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My house shall be called a house of prayer by Pastor Jim Cymbala

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Excellent teaching on prayer and faith, Love the part on his personal life testimony. Pastor Jim Cymbala is a native New Yorker, raised in the borough of Brooklyn. His early love of basketball earned him a scholarship to the University of Rhode Island, where he became captain of the basketball team. After graduation, he immediately entered the business world and, soon after, he married his childhood sweetheart, Carol Joy Hutchins. Pastor Cymbala and Carol began their lives together and before long, though he did not have formal theological training, Pastor Cymbala felt a call to the ministry. In the early 1970s Pastor Cymbala took over the leadership of The Brooklyn Tabernacle on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Brooklyn. The small, struggling congregation numbered less than twenty people and met in a small, run-down building surrounded by the physical and moral blight of the inner city. No money was available for adequate salaries during most weeks in those early years, so Pastor Cymbala and Carol took second jobs and struggled to make ends meet both in the church and at home. Nevertheless, this was where they felt God had placed them, and they soon realized that it was a unique opportunity to see the power of the gospel of Christ in action by loving and ministering to all colors and kinds of people. Most were poor and many wrestled with the typical inner-city problems of drug or alcohol abuse and the pain of disintegrating families. At the time, the New York City area, with its challenging social problems and urban decay, was kind of a "forgotten mission field." Most church buildings were nearly vacant on Sundays since their once-strong congregations (and their denominations) had long before fled to suburbia. But Pastor Cymbala and Carol believed that this was the very spot where God's love could meet the most desperate of human needs. Right away they realized the necessity of real prayer to secure God's grace and power in their ministry. The Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting, though very small at the start, became a central feature in the life of the church and has remained so to this day. Realizing the limited impact that any one church can have in a large metropolis like New York, the leadership of the Brooklyn Tabernacle began to plant churches in other needy areas of the city. As they trained pastors and sent them out with small groups of workers from the congregation, a replication of the work in downtown Brooklyn was begun. At the same time, The Brooklyn Tabernacle began to look beyond its own locale to plant missionary stations that have grown and evolved in impoverished places like Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Over the years, other works have been established by the grace of God in Israel, Guyana, and the Philippines. The leadership for most of these ministries has been raised up by God from the congregation, which itself represents so many parts of the world. These missions have experienced a demonstration of the far-reaching power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Today Pastor Cymbala oversees a congregation of several thousand people. Many of the inner- city problems are still there, but so is the congregation's dependency upon the grace of God, who has raised up workers to direct outreach to children, women, men, youth, seniors, the homeless and people in shelters, among others. The Lord has blessed Pastor Cymbala and Carol with three children and six grandchildren, including the most recent addition, little Levi, who was adopted from Ethiopia.
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Ekwuzie Godwin (6 days ago)
Please sir I need your help bless me
theseceret (4 months ago)
first movie i ever saw was the cross and the switch blade. god bless anyone willing to bring the gospel to ny.
Chad Kiser (5 months ago)
This is Soooo Good !
Ki Ho Kwon (7 months ago)
Be holed to pray
Moses Ruperto (8 months ago)
Awesome message!
Saju Philip (10 months ago)
Man of God with Holy Spirit anointed message about the need of Prayer. Jesus said my house shall be called the house of prayer.
Julia Allman (11 months ago)
Needed to hear this today. I found it after I read your story behind it in, "The promise of God's Power." Bless you!! Bless you! Many times I feel useless and as if I am wasting my time.....not moving or shaking enough. Thank you for your personal encouragement to me, and preaching the truth to the church.
Michelle Haarman (1 year ago)
Thank you for posting, John. I heard Pastor Cymbala's story of wrestling with the Holy Spirit in prayer before delivering this message... You can see why the Lord wanted it given!
Gary Morgan (1 year ago)
Interesting ... all the people on stage during church services that get paid for "serving" God. Paid well for just a few hours per week. Many, possibly most wouldn't even think about it without pay. Not reaally any difference is it between today and the OT church.
Gary Morgan (1 year ago)
presentation reminds me of Paul Washer.
ANNA LUCAS (1 year ago)
It is so sad. A lot of the churches no longer have a visitation program and do not follow up with new Christians.
Marieta Truter (1 year ago)
AMEN. Thank you so much. May God bless you abundantly.
Wayne Roberts (1 year ago)
A must hear for every child go God
Bruce Savell (1 year ago)
A true model of the Christian church, with Jesus as the example for us to follow May we all strive to be a praying people as we reach the hurting and those who are cast down and defeated by sin in despair. Thank you Jesus!
