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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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Sermon: Empowering our Kids in the Kingdom

Sermon: Empowering our Kids in the Kingdom

Last Fall I spoke at the annual HarvestNet International leadership summit. I had twenty minutes to share and my topic was “empowering our kids in the kingdom.” This theme has been on my heart recently, and is the focus of a kids ministry curriculum that I co-authored last year. Jesus said, “Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me” (Matthew 18:5). If we want to receive the fullness of...

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Sermon: A Life Wasted on Jesus

Sermon: A Life Wasted on Jesus

Mark 14:3-9 tells the story of the woman who anointed Jesus with costly fragrant oil. This was an extravagant act of devotion and worship to Jesus, but not everyone appreciated it as such. Some witnesses thought that the woman had taken things too far, and they called it a “waste.” It is one thing to say that Jesus is worthy; it is another thing to live like He is worthy. When we live our lives in extreme worship and...

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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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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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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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Sermon: Delivered from Darkness

Sermon: Delivered from Darkness

I recently preached a message called “Delivered from Darkness.” In this message, I talk about the reality of how our salvation in Christ includes being delivered from the kingdom of darkness. The apostle Paul put it this way: “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians...

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Sermon: Saved from Sin

Sermon: Saved from Sin

I recently preached a message about our salvation from sin. Jesus was described as “The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Because of His death and resurrection, He has made the way for us to be saved from both the penalty and power of sin. In this sermon, I expounded on the reality of what this means for us. Because of Jesus, we can experience the weight of sin lifted off of our shoulders and its...

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Sermon: Freedom from Generational Curses

Sermon: Freedom from Generational Curses

The reality of blessings and curses is a theme that runs throughout the Bible. These concepts are not mere superstitious beliefs, but truths that impact our lives. A curse is a supernatural force that works to bring harm and destruction, and/or hinder someone from receiving the blessings of God. A generational curse is one that is passed on from one generation to the next. Exodus 35:7 says that God visits “the iniquity of the fathers...

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Sermon: There is More!

Sermon: There is More!

I recently preached a message about the Holy Spirit called “There is More!” In Acts 19, the apostle Paul went to Ephesus and asked some disciples if they had received the Holy Spirit. They answered, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit” (Acts 19:2). These were godly men who had an understanding of the message of repentance, but not of faith in Jesus for salvation or of the baptism in the Holy Spirit....

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