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Consider Jesus – or our circumstances

By Dave Henning / June 7, 2019

“Hebrews says that when your confidence is shaken and your courage is slipping, consider Jesus.  What does it mean to consider Jesus?  It means what you would assume it means; to contemplate.  To think about. . . .  Instead of ‘considering Jesus.’ we have a tendency to ‘consider our circumstances.’ “- Kyle Idleman “What is […]


Courage falters when we shift from Jesus

By Dave Henning / June 6, 2019

“Courage falters when we shift from Jesus to something or someone else.  We start to wonder if Jesus really is better. . . .  Don’t throw away your confidence.  It’s your confidence in Christ that will give you the courage to endure and not give up.  So grab hold of that with both hands and […]


Waiting on God

By Dave Henning / June 8, 2015

Waiting on God (Howard Books, 2015) Waiting on God: Strength for Today and Hope for Tomorrow is the latest book from Charles Stanley, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA since 1971.  He opens his book with the assertion that the word never can stir the deepest fear in the human heart.  Thus, […]


The path for your victory

By Dave Henning / May 31, 2015

In Chapter 6 of Waiting on God, Charles Stanley offers these words of support when we are especially disheartened during times of delay: “As you submit to the Father during this difficult time, He provides for you, makes you all you need to be, bends other people’s hearts toward you, and sets the path for your […]


Courage and determination

By Dave Henning / May 29, 2015

In Chapter 6 (“Staying on Track: When the View Becomes Dark”) of Waiting on God, Charles Stanley states that it certainly is true that our wait can continue to be absolutely disheartening, especially when events don’t go our way or our burdens increase.  To our finite vision, it may appear as if the Lord never […]


God’s workmanship

By Dave Henning / May 17, 2015

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”- Ephesians 2:10 In Chapter 4 (“Discerning God’s Will: Finding Purpose in the Uncertainty”) of Waiting on God, Charles Stanley states he’s found over his lengthy pastoral ministry that believers are most concerned about […]


The lie of “never”

By Dave Henning / April 30, 2015

“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.”- Isaiah 64:4 Charles Stanley’s latest book is titled Waiting on God: Strength for Today and Hope for Tomorrow.  Dr. Stanley begins Chapter 1 (“How Long, O Lord?”) […]


Joyful confidence in God

By Dave Henning / March 20, 2015

As John Ortberg concludes Chapter 16 of Soul Keeping, he notes that Walter Brueggeman speaks of “psalms of disorientation.”  The are psalms in which the soul is disoriented, God appears to be absent, and darkness is winning.  The psalmist vents and boils over at God rather than demonstrating a polite piety- an honest faith. John […]


Indicators of soul-fatigue

By Dave Henning / March 5, 2015

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”- John 14:27 John Ortberg concludes his discussion of sustaining grace in Chapter 11 of Soul Keeping by listing six indicators of […]


The Soul Experiment

By Dave Henning / February 28, 2015

“I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”- John 15:5 In Chapter 10 of Soul Keeping, John Ortberg references John 15:5, noting that when we make sure- through the power of the […]


Our Father’s face

By Dave Henning / January 31, 2015

John Ortberg dedicates Soul Keeping to the late Dallas Willard (1935-2013), noted Christian author and long-time professor of philosophy at USC.  Soul Keeping is based on what Pastor Ortberg learned over the years as he sought Dallas’ wisdom in understanding the human soul. Dallas once gave the following advice when John expressed dissatisfaction with his […]


Assertiveness and submissiveness

By Dave Henning / January 23, 2015

“I tell you, though, he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise up and give him what he needs.”- Luke 11:8 In Chapter 14 of Prayer, Timothy Keller states that there is a necessary balance between the two purposes of petitionary […]

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