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Saints are always made somewhere

By Dave Henning / August 13, 2022

“Saints are always made somewhere.  So Benedict [of Nursia] thought the first vow should be the vow to stay, the vow to not run from the very people and place that God intends to use to make us holy.”- Daniel Grothe “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you […]


Necessary and voluntary limits

By Dave Henning / August 12, 2022

“We live in an age of #wanderlust.  We think a move will be the cure for our boring lives.  But what if there are necessary and voluntary limits we must submit ourselves to in order to experience home?  The climb to find home in the modern world is entirely uphill.”- Daniel Grothe “The man from […]


Carrying our baggage with us

By Dave Henning / August 11, 2022

“There are times when a move is necessary. . . .  And, in fact, there are times when movement only exacerbates the problem.  Instead of doing the hard work that is required, the hard work that could lead to personal growth, we bounce, carrying our baggage with us.”- Daniel Grothe “Whoever you may be, always […]


Look in the mirror – see a wreck?

By Dave Henning / August 9, 2022

“When we look in the mirror . . . we often see a wreck.  Weathered on the outside, weak within.  But does God see a wreck?  No, he sees a work in progress. . . .  God’s love can change us. . . .  God never forces his love on anyone.  He teaches, reveals, illustrates, […]


Jesus offers zoe – quality of life

By Dave Henning / August 8, 2022

“Jesus offers zoe, the Greek word for ‘life as God has it.’  Whereas bios, its sibling term, is life extensive, zoe is life intensive.  Jesus talks less about life’s duration and more about its quality, vitality, energy, and fulfillment.”- Max Lucado “The LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into […]


Much perishes in hell – hope, happiness

By Dave Henning / August 7, 2022

“Much perishes in hell.  Hope perishes.  Happiness perishes.  But the body and soul of the God-deniers continue outside.  Outside of heaven, outside of hope, and outside of God’s goodness.  None of us have seen such a blessingless world.  People who want nothing of God still enjoy his benefits.”- Max Lucado “Not only will the unbeliever […]


A glimpse into the pit – hell

By Dave Henning / August 6, 2022

“A glimpse into the pit won’t brighten your day, but it will enlighten you understanding of Jesus.  He didn’t avoid the discussion.  Quite the contrary.  He placed a one-word caution sign between you and hell’s path: perish.”- Max Lucado “Get away from me, you who do evil.  I never knew you.”- Matthew 7:23 (New Century […]


Flying a jet without a parachute

By Dave Henning / August 5, 2022

“Can you imagine flying a jet without a parachute?  Many do.  Eternal insecurity extracts joy from many people.  Only Christ guarantees a safe landing. . . .  No one but Jesus ‘buckles you in.’  You may slip — indeed you will — but you will not fail.  Hence the invitation to believe in him.”- Max […]


Popular Opinion 1:1 – our own Bible verse

By Dave Henning / August 4, 2022

“Others of us have written our own Bible verse: ‘God helps those who help themselves’ (Popular Opinion 1:1).  We’ll fix ourselves, thank you.  We’ll make up for our mistakes with contributions, our guilt with busyness.”- Max Lucado “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted […]


The welcome mat of heaven

By Dave Henning / August 3, 2022

“Whoever unfurls [John] 3:16 as a banner for the ages.  Whoever unrolls the welcome mat of heaven to humanity. . . . invites the world to God.  Jesus could have easily narrowed the scope, changing whoever into whatever. . . .  But he used no qualifier.  The pronoun is wonderfully indefinite.  After all, who isn’t […]


No transplant, but a swap

By Dave Henning / August 2, 2022

“Though healthy, Jesus took our disease upon himself.  Though diseased, we who accept his offer are pronounced healthy. . . .  This is no transplant, mind you, but a swap.  The holy and vile exchange locations.  God makes healthy what was sick, right what was wrong, straight what was crooked.”- Max Lucado “God made him […]


The embroidery of humankind

By Dave Henning / August 1, 2022

“Christ, in like manner [to a weaver working the shuttle], weaves his story.  Every person is a thread, every moment a color, every era a pass of the shuttle.  Jesus steadily interweaves the embroidery of humankind.”- Max Lucado “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the LORD.  “And my ways are far beyond anything […]

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