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Anticipated blessing

By Dave Henning / May 12, 2015

Charles Stanley continues Chapter 3 of Waiting on God as he concludes his discussion of Abraham’s responses to God’s promises. 2.  The temptation to speed the plan along.  Especially when the anticipated blessing is important to us, time has a way of wearing on even the strongest faith.  The temptation to take matters into our […]

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When God sifts us

By Dave Henning / May 5, 2015

“Delay never thwarts God’s purpose; rather, it polishes His instrument.”- Victor Raymond Edman Today Charles Stanley concludes his discussion of five lessons we can learn while expectantly waiting on God. 2.  To value God’s timing.  Dr. Stanley defines God’s timing as “a tool God [uses] to effectively carry out His will and build dedication to […]

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Holding on

By Dave Henning / April 13, 2015

“So we must not tire of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.”- Galatians 6:9-10 In Chapter 6 of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, […]

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Big Hurts- Bigger God

By Dave Henning / April 5, 2015

“See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”- Hebrews 12:15 As Sara Horn concludes Chapter 3 of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, she notes that Abraham had a heart change in his relationship with Lot.  Previously, when […]

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Training for gratitude

By Dave Henning / March 18, 2015

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”- Romans 1:21 “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”- Thornton Wilder As John Ortberg concludes Chapter […]

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Souls were made to be blessed

By Dave Henning / March 14, 2015

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”- Numbers 6:24-26 (ESV) As John Ortberg concludes Chapter 13 of Soul Keeping, he observes that we are “acutely sensitive to our souls […]

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The posture of the soul

By Dave Henning / March 13, 2015

“I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper (The Emancipation Proclamation).  My whole soul is in it.”- Abraham Lincoln John Ortberg begins Chapter 13 (“The Soul Needs Blessing”) of Soul Keeping by noting that the soul makes itself known when it reaches out […]

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Don’t strike out!

By Dave Henning / March 9, 2015

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.  My brothers, this should not be.”- James 3:10-11 “Blessing-giving should be asymmetrical.  It’s not a form of barter.  It’s grace.”- John Ortberg, Soul Keeping […]

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Beholding Christ’s glory

By Dave Henning / January 16, 2015

“My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face.’  Your face, Lord, will I seek.”- Psalm 27:8 In Chapter 11 of Prayer, Timothy Keller writes that when we speak to someone, we address the person to his or her face.  Thus, to seek God’s face is “to have our hearts enabled by the Holy Spirit to […]

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