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The Difference Between Temptation and Sin

The Difference Between Temptation and Sin

There is a difference between being tempted to sin, and sinning. This sounds very simple and obvious, but sometimes believers become paralyzed and even feel ashamed for simply experiencing temptation. It is not a sin to be tempted. Temptation is an enticement to sin, but it is not sin itself. It is when an “opportunity” to sin is presented to us. Being tempted to lust is not sinning. Being tempted to lie is not sinning. The key is what...

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Sermon: Saved from Sin

Sermon: Saved from Sin

I recently preached a message about our salvation from sin. Jesus was described as “The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Because of His death and resurrection, He has made the way for us to be saved from both the penalty and power of sin. In this sermon, I expounded on the reality of what this means for us. Because of Jesus, we can experience the weight of sin lifted off of our shoulders and its...

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Book Recommendation: And Into His Marvelous Light

Book Recommendation: And Into His Marvelous Light

I recently had the honor of walking with Noelle Funk in the process of publishing her first book. It is a spiritual allegory of her testimony of deliverance from the kingdom of darkness and her journey home to God the Father. It had a powerful impact on me and I highly recommend that you buy it and read it! My wife and I have had the privilege of knowing and walking with Noelle over the past year, and can testify to the amazing work that...

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3 Lies Christians Believe about Pornography

3 Lies Christians Believe about Pornography

There is no doubt that pornography has become a pervasive influence in our culture. This multi-billion dollar industry is aggressively making inroads into our society at an alarming rate. You no longer have to look for porn; it is looking for you. Everywhere you turn, you are bombarded by sexually explicit content and images. From the internet, to social media, to movies, to TV commercials, to the grocery store; lust-filled propaganda is...

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5 Components of Effective Discipleship

5 Components of Effective Discipleship

I wrote recently of the call of the church to make disciples. Jesus is our example in this. He intentionally selected disciples, calling them to follow Him. As they made the commitment to discipleship, they were transformed in the process. What are some keys for effective discipleship? Based on the example of Jesus, and on personal experience, I believe that we must have a multi-faceted approach. Below are five components that make for...

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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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