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Dave Henning


The sky will darken, the winds will rage

By Dave Henning / January 15, 2021

“All of us will face our share of storms.  No one gets through life scot-free.  At one point or another the sky will darken, the winds will rage, and we will find ourselves in a modern-day version of the Galilean gusher.”- Max Lucado “Soon a gale swept down upon [Jesus’ disciples], and the sea grew […]


Troubles = isolated hassles and hurts?

By Dave Henning / January 14, 2021

“If you see your troubles as nothing more than isolated hassles and hurts, you’ll grow bitter and angry.  But if you see your troubles as opportunities to trust God and his ability to multiply what you give him, even the smallest incidents take on significance. . . .  Count first on Christ.  He can help […]


More spunk, more grit – or no spark?

By Dave Henning / January 13, 2021

“We’d like to think [the disciples] would respond with more faith . . . .  We’d like to see more spunk, more grit. . . .  But they and the silent others showed no spark.  They counted the hungry people, the money in their bag, and the amount of bread and fish.  They did not, […]


This Bethesda of your life – Jesus sees you

By Dave Henning / January 12, 2021

“Jesus sees you.  This Bethesda of your life?  Others avoid you because of it.  Jesus walks toward you in the midst of it.  He has a new version of you waiting to happen.”- Max Lucado “Jesus told him, ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk.’  Instantly the man was healed,  He rolled up his […]


Lodged between a rock and a hard place

By Dave Henning / January 11, 2021

“Odds are . . . you have been stuck.  Lodged between a rock and a hard place, unable to escape.  Mired in the mud of resentment, bogged down in debt, trapped in a dead-end job, up to your waist in the swamp of an unsolvable conflict.  Stuck.”- Max Lucado ‘One of the men lying there […]


Keep walking and believing in our God

By Dave Henning / January 10, 2021

“The father’s prayer . . . was answered in a manner greater than he had requested.  Yours will be as well.  Perhaps the answer will come this side of heaven.  Perhaps it awaits you on the other side.  Either way, this story (of Jesus healing the official’s son) urges you and me to keep walking […]


Somewhere between Cana and Capernaum?

By Dave Henning / January 9, 2021

“What about you?  Do you find yourself somewhere between Cana and Capernaum?  Like the official, you offered a heartfelt prayer.  You begged Jesus for help.  And, like the official, you didn’t receive the answer in the way you wanted.  Consequently, here you are, doing your best to place one foot in front of the other, […]


Contingent faith = sidewalk chalk

By Dave Henning / January 8, 2021

“Contingent faith is the faith of sidewalk chalk; it’s beautiful when the sun shines, but it washes away when the rain falls.”- Max Lucado “As he traveled through Galilee, [Jesus] came to Cana, where he had turned water into wine.  There was a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick.  When he […]


A precise prayer = Christ’s pathway

By Dave Henning / January 7, 2021

“A precise prayer gives Christ the opportunity to remove all doubt about his love and interest.  Your problem becomes his pathway.  The challenge you face becomes a canvas upon which Christ can demonstrate his finest work.  So offer a simple prayer and entrust the problem to Christ.”- Max Lucado “The wine supply ran out during […]


Turned your deficit into a prayer?

By Dave Henning / January 6, 2021

“So, I ask, have you asked?  Have you turned your deficit into a prayer?  Jesus will tailor a response to your precise need.  He is an accomplished chef who prepares unique blessings for unique situations.”- Max Lucado “When the sun went down, everyone who had anyone sick with some ailment or other brought them to […]


Montage of miracles – God’s got this!

By Dave Henning / January 5, 2021

“John recorded them . . . to urge us to believe in the tender presence and mighty power of Christ.  This montage of miracles proclaims: God’s got this!  Think it’s up to you and you ain’t much?  Hogwash.  God can carry you.  You’re stronger than you think because God is nearer than you know.”- Max […]


Callings for Life: God’s Plan, Your Purpose

By Dave Henning / January 4, 2021

Callings for Life (Concordia Publishing House, 2020) Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Leininger, campus pastor at Concordia University Chicago, recently authored Callings for Life: God’s Plan, Your Purpose.  First, Rev. Leininger observes, we find many ways to convince ourselves that we have one great calling in life.  But, the author stresses, that belief represents a confusing and […]

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