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Fear – an appropriate response?

By Dave Henning / December 11, 2018

“Fear can be an appropriate response to the dangers of life in a fallen world, but we must not let it rule our hearts.  Fear is a good thing in the face of danger, but it makes a cruel god.”- Paul David Tripp Paul David Tripp concludes Chapter 4 of Suffering with the fourth through […]

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The destructive fires of shame and fear

By Dave Henning / July 6, 2018

“I only find true freedom when I bring every part of my heart into the light, letting unconditional love pour water onto the destructive fires of shame and fear.”- Christa Black Gifford As Christa Black Gifford concludes Chapter 7 of Heart Made Whole, she notes the scary nature of intimacy.  Especially to a human heart […]

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Fear and striving exponentially increase pressure

By Dave Henning / April 24, 2018

“A lot of people. .. step into the will of the flesh only to find that fear and striving beget more fear and striving.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, which means that instead of relieving the pressure in their lives, they exponentially increase it.”- Banning Liebscher “How did your new life begin?  Was it by […]

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Do not meditate on the mess

By Dave Henning / April 6, 2018

“Do not meditate on the mess.  You gain nothing by setting your eyes on your problem.  You gain everything by setting your eyes on the Lord.”- Max Lucado “God . . . is the blessed controller of all things, the king over all kings and the master of all masters.”- 1 Timothy 6:25 (Phillips) Max […]

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The secret to fruit-bearing

By Dave Henning / April 4, 2018

“The secret to fruit-bearing and anxiety free living is less about doing and more about abiding.”- Max Lucado “Abide in me and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”- John 15:4 (ESV) Max Lucado concludes Chapter 10 […]

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Healing from anxiety, healthy thinking

By Dave Henning / April 2, 2018

“Healing from anxiety requires healthy thinking.  Your challenge is not your challenge.  Your challenge is the way you think about your challenge.”- Max Lucado “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”- Proverbs 4:23 (New Century Version) In Chapter 9 (“Think About What You Think About”) of Anxious for Nothing, Max Lucado […]

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When northeasters bear down

By Dave Henning / April 1, 2018

“Northeasters bear down on the best of us.  Contrary winds.  Crashing waves.  They come.  But Jesus still catches his children.  He still extends his arms. . . . still sends his angels.  Because you belong to him, you can have peace in the midst of the storm.”- Max Lucado Max Lucado concludes Chapter 8 of […]

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Fear – coming at you from all sides?

By Dave Henning / March 30, 2018

“Is fear coming at you from all sides?  Then let God speak to you.  Let God give you what he gave the sailors: perfect peace.”- Max Lucado ” . . . Paul stood in the midst of them [sailors] and said, ‘Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and […]

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Part Chicken Little, part Eeyore

By Dave Henning / March 9, 2018

“You’re part Chicken Little and part Eeyore.  The sky is falling, and it’s falling disproportionately on you.  As a result, you are anxious.  A free-floating sense of dread hovers over you . . . “- Max Lucado “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret — it only leads to evil.”- Psalm 37:8 […]

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Intimacy – a fierceness that distance never knows

By Dave Henning / November 23, 2017

“Intimacy has a fierceness that distance will never know.  Inside every one of us is a hunger to be accepted, and it goes deeper than any other hunger.”- John Ortberg “Look!  I stand at the door and knock.  If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share […]

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Don’t fear the desert – hear God’s voice as never before

By Dave Henning / August 16, 2017

“Don’t fear the desert; it is there where you will hear God’s voice as never before.”- Os Hillman “Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.  There I will give her back her vineyard, and will make the Valley of Achor (trouble) a […]

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The fellowship of the broken

By Dave Henning / December 30, 2016

“The fellowship of the broken believe that suffering is a gift He entrusts to us and He can be trusted to make this suffering into a gift.”- Ann Voskamp Ann Voskamp concludes Chapter 18 of The Broken Way by noting we tend to shrink back from the razor edge of broken things.  However, Ms. Voskamp […]

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