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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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Simple, honest prayer

By Dave Henning / September 2, 2012

In Chapter 3 of Fear Not Tomorrow, author Ruth Graham discusses experiencing the presence of God.  There are countless ways to experience God’s presence, and there will be ways that are unique to us. One established way is through simple, honest prayer.  One of Ruth’s uncles, who also was a crusade team member, used to […]

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Focusing on God’s trustworthiness

By Dave Henning / August 31, 2012

Ruth Graham suggests 3 intentional ways for us to build our trust in God in Chapter 2 of Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There: 1.  Keep a journal.  Ruth says this exercise is great for building our faith.  When journal entries are reviewed, we will see confirmation that God is present.  Since God has […]

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Building a track record with God

By Dave Henning / August 31, 2012

As we obediently trust as we walk with God, we have the opportunity to build a track record with Him.  Ruth Graham (Fear Not Tomorrow) notes that the more we walk with the Lord and step forward in faith, we accumulate the touchstone experiences necessary to build and strengthen our faith. There will be times […]

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A light in our darkness

By Dave Henning / August 29, 2012

At the beginning of Chapter 2 of Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There, author Ruth Graham discusses the topics of trust and obedience as well as building a track record with God (which will be covered in tomorrow’s blog). Even though God doesn’t necessarily meet our needs as we’d expect or via the conditions […]

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Leaning in on the pain

By Dave Henning / August 29, 2012

In Chapter 1 (“Trust at My Doorstep”) of Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There, author Ruth Graham discusses the question most people ask when adversity hits-“Why, God?”  When we ask this question, Ruth notes, we’re expressing our deepest emotions, hurt and disappointment to God.  Although God already knows what we’re feeling, we need to […]

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Fearless

By Dave Henning / August 28, 2012

Fearless (Thomas Nelson, 2009) Early in his book Fearless, author Max Lucado concisely establishes the premise for his discussion of fear: “The promise of Christ and the contention of this book is simple: we can fear less tomorrow than we do today.” Fear is not willing to share our heart with happiness.  When fear moves […]

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Fear not?

By Dave Henning / August 26, 2012

Ruth Graham, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, takes the title of her book Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There from a framed print that hung on the wall in front of her mother’s desk.   Ruth received the print from her mother when Ruth was being torn apart by the struggles of one of her children. While Ruth […]

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