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Sunday, August 12, 2018

“The Esther Fast”

Esther 3:1-6 (NLT)_1Some time later King Xerxes promoted Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite over all the other nobles, making him the most powerful official in the empire. 2All the king’s officials would bow down before Haman to show him respect whenever he passed by, for so the king had commanded. But Mordecai refused to bow down or show him respect. 3Then the palace officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why are you disobeying the king’s command?” 4They spoke to him day after day, but still he refused to comply with the order. So they spoke to Haman about this to see if he would tolerate Mordecai’s conduct, since Mordecai had told them he was a Jew. 5When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or show him respect, he was filled with rage. 6He had learned of Mordecai’s nationality, so he decided it was not enough to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Instead, he looked for a way to destroy all the Jews throughout the entire empire of Xerxes.”
Esther 4:8, 13, 16 (NLT)_ 8Mordecai gave Hathach a copy of the decree issued in Susa that called for the death of all Jews. He asked Hathach to show it to Esther and explain the situation to her. He also asked Hathach to direct her to go to the king to beg for mercy and plead for her people. 13Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 16“Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.”

The last two months here at Mount Olivet we have been studying the book, “Fasting For Spiritual Breakthrough”. We have studied in class eight different fasts, and today I will discuss with you the final fast which is the “Esther Fast”. This fast, which is going without food or drink voluntarily, generally for religious purposes. The Esther Fast is for spiritual protection from demonic or evil forces. Living in a country with so much violence, theft, legalized street executions, prejudice politics and partisan administration of justice, we need spiritual protection.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

“Blurred Lines”

Proverbs 14:12_ “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (KJV)
“There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” (NLT)

We live in a society of “blurred lines”, boundaries are not always clear, and behaviors are out of character. Operating where lines are “blurred” can be dangerous (i.e. highway lanes, danger zones, etc.) Lines help keep us inbound, but when they are blurred we may not be able to distinguish where we are or what we are to do. The Word of God has an interesting view that will always help us to stay within the lines and to clearly know the lines. Our minds and thoughts will play an important role as we live in a world of “blurred lines”.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

“Desire OTT” (Over the Top)

Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” When we are righteous (right with God) and we have desires that spring forth from the Lord, the Lord will surely fulfill those desires. *Desire means want, long for, request, delight in, urgently seek after. Today’s message cautions about desires that are “over the top”.

Sunday, July 08,  2018

“Don’t Ignore God’s Word”

Matthew 5:18_ “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (KJV)
“I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.” (NLT)

We often trust the words of people because they make serious statements like…”I give you my word” or “I’ll take your word for it”. But we are often powerless when it comes to making good on our promises and sometimes fail. In turn, we ignore God’s word, we intentionally disregard His word and sometimes refuse to take notice of it or acknowledge it. Today’s message shares three particular features of God’s word that demand special attention.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

“Don’t Make a FOOL of YOURSELF !”

John 8:32_ “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (KJV)

There are times in our lives when we are “made a fool of” by other people. It means they have caused us to do something that makes us seem ridiculous. These times can be quite embarrassing and even painful. But it’s worse when we make a fool of ourselves. This is called self-deception – the action or practice of allowing oneself to believe that a false or unvalidated feeling, idea, or situation is true. We are sometimes deceived by our own emotions or ignorance and before we know it we are in bondage to “besetting sins”. “Besetting sins” are habitual sinful behaviors or attitudes that victimize and enslave us. Today’s message will look at five attitudes we must acknowledge to overcome self-deception.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

“ Be Like Salt

Matthew 5:13 (NLT)_ “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”

Fathers often get a bad rap…they are called “dead beat dads”; they are not thought of when the star athlete is before the TV camera…”hey mom”; and the world goes all out for Mother’s Day…well, today is Father’s Day. Today’s message is to encourage Christian Fathers to be like salt. Salt like some Fathers has a bad reputation, but Jesus raised the standard for salt, speaking of salt as a great influence for good. I encourage all fathers to “Be Like Salt !”

Sunday, June 10, 2018

“Maybe You Need to Fast !”

Isaiah 58:1-5 (NLT)_ “1 Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Shout aloud! Don’t be timid. Tell my people Israel of their sins! Yet they act so pious! They come to the Temple every day and seem delighted to learn all about me. They act like a righteous nation that would never abandon the laws of its God. They ask me to take action on their behalf, pretending they want to be near me. ‘We have fasted before you!’ they say. ‘Why aren’t you impressed? We have been very hard on ourselves, and you don’t even notice it!’ “I will tell you why!” I respond. “It’s because you are fasting to please yourselves. Even while you fast, you keep oppressing your workers. What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarreling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me. You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like reeds bending in the wind. You dress in burlap and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the Lord?”

Do you have addictions to sin, that you can’t overcome? Do you have problems that have become a burden on you, that you cannot unload? Do you have a burden for others who are oppressed, but you feel inept to do something about their condition? Do you need spiritual insight? or physical healing? or a stronger testimony for Jesus? No doubt you pray about these things but to no avail. Maybe you need to fast! Today’s message is an introduction to the discipline of fasting for spiritual break through.


Sunday, June 03, 2018


James 4:13-16 (KJV)_13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.”

“You can be anything you want to be” may be a misleading statement. When our abilities don’t match our desires we may be disappointed. Our time still to come cannot be relied upon without God. Honorees, graduates, brothers and sisters, if you want a certain future make sure that God is in your plans. Today’s message gives us an illustration from the Book of James which warns us against trusting our own abilities, qualities and judgment, and leaving God out.

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    Mount Olivet Baptist Church

    500 Swayze Street
    Monroe, LA 71201
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    Sunday Morning Services

    Sunday School for Adults 9:00 am
    Sunday School for Youth 9:00 am
    Morning Worship 10:00 am
    Communion – 2nd Sunday

    Weekly Worship, Study & Meetings

    New Members Class-Sunday 9:00 am
    Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm


    Oliver W. Billups, Jr.

  • Bible Verse of the Day

    “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
    — Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
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