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The Heart of Leadership in God’s Kingdom

The Heart of Leadership in God’s Kingdom

Leadership is a topic that I am passionate about. I am certainly not an expert on the subject, and have a long way to go in my leadership journey. But I am planning to start including the topic of leadership in my blog articles. In a recent article, I compared the leadership style of King Saul to that of the apostle Paul. Now I want to take a look at how Jesus defined leadership in the kingdom of God. After the mother of James and John...

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Are You a “Saul” or a “Paul” Type of Leader?

Are You a “Saul” or a “Paul” Type of Leader?

Quite often, the leadership style of King Saul is compared to that of his successor, King David. There is much that can be learned from this comparison, but I once felt prompted to instead compare King Saul to another man named Saul: Saul of Tarsus, better known as the apostle Paul. King Saul started out well, while the apostle Paul started out as a violent persecutor of the church. By the end of their lives however, you would have never...

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Introducing KIDS EMPOWERED! (A Twelve-Month Children’s Ministry Curriculum)

Introducing KIDS EMPOWERED! (A Twelve-Month Children’s Ministry Curriculum)

For the last several months I have been working on a new writing project. It is a twelve month Spirit-filled kids ministry curriculum called KIDS EMPOWERED!  I co-authored this curriculum with Nikki Patterson, who serves as the Kids Ministry Director at Threshold Church. We will be using this curriculum at Threshold starting next month. I am excited to see how the Lord will work in the lives of our children as we are intentional about...

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Sermon: Holiness and the Fear of the Lord

Sermon: Holiness and the Fear of the Lord

I recently preached a message called “Holiness and the Fear of the Lord.” Holiness may not be a popular message today, but it is an important one. God has always required holiness from His people. This was true under the Old Covenant and it is just as true under the New Covenant. God’s grace does not remove the requirement of holiness, it empowers us to obtain it! Holiness means to be set apart to God. Yes, it is about...

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The Power of “Waiting on God”

The Power of “Waiting on God”

One of the keys to growing in our relationship with God is engaging in spiritual disciplines. Regular time of reading the Word, praying, worshiping, and other practices help us to grow spiritually and increase in our intimacy with God. An often-overlooked spiritual discipline is what is sometimes referred to as “waiting on God.” In this context waiting on God refers to being still and quiet in God’s presence. This is not a passive...

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Sermon: Prioritizing God’s Presence

Sermon: Prioritizing God’s Presence

I recently preached a message at Threshold Church called “Prioritizing God’s Presence.” In Exodus 33:14-15, Moses essentially told God that he would rather be in the wilderness with God than in the Promised Land without Him. To Moses, God’s presence was a higher priority than anything else. Though God is everywhere, there is a difference between His omnipresence and His manifest presence. Simply put, God’s...

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Light is Always Greater than Darkness

Light is Always Greater than Darkness

It is worth considering that the first specific act of God–and word from God–recorded in Scripture was to send light into darkness. The Bible records it this way in Genesis 1:1-3: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there...

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The Subtle Danger of False Humility

The Subtle Danger of False Humility

One of the greatest attributes in the kingdom of God is humility. Jesus modeled and taught the importance of humbling ourselves, serving, and not being self-exalting. Pride is a deadly, self-seeking force that is the root of so many other sins and problems. Pride caused the fall of Lucifer and was instrumental in the fall of man. Peter outlines the importance of humility and the danger of pride: “Yes, all of you be submissive to one...

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Sermon: Restoring the Ministry of Deliverance

Sermon: Restoring the Ministry of Deliverance

This past Sunday I preached a message at Threshold Church called “Restoring the Ministry of Deliverance.” Deliverance ministry refers to casting out demons in order to free people from torment, oppression, and bondage. Another way to put it is to free others from the influence of evil spirits. Reading through the gospels shows that deliverance ministry was very common for Jesus. Mark 1:39 says, “And He was preaching in their...

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4 Things that Can Derail Our Destiny

4 Things that Can Derail Our Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 11 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. At the end of his life, the apostle Paul could look back and know that he was finishing well. He was able to say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). I certainly hope that I will be able to say the same thing when it’s time for me to go on to eternity. Unfortunately, not every character in the...

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The Other Side of Your Obedience

The Other Side of Your Obedience

The following is derived from chapter 10 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. When it comes to moving forward on the path of our destiny, time does not necessarily equal progress. Destiny is not advanced by the mere passing of time, but by our steps of obedience to God. The children of Israel went forty years wandering in the wilderness without advancing in their destiny, all because of disobedience. When it was time for them to enter...

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The Season of Stepping into Your Purpose

The Season of Stepping into Your Purpose

The following is derived from chapter 8 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. One of the vital things to remember in walking out our destiny is that life is lived out in seasons. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Just as there are seasons in the natural, there are seasons in our walk with God and in fulfilling our divine purpose. Understanding this can help us to keep in...

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How Passion Fuels Destiny

How Passion Fuels Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 7 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. We may not realize it, but our passions and desires play a key role in the walking out of our destiny. They are a part of our wiring, and can be an indication of our calling. Jesus displayed some tremendous passion throughout His ministry. He was not simply going through motions out of robotic obedience; He was consumed with His call. Obedience to His Father...

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Should We Just Ignore The Devil?

Should We Just Ignore The Devil?

There seems to be an increasing number of believers who are taking an approach to the devil that is totally foreign to the New Testament. The thought process goes something like this: Since Jesus defeated Satan through His death and resurrection, we can pretty much ignore him now. While the premise is true, the conclusion is very false. This mindset of ignoring the devil sounds nice, but it has one major problem: the New Testament paints a...

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How we are Sons of God and Servants of God at the Same Time

How we are Sons of God and Servants of God at the Same Time

One of the most important revelations we can have as believers, is that we are sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ. The apostle John was astounded at this thought, and put it this way: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1). There is such freedom and security in the Father’s love. This theme is so important, that I devoted an entire...

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