Charismatic Gifts —Resources
Webmaster note: These items are offered as encouragement, as a result of Pope Francis' frequent promotion of the charismatic renewal. (Theology is growing along with this.)
Surrendering to Abundance
by Dave Nevins—NEW!
Encouraging tips for receiving supernatural messages.
Peter Kreeft and Dave Nevins on releasing supernatural gifts from within:
"The Catholic Church will not be strong until she recaptures the source of her strength that the earliest church found...until the charismatic movement becomes invisible—because all Catholics are charismatics." —Peter Kreeft
- Rome Charismatics Pray with Pope Francis -- Catholic News Service 2014 film. Francis "...after the consecration and after a few seconds of adoration in tongues, we sang this song with so much joy and force, as you did today. Thank you! I felt at home!
- Pentecostal Pope Francis -- A heartfelt call for God's united energy
- Furious Love -- Darren Wilson films God's radical supernatural love
- Physical Healing and Spiritual Love -- Heidi Baker and others
- Benedict 16th encourages charisms cultivation -- to 100 bishops
- Film on the Catholic Charismatic History -- A terrific 10-minute summary of the renewal, with papal endorsements
- Damian Stayne (Catholic charismatic/pentecostal healing teacher) film:
Kreeft YouTube Audio Excerpts
- 70x7 Reasons to Be Both Catholic and Protestant -- Only a Spirit unites a Body -- NEW! Kreeft/Nevins
- Peter Kreeft - The Gift of Tongues
- Peter Kreeft - God's Grand Unifying Force (Charismatic Worship)
- Peter Kreeft - The Master Modern Heresy (Anti-Supernaturalism)
- Peter Kreeft - Are Supernatural Charismatic Gifts for Everyone?
- Peter Kreeft - The Baptism of the Spirit (Intimate Fireworks)
- Peter Kreeft - Is Emotional Worship Deeper?
- Peter Kreeft - Language Warfare (Word Commands)
- Hearing God's Voice [Surrendering to Abundance] — NEW Interview!
- Unlocking Breakthroughs — Stuck in an area of life? — NEW Interview!
- Unbound Overview (48min, MP3, 29MB) — Receiving tangible freedom from evil influences, from Neal Lozano at Unbound Ministries.
See the book Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance.
- Unbound Teams (37min, MP3, 22MB) —Keys to giving and receiving via prayer teams. Janet Lozano of Unbound Ministries also shares her story of deliverance through the laying on of hands prayer.
See the book Unbound: A Practical Guide to Deliverance.
- Church Charisms (37min, MP3, 22MB) — Church encouragement of the Holy Spirit gifts, from Damian Stayne.
- Healing Rally (39min, MP3, 23MB) — Damian Stayne with encouragement to expect real miracles.
- Inner Healing — Constanzia Hooker — a unique lecture on the key to deep breakthroughs [more Inner Healing Resources]
- Holy Spirit Workshop — Carole Brown from Steubenville gives a condensed course on receiving the gifts of the Spirit (visions, tongues, healing, etc.)
- Laying on Hands Lecture — Kelli Fitzgerald: 10 quick miraculous stories w/ QA
- Fr. McAlear (YouTube) — A priest with the gift of healing talks about the centrality of the Baptism in the Spirit to release these gifts.
More YouTube Resources
- Healing Testimony -- from Faytene Grasseschi of terminal illness
- Surrendering to Abundance [Interview] -- Hearing God more clearly in prayer — NEW!
- Supernatural Message on Catholic/Protestant unity -- Shawn Bolz for Keith Major
- Practical Lecture in Miracle Ministry -- Damian Stayne (includes film testimonies)
- Fr. Cantalemessa -- The Pope's preacher w/ strong encouragement to experience the Baptism in the Spirit; and for leaders and pastors to nurture it.
