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What leads heaven to throw a party

By Dave Henning / April 26, 2022

“When one person at a time is noticed, valued, loved, pursued, and ultimately rescued, that’s what leads heaven to throw a party — and it often happens because we threw a party.”- Kyle Idleman “There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”- Luke 15:10 (NIV) Kyle Idleman […]

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Throwing a party with a purpose

By Dave Henning / April 25, 2022

“Throwing a party might be one of the most natural things a Christ-follower can do.  It might be one of the most spiritual things a Christ-follower can do. . . .  What kind of party?  A party with a purpose.  A party that points people to Jesus. . . . that brings joy to people […]

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A clear and consistent party theology

By Dave Henning / April 24, 2022

“In the New Testament, Jesus shows up and fights for his right to party. . . .  So much so, it led to an accusation the religious leaders made against him. . . .  Don’t miss this: in the Bible, there’s a clear and  consistent party theology. . . .  Could it be we have […]

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The worst pleasures – purely spiritual

By Dave Henning / April 23, 2022

“The sins of the flesh are bad, but they are the least bad of all sins.  All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual. . . .  For there are two things inside me. . . .  they are the Animal self and the Diabolical self.  The Diabolical self is the worst of the two.  That […]

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Compassion instead of condemnation

By Dave Henning / April 22, 2022

“If [the woman caught in adultery] was defined by her sin, it would make sin the ultimate power and authority.  But God is the ultimate power and authority, and she was defined by his love.  All of that became a reality to her because Jesus showed her compassion instead of condemnation.”- Kyle Idleman As Kyle […]

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Builds a wall around your heart – anger

By Dave Henning / April 21, 2022

“Your anger toward the people who have hurt you builds a wall around your heart that doesn’t just keep those people at a safe distance but keeps everyone away as well.”- Kyle Idleman “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what […]

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Clarifying the law – a new standard

By Dave Henning / April 20, 2022

“Jesus . . . then said, ‘But I tell you’ and introduced a new standard of how to relate to others.  He wasn’t contradicting the law; he was clarifying  it and giving a deeper understanding of what God wanted for humankind when the law was given.”- Kyle Idleman “In the same way, let your light […]

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Redefine it as a verb – compassion

By Dave Henning / April 19, 2022

“Compassion is defined as . . . a noun, but Christians need to redefine it as a verb.  That means there should always be an and.  As in, I feel compassion and I then act.  Real compassion doesn’t just break your heart.  It moves your muscles.”- Kyle Idleman (emphasis Kyle’s) Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 4 […]

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First responders or concerned bystanders?

By Dave Henning / April 18, 2022

“Instead of seeing ourselves as ‘first responders,’ we settle for being ‘concerned bystanders.’  As concerned bystanders, we can feel good about ourselves for feeling concerned while avoiding the risks of responding.”- Kyle Idleman Kyle Idleman moves on in Chapter 4 of One At a Time as he talks about three things we commonly say to […]

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The antidote to our indifference

By Dave Henning / April 17, 2022

“Every hurting person was [Jesus’s] son or daughter.  Compassion is the antidote to our indifference. . . .  Our compassion for hurting and hard-to-love people begins with eyes-open prayer.”- Kyle Idleman “As [Jesus] approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out — the only son of his mother.  And a large crowd […]

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Staring down fear – the key

By Dave Henning / April 16, 2022

“Do you know the key to staring down fear?  It’s staring at the potential return.  Your willingness to risk is always based on the potential reward. . . .  We are scared of risk, but I think what we need to be scared of is regret.”- Kyle Idleman Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 3 of One […]

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Proximity captures the love of Jesus

By Dave Henning / April 15, 2022

“One of the words that best captures the love of Jesus is proximity. . . .  The incarnation of Christ Jesus coming to earth makes is clear that the way he loves requires proximity.  It’s hard to love someone if you’re determined to keep your distance.”- Kyle Idleman “A new command I give you: Love […]

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