Would this 7 year preaching planner help you?

Greetings friend,

The sermon outlines by Dr. Stephen Olford (published bi-weekly on this blog) illustrate the depth and the breadth of Scripture. The outlines do this because they are on different texts and a variety of truths.

This leads me to share a planning tool with you.

A number of years ago I put together a simple form, a preaching plan. The form was made to make a point and a suggestion concerning the selection of texts for sermon preparation.

Let me explain it. 

The form...

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Full restoration and loud rejoicing are the Lord’s plan for his faithful people

Read Zephaniah 3:9-20


"What are we waiting for?” can be asked or exclaimed for any number of reasons.

The joyful closing section of Zephaniah reveals what God’s people in Zephaniah’s day were in fact waiting for. And what a glorious future is described, which encourages the Lord’s “seekers and waiters” to trust the Lord and persevere in anticipation. 

The Lord’s purpose of a...

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The Ancient Prophetic Message of Zephaniah Still Speaks to Us Today

 Tap here to read Zephaniah 2:4-3:8

I think it would be safe to say that we are living in days of crises. 

This contemporary context makes the messages of the Prophets especially relatable because prophets (like Zephaniah) spoke in the context of crisis and crises.
The prophets interpreted these circumstances and crises in the light of the sovereignty, the covenant, and the purposes of God. God revealed His plans to these...
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Practical Preaching Workshop October 18 through 21



This is David Olford inviting you to our Practical Preaching Workshop October 18 through 21 here Memphis with Olford Ministries International.

This is a great time for very focused, personal and practical training in expository preaching.

We want to be preachers who rightly divide the word of truth in the power of the Holy Spirit.

So get in touch with us, and join us for our practical preaching workshop October 18 through 21.

We really need to hear from you by October the 10th.


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Living a Life Shaped by God’s Revelation

This beautiful Psalm is a poetic celebration and response to God’s personal Revelation both through His Creation and through His Word.


 Psalm 19

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;

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A service of Thanksgiving in Loving Memory of Elizabeth Hester Rendall

memorial Aug 12, 2021

Dr. Ted Rendall serves as the "Resident Minister and Professor" with Olford Ministries International, Inc. He teaches regularly at the various Institute for Biblical Preaching events.

Recently, Mrs. Hester Rendall went to be with the Lord on July 31, 2021, after an extended time of illness.

A service of Thanksgiving in Loving Memory of Elizabeth Hester Rendall took place  Thursday, August 12 at 11:00 am.

We would like to provide you with the opportunity to watch the service.

I believe...

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A Most Memorable Meal

Meals are often special occasions. 

They can be special because they are part of a particular celebration. They can be special because they bring together family and friends. They can be special because of the food that has been prepared. Mealtimes can also be special because of words that are said or things accomplished around the meal.

 There are many special meals referred to in the Scriptures. Some are regular feasts, and some are unique occasions. Some involve many people,...

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Don’t Settle for Less


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they shall be satisfied”

(Matt. 5:6 ESV)


I made a very rare visit to a department store in the USA a while back and found something called “True Religion.”

Yes, true religion. 

The true religion I found was a line of fragrances, cologne, I think, for men.  I picked up a card beside this pungent product and sure enough it says “True Religion” and then...

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The Exemplary Leader

“But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

(1 Timothy 6:11-12 NKJV)

In 1 Timothy 6:11, the term “man of God” carries a specific emphasis. It underlines the special role of Timothy (in this instance) as a man called of God into His service....

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