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Ee CONTRIBUTORS Bill Johnson Randy ClaRk CaRol and ChRisty WimBeR s.J. hill BoBBy ConneR doug addison david tomBeRlin ChaRles h. kRaft maRCus laWson denny Cline PeteR h. davids gaRy Best

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© Copyright 2009 – frank deCenso Jr. all rights reserved. this book is protected by the copyright laws of the united states of america. this book may not be copied or reprinted for commercial gain or profit. the use of short quotations or occasional page copying for personal or group study is permitted and encouraged. Permission will be granted upon request. unless otherwise noted, scripture quotations are taken from the new king James version. Copyright © 1982 by thomas nelson, inc. used by permission. all rights reserved. scripture quotations marked amP are from the amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by the lockman foundation. used by permission. scripture quotations marked nasB are from the neW ameRiCan standaRd BiBle®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the lockman foundation. used by permission. scripture quotations marked nlt are from the holy Bible, new living translation, copyright © 1996, 2004. used by permission of tyndale house Publishers, Wheaton, il 60189. all rights reserved. scripture quotations marked nRsv are from the new Revised standard version of the Bible, copyright © 1989 by the division of Christian education of the national Council of the Churches of Christ in the u.s.a.; used by permission. scripture quotations marked niv are taken from the neW inteRnational veRsion®, Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 international Bible society. used by permission of Zondervan. all rights reserved. scripture quotations marked kJv are taken from the king James version. emphasis within scripture is the authors’ own. Please note that destiny image’s publishing style capitalizes certain pronouns in scripture that refer to the father, son, and holy spirit, and may differ from some publishers’ styles. take note that the name satan and related names are not capitalized. We choose not to acknowledge him, even to the point of violating grammatical rules. DESTINY IMAGE® PUBLISHERS, INC. P.O. Box 310, Shippensburg, PA 17257-0310

“Speaking to the Purposes of God for this Generation and for the Generations to Come.” this book and all other destiny image, Revival Press, mercy Place, fresh Bread, destiny image fiction, and treasure house books are available at Christian bookstores and distributors worldwide. for a u.s. bookstore nearest you, call 1-800-722-6774. for more information on foreign distributors, call 717-532-3040. Reach us on the internet at www.destinyimage.com. isBn 10: 0-7684-2755-X

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Contents

intRoduCtion —Frank A. DeCenso Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 ChaPteR 1 inheriting the supernatural —Bill Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 ChaPteR 2 Christianity’s great healing River and its Contributing streams —Randy Clark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 ChaPteR 3 the Power of his Presence —Carol and Christy Wimber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 ChaPteR 4 Partnering With Jesus in Power evangelism —S.J. Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 ChaPteR 5 gaining the gaze of god —Bobby Conner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 ChaPteR 6 evangelism in the new millenium —Doug Addison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 ChaPteR 7 testimonies of the supernatural opens doors to share the gospel —David Tomberlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133


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ChaPteR 8 the missing dimension —Charles H. Kraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .147 ChaPteR 9 Really . . . What Would Jesus do? —Marcus Lawson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165 ChaPteR 10 still astonished by Jesus —Denny Cline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181 ChaPteR 11 Power ministry and entry into the kingdom —Peter H. Davids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .191 ChaPteR 12 how do you move a mountain With a small shovel? —Gary Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205 aBout the ComPileR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .220 aBout the ContRiButoRs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .220


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Introduction

The only book that should ever be written is one that flows up from the heart, forced out by the inward pressure. When such a work has gestated within a man, it is almost certain that it will be written. The man who is thus charged with a message will not be turned back by any blasé consideration. His book will be to him not only imperative, it will be inevitable. —a.W. toZeR, God’s Pursuit of Man

Hearing God

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or some, hearing god is an art. for others, hearing god speak can be a surprise. i am convinced by events in my life that god enjoys surprising me by speaking to me when i am engaged in the most rudimentary of tasks, like driving or showering. not long ago after showering, an interesting “thought” popped into my head: Assemble a group of people to write a book about the relevance of My power in today’s world. the thought caught me off guard; although it came in a millisecond, i immediately understood what it entailed. But to be honest, i didn’t know how it would all come together. after praying and sending out numerous requests to people whom i knew to be involved in power ministry, i received




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an overwhelmingly positive response. at one point there were almost 60 people who were interested in contributing to a book or series of books about the power of god today. armed with credible contributors, i sent out a few feelers to find out if anyone would be interested in publishing such a compendium by authors, ministers, and scholars. destiny image expressed interest, and you have in your hands a piece of that original mandate from god. i’m convinced that god wants his children to catch the vision of moving in his power to change other’s lives and to tell all people that he is in love with them. he can do it through subtle ways, but the church needs to be equipped so that he can move mightily through us in today’s world. the healing of cancer or deliverance from addiction can do more than any apologetic argument, because the affected one will have been personally touched by the living, loving god of the universe. his power is more effective than our words.

W HO C AN M OvE IN THE P OWER Of G OD ? Peter was a fisherman. and John at one time wanted to keep folks who weren’t following Jesus from casting out demons, and he also wanted to cast fire down from heaven on those who did not receive Jesus. later these men both received power from on high by encountering god powerfully and personally, to do works of ministry. they were used to heal a man, and the religious folks got upset. in fact the Pharisees said that Peter and John were “untrained and uneducated,” but even so, there was no denying that they had been with Jesus. that’s what accredits people for ministry—being with Jesus, partnering with Jesus, loving him more than any scholastic endeavor or miraculous event. But “professional ministers” can’t change the world alone. the church needs ordinary people willing to minister wherever they are,

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because lives need to be changed, the sick need to be healed, and the oppressed need to be delivered. this will happen through “ordinary Christians” who want to bring god’s kingdom to others through the means and giftings they have received. god is not interested in humankind’s wisdom. he’s interested in our obedience to be used as conduits of his power to change lives. Counseling from a textbook isn’t going to deliver someone oppressed by demons. god’s power will. and he can use anyone at anytime—we just need to be willing to be used. John Wimber, the late leader of the vineyard movement, taught that in church everyone gets to play. he taught people how to move in the spirit—not because he learned it in seminary, but because Jesus taught and showed him personally. We need thousands more like Wimber who can reach the average Joes and Janes who walk into a church the day after becoming a Christian and ask, “What’s this Christianity about?” if we say, “it’s about listening to dr. Pastor Jones articulate a well-exegeted sermon on the dietary laws’ applicability today,” boy, we’re all in big trouble. But if we say, “Come on in! Christianity is about loving god and learning to hear his voice so you can tell your friends and relatives and neighbors about Jesus, and show them in power how much Jesus loves them,” then the world will be radically reached and impacted.

P URPOSE it’s my firm belief that a revolution of power-enhanced ministers will emerge from the grassroots level—believers tired of “Churchianity” and pew-warming. Part of my goal in life is to equip the saints in the church to do ministry. ministry isn’t just for professionals who can speak latin. it’s for everyone who can hear god’s heartbeat for a lost and dying world, and respond with clarity and take risks that can make a positive difference.

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it’s my hope that this book will persuade and equip Christians of several generations that god is in the power business—not to show off, but to bless, encourage, and heal hurting lives. he cared enough to send Jesus to die on the cross; he also cares enough to move today in power.

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CONT R I B U T O R S CaRol and ChRisty WimBeR Randy ClaRk david tomBeRlin denny Cline ChaRles h. kRaft Bill Johnson fRank a. deCenso JR. Pet...

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