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Cursing what God has blessed

By Dave Henning / June 20, 2021

“God made you a little lower than the angels, and Christ paid the ultimate price to bless your life.  You’ll bring God no honor by cursing what He has blessed.  If you’re going to live a fruitful, joyous life, learn to bless, not curse, your own life.”- Alan Wright “With [the tongue] we bless our […]

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Biblical characters Hall of Fame – Hebrews 11

By Dave Henning / June 19, 2021

“The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is a sort of Hall of Fame for the biblical characters who had the greatest faith. . . .  There are no surprises there, except one. . . .  Old Jacob made the list?  The conniving, confused deceiver found a place next to Samson and Moses and David? . . […]

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Unmerited favor = the heart of all blessing

By Dave Henning / June 18, 2021

“God’s favor can do for us what we could never accomplish on our own.  Unmerited favor is the heart of all blessing and is the climax of the wondrous Ephraim and Manasseh story.”- Alan Wright Then [Jacob] blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully, the God […]

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Laying down the law bears no fruit

By Dave Henning / June 17, 2021

“It’s not a question in life of whether keeping the Ten Commandments is good — of course it’s better to be honest, faithful, and upright.  But laying down the law bears no fruit. . . .  The law makes us anxious and exhausted.  When we’re worried and weary, we’re at our worst.  Fear makes us […]

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Like Ephraim – twice as faithful

By Dave Henning / June 16, 2021

“The prophetically gifted Joseph . . . knew that God had made him twice as fruitful as he’d ever imagined.  When we bless people to be like Ephraim, we’re saying, ‘May God make you twice as fruitful as you could ever be by your own power.’ “- Alan Wright The name of the second [Joseph] […]

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Resurface old shame – what curse wants

By Dave Henning / June 15, 2021

Curse wants to resurface old shame to create a sense of doom for today.  Blessing does the opposite — it liberates in order to create hope for tomorrow. . . .  The Manasseh part of the Ephraim and Manasseh blessing tells people, ‘Your past troubles do not have to define you, but they can refine […]

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The persevering commitment God makes to us

By Dave Henning / June 14, 2021

“The central reality for Christians is the personal, unalterable, persevering commitment God makes to us.  Perseverance is not the result of our determination, it is the result of God’s faithfulness.  We survive in the way of faith not because we have extraordinary stamina but because God is righteous, because God sticks with us.”- Eugene Peterson, […]

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Spiritual orphans in need of blessing

By Dave Henning / June 13, 2021

“Most of us aren’t literal orphans, but most of us are spiritual orphans.  We need to be blessed if we are ever going to feel like we truly belong. . . .  blessing is countercultural and absolutely essential.  We need to know we belong — that we are wanted — not because we’ve proven ourselves […]

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To strap people into God’s love

By Dave Henning / June 12, 2021

“To bless is to strap people into God’s love.  People only dare greatly when they feel like they’re ultimately safe.  And they only feel safe when they are unconditionally loved. . . .  We need to bless others so they’ll know that they’re strapped into God’s love and ours.”- Alan Wright “There is no fear […]

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The Ephraim and Manasseh blessing

By Dave Henning / June 11, 2021

“The Ephraim and Manasseh blessing, like all blessing, isn’t about reciting the words as much as it is about giving people new lenses so they see themselves as God sees them. . . .  This blessing will become your spiritual lens to help you see yourself in Christ: totally accepted, free of shame, fashioned for […]

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Under the power of blessing

By Dave Henning / June 10, 2021

“Under the power of blessing, we don’t work hard in order to have hope — we work hard because we have hope.  As blessed people, we don’t excel in order to prove who we are — we excel because we know who we are.”- Alan Wright “For who has understood the mind of the Lord […]

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Fuel for the fruitfulness – blessing

By Dave Henning / June 9, 2021

“God designed blessing as the fuel for the fruitfulness of our lives.  It’s wonderful news because, if the blessing comes first, then our current circumstances and past failures don’t limit our future.  It means we should start blessing others now, even if they haven’t done anything to warrant our affirmation.”- Alan Wright “God blessed [Adam […]

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