Tom Elliff
Oklahoma City, OK

After pastoring for forty-two years, Tom Elliff served the International Mission Board, first as Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture and Church Relations from 2005-2009, then as President from 2011-2014. Tom served pastorates in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma and as an IMB missionary in Zimbabwe. Tom also served as president of the SBC Pastor's Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Breaking The Curse of Words

By on February 21, 2017
Words can either wound or heal…whether spoken by you, or spoken to you. James reminds us that there is incredible power in the tongue. “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who have been made in the likeness of God” (James 3:9). Those words, penned by James, leave us with two questions: 1) Is your heart wounded and your life still directed by hurtful words spoken to or about you? 2) Have your words brought healing and encouragement to others, or have your words wounded and discouraged them?


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Meditations At The Manger

By on December 5, 2016
Ask people to name their one outstanding mental picture of Christmas and the manger scene recorded in Luke 2:7 is mentioned most often. It was there in Bethlehem, over two thousand years ago, that Christ, who nine months earlier had embedded Himself in Mary’s womb, was brought into this world as a baby; God was, in flesh, now on display for the entire world to see. The amazing thing about our Lord’s birth is the humble circumstance in which it took place. Yet no other birth was ever accompanied by heaven’s chorus, nor was it in fulfillment of so many prophecies during the thousands of years that preceded it. But wrapped in shreds of cloth and placed in a feeding trough! How could this be a proper setting for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords?


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‘New Life’ Film Draws Inspiration From Jeannie Elliff

By on November 3, 2016

Probably the greatest personal inspiration behind the character of Ava was a woman named Jeannie Elliff…

I watched Jeannie walk through multiple battles with cancer with a grace, sense of humor, and strength that I can’t muster even on my best days. With her husband Tom by her side, they…