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Spending an entire day alone with God

By Dave Henning / July 31, 2018

“Spending an entire day alone with God may sound scary or difficult to pull off.  But think of not doing it.  Imagine reaching the age of seventy, having received more than 25,000 days as a gift from God, and not having given a single one back to him because you were ‘too busy.’ “- John […]

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Narrow framing

By Dave Henning / June 22, 2016

“One of the archenemies of what if is narrow framing.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson discusses the concept of narrow farming in Chapter 18 of If.  Pastor Batterson defines narrow framing as a decision-making villain characterized by: ” . . . defining our choices too narrowly.  It’s only considering two options when there might be a […]

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More than a conqueror

By Dave Henning / June 11, 2016

“The reality is this; you’re a sinner in need of a Savior.  But you are also more than a conqueror.”- Mark Batterson “No, in all these things were are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”- Romans 8:37 In Chapter 10 (“The Power of Suggestion”) of If, Mark Batterson asserts that as if is […]

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Get your feet wet

By Dave Henning / February 7, 2016

“We say to God, ‘Why don’t you part this river?  And God says to us, ‘Why don’t you get your feet wet?’ “- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 10 of The Circle Maker by expanding on this statement: “God is great, not just because nothing is too big for Him; God is great because […]

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The by-products of answered prayer

By Dave Henning / February 3, 2016

Mark Batterson begins Chapter 9 (“The Favor of Him Who Dwells in the Burning Bush”) of The Circle Maker with a discussion of the by-products of answered prayer.  Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse, a community outreach ministry of National Community Church, is the result of eight years of praying hard and circling.  God miraculously made it possible for […]

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Lessons about unanswered prayers

By Dave Henning / January 26, 2016

In Chapter 6 (“You Can’t Never Always Sometimes Tell”) of The Circle Maker,  Mark Batterson discusses valuable lessons about unanswered prayers that he has learned.  The learning began when Pastor Batterson almost said no to a miracle. A married couple, new members of National Community Church, wanted to talk to Mark about church government.  Pastor […]

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A landscape of joy

By Dave Henning / December 12, 2015

“Anyone who can be in a landscape of joy while maintaining immunity to it hasn’t come to the end of himself.”- Kyle Idleman Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 6 of The End of Me by observing that the miracle of the paralyzed man’s healing should have a happy ending.  The Pharisees, however, make sure this miracle […]

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Irreversible moments

By Dave Henning / July 21, 2015

“If you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”- John 11:21-22 In Chapter 22 (“The Grave Robber”) of his book The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson begins his discussion of Jesus’ seventh miracle recorded in the gospel of John- Jesus raises […]

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Climbing out on a limb

By Dave Henning / July 14, 2015

“Faith is climbing out on a limb, cutting it off, and watching the tree fall.”- Anonymous In Chapter 18 (“Cut the Cable”) of The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson states that modern skyscrapers are possible as a result of Elisha Otis’ invention of an elevator braking system that ensured the elevator’s safety.  With this braking system, […]

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Less is more

By Dave Henning / July 7, 2015

“Give us this day our daily bread.”- Matthew 6:11 “When God gives a vision, He makes provision.”- Mark Batterson Commenting on the above petition from the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of Chapter 14 (“Lord Algebra”) of The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson wryly observes that we really wish the word daily was replaced with weekly, […]

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Cloudy with a chance of quail

By Dave Henning / July 5, 2015

But Moses said (to the Lord), “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot and you say, ‘I will give you meat to eat for a whole month.’ “- Numbers 11:21 “Your job is not to crunch numbers and audit the will of God.”- Mark Batterson As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 13 of […]

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The drop in the bucket effect

By Dave Henning / July 4, 2015

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”- John 6:9 In Chapter 13 (“Two Fish”) of The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson begins his discussion of Jesus’ fourth miracle, feeding the five thousand (John 6:1-13).  Pastor Batterson believes that the catalyst for […]

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