Isabel Robles (1 year ago)
Bruce Savell yes pray for the lost for God's glory, please pray for me, I feel stuck like theirs something blocking my words coming out I stumble in words even in my prayer closet I've been ask my lord to unstuck me. See I'm having struggle now asking. For prayer
Rose Mapes (2 years ago)
This is for my daughter Tanya and she needs your prayers now along with her two children this was so good for me to hear..please help in prayer
nic c (8 months ago)
Rose I'm praying for your dauther Tanya and her two children. God bless you and your family.
Owen Jones (2 years ago)
This needs to be shown in every church.Glory to GOD.Amen.
Owen Jones (1 year ago)
You sure about this ???
Daniel Schiro (1 year ago)
Owen Jones this guy was convicted of child molestation
M Marie (2 years ago)
A timely message, even now in 2016.
John Bartlow (2 years ago)
Very timely in March 2013! Thankyou!
Isaiah Thomas (2 years ago)
What a blessing... my house, that is this holy temple we live in, will be called a house of prayer! Glory to our God on High!
Isabel Robles (1 year ago)
Isaiah Thomas i
Sheila Anne Brannon (2 years ago)
I bought a copy of this on VHS in Fall of 1994. It is one of my treasured things. I was about to contact Pastor Cymbala and see if I could put on YouTube...alas it is there already. It is too, too valuable not to be archived.
Daniel Schiro (1 year ago)
Sheila Anne Brannon lol this guy was convicted of sodomy and molestation dummy
Sheila Anne Brannon (2 years ago)
+Brannon Sheila Behold! He prays!
Sheila Anne Brannon (2 years ago)
+Brannon Sheila I was there at the Praise Gathering for Believers in Indianapolis when Pastor Cymbala spoke.
eeruhl (3 years ago)
King James Bible Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.  Our prayer is our heart, and He has taught all men to pray always without fainting.
eeruhl (1 year ago)
Psalm 42;8 Please let me know when you find this. I will pray for you right now.
Isabel Robles (1 year ago)
eeruhl where in bible can I find this I love it, please keep me your prayers🙏🏼
WakeyUpPeople (3 years ago)
wow! I cannot BELIEVE how many times ive read that and never ever noticed Jesus cleansed the temple.. TWICE! Thats a confirmation for me...
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Surrendering Flag 45 (3 years ago)
Thank  you
Adams Omede (3 years ago)
how old is this video?
Sheila Anne Brannon (1 year ago)
He gave the talk 1994 Praise Gathering for Believers in Indianapolis. I was there and he wrote about it in his second book how he had prepared a different speech, but gave this one instead because of the Spirit's urging.
WakeyUpPeople (3 years ago)
+John Comeau i subbed you as you had 999 and it looked like 666 haha.. thans for uploading
John Comeau (3 years ago)
the earliest one that i have found was 2009
Johannes Mantiri (3 years ago)
Made me cry
MrBenAvenger (3 years ago)
Amazing message!
Ana Cerrato (4 years ago)
One of the best messages ever...I need this reminder often!
elita3 (4 years ago)
Lord God please make me a woman of Prayer above all else.
Daniel Schiro (1 year ago)
elita3 you should be praying for a brain
Lilly Magnolia (4 years ago)
Wow - awesome! How Great is Our God!
terry gant (4 years ago)
Wow! What a Word!!!
Jeanne Langendoerfer (4 years ago)
Thankyou JESUS for your love and the precious real testimony of this brother.,so absolutely essential for the power in HIS ministry .The truth that is in the Bible ,that Life himself may dwell in us and through us to all the chidren and people who are in need of you and only you. You are our hope, our creator, our savior, and our God. Thankyou Jim Cymbala for trusting Jesus and keeping your faith in Him. 
34blueroses (4 years ago)
I love this brother. He is truly God sent. God is using Him mightily throughout the Earth! The Holy Spirit speaks through this man!!! God bless Pastor Jim Cymbala and God keep him. In Jesus name, Amen!
The Presence Church (4 years ago)
Such a powerful message
Richard Freeman (4 years ago)
Pastor Jim thank you for the fresh communion with God I'm expecting to see God move in our Church for it to become His House of Prayer. Thank you for such a Powerful message A Anointed of God.
Michael Reardon (5 years ago)
What an awesome testimony to prayer and the love of parents to their child.
Caremate Foundation (5 years ago)
Splendid!
Jessica Britt (5 years ago)
No words can explain my gratitude for this teaching...May God continue to use him to draw ppl back to God's plan for God's ppl...God bless him, his family, and this body of believers!
Sonny NAQ (5 years ago)
Awesome!!! What a Word. Sure from the throne room of heaven. God bless you, Pastor.

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