Pastor Jim Cymbala points out that God is searching the earth for men and women to bless. "The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him" (2 Chronicles 16:9). God is not looking for intelligence, social status, skills, or influence. Instead, he is searching for men and women whose hearts can be shaped according to his purposes. The Life God Blesses unlocks the keys to experiencing God's blessing by exploring the characteristics of this special kind of heart - a humble heart, a listening heart, a merciful heart. Jim Cymbala believes that we can let God shape us so that we can become the fulfillment of his search. As we respond to God's grace, we will become people who are uniquely blessed. This blessing will inevitably spill over into our marriages, our children's lives, our work, and our world. The Scriptures tell us that David was a man after God's own heart. What made him so special to the Lord? Through far from perfect, something about David's heart enabled the Lord to bless him and use him to bring blessings to generations of people after him. Drawing from the lives of other Old Testament kings, such as Amaziah, Uzziah, Josiah, and from Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel, Jim Cymbala helps readers understand how God's blessings work. With powerful stories from his own life and from others at The Brooklyn Tabernacle, he shows what it means to live a life that is truly blessed by God.
God Is Searching for People to Bless Jim Cymbala believes that God plays "favorites"--that certain people experience his blessings more abundantly than others. Have these people learned a formula or a simple technique that will guarantee his blessing? Or is there something more profound at work in their lives? In The Life God Blesses, Jim Cymbala points out that God is constantly searching for people to bless. Hes not looking for men and women with special talents or unusual intelligence or great strength but for those who possess a certain kind of heart. Find out how to have a heart that God cannot resist and you will become a channel of his blessing for your family, your church, and your world.
Jim Cymbala has served as pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than forty years. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, The Church God Blesses, When Gods People Pray, Fresh Faith, and Spirit Rising. He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol, who directs the Grammy Awardwinning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The Cymbalas have three children and eight grandchildren.
Stephen Sorenson along with his wife, Amanda, heads Sorenson Communications in Black Forest, Colorado. He has written and edited numerous books.
Cymbala's fourth book supports his thesis that God will favor those whose
hearts are genuinely open to him. In six brief chapters, Cymbala alternates
between biblical and contemporary stories many about his parishioners to
illustrate simple, powerful messages about how people have succeeded and
failed in efforts to live a blessed life. He does a fine job of making Old
Testament stories accessible to a wide audience, and in doing so shows how
kings such as Uzziah and Josiah interacted with God and reaped both blessings
and sorrows, depending on the condition of their hearts and the choices they
made. Mixed with these stories are snippets of information about the Brooklyn
Tabernacle, Cymbala's astoundingly successful church, but for a fuller story
of its humble beginnings and miraculous growth, readers would do better to
read Cymbala's first three publications, as well as Carol Cymbala's book
(reviewed below). Cymbala's tone is refreshingly earnest, and while he does
not downplay God's ability and willingness to allow human suffering, he and
Sorenson emphasize above all God's tenderness and deep love for everyone. Also
admirable is the absence of vitriol in this book; Cymbala imitates the godly
gentleness he extols and repeatedly warns against the pride and hardness of
heart to which those who are blessed can fall prey. While some of Cymbala's
rhetoric may superficially appear to echo the gospel of health and wealth,
even the most cursory reading reveals that he speaks of blessings much less
tangible and more enduring than money and material well-being. (Sept.)
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