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Four Temptations We All Face When We are Being Severely Tested

Many in the Body of Christ are in a wilderness experience in this day and age. The wilderness is a place in Christ in which you are out of the house of bondage but you are not quite in the Promised Land. The Promised Land is when you are walking in the fullness of the…

Seven Common Strategies Used to Seduce Leaders

Unfortunately, we have all too often heard of spiritual leaders (i.e. Pastors) who fall into sexual sin. As a spiritual leader who has worked with other spiritual leaders for many decades, I have observed the following demonic strategies employed by seducing spirits. Since I am a man I will speak in the context of a…

Five Things We Absolutely Need For Racial Reconciliation

A couple of years ago, my dear friend Bishop Harry Jackson called a few leaders and discussed his plans to initiate an event to deal with the issue of the worsening racial divide in America. The result was “The Reconciled Church” event on January 15 (providentially the date of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday), which…

Contrasting an orphan spirit from a spirit of sonship

Ever since Adam and Eve were alienated from God the Father in the Garden of Eden, an orphan spirit has permeated the earth causing untold damage! (By “orphan” I am referring to a sense of abandonment, loneliness, alienation, and isolation.) Almost immediately after the fall in Eden, the fruit of this orphan spirit resulted in…

Abuses and Blessings of the Contemporary Apostolic Movement

As a person who has been part of the Apostolic Movement since 1989 I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. That being said, I believe all of the five-fold ministry gifts mentioned in Ephesians 4:11 have always been present throughout church history (leaders were functioning these ways, whether they used these titles…

10 Reasons Why Established Churches Fail

Where I live, dozens of large old church buildings that used to hold thriving congregations strewn along a major avenue in Brooklyn, N.Y. Some have been torn down and developed, while others are supported by social programs and/or rentals from other congregations. As I ponder this, I have come to the conclusion that there are…

Are you an enabler or a discipler?

TRAITS OF AN ENABLER 1-You accommodate your message and approach to ministry based on the commitment level of your group rather than keeping biblical standards. Furthermore, your goal is to keep them happy and not make them uncomfortable. 2-You do not challenge those you lead when they are not attending church, sharing their faith, tithing,…

Ten Signs You Have A Religious Spirit

In this article I am using the term “religion” to refer to man-made effort that utilizes works to please God. It is very easy to mistake being religious for having a relationship with God. All religions in the world are based on religion which is a man-made attempt to reach God. However, Christianity is supposed…

The consequences of living an unthankful life

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9 Reasons Why Many Church Plants Fail

The past four decades of working with churches, as well as overseeing a network of churches, has taught me several lessons related to the success and failure of churches. In this article I will try to pinpoint several salient issues related to both church plants that can make or break them. (I also speak in…