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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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Peace- the absence of internal conflict

By Dave Henning / September 10, 2012

Ruth Graham begins Chapter 7 (“Rest in His Peace”) of Fear Not Tomorrow by retelling a story that illustrates the characteristics of God’s peace. A man decided to hold an art contest to find the painting that would create the best depiction of peace.  Numerous paintings were unveiled, until finally only 2 were left.  The […]

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Bruised reeds

By Dave Henning / September 10, 2012

“A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out.  In faithfulness He will bring forth justice.”- Isaiah 42:3 In Chapter 6 of Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There, author Ruth Graham observes that the cattails surrounding a pond near her home look serene as they gently sway […]

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Retraining our default response

By Dave Henning / September 9, 2012

Ruth Graham (Fear Not Tomorrow) offers her insights on Mark’s account of Jesus Stilling the Storm (Mark 6: 45-51) in Chapter 5- “Encounter His Power”.  She calls attention to the fact that the disciples turned to Jesus only after they had exhausted their own efforts to keep the boat afloat.  Ruth adds that Jesus didn’t […]

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Our ultimate security system

By Dave Henning / September 7, 2012

In Chapter 5 of Fear Not Tomorrow, author Ruth Graham notes that we become “acutely aware” of God’s power when we’re in the midst of an adverse situation that we’re powerless to control.  In times of relative peace and prosperity our reliance on God’s power may be obscured.  When we feel in control of our […]

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Hurry up and wait

By Dave Henning / September 6, 2012

When we’re in our transitional, desert Land Between time following our ministry downsizing or position loss, we long for God to end our pain, to bring speedy closure to our situation. Near the end of Chapter 4 of Fear Not Tomorrow, author Ruth Graham uses the Biblical account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead […]

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Coming undone- not the new normal

By Dave Henning / September 5, 2012

Ruth Graham explains the difference between needing comfort and becoming undone in Chapter 4 of Fear Not Tomorrow.  When we feel undone, we experience a loss of control over ourselves and/or our situation.  Relief from our circumstances is elusive.  Nothing or no one is of any comfort to us.  Ruth explains: “You feel alone and desperate.  You […]

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Christmas in September

By Dave Henning / September 4, 2012

When I was about 4 or 5 years old, I remember being in the car with my parents as they drove the short distance home from our church’s Christmas Eve service.  As Dad proceeded down a residential street near our home in Evergreen Park, IL, my ever-observant eyes spotted Santa Claus walking into someone’s house.  […]

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Seeking comfort

By Dave Henning / September 4, 2012

When we’re frightened, confused, worried or heartbroken, we need comfort.  In Chapter 4 of Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There, Ruth Graham describes several ways we may experience comfort. The familiar can be comforting- familiar places or things that hold memories of good times, strength or security.  Routines bring comfort.  Ever since my downsizing, […]

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Just the facts, ma’am

By Dave Henning / September 2, 2012

Ruth Graham concludes Chapter 3 of Fear Not Tomorrow with a section entitled “When We Can’t Feel God”.  While there are times where being in God’s presence is a powerful, uplifting experience, Ruth describes times when it is difficult for us to sense His presence: “Being in God’s presence, however, is not always an emotional […]

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