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Get ahead of God

By Dave Henning / June 14, 2016

“Nothing slows us down like trying to get ahead of God.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 12 (“The Scenic Route”) of If, Mark Batterson questions whether we’re the most impatient people in the history of mankind.  He adds that “we wear busyness like a badge, like an honor roll bumper sticker.” If you are dependent on […]


Wash me in mercy

By Dave Henning / May 16, 2016

“There’s nothing too dirty that You can’t make worthy.  You wash me in mercy.  I am clean.”- Natalie Grant “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”- 1 Corinthians 6:11 A painting of two swans serenely resting in […]


God, in real life

By Dave Henning / April 3, 2016

“God, in real life, is nothing like the God we’ve been taught about in church.”- Matt Bays Matt Bays rivets your attention and at the same time sets the tone for Finding God in the Ruins: How God Redeems Pain with the opening sentence of his preface: “God, in real life, is nothing like the […]


The fruit of forgiveness

By Dave Henning / March 5, 2016

“The fruit of forgiveness is always peace. . . . When we forgive, we free ourselves every bit as much as those who have hurt us.”- June Hunt Today, in Chapter 4 of How to Forgive, June Hunt concludes here discussion of five key factors we know about forgiveness- based on the example of Jesus. […]


A stock clerk with a goal

By Dave Henning / February 19, 2016

“Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history.  Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk.”- J. C. Penney Today, in Chapter 15 of The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson continues his discussion of ten steps to goal-setting […]


Get your feet wet

By Dave Henning / February 7, 2016

“We say to God, ‘Why don’t you part this river?  And God says to us, ‘Why don’t you get your feet wet?’ “- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 10 of The Circle Maker by expanding on this statement: “God is great, not just because nothing is too big for Him; God is great because […]


No failure is fatal

By Dave Henning / January 3, 2016

“Failure is a form of quicksand.  Take immediate action or you’ll be sucked under.”- Max Lucado In Chapter 10 (“No Failure is Fatal”) of Glory Days, Max Lucado writes that when we fail, we hear or presume the voices of others are spewing negativity or condemnation.  We join those voices of failure when we disqualify, […]


A reason for every season

By Dave Henning / November 8, 2015

“There’s a reason for every season in your life- good or bad, easy or challenging, rewarding or draining.”-Bill Hybels Bill Hybels concludes Chapter 9 of Simplify with a reminder that “you aren’t in your current season by accident.  God’s hand is in it, and there’s purpose to His activity.”  No other season in your life […]


Beaten by the waves

By Dave Henning / July 15, 2015

“When evening came, he (Jesus) was there alone, but the boat was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them.”- Matthew 14:23b-24 “You cannot have a comeback without a setback.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 18 of The Grave Robber by noting that Matthew chooses his […]


God-given aspirations

By Dave Henning / May 22, 2015

“For the Lord is a sun and a shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”- Psalm 84:11 Charles Stanley wraps up Chapter 4 of Waiting on God with a series of questions designed to enable us to ascertain whether a particular path or […]


Open Spaces

By Dave Henning / April 21, 2015

“It is a sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn’t do it.”- James 4:17 “God sometimes removes a person from your life for your protection.  Don’t run after them.”- attributed to Rick Warren Sara Horn concludes Chapter 6 of How Can I Possibly Forgive? with strong encouragement for us […]


Blame the Other Guy

By Dave Henning / April 10, 2015

Sara Horn begins Chapter 5 (“When You’re the One Who’s Wrong”) of How Can I Possibly Forgive?, she reminds us that many of our hurts are legitimate.  Sometimes, however, we are the ones in the wrong.  We still desire to hold on to our grudges.  It’s much easier to think about what “they” need to […]

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