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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

Here at Substance, we start every year with a season of fasting. Of course, nobody HAS to fast; but, when you understand what the Bible teaches on fasting, you’ll realize that we “get to” fast.  It’s actually an incredible opportunity. In both the Old and New Testament, God powerfully rewarded those who fasted.  Quite simply,…
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The Power of Multiple Baptisms: Exciting Questions & Answers

Many people don’t realize that the New Testament teaches numerous types of baptisms. And as a result, they miss out on many of the supernatural opportunities that God intends us to experience. So, this last weekend, I gave a message on this (And if you missed “Elementary Part 3”, click here). But, in that message,…
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A Miracle from our Big Snow Day – A Reminder that God Truly Cares

A few years back, Minneapolis churches had one of those awful years when there were seven different snowstorms that happened directly on Sunday or the night before. Church cancellation strategies became a devastating weekly conversation. Not surprisingly, the snow almost killed our church financially because online giving hadn’t started yet. And most of our members…
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Get Ready for Substance Variant – Turntable Ready Worship

It has finally arrived! Be sure to download our free electronic dance music project called SubstanceVariant! Ever since the launch of our congregational worship band Substance Input / Output (or I/O for short) there’s been a buzz around here. Our recent I/O music video literally had over 50,000 views within a week of releasing it…
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How to Influence without Antagonizing: The Story Behind the Song “Hanging”

As many of you know, Substance Input Output just released a brand new live music video for our song Hanging! Click here to see it. The last few months have been quite a ride. When the Substance I/O album first released, we climbed as high as 25 on the overall iTunes Charts! There was a…
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Why I Want More Rap, EDM, & Turntables in Church – Part 2

Even though rap, electronic dance music (EDM), and r&b have completely dominated both record sales and concert revenue for 17 stinking long years, most “contemporary worship” churches do not even have a single rap or EDM oriented song in their repertoire. So, in part one of this blog series, I made the case that, if…
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Why I Want More Rap, EDM, & Turntables in Church – Part 1

You might not like rap, R&B, or electronic dance music (EDM); but, the statistics show, you’re definitely a minority. Whenever I talk to Christian leaders, they always seem surprised that virtually all of the top albums over the last two decades have been rap. Eminem was the top selling music artist of the entire decade…
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How to Have a GREAT Bad Day

Have you ever had a day from hell? I’ve had a few of them. There’s the time I got locked out of my running car in the middle of a dangerous neighborhood during a snowstorm. And I had to wait outside with no jacket for six hours. Then, there was the day I had to…
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How to Hear God

When I was a newer Christian, I vividly remember my new Christian friends saying things like, “God spoke to me the other day.” And it was always jarring to me. “You mean, like, you heard an audible voice?!” And most would respond, “No! But I was reading my Bible and a verse jumped out at…
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Ever felt like God doesn’t hear your prayers?

With the release of Substance Input/Output’s new video for Surgical Love, I’ve had a lot of people ask me, “What motivated the metaphor?” After all, “surgical” isn’t exactly a popular adjective for God’s love. (And if you haven’t seen it, click here). I actually wrote the song in a season of my life when I…
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