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Acquainted with the downward spiral?

By Dave Henning / January 3, 2021

“Are you acquainted with the downward spiral?  Convinced that no one cares, that no one can help you, hear you, or heed your call?  If you know the feeling, you aren’t alone.  That raw sense of isolation and powerlessness?  It’s not here to stay.  If you think it’s up to you and you ain’t much […]

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The heart of God revealed in Jesus’ work

By Dave Henning / January 2, 2021

“Since we know the heart of God revealed in the work of Jesus Christ — His cross and life for us — we know that what God gives us will be good.  Not necessarily fun, pleasant, or a walk down easy street, but good nonetheless.  Since He is good, what He gives me to do […]

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The cross of Christ shines

By Dave Henning / January 1, 2021

“The cross of Christ shines through each of the four sacred gifts (value, strength, grace, joy) of our God-given callings.  We all stand equally condemned under God’s righteous Law, yet equally forgiven and redeemed by His grace.  The cross is the lens through which I must interpret every human interaction and relationship.”- Rev. Jeffrey Leininger […]

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With little choice on our part

By Dave Henning / December 31, 2020

“The reality is, most of our daily interactions . . . have been brought into our lives with little choice on our part.  Each of these can be regarded as callings, people for whom Christ died whose lives have been woven into ours.  It is precisely because most of the relationships we have are not […]

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Our strivings to be like God

By Dave Henning / December 30, 2020

“Sometimes our strivings to ‘be like God’ can become self-made super-works that we subconsciously employ to pay off our sins.  The trap is that there’s just as much sin in the spiritual stuff as the earthly stuff — just ask anyone who’s ever worked . . . in the church.  Often this leads to greater […]

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Jesus descended into the dirt

By Dave Henning / December 29, 2020

“In the actions, activities, and attitudes of His ministry among us, Jesus both embraced and restored all that was wrong with the creation.  In love, He did not abandon His creation to its destructive rebellion, but neither did He remove it from its earthly origins.  Jesus descended into the dirt, declaring it good again through […]

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God loves dirt – God made dirt

By Dave Henning / December 28, 2020

“God loves dirt.  God made dirt.  After creating all other living things through the power of His Word, God knelt down into the dust, forming humanity with His own hands. . . . with human beings, God got His hands dirty.”- Rev. Jeffrey Leininger “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the […]

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Discerning God at work through you

By Dave Henning / December 27, 2020

Discerning God at work through you, amid the faces, places, and spaces of ordinary life, means nothing further needs to be accomplished but humble faithfulness with the small stuff.”- Rev. Jeffrey Leininger “God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world […]

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The sacred import of commonplace activity

By Dave Henning / December 26, 2020

” . . . a seemingly commonplace activity has sacred import because God [works] in, through, and behind people to serve His creation.  These . . . can effectively be accomplished through anyone – believers or not.  Christians, however, recognize God’s activity through them, rejoice in it, seek to grow in it, and desire God’s […]

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Masks of God – people doing God’s work

By Dave Henning / December 25, 2020

“Martin Luther had a curious but helpful way of talking about [God working through sinful, ordinary people].  He described people doing God’s work as His masks — Larvae Dei (masks of God) is the Latin phrase. . . .  We’re His masks, giving the appearance that it’s merely human beings at work.  But remove our […]

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Sweating the small stuff = faithfulness

By Dave Henning / December 24, 2020

“Faithfulness in the ordinary, everyday callings of life — ‘sweating the small stuff.’ so to speak — is the beginning of any great task and a virtue of any great person. . . .  we are called to be faithful in the smallest and largest of callings.  God sees us ‘sweating the small stuff,’ and […]

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Slay Goliaths with but five smooth stones

By Dave Henning / December 23, 2020

“We all want to make a difference, move mountains by faith, slay Goliaths with but five smooth stones, and leave a legacy of love and service.  When we come to understand the depths and power of Christ’s love, Christians feel compelled to take that faith into action in both word and deed.”- Rev. Jeffrey Leininger […]

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