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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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      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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        Genie or Jesus?

        By Dave Henning / September 27, 2012

        Continuing his discussion of Jesus healing the paralytic (Mark 2:1-5), author Timothy Keller (King’s Cross) recognizes that at the moment the paralytic was lowered through the roof to Jesus, Jesus had the power to heal him right on the spot- just as He has the power to immediately act on our requests.  However, Jesus knows […]

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          Plan A or Plan B?

          By Dave Henning / September 17, 2012

          In Chapter 11 of Fear Not Tomorrow, Ruth Graham uses the Biblical account of the Feeding of the 5000 to underscore our human tendency to limit God by going full-speed ahead with our own plans or by playing to our inadequacies. As Ruth notes, we impatiently rush ahead of God with our own agenda.  Yet all […]

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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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              Perpetual uneasiness (aka ‘worry’)

              By Dave Henning / August 18, 2012

              In Chapter 4 (“Woe, Be Gone”) of Fearless, Max Lucado tells the story of a friend’s 6 year old daughter rushing to get dressed for school.  In her hurry, she tied her shoelaces in a knot.  With the school bus coming and the clock ticking, her thoughts were so focused on untangling the knot in […]

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                The enemy of isolation

                By Dave Henning / August 7, 2012

                Ron Carpenter Jr. begins Part 5 of The Necessity of an Enemy by discussing what he terms ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that the enemy uses to sabotage God’s purpose for our life.  Unlike more devastating forms of adversity that show up as Goliaths, Ron notes that these weapons “. . . tend to be unobtrusive.  […]

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                  Unpacking anxiety

                  By Dave Henning / July 14, 2012

                  When moving into a new home, the major task ahead is unpacking all the boxes and settling in.  Similarly, when the gorilla (unforgiveness) moves into our hearts, Brian Jones (Getting Rid of the Gorilla) tells us the first thing the gorilla unpacks is anxiety. Pastor Jones goes on to explain: “Anxiety masks the real issues […]

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                    Better description- Christian or disciple?

                    By Dave Henning / July 10, 2012

                    In Chapter 7 (“Call”) of Getting Rid of the Gorilla, Brian Jones states that he prefers the word disciple to the word Christian because the word disciple tells what a follower of Christ does, while the word Christian designates to whom we belong. Furthermore, Pastor Jones believes that discipleship is the key to getting rid […]

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                      Is there a gorilla in the house?

                      By Dave Henning / July 4, 2012

                      Brian Jones opens Getting Rid of the Gorilla: Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive with this quote on forgiveness by C. S. Lewis (Mere Christianity): “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.”  In other words, while we all know what Jesus said about forgiveness, it is quite another matter […]

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                        Forgive and remember- Part 2

                        By Dave Henning / June 22, 2012

                        Another common misperception implicit in the phrase “forgive and forget” is the notion that if we forgive we are in effect saying that the offense against us is of no consequence.  Quite the contrary.  Forgiveness is never a magic wand that turns something evil into something good. Dr. David Stoops (Forgiving the Unforgivable) comments on […]

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                          Forgive and remember

                          By Dave Henning / June 20, 2012

                          ‘Forgive and forget’- that phrase most likely has been part of our vocabulary since childhood, when our parents imprinted that instruction in our minds as the proper response to our conflict with another child.  Actually, notes Dr. David Stoops (Forgiving the Unforgivable), that adage has been around approximately 700 years, since the 14th century.  Jeremiah […]

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