Category: Spiritual Warfare

A Biblical Look At Spiritual Warfare

A few years ago I received a phone call from someone asking for prayer because he thought Satan was really attacking him.  When I asked what was going on he told me his boss was threatening to fire him because he had received three speeding tickets while driving one of the company’s trucks.  I lovingly told him it was not Satan attacking him, but rather his own careless decisions that were leading to problems.

Sometimes we want to blame spiritual warfare for consequences to our own stupid decisions.  But it is equally dangerous to underestimate the actual spiritual warfare the Bible warns us about which is the majority of modern Christians. Satan and warfare is real and God has much to say about it.

Elijah Abraham of Living oasis Ministries joins us to take a biblical look at spiritual warfare and our role in the battle as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Do You Understand How To Use Your Most Powerful Weapon In The Christian Arsenal?

In our final segment this morning, we look at the Trump Administration’s efforts within the Department of Education to reverse some of the horrible damage done by President Obama’s radical pro-LGBTQ and anti-Christian mandates.

But first we look at the most powerful weapon in the Christian arsenal: prayer. An all-powerful, just and righteous God actually invites us to come to Him with our hopes, concerns, requests, and fears.  But do we fully understand the power of prayer and even how to pray?  Do we sometimes pray as a last resort when our human efforts have been exhausted and proven ineffective?  Are there restrictions or obligations God puts on our prayers?  And how do we respond when God does not answer our prayers exactly as we think they should be answered?

Elijah Abraham of Living Oasis Ministries joins us to take a biblical look at the power and privilege of prayer in our lives as born-again believers in Jesus Christ. This includes three major categories of prayer.

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Love and Marriage: The World’s Way vs God’s Way

Millions of people celebrate Valentine’s Day today and the influences of this world have men and women spending billions of dollars on flowers, chocolate, romantic dinners and getaways. And the man-made vision of a fat little cherub firing arrows at people inducing love seems to reinforce a faulty belief: that love is something that happens to us without a choice, like a chemical reaction or a feeling we just cannot fight.

But what exactly is love according to God’s Word? What should a strong, loving marriage look like? And why do nearly half of all marriages end in divorce? This sad reality even strikes professing Christians. Where are we going wrong?

We’re joined by Pastor Jeff Solwold of Calvary Chapel in Madison, Wisconsin to discuss God’s definition of love and His guidelines for a joyous marriage that glorifies Him, one in which honors one another. How do we as committed Christians have strong marriages even when things do not go according to our human desires, expectations, and plans?

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Forget the ‘Good Old Days’ and Press On!

It’s better to go to a funeral and get a reality check than go to a party. Why? Perspective. Death is a reminder for us (ten out of ten people die) so what are we doing with the life God has given us?

Yes, we might have a hard time forgetting – regardless of whether or not the experiences were happy or sad.

Some of us might look back and say those were happier times while others had such horrific childhoods or painful life experiences, they’re doing the best to overcome the effects of the past. For the Christian, “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). Joy is a fruit of the Spirit and the joy of the Lord is our strength. Happiness is temporary and depends on circumstances as well as our perception of things. True joy however, is a gift from God. Press on in Him, dear friend.

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Looking Back on 2017 and Ahead to 2018

Our final show of 2017 features a look at an article by Jan Markell of Olive Tree Views on the Top Bible Prophecy Stories of 2017. All signs seem to indicate we drawing nearer to the time the Lord will take His Church home as the stage appears set for Jesus’s return to judge the world. We also look to 2018 and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities committed Christians will face.

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Key Parables & Disturbing Spiritual Trends

Traditionally, European beliefs and culture are a precursor to what is going to happen in America. Today we look at some concerning trends of what a majority of the population in Europe believe regarding the Bible, heaven and hell, and gender. In our first two segments, we discuss the importance of the Parables used by Jesus to teach the people of His time. Why did Jesus speak in parables and what is he trying to tell us today as we read His Word? Joining us to discuss the context and importance of Jesus’ parables is Pastor Mike Abendroth of No Compromise Radio.

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Losing Our Children to the World

Over the past several decades, the trends and statistics have not been encouraging. Studies show a strong majority of children agree with the deceptions of the world including atheism and evolution as well as the feelings-based ideology of the LGBTQ community, and up to 80% of young people walk away from their Christian faith as they enter college. Sadly, many of them never return. This is causing a lot of family problems and stress as Christian parents who deeply love their children wonder what can be done to prevent them from being swallowed up by a world under the spell of Satan.

Since our children are being influenced at younger and younger ages by agendas, ideas, and things of this world, how can we better equip our children to develop a firm foundation in God and His Word? And what can we do when we see signs thay may be drifting away from God and embracing the lies of the world?

Jay Seegert of The Starting Point Project joins us to discuss the tremendous battle Christian parents are facing in raising their children in the ways of the Lord.

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How the Enemy Advances

The Enemy is advancing through our country, our culture, and even many of our churches because we have surrendered much ground and have not defended the truth. Though there is always hope for a revival – and I have no idea what it might take for this to happen – the light is dimming in and on America, and the clock is ticking.

Many have already been deceived as the Enemy has had success defining the terms of battle, and in many cases, redefining words. The Left has been promoting sin as normal, natural, and healthy, and when Christians speak up, it leads to charges of intolerance. If we do nothing, even more people will call evil good.”

If most Christians continue to avoid these battles, if we are not established in His truth, and if we refuse to defend the faith, society will rapidly deteriorate. If we do not pray to the only living God to give us wisdom, strength, and guidance, we won’t be able to effectively share the gospel, influence culture for Christ and bear good fruit for Him.

