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Surprised by the Voice of God: How God Speaks Today Through Prophecies, Dreams, and Visions [Paperback]

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Throughout the time of the Bible, God spoke through prophecies, dreams and visions. After an intense period of study, Deere became convinced that God still speaks today apart from the Bible--but never in contradiction to it. In this provocative book full of stories and personal accounts, Deere reveals some of these surprising ways God communicates with us.

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Surprised by the Voice of God takes you to the Bible to discover the variety of creative, deeply personal ways God still communicates with us today. You'll learn how God speaks with people apart from the Bible, though never in contradiction to it. Jack Deere first describes the ways God revealed his thoughts to first-century Christians. Then he tells why God continues to speak to us using the same methods. Finally Deere tells how accurately God speaks through prophecies, dreams, visions, and other forms of divine communication. With candor, sensitivity, and a profound understanding of Scripture, Deere identifies our hindrances to hearing the Holy Spirit and calls us beyond them to a more intimate relationship with God. Filled with fascinating stories and personal accounts, Surprised by the Voice of God is for all who want to walk in the dynamic scope of Christianity.

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.43" Width: 5.46" Height: 1.09"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 13, 1998
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0310225582  
ISBN13  9780310225584  
UPC  025986225582  

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Why Do I Dream?  Nov 6, 2006
Since I had had a dream in the Army Chemical Corps school in 1977 on Thanksgiving about some sort of Chemical weapons attack on my former neighborhood, I had been intrigued by my dreams. I know that in taking "Psychology 101" in college I had even bought a book about dreams by Elizabeth Loftus which the professor recommended but never read it. I had another one that had predicted my temporarily dropping out of grad school in 1984 due to an impossible schedule-and it happened like that. But in the APG dream, I am reminded of my studies of Daniel the Prophet and how Daniel was an advisor to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, while Daniel had prophetic dreams about the rise and fall of the great powers-as Babylon was a great power or world empire in that day!
I had been having dreams about the Black Horse of Famine from Revelation 6-the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse chapter. Apparently America's economic ruin or famine is a judgment from God for our sins and cruelty! I live in the "Rust Belt" of America!
Jack Deere was a Hebrew Professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. But he turned Pentecostal and left that organzation. So, I am influenced both my Dallas Seminary authors as well as the Charismatic teachings as well.
One "prophecy" given to a lttle girl intrigued me. Why did God send a prophet to tell a little girl that her parents' marital problems were not her fault when I had gone through an even more hellish existance as a child in a divided home and all I got from the Catholic church was insults like calling little old Mensa me "stupid fool" or crazy fool" in class. Not to mention my cruel sadistic Nazi of a father who harshly tried to dominate and terrify me. So, I really don't get it? And they do not even like me to attend church. And all I get from most media ministers is hate when I bring my problems up to them.
I know that the song "live Like You Were Dying" had inspired me to take a chance at reviving my ambitions in photography when I have three chronic illnesses. Jack had said that God can speak to us even in a secular song.
I have also looked at booklets by Kenneth E. Hagin trying to make sense of my spiritual dreams. Maybe there needs to be more good Christian books on this subject-and not the New Age type.
Yes, God does speak to us through dreams. I know that the dream I had in 1988 of a flaming passenger jet crashing into downtown Toledo where I live did seem to make sense on the day of 9/11. I did report this for the local FAA becuase I wanted to know if I was living in a dangerous area that passenger jets flew over.
I noticed from personal experience with my dreams that when something happens, it is like in the Bible Codes where something that my dream seems to predict happens, I know its from God. Drosnin finds the codes to show that the event was predicted 3500 years ago, but now we are just discovering it written or hidden in the Bible.
Some limitations are like when I had dreamt that I was going to become a personal assistant to Sadaam Hussein at a time when people were persecuting me. Obviously, that is not going to happen since they just hung him. And there was nothing I could do to actually get ahold of Sadaam after I had that dream. Another time when I was a sky watcher, I had seen possibly a vision of a cloud that was shaped like the island of Cuba around 1994. And like Constantine of Rome seeinng a vision of the Cross in a cloud in the sky telling him to go to war in the name of the cross, and he won the war. I thought maybe Jesus was telling me to flee persecution to Cuba. And when they did send me a visa application and I filled it out and mailed it to them, I heard nothing. And further they sent me a threatening issue of GRAMNA showing a frightening picture and article about labotomies! So, I guess that "guidance" about the island of Cuba in a cloud in the sky was not true guidance from God.So, we must watch what we "step out in faith" to do based on our dreams and visions.
Listen More; Talk Less (2 Ears/1Mouth). On-point scholarly must reading   Jul 10, 2006
Dr. Deere's wisdom, warm and digestable scholarship and transparency all packaged up in a neat Zondervan book/bundle for a song via this; get a copy ASAP and go on a private retreat to get back to 1st century Christian Basics 101: hearing God speak NOW 24/7 as your Coach, Guide, and Mentor. Can't stop reading and rereading this awesome how-to practical guide on escaping "yellowed pages" of Bible theory to reliving the book of Acts in the now. Pastor/professor Deere's been on both sides; former prof at fundamentalist/cessationalist Dallas Seminary; now living/experiencing the supernatural presence and power of An Awesome God who won't be boxed up into private quiet times and 2-3 hours on week-ends.

Deere's greatness is his balance; savvy scholarship emphasizing authority of Scripture but warm application showing you how experience/know God as The Coach who directs his kids in the game of life by a myriad of methods formerly viewed as the exclusive property of 1st Century (book of Acts) Christianity.

Jack gives you all the stuff you need to activate; coupled with hints, tips, warnings, dangers and pitfalls; shows how to be winsome and positive and come off not looking wild, weird, strange, and armed/dangerous to any local church fellowship.

After you get it down pat enough to move on; see also his sequels also available here at this site: "Surprised...By the Power of The Spirit," and "The Beginner's Guide To The Gift Of Prophecy."

Jack is pointing the direction and leading the way all Christianity needs to move; back to a balanced supernatural lifestyle of experiencing the power and presence of an infinite God who wants to share His ability, power, and wisdom with people far more that most of us would ever believe possible in the post-modern age of hi-tech secularization and separation of the divine from daily experiences outside the church walls.
This book is so right.  May 8, 2006
This is one of the best written books I have ever read. I couldn't hardly tear myself away from it. It makes the case that God still speaks to his people today very clear. It is very balanced and uses the scripture to prove it's point. I highly recommend it.
Truly Useful  Dec 8, 2005
If you are on the track of getting to know God and learning to hear his voice...this book is for you. Jack Deere has the wonderful background of being Baptist and Manuscript oriented and then getting holy spirit baptized and being one with the Holy Spirit as well. Bapticostals tend to have a great perspective and balance on these things and Jack Deere is a great example of this. I highly recomend.
Faithful to Scripture and Relevant to Ministry  Feb 17, 2005
In keeping with Deere's usual style, here he is faithful to Scripture and relevant to ministry. Rather than deal with technique, Deere focuses on developing a relationship with the Lord and knowing His voice in that relationship. The book offers a biblical and historical survey of the voice of God and notes the means by which God speaks: i.e., the Bible, experience, supernatural means, and natural means. Topics covered include (1) "Learning the Language of the Holy Spirit", (2) "Facilitating Prophetic Ministry", (3) "Prophetic Pitfalls", (4) "Dream and Visions" and (5) recognizing the voice of God. This book contains many good practical guidelines for facilitating prophetic ministry.

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