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    Passivity versus immediate action

    By Dave Henning / November 8, 2014

    Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 10 of AHA by contrasting passivity versus immediate action. Passivity: 1.  looks for shortcuts, for cheats, for a way around. 2.  looks for the path of least resistance- the wide path. 3.  says, “Everything will work itself out.” 4.  says, “What is the least I can get away with?” Immediate action: 1.  […]

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      Lights! Camera! Inaction!

      By Dave Henning / November 5, 2014

      Kyle Idleman continues Chapter 9 of AHA by stating that when convicted hearts don’t lead to changed lives due to inaction, there are some consistent side effects.  Pastor Idleman presents and discusses three such side effects.  These side effects also can serve as symptoms or warnings that we need to take action. 1.  An underlying […]

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        Conviction or change?

        By Dave Henning / November 4, 2014

        “And he arose and came to his father.”- Luke 15:20 In Chapter 9 (“Time to Get Up”) of AHA, Kyle Idleman begins with the story of his high school senior class trip.  On that trip he saw someone bungee jump for the first time.   Taking note that his classmates were duly impressed with that feat, […]

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          Truth, or consequences?

          By Dave Henning / November 1, 2014

          Kyle Idleman continues his discussion of minimization in Chapter 9 of AHA by highlighting three phrases we often tell ourselves when we minimize the reality of a situation. 1.  I’m just having fun.  Pastor Idleman notes that this is a favorite saying of those in the Distant Country.  We rationalize that as long as we’re […]

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            Defensiveness

            By Dave Henning / October 29, 2014

            Today Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 6 of AHA with the second and third tactics of denial. 2.  Defend.  Pastor Idleman asserts that defensiveness reveals an area of our lives where we are in denial because we don’t want to face the people and places that force us to be brutally honest.   In fact, the author […]

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              Living in the pigpen

              By Dave Henning / October 28, 2014

              Kyle Idleman continues his discussion of denial in Chapter 6 of AHA by noting that what keeps a person in the pigpen, ala the Prodigal Son, is denial.  We keep living like everything is going to be okay.  While we may have had an awakening, we don’t have the courage to be brutally honest with […]

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                Turn around

                By Dave Henning / October 26, 2014

                “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”- Hebrews 4:13 As Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 5 of AHA, he expands his discussion of honesty by stating that honesty is more than a simple acknowledgement.  It’s a kind of […]

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                  Open our eyes

                  By Dave Henning / October 18, 2014

                  He (Elisha) said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.”- 2 Kings 6:16 Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 6 of AHA with the third and fourth Scriptural examples of how […]

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                    Rising up early

                    By Dave Henning / October 17, 2014

                    Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry?  Why is your face downcast?  If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?  But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”- Genesis 4:6-7 Kyle Idleman […]

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                      Sound the alarm!

                      By Dave Henning / October 16, 2014

                      “And the Lord God of their fathers sent warnings to them by his messengers, rising up early and sending them because He had compassion on His people.”- 2 Chronicles 36:15 (NKJV) In Chapter 2 (“Coming to Your Senses”) of AHA, Kyle Idleman begins by discussing alarm ring tones on cell phones.  Kyle states he’s discovered […]

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                        The Distant Country

                        By Dave Henning / October 14, 2014

                        “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God . . .”- Isaiah 59:1-2 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”- Romans 3:23 As Kyle Idleman continues Chapter […]

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                          Self-help vs. God’s help

                          By Dave Henning / October 13, 2014

                          AHA: Awakening. Honesty. Action. is the most recent book by Kyle Idleman, teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY.  He states that we draw closer to God and change our lives for good by awakening to the reality of our true spiritual condition, assessing ourselves and our need for Jesus with raw honesty, […]

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