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The case for God’s dependability

By Dave Henning / October 6, 2018

“From the first chapter of Scripture, the Bible makes a case for the dependability of God.   Nine times the text reiterates ‘God said.’  And without exception when God spoke, something happened.  Something wonderful happened. . . .  The reader is left with one conclusion: God’s word is sure.  What he says happens.”- Max Lucado […]


Get into God’s Word – so His Word gets into you

By Dave Henning / February 10, 2018

“One way or another, get into God’s Word so His Word gets into you.  Then the Holy Spirit can quicken it when and where and how He wants.”- Mark Batterson “My soul cleaveth unto the dust; quicken thou me according to they word.”- Psalm 119:25 (KJV) As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 5 of Whisper, he […]


Do the next right thing – knowing what you ought to do

By Dave Henning / December 15, 2017

“Do the next right thing  you know you ought to do. . . . Nothing will drive you into the Kingdom of God like trying to do the next thing that is right. . . because you will need help, and you will get it, because that’s where God is (emphasis author’s).”- Dallas Willard John […]


Time to reframe our disappointments

By Dave Henning / August 4, 2017

“It’s time to reframe our disappointments in light of God’s promises.  It’s time to face our battles with courage in light of God’s power.”- Susie Larson In Chapter 8 (“Dare to Pray From Victory”) of Your Powerful Prayers, Susie Larson asserts that our gaze often pulls to the object of our fears.  As we listen […]


Learning to hear the voice of God

By Dave Henning / May 29, 2017

“In learning to hear the voice of God, one thing is certain — if you cannot hear a ‘no,’ you will have a hard time hearing from God at all or believing that what you think you’ve heard is in fact from God.”- John Eldredge As John Eldredge begins the Winter section of Walking with […]


Remembering- a bold action

By Dave Henning / April 11, 2017

“Remembering is not a passive reflection, but a bold action of calling God’s truth into the present.”- Esther Fleece “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”- Proverbs 3:5-6 As Esther Fleece concludes Chapter 8 […]


Bold predictions

By Dave Henning / June 28, 2016

“God has made some bold predictions about you- they’re called promises.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 22 (“Bold Predictions”) of If, Mark Batterson highlights the fact that what if starts with bold predictions.  Yet, dreams lacking deadlines often turn into if only regrets.  And if you are big enough to accomplish your dream, your dream isn’t […]


The historian’s favorite question

By Dave Henning / May 22, 2016

“It’s been said that what if is the historian’s favorite question.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 1 of If by observing that history, as well as Scripture, if full of what ifs.  In fact, there is a branch of history, counterfactual theory, that asks what if questions.  Mark believes counterfactual theory and thinking is […]


The greatest moments in life

By Dave Henning / February 4, 2016

“The greatest moments in life are the moments when God intervenes on our behalf and blesses us way beyond what we expect or deserve.”- Mark Batterson As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 9 of The Circle Maker, he reminds us there is nothing God loves more than keeping His promises.  Praying hard is standing on God’s […]


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 […]


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, […]


Identifying your Jericho

By Dave Henning / January 17, 2016

“Drawing prayer circles begins with identifying your Jericho.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson begins Chapter 3 (“The Jericho Miracle”) of The Circle Maker by stating that prayer is something people instinctively do when facing a challenge far beyond their ability.  Pastor Batterson has no doubt the Israelites were praying as they silently circled Jericho. Even though […]

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