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The Other Side of Your Obedience

The Other Side of Your Obedience

The following is derived from chapter 9 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. When it comes to moving forward on the path of our destiny, time does not necessarily equal progress. Destiny is not advanced by the mere passing of time, but by our steps of obedience to God. The children of Israel went forty years wandering in the wilderness without advancing in their destiny, all because of disobedience. When it was time for them to enter...

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The Season of Stepping into Your Purpose

The Season of Stepping into Your Purpose

The following is derived from chapter 8 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. One of the vital things to remember in walking out our destiny is that life is lived out in seasons. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Just as there are seasons in the natural, there are seasons in our walk with God and in fulfilling our divine purpose. Understanding this can help us to keep in...

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How Passion Fuels Destiny

How Passion Fuels Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 7 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. We may not realize it, but our passions and desires play a key role in the walking out of our destiny. They are a part of our wiring, and can be an indication of our calling. Jesus displayed some tremendous passion throughout His ministry. He was not simply going through motions out of robotic obedience; He was consumed with His call. Obedience to His Father...

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Should We Just Ignore The Devil?

Should We Just Ignore The Devil?

There seems to be an increasing number of believers who are taking an approach to the devil that is totally foreign to the New Testament. The thought process goes something like this: Since Jesus defeated Satan through His death and resurrection, we can pretty much ignore him now. While the premise is true, the conclusion is very false. This mindset of ignoring the devil sounds nice, but it has one major problem: the New Testament paints a...

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How we are Sons of God and Servants of God at the Same Time

How we are Sons of God and Servants of God at the Same Time

One of the most important revelations we can have as believers, is that we are sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ. The apostle John was astounded at this thought, and put it this way: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1). There is such freedom and security in the Father’s love. This theme is so important, that I devoted an entire...

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How Do We Recognize Our Gifts?

How Do We Recognize Our Gifts?

The following is derived from chapter 6 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. Our gifts are a part of our unique identity, and one of the indicators of what we are called to do. Therefore, it is important that we gain a good grasp and realistic perspective on what they are and what they are not. Since gifts often come naturally to us, we may not recognize that we are operating in a gift. For example, you might have a teaching gift and...

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How Isolating a Truth from Other Truths Causes Error

How Isolating a Truth from Other Truths Causes Error

In a recent article, I mentioned that one of the ways that error gets into the church is when a genuine truth from the Bible gets isolated from out of its context or from the whole counsel of God’s Word. There are concepts, teachings, and truths that are true and good. But if they become isolated from other concepts, teachings, and truths they can easily become error. This is a deceptive way that the enemy draws people and churches into...

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How Relationships Impact Your Destiny

How Relationships Impact Your Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 5 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. There are a variety of ways that we can discover our destiny, and often it is the combination of these clues that comes together to make our calling clear. In the previous chapter we saw that God desires to speak into our destiny. Answering the question “what has God spoken?” is the first clue that we covered. The second clue that we will look at is with...

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When God Speaks to You About Your Destiny

When God Speaks to You About Your Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 4 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. Throughout the Bible we see that God is a God who speaks. He is not a distant God and He is not a silent God. He is intimately involved in our lives, and He communicates to us in a variety of ways. His written Word is the foundational way He speaks to us, and nothing He says will contradict the Bible. But while the Bible has general instructions, commands, and...

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Identity Releases Destiny

Identity Releases Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 3 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. Walking in our divine calling is first and foremost about our relationship with God. Our highest purpose is to know and love God, and walk in obedience to Him. This all stems from our revelation of His love for us. Out of our relationship with the Father, we begin to become secure in our identity as sons and daughters. We also begin to understand the specific...

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Christians: Stop Trying so Hard to be Non-religious!

Christians: Stop Trying so Hard to be Non-religious!

There is a lot of information about the “religious spirit” and how to be free from its influence. I have written before that the religious spirit is a destructive influence that destroys the church. Jesus warned about the leaven of the Pharisees (see Mark 8:15) and this force is still alive and well today. I wrote about it in Restoring the Ministry of Jesus as one of the influences that still opposes Christ’s ministry. The religious...

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Finding our Security as Sons and Daughters

Finding our Security as Sons and Daughters

The following is derived from chapter 2 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. As we seek to walk in our destiny, pursuing our relationship with God is paramount. Our destiny will unfold out of the place of intimacy with Him. And learning to relate to God as our Father is a big part of this journey. So much is solved when we are able to receive His love for us and be secure as a son or daughter. Again, we look to the example of...

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4 Myths About Organic Church

4 Myths About Organic Church

I am a big proponent of the church developing organically. I believe that many church growth methods used in the American church are too formulaic and mechanical, and have often turned the church into a business. When numerical growth becomes the primary measure of success, the door is opened to all kinds of impure methods to gain entrance. Pastors act like CEOs and members are treated like customers to keep rather than saints to be...

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Ministry Update: Lead Pastor of Threshold Church

Ministry Update: Lead Pastor of Threshold Church

I am excited to announce a new season of ministry! Over the last three years I have served on staff as an associate pastor at Threshold Church in Lancaster, PA. After a discernment process involving the elder and oversight team, I was installed as the new lead pastor this past Sunday, April 10th. I am so honored and excited to be stepping into this role. Several years ago, the Lord spoke through multiple mentors that being a lead pastor was...

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How Destiny Flows from our Relationship with God

How Destiny Flows from our Relationship with God

The following is derived from chapter 1 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny: Discovering your destiny cannot be attained independent of a relationship with God. We were created by Him and for Him, and apart from Him life is without its true purpose. Our salvation is not only about avoiding hell and going to heaven, but also about being reconciled to God and knowing Him personally. Notice how Jesus defines eternal life: “And this is...

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