- Thomas Fischer -- Street healing [many films. sample compilation PG-13]
- The Joy of Healing - Tom Fischer compilations of street healing [part 2]
- Fr. Cantalemessa Lecture -- the centrality of supernatural and the fruit [ICCRS]
- Charismatic Worship w/clergy -- excerpt from Polish praise service
- Singing in Tongues at the Vatican -- w/ ICCRS President Moran
- Fr. Bart Pastor at the Vatican -- on receiving the gift of tongues
- Street Healing Testimonies -- Todd White
- CBN Report on Healings -- from a charismatic church in Redding, CA
- Baptism of the Spirit -- w/ Dr. Mary Healy
- Angel Sightings -- from Gary Oates
- Finger of God -- Excerpt on healing (Jason Westerfield)
- Power Encounteres -- An ecumenical group in MI
- Love Says Go -- Praying for others like Jesus and experiencing immediate results -- like Jesus
- Pope Francis Apologizes for Catholic Attack on Pentecostals
- Pope Francis meets with Pentecostal leaders
- Francis: "Use Your Charisms!" -- Not talents, but gifts "God does" -- Oct 2014
- Pew Forum 10/2006 Report -- on worldwide experiences among charismatics
- Interview with Fr. Cantalemessa -- The Pope's preacher explains the key importance of the charisms
- Why We Talk in Tongues -- NY Times article, honestly addressing the topic
- Perry Marshall -- Testimonies on miracles today
- Dead Raising Team -- International boldness
- Catholic Catechism -- List of references on the charisms
- Spirit Quoter -- Sample prophetic word random generator
- Jesus Calling -- Huge best-seller by Sarah Young
- Keys to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (PDF)-- Msgr. Vincent Walsh [comprehensive]
- Come Creator Spirit -- Instructions on receiving the Spirit of the charisms (tongues, visions, etc.) by the Pope's preacher
- They Speak With Other Tongues -- The famous true story of a reporter who investigates the renewal
- Book on Miraculous Healing -- Fr. Stefan Starzynski (St. Mary's, Fairfax, VA)
- Charisms and the Charismatic Renewal -- Fr. Francis Sullivan in his classic explains each of the gifts
- Sober Intoxication -- The book on the charisms by the Pope's preacher
- Dissociation: The Forgotten Factor in Healing -- Deliverance keys for deep breakthroughs by Neal Lozano
- Understanding Prophetic People -- Those with the gift of prophecy can experience certain patterns.
- Come Away My Beloved -- a sample collection of powerful prophetic words by Francis J. Roberts
- Charisms -- Dr. Peter Kreeft (w/ Dave Nevins)
From Kreeft's Fundamentals of the Faith:
"When Paul visits the church in Ephesus (Acts 19), he notices something missing -- I think he would notice exactly the same thing in most of our churches and preach the same sermon -- and he asks them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" (Acts 19:2). Why would he ask that unless he saw a power shortage? Why did twelve fishermen convert the world, and why are half a billion Christians unable to repeat the feat? The Spirit makes the difference ...
We have received the Spirit by faith and baptism. "Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him" (Rom 8:9). But we need the release, the empowering, the anointing of the Spirit. Such empowerment is probably what the New Testament means by baptism in (or of or with) the Holy Spirit. It is supposed to happen at confirmation. Apparently, it usually does not. Millions of confirmed Catholics receive it afterward, usually in charismatic prayer meetings or seminars. The charismatic movement is obviously God's answer to Pope John XXIII's prayer for a new Pentecost. Popes Paul VI and John Paul II both blessed it but said that it will fulfill its purpose only when, like the early liturgical movement, it ceases to have a separate identity of its own and is absorbed into the whole Church. In other words, every Catholic should be a charismatic, baptized in the Spirit, empowered like the apostles.
The difference this baptism in the Spirit makes is not primarily in any particular charismatic gift, such as tongues. Paul clearly says not to get hung up on tongues (1 Cor 12-14). The difference is far greater: like the difference between a picture and a live person, between dead orthodoxy and living truth, between words and power. If we are not certain that Jesus Christ is present in us, working, acting, making a difference, rather than just being a teacher, an example, a lovely but remote historical figure, then we need Pentecost. And when that happens, the world will be won again."
What Does "Charismatic" Mean?
Charisms are "supernatural potentialities" that every Christian has, but don't always exercise. Those who experience these manifestations are often called "charismatic". The Greek word "charisma" means "gift" (which emphasizes that they are not an award for being good, but an aid to being good.) Examples of these gifts of the Holy Spirit are visions, praying in tongues and healing.
