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To trust or not to trust (God)

By Dave Henning / October 18, 2012

In Chapter 1 of Ruthless Trust, author Brennan Manning states that when we yearn for clarity in our circumstances, our ‘hidden agenda’  is an attempt to eliminate the risk inherent in trusting God.  The author goes on to delineate what trust is and is not: 1.  Trust won’t drive away our confusion, bring light to […]

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Defining the Christian life

By Dave Henning / October 17, 2012

Brennan Manning, author of 11 books including a bestseller- The Ragamuffin Gospel, describes and defines the essence of the Christian life in Chapter 1 of Ruthless Trust: “When the shadow of Jesus’ cross falls across our lives in the form of failure, rejection, abandonment, unemployment. . . ; when we are deaf to everything but […]

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The Laws of the Lighthouse

By Dave Henning / October 15, 2012

Reflecting on New Year’s Day and observing that everyone likes lists because making lists is an attempt to create a sense of order in our chaotic universe, author Max Lucado (In the Eye of the Storm) presents his number one list, the Laws of the Lighthouse: 1.  They warn you of potential danger. 2.  They […]

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Why God smiles

By Dave Henning / October 14, 2012

A sketch of Jesus laughing hangs on the wall opposite Max Lucado’s (In the Eye of the Storm) desk.  He was given the sketch by an Episcopal priest who collects portraits of Jesus smiling and gives them “to anyone who might be inclined to take God too seriously.” Max applies this image of Jesus to […]

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Faith- the child of fear

By Dave Henning / October 14, 2012

“Fear That Becomes Faith” is the title of Chapter 22 in Max Lucado’s book In the Eye of the Storm.   Max asserts that the primary emotion propelling Peter to walk on water to meet Jesus was fear.  Pastor Lucado further believes that had the evening been calm and peaceful, Peter would not have been motivated to […]

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Doubtstorms

By Dave Henning / October 12, 2012

In Chapter 13 (“Doubtstorms”) of In the Eye of the Storm, Max Lucado remarks that while nature gives us rainstorms, hailstorms and snowstorms, life produces doubtstorms.  Max’s “dictionary” entry: “Doubtstorms: turbulent days when the enemy is too big, the task too great, the future too bleak, and the answers too few.” During the storm on […]

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(God the) Father Knows Best

By Dave Henning / October 11, 2012

In August of 2011 I was diagnosed with early Stage 1 prostate cancer following a biopsy.  Not particularly pleased with my (now ex-) urologist’s bedside manner or his pessimistic outlook should I decline treatment, I sought a 2nd opinion from my current urologist, Dr. Brian Butler.  Based on my medical records, he stated my condition […]

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BP/AP

By Dave Henning / October 11, 2012

In Chapter 11 (“Seeing God Through Shattered Glass”) of In the Eye of the Storm, Max Lucado states that each of us has articulated and very well-defined expectations of what God should be doing in our lives.  However, when pain enters our world, say in the form of a ministry downsizing or position loss, our […]

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Are we there yet?

By Dave Henning / October 9, 2012

Max Lucado describes 4 characteristics of our journey through life toward our ultimate heavenly destination by drawing parallels with his traditional 6-hour drive to his parents for Thanksgiving, accompanied by 3 children under the age of 7: 1.  In order to successfully reach our destination, God has to say no to some of our requests.  […]

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Finding joy in the journey

By Dave Henning / October 8, 2012

Two passengers sit in adjacent seats for a flight to Dallas, Texas.  It is Passenger 1’s first flight- to visit a grown son.  Passenger 1 talks incessantly to Passenger 2 throughout the flight, reveling in every aspect of the journey from the meal to the turbulence.  From the vantage point of Passenger 2, Passenger 1 […]

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Fishing time?

By Dave Henning / October 6, 2012

In Chapter 4 (“When Fishermen Don’t Fish”) of In the Eye of the Storm, author Max Lucado asserts that God brings hurting people into our lives in order for us to gain perspective on our situation.  As we minister to others, we put our own hurts on the back burner. Max illustrates his observation by […]

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Stressed out?

By Dave Henning / October 6, 2012

The focus of Max Lucado’s book In the Eye of the Storm is on what the author describes as the second most stressful day in Jesus’ life.  First Jesus hears of John the Baptist’s death and King Herod’s threat on His own life.  Soon the disciples arrive, exuberant from their proclamation of the Gospel and the […]

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