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Fresh Wind Fresh Fire: What Happens When God's Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People [Large Print] [Paperback]

Jim Cymbala
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Sept. 4 2010
The Times Are Urgent God Is on the Move Now Is the Moment to ... ask God to ignite his fire in your soul! Pastor Jim Cymbala believes that Jesus wants to renew his people-to call us back from spiritual dead ends, apathy, and lukewarm religion. Cymbala knows the difference firsthand. Thirty-five years ago his own church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, was a struggling congregation of twenty. Then they began to pray ... God began to move ... street-hardened lives by the hundreds were changed by the love of Christ ... and today they are more than ten thousand strong. The story of what happened to this broken-down church in one of America's toughest neighborhoods points the way to new spiritual vitality in the church and in your own life. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire shows what the Holy Spirit can do when believers get serious about prayer and the gospel. As this compelling book reveals, God moves in life-changing ways when we set aside our own agendas, take him at his word, and listen for his voice.

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As though blowing oxygen upon the dying embers of a fire, pastor Jim Cymbala revived a broken-down church in a rough-shod inner-city neighborhood through Christian faith. Twenty-five years ago, the Brooklyn Tabernacle could barely draw 26 people to a Sunday service. Nowadays the congregation is 6,000 strong--filled with converted prostitutes, pimps, drug addicts, and homeless people, as well as yuppies and wholesome families. Although he's quick to give God credit for this miraculous success story, Cymbala admits that there may be a few human decisions that led to this Christian triumph. Most significantly, he made sure his church community embraced everyone, from all walks of life--no matter how distasteful or foreign. "Christians often hesitate to reach out to those who are different," according to Cymbala. "They want God to clean the fish before they catch them. If someone's gold ring is attached to an unusual body part, if the person doesn't smell the best or the skin color is not the same, Christians tend to hesitate." Thus, Cymbala encouraged his congregation to adopt the very same tolerant and accepting attitude as their God does. The results? Let's just say a church thrives in Brooklyn. Accomplished cowriter Dean Merrill helps this tender true story stay satisfying and highly readable. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Twenty-five years ago, Cymbala, worn out from pastoring two congregations, devoted himself solely to the dwindling band of worshipers at ramshackle Brooklyn Tabernacle. Today, the old building has been replaced, there are 6,000 worshipers at four Sunday services, the church choir wins Grammies and sings for Billy Graham's crusades, and Cymbala is asked to speak all over the world about how he did it. Although he believes he didn't do it--God did--Cymbala does have a secret: the church is first and foremost a house of prayer, he says, a place where souls can call on God. Accordingly, Cymbala established Tuesday-night prayer meeting as the most important church function (later, church members began a "Prayer Band" to intercede round the clock for all and sundry). With professional Christian writer Merrill's help, Cymbala tells not his church's story as much as the stories of individual souls whose saving illustrates the truth of his testimony that God responds to prayer made in repentance and faith. Cymbala considers his work part of the revivalist tradition of nondenominational Christian evangelism, and he cites 300 years' worth of the great revivals and revivalists often, adding greater interest to a book that voices some of the oldest Christian wisdom with the vivid immediacy of telling tomorrow's news. Ray Olson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars wow! amazing! July 12 2014
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Loved loved loved this book! Such a good read, so many things that really click and get you thinking, and he uses great examples of life stories to relate his points too, this book got ne seriously re-thinking how I pray and how much I pray and how I need to trust God more and that prayer is really the way of keeping thw relationship between me and God alive. Since I've read this book and really took praying more seriously and really praying from my heart I've seen God work in miraculous, amazing ways! Would recommend this to anyone and everyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forever impacted and inspired for Christ April 11 2014
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This book impacted and convicted me so deeply that I immediately ordered 4 more copies to hand out to friends and family. This is the kind of book that forever changes how you see God and your desire to live for Him.
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The book condition is good and I like it. It was easy to read and enjoyable. I met all my expectations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but had some problems Aug. 17 2003
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I totally agreed with the main point of the book. Prayer is very important and vital to having our spiritual lives strengthened. As believers our prayer can do a lot of awesome things in our lives and in the lives of others. We should call on God in prayer during times of need and times of joy. God can accomplish great things. We as believers must use the awesome gift of prayer that God gave to us.
Chapter 9
I found this chapter most troubling because of his position. I understand what the author is stating and agree on the point that doctrine alone is not enough. I believe that doctrine plus prayer, plus the Holy Spirit, equals great spiritual movement for that assembly. Prayer without doctrine will not produce good results either. I believe all those things (prayer, doctrine, Holy Spirit) must be present for there to be spiritual growth. The author seemed to be stating that correct biblical teaching is not as important as we make it out to be. I find a real big problem here. If incorrect doctrine is being taught, this brings confusion, and is contrary to what God wants.
The author claims to worship in how we are moved and to basically put sound doctrine aside. This is completely unscriptural. My question to the author is this, "Do we worship in sound doctrine or worship in how we are moved? What if those 'movements' are contrary to God's Word?" My answer is to worship in sound doctrine and movements, as long as the movements do not contradict scripture, if they do, then those movements are not of God.
The quote on page #152 of, "So church leaders today reject the demonstration and power of the Holy Spirit in the name of sound doctrine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh indeed May 28 2004
What a refreshing book indeed. This book is a powerful call back to the boldness to seek God at His throne of grace. It is a call to prayer, boldness, and a deeper walk with God. Cymbala shows us that it's not about clever church-growth strategies or psuedo spiritual warfare techniques that causes the the Church to thrive. Rather, the Church thrives only when it only truly makes its business to seek God, and be satisfied with nothing less than God. Prepare to be challanged and awakened to a deeper hunger for God after you read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh wind, Fresh fire Feb. 16 2004
Twenty-five years ago, the Brooklyn Tabernacle was a church that could barely draw 20 people to a Sunday service. It was a church that lacks of spirit and love. But after Jim Cymbala, the pastor of the Brooklyn, and his wife Carol Cymbala brought Christian faith into the church, everything changed. Although Jim wasn¡t a pastor when he first arrived to Brooklyn, but his faith in God led him through the difficulties that he faced during the lives in Brooklyn. The church population went from 10-15 to more than 6,000 people! And among these people includes converted prostitutes, pimps, drug addicts, and homeless people, as well as yuppies and wholesome families¡Ketc. Helping these kinds of people takes a lot of encouragement and faith. It was a big success.
As a Christian, I really really like this book. Not only that this book gives great stories about the Brooklyn church, but also taught me a lot and let me understand the meaning of God. Not a God who¡s carved out of a wood, but a God who really exist. God can solve any problems that no one else can. For example, in the book, God changed the population of the people attending the Brooklyn church from almost no one to a church over flowed with more than 6,000 people!! Nothing¡s impossible in the hands of God, as long as you ask for it, he¡ll give. Carol Cymbala encouraged me by not giving up on my dream. Maybe I don¡t have enough skills to be a designer, but as long as I work hard, I believe I can do it just like Carol being so successful in music. Not talented on something doesn¡t mean anything, it only means you have to work harder to be successful. Not by yourself, but in Gods hands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy A Pack of Highlighters Jan. 31 2004
Prepare to read, and re-read this book. This is one of the elite Christian books that will inspire you to draw closer to Christ. It is easy to read, and doesn't present the next "great big thing". Fresh Wind Fresh Fire simply presents us with a snapshot of a church that truly hungered for the face of God. From crack addicts to cross-dressers, latinos to Brooklyn thugs, the Brooklyn Tabernacle prayed its way into God's favor.
This books inspires you to pray, not for results, but to draw closer to the One who loves you.
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