|About the Book|
Western Christianity (as is found in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, and the United States) is in some ways at a disadvantage since it is so influenced by western secular culture which is characterized by an attitude of doubtMoreWestern Christianity (as is found in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, and the United States) is in some ways at a disadvantage since it is so influenced by western secular culture which is characterized by an attitude of doubt and distrust of anything supernatural or miraculous. By contrast, where Christianity is spreading most rapidly (in places such as mainland China, South America, and Africa), there are frequent testimonies of the manifestation of the miraculous signs of the Kingdom of God accompanying the preaching of the gospel. I believe that miracles are to be natural events for the Christian who believes in an omnipotent, benevolent God who hears and answers prayers. I have learned through my experience that our God has not changed, and in reading Scripture I have learned that this should not come as a surprise. It is this childlike trust in the loving and all-powerful character of our God (i.e., faith) that Western Christianity must recover. Becoming familiar with the supernatural realm is but an extension of our desire to imitate Jesus, and to be counted among those believers whom Jesus spoke of as being accompanied by signs and wonders (Mark 16: 17). Every believers heritage is to live the incredible adventure of radical and simple obedience to God, and in such surrender we invite an encounter with the phenomenal and more importantly through it an encounter with God Himself. I invite you to sit down, buckle your seat belt, and allow yourself to be caught in the wonder of Gods grace knowing this is your heritage. This book is not about me (for I am simply a jar of clay as Paul declares in 2 Cor 4: 7) nor is it necessarily about miracles- my heart inthis book is not merely to point people to the phenomenal but to the triune phenomenon - the lover of our souls who is God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is about rediscovering the heart of God who wishes to intervene in and transform our lives. This book is aimed to inspire you to realize that the supernatural realm need not be mysterious to you - indeed, the supernatural can and should be natural as the need presents itself, Gods will permits, and your faith daring. This book is my extended testimony of Gods faithfulness and power in my life, and it is a testimony, which I and indeed God invite you to share in your reading and in your life. Lord, make us a vessel of your grace and healing love that others may find life and freedom in you. Free us from all other attachments and ideologies that we may joyfully pursue the things of heaven. May we witness the joy of the gospel both in word and in deed.