Today's Devotions

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  • Suffering: A Case Study by RC Sproul +

    Sproul discusses: The purpose of suffering Whether suffering is from Satan (no) Erroneous views on suffering (God doesn't have anything Read More
  • A conversation on pain and suffering-Dallas Willard and John Ortberg +

    In November 2011, Dallas Willard visited John Ortberg's church, Menlo Park Presbyterian, for a discussion on pain and suffering. I've Read More
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Fresh_Wind_Fresh_FireIt is doubtful if, in 1972, those attending one of Jim Cymbala's worship services in a run-down Brooklyn church imagined how generously God would pour His Spirit into their young pastor, and in the process reshape and enliven the  physical and spiritual attributes of Brooklyn Tabernacle.  More than a history of a church,  Fresh Wind is about the dynamic power of God's Spirit to transform those who follow His leading.

Like many great books, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire is more than the sum of its parts. The most apt description may be prophecy, as when Cymbala describes how most churches today are like the lukewarm Laodicean church spoken of in Revelation. However, mixed with the chastisement is exhortation.

Cymbala refers to the great heroes of the Bible, from Abraham, Deborah, Joshua and others we would recognize to Helez, Sibbecai, Ahiam—individuals we would most likely not know. Listed in 1 Chronicles 11, these servants of God are described as David’s mighty men. They, together with all Israel, gave David’s rule strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the Lord had promised (verse 10).

As he tells his story, you can hear the Holy Spirit speaking to the Church today. Cymbala encourages us to engage God daily, and bring Christ's vitality to wherever the world's lifeless status quo exists, especially if it is found in Christ's Church. If readers are not careful, Fresh Wind may transform them from a zombie-like passivity into a people alive with God’s Spirit, consciously choosing to glorify our Father above all else.

Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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The Hit List

  • Total Forgiveness, RT Kendall +

    This was a valuable resource for me in a time of hurt from a brother in Christ. I could not Read More
  • Never Forsaken by Emily Williams +

    Easter is a celebration of certainties for Christians. We know that the resurrection of Jesus provides evidence that he can Read More
  • Letting Go of Old Hurts +

    One of the hardest things in life is to let go of old hurts. We often say, or at least Read More
  • A Searcher: Hurt by Johnny Cash +

    The struggles of living apart from Christ--searching, and breaking. I wear this crown of thorns Upon my liar's chair Full Read More
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  • Just a Little Talk with Jesus, Cleavant Derricks +

    Now let us have a little talk with Jesus. Let us tell Him all about our troubles. He will hear Read More
  • True Value +

    The ultimate good in life is to treat things according to their true value. - Jonathan Edwards Thankfully, perhaps the most Read More
  • Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire +

    It is doubtful if, in 1972, those attending one of Jim Cymbala's worship services in a run-down Brooklyn church imagined Read More
  • Salvation Altogether (Spurgeon) +

    Salvation Altogether by Grace by C. H. Spurgeon “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not Read More
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