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Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

Jim CymbalaDean Merrill
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
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Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

Jim CymbalaDean Merrill



A book for anyone seeking to live at the centre of Gods purposes, through experiencing the power of His Spirit. 224 pages, from Zondervan.

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About "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire"

A book for anyone seeking to live at the centre of Gods purposes, through experiencing the power of His Spirit. 224 pages, from Zondervan.
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Pastor Jim Cymbala shares the lessons he learned when the Spirit ignited his heart and began to move through his people. This unforgettable story will set a fire burning in your heart to experience God's mercy, power, and love as though for the first time.
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1. The Amateurs ^2. Catching Fire^3. A Song For The Desperate^4. The Greatest Discovery Of All Time^5. The Day Jesus Got Mad^6. A Time For Shaking^7. The Lure Of Novelty^8. The Lure Of Marketing^9. The Lure Of Doctrine Without Power^10. Too Smart For Our Own Good?^11. In Search Of Ordinary Heroes^187 Pages^^
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CHAPTER ONEThe AmateursI WAS STRUGGLING TOWARD the climax of my none-too-polished sermon that Sunday night back in 1972 when disaster struck. It was both pathetic and laughable all at once.The Brooklyn Tabernacle-this woeful church that my father-in-law had coaxed me into pastoring-consisted of a shabby two-story building in the middle of a downtown block on Atlantic Avenue. The sanctuary could hold fewer than two hundred people-not that we required anywhere near that much capacity. The ceiling was low, the walls needed paint, the windows were dingy, and the bare wood floor hadn''t been sealed in years. But there was no money for such improvements, let alone a luxury such as air-conditioning.Carol, my faithful wife, was doing her best at the organ to create a worshipful atmosphere as I moved into my invitation, calling the fifteen or so people before me to maybe, just possibly, respond to the point of my message. Someone shifted on a pew to my left, probably not out of conviction as much as weariness, wondering when this young preacher would finally let everybody go home.C-r-r-a-a-ck!The pew split and collapsed, dumping five people onto the floor. Gasps and a few groans filled the air. My infant daughter probably thought it was the most exciting moment of her church life so far. I stopped preaching to give the people time to pick themselves up off the floor and replace their lost dignity. All I could think to do was to nervously suggest that they move to another pew that seemed more stable as I tried to finish the meeting.In fact, this kind of mishap perfectly portrayed my early days in ministry. I didn''t know what I was doing. I had not attended Bible college or seminary. I had grown up in Brooklyn in a Ukrainian-Polish family, going to church on Sundays with my parents but never dreaming of becoming a minister.Basketball was my love, all through high school and then at the U.S. Naval Academy, where I broke the plebe scoring record my first year. Late that year I hurt my back and had to resign from the navy. I resumed college on a full athletic scholarship at the University of Rhode Island, where I was a starter on the basketball team for three years. In my senior year I was captain of the team; we won the Yankee Conference championship and played in the NCAA tournament.My major was sociology. By then I had begun dating Carol Hutchins, daughter of the man who was my pastor back in junior high and high school. Carol was a gifted organist and pianist even though she had never been formally trained to read or write music. We were married in January 1969 and settled down in a Brooklyn apartment, both getting jobs in the hectic business world of Manhattan. Like many newlyweds, we didn''t have a lot of long-term goals; we were just paying bills and enjoying the weekends.However, Carol''s father, the Reverend Clair Hutchins, had been giving me books that piqued my desire for spiritual things. He was more than a local pastor; he made frequent trips overseas to preach evangelistic crusades and teach other pastors. In the States he was the unofficial overseer of a few small, independent churches. By early 1971 he was seriously suggesting that perhaps God wanted us in full-time Christian service."There''s a church in Newark that needs a pastor," he commented one day. "They''re precious people. Why don''t you think about quitting your job and stepping out in faith to see what God will do?""I''m not qualified," I protested. "Me, a minister? I have no idea how to be a pastor."He said, "When God calls someone, that''s all that really matters. Don''t let yourself be afraid."And before I knew it, there I was, in my late twenties, trying to lead a tiny, all-black church in one of the most difficult mission fields in urban America. Weekdays found me spending hours in the systematic study of God''s Word while on Sundays I was "learning" how to convey that Word to people. Carol''s musical ability made up for some of my mistakes, and the people were kind eno
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Meet the Authors

Jim Cymbala

Jim Cymbala has been the pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than twenty-five years.

He is also the author of the bestselling titles Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire; Fresh Faith; Fresh Power; Breakthrough Prayer; The Life God Blesses; The Church God Blesses; The Promise of God's Power and most recently When Gods Spirit Moves.

He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol, who directs the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

Dean Merrill

Dean Merrill has been published in over 40 Christian magazines and is the author or co-author of 35 books.

Table Of Contents

  • Part One--waking Up To A Powerful Promise 1. The Amateurs 2. Catching Fire 3. A Song For The Desperate 4. The Greatest Discovery Of All Time 5. The Day Jesus Got Mad Part Two--diversions From God's Best 6. A Time For Shaking 7. The Lure Of Novelty 8. The Lure Of Marketing 9. The Lure Of Doctrine Without Power Part Three--the Road Ahead 10. Too Smart For Our Own Good? 11. In Search Of Ordinary Heroes Appendix: A Word To Pastors Notes

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Doing Life God's Way - What a Life!!!
5 stars By SteveB, Mar 19 2015
Jim Cymbala has written a brilliant 'cannot put down' account of how the Holy Spirit through the cooperation of praying people can revolutionize a church, even a city!!  A Must read if you want to ignite a passion for the things God wants to see, in you, and your church.
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5 stars By Andrew, Oct 17 2009
From the first page this book really draws you in and doesn't let go even after you finish!  Jim Cymbala takes you back to the things that really matter in this easy to read book that you will read more than once ( and I don't read many books!) If this book doesn't re-light your fire and re-direct your focus then not much will.  A book that must be read if you think that prayer isn't too important.

I really enjoyed this and I'm sure you will too. If you don't read this you are really missing out.
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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 104615
  • Product Code 0310211883
  • EAN 9780310211884
  • UPC 025986211882
  • Pages 192
  • Department General Books
  • Category Spirit-filled Living
  • Sub-Category Revival
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Mar 1997
  • Dimensions 211 x 142 x 20 mm
  • Weight 0.335kg

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