All posts in " Holy Spirit "

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 […]


Praying through

By Dave Henning / January 30, 2016

“Praying hard is praying through.  And if you pray through, God will come through.  But it will be God’s will, God’s way.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson moves on by introducing “The Second Circle- Pray Hard.”  This second circle covers Chapters 8-11 of The Circle Maker.  Pastor Batterson cites the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18: […]


Bridge builder

By Dave Henning / October 28, 2015

Today Bill Hybels concludes his discussion of Solomon’s seven character traits (red warning lights) that are offensive to God (Chapter 7 of Simplify). 4 & 5.  Looking for Trouble (“a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that  . . . rush into evil”).  Solomon’s warning is to people who have no qualms about taking advantages […]


The ultimate goal

By Dave Henning / July 19, 2015

“There is no pit too deep that God’s grace isn’t deeper still.”- Corrie Ten Boom “Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.”- Aldous Huxley As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 20 of The Grave Robber, he emphasizes that the ultimate goal of any request for a […]


One nudge

By Dave Henning / June 20, 2015

In Chapter 6 (“One Nudge”) of The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson observes that in most instances we miss the miracle that is right at our fingertips because we’re too close to the situation.  Most miracles are initiated by a nudge, most effectively from someone with whom we have a relationship of trust.  Yet, it’s easier to […]

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