All posts in "Crown Jewels"

    The Professor of Perseverance

    By Dave Henning / May 21, 2012

    Yesterday my wife Vicki and I were in Knox, Indiana to attend a graveside memorial service for our dear friend Rudy.  Rudy and Vicki met when they were paired in a pie-eating contest at the beginning of their freshman year at Valparaiso University.  In a precursor to Man vs. Food, they won the contest with […]


      It’s after midnight- where have you been??

      By Dave Henning / May 12, 2012

      Max Lucado bases his book A Gentle Thunder: Hearing God Through the Storm on the gospel of John.  In Chapter 4, “Miracle at Midnight”, Max comments on John 16: 16-21, when the disciples were in a boat rowing toward Capernaum and Jesus hadn’t yet joined them.  Even though a storm was brewing, Jesus didn’t arrive […]


        One tug at a time

        By Dave Henning / May 5, 2012

        In Chapter 7 (“Have Barbed-Wire Discipline”) of When Life’s Not Working, Pastor Bob Merritt compares enormous and seemingly insurmountable problems that most of us face to a big ball of barbed-wire that sat in his back yard for 15 years.  He asks: “What is it in your life that seems so over whelming that every […]


          Good field, no hit

          By Dave Henning / April 27, 2012

          Number 13 of the Evergreen Park Boys Club Pirates positioned himself in deep center field.  As the Oriole batter stepped into the batter’s box, #13 knew what was coming.  Earlier in the day that batter, a neighbor across the street, had walked up and announced: “I’m going to hit the ball over your head tonight!”  […]


            Not-so-great expectations

            By Dave Henning / April 16, 2012

            Dr. J. Vernon McGee (1904-1988) founded a radio ministry entitled Thru the Bible in 1967.  The program continues to be aired on over 400 radio stations in North America.  In the program that aired Friday, April 13, 2012, Dr. McGee commented in part on John 16:33- “I (Jesus) have told you these things, so that […]


              Disciplines, habits, or principles?

              By Dave Henning / April 9, 2012

              The newest book I’m reading is When Life’s Not Working by Bob Merritt, senior pastor of Eagle Brook Church in the Twin Cities area.  In the introduction he states that all of us face two options in life- the hard life or the harder life. The author asserts that discipline is essential if you hope […]


                Type T or Type W?

                By Dave Henning / April 7, 2012

                In If You Want to Walk on Water . . . , John Ortberg says that the distinctive difference between Type T (thrill-seeking) and Type W (water-walking) personalities is that Type W’s have learned to wait before acting.  When we step out in faith to accept God’s calling, we might immediately get confirmation of our […]


                  Do you really want to wear that?

                  By Dave Henning / April 1, 2012

                  In his book Putting Your Past in Its Place, Stephen Viars applies that old adage, “Eat it today, wear it tomorrow” to issues of the heart.  The inner feelings or emotions we demonstrate today will have lasting consequences unless we diligently apply God’s Word in our adversity.   Dr. Viars cautions that: -Today’s reactions become tomorrow’s […]


                    “Do not easily leave”

                    By Dave Henning / March 29, 2012

                    John Ortberg ( If You Want to Walk on Water . . . ) relates this response by Abba Anthony, one of the Desert Fathers, when he was asked how a person would be able to please God.  The first two pieces of advice Abba Anthony gave would not surprise practicing Christians- always keep your focus […]



                      By Dave Henning / March 19, 2012

                      It takes a concerted effort to be thankful or have a spirit of gratitude when going through a time of adversity.  In such moments Paul’s words of encouragement to the Thessalonians to “give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18) remind us of God’s call for us to proclaim our trust in Him in good […]


                        Practical atheism

                        By Dave Henning / March 10, 2012

                        When adversity comes,  we can’t afford to indulge ourselves in negative thinking patterns.  As Ann Spangler warns in The Peace God Promises: “. . . if we develop a pattern of negative thinking, we risk becoming ‘practical atheists’, people who call themselves Christians even though they think and act like atheists.”  When you feel your […]


                          Thinking outside the box

                          By Dave Henning / January 19, 2012

                          We often associate the New Year with a fresh start, carrying the hope that things will be prosperous or improved in the coming year.  What are you hoping for this year- winning the lottery, finding that special someone, better health, a return to church work? In 1 Samuel 4 and 5, Israel goes into battle […]

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