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Are Evil Spirits Behind Suicide and Self-Destructive Behavior?

Are Evil Spirits Behind Suicide and Self-Destructive Behavior?

A young lady recently told me her testimony of deliverance from demonic influence. She had suffered from depression and tormenting suicidal thoughts for several years. During a Sunday morning service, I was praying a prayer for deliverance over the congregation. When I commanded the spirit of oppression to come out, she physically felt something leave her. This happened about a year ago, and she has not had depression or suicidal thoughts...

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Being Moved with God’s Heart of Compassion

Being Moved with God’s Heart of Compassion

When we minister to others, it is so important to be moved with God’s heart of compassion. Whether it is sharing the gospel, praying for healing, casting out evil spirits, or meeting needs, we must allow the Lord’s love to fill our hearts for the people to whom we minister. Ministry is not just about having good answers, saying the right words, or praying the right prayers. First and foremost, it is about having the heart of...

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Sermon: Deliverance From Evil Spirits

Sermon: Deliverance From Evil Spirits

We recently had a special deliverance service at Threshold Church. During this service, I preached a message on deliverance from evil spirits and then we flowed into a corporate ministry time. Many people were set free from demonic influence during this time! The topic of deliverance is much more relevant than many people realize. There is a great need for clear, biblical teaching and healthy practice of the ministry of deliverance. When we...

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5 Truths About Demonic Influence

5 Truths About Demonic Influence

With the recent release of my new book, Keys for Deliverance, I am focusing a lot of my articles on the topic of deliverance from evil spirits. This is a subject that we must remove the confusion and fear from, so that it can become normal in the church again. Deliverance is much more relevant than many people realize. Here is a small sampling of issues I have seen people set free from when they were delivered from evil spirits: Depression...

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Making Deliverance Normal Again

Making Deliverance Normal Again

The topic of deliverance from evil spirits causes a wide variety of responses. Some people would rather not even think about it, deeming it to be too dark, daunting, or depressing. Some are fearful of the subject and avoid it altogether, while others are overly fascinated by it. Many people are entirely skeptical of any such talk, considering the concept of evil spirits to be superstitious, outdated, or simply irrelevant to their lives. As...

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What Other Leaders are Saying About “Keys for Deliverance”

What Other Leaders are Saying About “Keys for Deliverance”

I recently announced the release of my new book, Keys for Deliverance. It is available in both paperback and Kindle (click here to go to the book’s Amazon page). I am so excited to have this book in print! I believe that God is highlighting the ministry of deliverance in this season, and that He will use this book to set people free and equip believers to minister deliverance to others. The ministry of deliverance does not need to be...

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Book Release: Keys for Deliverance

Book Release: Keys for Deliverance

I am excited to announce that my new book, Keys for Deliverance, is now in print! I truly believe that this is my most significant book release to date, and that God will use this book to set captives free and equip believers to minister deliverance to others. Check out the description below and make sure to get your copy from Amazon! Keys for Deliverance Deliverance from evil spirits is a topic that has often been avoided in the church....

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Sermon: The Power of a Father

Sermon: The Power of a Father

Last year on Father’s Day, I preached a message on the power of a father. As Benjamin was being born to the patriarch Jacob, his dying mother attempted to give him the name Ben-Oni (meaning “Son of My Sorrow”). But Jacob insisted on calling him Benjamin (meaning “Son of my Right Hand”). As his father, Jacob established him in his identity, not allowing him to be marked with a negative name that was not consistent with his...

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How Preconceived Beliefs Impact our Spiritual Discernment

How Preconceived Beliefs Impact our Spiritual Discernment

Sometimes we tend to think that when God speaks, moves, or acts, it will be completely obvious that it was God who acted. But in many cases, the Bible paints a dramatically different picture. I was recently drawn to study John 12:27-29, where Jesus is preparing to go to the cross: “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.”...

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The Perils of Passive Leadership

The Perils of Passive Leadership

Healthy and effective leadership requires a wide variety of character traits and skills. We must first have a heart-posture of serving the ones we lead. We must have the right foundations in place: intimacy with God, security in our identity in Christ, and integrity of heart and behavior. Then, we can grow in the gifts and skills required to lead. While many are quick to recognize the danger of domineering and controlling leadership styles,...

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Sermon: Living for Eternity

Sermon: Living for Eternity

“For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14) At the beginning of this year, a tragic death in the family brought the topic of eternity to the forefront of my mind. No one is guaranteed tomorrow, and compared to eternity, our lives are like a vapor. I recently preached a message on living for eternity. Every one of of us will spend eternity in either heaven or...

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The Role of Fasting in Receiving and Ministering Deliverance

The Role of Fasting in Receiving and Ministering Deliverance

I believe that prayer and fasting is one of the keys to walking in a greater anointing for deliverance. Fasting means to abstain from food for a spiritual purpose. There are various types of fasts, and fasting can be done for different lengths of time. Jesus both practiced and taught about fasting, and we should incorporate this spiritual discipline into our walk with God. Right after being baptized by John the Baptist and anointed with the...

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Removing the Stigma Associated with Deliverance from Demons

Removing the Stigma Associated with Deliverance from Demons

One of the obstacles to seeing the ministry of deliverance fully restored and active in the church today is that there is often an unnecessary stigma associated with it. Because of misunderstanding and fear, the thought of needing deliverance from an evil spirit sounds alarming, embarrassing, or shameful. And if you come from a background that inclines toward skepticism and resistance to anything supernatural, the concept of deliverance...

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Sermon: The Gate of Heaven

Sermon: The Gate of Heaven

This past Sunday I preached a message at Threshold Church called The Gate of Heaven. Genesis 28 records a dream that Jacob had, in which he saw a ladder going from earth to heaven, and angels of God ascending and descending on it. When he awoke from this encounter he made this statement: “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” (Genesis 28:17). This is the first...

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The Subtle Danger of Soulish Preaching

The Subtle Danger of Soulish Preaching

One of the subtle dangers in preaching is for the message to be more soulish than spiritual. This is what happens when human wisdom runs the day: “This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic” (James 3:15 ESV). It seems that preparing and delivering sermons has become a science these days. The emphasis is placed on communication skills instead of spiritual depth. Instead of bringing a...

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