ken Davis
IT HAS 4 LETTERS AND BEGINS WITH L…
Love is an incredible, beautiful thing. Love heals. Love is behind the most beautiful acts of kindness and goodness that have ever happened. Love is patient, kind, and forgiving – always believes, always trusts and never gives up.  Love is selfless. It’s cheap counterfeit, lust, is selfish, self-serving and self-destructive. To entice lust – is an invitation to be used, broken and thrown away.  To entertain lust as a houseguest in the most sensitive part of your life – your heart, is to invite a selfish, careless pig who will wreck what you want most. Love is difficult – lust is addictive. Lust is a big hairy ugly root system that will consume and tear down all that matters.

Sunday February 9. 2020
2 Services at 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
SO… ABOUT LOVE AND MARRIAGE…
A divorce starts long before any lawyers are hired! Malachi the prophet says, apparently speaking for God, God hates divorce. To qualify that, the people who get divorced hate it every bit as much as He does! God doesn’t hate people who’ve gotten a divorce; He hates divorce because of what it does to people He deeply, deeply loves! And that’s why when people do it, thinking they’re signing up for a better life with a better person, it’s deception at it’s deepest level. Lust, unforgiveness, abuse, broken promises and unfaithfulness have the potential to do irreparable damage to any relationship – whether it’s parent-child, employer-employee, or husband-wife. Marriage is not a path to an easy life with free sex, good meals and endless support; it’s a crucible where we learn how to love. To have the strength, resilience and character the crucible builds, you have to stay in it.

Sunday February 16. 2020
2 Services at 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
SHOPPING FOR THE BEST DEAL
We are expert consumers. To be an expert consumer, you need to always be shopping for the best deal – and have the guts to demand your rights as a consumer. What do you do when a promise becomes uncomfortable; when keeping a promise gets more expensive than you ever planned? Are the promises you make to your employer, to the CRA, to the bank, to the credit card companies, to your parents, your spouse, your children, or your neighbours only valid when they work in your favour? Or if you can hire someone to get you out of them, should you? There is something that shopping for the best deal will never get you; CREDIBILITY with God and others!

Sunday February 23. 2020
2 Services at 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
THE SECOND MILE
Jesus tells us that love should never run out of gas, lose energy, or drop out of the race – even when people use you, hurt you, slap you, take what you have, and insist on being your enemy. First, retaliation – no matter how glamorous and satisfying it seems in a movie plot – is always a dead end street. There’s no end to it! It’s like grabbing a poisonous snake – it will always reach around and bite you. And the poison in your system will kill you. The most powerful anti-venom out there – is love! But to love – we will have to grow up!

Sunday March 1. 2020
2 Services at 9:30 + 11:15 AM
Speaker: Ken Davis
THE SAD, PATHETIC PATH OF SELFIE RELIGION
I recently saw a drawing of a guy giving money to a homeless couple – all the while using a selfie stick to photograph the moment! I think Jesus would’ve had a lot of fun – and maybe a few parables to offer if He’d lived in our world now – the world of selfie-dom! His comments about the outward expressions of our faith through giving, prayer and fasting are really talking about people doing culture’s version of photo-ops – in something that was intended to be very private. In a selfie, #makeadifference world like ours, it’s definitely a wake-up call! It’s actually a form of spiritual instant self-gratification!The real tragedy is that it is possible to look very religious – and be truly evil, loveless and lost.

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