Olford Ministries Christian Life Convention

Olford Ministries International hosted an annual Christian Life Convention (Keswick) on April 7-9.  Dr. David Oford, President of OMI, gave leadership to the event and also gave three messages from God’s word.  Dr. Ted Rendall, who is Resident Minister and Professor at OMI also gave three messages.  And, it was my privilege to give three messages.  The convention followed the traditonal Keswick emphasis:  Sin in the life the Believer.  Forgiveness and Cleansing of all known sin. Surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The fullness of the Holy Spirit. And, commitment to Spirit anointed service.  The entire event was richly blessed by the Holy Spirit.  Sweet fellowship was enjoyed by all in attendance.  To God be the Glory!

Stephen Olford Center for Expository Preaching, Christian Life Convention, April 7-9

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The Stephen Olford Center in Memphis, Tennessee will host a (Keswick) Christian Life Convention on April 7-9.  The event begins on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. and concludes on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Speakers include:
Dr. Ted Rendall, speaking three times. Dr. Rendall’s topics include: Union With Christ; Pursuing Holiness and Victorious Living;and The Spirit-Filled Life.

Dr. David Olford, speaking three times as well as leading the convention. Dr. Olford’s topics include: Opening message; Submission to the Lordship of Christ;and Closing message.

Dr. Roger Willmore, speaking three times. Roger’s topics include: Forgiveness and Cleansing from Sin; The Spirit-Filled Life; and A Call to Service and Mission.

There will be times of worship and cooperate prayer. There will be opportunities for fellowship with fellow Believers.

The Christian Life Convention will be held in the Bethany Chapel at the Stephen Olford Center, 4000 Riverdale Road, Memphis, TN. There is no registration fee, but the staff do need to know if you are coming. Email Betty Peppenhorst at bpeppenhorst@gmfonline.org or call 901-453-6422 or 901-453-6455.

“It is Time to Seek the Lord” Christian Life Convention!

Port of Spain, Trinidad, Keswick Convention

 

I have just returned from Port of Spain, Trinidad, W.I., where I had the privilege of preaching twice a day in the North Keswick Christian Life Convention. The Lord wonderfully blessed these meetings.  The noon day session was held at St. John’s Baptist Church right in the heart of the city.  This meeting targets the business folk and those who work in the city.  The meeting was well attended each day and I enjoyed teaching the word of God in what the Keswick tradition calls “Bible Readings.”  The evening sessions were held in the Agape Bible Ministries Church in Curepe.  These meetings were also well attended and were blessed by the time in worship which was led by folk from various churches. The sermons focused on different aspects of the Christian life with the aim of encouraging Christians to walk in holiness and Christ-likeness.

My first time to minister in Trinidad was in 1994. I have returned many times. At my first visit there were Keswick Conventions in Port of Spain, San Fernando, Point Fortin and in Scarborough, Tobago. I have preached in all of these conventions. However, today only the Port of Spain (North Keswick) and San Fernando (South Keswick) remain. The Keswick Christian Life Convention has been in Trinidad and Tobago for 50 years and has been used greatly by the Lord to bring blessing to His people.

When I look back over the Keswick’s in Trinidad I am blessed by the list of men who have ministered there. To name a few, Stephen Olford, Stuart Briscoe who has been there twice in the last four years, Woodrow Kroll, Ian Barclay, Don Graham, Richard Owen Roberts, Henry Blackaby, Eric Crichton, Charles Price, Ted Rendall and more.

I have many friends in Trinidad now, pastors and laymen alike. These men and women love the Lord and serve Him faithfully. Please pray for the Lord’s servants in Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.

Enjoy the pictures.

Roger

Japan Keswick Conventions in Pictures

I often said in Japan, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  I said this because I was preaching a series of Bible Character sermons to illustrate the various aspects of the Christian life.

In a previous article I attempted to give a brief overview of my month of ministry in Japan. I became aware that words cannot fully describe the travels, the places, the people and the ministry.  Here I am going to post pictures from the travels and ministry and hopefully you can get an idea of the Keswick Ministry in Japan is like.

I want to take a moment and commend the Christians in Japan.  The Japanese hospitality is second to none…even our well known “Southern Hospitality.”  A guest in Japan is treated with great respect and honor.  Every provision is made for his safety, comfort and enjoyment.

Japan Keswick Conventions

I was in Japan January 28- February 29, speaking in Keswick Christian Life Conventions. Japan has been holding these historic Christian Life Conventions for fifty years.  Each year in February there is a series of conventions across the country.  Always there are guest speakers, mostly from England, in each of the conventions.  Some conventions in the larger venues will have two guest speakers.  All of the conventions are blessed by the preaching ministry of Japanese speakers.  Guest speakers always speak through a translator.  I have been to Japan seven times.  Four of the visits were for Keswick Conventions.

