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June 08, 2006

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Brad Jersak

I would recommend starting with a study of the biblical prophets and get thoroughly soaked in their work so that your idea of what is prophetic is informed by Scripture. That way, you will get a balanced view of the prophetic that includes the social prophets (think of Martin Luther King Jr.), the contemplative prophets (think of Thomas Merton), and the charismatic prophets (like Graham Cooke).

Alongside this Bible reading, you will find help on the prophetic personality in Abraham Joshua Heschel's work, "The Prophets" (it used to be two volumes but might be in one book now). And with regard to your own use of the gift, get hold of Graham Cooke's work. He's a charismatic who is practical and wise in terms of the contemporary use of the gifts in a Church context.

Cheryl B.

What a great word of encouragement. Can you recommend a good book about the gift of prophesy that outlines the various manifestations of the gift? I met a prophetic pastor a year ago who told me that I was a seer (which the Lord had also told me) but I long to know more about this aspect of the gift and more. I attend a Baptist church which is essentially absent of any teaching on the prophetic.

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