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Morphing into a crisis of personal faith

By Dave Henning / December 23, 2018

“It doesn’t take long for suffering, trial, and difficulty to become a crisis of faith.  There are moments in suffering when God doesn’t make sense to us. . . .  There are circumstances that don’t look at all like good gifts from his hands.  These moments can easily morph into a crisis of personal faith.”- […]


Surrender your will to Jesus

By Dave Henning / August 27, 2017

“If a crisis has come to you on any front, then let me encourage you to surrender your will to Jesus absolutely and irrevocably.”- Os Hillman “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”- Philippians 1:21 (ESV) Os Hillman concludes Chapter 8 of The Joseph Calling as he explains why a […]


The catalyst that leads to our own freedom

By Dave Henning / August 24, 2017

“This is an important truth: Sometimes God wants to see if we will serve others amid our own pain; this becomes a source of healing for others and a catalyst that leads to our own freedom.”- Os Hillman “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in […]


Reconcile adversity and crisis with destiny and purpose

By Dave Henning / August 11, 2017

“I want to help readers reconcile adversity and crisis with destiny and purpose. . . . When we understand God’s processes, we’re more likely to embrace his truths, and subsequently desire a deeper relationship with him.” – Os Hillman In his brief foreword to Os Hillman’s latest book, The Joseph Calling, Gunnar Olson states Mr. […]


Christ or the crisis?

By Dave Henning / December 24, 2015

“Storms are coming your way.  Winds will howl, your boat will be tossed, and you will have a choice.  Will you hear Christ or the crisis?”- Max Lucado Max Lucado concludes Chapter 3 of Glory Days by discussing “Jesus Calms the Storm” (Mark 4:35-41).  Max concentrates his focus on Jesus’ rebuke to the disciples in v.40- […]


The uncentered soul

By Dave Henning / February 22, 2015

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”- James 4:8 John Ortberg continues Chapter 8 of Soul Keeping by reminding us that the Greek word dipsuchos often is translated “double-minded.”  However, we also can think of dipsuchos as meaning double-souled, split-souled, […]


The sinkhole syndrome

By Dave Henning / February 21, 2015

In Chapter 8 (“The Soul Needs a Center”) of Soul Keeping, John Ortberg notes that Florida has a problem with sinkholes because the limestone that lies beneath the earth’s surface slowly is being dissolved by acid rain.  When enough limestone is eaten away, the void simply collapses under the weight of an inadequate foundation now […]


The Cluttered Soul

By Dave Henning / February 11, 2015

“Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.”- Mark 4:7 John Ortberg concludes Chapter 3 of Soul Keeping with his discussion of the cluttered soul. 3.  The Cluttered Soul.  The soul becomes cluttered when worries, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desire for things other […]


Attending to your soul

By Dave Henning / February 8, 2015

“What matters most is not the accomplishments you achieve; what matters is the person you become.”- Dallas Willard John Ortberg begins Chapter 3 (“A Soul-Challenged World”) of Soul Keeping by stating that the cries of the soul are very real and what matters deeply about us.  The fly in the ointment is that the material […]


Awaken my soul

By Dave Henning / January 19, 2015

“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”- Ephesians 5:14 “There is no short cut to achievement.  Life requires thorough preparation- veneer isn’t worth anything.”- George Washington Carver During my undergraduate years at Concordia- River Forest, I spent my summers practicing with the Ashburn Lutheran Church softball team.  Actual […]


A wail of a time

By Dave Henning / November 26, 2014

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”- Isaiah 55:9 “We know in everything God works for the good of those who love him.”- Romans 8:28 (New Century Version) Max Lucado begins Chapter 20 (“Christ’s Coup de Grace: God- ordained Places”) […]


Abandoned in God-forsaken places

By Dave Henning / November 25, 2014

At noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours.  At about three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lema, sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”- Matthew 27:45-46 (TEV) Max Lucado begins Chapter 19 (“Abandoned!  God-Forsaken Places”) of Next Door Savior […]

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