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Continued denial

By Dave Henning / October 27, 2014

In Chapter 6 (“Denial- If I Ignore It, Maybe It Will Go Away”) of AHA, Kyle Idleman references a recent news magazine show that featured a reporter, black light in hand, walking into hotel rooms to illuminate hidden germs and stains.  When the black light revealed a suspiciously large carpet stain in one such room, […]


Fight, flight, and appeasement

By Dave Henning / July 25, 2014

In Chapter 4 (“I Fought the Law- and the Law Won”) of One Way Love, author Tullian Tchividjian revisits his earlier statement that when we lay down the law, exercise control, or offer “constructive” criticism, it’s an illusion to believe that real change will happen: “The law may have the power to instruct and expose, […]


The Survivor Kingdom

By Dave Henning / June 19, 2014

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”- John 10:10 In today’s post, Mary DeMuth (The Wall Around Your Heart) concludes her presentation of the five kingdoms we build on earth by discussing The Survivor Kingdom.  On the surface the Survivor Kingdom might seem to be relatively harmless, since we’re not beating ourselves […]


The Woe- Is- Me Kingdom

By Dave Henning / June 14, 2014

“We can’t imagine the freedom we find from the things we leave behind.”- Michael Card (“Things We Leave Behind”) In Chapter 4 of The Wall Around Your Heart, author Mary DeMuth looks at four types of kingdoms we build on earth that keep us living stalemated by the past.  Today Mary discusses the Woe-Is- Me Kingdom. […]


Upon further review

By Dave Henning / June 9, 2014

“Just do your best, and pray that it’s blessed, and Jesus takes care of the rest.”- Keith Green “You can’t drive forward by looking in the rearview mirror.”- Anne Graham Lotz In Chapter 3 of The Wall Around Your Heart, Mary DeMuth discusses four ways to revere God in the way we handle our difficult […]


Thriving with Living Water

By Dave Henning / May 19, 2014

“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when he heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”- Jeremiah 17:8 The most enduring memory I have of […]


Grace happens here

By Dave Henning / May 10, 2014

“Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer.”- Ruth 4:14 (ESV) “Lord, I crawled across the barrenness to you with my empty cup. . . . If I had only known you better, I’d have come running with a bucket.”- Nancy Spiegelberg Max Lucado bases Chapter 6 (“Grace on […]


Steadfast love and faithfulness

By Dave Henning / November 4, 2013

“My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.  Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” -Psalm 121: 2-4 When my mother Elinor was a student at North Division High School (Milwaukee, WI) in the […]


“I yam what I yam”

By Dave Henning / October 24, 2012

John Ortberg begins Chapter 1 of The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People with a statement by his childhood hero, cartoon character and philosopher Popeye the Sailor Man: “”I yam what I yam.”  Popeye would say this whenever he felt frustrated or had no idea what else to do. Pastor Ortberg notes […]

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