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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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3 Ways that Error Gets Into the Church

3 Ways that Error Gets Into the Church

The New Testament is full of exhortations to guard against error. There are warnings about false doctrine, false prophets/teachers, lying signs, and other types of destructive influences. The devil is always at work trying to get inroads into the church. I have noticed that he is multi-faceted in his approach. Just like he tried multiple ways of tempting Jesus, he will try various methods of getting error into God’s people. Below are some...

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3 Keys to Discovering your Destiny

3 Keys to Discovering your Destiny

I recently announced the release of my new book, Discovering your Destiny. I am so excited about how this book came together and how it is going to impact lives! Although there is no formula for finding and fulfilling your God-given purpose, there are biblical principles we can follow. There are keys that God gives to help guide us further along on our journey. Discovering Your Destiny is broken down into three parts, each being a key to...

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What Other Leaders are Saying about Discovering Your Destiny

What Other Leaders are Saying about Discovering Your Destiny

I recently announced the release of my latest book, Discovering Your Destiny. It is available in both paperback and Kindle (click here for Amazon page). I am so excited about this book and the impact it is going to have on people’s lives. The biblical principles outlined in the book are very practical, and have had a dramatic impact on my own journey of discovering and walking in my God-given purpose. Throughout the book, I share...

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Book Release: Discovering Your Destiny now Available!

Book Release: Discovering Your Destiny now Available!

I am excited to announce the release of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. It is available in both paperback and kindle version (Click here for Amazon page). We all know that we were created with a God-given purpose. Yet, many believers go through life without a clear sense of what they are called to do or how to go about fulfilling their calling. That is why I wrote this book! Discovering Your Destiny outlines biblical principles...

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How Words of Knowledge Can Bring Deliverance

How Words of Knowledge Can Bring Deliverance

In a recent article, I wrote about a gift of the Holy Spirit called discerning of spirits. This gift is vitally important to the body of Christ. It gives insight into what is happening in the spiritual realm and it helps distinguish between what is of the Holy Spirit and what is a counterfeit. Discerning of spirits is a powerful aid to the ministry of deliverance, exposing the presence and identity of evil spirits. Another manifestation of...

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The Gift of Discerning Spirits

The Gift of Discerning Spirits

In 1 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul lists nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. One of these manifestations of the Spirit is called “discerning of spirits.” I believe that this is a vital gift for the church today. I would define discerning of spirits in the following way: the supernatural ability to perceive what is happening in the spiritual realm and to judge between the Holy Spirit and demonic spirits. Sometimes this gift...

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How Peace is a Weapon of Spiritual Warfare

How Peace is a Weapon of Spiritual Warfare

When we consider the weapons that God has given us for spiritual battle, we are usually drawn to Paul’s list of armor in Ephesians 6:10-18. We think of declaring God’s Word as the sword of the Spirit. We think of the power of intercessory prayer to dispel darkness, and how fasting can impact the spiritual realm. All of this is valid and necessary, but there is an unlikely spiritual weapon that I want to highlight: peace. Paul says...

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Writing Update: “Discovering Your Destiny” Coming Soon!

Writing Update: “Discovering Your Destiny” Coming Soon!

As 2015 came to a close and 2016 began, I felt a call to pick up the pen and focus more on writing. This takes on two primary forms: articles for my blog and book projects. On January 1st, I received an unexpected text message from a member of the church where I serve, wishing me a Happy New Year and asking if I had ever considered writing a book about discovering your destiny. Early in 2015, my wife and I had hosted a small group with that...

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3 Differences Between Lust and Love

3 Differences Between Lust and Love

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, the topic of love is on the forefront of many peoples’ minds. Love is a major theme throughout the Scriptures. In fact, Jesus said that the whole of the law and prophets is to love God and love our neighbor. There are no greater commandments than these (see Matthew 22:35-40). But love can mean many different things to people. And one of the common mistakes that we can make is to confuse lust...

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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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