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“I yam what I yam”

By Dave Henning / October 24, 2012

John Ortberg begins Chapter 1 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People with a statement by his childhood hero, cartoon character and philosopher Popeye the Sailor Man: “”I yam what I yam.”  Popeye would say this whenever he felt frustrated or had no idea what else to do. Pastor Ortberg notes […]

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From trust to confidence

By Dave Henning / October 24, 2012

Brennan Manning (Ruthless Trust) compares how trust, over time, ripens into confidence with The Parable of the Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29): 1.  Just as the seed the farmer casts on the ground automatically brings forth fruit, the author notes that  “the growth of trust into confidence is likewise ‘of itself.’ ” 2.  The farmer is […]

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The elements of trust

By Dave Henning / October 22, 2012

In Chapter 7 (“Trusting Jesus”) of Ruthless Trust, author Brennan Manning describes 5 aspects of trust that enable us to experience two things that Jesus assures us- His presence and His promise.  Stated differently, the author phrases these assurances in this way: “the promise of his presence” and the “presence of his promise”. 1.  God is […]

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Distant thunder or grumbling?

By Dave Henning / October 21, 2012

At the conclusion of Chapter 2 (“The Way of Gratefulness”) of Ruthless Trust, author Brennan Manning notes that grumbling is the antitheses of thankfulness and results in a life of self-induced stress.  The author goes on to emphasize that ingratitude or grumbling was such a grievous matter to Ignatius Loyola that he addressed the subject […]

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Four traits of gratitude

By Dave Henning / October 20, 2012

In Chapter 2 of Ruthless Trust, author Brennan Mannng discusses 4 characteristics of a life lived in gratitude: 1.  Gratitude is inclusive.  Henri Nouwen encourages us in his book Bread for the Journey:  “Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see […]

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To Tell the Truth

By Dave Henning / October 20, 2012

What is the foremost quality of a trusting disciple of Jesus?  Brennan Manning sets forth a scenario in which that question is answered in Chapter 2 of Ruthless Trust. Imagine that 10 people are interviewed.  Each person is asked the following question: Do you trust God?  Although everyone answers in the affirmative, only one is […]

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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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