Falling in Love with the Scriptures: Part One


This is a two-part presentation; the second part can be seen next week.

It is good for us, who preach and teach the Word of God, to reflect on the “treasure” that is ours in the Word of God.

More than that, we need to be reminded of the privilege of having God’s truth in a world of confusion, falsehood, and lies.

As I make reference to in the video, my grandfather was a faithful missionary in Angola (at that time
Portuguese West Africa). If you were to travel to a graveyard...

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The Light of the World is Jesus

Are you living in the Light?

Can you imagine a world without light? That is almost impossible, but how sad and dangerous such a world would be.

I remember the great so-called “Blackout” that occurred in New York City back in the 1960’s. (Yes, I am that old!) It was so strange to look across the streets and see ‘darkness’ instead of the usual lights. There was great concern during the blackout about the possible increase in...

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The Foundations of Christian Character: Q&A


This is Part Four — "Q&A on the Foundations of Christian Character"


I want to welcome you to this session, where we're going to be answering some questions about the foundations of Christian character. We will be addressing questions, such as these:

  • What are Christian characteristics?
  • Where do we get Christian characteristics?
  • How do we learn these Christian characteristics?
  • Is there a certain kind of Christian characteristic that we should have more than others?
  • Can we...
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The Foundations of Christian Character: Part Three


This is Part Three — "The Character of Leadership is Foundational"

I'm anticipating that many watching this are involved in ministry, and many watching this are in leadership.

The character of a leader is foundational, and the character of leadership is foundational. There is a great emphasis put on the character of leaders and leadership in the Scriptures. This makes perfect sense, since leaders impact those who are under their care, under their protection, and under their...

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The Foundations of Christian Character: Part Two


This is Part Two — "God's Purpose is Foundational"

The second main point that I want to share with you is that God's purpose for our character is foundational. God's purpose is foundational, but specifically, God's purpose for our character is foundational.

We need to be people who display the very character of Christ, the character of God, by His grace, and by His doing, which is what I'm going to be emphasizing.

Right now, the second step in our study is to remember that God made...

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The Foundations of Christian Character: Part One


This is Part One — "God's Character is Foundational"

Our subject today is the Foundations of Christian Character.

Now I must begin by explaining how I'm going to proceed to address this subject. Because it means different things to different people, the foundations of Christian character, first of all, about this word character, which can mean various things.

What we are addressing is the nature of a person, especially a person's moral characteristics, we're not talking about...

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Upcoming Institutes: July - November 2022

institutes in memphis Jun 10, 2022

Join us in person at Stephen Olford Center in Memphis for our Institutes for Biblical Preaching - Olford Ministries International

Opportunities for helpful instruction, meaningful fellowship, and mutual encouragement are available at the Stephen Olford Center during the second half of this year. Consult the dates below.

July 26-28 Evangelistic Institute

September 8-27 Internationals Institute 

September 12-15 Strengthening Institute

October 18-21 Spiritual Growth Institute 

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The Need for Humility

“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,….’ (1 Peter 5:5b-6 ESV)

Having called for submission to elders on the part of those younger, now the Apostle calls for humility among all the Christians. Humility is to be the clothing that is worn. And this humility is to be...

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Three Truths that Counter Lies about Genuine Fellowship with God


“If we say………we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6).
“He who says, …….. is a liar, and the truth is not in him (1 John 2:4).
“If someone says, ……… he is a liar” (1 John 4:20)



In this straightforward Epistle, The Apostle John presents himself as an authoritative eye-witness to the “Word of life.” Being a true witness to the ‘word of life”...

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God's Merciful Invitation

This Thursday in the USA is a national day of prayer. Many will gather across the country to pray.

Given the crises in our world as well as in the USA, this call to prayer (which is an annual event) is needed as much as ever. We know that many people are regularly meeting for times of special prayer these days.

This ‘day” of prayer should not be simply a “one-time” annual event, but a reminder and stimulus for further prayer in these days.

This is a great time to...

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