Sermon Archives

Ben Janssen
August 13, 2017

The Wonder-Working God

The Wonder-Working God

The account of the twelfth judge of Israel, Samson, begins uniquely by describing the angelic announcement of his coming birth. God is at work, preparing to raise up another deliverer for Israel who has now become content with enslavement to the Philistines. God’s promised deliverance is difficult to believe, but unless there is a surrender […]

August 6, 2017

The Tragic Triumph of Jephthah

The Tragic Triumph of Jephthah

The fifth “primary” judge is a man named Jephthah, whose story is one of the most tragic in all the Bible. In response to the people’s surface confession, God leaves them to their own devices in securing their deliverance from the oppression of the Ammonites. Jephthah’s initial success is ensured by God, but the apparent […]

June 25, 2017

Pray by Faith

Pray by Faith

Although prayer is more than making requests to God, it certainly is not less than that. God wants us to ask him to do things on our behalf, and no one modeled this better than Jesus. His petition before God in the Garden of Gethsemane is an example to all of his disciples of the […]

June 18, 2017

Pray by Confessing

Pray by Confessing

Why do we find prayer to be so difficult? In a word, it is because of sin. Whether we are in difficult or prosperous circumstances, our sin keeps us dependent on ourselves rather than on God. Prayer, then, is fundamental to the war against sin. As we confess and forsake our sins in prayer, we […]

June 11, 2017

Pray by Praising

Pray by Praising
June 4, 2017

Ponder and Pray

Ponder and Pray

One of the reasons we struggle with prayer is because we struggle to slow down and commune with God. If we are going to enter into a conversation with God then we must be willing to take the time to listen to him and let his Word affect our lives. The biblical discipline of meditation […]

May 21, 2017

Finding Approval with God

Finding Approval with God
May 7, 2017

A Conversation with God

A Conversation with God

Prayer is a global phenomenon, but Christian praying is distinctive for several reasons. For one, Christian prayer is always a response to God and his words. When we begin to see the power of God through his words, we will find ourselves responding to him in prayer. And since such praying is a response, these […]

April 30, 2017

Prayer Struggle

Prayer Struggle

The Christian is exhorted to put on the armor of God and thereby to withstand the attacks of the enemy. To this is added the need for prayer. In prayer we express our dependence on God. By devoting ourselves to prayer, we are able to see God accomplish his work through us, which both encourages us […]

April 23, 2017

The Armor of God

The Armor of God

Christians struggle against a powerful enemy who wants to shipwreck their faith and turn them into rebels against God. The only defense is the armor which God himself wore when he struck the decisive blow of victory over the enemy. Clothed in this armor, Christians are strengthened with God’s mighty power and will persevere in […]

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