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Simple, honest prayer

By Dave Henning / September 2, 2012

In Chapter 3 of Fear Not Tomorrow, author Ruth Graham discusses experiencing the presence of God.  There are countless ways to experience God’s presence, and there will be ways that are unique to us. One established way is through simple, honest prayer.  One of Ruth’s uncles, who also was a crusade team member, used to […]

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Focusing on God’s trustworthiness

By Dave Henning / August 31, 2012

Ruth Graham suggests 3 intentional ways for us to build our trust in God in Chapter 2 of Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There: 1.  Keep a journal.  Ruth says this exercise is great for building our faith.  When journal entries are reviewed, we will see confirmation that God is present.  Since God has […]

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Building a track record with God

By Dave Henning / August 31, 2012

As we obediently trust as we walk with God, we have the opportunity to build a track record with Him.  Ruth Graham (Fear Not Tomorrow) notes that the more we walk with the Lord and step forward in faith, we accumulate the touchstone experiences necessary to build and strengthen our faith. There will be times […]

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A light in our darkness

By Dave Henning / August 29, 2012

At the beginning of Chapter 2 of Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There, author Ruth Graham discusses the topics of trust and obedience as well as building a track record with God (which will be covered in tomorrow’s blog). Even though God doesn’t necessarily meet our needs as we’d expect or via the conditions […]

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Leaning in on the pain

By Dave Henning / August 29, 2012

In Chapter 1 (“Trust at My Doorstep”) of Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There, author Ruth Graham discusses the question most people ask when adversity hits-“Why, God?”  When we ask this question, Ruth notes, we’re expressing our deepest emotions, hurt and disappointment to God.  Although God already knows what we’re feeling, we need to […]

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Fear not?

By Dave Henning / August 26, 2012

Ruth Graham, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, takes the title of her book Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There from a framed print that hung on the wall in front of her mother’s desk.   Ruth received the print from her mother when Ruth was being torn apart by the struggles of one of her children. While Ruth […]

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Packaging God

By Dave Henning / August 26, 2012

The woman standing in the hotel check-in line was holding one of Max Lucado’s books.  Taking notice, Max availed himself of the opportunity to introduce himself.  After glancing at his picture inside the dust jacket, the woman emphatically stated that Max could not possibly be who he claimed to be.  Her mind had packaged the […]

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Beyond the shadow of a doubt

By Dave Henning / August 25, 2012

Max Lucado address the issue of doubt in Chapter 12 (“Fear That God is Not Real”) of his book Fearless.  He begins by listing 4 characteristics of the “gray terrain” of fear, noting that, to one degree or another, we all journey in that valley: 1.  the Bible reads like Aesop’s fables 2.  prayers bounce […]

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Altered assignments

By Dave Henning / August 24, 2012

Max Lucado subtitles Chapter 11 of Fearless “Fear of What’s Next”.  He wryly observes that it would be wonderful if we could order our life the way we order frou-frou drinks at our favorite gourmet coffee shop.  However, when adversity comes, our quest for order is thrown into chaos.  While earthly seasons don’t tend to upset […]

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Witnessing through adversity

By Dave Henning / August 23, 2012

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have.”- 1 Peter 3:15 In Chapter 8 of Fearless, Max Lucado retells the story of Dr. Boris Kornfield, imprisoned in a Russian gulag in the […]

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Prayer- the antidote for fear

By Dave Henning / August 22, 2012

In Chapter 7 (“There’s a Dragon in My Closet”) of Fearless, Max Lucado uses the example of Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane as a model for the healthy church in action.  Max notes that when Jesus asked the Father to take away His cup of suffering, that cup represented, in Biblical terminology, God’s […]

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Expecting Jesus

By Dave Henning / August 20, 2012

Max Lucado discusses the fear of overwhelming challenges in Chapter 6 of Fearless, specifically in the context of Matthew’s account of Jesus walking on water (Matthew 14: 24-35).  Max notes that the disciples were so terrified they thought Jesus was a ghost.  They weren’t expecting Jesus to come to them that way. We, too, have […]

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