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      Nobody escapes the fire – nobody!

      By Dave Henning / November 10, 2019

      “To quote Judith Viorst, ‘If I were in charge of the world / You wouldn’t have lonely.’  But we do have lonely, and nobody escapes the fire.  Nobody!”- Bob Merritt “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have […]


        The endgame – not lives of fun and comfort

        By Dave Henning / November 9, 2019

        “But God doesn’t call us to lives of fun or even comfort.  These things aren’t bad, but they aren’t the endgame.  Rather, God calls us to lives of sacrifice, of taking up our crosses daily, and of following Him. . . .  Sacrifice is not always fun or entertaining, but it’s fulfilling.  It’s purposeful.”- Bob […]


          Crosses and sacrifices – where things die

          By Dave Henning / November 8, 2019

          “Scripture calls us to crosses and sacrifices, but crosses and sacrifices tend to be where things die.  I don’t like that.  I want to avoid that.”- Bob Merritt “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and pleasing to God — this […]


            Work hard at maintaining the facade

            By Dave Henning / November 7, 2019

            “We don’t like to be broken, and we work hard at maintaining the façade that we have it all together.  But if we’re honest, part of what life does is break us.  We get betrayed, hurt, stepped on, and shutout.  We suffer heartaches and losses.  And some days it feels a lot like despair.”- Bob […]


              Naked truth – the need to confront

              By Dave Henning / November 6, 2019

              “If we don’t confront the naked truth, we’ll spend too much time and money on things that remain here on earth and not enough on the one thing that goes with us.  Because ultimately the only thing you take with you into heaven is other people.”- Bob Merritt As Bob Merritt continues Chapter 10 of […]


                Friendship with God first – then others

                By Dave Henning / November 5, 2019

                “But God made us for friendship — with Himself first and then with others.  So when these two kinds of friendship are missing or lacking, a void is left in our hearts that nothing but love from God and others can fill.”- Bob Merritt Then [Jesus] said to them, “Watch out!  Be on your guard […]


                  Obedience requires actions – doing things!

                  By Dave Henning / November 4, 2019

                  ” . . . obedience requires actions.  It’s not just having nice thoughts or having good intentions, or hoping something changes; obedience always involves doing things.”- Bob Merritt “Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.  For God’s working in you, giving you the desire and the […]


                    Entanglements of the old life – how to avoid

                    By Dave Henning / November 3, 2019

                    “We have everything we need to live in the flow of the new life and avoid the entanglements of the old.  It’s there, it’s available, and we have the power to be done with anything that holds us back.”- Bob Merritt “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through […]


                      The new life – not a destination

                      By Dave Henning / November 2, 2019

                      ” . . . the new life is not a destination, a place you can get to and say, ‘I’m finally here.’ . . .  The new life is really less of one thing and more of another.  Even in the face of our natural predisposition to sin, we can make progress — get better […]


                        Our chase – when we reach the end

                        By Dave Henning / November 1, 2019

                        “But when we reach the end of our chase, weighed down by our loneliness, exhaustion, or shame, Jesus doesn’t scold or shame us.  Rather, he sits by the well and says, ‘I can . . . give you a new kind of love, joy, peace, and happiness that you can’t get from any other person […]


                          Tension between the old and new lives

                          By Dave Henning / October 31, 2019

                          ” . . .. until heaven Christians will always face a certain amount of tension between the old and the new lives.  The reality is there’s a constant tug-of-war between our sinful nature and God’s Spirit.  We get pulled between these forces all day long, so it’s not uncommon to land in the middle.”- Bob […]


                            Masters at living in the middle

                            By Dave Henning / October 30, 2019

                            “We’re masters at living in the middle — between truth and dishonesty, generosity and selfishness, restraint and indulgence, new life and old life.  But we love the middle.  The middle sounds so nice, so accommodating . . .”- Bob Merritt In Chapter 7 (“The Middle is Miserable”) of Done With That, Bob Merritt reminds us […]

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