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Holy ambition = specific calling

By Dave Henning / February 4, 2024

“I call [God’s] specific calling a holy ambition.  Sometimes it takes some time to figure out what it is, but we all have one within us — a dream of serving God in a particular way that fulfills our God-given purpose. . . .  A holy ambition takes us . . . to the intersections […]

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Relieving our feelings of angst

By Dave Henning / February 3, 2024

“Knowing who you are created to be and what God has given us in salvation goes a long way toward relieving our feelings of angst.”- Chip Ingram “Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?  He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of […]

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Paralyzing effect of hopelessness

By Dave Henning / February 2, 2024

“Hopelessness and depression . . . [have] a paralyzing effect at a time when most people need to get up and do something. Whatever you do, don’t let it paralyze you.  If you’ll take a step toward God, He will take every other step toward you, no matter how many it takes.  But you have […]

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Fabricated meaning of life?

By Dave Henning / February 1, 2024

“If all our meaning is fabricated in our own minds, we’ll always be confronted with convincing evidence that there really is no point in making the effort.  We keep slipping back into skepticism, cynicism, pessimism, and despair.”- Chip Ingram “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.  […]

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Extravagant gift of salvation

By Dave Henning / January 31, 2024

“Why would anybody turn down such an extravagant gift (salvation)?  They want to be in control. . . .  I think our rejection of God’s gift hurts His [feelings] too.  He wants us to have the best for our lives, and we can’t get it on our own.  We have to become like children — […]

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Freedom and peace from guilt

By Dave Henning / January 30, 2024

“Most Christ followers have a general idea that Jesus paid for their sins.  But rare are the Christians who actually experience the freedom and peace from guilt God has provided.”- Chip Ingram “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of […]

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A formidable and complex foe

By Dave Henning / January 29, 2024

“God wants you to know that guilt is a formidable and complex foe.  He wants you to be able to discern the difference between true and false guilt and to understand the danger of feeling guilty when you shouldn’t — or the even greater danger of not feeling guilty when you should.  He wants to […]

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Pointing the finger outward

By Dave Henning / January 28, 2024

“Even when our guilt is pointing the finger inward, we justify our attitudes and actions to ourselves and other by pointing the finger outward.  Blame is one way of trying to strip our guilt of its power, but it never works.”- Chip Ingram “Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, […]

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The root feeds the whole tree

By Dave Henning / January 27, 2024

“Guilt is tricky.  It doesn’t usually manifest as guilt. . . .  Guilt is a root cause that merely comes to the surface, but the root feeds the whole tree. . . .  But the way we see our guilt and the ways we deal with it are often inaccurate.”- Chip Ingram Chip Ingram moves […]

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The partners of destruction

By Dave Henning / January 26, 2024

“Shame and guilt go hand in hand, one feeding the other.  They are partners of destruction, eroding our lives. . . .  Few emotions can distort our mirror and make us feel as dirty, ugly, unworthy, and unlovable as guilt does.  And we all struggle with it — no exceptions.”- Chip Ingram “And you were […]

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The currency of God’s kingdom

By Dave Henning / January 25, 2024

“The currency of God’s kingdom is faith.  That’s how you get things in His economy, whether it’s salvation, answers to prayer, a renewed mind, a changed heart, or anything else.  The key to activating His promises is to believe. . . .  Faith is always rooted in the promises of God, and God’s promises are […]

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A horrible motivator – shame

By Dave Henning / January 24, 2024

“Religion, regardless of the form it takes, often tries to control people through shame as a means of getting them to behave better.  But shame is a horrible motivator and usually has the opposite effect.  Shaming someone into doing the right thing rarely works for long.”- Chip Ingram “Yet to all who did receive him, […]

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