Devotional Spirituality

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.

Devotional Audio & Video

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Reflections to Consider

  • Transformed

    Webster defines devotion as “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity or cause.” How do we fall in love Read More
  • Foolish Device of My Own

    Refuge O Lord,Whose power is infinite and wisdom infallible, order things that they may neither hinder, nor discourage me, nor Read More
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Publications

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Devotional Music

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Music

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Devotional Reflection

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The Hit List

  • 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
  • The Landscape of Piety: Majors +

    The following is recommended reading from the blog by Justin Taylor, on the gospel coalition website. J. I. Packer: For Read More
  • Why We Need the Puritans by JI Packer +

    1 Horse Racing is said to be the sport of kings. The sport of slinging mud has, however, a wider Read More
  • Cases and Directions Against Censoriousness and Unwarrantable Judging, by Richard Baxter (Puritan) +

    The following comes from: http://www.puritansermons.com/baxter/baxter26.htm Cases and Directions Against Censoriousness and Unwarrantable Judging. By Richard Baxter Tit. 1 Cases of Read More
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Gems

  • Freedom of Simplicity, Richard Foster +

    In Freedom of Simplicity Foster gently encourages us to see that our identity, our sense of comfort and security must Read More
  • Disciplined Spirituality Links +

    Letters by a Modern Mystic by Frank Laubach Simple but astonishing in its example of what discipline and perseverance can Read More
  • Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard +

    Understanding Changes Lives A good companion to Richard Foster's book Celebration of Discipline, the Path to Spiritual Growth; it provides Read More
  • Spiritual Classics, Richard Foster and Emilie Griffiin +

    Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines Good collection of essays, saints throughout the ages. A Read More
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