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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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Fear of flying blind

By Dave Henning / September 12, 2016

“We know the fear of flying blind.”- Max Lucado And he [Jesus] asked them, “But who do you say that I am?”- Mark 8:29 Max Lucado begins Chapter 4 (“You Hear a Voice You Can Trust”) of More to Your Story by telling the story of Jim O’ Neill, a sixty-five-year old pilot.  Fifty minutes […]

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A beeline for the cross

By Dave Henning / June 2, 2016

“I take my [biblical] text and make a beeline for the cross.”- Charles Haddon Spurgeon In Chapter 7 (“Factory Reset”) of If, Mark Batterson emphasizes that “if you fear God, you have nothing else to fear.”  All your other fears are served an eviction notice, because it is impossible for fear to coexist with the perfect love […]

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No longer a slave

By Dave Henning / January 18, 2016

“So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”- Galatians 4:7 (ESV) “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror.  I […]

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Fear of change

By Dave Henning / December 11, 2015

“Fear of change can be highly motivating- and ultimately limiting.”- Kyle Idleman Kyle Idleman continues Chapter 6 of The End of Me as he discusses two reasons people lay down “roots in a place of quiet desperation and low expectations” rather than accept help. 1.  Fear of change.  The man at the Bethesda Pool had […]

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False advertising

By Dave Henning / December 3, 2015

In Chapter 4 (“Authentic to Be Accepted”) of The End of Me, Kyle Idleman observes that no one like it when someone advertises one thing and delivers something entirely different- whether that is a business or an individual.  Businesses with false advertising claims are one thing, but when we apply this standard to ourselves, however, […]

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