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Before You Jump

Olive Branch Message Series  ∗  January 8 to January 29. 2023

One at a time, decisions create our life and write our story.

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February 5. 2023
Speaker: Ken Davis

What is The Wise Thing to Do?

This tiny question could save us a LOT of pain! Can I just be honest? Sometimes we hit our 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and we’re still making the decisions a teenager would make - sometimes decisions a kid would make in public school. We’re chasing what catches our eye, we’re chasing our hormones, we’re retaliating like we’re still inside the chain-link fence around the playground, we’re calling people names, trying to prove we’re better, hosting massive suck-your-thumb pity parties… I mean, the list goes on! Read More

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January 29. 2023 → YOUTH TAKEOVER Sunday
Speaker: Jeremiah Vijey

Is There a Tension that Demands My Attention?

Every once in a while - before we decide, make a move, choose a direction, there is an inner "stay of execution." We can’t even explain it - but there is like a STOP sign in our conscience. Many times, that check is from God - or from this inner place that tells us to push the pause button. You could call it the tension that demands our attention. Sometimes what we’re planning is clearly outside the lines. Read More

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January 22. 2023
Speaker: Ken Davis

What Story Do I Want To Tell?

Most of what you and I are facing right now - even with all the struggles and confusion and tough circumstances, will one day be just a story we tell.  Someday, those who are following our legacy will see a life that has been shaped by the decisions we made - decisions that likely affected them if they’re related or connected to us. And the question we need to ask is, What story do I want to tell - and will this be a chapter I’d like to leave out Read More

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January 15. 2023
Speaker: Ken Davis

Am I Being Honest With Myself, Really?

Honestly, we are suckers for our own lies and story lines - justifications for what we do and why we’re doing it. When we really want something - or want to do something that we suspect isn’t wise, we tell bald-faced lies to ourselves - lies that if someone else told us, we’d laugh in their faces and say, "Give me a break! What do you think I am, stupid? Naïve?" But when we’re trying to justify and excuse ourselves - we tell the lie and believe the lie! Read More

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January 8. 2023
Speaker: Ken Davis

Before You Jump... ASK IT!

We all jump at some point. I don’t know, maybe the last time you jumped was in 2nd grade. It could happen! But I’m guessing you’ve jumped since then. Before you jump into the unknown, it’s always, ALWAYS wise to know what you’re jumping into - and what the consequences could be. If you’re jumping into a lake, you need to know where the rocks are and how deep the water is. If you’re jumping out of a plane, you need to ask, "Who packed my parachute? Was it a friend or enemy? Read More

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January 1. 2023
Speaker: Jeremiah Vijey

Same God. New Year

When we're setting goals for the New Year, it's tempting to tackle everything we want to change about our lives. But how often does that really work? Instead, what if we focused on less to accomplish more? This message is all about the four questions we need to ask ourselves before entering the New Year… that's all it takes!

THE STORY

Olive Branch Christmas Message Series  ∗  December 11 to December 24. 2022

Down through history stories come and stories go...
BUT NOT THIS ONE

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December 24. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

Changed Nothing... and Changes Everything

When there is a huge hidden strategy - covert operations - and a massive strategic deployment of troops, we expect headlines! Large print; We interrupt this program to bring you the lastest news! In the Spring of 4-6 BC, the estimated year this all took place - it was quiet - truly a Silent Night.  In the privacy of nothing more than a shed, the faint cry of a baby cut through the still night air. And that was it! Read More

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December 18. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

Disturbing, Uncomfortable... and Comforting

If this story of Christmas is, in fact, authentic - and all of the evidence points in that direction, then it is actually not a cute story of "how the Christ-child came and taught us that in loving and giving we find our own happiness." The story line is summarized by, "God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish. Read More

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December 11. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

Unbelievable, Fantastic... and Authentic

The stories around the religions of the world have always been, well, different. Odd. Sometimes weird. Like, demi-gods creating the earth and sky with pieces of themselves. Of course, the current evolutionary version is not all that believable, either - that something came from nothing. It would appear that we have to choose which unbelievable story to… well, believe. Read More

FRIENDS

Olive Branch Message Series  ∗  November 6 to December 4. 2022

It's not good for us to be alone.

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December 4. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

Just One Ask Away!

