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Publication Date: 2014
Storm: What Jesus Is Saying to His Church is a book for every Christian who is concerned about the challenges that face believers today. Using powerful stories of people who have been transformed by Christ, it will strike a note of encouragement and hope, helping Christians to remember that a life surrendered to Christ in the midst of a church transformed by his presence cannot be defeated. No amount of spiritual darkness or cultural pressure can drown out the life-giving power of the gospel.
Jim Cymbala believes that the church in America is in the middle of a powerful storm, the intensity of which is likely to increase in coming months and years. Many Christians are bewildered, disheartened, and concerned by what they seea culture thats become increasingly hostile to biblical Christianity and a church whose vital signs are quickly waning. Like the storm surge that overtook lower Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy, powerful forces have come together to create a surge thats threatening the health of the church.
Storm will talk about the tendency on the right and on the left to conflate the kingdom of God with a particular political party. Many conservative Christians have made the mistake of substituting America for the Israel of the Old Testament, failing to realize the danger of adopting Old Testament principles that were never affirmed in the New Testament. Their message has sometimes been harsh and legalistic, making it difficult for them to proclaim a gospel of grace. Even though there is a great deal of emphasis on the Bible in such churches, it can often be the wrong emphasis.
Jim Cymbala will explore the importance of preaching a gospel of grace rather than a gospel of mixed messages, so common in the church today. He will speak of our need to understand spiritual battles and for total dependence on the Holy Spirit, and he will discuss the importance of prayer. He will also explore the motivational atmosphere of the early church which flourished despite far worse conditions than those we face today. We dont need more church growth programs to turn the church around. Whats needed is a transformation at the heart of the church so that the gospel is preached, the Holy Spirit is allowed to lead, and lives are transformed.
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.
whitelily2275 Stars Out Of 5For those yearning for gospel centered preaching...February 4, 2016whitelily227Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Read this book if you believe in the supernatural power of the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. Read this book if you yearn to see people saved and changed by the blood of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Cymbala keeps it simple. He shares the testimonies of people who have been changed by the power of God to make his point clear- We need to preach Jesus!
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The Storm Is Upon UsJanuary 9, 2016GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Using Superstorm Sandy as a backdrop for his introduction, Jim Cymbala quickly gets to the meat of the subject for this book. The Church is facing a serious storm. We only need to read the subtitle to know the real answer. We must hear Jesus. With that said, this is not a book with simplistic answers to deal with the storm bearing down on the Church. It is a well thought-out manuscript of where we are and what needs to be a priority for the Church. Pastor Cymbala shares several stories from the lives of people he knows to help communicate the age-old truths that he shares. This is a must-read for any pastor or church leader who is truly concerned about the Church in the twenty-first century. His message is not limited to certain churches or denominations but to the Church everywhere. However, it has to take root in the lives of individual men and women and be put into effect with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Debi4 Stars Out Of 5Book ReviewFebruary 2, 2015DebiQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I am still reading this book, however, what I have read I am impressed with. It is a sad state of affairs that our churches are going so far away from God's desires. This book nails it on the head. I am hoping the rest of he book is just as forthright.
ThirstyForKnowledge5 Stars Out Of 5Storm:Hearing Jesus For the Times We Live InDecember 25, 2014ThirstyForKnowledgeQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I bought this for my husband as a gift and he hasn't been able to put it down. As a church layman, it's opened his eyes to some of the reasons for discouragement and even disertion of leaders in our church. It's been revealing to realize that THE church of Jesus in this country, is experiencing the same storms on this life; and it's encouraging him to simplify his ministry to make it more successful. Thankful to The Lord for this ministry.
ElizabethTennesseeAge: Over 65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5DisappointingDecember 15, 2014ElizabethTennesseeAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1This Cymbala book is not as powerful as his previous books. Although, overall the idea is correct about what is happening in the church today and why there is no power. It is all about what God can do for me instead of what He could do with my life.