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Sermon: Deliverance From Evil Spirits

Sermon: Deliverance From Evil Spirits

We recently had a special deliverance service at Threshold Church. During this service, I preached a message on deliverance from evil spirits and then we flowed into a corporate ministry time. Many people were set free from demonic influence during this time! The topic of deliverance is much more relevant than many people realize. There is a great need for clear, biblical teaching and healthy practice of the ministry of deliverance. When we...

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Sermon: The Power of a Father

Sermon: The Power of a Father

Last year on Father’s Day, I preached a message on the power of a father. As Benjamin was being born to the patriarch Jacob, his dying mother attempted to give him the name Ben-Oni (meaning “Son of My Sorrow”). But Jacob insisted on calling him Benjamin (meaning “Son of my Right Hand”). As his father, Jacob established him in his identity, not allowing him to be marked with a negative name that was not consistent with his...

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Sermon: Living for Eternity

Sermon: Living for Eternity

“For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14) At the beginning of this year, a tragic death in the family brought the topic of eternity to the forefront of my mind. No one is guaranteed tomorrow, and compared to eternity, our lives are like a vapor. I recently preached a message on living for eternity. Every one of of us will spend eternity in either heaven or...

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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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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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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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