Pastors, until you can steward this call and facilitate a white-hot atmosphere of Holy Spirit power, it will be easy for people to be disappointed in your church.
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Most presume my book "Covens in the Church: addresses witchcraft, curses and attacks against the church. They are correct, but they misunderstand just what type of witchcraft I'm dealing with until they read the book—and are shocked.
"I cannot tell you how difficult it is to leave pastoral ministry to the people whom I so love. They are wonderful! I will miss them so much."
The real concern with this thinking is the loss of passion for the return of Yeshua.
I had a strange encounter with a false prophetic spirit while preaching my first "revival" meeting at the Assembly of God in Kiowa, Oklahoma, in 1972.
He's one of the leading voices among Christians today, but he doesn't often give interviews. Until now.
Some scholars even wonder if Paul's thorn in the flesh was depression, among other things.
It's even more important to be watchful for Christ's soon return.
Some biblical scholars say there is absolutely nothing in Scripture that supports this theological stance.
The spirit of the age infiltrated churches long ago—and now, all too often, that demonic spirit is the primary counselor.
"I'll chant, or I'll go to Kundalini (yoga) and meditate with a group," said Amanda, who did not want her last name used because she's afraid religious groups will target her.
Like it or not, we are vastly unequipped for many of the new mental health challenges facing us.
Doctors say the pastor almost died.
We need to deal with the sin in our lives.
What this belief system actually does, though, is stunt the growth of believers who have no ability to withstand any adversity, because they think any kind of lack is a tragedy of biblical proportions.
"That's sickening. We're not doing the job I thought we were doing."
Would instituting some long overdue reforms curb the hemorrhaging as well as help regain trust and respect before a skeptical, watching world?
This goes way beyond the Catholic church.
"We found an awesome spot [for the brewery]. Consequently, [it] happened to be right below Planned Parenthood in Santa Cruz, which we adore and support their efforts for giving health care to women."
Hardly a day goes by when we're not reading of another case of what I call AIDS—Acquired Integrity Deficiency Syndrome.