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You and your Like-O-Meter

By Dave Henning / June 21, 2017

“Spiritual growth requires that our life with God move from the should category to the ‘want to’ category, and the most basic assessment we have for any experience or event is what psychologist Jonathan Haidt calls our ‘like-o-meter.’ “- John Eldredge In Chapter 7 (“Let Your Desires Lead You to God”) of The Me I […]

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Forgiveness- our invitation to process the pain

By Dave Henning / April 12, 2017

“But forgiveness is our invitation to process the pain so we can be authentically freed from it.”- Esther Fleece “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”- Matthew 6:14 In Chapter 9 (“Forgive Me”) of No More Faking Fine, Esther Fleece discusses the topic of […]

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He (or she) didn’t mean it

By Dave Henning / January 15, 2017

“One phrase that you should insert into your vocabulary and conversation on a daily basis: ‘He (or she) didn’t mean it.’ “- Judah Smith “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”- 1 Corinthians 13:7 As Pastor Judah Smith continues Chapter 5 of How’s Your Soul?, he cites the Apostle […]

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“Try again. Fail better.”

By Dave Henning / November 5, 2016

“Try again.  Try again.  Fail better.”- Samuel Beckett Pastor Tom Eggebrecht writes in Chapter 9 (“Help People” of Fully and Creatively Alive that the way to improve any relationship involves honoring the other person’s dreams.  Therefore, first determine what the other person wants to do, become, or achieve.  Next, help them do it.  Tom strongly […]

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Some assembly required

By Dave Henning / September 22, 2016

” ‘Some assembly required.’  Not the most welcome sentence, but an honest one.”- Max Lucado Max Lucado begins Chapter 4 (“I Need Help”) of Before Amen by observing that life comes as an unassembled gift.  Therefore, rather than force the pieces of life to fit, take those pieces to Jesus. Mary, the mother of Jesus, took that […]

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All things work together for good

By Dave Henning / September 16, 2016

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”- Romans 8:28 Max Lucado begins Chapter 9 (“All Things Work for Good”) of More to Your Story by observing that we’ve all asked questions about how adversity plays a part in […]

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Opportunities to demonstrate faith

By Dave Henning / September 5, 2016

“We need to view our waiting in the difficulties of our daily living as opportunities to demonstrate faith in a future promised by our sovereign God.”- Dr. Wayne Stiles Wayne Stiles concludes Chapter 11 of Waiting on God by acknowledging that we need affirmation of our hope.  During Joseph’s life, God gave him encouragement all […]

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Warning lights- life’s dashboard

By Dave Henning / August 26, 2016

“We can disregard most warning lights in our lives for a while.  In fact, they can blink so often we come to see them as normal- and we ignore them.  Then one day that area of our life shuts down . . .”- Dr. Wayne Stiles As Wayne Stiles concludes Chapter 7 of Waiting on […]

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A lot of waiting

By Dave Henning / July 30, 2016

“We do a lot of waiting.  But the most difficult kind of waiting?  Waiting on God.”- Wayne Stiles In the Introduction to Waiting on God: What to do when God does nothing, author and pastor Wayne Stiles describes how it feels to wait on God.  Usually, Dr. Stiles states, waiting on God involves hanging on […]

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Our anger toward God

By Dave Henning / July 23, 2016

“The problem with our anger toward God is not the anger itself but how we handle the anger.”- Dr. Gary Chapman As Dr. Gary Chapman concludes Chapter 11 of Anger, he analyzes our anger with God as distorted anger.  Even though no wrongdoing occurs on God’s part, we still experience real anger.  In addition, Gary states, […]

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Definitive and distorted anger

By Dave Henning / July 15, 2016

“Two kinds of anger exist: definitive and distorted.”- Gary Chapman ” ‘Anger’ is one letter short of ‘danger’.”- Author unknown In Chapter 4 (“When Anger is Wrong”) of Anger, Dr. Gary Chapman states that, due to original sin, we  have the “tendency to take every good gift of God and distort it into something perverse.”  Specifically, Satan […]

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The Christian’s options

By Dave Henning / July 14, 2016

As Gary Chapman concludes Chapter 3 of Anger, he discusses the Christian’s options in response to valid anger.  Gary also discusses ways for Christians to take constructive action. 4.  Analyze your options.  Locating the focus of your anger and quantifying the seriousness of the offense prepares you for this fourth step.  Although theoretically many options […]

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