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Push the limits and play God

By Dave Henning / May 8, 2020

“We push the limits and we play God.  The same evil one lurks and feeds us lies, trapping us in perpetual cycles of pain.  Somewhere along the way we’ve started to believe that our own stories of brokenness define who we are.”- Meredith McDaniel “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was […]

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The most important name of all – Loved

By Dave Henning / April 4, 2020

“[‘Loved’] may be the most important name of all.  And it has come to be my favorite.  Everything rests on knowing and believing this name.  This name is central to the Christian faith, to who our God is, and who we are.  We are loved, and we’re called this name by a God whose love […]

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Work hard at maintaining the facade

By Dave Henning / November 7, 2019

“We don’t like to be broken, and we work hard at maintaining the façade that we have it all together.  But if we’re honest, part of what life does is break us.  We get betrayed, hurt, stepped on, and shutout.  We suffer heartaches and losses.  And some days it feels a lot like despair.”- Bob […]

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The new life – not a destination

By Dave Henning / November 2, 2019

” . . . the new life is not a destination, a place you can get to and say, ‘I’m finally here.’ . . .  The new life is really less of one thing and more of another.  Even in the face of our natural predisposition to sin, we can make progress — get better […]

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The inexplicable mysteries of life – take courage

By Dave Henning / October 10, 2019

“In our suffering, and in life’s inexplicable mysteries, we can take courage.  We may never be able to answer all of the hard questions.  But think about it — the very fact that the evil in our world feels wrong and unjust, that sense we have that life should restore, uplift, and renew– that itself […]

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Finding yourself in the deep down dark

By Dave Henning / May 7, 2019

“If you find yourself in the deep down dark, this is not the time to give up.  Take your eyes off the door that has closed and look to the window that has opened.  That’s where the light of heaven rushes in.”- Kyle Idleman In Chapter 2 (“Keep Fighting”) of Don’t Give Up, Kyle Idleman […]

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Through eyes that have cried

By Dave Henning / September 22, 2018

“There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.”- Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the poor in spirit.”- Psalm 34:18 (ESV) In Chapter 11 (“Boundaries with Sadness”) of Boundaries for Your Soul, Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller assert that you […]

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When we stop pressing forward in faith

By Dave Henning / June 29, 2018

“When we pray and nothing changes, many times as believers we use the outcome as an occasion to alter our theology to match our experience.  When we do this, we stop pressing forward in faith to find out why the natural world didn’t line up with what we expected.”- Christa Black Gifford “I will give […]

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Guarded from God doubt and distrust

By Dave Henning / June 26, 2018

“Our hearts can either be guarded from God in doubt and distrust, or peace will guard our hearts through relationship as we abide in Christ.”- Christa Black Gifford (emphasis author’s) In Chapter 3 (“The Doubting Heart”) of Heart Made Whole, Christa Black Gifford admits that every time she went through a trial, she immediately put […]

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Spelunking down with Jesus

By Dave Henning / June 23, 2018

“Because many of us have seen our heart as an adversary that can sabotage our best efforts to become the person we want to be, if we’re honest, we’re petrified of spelunking down with Jesus and finding out what’s really going on down there.”- Christa Black Gifford As Christa Black Gifford continues Chapter 2 of […]

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Risk – the only way forward

By Dave Henning / January 21, 2018

“There are so many unknowns. . . . Risk is the only way forward.”- John Piper, Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It (Crossway, 2013) In Chapter 8 (“When Waiting Is Risky”) of Still Waiting, Ann Swindell notes the consequences of her failure to risk.  First, Ann’s fear coerced he […]

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Shame can be silenced – even as we wait

By Dave Henning / January 18, 2018

“Shame can be silenced.  Even as we wait in unwanted realities and sickness and broken relationships, unwhole and unwell, we can still silence shame.”- Ann Swindell “For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured […]

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