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Saturday, September 24, 2016

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Pastor Brian Hollins

Hello There and Welcome to the LAST Saturday Spotlight of September!

Today's guest is new and brought to us by Prime Star Publicity.

Pastor Hollins was born in Los Angeles Ca, in 1963. He moved to Shreveport La. as a child where he presently resides.   He was called to ministry in November of 1999.  On August 10, 2002, Pastor Hollins was appointed to the position of Pastor of Emmanuel Church of God in Christ.  On May 23, 2007, Pastor Brian and First Lady Henrietta founded Emmanuel Christian Ministries renamed Abounding Grace in 2013. Pastor Hollins founded “Have Faith in God” Radio Broadcast which is heard mornings at 9:00am CST, on KOKA radio 980AM and www.koka.am and on “The Promise” on 90.7FM at 3:30pm to 4:00pm

He is the author of two books “Don’t Take The Bait” and “Have You Received Since You Believed”. Pastor Hollins also serves as a Volunteer Chaplain for the Shreveport Fire Department. Pastor Hollins served 28 years in the Fire Service and retired March of 2009, holding the position of Chief Training Officer. He has been married for 30 years to his beautiful wife Henrietta.

Now let's enjoy an excerpt from Pastor Hollins's book, Have you Received since you Believed; Quest for the Holy Spirit....

I wrote this book in 2009, a year after receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I’m sharing it with you now because I believe it will help you find and understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit. As a pastor, I am ashamed to say that for the first five years of my ministry I never really preached on the Holy Spirit. Looking back, I realize how uncomfortable I was with the topic, so I just avoided teaching on it altogether.

One day I found myself at the end of my rope, and I was ready to call it quits. I knew something was missing, and I knew it was the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Don’t ask me how I knew, I just knew. I felt that I was laboring on my own. I studied the word of God and taught each message from the Bible, yet I had a great void that was only getting larger by the week. 

On this day I looked at my wife and said, “Baby, I don’t know if I can do this the rest of my life.”

It is my belief that many Christians today are falling away just due to the lack of receiving the Holy Spirit. Jesus made it clear that he would not leave us comfortless, that he would pray to the Father to send another comforter. I began to read everything I could get my hands on about the Holy Spirit. I read so much that some of the information served to confuse me even more. But I realize now how that was all a part of seeking and finding. When we seek on our own in the natural, God makes it super- natural, and things begin to happen that really can’t be explained.

All I know now is that after receiving the Holy Spirit, my life is not the same. I said earlier that I could not see myself being a pastor for the rest of my life. Now I can’t see myself doing anything else but serving God, teaching and preaching his word all my life. I believe you are reading this book because you, too, are seeking to fill a void that can only be filled by the Holy Spirit. You are on the right track and before you know it, you will be sharing your testimony of receiving the Holy Spirit.


Sounds like a very good read.  Have you Received since you Believed; Quest for the Holy Spirit can be purchased at Amazon.

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Until next time, take care and God Bless.


Leah St. James said...

Sounds like a wonderful book, Pastor. Thank you for sharing your story.

Susan Coryell said...

As a teacher of an adult Sunday School class, I believe my group would love this book. Hope the Pastor will keep preaching and writing!

Alicia Dean said...

Very impressive! Sounds like a helpful and important book. Thank you for sharing your blessings with others!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Thanks Leah, Susan and Alicia...DOES sound like a good book.

Appreciate y'all stopping by. Not sure if the Pastor will be able to or not.

Good luck and God's blessings to each of you

Elizabeth Alsobrooks said...

What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

Marissa Garner said...

Inspirational. Thanks for sharing.