All posts in " Holy Spirit "

Year-round resident

By Dave Henning / September 14, 2016

“The Holy Spirit is a year-round resident in the hearts of his children.  As God’s story becomes our story, his power becomes our power.”- Max Lucado In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.”- Ephesians 1:13 Max […]


Welcome to the vest system

By Dave Henning / September 13, 2016

“Welcome to the vest system. Hard to hide it.  Harder still to discard it.  But we work at doing so.  Emphasis on the word work.”- Max Lucado “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removes our transgressions from us.”- Psalm 103:12 In Chapter 5  of More to Your Story, […]


Stand ready to forgive

By Dave Henning / July 21, 2016

“Christians with the aid of the Holy Spirit must always stand ready to forgive, willing and desirous of forgiving, extending forgiveness . . .”- Dr. Gary Chapman “He [Christ] did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered.  He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.”- […]


Event horizon

By Dave Henning / July 3, 2016

“In the realm of general relativity, an event horizon is the point of no return.  It’s the point at which gravitational pull becomes so great that it’s impossible to escape.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 28 “The Event Horizon”) of If, Mark Batterson states the most obvious example of an event horizon is a black hole.  […]


How you see God

By Dave Henning / July 2, 2016

“How you see God will dictate how you see yourself, see your future, see your life.  It’s your trademark, your watermark.”- Mark Batterson Chapters 27-30 comprise The Fourth (and final) If– No Ifs, Ands or Buts About It.  In the brief introduction, Mark Batterson writes that many God-ordained opportunities come disguised as problems.  Seek God […]


The day of small beginnings

By Dave Henning / June 24, 2016

“But don’t despise the day of small beginnings.  If you do little things like they’re big things, someday God will do big things like they’re little things.”- Mark Batterson “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”- […]


Two-dimensional understanding

By Dave Henning / June 23, 2016

“Knowledge, by itself, often leads to one-dimensional assumptions.  But wisdom, true wisdom, leads to two-dimensional understanding.”- Mark Batterson “True wisdom has two sides.”- Job 11:6 As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 18 of If, he asserts that two-dimensional thinking is thinking outside the four dimensions of space-time within which we exist.  Pastor Batterson writes that the […]


Firstfruits of the Spirit

By Dave Henning / June 18, 2016

“But we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”- Romans 8:23 Mark Batterson begins Chapter 16 (“The Third Wheel”) of If by telling several anecdotes about not having a mechanical bone in his body.  For example, Pastor Batterson owned […]


Quickening of the Holy Spirit

By Dave Henning / June 5, 2016

As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 8 of If, he discusses the quickening of the Holy Spirit.  Pastor Batterson states that it isn’t enough just to read the Bible.  Merely reading the Bible is comparable to auditing a class in college.  You receive no credit for an audit.  As Mark points out, “you’ve simply been educated […]


As if- the second if

By Dave Henning / June 4, 2016

As if bridges the gap between if only and what if.  It’s the way we defy our circumstances.  It’s the way God’s promises become our reality.”- Mark Batterson Chapters 8-14 of If cover as if– the second if.  Mark states that faith “sees the invisible” and “believes the impossible.”  In Chapter 8 (“Reaction Time”), Mark […]


Conjugate praise

By Dave Henning / May 31, 2016

“Just as it takes time to conjugate verbs, it takes time to conjugate praise.”- Mark Batterson “Walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”- Romans 8:4 (KJV) In Chapter 6 (“Muscle Memory”) of If, Mark Batterson defines muscle memory as “a procedural memory that is stored in your brain anytime you repeat a muscle […]


True open-handedness

By Dave Henning / May 12, 2016

“Surrender, true open-handedness, on the question before me is crucial to hearing from God.”- John Eldredge John Eldredge concludes Chapter 12 of Moving Mountains by stating that the question of  our openness to whatever God has to say to us forms unreserved obedience in us.  This in turn deepens our holiness and our intimacy with […]

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