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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 We have no biblical reason to believe that God has withdrawn the ministry of the apostle.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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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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