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2 Unhealthy Approaches to Spiritual Warfare

2 Unhealthy Approaches to Spiritual Warfare

The subject of the devil, evil spirits, and spiritual warfare elicits quite a range of responses from believers. Some Christians obsess over the topic, while others avoid it altogether. As believers, we can’t deny the truth that the kingdom of darkness is real. The Bible talks plainly about Satan, fallen angels, demonic spirits, and the reality of our battle against them. We have a very real enemy and we are in a very real spiritual...

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Our Prayers Impact the Spiritual Realm

Our Prayers Impact the Spiritual Realm

We can sometimes forget that prayer is one of the weapons that God has given us in our conflict against the kingdom of darkness. But when Paul was listing the armor of God, he finished with this admonition: “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18). Intercession plays a critical role in advancing God’s...

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Upcoming Event: The Stirring

Upcoming Event: The Stirring

I am looking forward to being one of the speakers at an upcoming Global Awakening event called The Stirring! The Stirring is a free event that is happening July 23-25 in Mechanicsburg, PA. The theme of this conference is receiving a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit and being empowered to walk in His gifts. The apostle Paul said this to Timothy: “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on...

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3 Wrong Responses to the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

3 Wrong Responses to the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

With last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage throughout the United States, the social media and blog world have been blowing up non-stop over the last week. I very rarely address political issues on my blog, and I was not planning on writing anything on this topic. But this past Sunday while in worship and prayer, I felt like the Holy Spirit gave me a prompting to write, and an outline for an article. (That is not to...

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4 Characteristics of Spiritual Fathers

4 Characteristics of Spiritual Fathers

One of the desperate needs of the church today is for true spiritual fathers and mothers to arise and pour into the next generation of believers. There is a cry for spiritual fathers and mothers in today’s church; men and women who will invest in others sacrificially, with no strings attached. As God has brought spiritual fathers into my life, and as I have begun to step into a fathering role, I am beginning to see some characteristics...

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Sermon: Delivered from Darkness

Sermon: Delivered from Darkness

I recently preached a message called “Delivered from Darkness.” In this message, I talk about the reality of how our salvation in Christ includes being delivered from the kingdom of darkness. The apostle Paul put it this way: “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians...

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The Difference between Conviction and Condemnation

The Difference between Conviction and Condemnation

In my last article, I explained the difference between temptation and sin. We should not feel condemned or paralyzed by temptation. Instead, we should learn how to respond to it and walk in victory over it. Now I want to cover another important distinction: the difference between conviction and condemnation. There is a very critical difference between the two, and if we do not learn to recognize this, we can fall into the trap of guilt and...

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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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