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      The Book that understands me

      By Dave Henning / September 22, 2012

      Timothy Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, describes the spiritual awakening of French-born theologian Emile Cailliet in the introduction to his book King’s Cross.  Cailliet was an agnostic during his college days prior to World War I.  After graduation, he served in the army.  Cailliet not only witnessed a buddy killed while […]

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        Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There

        By Dave Henning / September 22, 2012

        Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There (Howard Books, 2009) The title of Ruth Graham’s book is taken from a framed print belonging to the author’s mother.  When Ruth received the print from her mother during a particularly unsettling time in her (Ruth’s) life, it provided momentary clarity to Ruth’s situation.  However, maintaining hope and […]

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          Anticipation

          By Dave Henning / September 20, 2012

          We all know what it’s like to anticipate something- Christmas, a birthday, visits with special friends.  In the last chapter (“Anticipating God’s Plans”) of Fear Not Tomorrow, God’s Already There, Ruth Graham provides 8 descriptors of anticipation: 1.  God created us to anticipate- we’re hardwired for it. 2.  Anticipation must be cultivated through forward thinking. […]

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            A future and a hope

            By Dave Henning / September 19, 2012

            “Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”- Psalm 42:11 At the conclusion of Chapter 12 of Fear Not Tomorrow, Ruth Graham relates the Biblical account of Mary’s arrival at the tomb of Jesus in […]

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              One and done?

              By Dave Henning / September 19, 2012

              In the life-altering aftermath of our ministry downsizing or position loss, the emotional and spiritual darkness that threatens to envelop us may make it difficult for us to envision avenues of future ministry.  Ruth Graham (Fear Not Tomorrow) offers these words of encouragement: “If you just can’t see how God would ever want to affirm […]

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                Let go and let God

                By Dave Henning / September 17, 2012

                We’ve always heard the phrase “let go and let God”.  In our transitional, desert Land Between times following our ministry downsizing or position loss, letting go can be particularly difficult.  Ruth Graham (Fear Not Tomorrow) describes our problem: “When we are fearful about tomorrow, we have a hard time hearing God, obeying Him, and letting […]

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                  Plan A or Plan B?

                  By Dave Henning / September 17, 2012

                  In Chapter 11 of Fear Not Tomorrow, Ruth Graham uses the Biblical account of the Feeding of the 5000 to underscore our human tendency to limit God by going full-speed ahead with our own plans or by playing to our inadequacies. As Ruth notes, we impatiently rush ahead of God with our own agenda.  Yet all […]

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                    God’s affirmation

                    By Dave Henning / September 16, 2012

                    Near the beginning of Chapter 11 of Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There, Ruth Graham contrasts human affirmation with God’s affirmation: “The way God affirms us can be very different from what we expect.  We expect pats on the back or encouraging words from others, but God will turn around and say, ‘I am […]

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                      Realizing restoration

                      By Dave Henning / September 15, 2012

                      Following the devastation of our ministry downsizing or position loss, we yearn for restoration of our ministry as well as our personal lives as we journey in our Land Between.  While we often define the word restoration as a return to the way things used to be, author Ruth Graham (Fear Not Tomorrow) notes that […]

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                        I’ve got the joy, joy, joy . . .?

                        By Dave Henning / September 13, 2012

                        Ruth Graham weighs in on the topic of “The Freedom of Forgiveness” in Chapter 9 of Fear Not Tomorrow.  Forgiveness, or the lack thereof, is a critical issue to be dealt with in the aftermath of a ministry downsizing or position loss.  While Ruth’s topic specifically  is discussed in the context of one’s personal sins, […]

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                          Leaning in the right direction

                          By Dave Henning / September 13, 2012

                          “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”- Proverbs 3:5 (NIV) Commenting on the Biblical account of Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish, author Ruth Graham (Fear Not Tomorrow) observes that following Jesus’ appearance […]

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                            The peace of Christ

                            By Dave Henning / September 11, 2012

                            Jesus replied, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let you heart be troubled and do not be afraid.”- John 14: 27 Two followers of Jesus were returning to Emmaus from Jerusalem following Jesus’ crucifixion and death.  When Jesus joined […]

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                            About the author

                              Dave Henning

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                                The Book that understands me