Have you ever thought of friends in terms of the fact that they need you? We sometimes think of friendships in terms of ourselves - our own needs, our own agenda, totally in the sense of, What’s in it for Me? Well, there is something in every friendship for us - but that’s not really what friendship is about. To think that way will twist it. The better question is 'What can I give to my friends?' To put it into context, imagine Jesus - the One who called us to follow Him - asking when it came to giving His life, "What’s in it for me?" Read More

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November 27. 2022
Speaker: Jeremiah Vijey

The Root of the Problem

The secret to bearing fruit is being part of a loving community. When we study together, pray together, love one another and encourage each other - we will bear fruit that will last. We can learn a lot about a plant by the fruit it produces. What does your fruit say about you?

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November 20. 2022

World Vision

For the first time, children are getting to choose their sponsors. And with that choice comes power. Power to shape their future. Pursue their dreams. Become change-makers in their communities. The desire we all feel to be seen and known by another. The longing we feel to be chosen – to feel that we matter. Read More

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November 13. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

Disapproval and Other Forms of Friend Repellent

It’s unfortunate for the Church of Jesus - and for the world Jesus loves and gave His life for, that His Followers have at times felt obligated to officially disapprove of people and the many ways they sin and fail and struggle. Read More

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November 6. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

Relational Intelligence

You’d think this would come naturally. What does come naturally is our IQ - which is largely irrelevant in terms of success and meaning in life. Relational intelligence or Emotional Intelligence is knowing how to relate to others in ways that are meaningful to you and them. Read More

Silence Series

Olive Branch Message Series  ∗  October 23 & October 30. 2022

How do I learn to trust God?

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October 30. 2022
Speaker: Jeremiah Vijey

Remembering God’s faithfulness in the past...

is a key element in navigating difficult seasons. Seeing God’s faithfulness in the past, in our lives and in the lives of others, encourages us that we can trust Him in the present and the future.

Habakkuk 3:1–16

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October 23. 2022
Speaker: Jeremiah Vijey

God is big enough...

for our questions and our objections; He invites us to bring them to Him in dialogue and to trust Him with the issues. Habakkuk 1:1–17

Fans & Followers

Olive Branch Message Series  ∗  September 11 to October 16. 2022

Jesus is all about RELATIONSHIP - not religion.

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October 16. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

DTR'S and Defining Moments

Most people know that if you follow Jesus all through His life, watch every encounter, hear every challenge and listen to every message - what you find is a cross. Jesus never wrote a book - and if He had, it wouldn’t be called, 7 Keys To a Healthy, Prosperous Extraordinary Life! Read More

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October 9. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

Jesus, Why Don't You Just Follow Me?

I think if most of us were honest, we’d like the whole follow me part of Jesus’ teaching to be reversed. Let me explain. Autonomy is a huge deal in our world. In fact, I don’t think it would be exaggerating to say that it’s the new religion in North America. Read More

 

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October 2. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

Jesus' Best Known DTR Talks

They never called them DTR or Define the Relationship talks, but that is what they were. Nicodemus had one. The rich young ruler had one. Matthew had one. And one day Jesus had the DTR talk with a whole bunch of people at one time. Read More

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September 25. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

Believe In, Believe About, Believe Jesus

When people use the phrase, "I’m a believer" it’s not real clear if it’s what they believe about Jesus - or if they believe in Jesus. I say that because it’s clear that all the demons believed stuff about Jesus. Read More

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September 18. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

The Ancient Metaphor

Long before Jesus’ ancestor, David, came up with Psalm 23, the people of Israel were shepherds - a profession the Egyptians looked down on. It became a well-known metaphor used by the prophets - calling the people of Israel, "God’s flock." Read More

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September 11. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

DTR'S and Fan Mail

Most people want to know if someone is using them or committed to them. In love relationships, it’s sometimes really hard to tell the difference, you know - between infatuation - or true love. And when you don’t know, you need to have the DTR talk. Read More

Back At It

Olive Branch Message Series  ∗  August 28 & September 4. 2022

It's all about priorities.

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August 28. 2022
Speaker: Jeremiah Vijey

Back At It

Without a doubt, life is busy - but it's never too late to change your priorities. So what comes first for you?

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September 4. 2022
Speaker: Jeremiah Vijey

How Do I Get Back?

Without a doubt, life is busy - and you never know what's around the next corner. But where do you turn when it makes no sense? Who do you trust when there's so much uncertainty in the world?

It’s a Jungle Out There

Olive Branch Message Series  ∗  July 24 to August 21. 2022

The antidote to fear is not comfort; it's faith.

