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Door #1, #2, or #3

By Dave Henning / June 15, 2013

In Chapter 4 (“Calling All Gods”) of Gods at War, Pastor Kyle Idleman references Joshua’s farewell address to the Israelites at Shechem (Joshua 24).  Following a brief history lesson regarding God’s constant faithfulness to Israel, Joshua throws down the gauntlet.  It’s time for the nation of  Israel to make a choice- to follow the God of […]

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A spiritual arteriogram- Part 3

By Dave Henning / June 14, 2013

Pastor Kyle Idleman (Gods at War) concludes his spiritual arteriogram today with Questions 5-7 (the author’s words are in bold type). 5.  Where is your sanctuary?   In Psalm 46: 1-2 we read: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the […]

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A spiritual arteriogram- Part 2

By Dave Henning / June 13, 2013

In today’s blog, Pastor Kyle Idleman (Gods at War) continues his spiritual arteriogram with Questions 3-4. 3.  Where do you make financial sacrifices?  As the Bible says in Matthew 6: 21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Pastor Idleman notes that “where your money goes shows what god is winning […]

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A spiritual arteriogram

By Dave Henning / June 12, 2013

One test a cardiologist uses to diagnose heart health is an arteriogram.  The doctor injects a dye into the blood stream and then X-rays the arteries to locate any blockages.  In Chapter 2 of Gods at War, Kyle Idleman presents a spiritual arteriogram, asking 7 questions to test our spiritual heart health by revealing and […]

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The heart of the issue

By Dave Henning / June 11, 2013

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”- Proverbs 4: 23 “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”- Proverbs 27: 19 In Chapter 2 (“The Battleground of the Gods”) of Gods at War, Pastor Kyle Idleman notes that our modern society tends to see personality more […]

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So near and yet so far

By Dave Henning / June 10, 2013

” . . . let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race set before us.”- Hebrews 12: 1 In the dark ages of track and field, when event distances were measured in impractical and antiquated units call yards, I ran the […]

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“If it looks like an idol and quacks like an idol . . .”

By Dave Henning / June 9, 2013

“Idolatry is huge in the Bible, dominant in our personal lives, and irrelevant in our mistaken estimations.”- Os Guinness, author and social critic Pastor Kyle Idleman begins Chapter 1 (“Idolatry is the Issue”) of Gods at War with the assertion that goals can become gods when we serve, love, and sacrifice for them.  Often these […]

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Your heart is a battlefield

By Dave Henning / June 8, 2013

In his Introduction to Gods at War, author Kyle Idleman relates a late-night conversation with his eight-year-old daughter Morgan that changed his life and his church.  During their nightly prayer time, Morgan surprised her father by announcing that she could recite all Ten Commandments.  As Morgan finished her recitation, Pastor Idleman sensed a teachable moment.  […]

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What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?

By Dave Henning / June 7, 2013

What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops? (Freeman-Smith, 2012) What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops? is a devotional written by singer/songwriter Laura Story that is based on her Grammy Award-winning song “Blessings”.  The song chronicles her journey toward redefining the blessings in her own life.  When Laura’s husband Martin  was diagnosed with a brain […]

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Sharing our stories

By Dave Henning / June 6, 2013

“I waited patiently for the Lord,; he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, . . .  he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”- […]

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Why ask “Why?”

By Dave Henning / June 5, 2013

Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”  Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question.  You’re looking for someone to blame.  There is no cause-effect here.  Look instead for what God can do.”- John 9: […]

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Don’t give up!

By Dave Henning / June 4, 2013

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”- Galatians  6: 9 (NIV) “By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”- C. H. Spurgeon Laura Story begins Chapter 27 (“Why Not Give Up?”) of Blessings by noting that most of us have […]

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