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Just plunge into the darkness

By Dave Henning / May 9, 2019

“Instead of running west, just plunge into the darkness.  That’s counterintuitive.  If you even think about it, all your instincts rebel.  We avoid desperation, simply hoping the situation clears itself up, waiting for the darkness to lighten.  But what if the desperation is a grace disguised?  What if fighting your way through the darkness is […]

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Suffering – the intersection of pain + blessing

By Dave Henning / January 16, 2019

“Suffering is the intersection where life’s deepest pains meet with the most wonderful blessings of grace. . . .  Suffering is where weakness intersects with strength, confusion intersects with wisdom, sorrow intersects with joy, and despair intersects with hope.”- Paul David Tripp In Chapter 14 (“The Comfort of a Heart at Rest”), the final chapter […]

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Suffering’s paradox – pain ushers in blessing

By Dave Henning / January 4, 2019

“Here is  suffering’s paradox: the very things we would do anything to avoid, the very things that confront our understanding of who we are, and the very things that cause us the most pain become the very things that usher into our lives the blessings of help, hope, peace, and rest that we all long […]

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Where God tears great gaps

By Dave Henning / June 7, 2018

“Where God tears great gaps we should not try to fill them with human words.  They should remain open.  Our only comfort is the God of the resurrection, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. . .”- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, A Testament to Freedom: The Essential Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer “Pain shields us from living a […]

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A vow of praise- in the midst of uncertainty

By Dave Henning / April 17, 2017

“A vow of praise can happen right in the midst of uncertainty.  This is an announcement of faith.  It’s an ‘I’m not giving up on God just yet’ plan. . . . We need a vow of praise to help us hold out for better days.”- Esther Fleece “I remain confident in this; I will […]

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Cast off one’s chains

By Dave Henning / March 20, 2017

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”- Dr. Tony Evans “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from […]

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Where you experienced the pain the most

By Dave Henning / March 10, 2017

“God has a way of blessing you exactly where you experienced the pain the most.”- Dr. Tony Evans Tony Evans concludes Chapter 10 of Detours as he provides three ways to know you’ve truly forgiven someone. 1.  You don’t bring other people into the situation that have nothing to do with the sin.  Dr. Evans […]

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God’s unrivaled goodness

By Dave Henning / September 21, 2016

“God’s unrivaled goodness undergirds everything else we can say about prayer.”- Max Lucado “Before you face the world, face your Father.”- Max Lucado In Chapter 3 (“You Are Good”) of Before Amen, Max Lucado tells of a recent flight he took the encountered extreme turbulence.  However, Max remained calm because he knew the pilot- a […]

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The black hole of hopelessness

By Dave Henning / September 2, 2016

“When we focus on the here and now- and especially on all the pain life has handed us- the black hole of hopelessness sucks us in and surrounds us.”- Wayne Stiles In Chapter 10 (“The Hope of Dying with Unfulfilled Dreams”) of Waiting on God, Dr. Wayne Stiles writes that after a series of stabbing […]

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The hard facts of life-a means of God’s grace

By Dave Henning / August 24, 2016

“The hard facts of life, which knock some of the nonsense out of us, are God’s facts and his appointed school of character; they are not alternatives to His grace, but a means of it.”- Derek Kidner, Proverbs: An Introduction and Commentary And Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me of my […]

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Prosperity’s greatest temptation

By Dave Henning / August 20, 2016

“Moses warned his nation (Deuteronomy 6:10-12) of prosperity’s greatest temptation: to forget God, who redeemed them from slavery.”- Wayne Stiles As Wayne Stiles continues Chapter 6 of Waiting on God, he notes that Joseph made no personal requests when he stood before Pharaoh.  Most noteworthy, Joseph said nothing of the injustices he’d endured.  Furthermore, he […]

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Blessing and cursing

By Dave Henning / May 14, 2016

“The Scriptures take blessing and cursing very seriously; they are considered real and actual forces, with real and lasting effects.”- John Eldredge “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”- Romans 12:14 John Eldredge turns to a  form of prayer that often brings the most dramatic and immediate results- prayer that banishes the […]

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