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Discerning the Devil’s Voice

Discerning the Devil’s Voice

As believers we are in a spiritual battle that is raging all around us. There are healthy ways and unhealthy ways to approach spiritual warfare. We should not be ignorant of the devil’s schemes, but we must also not be afraid of him or over-fascinated with the kingdom of darkness. One of the keys to overcoming the enemy is learning to recognize his voice. That’s right–we must learn to discern the voice of the devil. While knowing...

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Birthing the Purposes of God

Birthing the Purposes of God

I have been focusing on writing a new book called Discovering Your Destiny. The manuscript is coming along quite nicely and I find myself in a great flow of writing. As I work on the manuscript, I will share snippets from time to time here on my blog. Below is an excerpt from one of the chapters: One of the ways to look at the process of fulfilling your destiny—or in some cases, facets of your destiny—is to compare it to the progression...

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3 Keys to Discovering your Destiny

3 Keys to Discovering your Destiny

I mentioned in a recent post that I began writing a book called Discovering your Destiny. My plan is to have it published by sometime midyear. Deep down inside, we all know that we were created for a divine purpose. And yet, many believers go through life without a clear sense of what they are specifically called to do. That is why I am writing this book. I hope to put tools in your hands that will help you discover and walk in your...

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Picking up the Pen in 2016

Picking up the Pen in 2016

I love to write! Communication through the written word is a powerful way to teach, encourage, and inspire. I have written three books and hundreds of articles…but in 2015 I didn’t write a whole lot. Whether it was circumstances, schedule, or just lack of discipline, my blog was not kept up with and I did not write any books. As 2016 begins, I’m feeling like its time to “pick up the pen” again. I will be...

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The Difference between Insanity and Persistence

The Difference between Insanity and Persistence

You have probably heard the quote attributed to Albert Einstein that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.” According to that definition, the prophet Elijah would qualify as insane! Consider 1 Kings 18:41-45: Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top...

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Interview on “By Faith Today”

Interview on “By Faith Today”

I recently had the privilege of doing an interview with Warren Basson of “By Faith Today.” We discussed my journey of faith and ministry, and two of my books were highlighted in the interview: Restoring the Ministry of Jesus and Can a Christian Have a Demon? Click below to listen (the audio does not show up on mobile...

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2 Unhealthy Approaches to Spiritual Warfare

2 Unhealthy Approaches to Spiritual Warfare

The subject of the devil, evil spirits, and spiritual warfare elicits quite a range of responses from believers. Some Christians obsess over the topic, while others avoid it altogether. As believers, we can’t deny the truth that the kingdom of darkness is real. The Bible talks plainly about Satan, fallen angels, demonic spirits, and the reality of our battle against them. We have a very real enemy and we are in a very real spiritual...

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Our Prayers Impact the Spiritual Realm

Our Prayers Impact the Spiritual Realm

We can sometimes forget that prayer is one of the weapons that God has given us in our conflict against the kingdom of darkness. But when Paul was listing the armor of God, he finished with this admonition: “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18). Intercession plays a critical role in advancing God’s...

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Upcoming Event: The Stirring

Upcoming Event: The Stirring

I am looking forward to being one of the speakers at an upcoming Global Awakening event called The Stirring! The Stirring is a free event that is happening July 23-25 in Mechanicsburg, PA. The theme of this conference is receiving a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit and being empowered to walk in His gifts. The apostle Paul said this to Timothy: “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on...

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3 Wrong Responses to the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

3 Wrong Responses to the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

With last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage throughout the United States, the social media and blog world have been blowing up non-stop over the last week. I very rarely address political issues on my blog, and I was not planning on writing anything on this topic. But this past Sunday while in worship and prayer, I felt like the Holy Spirit gave me a prompting to write, and an outline for an article. (That is not to...

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4 Characteristics of Spiritual Fathers

4 Characteristics of Spiritual Fathers

One of the desperate needs of the church today is for true spiritual fathers and mothers to arise and pour into the next generation of believers. There is a cry for spiritual fathers and mothers in today’s church; men and women who will invest in others sacrificially, with no strings attached. As God has brought spiritual fathers into my life, and as I have begun to step into a fathering role, I am beginning to see some characteristics...

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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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The Difference between Conviction and Condemnation

The Difference between Conviction and Condemnation

In my last article, I explained the difference between temptation and sin. We should not feel condemned or paralyzed by temptation. Instead, we should learn how to respond to it and walk in victory over it. Now I want to cover another important distinction: the difference between conviction and condemnation. There is a very critical difference between the two, and if we do not learn to recognize this, we can fall into the trap of guilt and...

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The Difference Between Temptation and Sin

The Difference Between Temptation and Sin

There is a difference between being tempted to sin, and sinning. This sounds very simple and obvious, but sometimes believers become paralyzed and even feel ashamed for simply experiencing temptation. It is not a sin to be tempted. Temptation is an enticement to sin, but it is not sin itself. It is when an “opportunity” to sin is presented to us. Being tempted to lust is not sinning. Being tempted to lie is not sinning. The key is what...

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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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