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The persevering commitment God makes to us

By Dave Henning / June 14, 2021

“The central reality for Christians is the personal, unalterable, persevering commitment God makes to us.  Perseverance is not the result of our determination, it is the result of God’s faithfulness.  We survive in the way of faith not because we have extraordinary stamina but because God is righteous, because God sticks with us.”- Eugene Peterson, […]

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Another in the fire, standing next to me

By Dave Henning / May 17, 2021

“There is another in the fire,/ standing next to me./ There is another in the waters,/ holding back the sea./ And should I ever need reminding/ what power set me free,/ there is a grave that holds no body,/ and now that power lives in me.”- Chris Davenport and Joel Houston, Another in the Fire […]

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Desirable difficulty – an oxymoron?

By Dave Henning / April 19, 2021

“Desirable difficulty.  Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?  What’s desirable about difficulty?  At first glance, nothing!  Upon further review, everything.”- Mark Batterson “In fact, [the other ants] left in such a hurry that none of them noticed the two ants who stayed behind.  ‘Why go back?’ one asked the other.  ‘The place may not feel […]

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Habit stacking – come awake, come awake!

By Dave Henning / March 22, 2021

“Habit stacking is . . . coupling a habit that comes easy . . . with a habit that requires a little more discipline. . . .  Habit stacking is designing daily rituals by leveraging everyday activities.”- Mark Batterson Now when Jesus came to the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, .  . […]

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Hear the rocks crying glory to God

By Dave Henning / February 15, 2021

“Take all the breath in my lungs,/ You’ll hear the rocks crying glory to God./ Take everything that I’ve got/ And you’ll see two empty hands lifted up./ You may silence me, but the cross forever speaks.”- Matt Maher Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”  “I tell […]

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A sunset and the eyes of a stranger

By Dave Henning / January 18, 2021

“Some people think You just live in cathedrals made of stone/ But I know you live inside my heart, I know that it’s your home./  And I’ve seen you in a sunset and the eyes of a stranger on the street./  That’s who You are to me.”- Chris Tomlin “Happy are the people who know […]

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Break forth, O beauteous morning light

By Dave Henning / December 17, 2020

“Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light,/ And usher in the morning./ Ye shepherds shrink not with afright,/ The day of grace is dawning./ This child though weak in infancy,/ Our confidence and joy shall be,/ The pow’r of Satan breaking,/ Our peace with God now making.”- Lutheran Service Book 378, v. 1 “The people walking […]

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A lily dancing with the wind

By Dave Henning / November 16, 2020

“I have seen the lily dancing with the wind/ Open to the sunshine/ Open to the rain/ Dressed in all her beauty/ Giving what she needs/ If I listen clearly/ I can hear her sing to me.”- Pat Barrett, Sparrows and Lilies “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I […]

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Wise and understanding people to help God reign?

By Dave Henning / October 19, 2020

“But to the world it is very foolish and offensive that God should be opposed to the wise and condemn them, when, after all, we have the idea that God could not reign if he did not have wise and understanding people to help him. . . .  Everything that God does they must improve, […]

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Hope still walks with the hurting

By Dave Henning / September 14, 2020

“Joy still comes in the morning/ Hope still walks with the hurting/ If you’re still alive and breathing/ Praise the Lord/ Don’t stop dancing and dreaming/ There’s still Good News worth repeating/ So lift your head and keep singing/ Praise the Lord.”- Matt Maher, Alive & Breathing “I remain confident of this: I will see […]

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All of heaven ahead of you

By Dave Henning / August 17, 2020

“You have a God who hears you, the power of love behind you, the Holy Spirit within you, and all of heaven ahead of you.  If you have the Shepherd, you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner, and an anchor for every storm.  You have everything you […]

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Terrior – only the Vinedresser knows for sure!

By Dave Henning / July 13, 2020

“A machine can do work; only life can bear fruit.  A law can compel work; only love can spontaneously bring forth fruit.  Work implies effort and labor; the essential idea of fruit is that it is the silent, natural, restful produce of our inner life.”- Andrew Murray, The True Vine “But blessed are those who […]

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