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Boast in the Lord

By Dave Henning / October 7, 2014

“Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am  the Lord . . .”- Jeremiah 9:23,24 […]

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The great dilemma

By Dave Henning / October 6, 2014

Authors Charles and Janet Morris begin Chapter 6 (“The Great Dilemma”) of Missing Jesus with a favorite story an avid golfing friend of theirs likes to tell.  One day, as the friend teed off, the ball went sailing into the rough.  The friend was startled to hear a loud, raspy voice behind him say, “Oh, […]

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A small world after all

By Dave Henning / September 27, 2014

In the Introduction to Missing Jesus: Find Your Life in His Great Story, authors Charles and Janet Morris of Haven Ministries note that we decide to read a particular book based on our answer to one basic question: “What’s in it for me?”  What we don’t need, they emphasize, is another book that’s all about […]

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Hidden rooms

By Dave Henning / September 24, 2014

As author Mark Batterson continues Chapter 16 of All In, he asks what idol provokes us to jealousy.  Pastor Batterson defines the idol that provokes to jealousy as “anything that diverts our attention from God, our affection for God, or our reliance on God.  It’s anything that consumes more time or money than our pursuit of […]

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Our jealous God

By Dave Henning / September 23, 2014

“The Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and in visions of God he took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the idol that provokes to jealousy stood.”-Ezekiel 8:3 “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which […]

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Supernatural self-control

By Dave Henning / September 21, 2014

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”- Galatians 5:22 “Only one life, ’twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.”- C. T. Studd In Chapter 15 (“Thirty Pieces of Silver”) of All In, author Mark Batterson cites a 1972 Stanford University study, popularly known […]

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Throw down your staff

By Dave Henning / September 17, 2014

Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied. “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him.  So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake.- Exodus 4:2-3 (NLT) “You can have faith or you can have control, but you cannot have both.”- […]

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Our faith glasses

By Dave Henning / September 9, 2014

In Chapter 11 (“Grab Your Oxgoad”) of All In, author Mark Batterson discusses Shamgar (Judges 3:31), who killed six hundred Philistines armed only with one farm implement- an oxgoad.  Even though Shamgar only had a long stick used by a farmer to prod his animals, that didn’t stop him from doing what he could.  Pastor […]

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The risk spectrum

By Dave Henning / September 5, 2014

As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 9 of All In, he states that it’s important to distinguish between personality issues and spiritual issues.  Although all of us land at different places on the risk spectrum, we’re not exempt from taking risks simply because we aren’t natural risk takers.  For example, in regard to spiritual gifts, even […]

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Choose a dictator

By Dave Henning / September 4, 2014

Author Mark Batterson continues Chapter 9 of All In by differentiating between two basic types of people- those who ask why and those who ask why not.  Why not people go all out and look for God-ordained opportunities.  Why people look for excuses and are afraid of making mistakes. Pastor Batterson believes we’ve conveniently forgotten […]

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Going all out

By Dave Henning / September 3, 2014

“Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron.  With him were about six hundred men.”- 1 Samuel 14:2 “Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage.”- from the movie We Bought a Zoo Mark Batterson begins Chapter 9 (“Climb the Cliff”) of All In with the bold […]

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Rim huggers

By Dave Henning / September 1, 2014

“Eternity will not be long enough to learn all He is, or to praise Him for all He has done.”- A. W. Tozer (The Pursuit of God, 2008) In Chapter 8 (“Rim Huggers”) of All In, author Mark Batterson tells of the time he hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim with his son, Parker.  […]

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