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      Indestructible faith

      By Dave Henning / March 9, 2012

      In his book Know Doubt, author John Ortberg quotes the complaint of Yemelian Yaroslavsky, who was chairman of Stalin’s League of the  Militant Godless: “Christianity is like a nail.  The harder you strike it, the deeper it goes.”  During your time of adversity, do you find that it strengthens your faith, or do you identify […]

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        Stealth aircraft

        By Dave Henning / March 8, 2012

        In The Peace God Promises, Ann Spangler notes that to truly experience the peace of God in our lives, it’s essential to honestly examine the many stories and experiences that define who we are as well as our responses to the people and events around us.  She continues by explaining why: “Because these narratives are […]

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          “If only . . .”

          By Dave Henning / March 7, 2012

          In what ways would you complete this sentence: “I could have the peace I long for if only. . .”?  In her book The Peace God Promises, author Ann Spangler reflects on that concept: ” Each of us can come up with our list of ‘if onlys’- of the things or the people who make […]

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            The Calling: Live a Life of Significance

            By Dave Henning / March 6, 2012

            The Calling (Concordia Publishing House, 2010) Author Kurt Senske divides his book, which combines Biblical wisdom with secular strategies, into 3 major parts and a short concluding section.  He sets the stage in Part 1 by defining significance as that which must flow from our Christian faith, involves the need to discern the role God […]

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              Suffering brings change

              By Dave Henning / March 5, 2012

              In his book The Calling; Live a Life of Significance, Dr. Kurt Senske has this thought on responding to life’s challenges:  “When we suffer the loss of someone or something we love, we also lose a part of ourselves.  It is a time of great vulnerability.  We might rage against God, blame others, feel entitled, […]

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                Abundant life in Jesus

                By Dave Henning / March 4, 2012

                In his book Know Doubt, John Ortberg states that the evidence of lives changed by Jesus is so abundant that it can’t be matched by any other religion, culture, or world view.  To prove his point, he offers this telling comment that he’s never heard anyone actually say: “One day I realized there was no […]

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                  The faith footbridge

                  By Dave Henning / March 3, 2012

                  Nicholas Wolterstorff (cited by John Ortberg in Know Doubt), American philosopher and Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale University, defined faith with this simile: “Faith is a footbridge that you don’t know will hold you up over the chasm until you’re forced to walk out onto it.”  Sooner or later, all the Christian education you’ve […]

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                    Faith training

                    By Dave Henning / March 2, 2012

                    In The Joyful Christian, C.S. Lewis (cited by Brian Jones in Second Guessing God) had this to say about the necessity of faith: “. . .Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods ‘where they get off’, you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just […]

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                      Forging character

                      By Dave Henning / February 29, 2012

                      In his wonderful book The Land Between, Jeff Manion talks about persevering during our time of transformational growth: “The knowledge and depth of character Joseph gained on his detour is rarely the outcome of reading an inspirational book.  That kind of character has to be forged.”  Only a time of significant trial produces produces maturity and completeness: […]

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                        Are you (dis)contented?

                        By Dave Henning / February 28, 2012

                        Are you content with your current status in your journey toward healing and ministry revision, or do you struggle with discontent?  Do you focus on the particular ministry you lost or are you seeking ministry opportunities wherever God has placed you at the present moment?  Albert Schweittzer (cited by Kurt Senske in The Calling) one […]

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                          Are you all in?

                          By Dave Henning / February 26, 2012

                          In my cable channel-surfing, I occasionally  look in on one of the many poker shows on in the late evening.  I’ve noticed that a frequent player move is to go “all in”, having reached the point of no return.  It’s all or nothing.  Has the Lord brought you to that point in your Christian walk?  Medieval German theologian, philosopher, […]

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                            Treasure hunt

                            By Dave Henning / February 25, 2012

                            In our pursuit of worldly goals and ambitions, God can easily be pushed aside.  In Matthew 6:21, Jesus warns; “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  It may take a major life crisis for us to realize how much our priorities are skewed.  Episcopal priest and author Barbara Cawthorne Crafton (cited by Kurt Senske […]

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