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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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            When Life’s Not Working

            By Dave Henning / April 27, 2012

            When Life’s Not Working (Baker Books, 2011) No one is immune from adversity.  So author Bob Merritt asserts that we face 2 options- the hard life or the harder life.  Essentially life comes down to people, and our choices must be fused to our relationships. In Part I, Bob establishes the foundations necessary for the […]

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              Time + Preparation = Opportunity

              By Dave Henning / April 26, 2012

              One of the key points Jeff Manion makes in his book The Land Between is that when the Israelites left Egypt they were unprepared to enter the Promised Land.  They needed desert transformation time. Bob Merritt (When Life’s Not Working) echoes that perspective when he ways that some people want God to bless them with […]

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                Long days, short years

                By Dave Henning / April 25, 2012

                Reflecting on his 3 years spent as a doctoral student in the speech department at Penn State University (aka “Happy Valley”), Bob Merritt (When Life’s Not Working) states they were the unhappiest years of his life.  Periods of joy were intermingled with fears, depression, and poverty. Today when people ask him how he made it, […]

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                  I was made for this!

                  By Dave Henning / April 23, 2012

                  In his book When Life’s Not Working,  Bob Merritt says that God has given each of us the ability and desire to do things well.  He quotes Max Lucado: “You find your sweet spot at the intersection of success and satisfaction.” Most likely, our called teaching or pastoral position filled that sweet spot in our […]

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                    This is your life

                    By Dave Henning / April 21, 2012

                    Much of our experience is mundane and routine.  Yet Pastor Bob Merritt (When Life’s Not Working) wonders how we’re spending the rest of our lives, whether we’ve “made any room in (our) days and weeks for the things that really matter and have lasting value.” Especially for those of us who have been involved in […]

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                      One day at a time

                      By Dave Henning / April 19, 2012

                      In When Life’s Not Working, Pastor Bob Merritt acknowledges that he doesn’t know the specifics of adversities people are facing.  But he does know “that sometimes all you can do is get through one more day, then another, and another after that, believing that God is teaching you, strengthening you, and doing something in you […]

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                        Go right back to God

                        By Dave Henning / April 18, 2012

                        When Moses encountered resistance in his efforts to communicate God’s command to Pharaoh, Exodus 5:22 tells us that Moses went back to God.  Bob Merritt (When Life’s Not Working) explains: “When you’re in the pit, there’s no gimmick, slogan, or saying that will get you out- sometimes there’s not even another person who can help.  […]

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                          Serve the Lord with gladness

                          By Dave Henning / April 18, 2012

                          One of my wife’s favorite Christian authors is Joni Eareckson Tada.  In her book A Place of Healing, Joni comments on Psalm 100: 2- “Serve the Lord with gladness!” (RSV).  Joni states that this is a command, not an option.  Whatever our current circumstances or the particular service to which God has called us, we are […]

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                            The idolatry of bitterness

                            By Dave Henning / April 16, 2012

                            Dr. Stephen Viars addresses idolatry of the heart in his book Putting Your Past in Its Place.  He states that: “Idolatry of the heart is difficult to admit, but it is often at the core of our struggle.”  He then cites as an example that one “who chooses the path of bitterness may be worshipping […]

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