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The T Stage – our Father gives us space, freedom

By Dave Henning / July 14, 2021

“In the T Stage . . . our Father gives us space and freedom for what we want to do with our lives.  It’s like he hands us the keys to his new car and nods, ‘Go ahead.  Take it for a drive!’  The Lord trusts you and wants to empower you to do what […]

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Abandonment to God – our posture

By Dave Henning / July 13, 2021

“Abandonment to God . . . means relinquishing ‘our way.’  It means not being angry or resentful when things do not go our way.  It means that in God’s hands we are content for him to take charge of outcomes.  And in that posture we make way for him to occupy our lives with us, […]

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The bottle of spiritual consolation

By Dave Henning / July 12, 2021

“John [of the Cross] explained that in a season of spiritual dryness, God is weaning us from the bottle of spiritual consolation, so we can learn to trust the loving presence of Christ and bless other people, even when we’re in difficult circumstances.”- Bill Gaultiere “And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness […]

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Catching the wind of the Spirit

By Dave Henning / July 11, 2021

“The S Stage is like catching the wind of the Spirit in your sail.  Devoted to the Lord’s service and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we can have sustaining joy and power. . . .  We’re learning to integrate our work and prayer in the Cycle of Grace, so our doing flows out of being […]

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A great fountain of energy and beauty

By Dave Henning / July 10, 2021

“If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. . . .  They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very centre of reality. . . .  Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: that we […]

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Emotions of Christ – how to convey His presence

By Dave Henning / July 9, 2021

“Connecting with the emotions of Christ helps us to feel and convey his presence in our conversing, praying, playing, preaching, teaching, and working.  It helps clothe ourselves with Christ’s virtues of compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience (Colossians 3:12).”- Bill Gaultiere As Bill Gaultiere continues Chapter 7 of Journey of the Soul, he notes that we’re […]

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Our spiritual and emotional natures

By Dave Henning / July 8, 2021

“Both our spiritual and emotional natures need to be based on knowing reality (material and unseen).  Spiritual growth without emotional growth leads to illusion and pride.  At the same time, emotional growth without spiritual growth is empty and vain. . . .  But integrating the two by following the CHRIST stages helps us to keep […]

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Lean into turbulence – high water hard!

By Dave Henning / July 7, 2021

“In life it’s important to listen to our Guide’s instruction to lean into turbulence.  This is crucial for maintaining a healthy faith and participation in church and Christian community.”- Bill Gaultiere “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is […]

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To walk along your wall and praise God

By Dave Henning / July 6, 2021

“To walk along your wall is to explore it, ask questions, and understand your experience with the help of a guide.  To praise God at The Wall is to appreciate that your Redeemer is doing a healing work in you.”- Kristi Gaultiere As Kristi Gaultiere moves on in Chapter 6 of Journey of the Soul, […]

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The Wall: where our will meets God’s will

By Dave Henning / July 5, 2021

“The Wall represents our will meeting God’s will face to face.  We decide anew whether we are willing to surrender and let God direct our lives.”- Janet Hagberg and Robert Guerlich, The Critical Journey: Stages in the Life of Faith (2005) “Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”- […]

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A special light to shine – given by Jesus

By Dave Henning / July 4, 2021

“Jesus Christ has given you a special light to shine that is very much needed by the people in your circle of influence (Matt. 5:14-16).  No one else has your uniquely, God-created, Christ-redeemed, and Spirit-influenced personality.”- Bill Gaultiere (emphasis author’s) In Chapter 5 (“The R Stage: Responsibilities in Ministry”) of Journey of the Soul, Bill […]

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Discipleship- other emotions minimized

By Dave Henning / July 3, 2021

“Emotions often get minimized in discipleship, but they’re just as important as thinking.  Renewing our mind in God’s tender mercy includes dealing with our thoughts and feelings (Rom. 12:1-2). . . .  When we integrate feeling and thinking our Christian doctrines inspire us to dance with Jesus as we serve in his Kingdom of Love!”- […]

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