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Sermon: The Power of Deliverance

Sermon: The Power of Deliverance

I recently preached a message called “The Power of Deliverance.” Though we are promised great freedom in Christ, many in the church are not living in this reality. Some have become so accustomed to bondage, torment, and oppression that they think it is normal. But, Jesus came to set captives free. He came preaching the gospel of the kingdom and freeing people from the power of the devil. In this message I outline how the...

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Is Deliverance from Demons a Rare Occurrence?

Is Deliverance from Demons a Rare Occurrence?

The topic of deliverance from demons is one that is often surrounded by ignorance, confusion, and fear. Hollywood portrayals glorify the powers of darkness and produce images of terror. Our Western mindset minimizes the supernatural and is skeptical about spiritual realities. On top of this, we have often based our understanding of demons and deliverance on our church traditions and experience as opposed to the teaching of Scripture. Many...

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Keys for Deliverance: Saturday, September 13th

Keys for Deliverance: Saturday, September 13th

“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 set others free from evil spirits, it is not very common to see this ministry expressed in today’s church. There is a lot...

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The Connection between Repentance and Deliverance

The Connection between Repentance and Deliverance

Recently, I have been reminded again about the importance of repentance; and its clear connection to deliverance. Repentance is a precursor to freedom from bondage and demonic oppression. Before Jesus came on the scene preaching the good news of the kingdom, healing the sick, and casting out demons, John the Baptist prepared the way. He called the people to true repentance, to turn from sin and submit to God. He called them to change their...

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Sermon: The Original Temptation

Sermon: The Original Temptation

I recently preached a message called “The Original Temptation.” The first four words of the devil recorded in Scripture are, “Did God really say?” (see Genesis 3:1). Ever since that first temptation in the Garden, the enemy has been calling into question the Word of God. Since God’s Word is the foundation of our faith, Satan works overtime at trying to undermine it. In this message I outline three types of...

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3 Characteristics of Apostles

3 Characteristics of Apostles

In my previous article, we looked at the question of whether or not there are modern day apostles. The early church was not primarily led by pastors, but by apostles. And there are more mentions of apostles in the New Testament than any other ministry gift in the church. We have no biblical reason to believe that God has withdrawn the ministry of the apostle. Over the last several decades, the Lord has been restoring the ministry of...

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Are there Modern Day Apostles?

Are there Modern Day Apostles?

Has it ever occurred to you that the church in the New Testament was not primarily led by pastors? While in our modern church culture, the term “pastor” has become a general title to signify leaders in the church, in the New Testament it described a specific function of ministry. In fact, all of the fivefold ministry gifts to the church should be seen as functions more than titles. There are many who carry the title “pastor” because...

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Sermon: Receive the Holy Spirit

Sermon: Receive the Holy Spirit

I recently preached a message called “Receive the Holy Spirit.” When Jesus went to His hometown of Nazareth, He was not properly received. Because of the lack of honor and the unbelief, the Bible says that He could not do any miracles there, except heal a few sick people (see Mark 6:1-6). His ministry was severely limited. The same is true of the Holy Spirit. When He is not embraced by the church and received for who He is, the...

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Bible is clear that there is one true living God. He is the creator and sustainer of all things. He is sovereign, all-powerful, and eternal. And though He is One, He has revealed Himself in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Not three Gods; but one God in three persons. This mysterious “three-in-one” nature of God is often referred to as the “Trinity.” There is no doubt that the Holy Spirit is the...

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Sermon: The Resurrection of Hope

Sermon: The Resurrection of Hope

This past Easter Sunday I preached a message called “The Resurrection of Hope.” In this sermon I talked about the importance and power maintaining an attitude of hope. We know that without faith it is impossible to please God (see Hebrews 11:6); and I believe that without hope it is impossible to have faith. Hope is the precursor to faith, for “faith is the substance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1). One of the...

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A Prayer for Deliverance

A Prayer for Deliverance

I have used prayers like the one below many times when ministering deliverance to a person or group of people. If you or someone you know is in need of deliverance, it is an effective tool that can be used to help facilitate the process. The prayer should not be seen as a formula, but as a model to follow. The purpose of this prayer is to close all doors, take away any “legal rights” that evil spirits may have, and come into complete...

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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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