The 2016 ministry began in Tokyo with my friend Timothy Konishi. I ministered in Timothy’s church and with house groups. I also had the opportunity to speak in the Wesleyan Holiness Seminary. This was a delightful experience.

From Tokyo I flew to Okinawa where I spoke in the first of a series of Keswick Conventions. From Okinawa I went the Kyushu Convention, then by bullet train to Osaka and Kyoto. The two additional conventions included Hakone and Tokyo. In Osaka, Hakone and Tokyo I was teamed with I was teamed with Ian Coffey from Moorsland College in England. I had a delightful time with Ian and his wife Ruth.

Dr. Stephen Olford was a regular speaker at Japan Keswick Conventions. He loved to go to Japan. During the years of my friendship with Dr. Olford he often spoke to me of Japan and mentored me regarding ministry in the Japan Keswick Conventions. The day finally came that I was invited to speak at the Japan Keswick and I have enjoyed each time I have been.

This historic Christian Life Convention holds an important place among Christians in Japan. The accumulative number of people ministered to by these conventions is very significant. The “Keswick Message” as I call it, is a message of holiness and Christ-likeness. The message flows from the exposition of God’s word. Countless lives are touched, changed and enriched. Christians from different denominations gather under the banner, “All One in Christ Jesus.” It is a time of great celebration and worship. I have not seen more authentic worship of God anywhere, nor have I heard such beautiful music and singing.

Pray for the Christian leaders in Japan. They labor with love to reach their country for Christ.

Christmas and Jesus

For some reason the Christmas season this year is stirring my heart more than usual to think about the real meaning of Christmas globally and personally.

On the global scene I have watched, in my 64 years of living, the gradual and sometimes not so gradual demise of the recognition of the  meaning of Christmas.  For many the loss of conscience thought regarding what Christmas is all about is innocent.  And by innocent I mean not intentional or malicious.  People just get lost in the rush and fuss of life. The frantic panic of Christmas shopping and Christmas parties and social events and family time can certainly crowd Jesus out of His rightful place in our hearts and in our “Christmas” activities.  I find it alarming that we can put on the grandest celebrations of Christmas (Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ) and completely lose sight of the very One whose birth and life we celebrate.  How can such a thing happen?

But then there is the intentional rejection of Jesus Christ…and the intentional rejection of the Real Reason for the Season.  No public displays of the Nativity.  No more saying “Merry Christmas.”  No more talk about the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as the One and Only way of Salvation.  There has been a concentrated effort to marginalize Jesus and Christians in 21st century culture.  And the tragedy is that we Christians have been like the proverbial “frog in the kettle.”  We have become so accustomed to the politically correct requirements of a secular culture that we have contributed to the removal of the nativities and the Merry Christmas greetings and more.

This year I am at a place that the scales of my conscience are weighing what is truly important and eternal.  Living life…living life in the real world …has a way of sobering a person and challenging priorities and perspective.  This can a painful process…but it is a process that can produce wonderful results to the person who responds correctly to the process.  It is like the weeding of the garden, the pruning of the tree, the removing of the rocks from the new ground.  (Yes, I grew up in the country.)  Sometimes it takes circumstances to help us be honest with ourselves.  Circumstances can be like a mirror or like a true friend.  This honesty will enable a person to know what is really and truly important in life.

Well, none of us ever get to the end of the process.  We will be perpetual students in life.  But we can grow and we can learn.  And we should grow and we should learn.  We should become better persons…and better Christians….growing, maturing and transforming into the very likeness of Christ who indwells every true believer.

What is important?  First and foremost…our relationship with Jesus Christ.  If this part of life is wrong then nothing else can be right.  Stuart Briscoe once said, “God meets man on the level of his desire, man can have as much of God as he wants.”  I love this statement.  Do you have as much of God as you want?  Going deeper with Him requires a hunger and a thirst for Him.

What is important?  Family!  My dear friends don’t pursue a life that leaves your family behind.  Give your family the place God has designated in your life.  Family are the ones who love you unconditionally and stand by you in the good and the bad times.  You want your family at your side when you come to the finish line.  Don’t leave them behind.

What is important?  Friends!   Wow!  You are talking about life teaching you some hard lessons.  Life has a way of sorting out lots of things.  When life reveals to you who you true friends are you can say that you have made a marvelous discovery.  A friend is someone who walks into your life when the rest of the world is walking out of your life.  A friend loves, forgives, accepts, encourages …a friend will tell you the truth…a friend will love you unconditionally…a friend is treasure.

You have friend.  His name is Jesus.  He came to earth just over 2000 years ago.  Born of a virgin in Bethlehem.  He is the Son of God…the Savior of the world.  John said: “For God so love the world (me)that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Christmas is about the greatest gift ever given!  The gift of Jesus is available to all who will come to Him and receive.  I pray that you have received this marvelous Gift.

Roger Willmore

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