Before Jesus returned to heaven He promised His followers that he would send them the Holy Spirit, through which he would continue to live among them. The Holy Spirit first arrived in this new, special way at Pentecost, which brought about the explosive birth of Christianity.
According to Newsweek, Time and The Washington Post charismatics represent the fastest growing movement worldwide. Conservative estimates put the number of people involved with this movement at 600 hundred million people, with the strongest growth occurring in Asia, South America and Africa.
The word "charismatic" is sometimes mistakenly used to mean free-spirited or emotional worship. While that can be an aspect, it actually refers to the exercise of the charisms.
Gifts of the Spirit
Examples of some of the more common charismatic gifts experienced are receiving visions, praying in tongues, prophetic words (first person messages), healing, and receiving scriptures, a few of which are described below.
- Praying in tongues. Speaking (or praying) in tongues is an ability the Holy Spirit gives us to pray in a spontaneous manner using words and sounds we do not understand. We are conscious of praying to God and have the freedom to start and stop as we wish, but it is God moving our mouths and forming the phrases. This is a powerful gift because it is God praying for us, praying/praising for us, which often results in releasing the other gifts, such as prophecy. Peter Kreeft on The Gift of Tongues (MP3, 0:55, 440k)
- Prophecy. The apostle Paul says "I wish that all of you would pray in tongues, as I do, but I wish even more that you would prophecy. For the one who prays in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophecies builds up the body of believers." Prophecy is the ability granted by the Holy Spirit to speak forth words that proceed from God that do not come from the believer's understanding, reasoning or education. It is often in first-person and is generally not predictive. (Even in biblical times it was mostly a message for the present, used to encourage, teach, or correct.) Prophecy today does not give us new, additional revelation to the Bible, but simply is God illuminating that part of the eternal, unchanging Biblical truth that we especially need in a given moment. Here are written examples of Quoting the Spirit. And here is a Basic Training Video on Prophecy.
- Visions. Many renewal members frequently experience this gift, where God provides an image (either still or moving) to convey the Spirit's message. More written details on Visions
- Receiving Scriptures. During a meeting someone may share a biblical verse saying that they "received the scripture" during prayer. This terminology often indicates that the Lord placed in a person's mind a specific chapter number and verse along with a sense of how the passage relates to us. Note that someone may share a biblical verse that is on their heart, which would be appropriate, but it should not be confused with the distinct charismatic gift of receiving scriptures, which is a more direct communication from God.
- Word of Knowledge -- a supernatural fact (past or present) that the Holy Spirit provides to help minister to a person. See this video on Word of Knowledge Basic Training.
The term "Word gift" is used for when God speaks to us, such as through a prophecy or vision. At times the messages received will be clear and precise; at other times they may be shared more generally as a "sense from the Lord." In any case all Word gifts need to be discerned.
These charismatic manifestations are important because they allow us to more fully experience Christ's life in our own and because they are a sign to non-believers of His presence.
How Do I Receive These Experiences?
A person receives the gifts of the Holy Spirit simply by asking God for them in child-like faith. They can first appear when a person is praying alone, but are more commonly first manifested after we have prayed with other charismatic Christians. The practice in the early church was to have those who already exercised the gifts place their hands on the one being prayed with, as an expression of unity in faith.
Receiving the Spirit in this way it referred to in the Bible as is often referred to as being "baptized in the Holy Spirit." "Baptize" is Greek for "to immerse" and "baptism in the Holy Spirit" (wine vs. water) is seen as an immersion in the drunken Pentecostal love of God.
Some Christians understand being baptized in the Holy Spirit to mean the renewing of abilities already present, like the stirring up of settled chocolate syrup at the bottom of a glass of milk. Others view it as a new type of relationship with the Holy Spirit. Whichever way you explain it, it is a powerful work of God.
Avoid extremes of (a) focusing on the gifts over the Giver, and (b) neglecting the gifts. The goal is love of God and others, for which the gifts are an important energizers. (I Cor 12-14.)
Charisms can act like kisses -- they're not essential to a marriage, but they're normal, great motivators.
Charisms (Visions, Tongues, Healing, etc.) -- Peter Kreeft and Dave Nevins informally dialogue on experiencing Charismatic Gifts—catalysts to more interactive, “two-way” prayer.
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