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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Dean Merrill Goodreads Author. The Brooklyn Tabernacle pastor discusses how he built up a broken-down church to a membership of six thousand. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published March 29th by Zondervan Publishing Company first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 23, Frank rated it it was amazing. Book Review: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire By Jim Cymbala In , a young married man who did not have a background in ministry took over a dying congregation in a tough, inner-city neighborhood at the urgent request of his minister father-in-law.
Less than twenty people were attending services, the building was in disrepair and there was no money for even basic necessities. Yet within a few years the congregation was much larger and thriving. It eventually began to number in the thousands and develope Book Review: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire By Jim Cymbala In , a young married man who did not have a background in ministry took over a dying congregation in a tough, inner-city neighborhood at the urgent request of his minister father-in-law.
It eventually began to number in the thousands and developed a nationally-known choir. But the biggest change of all was within the lives of the pastor, his wife and the members. What happened? The Holy Spirit happened. Answered prayer happened. He writes of how the tiny church was almost ready to close its doors when one Sunday, he was unable to even preach the sermon. He stopped speaking, said he couldn't go on and asked the congregation to pray. Afterward, things began to improve a little.
Then he instituted a weekly prayer meeting in which the members would pray for the pastor, the church service, that God's will would be done. Over time, the little church began to grow spiritually and numerically. That doesn't mean that circumstances became easy. The church was located in a rundown neighborhood that was a hangout for alcoholics, drug addicts and prostitutes.
Sometimes one of the locals would wander in off the streets and into services. In other cases, members would actively walk the neighborhood and tell the residents about Jesus.
Through the members' testimonies, example and yieldedness to God, some people with even the most desperate of lifestyles accepted Christ and God turned their lives around.
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire tells story after story of profound hope, of God changing lives. Cymbala is very emphatic that all of this was in response to the continual prayers of the members.
He makes a strong case that prayer is the backbone of a church, that only group prayer can revitalize a church and turn lives around.
He also said that historically, all Christian revivals have been preceded by massive amounts of prayer. His book is not only an inspiring read but one we all need to apply. View 1 comment. Jun 11, Danny rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anyone. He can't resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need him. They just wanted love. They wanted to know that God could pick them up and give them a second chance.
If you could play, you could play. In America it would appear that there is more openness, acceptance, and teamwork in the gym than in the church of Jesus Christ. We have always felt we had to give the Holy Spirit time to work; we couldn't rush people through some kind of assembly line.
But is the rest of the country coasting along in fine shape? I think not. He is our only source. We are crazy to ignore him. In fact, we have so institutionalized Laodiceanism that we think lukewarm is normal. They aimed for a piercing of the heart, for conviction of sin. How can we draw people to church on Sunday? Such an approach would have been foreign to the whole New Testament. You just slap it up and it will look adequate--for awhile. But if you want to build something that will endure on Judgment Day, the work is much more costly.
When a new Christian stands up and tells how God has revolutionized his or her life, no one dozes off. Who can outline what God might have in mind? What we really lack is the passion to call upon the Lord until he opens the heavens and shows himself powerful.
View 2 comments. Apr 27, Seth Little rated it liked it. This is an inspirational account of one pastor's experience serving an urban congregation through a period of profound transformation and growth. Pastor Cymbala attributes the Brooklyn Tabernacle's success and sustenance through difficulty to the miraculous power of God accessed through radical commitment to prayer.
I sensed an anti-intellectual bent here, but the point of the book is clearly to inspire a faithful dependence on God that transcends expectations too often limited by reason. It's This is an inspirational account of one pastor's experience serving an urban congregation through a period of profound transformation and growth. It's been years since I first read the book, but I often remember the stories and draw "fresh" inspiration to invest in prayer and to expect God to respond generously.
Challenging and Inspiring Cymbala's book is an inspiration toward a more desperate prayer life. One that truly gets a hold of God for great things. Apr 25, Mandy J. But recently when a dear man of God recommended this to our church leadership I immediately found it on PaperBackSwap and began to read it.
This book is not about the how-to's of prayer like so many other books are, but about the why we pray and the power of prayer. And for those of you in my circle, it's not "out there" either.
While there are a few things I can't say I agree with, there is a whole lot more that I heartily say "Amen! It's hard to pull apart this book to determine my favorite part I really appreciated his very balanced approach to this issue and his loving way of stating the truth.
I highly recommend this book for those who want to understand prayer more and be challenged to pray more. I don't know how anyone could not be excited after reading this book filled with a multitude of testimonies from Cymbala and his congregation. Teens and adults of all ages need to read this book and practice it's passion! This softcover edition includes a study guide. Jan 02, Rachel rated it it was amazing. My first finished book of There was power on every single page.
Jim Cymbala Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
For anyone seeking to live at the center of God's purposes, this well-loved book points the way to new spiritual vitality in the church and in your own life. As this compelling book reveals, God moves in life-changing ways - calling us back from spiritual dead ends, apathy, and lukewarm religion - when we set aside our own agendas, take him at his word, and listen for his voice. Pastor Jim Cymbala knows from personal experience. Back in the early s his own church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, was a struggling congregation of twenty.
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God's Spirit Invades the Heart of His People
In Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, pastor Jim Cymbala shares the lessons he learned when the Spirit ignited his heart and began to move through his people. For anyone seeking to live at the center of God's purposes, Cymbala has updated this well-loved book to show how God is still working in the Brooklyn Tabernacle years later. For anyone seeking to live at the center of God's purposes, this well-loved book points the way to new spiritual vitality in the church and in your own life. As this compelling book reveals, God moves in life-changing ways - calling us back from spiritual dead ends, apathy, and lukewarm religion - when we set aside our own agendas, take him at his word, and listen for his voice. Pastor Jim Cymbala knows from personal experience. Back in the early s his own church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, was a struggling congregation of twenty. Then they began to pray, God began to move, and street-hardened lives by the hundreds were changed with the love of Christ.