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|Born||January 4, 1934|
|Died||February 23, 2014|
Charles Emmitt Capps (January 4, 1934, Brummitt, Arkansas – February 23, 2014, England, Arkansas) was an American Christian preacher and teacher in the Word of Faith movement, and had great influence on the movement through his books and teaching. He and his wife Peggy were headquartered in England, Arkansas.
Charlies Capps was born on January 4, 1934 to Emmet and Minnie Capps in Burmmitt, Arkansas. His parents owned a farm and Capps became a farmer. Immediately after graduating high-school, he began farming in the Lonoke County area growing cotton, soybeans and rice. At age 17 he learned how to fly and became a member of the "flying farmers." In 1951, he married Peggy Capps. He retired from farming in 1978 to pursue full-time ministry.
A core of Capps’ teaching was the idea that our words have power and that we must change what we are saying and what we are thinking. Capps claimed it was a struggle for him to get out of the negative stream of life, but that he soon saw the fruit of his words and his life began to change.
Invited to share his story at Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International meetings, his simplistic style of teaching practical truths from the Bible appealed to people from every Christian denomination. The requests for speaking engagements became so great after the printing of his pamphlet “God’s Creative Power Will Work For You” that he retired from farming in 1978 and became a full-time Bible teacher, eventually authoring 24 books, including the God’s Creative Power series, with nearly 6 million copies sold. Many of the books are published in multiple languages.
Capps later launched the “Concepts of Faith” radio and TV broadcast. With his down to earth style, Capps taught that our words are like seeds and we plant them into the ground of our heart by speaking them out loud. If you want soybeans to grow, don’t plant Johnson grass seed! You reap what you sow.
Capps often spoke at seminars and conventions. Common themes Capps addressed were issues related to Biblical everyday living and faith and confession of the Word. He has also appeared on the Believers Voice of Victory television program, hosted by Kenneth Copeland Ministries of Fort Worth, Texas.
Capps died at his home on February 23, 2014, survived by his wife and two daughters.
Capps used anecdotes, but tended to concentrate on a systematic exposition of the teachings of the Bible. His books tend to focus on the core of the Biblical Word of Faith by emphasis on being careful of what we say, as words have power (Mark 11:22-25). His best-selling mini-book, "God's Creative Power" organizes scriptures into prayers.
- Authority in Three Worlds, Harrison House (1980) ISBN 0-8927-4281-X
- The Tongue: A Creative Force, Harrison House (1995) ISBN 0-8927-4061-2
- Releasing The Ability of God Through Prayer, Capps Publishing (2004) ISBN 0-9820320-2-1
- "God's Creative Power" series. Capps Publishing (2004) ISBN 0-9820320-3-X
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