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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The Jesus Mission Today

TEXT: “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them,…….. “ (Matthew 9:35-36a, Read Matthew 9:35-10:5a)

INTRODUCTION: The mission of Jesus continues today. The Book of Acts records the start of the mission to the nations as it spread outward from Jerusalem to Rome, but in this text, the...

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10 June Note from Dr. David Olford

dr. david olford Jun 10, 2020

Greetings to you!

We are finishing our study of Luke 17:11-19 this week. We saw our Lord’s mercy and cleansing last week, and now we will focus on the worthiness of our Lord to receive sincere worship and genuine faith. Praise His Name!

The Lord is also worthy of His gospel being preached faithfully with integrity, clarity, and boldness. We need to be aware of subtle ways that we can compromise the gospel.

I have been looking back through an incredibly insightful book that I read years...

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