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      A life of (in)significance

      By Dave Henning / August 17, 2012

      A consequence of a ministry downsizing or position loss , as well as anything of major importance to us, is a feeling of insignificance.  We may try to restore our significance in materialistic, earthly ways- wearing the latest designer clothes or coupling our identity with a favorite sports team. Max Lucado (Fearless) notes what happens […]

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        The Necessity of an Enemy

        By Dave Henning / August 15, 2012

        The Necessity of an Enemy (WaterBrook Press, 2012) Pastor Ron Carpenter Jr. begins The Necessity of an Enemy: How the Battle You Face is Your Best Opportunity by asserting that God not only causes you to triumph over adversity, but positions you for your greatest moment.  Specifically,God often assigns enemies as a catalyst for you […]

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          The negative impact of fear

          By Dave Henning / August 14, 2012

          Max Lucado discusses 4 ways that fear negatively impacts life in Chapter 1 of his book Fearless: 1.  Like the disciples in the boat with Jesus asleep during the storm, we too unleash a swarm of anger-stirring doubts. 2.  We become control freaks.  Fear essentially is a perceived loss of control, so we grab for […]

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            Blessed through adversity

            By Dave Henning / August 13, 2012

            The moment I spotted the new 8th grader walking into his classroom at Timothy Lutheran School in Chicago, I understood the social predicament he would soon face.  When I had entered Timothy as a 4th grader, I encountered a ‘select’ group of students whose criteria for acceptance was quite simplistic and biased- if you weren’t […]

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              Magnify the Lord

              By Dave Henning / August 12, 2012

              Near the end of Part 7 of The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron Carpenter Jr. presents a simple, quick exercise.  Take a dime and hold it at arm’s length.  The entire room still is visible.  Then close one eye and slowly pull the dime closer and closer.  When the dime gets right up to your […]

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                On solid ground?

                By Dave Henning / August 12, 2012

                The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.  I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing.”- Genesis 12: 1-2 In his comments […]

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                  Your home-field advantage

                  By Dave Henning / August 11, 2012

                  Pastor Ron Carpenter Jr. discusses controlling your environment in Part 7 of The Necessity of an Enemy.  He begins by telling the story of a fishing trip he took with 3 friends.  They caught a shark.  Eagerly anticipating a massive, menacing specimen as they pulled the shark onto the pier, they were shocked to discover […]

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                    How’s your hearing?

                    By Dave Henning / August 10, 2012

                    In Part 7 of The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron Carpenter Jr. offers some final tips on winning the battle with the enemy.  Discussing Matthew’s account of Peter walking on water to meet Jesus, Pastor Carpenter notes that Jesus’ spoken word to Peter sustained his walk on the water.  Peter only got that sinking feeling […]

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                      How’s your mind-“set”?

                      By Dave Henning / August 9, 2012

                      Concluding his discussion of “weapons of mass destruction” used by Satan, Pastor Ron Carpenter Jr. (The Necessity of an Enemy) bases his comments on Colossians 3:2- “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”  He notes that the word “set” refers to the process of setting a broken bone. Pastor Carpenter has extensive […]

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                        Life-long mind renewal

                        By Dave Henning / August 8, 2012

                        “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we […]

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                          The enemy of isolation

                          By Dave Henning / August 7, 2012

                          Ron Carpenter Jr. begins Part 5 of The Necessity of an Enemy by discussing what he terms ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that the enemy uses to sabotage God’s purpose for our life.  Unlike more devastating forms of adversity that show up as Goliaths, Ron notes that these weapons “. . . tend to be unobtrusive.  […]

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                            Getting rid of your boat

                            By Dave Henning / August 5, 2012

                            In the conclusion to Part 4 of The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron Carpenter Jr. bases his comments on Matthew’s account of Jesus calling the first disciples (Matthew 4: 18-22).  Noting that Peter began his career as a boat fisherman before he met Jesus, Pastor Carpenter compares the image of a boat to comfortable, even […]

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