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    A life of (in)significance

    By Dave Henning / August 17, 2012

    A consequence of a ministry downsizing or position loss , as well as anything of major importance to us, is a feeling of insignificance.  We may try to restore our significance in materialistic, earthly ways- wearing the latest designer clothes or coupling our identity with a favorite sports team. Max Lucado (Fearless) notes what happens […]

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      The negative impact of fear

      By Dave Henning / August 14, 2012

      Max Lucado discusses 4 ways that fear negatively impacts life in Chapter 1 of his book Fearless: 1.  Like the disciples in the boat with Jesus asleep during the storm, we too unleash a swarm of anger-stirring doubts. 2.  We become control freaks.  Fear essentially is a perceived loss of control, so we grab for […]

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        Magnify the Lord

        By Dave Henning / August 12, 2012

        Near the end of Part 7 of The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron Carpenter Jr. presents a simple, quick exercise.  Take a dime and hold it at arm’s length.  The entire room still is visible.  Then close one eye and slowly pull the dime closer and closer.  When the dime gets right up to your […]

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          On solid ground?

          By Dave Henning / August 12, 2012

          The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.  I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing.”- Genesis 12: 1-2 In his comments […]

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            Your home-field advantage

            By Dave Henning / August 11, 2012

            Pastor Ron Carpenter Jr. discusses controlling your environment in Part 7 of The Necessity of an Enemy.  He begins by telling the story of a fishing trip he took with 3 friends.  They caught a shark.  Eagerly anticipating a massive, menacing specimen as they pulled the shark onto the pier, they were shocked to discover […]

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              How’s your hearing?

              By Dave Henning / August 10, 2012

              In Part 7 of The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron Carpenter Jr. offers some final tips on winning the battle with the enemy.  Discussing Matthew’s account of Peter walking on water to meet Jesus, Pastor Carpenter notes that Jesus’ spoken word to Peter sustained his walk on the water.  Peter only got that sinking feeling […]

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                How’s your mind-“set”?

                By Dave Henning / August 9, 2012

                Concluding his discussion of “weapons of mass destruction” used by Satan, Pastor Ron Carpenter Jr. (The Necessity of an Enemy) bases his comments on Colossians 3:2- “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”  He notes that the word “set” refers to the process of setting a broken bone. Pastor Carpenter has extensive […]

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                  Life-long mind renewal

                  By Dave Henning / August 8, 2012

                  “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we […]

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                    The enemy of isolation

                    By Dave Henning / August 7, 2012

                    Ron Carpenter Jr. begins Part 5 of The Necessity of an Enemy by discussing what he terms ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that the enemy uses to sabotage God’s purpose for our life.  Unlike more devastating forms of adversity that show up as Goliaths, Ron notes that these weapons “. . . tend to be unobtrusive.  […]

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                      Getting rid of your boat

                      By Dave Henning / August 5, 2012

                      In the conclusion to Part 4 of The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron Carpenter Jr. bases his comments on Matthew’s account of Jesus calling the first disciples (Matthew 4: 18-22).  Noting that Peter began his career as a boat fisherman before he met Jesus, Pastor Carpenter compares the image of a boat to comfortable, even […]

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                        “Ambush” your vision

                        By Dave Henning / August 5, 2012

                        Near the conclusion of Part 3 of The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron Carpenter Jr. discusses the potential influence of negative people in our life.  If we allow their words and actions to influence us,God’s intended purpose for our life will be thwarted or destroyed. Yet, why should we meekly cede power and control to […]

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                          Seeing is (not) believing

                          By Dave Henning / August 4, 2012

                          Commenting on Mark 4: 35-41 (Jesus Calms the Storm), Ron Carpenter Jr. (The Necessity of an Enemy) notes that although Jesus told the disciples they would make it to the other side of the lake, He didn’t tell them how they would get there.  Similarly, although Jesus hasn’t told us every detail of how our […]

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