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The theology of the Lord’s presence

By Dave Henning / January 1, 2019

“When we are facing hardship, it is vital that we preach to ourselves the theology of the presence of the Lord.  That theology doesn’t just define the nature of God’s commitment to us, it also defines who we are as children of God.”- Paul David Tripp As Paul David Tripp continues Chapter 10 of Suffering, […]


Faithfulness to build the wall

By Dave Henning / April 14, 2018

“Faithfulness to build the wall is not giving up on your dream; it’s trusting God with your dream.”- Banning Liebscher “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”- Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV) Banning Liebscher continues Chapter 2 of Rooted as he observes why many people find it hard to focus on the task […]


My God — the strength of my soul

By Dave Henning / February 19, 2018

“Surely God is the strength of my soul/Your love defends me, Your love defends me/ And when I feel like I’m all alone/ Your love defends me, Your Love defends me.”- Matt Maher “The LORD will fight for you; you need only be still.”- Exodus 14:14 (NIV) “It is the nature of love to bind […]


Do the next right thing – knowing what you ought to do

By Dave Henning / December 15, 2017

“Do the next right thing  you know you ought to do. . . . Nothing will drive you into the Kingdom of God like trying to do the next thing that is right. . . because you will need help, and you will get it, because that’s where God is (emphasis author’s).”- Dallas Willard John […]


Any good commitment – the strength to last

By Dave Henning / December 14, 2017

“Any good commitment that will have the strength to last must be freely offered.  No pressure.  No manipulation. . . . The commitments we make must come from the core of who we are, or they will crumble when the pressure comes.  And the pressure will come (emphasis author’s).”- John Ortberg As John Ortberg continues […]


Commitment – the foundation of intimacy

By Dave Henning / December 13, 2017

“Commitment is the foundation of intimacy, because without commitment there can be no trust, and without trust there can be no intimacy.”- John Ortberg “The man who makes a vow makes an appointment with himself at some distant time and place.”- G. K. Chesterton, “A Defence of Rash Vows” In Chapter 7 (“We Should All […]


Your one- word commitment

By Dave Henning / October 7, 2015

Bill Hybels builds on his discussion of drafting a new proactive, holistic schedule in Chapter 2 of Simplify by stating you must begin with the right question.  That question needs to reflect your most important life goals.  Pastor Hybels emphasizes being intentional- not just thinking, but doing: “Anyone can change direction in life, add or […]


Discerning wholeheartedness

By Dave Henning / September 1, 2015

“Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. . . . He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not wholeheartedly.”- 2 Chronicles 25:1-2 (NRSV) “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I […]


Overcoming discord

By Dave Henning / April 18, 2015

“Submit yourselves to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”- James 4:7 Sara Horn concludes Chapter 7 of How Can I Possibly Forgive? with a discussion of six Steps to Overcoming Discord, based on James 4:7.  The first two steps are presented today. 1.  Submit to God.  We don’t like the word […]


The battle is not yours

By Dave Henning / March 31, 2015

“Do not be afraid, and do not be dismayed by this great horde, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”- 2 Chronicles 20:15 As Sara Horn continues Chapter 2 of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, she emphasizes that when we are intentional in living each day for Jesus and praying our way through it, […]


Highly Forgiving People

By Dave Henning / March 29, 2015

“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”- Luke 6:27-28 Sara Horn follows her study of highly resentful people with the Seven Habits of Highly Forgiving People in Chapter 2 of How Can I Possibly Forgive?.  […]


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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