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Sermon: Understanding the Power of Words

Sermon: Understanding the Power of Words

This past Sunday I preached a message at Threshold Church called “Understanding the Power of Words.” The Bible says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Our words can be used for both good and evil. They can bring encouragement, peace, healing, and blessing; but they can also bring harm, destruction, and cursing. In this message I talk about both sides of the power of words,...

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Why I wrote “Can a Christian Have a Demon?” – And who will Benefit from It

Why I wrote “Can a Christian Have a Demon?” –  And who will Benefit from It

I am excited to announce that my newest book, Can a Christian Have a Demon? has been released! Can a Christian Have a Demon? is a short and easy-to-read book. It tackles some of the common misunderstandings surrounding the ministry of deliverance, especially the belief that a Christian cannot have a demon. Deliverance is a controversial subject, and one that has been often avoided by the church. When it comes to the devil and his demons, we...

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Introduction to “Can a Christian Have a Demon?”

Introduction to “Can a Christian Have a Demon?”

Below is the introduction to my newly released book Can a Christian Have a Demon? Over the last several years, I have been involved in what is called “deliverance ministry.” Deliverance refers to freeing people from the influence of evil spirits; casting out demons in order to set others free from torment, oppression, and bondage. This type of ministry is not something that I grew up seeing in church. It was not talked about, nor did I...

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Tested by the Word of the Lord

Tested by the Word of the Lord

Have you ever been tested by the Word of God? In the Old Testament, Joseph had a dream that he would be placed in a position of great authority one day; that even his brothers would bow down to him. What happened next is the exact opposite: he was betrayed, sold into slavery, and eventually ended up in prison for a crime he did not commit. Joseph spent many years in a season of testing before the dream God gave him came to pass. Here is how...

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Upcoming Book Release: Can a Christian Have a Demon?

Upcoming Book Release: Can a Christian Have a Demon?

I am excited to announce that I will soon be releasing a new book titled Can a Christian Have a Demon?  Whenever I teach on deliverance, this is the most frequent question I encounter. It is commonly believed in much of the church that a believer cannot have a demon. After all, how can an evil spirit dwell in the temple of the Holy Spirit? The very thought seems like an obvious impossibility. But is this belief really based on biblical...

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Partnering with God

Partnering with God

When God wants to accomplish something on the earth, He looks for people with whom He can partner. When He created the earth, He placed mankind in charge of it (see Genesis 1:26-28). This is His established order for our world, and the framework in which He works. God is sovereign—He is the supreme authority over all things—but He has chosen to work on this earth through men and women. I would describe the partnership between God and...

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When the Church Becomes a Business

When the Church Becomes a Business

I have a strong aversion to the church being run like a business. Perhaps it has something to do with Jesus flipping tables over in the temple: And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables;...

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Sermon: Embracing the Supernatural

Sermon: Embracing the Supernatural

I recently preached a message on embracing the supernatural, while avoiding some of the common pitfalls that are associated with supernatural power. The Christianity that we see in the New Testament is one that is infused with the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. There is a call upon the church to not only preach the kingdom of God but to demonstrate it with power. God gives the church supernatural power because it is required to...

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What a Culture of Prayer Looks Like

What a Culture of Prayer Looks Like

I recently preached a message called Establishing a Culture of Prayer. In this message I used illustrations from the book of Acts to show that prayer was engrained into the life of the early church. Praying together was foundational to the early church’s existence. What exactly is a “culture of prayer?” One way to look at it, is that a culture of prayer is simply when prayer is normal. When lifting our voices together to God is not...

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Top 10 Articles of 2013

Top 10 Articles of 2013

Here we are at the end of another year! As we close out 2013, I wanted to highlight the top articles of the year on this blog. First, a few interesting stats from my blog in 2013: This year I posted 96 posts to my blog. The majority of these were teaching articles, some were sermons, and a few were updates about ministry events. Pages from my website were viewed just shy of 49,000 times. People from over 150 countries viewed it throughout...

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Sermon: Establishing a Culture of Prayer

Sermon: Establishing a Culture of Prayer

I recently preached a message called “Establishing a Culture of Prayer.” In the book of Acts, we see the early church in action, empowered by the Holy Spirit. One of the distinctions of how the early church functioned is that they had a “culture of prayer.” What I mean is that prayer was engrained into the life of the church; it was how they lived and moved. Prayer is not meant to be a last resort; it is meant to be...

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3 Ways that Demons Influence People

3 Ways that Demons Influence People

One of the ways that I define deliverance ministry is setting people free from the influence of demons (also called evil spirits). This is one of the primary works that Jesus did in His earthly ministry; casting demons out of people to set them free. I have been involved in deliverance ministry for the last eight years. Based on my church background I am an unlikely candidate for this ministry, but God called me into it. (Click to read how...

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Keys for Deliverance: Equipping School

Keys for Deliverance: Equipping School

“And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons” (Mark 1:39). One of the most common things that Jesus did in His earthly ministry was to cast out demons. This is sometimes referred to today as “deliverance ministry.” Even though Jesus has given the church authority to drive out evil spirits, much of the church avoids the whole subject out of ignorance or fear. As a result,...

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Sermon: Empowered by the Holy Spirit

Sermon: Empowered by the Holy Spirit

This past Sunday I preached a message at Threshold Church on being empowered by the Holy Spirit. Every true believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. But there is a difference between being indwelt by the Holy Spirit and being empowered by the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:8 Jesus told the disciples this: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in...

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Sermon: Receiving the Father’s Blessing

Sermon: Receiving the Father’s Blessing

I recently preached a message at Threshold Church called “Receiving the Father’s Blessing.” In this message I outlined the important role that fathers play in our lives in establishing our identity and instilling a sense of security. Many are carrying an “orphan spirit” because they have had bad experiences with their fathers. Many are striving for love and approval, not realizing that what they really seek is...

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