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Sermon: The Purpose of Receiving Power

Sermon: The Purpose of Receiving Power

When Jesus was commissioning the disciples with the gospel message, He told them that they were to receive power from the Holy Spirit: “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:29). We are indwelt with the Spirit at salvation, but we are also to continue to be empowered by the Spirit throughout our Christian walk. We should...

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4 Reasons to Pray in Tongues Regularly

4 Reasons to Pray in Tongues Regularly

In my last article, I defined speaking in tongues as speaking a language you have never learned, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Tongues is a gift of the Spirit that is often misunderstood. One of the reasons for this is that there several purposes for it. One of the purposes for tongues is that it can be used in your personal prayer life. This is sometimes referred to as having a prayer language. The apostle Paul speaks of this concept in...

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What is Speaking in Tongues?

What is Speaking in Tongues?

Speaking in tongues is a mysterious phenomenon that is found in the Bible, predominately in the New Testament after the birth of the early church. It is is found in several places in the book of Acts and is listed as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12. The topic of speaking in tongues has been quite controversial in the modern-day church. Some consider it to be a bizarre practice, relegated to fringe groups. Others...

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There are no Shortcuts to Fulfilling your Destiny

There are no Shortcuts to Fulfilling your Destiny

We live in a society that seems to be enamored with quick fixes and shortcut solutions. Fad diets, get-rich-quick schemes, and the desire for fast-track promotions abound. The same can be true in discovering and fulfilling our destiny. We often want the promise without the process; the testimony without the testing; the position without the pruning; the glory without the story; the big without faithfulness in the little; the suddenly...

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Testimony: Deliverance While Reading “Can a Christian Have a Demon?”

Testimony: Deliverance While Reading “Can a Christian Have a Demon?”

As I work on writing my new book, Keys for Deliverance, I pray regularly that God will use the book to bring deliverance to those in need and also to equip people to minister deliverance to others. I even recently wondered if some would experience demonic manifestations and be delivered while simply reading it. I have noticed a pattern that whenever I preach and teach on the topic of deliverance from demons, people who are under demonic...

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Sermon: Empowering our Kids in the Kingdom

Sermon: Empowering our Kids in the Kingdom

Last Fall I spoke at the annual HarvestNet International leadership summit. I had twenty minutes to share and my topic was “empowering our kids in the kingdom.” This theme has been on my heart recently, and is the focus of a kids ministry curriculum that I co-authored last year. Jesus said, “Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me” (Matthew 18:5). If we want to receive the fullness of...

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Why I Emphasize Deliverance from Demons

Why I Emphasize Deliverance from Demons

I recently announced that I am working on a new book that I plan to release later this year. Keys for Deliverance will focus on helping people receive freedom from the influence of evil spirits and be equipped to minister deliverance to others. I hope to remove confusion, and make the ministry of deliverance both understandable and practical. Deliverance has been a consistent aspect of my ministry for over a decade (click here for an...

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New Book Project: Keys for Deliverance

New Book Project: Keys for Deliverance

I am excited to announce that I am working on writing a new book! The working title is Keys for Deliverance: Freedom from the Influence of Evil Spirits. When people consider the topic of deliverance from demons, there are a wide variety of responses. Some would rather not even think about it, considering it to be too dark or depressing. Some are fearful of the subject, while others are over-fascinated by it. Some are entirely skeptical of...

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Sermon: A Life Wasted on Jesus

Sermon: A Life Wasted on Jesus

Mark 14:3-9 tells the story of the woman who anointed Jesus with costly fragrant oil. This was an extravagant act of devotion and worship to Jesus, but not everyone appreciated it as such. Some witnesses thought that the woman had taken things too far, and they called it a “waste.” It is one thing to say that Jesus is worthy; it is another thing to live like He is worthy. When we live our lives in extreme worship and...

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Living in Light of Eternity

Living in Light of Eternity

My family and I recently experienced a tragic loss. My wife’s brother, who was thirty-one years old, was killed suddenly in a car accident two weeks ago. The last few weeks have been quite an emotional whirlwind. There has been lots of grief and many tears as we have processed this tragedy. At the same time, we have been overwhelmed by God’s love and comfort, and the support and care we have received from friends, family, and...

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The Heart of Leadership in God’s Kingdom

The Heart of Leadership in God’s Kingdom

Leadership is a topic that I am passionate about. I am certainly not an expert on the subject, and have a long way to go in my leadership journey. But I am planning to start including the topic of leadership in my blog articles. In a recent article, I compared the leadership style of King Saul to that of the apostle Paul. Now I want to take a look at how Jesus defined leadership in the kingdom of God. After the mother of James and John...

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Are You a “Saul” or a “Paul” Type of Leader?

Are You a “Saul” or a “Paul” Type of Leader?

Quite often, the leadership style of King Saul is compared to that of his successor, King David. There is much that can be learned from this comparison, but I once felt prompted to instead compare King Saul to another man named Saul: Saul of Tarsus, better known as the apostle Paul. King Saul started out well, while the apostle Paul started out as a violent persecutor of the church. By the end of their lives however, you would have never...

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Introducing KIDS EMPOWERED! (A Twelve-Month Children’s Ministry Curriculum)

Introducing KIDS EMPOWERED! (A Twelve-Month Children’s Ministry Curriculum)

For the last several months I have been working on a new writing project. It is a twelve month Spirit-filled kids ministry curriculum called KIDS EMPOWERED!  I co-authored this curriculum with Nikki Patterson, who serves as the Kids Ministry Director at Threshold Church. We will be using this curriculum at Threshold starting next month. I am excited to see how the Lord will work in the lives of our children as we are intentional about...

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Sermon: Holiness and the Fear of the Lord

Sermon: Holiness and the Fear of the Lord

I recently preached a message called “Holiness and the Fear of the Lord.” Holiness may not be a popular message today, but it is an important one. God has always required holiness from His people. This was true under the Old Covenant and it is just as true under the New Covenant. God’s grace does not remove the requirement of holiness, it empowers us to obtain it! Holiness means to be set apart to God. Yes, it is about...

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The Power of “Waiting on God”

The Power of “Waiting on God”

One of the keys to growing in our relationship with God is engaging in spiritual disciplines. Regular time of reading the Word, praying, worshiping, and other practices help us to grow spiritually and increase in our intimacy with God. An often-overlooked spiritual discipline is what is sometimes referred to as “waiting on God.” In this context waiting on God refers to being still and quiet in God’s presence. This is not a passive...

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