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Sermon: Restoring the Ministry of Deliverance

Sermon: Restoring the Ministry of Deliverance

This past Sunday I preached a message at Threshold Church called “Restoring the Ministry of Deliverance.” Deliverance ministry refers to casting out demons in order to free people from torment, oppression, and bondage. Another way to put it is to free others from the influence of evil spirits. Reading through the gospels shows that deliverance ministry was very common for Jesus. Mark 1:39 says, “And He was preaching in their...

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Should We Just Ignore The Devil?

Should We Just Ignore The Devil?

There seems to be an increasing number of believers who are taking an approach to the devil that is totally foreign to the New Testament. The thought process goes something like this: Since Jesus defeated Satan through His death and resurrection, we can pretty much ignore him now. While the premise is true, the conclusion is very false. This mindset of ignoring the devil sounds nice, but it has one major problem: the New Testament paints a...

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How Words of Knowledge Can Bring Deliverance

How Words of Knowledge Can Bring Deliverance

In a recent article, I wrote about a gift of the Holy Spirit called discerning of spirits. This gift is vitally important to the body of Christ. It gives insight into what is happening in the spiritual realm and it helps distinguish between what is of the Holy Spirit and what is a counterfeit. Discerning of spirits is a powerful aid to the ministry of deliverance, exposing the presence and identity of evil spirits. Another manifestation of...

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The Gift of Discerning Spirits

The Gift of Discerning Spirits

In 1 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul lists nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. One of these manifestations of the Spirit is called “discerning of spirits.” I believe that this is a vital gift for the church today. I would define discerning of spirits in the following way: the supernatural ability to perceive what is happening in the spiritual realm and to judge between the Holy Spirit and demonic spirits. Sometimes this gift...

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How Peace is a Weapon of Spiritual Warfare

How Peace is a Weapon of Spiritual Warfare

When we consider the weapons that God has given us for spiritual battle, we are usually drawn to Paul’s list of armor in Ephesians 6:10-18. We think of declaring God’s Word as the sword of the Spirit. We think of the power of intercessory prayer to dispel darkness, and how fasting can impact the spiritual realm. All of this is valid and necessary, but there is an unlikely spiritual weapon that I want to highlight: peace. Paul says...

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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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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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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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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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