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    Understand God’s narrative

    By Dave Henning / September 10, 2016

    “We can’t understand God’s narrative without understanding Satan’s strategy.”- Max Lucado “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”- James 1:2-3 Max Lucado begins Chapter 2 (“You Know Satan’s Next Move”) of More to Your Story by noting that […]

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      Waiting on God

      By Dave Henning / September 8, 2016

      Waiting on God (Baker Books, 2015) Waiting on God: What to do when God does nothing is written by Wayne Stiles (DMin, Dallas Theological Seminary).  Dr. Stiles currently serves as an executive vice president at Insight for Living Ministries.  The Old Testament account of Joseph provides the framework for Wayne’s discussion of the most difficult […]

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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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          Our challenge

          By Dave Henning / September 4, 2016

          “Our challenge is to cling to what God says even when everything within us demands we run the other way.”- Dr. Wayne Stiles Dr. Wayne Stiles continues Chapter 11 of Waiting on God by observing that fixating on our problems obscures the reality of their smallness compared to God’s power.  Of course, our problems are […]

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            Demonstrate faith

            By Dave Henning / August 18, 2016

            “Joseph saw what seemed to contradict God’s promise as an opportunity to demonstrate faith- not a reason to doubt or abandon it.”- Wayne Stiles Dr. Wayne Stiles continues Chapter 6 of Waiting on God by empathizing that there will be days in life where you truly believe you can’t hold out.  As the author poignantly […]

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              Stabbing disappointment

              By Dave Henning / August 6, 2016

              ” . . . the hardest part of dealing with any stabbing disappointment in life isn’t the pain itself as much as it is the spiritual confusion.”- Wayne Stiles As Dr. Wayne Stiles continues Chapter 2 of Waiting on God, he observes that, between Joseph’s brothers and Jacob, there was a lot of refusing going […]

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                Bear witness

                By Dave Henning / July 5, 2016

                “Anyone can perform good deeds for an audience; the best among us do their greatest work when no one is present to bear witness.”- Ken Poirot “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we […]

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                  Reconditioned

                  By Dave Henning / June 29, 2016

                  “One dimension of spiritual growth is being reconditioned by the grace of God.”- Mark Batterson “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.”- Romans 8:29 Mark Batterson writes in Chapter 23 (“The Pavlovian Effect”) of If that “it’s much easier to act like a Christian than to […]

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                    Bold predictions

                    By Dave Henning / June 28, 2016

                    “God has made some bold predictions about you- they’re called promises.”- Mark Batterson In Chapter 22 (“Bold Predictions”) of If, Mark Batterson highlights the fact that what if starts with bold predictions.  Yet, dreams lacking deadlines often turn into if only regrets.  And if you are big enough to accomplish your dream, your dream isn’t […]

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                      Fearlessness

                      By Dave Henning / June 20, 2016

                      “Fearlessness is like a muscle.  I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”- Arianna Huffington “Feed your fears, and your faith will starve.  Feed your faith, and your fears will.”- Max Lucado “Be strong and let your heart take […]

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                        More than a conqueror

                        By Dave Henning / June 11, 2016

                        “The reality is this; you’re a sinner in need of a Savior.  But you are also more than a conqueror.”- Mark Batterson “No, in all these things were are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”- Romans 8:37 In Chapter 10 (“The Power of Suggestion”) of If, Mark Batterson asserts that as if is […]

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                          Steadfast anchor

                          By Dave Henning / June 8, 2016

                          “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain.”- Hebrews 6:19 (ESV) In Chapter 9 (“The Anchoring Effect”) of If, Mark Batterson discusses what psychologists refer to as the “anchoring effect”- our tendency to rely too heavily on the first fact […]

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