                                By Dave Henning / September 22, 2012

                                Timothy Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, describes the spiritual awakening of French-born theologian Emile Cailliet in the introduction to his book King’s Cross.  Cailliet was an agnostic during his college days prior to World War I.  After graduation, he served in the army.  Cailliet not only witnessed a buddy killed while […]

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                                  Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There

                                  By Dave Henning / September 22, 2012

                                  Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There (Howard Books, 2009) The title of Ruth Graham’s book is taken from a framed print belonging to the author’s mother.  When Ruth received the print from her mother during a particularly unsettling time in her (Ruth’s) life, it provided momentary clarity to Ruth’s situation.  However, maintaining hope and […]

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                                    Anticipation

                                    By Dave Henning / September 20, 2012

                                    We all know what it’s like to anticipate something- Christmas, a birthday, visits with special friends.  In the last chapter (“Anticipating God’s Plans”) of Fear Not Tomorrow, God’s Already There, Ruth Graham provides 8 descriptors of anticipation: 1.  God created us to anticipate- we’re hardwired for it. 2.  Anticipation must be cultivated through forward thinking. […]

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                                      A future and a hope

                                      By Dave Henning / September 19, 2012

                                      “Why are you downcast, O my soul?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”- Psalm 42:11 At the conclusion of Chapter 12 of Fear Not Tomorrow, Ruth Graham relates the Biblical account of Mary’s arrival at the tomb of Jesus in […]

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                                        One and done?

                                        By Dave Henning / September 19, 2012

                                        In the life-altering aftermath of our ministry downsizing or position loss, the emotional and spiritual darkness that threatens to envelop us may make it difficult for us to envision avenues of future ministry.  Ruth Graham (Fear Not Tomorrow) offers these words of encouragement: “If you just can’t see how God would ever want to affirm […]

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                                          Let go and let God

                                          By Dave Henning / September 17, 2012

                                          We’ve always heard the phrase “let go and let God”.  In our transitional, desert Land Between times following our ministry downsizing or position loss, letting go can be particularly difficult.  Ruth Graham (Fear Not Tomorrow) describes our problem: “When we are fearful about tomorrow, we have a hard time hearing God, obeying Him, and letting […]

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                                            Plan A or Plan B?

                                            By Dave Henning / September 17, 2012

                                            In Chapter 11 of Fear Not Tomorrow, Ruth Graham uses the Biblical account of the Feeding of the 5000 to underscore our human tendency to limit God by going full-speed ahead with our own plans or by playing to our inadequacies. As Ruth notes, we impatiently rush ahead of God with our own agenda.  Yet all […]

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                                              God’s affirmation

                                              By Dave Henning / September 16, 2012

                                              Near the beginning of Chapter 11 of Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There, Ruth Graham contrasts human affirmation with God’s affirmation: “The way God affirms us can be very different from what we expect.  We expect pats on the back or encouraging words from others, but God will turn around and say, ‘I am […]

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                                                Realizing restoration

                                                By Dave Henning / September 15, 2012

                                                Following the devastation of our ministry downsizing or position loss, we yearn for restoration of our ministry as well as our personal lives as we journey in our Land Between.  While we often define the word restoration as a return to the way things used to be, author Ruth Graham (Fear Not Tomorrow) notes that […]

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                                                  I’ve got the joy, joy, joy . . .?

                                                  By Dave Henning / September 13, 2012

                                                  Ruth Graham weighs in on the topic of “The Freedom of Forgiveness” in Chapter 9 of Fear Not Tomorrow.  Forgiveness, or the lack thereof, is a critical issue to be dealt with in the aftermath of a ministry downsizing or position loss.  While Ruth’s topic specifically  is discussed in the context of one’s personal sins, […]

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                                                    Leaning in the right direction

                                                    By Dave Henning / September 13, 2012

                                                    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”- Proverbs 3:5 (NIV) Commenting on the Biblical account of Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish, author Ruth Graham (Fear Not Tomorrow) observes that following Jesus’ appearance […]

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                                                      The peace of Christ

                                                      By Dave Henning / September 11, 2012

                                                      Jesus replied, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let you heart be troubled and do not be afraid.”- John 14: 27 Two followers of Jesus were returning to Emmaus from Jerusalem following Jesus’ crucifixion and death.  When Jesus joined […]

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