Is Deliverance A Thing of the Past?

The church in America is seriously under attack, this is nothing new. What is disturbing is that there are thousands upon thousands (I think I’m low balling this estimate here) of unprepared ministry leaders who are “trying” to operate in the arena of deliverance. Friends, this is a bad combination. It’s like being on a battlefield with a water pistol and you don’t even have any water. We are seeing a surge in new ministries but what we are not seeing more of is people who know how to worship and people who’ve experienced a radical, life changing deliverance. If we don’t have a measure of deliverance from bondages that hinder us, we are just a bunch of cheerleaders meeting every week that is ineffective in the Kingdom. I’m not mocking gathering at a church building at all. They are necessary for gaining instruction in the word and spiritual strength. However, we need to keep worship, prayer, and deliverance on our radar so that lives will be transformed. The true call of the church is to minister to the unsaved. Continue reading “Is Deliverance A Thing of the Past?”

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Tradition, Ritual, Relationship – Can they Co-Exist?

Hollow traditions and rituals have left a salty taste in the mouth of true4-13-2012 PREACH worshipers. This could be due to the institutional church’s landscape drastically changing in the last fifteen years. Believers are confused, dazed and even more fearful than ever. There are various reasons this climate of uncertainty exists. Everything from misappropriated church funds to improperly trained clergy leaders are a few of the components that leave the faithful feeling more vulnerable than empowered. Our question now becomes, how are we to love God, demonstrate the compassion of Christ while at the same time meet one anothers needs? If there are so many in the body still hurting and despondent how do we set their feet on the path to total healing if we’re still struggling with the “rules” of Christianity? Continue reading “Tradition, Ritual, Relationship – Can they Co-Exist?”

Kingdom Ephiphany

israelWhile I was worshiping with family members recently the topic of Kingdom, God’s divine kingdom arose. I never used to think much about kingdom in the early days of my salvation. Like most people, I just believed if “we” could just get people to the point of repentance, God would do the rest. However, over the years as I matured in Christ I realized how I was completely missing the mark. It was never my job to “get” anyone or “convince” anyone to repent. Most believers are taught this principle that is leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of the un-churched regarding Jesus.  In our ignorance, we just wind up ramming redemption down their throats! Jesus said if HE is lifted up, HE WOULD DRAW MEN! (John 12:32)  No amount of melodious music, fog lamps, praise leaders or dress down Sundays can do this. Now, with that being said, I was able to take a closer look at Continue reading “Kingdom Ephiphany”