The author, Pastor Jim Cymbala, whose famous Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has influenced a lot of American Christian culture, drew me in with lots of gripping stories of how the Gospel is powerful enough to change people from what seem to be hopeless situations--through the Holy Spirit. This book is meant to clear up some of the clutter regarding the Holy Spirit. This pastor is a Pentecostal Pastor, who loves to emphasize the Holy Spirit, but still critiques some of the hazards of some forms of Pentecostalism. This is where their power comes from--being connected to the One who Jesus promised would provide the power in John if we just wait on Him!
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Cymbala tells the story of his first days struggling to keep a nearly dead church in a rough area alive and the amazing spiritual turnaround that happened as a result of intense prayer. This book combines personal experience with pithy quotes and includes a clear call to action to become more open to the Holy Spirit. Cymbala captures your attention right away by telling of his early failures and keeps you interested with stories of high drama such as the day someone pulled a revolver on him at the altar of the church.
I highly recommend this book! If not, we need to get back to his power source. He warns against turning churches into modern businesses with emphasis on the number of members and calls us to instead concentrate on preaching the gospel and letting God take care of the results.
He goes on to warn against treating religion as an intellectual pursuit of head knowledge. After reading this book, I became more interested in the power of altar prayer. As a result, when I was asked to start a monthly Sunday evening prayer service at our church, I decided to center it around altar prayer. We adapted it to fit the customs of our church. We have lay people who are prayer helpers who will quietly pray with individuals who come forward needing prayer and we reserve one side of the altar for those who want to pray silently.
Personal Prayer Power emphasizes interactive prayer, including how to find an answer to every prayer and how prayer shapes your future.
Fresh Power (Softcover)
Fresh Power: Experiencing the Vast Resources of the Spirit of God
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