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       Jim Cymbala
       Jim Cymbala has been the pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than twenty-five years. In that time the congregation has grown from twenty members to more than six thousand.
       The author of Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire; Fresh Faith; and Fresh Power, he lives in New York City with his wife, Carol Cymbala, who directs the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

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The trouble with man-made novelties is that they don't produce the impressive results that are often advertised.

    Topics: Carnality
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

No church, including the one I pastor, should be measured by its attendance.

    Topics: Church
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

The Bible does not say we should aim at numbers but rather urges us faithfully to proclaim God's message in the boldness of the Holy Spirit. This will build God's church God's way.

    Topics: Church, Preaching
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

God nowhere asks anyone to have a large church. He only calls us to do his work, proclaiming his Word to people he loves under anointing power of the Holy Spirit to produce results that only he can bring about.

    Topics: Church, Holy Spirit
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

One way to recognize whether we suffer from this disconnection is to look at our concern for people who are dirty... people who are "other"... people who don't fit the core group's image. The ravages of sin are not pleasant--but they are what Jesus came to forgive and heal. "The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10). Yet Christians often hesitate to reach out to those who are different. They want God to clean the fish before they catch them.

    Topics: Evangelism
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

If the times are indeed as bad as we say they are... if the darkness in our world is growing heavier by the moment... if we are facing spiritual battles right in our own homes and churches... then we are foolish not to turn to the One who supplies unlimited grace and power. He is our only source. We are crazy to ignore him.

    Topics: Faith
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

The key in not money; organization, cleverness, or education. Are you and I seeing the results Peter saw? Are we bringing thousands of men and women to Christ the way he did? If not, we need to get back to His power source..."

    Topics: Holy Spirit
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

What the disciples wanted was not numbers but an essential quality that would keep them BEING the church God intended. Boldness can only be imparted by the Holy Spirit.

    Topics: Holy Spirit
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

I am dismayed by the contracts required by some contemporary musical groups. To perform a concert at your church, the stated fee will be so much (in either four or five figures) plus round trip airfare--often first class, not coach. Every detail of the accommodations is spelled out, down to "sushi for twenty persons" waiting at the hotel, in one case. All this is done so that the group can stand before an inner-city audience and exhort the people to "just trust the Lord for all your needs.

    Topics: Money
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

The first century money changers were in the temple, but they didn't have the spirit of the temple... They were out of sync with the whole purpose of the Lord's house. "The atmosphere of my Father's house," Jesus seemed to say, "is to be prayer. The aroma around my Father must be that of people opening their hearts in worship and supplication. This is not a place to make a buck. This is a house for calling on the Lord.

    Topics: Money, Prayer, Church
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

I learned as never before that persistent calling upon the Lord breaks through every stronghold of the devil, for nothing is impossible with God. For Christians in these troubled times, there is simply no other way.

    Topics: Perseverance
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, Zondervan, 1997.

Prayer begets Revival, which begets more prayer.

    Topics: Prayer, Revival
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

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