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Envy preaches a false gospel

By Dave Henning / December 14, 2018

“Envy preaches a false gospel of favoritism and injustice, and because it does, it never comforts your heart.  People who’ve been captured by envy seldom have peace, seldom have hope, and seldom find rest in God’s care.”- Paul David Tripp “I loathe my very life; therefore, I will give free rein to my complaint and […]

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Valuing present physical comforts

By Dave Henning / December 13, 2018

“Forgetting the temporary nature of present physical comforts allows you to value them as much or even more than the eternal blessings that are yours as a child of God, even when you are suffering.”- Paul David Tripp “But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I […]

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Envy never rests – morphs into anger

By Dave Henning / December 12, 2018

“It’s important to understand that envy never rests.  Envy never lives in the heart as just envy.  Envy quickly morphs into anger, the anger looks for an object, and finally envy shuts the heart off from trust in God.”- Paul David Tripp “When my soul was embittered, I was pricked in heart, I was brutish […]

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Fear – an appropriate response?

By Dave Henning / December 11, 2018

“Fear can be an appropriate response to the dangers of life in a fallen world, but we must not let it rule our hearts.  Fear is a good thing in the face of danger, but it makes a cruel god.”- Paul David Tripp Paul David Tripp concludes Chapter 4 of Suffering with the fourth through […]

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Where you focus the thoughts of your heart

By Dave Henning / December 10, 2018

“What you fear will be directly influenced by where you focus the thoughts of your heart.  There is a direct connection between what you meditate on and what you fear.”- Paul David Tripp “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”- Proverbs 3:23 (ESV) As Paul David Tripp continues […]

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Suffering creates focused awareness

By Dave Henning / December 9, 2018

“Suffering of whatever kind, with whatever it may bring your way, creates a focused awareness that is part of the burden that every sufferer bears. . . .  This new awareness becomes fertile soil for a new set of fears that have the power to shape the way you interpret and live your life.”- Paul […]

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We’re never passive sufferers

By Dave Henning / December 8, 2018

“You and I are never passive sufferers, and the pain we experience is never just physical or emotional.  Suffering is a deeply theological and profound spiritual experience.”- Paul David Tripp As Paul David Tripp continues Chapter 3 of Suffering, he explains why suffering is spiritual warfare.  Because, unlike machines, when something dysfunctions in us, we […]

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To the borders of our faith

By Dave Henning / December 7, 2018

“Suffering takes us to the borders of our faith.  It leads us to think about things we’ve never thought about before and maybe even question things we thought were settled in our hearts.”- Paul David Tripp In Chapter 3 (“The Awareness Trap”) of Suffering, Paul David Tripp observes what happens when we share our travail.  […]

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Exposing the dangers of self-reliance

By Dave Henning / December 6, 2018

“Suffering exposes the danger of self-reliance.  It reminds us that we were not designed to live independently but in dependence on God and others.”- Paul David Tripp As Paul David Tripp concludes Chapter 2 of Suffering, he lists the fifth through seventh things that deepen our pain. 5.  Pride.  Here Pastor Tripp means the pride […]

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Trials reveal where you’ve looked for life

By Dave Henning / December 5, 2018

“Trials reveal your true thoughts and desires, where you have been looking for life, where you have sought meaning, and where you have looked to give you hope.”- Paul David Tripp “The creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.  For we know that […]

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Thinking and living theologically

By Dave Henning / December 4, 2018

” . . . every human being thinks and lives theologically.  Whether you’re aware of it or not, you carry around a well-developed worldview that shapes the way you interpret and deal with everything that comes your way.”- Paul David Tripp As Paul David Tripp continues Chapter 2 of Suffering, he discusses the first thing […]

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Didn’t See It Coming

By Dave Henning / December 3, 2018

Didn’t See It Coming (WaterBrook, 2018) Carey Nieuwhof, a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church in Barrie, Ontario, wrote Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the 7 Greatest Challenges That No One Experiences in 2018.  First, Pastor Nieuwhof observes that the seven greatest challenges happens every day to people we know – and that […]

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