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The New Apostolic Reformation and ‘New Revelation’

The New Apostolic Reformation movement (NAR) is one of the broadest and most powerful movements within Christianity today, yet many do not know about it or how to discern it. The NAR is recognized by claims of modern day apostles, prophets, performing signs and wonders, calls for Christians to take over worldly institutions to prepare for the coming Kingdom of God, and heightened calls of spiritual warfare against demonic spirits with specific names or geographical strong holds. While its ranks are growing, some are warning of the teachings of the movement, concerned with issues like new (extra-biblical) revelation and modern day self-proclaimed “prophets” speaking for God, similar to how the Old Testament prophets delivered the Word of God.

We’re joined by Pastor Gary Gilley who has studied the New Apostolic Reformation Movement in depth and will discuss its doctrines and beliefs.

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Christianity Illegal in America? Some Say it’s Possible

You may get tired of hearing about the issues involving this debate, but it is not going anywhere anytime soon. Religious freedom continues to be a constitutional right and a hot topic in today’s post-Christian culture – a culture that has embraced moral relativism, and has been deceived by the redefinition of truth and tolerance.

Today, Brad Dacus, of the Pacific Justice Institute gives us an update on current cases including Ten Commandments displays, medical marijuana, transgender activism, and radicals suing Christian business owners. We also address recent concerns about the overreach of government and the courts in the lives of Christians. (See the articles below) Please don’t give up or back out of culture, and don’t stop voting or being involved in the political process that affects moral issues in America. Keep these matters in prayer and understand the spiritual nature of the battles being waged.

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New Apostolic Reformation Movement

Today we tackle the offices of prophet and apostle, signs and wonders, revealed Scripture or new revelation. What does it mean to take dominion over the earth? Where does spiritual warfare and revival come into play? What about those who call themselves Apostle or Prophet? These are among the issues Christian theologians and believers have discussed for hundreds of years.

This morning we also address the New Apostolic Reformation movement that most credit to C. Peter Wagner. Is it consistent with biblical teachings and the traditional Protestant views of the Bible? Dr. Gary Gilley is an author and pastor who has written extensively on the subject and joins us to give us his perspective.

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Fear and Faith

The Bible has much to say about faith, and the things we put our faith in will either disappoint us or lead us to joy and peace. The Bible also has much to say about fear. And the things we truly fear say a lot about our professed faith in God. Jesus said we are to fear God, but we also have the assurance of His lovingkindness as a Father. How do we reconcile faith and fear according to God’s Word?

This morning we go to God’s Word to discuss biblical faith and fear with Dave Wager of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible Institute.

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Churches Built on Shifting Sands

In our final segment today, Mike and David look at Willow Creek Church’s implosion based on the sexual harassment allegations against former pastor Bill Hybels. Last week, the entire Board of Elders, along with the new pastoral leadership team resigned, admitting they failed in their investigation on the allegations against Hybels. The question now is does this moral failure and implosion discredit Willow Creek’s global Leadership Summit and the Willow Creek Association, which was supposed to build leaders in the church? We discuss WHY the Willow Creek fallout matters and what can true Christians learn from it.

First, today’s guest is Pastor Randy White. We discuss how to respond in an increasingly caustic, divisive culture, including interacting on social media. We also discuss good and bad daily devotionals and why we should not recommend any devotional instead of God’s Word. We also discuss some interesting Bible facts you may not have known are in God’s Word.

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Pastors: Stop Imitating and Embracing the World

Today Mike and David discuss a provocative and compelling article by Shane Idleman that challenges pastors to stop imitating the world and return to the fundamentals of being a pastor: Teaching the complete Word of God, challenging the flock assigned to them to grow in holiness, and to quit worrying about offending members of their church. Idelman makes an interesting observation in his article: that at a time when “unity” is the buzz word in many churches perhaps it is time for a little separation to divide true born-again believers from the goats.

In our first segment, Mike and David talk with a Messianic Jew who has committed his life to reaching Jews with the truth and gospel of Jesus Christ. We will discuss why most Jews reject Jesus as messiah and how we can share the truth of the gospel with them.

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Refuting the Deceptions of Islam

Human nature is such that if a lie is repeated often enough people will believe it if they are not grounded in the truth of God and His Word. We have witnessed this in the areas of abortion and acceptance of homosexuality within our culture and even in many professing Christian churches. A vast majority of Americans used to oppose these issues, but now over time many people – even Christians – have caved to culture and generally accept both practices.

The same appears to be happening with Islam. Deceivers and those they have deceived keep repeating lies about Islam and an increasing number of Americans jumped on board. Even in the Christian Church an increasing number of pastors and church members think Islam is an “Abrahamic faith” and that Muslims and Christians worship the same god. But the Quran and other Islamic “holy books” contradict these ideas. And certainly, anyone familiar with the Bible knows that Allah of the Quran is clearly not the God of the Bible.

What other deceptions about Islam are people accepting today as truth? Elijah Abraham, a former Muslim and now born-again believer joins us to discuss the issues. Elijah travels around the world equipping and teaching pastors about Islam and how to reach Muslims with the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Who is Influencing Whom?

The Church should be full of salt, preserving culture, providing flavor, and being a positive influence in secular society. Instead, by any measurable standard, immorality is increasing and secular culture is infiltrating and influencing the church in part by creating division and deceiving many. Whether out of ignorance, fear, or heartfelt but compassion, more congregants as well as church leaders are embracing secular principles and beliefs in the hopes of attracting the world.

Today, Mike and David look at several news stories addressing this subject, including the ongoing controversy at Willow Creek Church as it prepares for its Global Leadership Summit. We also discuss a survey revealing the majority of Christians think God wants them to prosper financially, and the author of ‘The Shack’ claims unbelievers can still be saved even after they die.

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