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      Best view of suffering- mirror or window?

      By Dave Henning / July 23, 2012

      In Chapter 2 (“Overcoming Suffering”) of Overcoming, Steve Mays contrasts the two responses we choose to suffering by using the analogies of a mirror and a window. With a mirror: 1.  all we see is ourselves 2.  we see our pain and problems as well as the corresponding offense 3.  we are oblivious to God […]

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        Conquering discouragement and difficulty

        By Dave Henning / July 22, 2012

        Continuing his discussion of discouragement in Chapter 1 of Overcoming, Pastor Steve Mays presents 4 key truths that are enabled by walking in God’s light (a clear conscience): 1.  When our conscience is pure before God, we choose to believe that God is bigger than any problems we are experiencing. 2.  We have the flexibility […]

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          Overcoming discouragement

          By Dave Henning / July 22, 2012

          In his introduction to Chapter 1 of Overcoming: Discover How to Rise Above and Beyond Overwhelming Circumstances in Life, Pastor Steve Mays notes that Joni Eareckson Tada describes discouragement as a handicap that no one sees.  Specifically, those who have not been through a ministry downsizing or position loss most likely cannot perceive our struggles […]

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            Overcoming bitterness

            By Dave Henning / July 20, 2012

            In Total Forgiveness, R. T. Kendall tells the story of how Nelson Mandela emerged from his 27 years of imprisonment without becoming bitter.  Nelson Mandela realized that bitterness would only hurt himself, and then revealed the key to overcoming his negativity: “If you hate, you will give them your heart and mind.  Don’t give those […]

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              Playing God

              By Dave Henning / July 20, 2012

              R. T. Kendall begins Chapter 4 of Total Forgiveness with a quote from William Perkins (1558-1602), an Elizabethan Puritan: “Don’t believe the devil, even when he tells the truth.”  Rev. Kendall then applies that quote to Jesus’ command not to judge (Luke 6:37).  When Jesus is telling us not to judge, he is not telling […]

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                A sure sign of forgiveness

                By Dave Henning / July 19, 2012

                In Chapter 3 (“The Lord’s Prayer and Forgiveness”) of Total Forgiveness, R. T. Kendall describes the first step in the forgiveness process: “We must begin by not judging.  It is not for us to judge another’s motives.  Reserving judgment for God alone shows that we are already beginning to forgive.” Rev. Kendall goes on to […]

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                  What total forgiveness is

                  By Dave Henning / July 18, 2012

                  Rev. R. T. Kendall discusses what total forgiveness is and is not in Chapter 1 of his book Total Forgiveness, presenting 10 characteristics for each of the two aspects.  The 10 concepts describing what forgiveness is not are very similar to the true-false quiz assessing one’s forgiveness belief system discussed by Dr. David Stoops in […]

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                    Bitterness or peace?

                    By Dave Henning / July 16, 2012

                    In his Introduction to Total Forgiveness, R. T. Kendall, pastor of Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years, reflects on a point in his life where he had to choose between bitterness and peace.  Realizing that bitterness was only damaging himself, he concluded: “When we are bitter, we delude ourselves into thinking that those who […]

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                      Getting Rid of the Gorilla

                      By Dave Henning / July 15, 2012

                       Getting Rid of the Gorilla (Standard Publishing, 2008) Getting Rid of the Gorilla: Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive is Brian Jones’ second book, following Second Guessing God.  Written in Brian’s unique style, this book is a frank and honest discussion of the author’s own lengthy battles with anger and rage.  Brian intersperses his account […]

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                        Discomfort and joy?

                        By Dave Henning / July 14, 2012

                        In the concluding chapter of Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Brian Jones admits that, odd as it might seem, it was through his struggles with forgiveness that he learned the spiritual discipline of joy.  He states that at some point in our lives, even in the midst of problems that seem to have no fix, we […]

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                          Unpacking anxiety

                          By Dave Henning / July 14, 2012

                          When moving into a new home, the major task ahead is unpacking all the boxes and settling in.  Similarly, when the gorilla (unforgiveness) moves into our hearts, Brian Jones (Getting Rid of the Gorilla) tells us the first thing the gorilla unpacks is anxiety. Pastor Jones goes on to explain: “Anxiety masks the real issues […]

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                            The battle belongs to the Lord

                            By Dave Henning / July 13, 2012

                            The process of forgiveness is not done in isolation.  Not only do we need the support of good Christian friends, most importantly we need our Lord’s aid, counsel and direction.  H. Norman Wright (cited by Brian Jones in Getting Rid of the Gorilla) likens this concept to a favorite childhood game: “Forgiveness involves letting go.  […]

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