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    “If only . . .”

    By Dave Henning / March 7, 2012

    In what ways would you complete this sentence: “I could have the peace I long for if only. . .”?  In her book The Peace God Promises, author Ann Spangler reflects on that concept: ” Each of us can come up with our list of ‘if onlys’- of the things or the people who make […]

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      Suffering brings change

      By Dave Henning / March 5, 2012

      In his book The Calling; Live a Life of Significance, Dr. Kurt Senske has this thought on responding to life’s challenges:  “When we suffer the loss of someone or something we love, we also lose a part of ourselves.  It is a time of great vulnerability.  We might rage against God, blame others, feel entitled, […]

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        Abundant life in Jesus

        By Dave Henning / March 4, 2012

        In his book Know Doubt, John Ortberg states that the evidence of lives changed by Jesus is so abundant that it can’t be matched by any other religion, culture, or world view.  To prove his point, he offers this telling comment that he’s never heard anyone actually say: “One day I realized there was no […]

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          The faith footbridge

          By Dave Henning / March 3, 2012

          Nicholas Wolterstorff (cited by John Ortberg in Know Doubt), American philosopher and Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale University, defined faith with this simile: “Faith is a footbridge that you don’t know will hold you up over the chasm until you’re forced to walk out onto it.”  Sooner or later, all the Christian education you’ve […]

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            Faith training

            By Dave Henning / March 2, 2012

            In The Joyful Christian, C.S. Lewis (cited by Brian Jones in Second Guessing God) had this to say about the necessity of faith: “. . .Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods ‘where they get off’, you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just […]

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              Forging character

              By Dave Henning / February 29, 2012

              In his wonderful book The Land Between, Jeff Manion talks about persevering during our time of transformational growth: “The knowledge and depth of character Joseph gained on his detour is rarely the outcome of reading an inspirational book.  That kind of character has to be forged.”  Only a time of significant trial produces produces maturity and completeness: […]

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                Are you (dis)contented?

                By Dave Henning / February 28, 2012

                Are you content with your current status in your journey toward healing and ministry revision, or do you struggle with discontent?  Do you focus on the particular ministry you lost or are you seeking ministry opportunities wherever God has placed you at the present moment?  Albert Schweittzer (cited by Kurt Senske in The Calling) one […]

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                  Are you all in?

                  By Dave Henning / February 26, 2012

                  In my cable channel-surfing, I occasionally  look in on one of the many poker shows on in the late evening.  I’ve noticed that a frequent player move is to go “all in”, having reached the point of no return.  It’s all or nothing.  Has the Lord brought you to that point in your Christian walk?  Medieval German theologian, philosopher, […]

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                    Treasure hunt

                    By Dave Henning / February 25, 2012

                    In our pursuit of worldly goals and ambitions, God can easily be pushed aside.  In Matthew 6:21, Jesus warns; “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  It may take a major life crisis for us to realize how much our priorities are skewed.  Episcopal priest and author Barbara Cawthorne Crafton (cited by Kurt Senske […]

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                      True Witnessing

                      By Dave Henning / February 23, 2012

                      Cardinal Emmanuel Suhard, Archbishop of Paris from 1940-1949-which included the time of the Nazi occupation during World War II, had this comment about how one truly gives witness to his/her Christian faith: “To be a witness does not consist in engaging propaganda, not even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery.  It […]

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                        The Greatness of Christianity

                        By Dave Henning / February 23, 2012

                        French philosopher Simone Weil comments on the greatness of Christianity: “The extreme greatness of Christianity lies in the fact that it does not seek a supernatural remedy for suffering, but a supernatural use for it.”

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                          Are you listening?

                          By Dave Henning / February 21, 2012

                          In his spiritual classic My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers had this to say about times of darkness in our lives: “Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God?  Then remain quiet.  If you open your mouth in the dark, you will talk in the wrong […]

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