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A fundamental test of our allegiance

By Dave Henning / January 23, 2023

“At certain pivotal moments in our lives we face a choice, a test.  Sometimes these choices are a simple test of faith. . . .  But there are moments when the test is critical. . . .  These crossroads are more than a trial of faith; they are a fundamental test of our allegiance.”- John […]

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The epicenter of your life = God

By Dave Henning / January 22, 2023

“The mistake folks [make] . . . is trying to figure out how to fit a little more of God into their crowded lives.  We need to do the opposite.  Start with God, center your life on him, and work outward from there.  Our spirituality moves from something that is part of our life to […]

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A violation of faith – speculation

By Dave Henning / January 21, 2023

“I think most of us look at speculation as a personal weakness, like biting our fingernails or compulsively glancing at our phones.  But I bet you haven’t seen it as a violation of faith, hope, and love.  It is.  You can start building mental resilience right here, by roping in speculation.”- John Eldredge John Eldredge […]

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Under the rug – part of your soul?

By Dave Henning / January 20, 2023

“The mad rush to grab some joy and . . . insisting ‘things are getting back to normal’ are cruel to the soul.  It’s [an] attempt to sweep it all under the rug, but the problem is a good part of your soul goes right along with it.  Under the rug.”- John Eldredge As John […]

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A swipe on your home screen

By Dave Henning / January 19, 2023

“Jesus urges us toward endurance, resilience.  It’s available in him, but it won’t just happen.  We must take hold of the strength that prevails.  So — what’s your plan to make it through?  You need a plan. . . .  Resilience and victory aren’t going to come with a swipe on your home screen.”- John […]

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Untangled from all that distraction

By Dave Henning / January 18, 2023

“Because our attention is ruled 99 percent of the time by the Midlands and the Shallows, we have to get untangled form all that distraction to ‘descend.’   This is where benevolent detachment comes in — learning to give everyone and everything over to God.”- John Eldredge John Eldredge concludes Chapter 8 of Resilient with the […]

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Secret of all recovery and resilience

By Dave Henning / January 17, 2023

“This is the secret of all recovery and resilience — that Jesus Christ himself comes to dwell within our created nature, deep down at the center of our being.  And it is down in the depths that we must learn to tap into him, for the strength that prevails.”- John Eldredge As John Eldredge moves […]

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Gritting our teeth – doubling down?

By Dave Henning / January 15, 2023

“We . . . practice turning our attention to Jesus within us, learning to draw from his strength in the depth of our being.  It’s important that we remember that the strength that prevails is a strength given to us by God.  This is not something we conjure up.  It’s not gritting our teeth and […]

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An Eden heart – our true home

By Dave Henning / January 14, 2023

“Jesus . . . know everyone has an Eden heart.  It’s where we come from, our true home.  It’s what every human being is trying to recover . . . with or without the King. . . .  As we seek to convert our unconverted places and take hold of the strength that prevails, we […]

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False relief – Satan’s lure

By Dave Henning / January 13, 2023

“Jesus understands both our intense longing for life to be good again and the proven abilities of our enemy to lure us into false relief — which inevitably fails, making us vulnerable to a loss of heart and of faith.  This will play out on a cultural level, but the vast majority will take place […]

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Stained glass – beautiful in brokenness

By Dave Henning / January 12, 2023

“Parts of you seem well-inhabited by God.  The rest of you seems practically pagan. . . .  How can these parts exist in the same human being?  Because we are like stained glass — beautiful even in our brokenness, but made up of many fragments.”- John Eldredge “For I do not understand my own actions.  […]

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The small turns away from God

By Dave Henning / January 11, 2023

“I think much of the testing and the Falling Away takes place very subtly in the heart.  It’s the small turns from God toward our other comforters, the quiet feelings of being disgruntled with him, the early stages of Desolation — this is how much of the testing plays out.  But it has momentum like […]

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