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Doin’ what comes naturally

By Dave Henning / June 16, 2012

When unforgivable (from our point of view) offenses are committed against us, Dr. David Stoops (Forgiving the Unforgivable) says that our natural desire for justice often leads to thoughts of revenge- and that those thoughts often are quite enjoyable.  Yet, revenge never brings satisfaction.  Dr. Stoops cites an old Chinese proverb- “He who seeks revenge […]

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Forgiveness- concept or action?

By Dave Henning / June 15, 2012

In his conclusion to Let It Go,  T. D. Jakes reminds us that forgiveness is not a noun, but a verb.  From his many years of experience as a pastor, he ventures that forgiveness is underutilized by adults: “People often believe it’s important conceptually but reserve forgiveness for a few moments in a prayer at […]

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Churches today- places of healing or dis-ease?

By Dave Henning / June 14, 2012

In Chaper 13 (“Physician, Heal Thyself”), T. D. Jakes notes that people’s perceptions of the church run the gamut from ‘shoots its own wounded’ to extremely positive/faith-building. Regardless where we find ourselves on that spectrum, Bishop Jakes posits that most of us would agree on the following 2 conclusions: “First, the church should be a […]

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Tending your spiritual garden

By Dave Henning / June 13, 2012

T. D. Jakes (Let It Go) has vivid childhood memories of his grand mother talking to each flower in her garden and diligently removing any weed that dared to show up.  Observing this annual ritual taught Bishop Jakes a valuable lesson- expert gardeners do not tolerate weeds. We must tend our hearts in the same […]

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God’s love and recess

By Dave Henning / June 12, 2012

When we are in our desert, Land Between transition period following our ministry downsizing or position loss, we may at times find it difficult to perceive or accept God’s grace and love.  We may tend to over-analyze or ruminate on our situation and circumstances, past and present. According to T. D. Jakes, the solution is […]

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Grace space

By Dave Henning / June 11, 2012

Reflecting on what the Lord’s Prayer teaches about forgiveness, Bishop T. D. Jakes (Let It Go) states that it will be difficult for us to forgive others if we are not eternally grateful for the forgiveness God grants to us. But are we prepared, Bishop Jakes asks, to have God treat our sins the way […]

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Trickle-down mercy

By Dave Henning / June 11, 2012

In Chapter 10 (“Mercy Me”) of Let It Go, T. D. Jakes states that while a “trickle-down” economic theory may be a flawed system, the theory is quite appropriate when applied to God’s mercy.  Just as the mercy God extends to us is”new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23), our demonstration of mercy is an extension of God’s love […]

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Restoring emotional and spiritual health

By Dave Henning / June 10, 2012

In Let It Go Bishop t. D. Jakes describes what is necessary to retore healthy functionality: “The speed with which we recover from our wounds is often directly proportional to our awareness of our flaws and our willingness to move forward and risk again.” Forgiveness is a key element in restoring our emotional  and spiritual […]

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Insulator, isolator, or inhibitor?

By Dave Henning / June 9, 2012

T. D. Jakes (Let It Go) describes three basic ways people internalize their reaction to being wounded: 1.  The insulator– wraps him/herself in a protective layer that keeps people from penetrating the heart and creating additional hurt.  The possibility of human intimacy is smothered by the fear that what happened in the past will recur.  […]

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Rebuilding on solid ground

By Dave Henning / June 8, 2012

In Chapter 8 (“Trust Doesn’t Come Easy”) of Let It Go,  T. D. Jakes offers the following advice, most appropriate for us as we look to revision our ministries and open ourselves to God’s leading: “No one rebuilds on what  they have lost (italics are the author’s).  Rebuilding begins when you appreciate what you have […]

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Crucifixion or resurrection?

By Dave Henning / June 7, 2012

Luke 23:34- Jesus said, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” In Let It Go,  T. D. Jakes states that Jesus forgave those who were crucifying them because he had bigger issues to fight and didn’t want to face his resurrection drained by any issues of bitterness. He concisely relates […]

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Write it off!

By Dave Henning / June 5, 2012

A number of authors I’ve read and annotated have emphasized that a major reason we must forgive, even when an apology is not forthcoming, is for our own emotional well-being.  Bishop Jakes refers to that concept as “writing it off”.  He says we must learn that “some people will not or cannot give you what […]

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