God's Good Invitation

 “Thus says the Lord:

Stand in the ways and see,

And ask for the old paths, where

The good way is,

And walk in it;

Then you will find rest for your souls.

But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”

— JEREMIAH 6:16 

 

If you have traveled “on land” for any distance, you may have had this experience. You are traveling and you think you are going in the right direction. But, you find out at some point that actually you are not on the...

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Learning from an Act of Devotion to our Lord

Scripture: Mark 14:1-11 (NKJV)

Sometimes we may think that what we do for the Lord doesn’t really matter. What we do may not be appreciated by some people, and it may be misunderstood by others. It is possible to be weary in well-doing, and if that is you today, I have an encouraging word for you. What really counts in our daily lives is what Jesus thinks about what we are doing, as we will see. On the other hand, it is possible for our devotion to Christ to lose its passion, its fire,...

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Encouraging Real Christian Growth

TEXT:

“….Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”   (2 Peter 3:18a).

 

Reading: 2 Peter 1:1-11 These opening verses of 2 Peter are the focus for our message, but the theme is summarized in the closing verse of this Epistle, 2 Peter 3:18a.

 

 

INTRODUCTION:  “Real men ……” Real women……” “Real Christians ……. grow!” To be more precise (according...

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Still Faithful After All These Years

                                     Read Joshua 14:6-15, 15:13-19 (ESV)

 

Few would question that faithfulness a very important attribute or quality. We know that our Lord is forever faithful, and we praise Him for that. One of my favorite hymns is “Great is The Faithfulness.” Starting with His daily mercies towards us, continuing with His faithfulness throughout the seasons...

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Are you living in the Light?

The Light of the World is Jesus

Just for a few minutes, I want us to think about one statement, one claim that the Lord Jesus Christ made about Himself. It is found in one of the four gospels, John’s gospel, John 8:12 (NKJV):

Then, Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Let’s remember that the writer, the Apostle John, clearly states the purpose of his gospel,...

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Singing A New Song

What Kind of Song are You Singing?

Read Revelation 5:1-14

To get a better handle on our situation on earth, it helps to get a fresh vision of what’s happening in heaven. We don’t do this to escape our responsibilities, we do this to gain a better perspective, a better picture of God, and greater courage to face the present challenges of our world. Having only an earth-bound perspective can lead to pessimism and even despair. Ultimately an “earthbound” perspective is...

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July 1 Note from Dr. David Olford

dr. david olford Jul 01, 2020

Dear Friend of Olford Ministries International,

Greetings in Jesus’ Name! 

I am happy to announce that we are scheduling two Institute events for the last quarter of this year, 2020.

The first is our “Essentials of Expository Preaching and Teaching” Institute. This is scheduled for Tuesday through Friday, October 20-23. This will be a time for practical training and spiritual encouragement.

The personal, practical and spiritual aspects of the preparation and delivery...

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24 June Note from Dr. David Olford

dr. david olford Jun 25, 2020

Dear Friend of Olford Ministries International,

Greetings in Jesus’ Name!

I just returned home late last night from a ministry trip.  As I write this email, I am reflecting on my time away and the devotional on Job 28 being sent out this week.  I think almost everyone wants “wisdom” to handle the difficulties, the trials and the sufferings of this life.

There are many lessons from the Book of Job but certainly a primary lesson is - you gain a better perspective on...

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Wisdom is Out of this World

TEXT: “But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?” (Job 28:12 ESV) “From where, then, does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding?” (Job 28:20 ESV)

INTRODUCTION: Those who suffer personally can struggle to understand why they are suffering and they may feel that they have no access to God to plead their case. This was the experience of Job revealed in the Biblical book by his name, Job. We certainly have gained a fuller...

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Five Foundational Convictions

dr. david olford Jun 18, 2020

Greetings in Jesus’ Name!

I hope you are staying well. Thank you for your interest in O.M.I. It means a lot to us. We appreciate your fellowship, and we hope that our ministry is a blessing to you.

We are in serious danger as the people of God if we think that the passing on of Biblical truth from one generation to the next is an automatic process. 

Generations can come up “who [do] not know the Lord, nor …. the work which He had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10),...

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