Welcome to the blog page.  Here you will find articles on various topics relating to growing in relationship with God, the church, healing and deliverance, and general spiritual growth. Make sure to give your feedback and ask questions in the comment section, and to share with others!

Sermon: The Gate of Heaven

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in Sermons | 0 comments

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 reference to the house of God in Scripture, and it is also called the gate of heaven–that is, heaven’s...

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The Subtle Danger of Soulish Preaching

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Contending for the Faith, The Church | 0 comments

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 word from the Lord, and depending on the Holy Spirit to move in confirmation, we rely on tricks,...

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Using “Discovering Your Destiny” for Small Groups

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Books | 0 comments

Using “Discovering Your Destiny” for Small Groups

My book Discovering Your Destiny was released just about two years ago, and is currently my top-selling book. Our destiny is directly connected to, and flows out of, our relationship with God. While there is no formula to walking in your purpose, there are biblical principles and patterns that are important to understand. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). We are God’s workmanship…and while we are not saved by...

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Is Entertainment Depleting your Spiritual Life?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in The Christian Life | 2 comments

Is Entertainment Depleting your Spiritual Life?

I am convinced that one of the greatest idols in America today is entertainment. It is not that entertainment in and of itself is sinful, but that the prominent place it holds in many of our hearts and lives is alarming. And on top of that, in many cases the type of entertainment that believers choose to engage in is ungodly, compromising, and dishonoring to God. I am often shocked to learn of the type of movies, television, music, books, and video games that Christians regularly partake in. If this sounds legalistic to you, consider the words...

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Sermon: Knowing God by Experience

Posted by on Mar 17, 2018 in Sermons | 0 comments

Sermon: Knowing God by Experience

I recently preached a message on the importance of knowing God by experience. In John 17:3 Jesus gives a definition of eternal life: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Notice that eternal life is not just about going to heaven when we die; it is about knowing God. We are not just meant to learn things about God. We are meant to know Him personally and by actual experience. While experience is not the foundation of our doctrine, it is a vital part of our...

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3 Foundations for Healthy Leadership in the Kingdom

Posted by on Mar 3, 2018 in Leadership | 0 comments

3 Foundations for Healthy Leadership in the Kingdom

There is a vast difference between the leadership paradigm of the world and leadership in God’s kingdom. Whether this leadership takes place in the home, the church, the workplace, or otherwise, God’s people are to lead with servanthood and humility. We are to walk in the authority God has given us, but we are to use this authority for the sake of God’s glory and the benefit of others. More than leadership principles, theories, and models, healthy leadership comes from the interior life of an individual. This is so important...

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Introducing the Kids Empowered Website!

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Latest News | 0 comments

Introducing the Kids Empowered Website!

Last Fall, I announced the release of a twelve-month Kids Ministry curriculum called Kids Empowered. We are using this curriculum at Threshold Church and it is awesome to see how the Lord is moving in our children. Some other churches are starting to use the Kids Empowered curriculum as well, and we are thrilled to see this resource spread. I am excited to announce the launch of a brand new Kids Empowered website! The mission of this website is to equip churches and parents to value their children and train them up in the Lord. Kids are vital...

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Sermon: The Purpose of Receiving Power

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Sermons, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Sermon: The Purpose of Receiving Power

When Jesus was commissioning the disciples with the gospel message, He told them that they were to receive power from the Holy Spirit: “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:29). We are indwelt with the Spirit at salvation, but we are also to continue to be empowered by the Spirit throughout our Christian walk. We should continue to seek fresh fillings and encounters with the Holy Spirit, but we must not seek the power of the Holy...

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4 Reasons to Pray in Tongues Regularly

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Prayer, The Holy Spirit | 4 comments

4 Reasons to Pray in Tongues Regularly

In my last article, I defined speaking in tongues as speaking a language you have never learned, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Tongues is a gift of the Spirit that is often misunderstood. One of the reasons for this is that there several purposes for it. One of the purposes for tongues is that it can be used in your personal prayer life. This is sometimes referred to as having a prayer language. The apostle Paul speaks of this concept in 1 Corinthians 14: “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful....

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What is Speaking in Tongues?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

What is Speaking in Tongues?

Speaking in tongues is a mysterious phenomenon that is found in the Bible, predominately in the New Testament after the birth of the early church. It is is found in several places in the book of Acts and is listed as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12. The topic of speaking in tongues has been quite controversial in the modern-day church. Some consider it to be a bizarre practice, relegated to fringe groups. Others claim that tongues–along with all of the supernatural gifts of the Spirit–are no longer...

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There are no Shortcuts to Fulfilling your Destiny

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in The Christian Life | 0 comments

There are no Shortcuts to Fulfilling your Destiny

We live in a society that seems to be enamored with quick fixes and shortcut solutions. Fad diets, get-rich-quick schemes, and the desire for fast-track promotions abound. The same can be true in discovering and fulfilling our destiny. We often want the promise without the process; the testimony without the testing; the position without the pruning; the glory without the story; the big without faithfulness in the little; the suddenly without the slowly; the fruit without the root; the public place without the secret place. But this is not how...

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Testimony: Deliverance While Reading “Can a Christian Have a Demon?”

Posted by on Feb 3, 2018 in Books, Healing and Deliverance | 0 comments

Testimony: Deliverance While Reading “Can a Christian Have a Demon?”

As I work on writing my new book, Keys for Deliverance, I pray regularly that God will use the book to bring deliverance to those in need and also to equip people to minister deliverance to others. I even recently wondered if some would experience demonic manifestations and be delivered while simply reading it. I have noticed a pattern that whenever I preach and teach on the topic of deliverance from demons, people who are under demonic influence will sometimes begin to experience manifestations while I am teaching. Sometimes this is visible:...

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Sermon: Empowering our Kids in the Kingdom

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Sermons | 2 comments

Sermon: Empowering our Kids in the Kingdom

Last Fall I spoke at the annual HarvestNet International leadership summit. I had twenty minutes to share and my topic was “empowering our kids in the kingdom.” This theme has been on my heart recently, and is the focus of a kids ministry curriculum that I co-authored last year. Jesus said, “Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me” (Matthew 18:5). If we want to receive the fullness of Jesus in our midst, we must receive the children. They must be valued and empowered as vital members of the...

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Why I Emphasize Deliverance from Demons

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Books, Healing and Deliverance | 2 comments

Why I Emphasize Deliverance from Demons

I recently announced that I am working on a new book that I plan to release later this year. Keys for Deliverance will focus on helping people receive freedom from the influence of evil spirits and be equipped to minister deliverance to others. I hope to remove confusion, and make the ministry of deliverance both understandable and practical. Deliverance has been a consistent aspect of my ministry for over a decade (click here for an introduction to what deliverance ministry is). Some Christians wonder why I emphasize deliverance from demons....

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New Book Project: Keys for Deliverance

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in Books, Latest News | 0 comments

New Book Project: Keys for Deliverance

I am excited to announce that I am working on writing a new book! The working title is Keys for Deliverance: Freedom from the Influence of Evil Spirits. When people consider the topic of deliverance from demons, there are a wide variety of responses. Some would rather not even think about it, considering it to be too dark or depressing. Some are fearful of the subject, while others are over-fascinated by it. Some are entirely skeptical of any such talk, considering the topic of evil spirits to be superstitious, outdated, or simply not...

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