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The Call of Discipleship

The Call of Discipleship

The call of God for the church is not only to make converts, but to make disciples. Jesus gave what is known as the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20: And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have...

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Motivated by Abundant Compassion

Motivated by Abundant Compassion

The following was originally written for the free EBook “Be Prolific in 2015.” Click here to download your free copy. As I study the life and ministry of Jesus, I am struck not only by what He did, but by why He did it. He would travel from place to place preaching the good news, healing people of their sicknesses, and delivering those who were oppressed. What motivated Him to do these good works? Was He trying to gain a...

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Sermon: Freedom from Generational Curses

Sermon: Freedom from Generational Curses

The reality of blessings and curses is a theme that runs throughout the Bible. These concepts are not mere superstitious beliefs, but truths that impact our lives. A curse is a supernatural force that works to bring harm and destruction, and/or hinder someone from receiving the blessings of God. A generational curse is one that is passed on from one generation to the next. Exodus 35:7 says that God visits “the iniquity of the fathers...

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The Difference between Authority and Power

The Difference between Authority and Power

If we are going to step into doing the works of Jesus, we will need two essential ingredients: authority and power. We must have a foundation of intimacy with God, and should always be motivated by compassion for others; but without the equipment of authority and power we will not have what it takes to do the task. Luke 9:1 says this: “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to...

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Sermon: There is More!

Sermon: There is More!

I recently preached a message about the Holy Spirit called “There is More!” In Acts 19, the apostle Paul went to Ephesus and asked some disciples if they had received the Holy Spirit. They answered, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit” (Acts 19:2). These were godly men who had an understanding of the message of repentance, but not of faith in Jesus for salvation or of the baptism in the Holy Spirit....

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Why Prophetic Words can be Confusing

Why Prophetic Words can be Confusing

As I have written previously, I have been greatly blessed by the gift of prophecy throughout my walk with the Lord. There have been many times when God spoke to me through another person, exactly what I needed to hear at that moment. God has used prophecy to confirm aspects of my calling, encourage me, and give me and my wife needed direction. At times, I have also been used in the gift of prophecy to encourage others. Prophecy is one of...

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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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