Monthly Archives: July 2014

Stories of God Draw Us to Intimacy with Him — A Quote by Bill Johnson in “Release the Power of Jesus”

“The purpose of God’s wondrous stories is to draw us into the passionate pursuit of more of His presence. His intention is to draw us to live under the influence of His presence rather than simply obeying His principles… Experiencing complete forgiveness and having our minds renewed results in deep affection and intimacy. This is the bedrock for ongoing Kingdom experiences.”

— Bill Johnson, “Release the Power of Jesus”, Kindle locations 1299, 1401

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You Can Do Greater Things than Jesus Did — My Verses for Sun, Jul 27 (John 14:12-13)

“‘I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.'” John 14:12-13 (NLT)

Practicing Truth in a Relationship Requires Vulnerability — A Quote by Danny Silk in “Keep Your Love On”

“I don’t demand your trust; I display trust by telling you the truth. I crack open my chest and show you what is going on inside of me. I choose to show you what I am experiencing in my relationship with you, no matter what. Each time I do that, I leave you with good information, and you get to make better decisions because you can now see me. Practicing truth is a very vulnerable thing to do, but is absolutely necessary when building any relationship worth keeping.”

— Danny Silk, “Keep Your Love On”, Kindle location 847

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How to Pray for a Stranger or Friend for Healing — A Quote by Chris Overstreet in, “A Practical Guide to Evangelism — Supernaturally”

“[When praying for healing] don’t pray long. Keep it to 30 seconds. Jesus did not pray long prayers to get people healed. It is not your prayer that heals them; it’s your faith in action. Simply command all the pain to leave the person’s body in Jesus’ name. [Then] ask them, ‘What are you feeling? What’s happening in your body? Can you try doing something that you couldn’t do before without pain…?’ If people tell you they are now at a five or six [out of ten] (in other words, they’re getting better but not totally healed yet) ask them if you can pray again… Remember that even Jesus had to pray for a blind man twice [Mark 8:22-26]… When people are healed, point them to Jesus. Explain to them that it was Jesus who just healed them. Remember, signs and wonders are always intended to point people to Jesus. If they don’t know Jesus, explain the Gospel to them.”

— Chris Overstreet, “A Practical Guide to Evangelism — Supernaturally”, Kindle locations 835-838, 849, 853

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Through Devastating Life Events, Christ’s Love Preserves Our Hearts — My Verses for Sun, Jul 20 (Rom 8:35, 37)

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword…? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:35,37 (NIV)

Jesus’ Purpose was not Merely Forgiveness, but Intimacy — A Quote by Bill Johnson in “Release the Power of Jesus”

“God’s highest purpose for the Cross was not merely to forgive us of sin. It was so that, by forgiving us on the basis of Christ’s blood, He could invite us back into an intimate family relationship with Him, our heavenly Father.”

— Bill Johnson, “Release the Power of Jesus”, Kindle location 250

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A Healthy Relationship is about Building and Protecting Connection — A Quote by Danny Silk in “Keep Your Love On”

“Do you want to win the battle between fear and love in your relationships? You can start by making these two fundamental commitments: It’s my job to control myself. I do not get to control other people. My number-one goal and priority in relationships is building and protecting connection… After making these commitments, you will need to acquire several skill sets in order to follow through with them. First… you need to be able to communicate love consistently in ways that people can hear and receive…”

“As you manage your love toward others and pursue the goal of connection, you will need feedback so you can understand how you’re affecting them and identify where you need to make adjustments. You will also need to offer the same kind of feedback to them. This is where the second skill set for building connection comes in—communication… Healthy communication is all about providing someone with honest, relevant information about how their behavior is affecting your life… It is about trusting them to do whatever they need to do to protect and nourish your connection and letting them know that you will do the same.”

“The third and final skill set you need in order to control yourself and pursue the goal of connection… is a new plan for dealing with the things that threaten your connections.”

— Danny Silk, “Keep Your Love On”, Kindle location 628, 633, 650-651, 658

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