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Imperfect people, perfect God

By Dave Henning / March 10, 2012

There was a very popular song in the 1960’s entitled “If I Ruled the World”, where each day was the first day of spring and hearts would sing.  It was an idyllic view of what the song writer wished the world would be, reminiscent of the Biblical Garden of Eden.  But even in that paradise, […]

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Hold on! Let go!

By Dave Henning / February 22, 2012

Have you ever given up anything for Lent?  For many Christians, what they give up may be either temporary or largely symbolic.  For those of us in our transitional Land Between, what we most likely need to give up is of a permanent nature- fixation on past events, an unforgiving attitude, self-perception that isn’t Scriptural. Current appearances […]

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Who(se) are you?

By Dave Henning / February 8, 2012

From the moment I started attending Timothy Lutheran School in Chicago as a 4th grader, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.  Actually, truth be told, I first wanted to be a pastor until I figured out there was more to that calling than writing and preaching sermons.  Teaching was the […]

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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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And the rough places plain

By Dave Henning / December 21, 2011

In Hamlet Shakespeare writes: “When sorrows come- they come not single spies- but in battalions.”  He might well have added “especially at Christmas”!  Christmas intensifies the impact of our adversities, much like a magnifying glass igniting a leaf by concentrating the sun’s rays on a vulnerable spot.  Bombarded by messages of ‘peace’ and ‘joy’,  there […]

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The Shadow of His Hand

By Dave Henning / November 14, 2011

Many years ago, my mother and I returned from a shopping trip to discover that the side door to our house was unlocked.  To my young mind that meant only one thing-burglars had broken in and were hiding in the basement waiting to attack us!  I wouldn’t enter the house until my mom descended to […]

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Blessings in Disguise

By Dave Henning / October 22, 2011

We long for a quick exit from our “land between”, an instantaneous miracle that brings closure to our situation on a moment’s notice.  With the psalmist David we cry out, “How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever?  How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I wrestle with my […]

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Turning Darkness into Light

By Dave Henning / October 15, 2011

Whenever I was preparing my class for a field trip, I would emphatically draw their attention to the fact that complete strangers would be taking notice of their behavior and that the field trip was a magnificent opportunity to be witnesses of God’s love to others. I learned this lesson as a child, although I […]

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You are the God who sees me

By Dave Henning / October 8, 2011

How did your downsizing happen?  Did it hit like a bolt out of the blue or, in retrospect were the signs slowly but imperceptible building?  Personally, although I was experiencing a growing uneasiness in my teaching ministry, I held on to the belief that if any teachers were let go, my seniority would save me. […]

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God’s healing, transformational power

By Dave Henning / August 19, 2011

Jeff Manion begins and ends his wonderful book, The Land Between, with these words: “Welcome to the Land Between”.  While the title specifically refers to the time the Children of Israel spent in the wilderness after leaving Egypt and before entering the  Promised Land, it also generally refers to any transitional period in our own […]

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