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Our need for constant connection with God

By Dave Henning / July 10, 2018

“Pain brings deepest brokenness, and a hurting child always wants to run into the consoling, safe arms of a loving parent.  Feeling our pain doesn’t prove that we lack faith — it proves our need for constant connection with God.”- Christa Black Gifford “The Spirit of the LORD GOD is upon me, because the LORD […]

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Accumulate experiences

By Dave Henning / October 17, 2016

“Don’t accumulate possessions; accumulate experiences.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson begins Chapter 12 (“Run to the Roar”) of Chase the Lion with a question.  Mark wonders: “Are you living your life in a way that is worth talking about?” Sadly, the author notes, most people spend their lives accumulating possessions.  Hence, when earthly goods become your […]

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Long and boring

By Dave Henning / February 11, 2016

“Praying through is long and boring, but it is the price you pay for miracles.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 123 (“Long and Boring”) of The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson states that, in the Bible, few people prayed with more consistency or intensity than Daniel.  Daniel had the ability to pray urgently about things that weren’t […]

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Arguments with God

By Dave Henning / January 25, 2016

“Here is what I learned about arguments with God: If you win the argument you actually lose, and if you lose the argument you actually win.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson continues Chapter 5 of The Circle Maker by conceding that circling the promises of God often seems risky.  However, he adds, circling the promises of […]

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Praise through

By Dave Henning / January 22, 2016

“After you pray through, you need to praise through.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 14 of The Circle Maker with the bold statement that we should praise God for disappointment because it drives us to our knees in prayer.  Responding to disappointment in a God-pleasing way can restore our prayer rhythm and resurrect our desires. […]

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Define your dream

By Dave Henning / January 19, 2016

“Define your dream.  Claim your promise.  Spell your miracle.”- Mark Batterson As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 3 of The Circle Maker, he references Matthew’s account of “Jesus Heals Two Blind Men” (Matthew 20:29-34).   When two blind men sitting on the roadside outside of Jericho hailed Jesus, the disciples saw it as human interruption.  Jesus, however, […]

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Bold prayers

By Dave Henning / January 16, 2016

“Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D. C., wrote The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears in 2011.  Max draws and shares powerful insights from the true legend of Honi the circle maker.  Honi, a first-century […]

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The smallest step

By Dave Henning / December 26, 2015

“With God the smallest step of faith can activate the mightiest of miracles.”- Max Lucado “By this [crossing] you shall know that the living God is among you.”- Joshua 3:10 Max Lucado opens Chapter 5 (Unpack Your Bags”) of Glory Days with the story of country singer Jimmy Wayne.  According to Jimmy, at the age […]

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The Grave Robber

By Dave Henning / July 27, 2015

The Grave Robber (Baker Books, 2014) Mark Batterson’s most recent book is titled The Grave Robber: How Jesus Can Make Your Impossible Possible.  The book is based on seven miracles of Jesus reported in the gospel of John.  Each miracle represents a different dimension of Jesus’ power.  The prerequisite for a miracle is a problem, […]

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Remember the resurrection

By Dave Henning / July 24, 2015

“Lord . . . 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 Mark Batterson states in Chapter 23 of The Grave Robber that many Christians only remember Christ’s resurrection at Easter.  The other 364 days they live […]

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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 […]

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The window of opportunity

By Dave Henning / July 17, 2015

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”- Psalm 139:14 “Science without religion is lame, and conversely, religion without science is blind.”- Albert Einstein As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 19 of The Grave Robber, he states that the undergraduate course having the greatest influence on his theology was a class on immunology he […]

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