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August 7. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

Don't Feed the Pigs!

Don’t know if you’re up on pigs or not, but pigs are omnivores! Put it in front of them - bread, fruit, veggies, meat, garbage, tin cans, old car batteries, and they’ll eat them! Well, maybe not all that stuff… but most of it! Fear is an omnivore, too. Read More

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July 31. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

It's Way Too Expensive!

What creates fear in us is the perceived price tag on doing what is right - and what we know in our hearts God is asking of us. Our minds are very creative and create disaster scenarios in Sensurround - including sights, sounds, smells, pain, gore, shame, and defeat. Read More

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July 24. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

The Ugly, Smelly, Paralyzing Giant

As we’ve been saying all along since initial onset of COVID, caution is always something God advises. We see this from the health guidelines in the Book of Leviticus to the wisdom of Proverbs. But FEAR? Never. Our call is to respect the power and calling and love of God more than our fear. Read More

Waiting for When

Olive Branch Message Series  ∗  July 3 to July 17. 2022

No matter what - God always comes through.

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July 17. 2022
Speaker: Jeremiah Vijey

Waiting for Contentment

Philippians 4:11–13
Paul waited - stifled in prison, when he loved to travel and meet face to face with people. While he was there, he learned the secret of being content - the only reason we have the amazing letters he wrote.

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July 10. 2022
Speaker: Kelly Davis

Waiting for Your Dream

Matthew 16:21–23
Have you ever had your plans changed on you? The disciples assumed they knew God’s plan for Jesus - but it was a broken view of what God was up to. In their impatience they could not see that God was actually changing everything.

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July 3. 2022
Speaker: Jeremiah Vijey

Waiting for Love

Genesis 29:31–34
Sometimes we struggle to wait, and instead, embrace the wrong things at the wrong time. The story of Leah shows someone who was waiting for love without impulsively rushing to find it. Read More

BulletProof

Olive Branch Message Series  ∗  May 22 to June 26. 2022

The hard truth about character.

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June 26. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

The Exit Interview

If Jesus was right, and I really, really believe He was right - and is still right - the part of life we have after we exit this life is by far the most profound and most important part. What we do in this life is the set up for what happens there. You see this in every single thing Jesus said and in pretty much every story He ever told. The shocking reality for pretty much everyone in our world is that there is an exit interview scheduled for everyone - and we don’t know when it is - and Jesus is the One who interviews. Read More

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June 19. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

The Seven Building Blocks of Character: Part 2

Forgiveness and grace is a promise! There’s a promise that goes with that. God is able to keep us from falling. And Peter tells us what the building blocks for that kind of life are. It’s life where we finish well. It’s a life that impacts others - that, in some way, changes the world for the better! If that’s what you want, then you’ll need to search your life for these characteristics Peter lays out.

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June 12. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

The Seven Building Blocks of Character: Part 1

I have never met a person who wants to wreck their lives, do a faceplant, go down, humiliate themselves, or get featured in tabloids. Those who do experience one of the most painful feelings ever: Humiliation; Regret. Regret is rear view mirror stuff. History. The great news of Jesus and what He’s done for us makes it clear that we get a do-over. Jesus called it being born from above.  Forgiveness and grace is a promise!

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June 5. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

You Have People on Your Plane!

As some of you know, I watch the show Mayday! When there is a crash, the airline industry uses a word for people - that just doesn’t get used much anymore in our world: Soul. "How many SOULS were lost?" That is a profound word, isn’t it? The implications are that we are not just animated bodies. There is way, way, WAY more to us - a forever part. In a selfie world like ours, people think mainly of themselves and their own interests and welfare. Read More

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May 29. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

No Excuses

One of the first things people do when they’re confronted with a faceplant - with moral failure - with something they’ve done that’s humiliating, is make excuses. We know this because we’ve all done it!  "See, I have this inner pain because my parents…" "Well, I have unmet sexual needs because my wife…"  "Well, I experienced abuse as a child, so I…"  "I’ve always been attracted to..."  "See, my Daddy was an alcoholic, and…"  Read More

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May 22. 2022
Speaker: Ken Davis

The Casualties

It would appear that we live in an era where an unprecedented number of high profile leaders have stumbled and fallen. Why? Is it because the internet and social media have made everything - especially the ugly and salacious stuff - more public? Is it because the internet and social media have made the ugly and salacious stuff more available? Is it because we live at a really difficult time in history and curtain-time is approaching? Read More

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