Friday, March 20, 2009

2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity

2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity:
A 21st Century Look at Church History from a Pentecostal/Charismatic Perspective
by Eddie L. Hyatt

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Overwhelming evidence reveals contemporary Christianity roots in Pentecost!

The world is taking notice and realizing that the fastest-growing segment in Christianity has an undeniable history with a pattern and a rich, deep foundation dating back to the New Testament. Explore overwhelming evidence that reveals how the gifts of the Holy Spirit not only have existed in the centuries since the early apostles, but have also survived the Middle Ages, the politicized church of Europe, and have experienced a spectacular revival this century.

2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity offers convincing evidence that the modern Pentecostal and Charismatic movements are rooted in the two-thousand-year history of the church. Those who identify with these movements will be affirmed in the experience of the Holy Spirit and will gain a new respect and appreciation for the movement of which they are a part. Those outside the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements will also benefit by reading this volume in that they will gain an understanding of this movement that Harvard professor Dr. Harvey Cox says is "reshaping religion in the 21st century."
This book was one of the inspirations for my book Miracles and Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the History of the Church. It provided a good overview and summary which helped me compile much original source material on how the gifts of the Holy Spirit have been revealed through the centuries.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Expect God’s Mighty Acts Today

Reading Bill Johnson’s book, Release the Power of Jesus, I came across a sermon quote from Charles Haddon Spurgeon. I include it here, with a bit more from that sermon, because it is so good about expecting to see the power of God today:
When people hear about what God used to do, one of the things they say is: “Oh, that was a very long while ago.” They imagine that times have altered since then …Things were in a different state then from what they are now.” Granted; but I want to know what the things have to do with it. I thought it was God that did it.

Has God changed? Is He not an immutable God, the same yesterday, today and forever? Does not that furnish an argument to prove that what God has done at one time He can do at another? Nay, I think I may push it a little further, and say what He has done once is a prophecy of what He intends to do again — that the mighty works which have been accomplished in the olden time shall all be repeated, and the Lord's song shall be sung again in Zion, and He shall again be greatly glorified.

Others among you say, “Oh, well I look upon these things as great prodigies — miracles. We are not to expect them every day.” That is the very reason why we do not get them. If we had learned to expect them, we should no doubt obtain them, but we put them up on the shelf, as being out of the common order of our moderate religion, as being mere curiosities of Scripture history. We imagine such things, however true, to be prodigies of providence; we cannot imagine them to be according to the ordinary working of His mighty power. I beseech you, my friends, abjure that idea, put it out of your mind. (The Story of God’s Mighty Acts)
Spurgeon knew the mighty acts of God in his own day. He knew about the power of faith to heal in Jesus’ name and experienced many remarkable healings in his ministry. He also had frequent “words of knowledge” about things he could not have known unless God had revealed them to him. I have compiled many of these in Miracles and Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the History of the Church. God is still doing today what He has always done.

Faithpoint: What God has done in the past is a prophecy of what He intends to do again. If we learn to expect it, we shall see it. What is your expectation?

Monday, March 9, 2009

Release the Power of Jesus

This is a new book by Bill Johnson and includes a number of recent healing miracles and testimonies.

Release the Power of Jesus
by Bill Johnson
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Did you know that there is power in your testmony? When you share stories of how God has healed and anointed your life, it releases the Spirit to move in other people's lives as well. In Release the Power of Jesus Bill Johnson tells how he observed this phenomena in his and others ministry. Filled with inspiring stories of God's amazing power, Release the Power of Jesus will embolden you to share how God has overcome for you.

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). Telling others about the miracles in your life makes God more real for others and causes faith to explode in those who hear what God has done for you.They will begin to see miracles in their own lives because of what God did for you! You will discover how to: Encourage His mercy in everyone around you. Leave a legacy of God's work in your life. Live under the influence of His mighty presence. Release the presence of God everywhere you go. Learn how your personal God stories will set your world on fire as you release the power of Jesus today!

"Because of this book, I will never be able to view the word testimony in the same narrow sense as I viewed it before. It will bring readers to the cleaer terms of why we must and how we can release the power of God to bring order amid the chaos of the 21st century." — Jack Taylor, Dimension Ministries