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Sermon: Lessons from a Failed Attempt at Healing

Sermon: Lessons from a Failed Attempt at Healing

A few weeks ago I posted a sermon called “Restoring the Ministry of Healing.” God is restoring the power of the Holy Spirit to the church, and this includes healing the sick. Healing can be a sensitive and confusing subject for believers to grapple with, and some avoid the subject altogether. In “Lessons from a Failed Attempt at Healing” I looked at an example in Matthew 17 where the disciples were unable to heal a...

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Heresy Hunters and Pharisee Hunters

Heresy Hunters and Pharisee Hunters

There are many ministries out there today that are dedicated to exposing false teaching, pointing out false prophets, and making the church aware of aberrant movements. These ministries have been sometimes called “heresy hunters” and with the rise of the internet, heresy hunter websites and ministries are becoming more common. It is true that we must be on guard against false teaching and false prophets. Jesus warned about being...

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Sermon: Restoring the Ministry of Healing

Sermon: Restoring the Ministry of Healing

I recently preached a message called “Restoring the Ministry of Healing.” Healing was an essential part of the ministry of Jesus. Everywhere He went the sick were healed and the demonized were delivered. Jesus also passed on the healing ministry to His disciples, and to the whole church. The early church saw the same kind of healings that Jesus did in His ministry. But as time went on, the church lost this foundational...

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3 Foundations for Christian Unity

3 Foundations for Christian Unity

We know that unity is an important topic in the Bible. Jesus prayed for the unity of believers in His well-known prayer in John 17 (see verse 20-21). The apostle Paul gives us this exhortation in Ephesians 4:1-6 (emphasis added): “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring...

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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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