Posts by Andy Oliver (Page 7)

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Easter

Easter I’ll have to admit that I am somewhat uncomfortable leaving our Holy Week service in sadness and silence each year during this time of worship. I mean, I realize that it was a most discouraging and painful time for our Savior and His Disci-ples. But you and I have the benefit of knowing that Jesus prevailed and his disappointed and frightened followers were em-powered by visits from the Risen Jesus and the comfort and courage provided by the Holy…
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Revival

“Lord send a revival and let it begin in me.” We have all sung the words to that hymn at some time in our lives. It is a reminder that we all need times of spiritual renewal. Often when we mention a church revival, we perceive this as a time to reach out to all those sinners outside the church walls. It is seen as a time to harvest the lost souls out there who do not have a living,…
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Lottie Moon

Looking into your box of offering envelopes this week, you will discover your Lottie Moon Christmas offering envelope. We often think that everyone knows who Lottie Moon was and as some have said…..will we ever pay her off? This is due to the fact that every year we give money to this person around Christmas. Time nor space will permit me to give a qualified description of Lottie Moon so you will have to settle for my summation and if…

Appreciation

Someone mentioned to me that October (or is it November?) is Pastor Appreciation Month and that they just wanted to let me know I was appreciated. A word came to mind that I used to see written in red on my college English 101 essays back at good ol’ Clemson University. The red letters did not indicate that they were the words of Jesus. But instead they were the words of an overzealous professor looking for a reason to downgrade…

Halloween

Halloween has a rich tradition at the Oliver house. It started about 25 years ago when our then young family was fairly new to Cleveland County. Some friends from outside of the city limits asked if they could give out candy on our front porch due to the lack of trick or treaters in their area and the abundance of young uns in ours. Some other friends heard about the affair and, with hurt in their eyes, said, “Why weren’t…

Check

It was in Mrs. Lanier’s Youth Sunday School where I was introduced to the Sunday School attendance checklist. Included on the list were these items: – Bible brought….. “check” – Bible read daily….. “check” – Visits made….. “check” – $$$$ Giving….. “check” – Etc….. “check” What was intended to be a record of our accountability became a checklist for me. It wasn’t intended for this purpose but for years my faith was a performance for the Sunday morning books. –…