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Rescue story or owner’s manual

By Dave Henning / March 31, 2024

“To read the Bible as an owner’s manual is as silly and uneventful as reading Cinderella as a formula for handling tough times. . . .  Begin to envision the Bible from Jesus’ eyes — a mystical, high drama, romantic rescue story where readers are shocked by grace and weep at the fulfillment of humanity’s […]

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Instruction manual – the Bible?

By Dave Henning / March 30, 2024

“A lot of people view the Bible like . . . an essential, God-inspired instruction manual.  Indeed, God’s Word is chock-full of timeless wisdom, spiritual principles, and clear directions for healthy living.  But if we think of the Scriptures as a collection of guidelines, we’ll not cherish the Word of God. . . .  Instruction […]

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Spiritual victory – Jesus’ eyes

By Dave Henning / March 29, 2024

“Spiritual warfare isn’t a tug-of-war between us and the demons.  Spiritual victory takes no sweat — it just takes Jesus’ eyes.  To make you a conqueror, Jesus doesn’t want you to do a great thing.  He wants you to see a greater thing.”- Alan Wright “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors […]

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Sheep without a shepherd

By Dave Henning / March 28, 2024

“The more I see the world through Jesus’ eyes, the less I expect non-Christians to act like Christians. . . .  Sheep without a shepherd are always going to act like sheep without a shepherd.  The answer isn’t better training for the sheep.  The answer is to introduce them to the Shepherd.”- Alan Wright “The […]

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Suitable object for our wrath?

By Dave Henning / March 27, 2024

“Part of the problem of being mad at the world is that it’s hard to know who to be mad at.  Something in our flesh wants to be angry, even if we must manufacture a suitable object for our wrath. . . .  Unlike all of us born in sin, Jesus never misplaced His anger.  […]

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Divine double takes – holy

By Dave Henning / March 26, 2024

“Divine double takes are odd and mysterious and wondrous.  At times they start with a simple, unexplained urge to take a second look at someone, and it’s not because the person stands out in any natural sense. . . .  Sometimes you find yourself looking again at someone because love takes over your eyes.  It’s […]

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Blessing buoys and strengthens

By Dave Henning / March 24, 2024

“Blessing relentlessly sees a positive future, and it doesn’t add burdens to the already weary soul.  Blessing buoys and strengthens and empowers.  Blessing can carry a person until they can walk on their own.”- Alan Wright [Jesus] said to [his disciples], “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, […]

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Affirming vision – blessing

By Dave Henning / March 23, 2024

“When you see someone through Jesus’ eyes, you’ll see treasures in them, and you’ll see how those treasures can lead to a special future.  When you share that kind of affirming vision in someone’s life, you’re releasing the power of blessing.”- Alan Wright “But to those of you who are listening I say: Love your […]

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Hear Jesus’ whisper – draw near

By Dave Henning / March 22, 2024

“Draw near enough to hear Jesus’ whisper, then ask Him, How do you see this person?  The first thing you’ll learn is that Jesus sees the person as a person.  He doesn’t see a sinner or a doubter or a failure.  He sees a person — an immortal treasure made in His image.”- Alan Wright […]

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See past outward flaws

By Dave Henning / March 21, 2024

“Jesus sees the real person — the person He designed them to be.  Thought Jesus doesn’t overlook iniquity, He wants to help us see past outward flaws, to see people for who they are down deep, not for their presenting issues.”- Alan Wright The turning toward the woman [Jesus] said to Simon, “Do you see […]

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Glossing over sin never heals

By Dave Henning / March 20, 2024

“Glossing over sin never heals inward shame. . . .  Downplaying sin is an ill-applied salve.  When there’s no honest admission of sin accompanied by authoritative, Jesus-centered forgiveness, condemnation broods. . . .  Jesus, the Eternal Word, the one who stood in heavenly glory, . . stooped.  He took on a body of dust like […]

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Envision your sin erased

By Dave Henning / March 19, 2024

“Jesus doesn’t invite you to downplay your sin or implore you to brood over it.  He invites you to envision your sin erased by His intervention.  Hie invites you to see as He does — He sees the depths of your sin and then sees your sin no more.”- Alan Wright In Chapter 5 (“Repenting: […]

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