All posts in "Blog"
Share

    This is your life

    By Dave Henning / April 21, 2012

    Much of our experience is mundane and routine.  Yet Pastor Bob Merritt (When Life’s Not Working) wonders how we’re spending the rest of our lives, whether we’ve “made any room in (our) days and weeks for the things that really matter and have lasting value.” Especially for those of us who have been involved in […]

    Share

      One day at a time

      By Dave Henning / April 19, 2012

      In When Life’s Not Working, Pastor Bob Merritt acknowledges that he doesn’t know the specifics of adversities people are facing.  But he does know “that sometimes all you can do is get through one more day, then another, and another after that, believing that God is teaching you, strengthening you, and doing something in you […]

      Share

        Go right back to God

        By Dave Henning / April 18, 2012

        When Moses encountered resistance in his efforts to communicate God’s command to Pharaoh, Exodus 5:22 tells us that Moses went back to God.  Bob Merritt (When Life’s Not Working) explains: “When you’re in the pit, there’s no gimmick, slogan, or saying that will get you out- sometimes there’s not even another person who can help.  […]

        Share

          Serve the Lord with gladness

          By Dave Henning / April 18, 2012

          One of my wife’s favorite Christian authors is Joni Eareckson Tada.  In her book A Place of Healing, Joni comments on Psalm 100: 2- “Serve the Lord with gladness!” (RSV).  Joni states that this is a command, not an option.  Whatever our current circumstances or the particular service to which God has called us, we are […]

          Share

            The idolatry of bitterness

            By Dave Henning / April 16, 2012

            Dr. Stephen Viars addresses idolatry of the heart in his book Putting Your Past in Its Place.  He states that: “Idolatry of the heart is difficult to admit, but it is often at the core of our struggle.”  He then cites as an example that one “who chooses the path of bitterness may be worshipping […]

            Share

              Not-so-great expectations

              By Dave Henning / April 16, 2012

              Dr. J. Vernon McGee (1904-1988) founded a radio ministry entitled Thru the Bible in 1967.  The program continues to be aired on over 400 radio stations in North America.  In the program that aired Friday, April 13, 2012, Dr. McGee commented in part on John 16:33- “I (Jesus) have told you these things, so that […]

              Share

                What do you have in your hand?

                By Dave Henning / April 15, 2012

                In When Life’s Not Working, Bob Merritt reflects on our natural human tendency, when facing difficult situations, to focus on what we don’t have rather than on what we do have.  He asks us the same question God asked Moses when Moses was looking for authority to back up his demands to Pharaoh (Exodus 4:2): “What […]

                Share

                  And He is with me

                  By Dave Henning / April 13, 2012

                  One of the most difficult aspects of losing a called church worker position is a feeling of disconnect with former colleagues as well as your church, district, and perhaps even the Synod.  During this desert, Land Between time of transition, that feeling tends to turn inward. When Pastor Bob Merritt (When Life’s Not Working) experiences […]

                  Share

                    Overcoming adversity

                    By Dave Henning / April 13, 2012

                    Author Bob Merritt (When Life’s Not Working) emphasizes that a life marked by what the Bible describes as the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) is possible, even for those experiencing adversity, with these words of encouragement: “You can overcome if you have a family that loves you, a small group of friends who pray […]

                    Share

                      Sacred places

                      By Dave Henning / April 11, 2012

                      Pastor Bob Merritt comments on the importance of sacred places in his book When Life’s Not Working: “Sacred places are important because they recalibrate the emotional and spiritual gauges in our life.  They reconnect us with thoughts and feelings that get suppressed by emails and traffic.  Sacred places awaken our soul.” Two sacred places come […]

                      Share

                        Disciplines, habits, or principles?

                        By Dave Henning / April 9, 2012

                        The newest book I’m reading is When Life’s Not Working by Bob Merritt, senior pastor of Eagle Brook Church in the Twin Cities area.  In the introduction he states that all of us face two options in life- the hard life or the harder life. The author asserts that discipline is essential if you hope […]

                        Share

                          The right end of the telescope

                          By Dave Henning / April 9, 2012

                          The first century philosopher Epictetus (cited by John Ortberg in When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box) once stated: “This is our predicament.  Over and over again, we lose sight of what is important and what isn’t.” On this glorious Easter Sunday, as we rejoice in Jesus’ ultimate victory over […]

                          Page 215 of 220
                          >