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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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                Our shared humanity

                By Dave Henning / July 11, 2012

                Brian Jones adds that an additional effect of showing kindness is that it softens our hearts and remind us of the true condition of our souls.  However, this is not characteristic of our initial reaction to being hurt.  It’s really quite understandable that our first focus is on the offender’s faults. Pastor Jones explains: “It’s […]

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                  Our ticket out (of unforgiveness)

                  By Dave Henning / July 10, 2012

                  In Chapter 7 of Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Brian Jones states: “Hatred is what has imprisoned us.  Kindness is our ticket out.  We’ve got to do what disciples do.  Disciples love their enemies, personal enemies with names and faces . . .” Pastor Jones goes on to discuss 3 reasons why kindness, which he […]

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                    Better description- Christian or disciple?

                    By Dave Henning / July 10, 2012

                    In Chapter 7 (“Call”) of Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Brian Jones states that he prefers the word disciple to the word Christian because the word disciple tells what a follower of Christ does, while the word Christian designates to whom we belong. Furthermore, Pastor Jones believes that discipleship is the key to getting rid […]

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                      The path of least resistance?

                      By Dave Henning / July 8, 2012

                      Brian Jones (Getting Rid of the Gorilla) says that a major reason forgiveness is so difficult for us is that we believe the process will take too long and we are unwilling or unable to invest in the process.  We’d rather live with the gorilla (a heart of unforgiveness) than take on the more difficult tasks of […]

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                        Short-circuiting forgiveness

                        By Dave Henning / July 8, 2012

                        You may recall that in Forgiving the Unforgivable, Dr. David Stoops stated that when we forgive too quickly we merely are excusing the behavior.  In other words, our forgiveness is incomplete. Brian Jones begins Chapter 5 (“Myths”) of Getting Rid of the Gorilla with a quote by Dr. Stoops from his book, coauthored by Dr. […]

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                          Creating distance: a two-edged sword

                          By Dave Henning / July 7, 2012

                          Brian Jones begins Chapter 3 of Getting Rid of the Gorilla with this insightful quote from noted author James Baldwin (Notes of a Native Son): “I imagine that one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with […]

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                            Anger vs. rage- Part 2

                            By Dave Henning / July 6, 2012

                            Brian Jones makes one final distinction between anger and rage in Chapter 2 of Getting Rid of the Gorilla.  He adds that while it’s natural to get angry when we’ve been hurt, we make the decision whether or not to turn that anger into rage.  So why might that option be so tempting? According to […]

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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 […]

                                  Share

                                    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 […]

                                    Share

                                      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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                                          Our shared humanity

                                          By Dave Henning / July 11, 2012

                                          Brian Jones adds that an additional effect of showing kindness is that it softens our hearts and remind us of the true condition of our souls.  However, this is not characteristic of our initial reaction to being hurt.  It’s really quite understandable that our first focus is on the offender’s faults. Pastor Jones explains: “It’s […]

                                          Share

                                            Our ticket out (of unforgiveness)

                                            By Dave Henning / July 10, 2012

                                            In Chapter 7 of Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Brian Jones states: “Hatred is what has imprisoned us.  Kindness is our ticket out.  We’ve got to do what disciples do.  Disciples love their enemies, personal enemies with names and faces . . .” Pastor Jones goes on to discuss 3 reasons why kindness, which he […]

                                            Share

                                              Better description- Christian or disciple?

                                              By Dave Henning / July 10, 2012

                                              In Chapter 7 (“Call”) of Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Brian Jones states that he prefers the word disciple to the word Christian because the word disciple tells what a follower of Christ does, while the word Christian designates to whom we belong. Furthermore, Pastor Jones believes that discipleship is the key to getting rid […]

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                                                The path of least resistance?

                                                By Dave Henning / July 8, 2012

                                                Brian Jones (Getting Rid of the Gorilla) says that a major reason forgiveness is so difficult for us is that we believe the process will take too long and we are unwilling or unable to invest in the process.  We’d rather live with the gorilla (a heart of unforgiveness) than take on the more difficult tasks of […]

                                                Share

                                                  Short-circuiting forgiveness

                                                  By Dave Henning / July 8, 2012

                                                  You may recall that in Forgiving the Unforgivable, Dr. David Stoops stated that when we forgive too quickly we merely are excusing the behavior.  In other words, our forgiveness is incomplete. Brian Jones begins Chapter 5 (“Myths”) of Getting Rid of the Gorilla with a quote by Dr. Stoops from his book, coauthored by Dr. […]

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                                                    Creating distance: a two-edged sword

                                                    By Dave Henning / July 7, 2012

                                                    Brian Jones begins Chapter 3 of Getting Rid of the Gorilla with this insightful quote from noted author James Baldwin (Notes of a Native Son): “I imagine that one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with […]

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                                                      Anger vs. rage- Part 2

                                                      By Dave Henning / July 6, 2012

                                                      Brian Jones makes one final distinction between anger and rage in Chapter 2 of Getting Rid of the Gorilla.  He adds that while it’s natural to get angry when we’ve been hurt, we make the decision whether or not to turn that anger into rage.  So why might that option be so tempting? According to […]

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