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Sermon: The Gate of Heaven

Sermon: The Gate of Heaven

This past Sunday I preached a message at Threshold Church called The Gate of Heaven. Genesis 28 records a dream that Jacob had, in which he saw a ladder going from earth to heaven, and angels of God ascending and descending on it. When he awoke from this encounter he made this statement: “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” (Genesis 28:17). This is the first...

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The Subtle Danger of Soulish Preaching

The Subtle Danger of Soulish Preaching

One of the subtle dangers in preaching is for the message to be more soulish than spiritual. This is what happens when human wisdom runs the day: “This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic” (James 3:15 ESV). It seems that preparing and delivering sermons has become a science these days. The emphasis is placed on communication skills instead of spiritual depth. Instead of bringing a...

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Using “Discovering Your Destiny” for Small Groups

Using “Discovering Your Destiny” for Small Groups

My book Discovering Your Destiny was released just about two years ago, and is currently my top-selling book. Our destiny is directly connected to, and flows out of, our relationship with God. While there is no formula to walking in your purpose, there are biblical principles and patterns that are important to understand. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should...

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Is Entertainment Depleting your Spiritual Life?

Is Entertainment Depleting your Spiritual Life?

I am convinced that one of the greatest idols in America today is entertainment. It is not that entertainment in and of itself is sinful, but that the prominent place it holds in many of our hearts and lives is alarming. And on top of that, in many cases the type of entertainment that believers choose to engage in is ungodly, compromising, and dishonoring to God. I am often shocked to learn of the type of movies, television, music, books,...

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Sermon: Knowing God by Experience

Sermon: Knowing God by Experience

I recently preached a message on the importance of knowing God by experience. In John 17:3 Jesus gives a definition of eternal life: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Notice that eternal life is not just about going to heaven when we die; it is about knowing God. We are not just meant to learn things about God. We are meant to know Him personally and by...

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3 Foundations for Healthy Leadership in the Kingdom

3 Foundations for Healthy Leadership in the Kingdom

There is a vast difference between the leadership paradigm of the world and leadership in God’s kingdom. Whether this leadership takes place in the home, the church, the workplace, or otherwise, God’s people are to lead with servanthood and humility. We are to walk in the authority God has given us, but we are to use this authority for the sake of God’s glory and the benefit of others. More than leadership principles,...

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Introducing the Kids Empowered Website!

Introducing the Kids Empowered Website!

Last Fall, I announced the release of a twelve-month Kids Ministry curriculum called Kids Empowered. We are using this curriculum at Threshold Church and it is awesome to see how the Lord is moving in our children. Some other churches are starting to use the Kids Empowered curriculum as well, and we are thrilled to see this resource spread. I am excited to announce the launch of a brand new Kids Empowered website! The mission of this...

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Sermon: The Purpose of Receiving Power

Sermon: The Purpose of Receiving Power

When Jesus was commissioning the disciples with the gospel message, He told them that they were to receive power from the Holy Spirit: “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:29). We are indwelt with the Spirit at salvation, but we are also to continue to be empowered by the Spirit throughout our Christian walk. We should...

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4 Reasons to Pray in Tongues Regularly

4 Reasons to Pray in Tongues Regularly

In my last article, I defined speaking in tongues as speaking a language you have never learned, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Tongues is a gift of the Spirit that is often misunderstood. One of the reasons for this is that there several purposes for it. One of the purposes for tongues is that it can be used in your personal prayer life. This is sometimes referred to as having a prayer language. The apostle Paul speaks of this concept in...

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What is Speaking in Tongues?

What is Speaking in Tongues?

Speaking in tongues is a mysterious phenomenon that is found in the Bible, predominately in the New Testament after the birth of the early church. It is is found in several places in the book of Acts and is listed as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12. The topic of speaking in tongues has been quite controversial in the modern-day church. Some consider it to be a bizarre practice, relegated to fringe groups. Others...

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