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On or off the hook

By Dave Henning / May 9, 2012

Bob Merritt closes When Life’s Not Working with this wonderful quote by Shauna Niequist from her book Cold Tangerines.  Shauna describes her battle with forgiveness and compares unforgiveness to keeping someone on the ‘hook’: “When I’m trying to forgive someone I picture myself physically lifting that person off a big hook.  I never want to.  […]

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The other side of you

By Dave Henning / May 8, 2012

Bob Merritt (When Life’s Not Working) reports that a question members of his leadership team ask is, “What’s it like to be on the other side of me?’ We all have personality and character flaws that we may or may not consciously be aware of, but nevertheless they exist.  Since your ministry downsizing or position loss, […]

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Stretching exercises

By Dave Henning / May 7, 2012

In his book When Life’s Not Working, Bob Merritt discusses the essential qualities needed for growth, for stepping out of our comfort zones. He cites the words of Henry Cloud from his book Integrity: “People who grow jump in over their head.  They try things they cannot do, then stretch to become able to do […]

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Working to heal

By Dave Henning / May 5, 2012

Bob Merritt (When Life’s Not Working) draws on the prophet Nehemiah to develop 4 key steps to overcoming insurmountable problems: Step 1:  Fast and pray.  Actually, the very first thing Nehemiah did was sit down and cry.  Grieving is essential in coming to grips with your downsizing or position loss.  As you give voice to […]

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One tug at a time

By Dave Henning / May 5, 2012

In Chapter 7 (“Have Barbed-Wire Discipline”) of When Life’s Not Working, Pastor Bob Merritt compares enormous and seemingly insurmountable problems that most of us face to a big ball of barbed-wire that sat in his back yard for 15 years.  He asks: “What is it in your life that seems so over whelming that every […]

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A long and winding road

By Dave Henning / May 4, 2012

After I’ve annotated and blogged a book on the Crown of Compassion web site, my wife reads the book for her benefit and to contribute her insights.  Currently she is reading The Peace God Promises by Ann Spangler.  Today she remarked that Ann Spangler commented that one reason we find it hard to keep our […]

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Taking a rhythm break

By Dave Henning / May 2, 2012

While Bob Merritt stresses the importance of establishing predictable rhythms, he does acknowledge that there are times when it’t appropriate to take a break.  He states: “I’ve learned that I have to make time for things that I don’t have time for because that’s where God often shows up, that’s when surprises and adventures happen.” […]

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No rhythm in a vacuum

By Dave Henning / May 1, 2012

After discussing the establishment of predictable rhythms in physical exercise and work, author Bob Merritt (When Life’s Not Working) offers this caveat: rhythms do not exist in a vacuum.  He states:  “Nobody has the freedom to establish their own rhythm to the neglect of others who work with and around them.  . . . . […]

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Routinely meeting God

By Dave Henning / May 1, 2012

“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me- put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you.”  Philippians 4:9 In my last blog I related Bob Merritt’s idea of establishing predictable rhythms in your life.  Pastor Merritt says that requires establishing those rhythms, or what […]

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Rhythm or random?

By Dave Henning / April 30, 2012

Bob Merritt distinguishes between rhythmic and random approaches to life in Chapter 6 of When Life’s Not Working.  Establishing a healthy rhythm helps you become more consistent and effective.  On the other hand, although a random approach is spontaneous and free, it can be unreliable and unpredictable.  Random is acceptable when it fits in the […]

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Turn, turn, turn

By Dave Henning / April 28, 2012

In Chapter 5 of When Life’s Not Working, author Bob Merritt quotes Andy Stanley’s principle of the path: “Direction, not intention, determines destination.”  In other words, whatever path you’ve chosen will lead to a destination, God-pleasing or otherwise. After experiencing a ministry downsizing or position loss, the desire to ‘plant’ new seeds of ministry remains- […]

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Good field, no hit

By Dave Henning / April 27, 2012

Number 13 of the Evergreen Park Boys Club Pirates positioned himself in deep center field.  As the Oriole batter stepped into the batter’s box, #13 knew what was coming.  Earlier in the day that batter, a neighbor across the street, had walked up and announced: “I’m going to hit the ball over your head tonight!”  […]

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