All posts in " Forgiveness "

    Painful circumstances – imprecatory laments

    By Dave Henning / September 27, 2019

    “Anger is a natural and common response to painful circumstances. . . .  true lamenting calls for our lousiest, rawest emotions — even the ugly ones.  But anger is usually a secondary emotion, often masking feelings of loneliness, insecurity, shame, abandonment, or sadness.”- Aubrey Sampson “Pay them back for what they deserve, LORD, for what […]


      The inevitable firestorms of life

      By Dave Henning / February 23, 2019

      “We cannot control everything our children experience, but we can influence how they process what life sends their way.  We can teach them to guard against the inevitable firestorms of life. . . .  Intentionally, or unintentionally, on purpose or by accident, we build into our children or take away.”- Andy Stanley In Chapter 19 […]


        The anger that pollutes our hearts

        By Dave Henning / February 13, 2019

        ” . . . when a person discovers he has heart disease, his overriding concern isn’t how he got it, where it came from, or whose fault it is that he has it.  His number one concern is, ‘How do I fix it?’  We should be driven by a similar concern when it comes to […]


          In the shadow of the cross

          By Dave Henning / February 11, 2019

          “In the shadow of my hurt, forgiveness feels like a decision to reward my enemy.  But in the shadow of the cross, forgiveness is merely a gift from one undeserving soul to another.”- Andy Stanley In Chapter 14 (“Complete the Cycle of Forgiveness”) of Enemies of the Heart, Andy Stanley comments on the deeper meaning […]


            We just aren’t getting our way

            By Dave Henning / February 8, 2019

            “Of the four enemies vying for control of our hearts, this one’s the most obvious and perhaps the most dangerous: Anger. . . .  But behind all the huffing and puffing, ranting and raving, brewing and stewing is the most basic of human experiences: We just aren’t getting our way.”- Andy Stanley “Get rid of […]


              Arrogance – stiffens the knee, hardens the heart

              By Dave Henning / October 16, 2018

              “How do we explain God’s abhorrence of the haughty heart?  Simple.  God resists the proud because the proud resist God.  Arrogance stiffens the knee so it will not kneel, hardens the heart so it will not admit to sin. . . .  Indeed, the arrogant never feel the need for forgiveness.   Pride is the […]


                The diligence of our own scrutiny

                By Dave Henning / July 7, 2017

                “This [self-] examination, however, should be peaceful and tranquil, and we should depend on God for the discovery and knowledge of our sins, rather than on the diligence of our own scrutiny.”- John Ortberg “He [Sampson] awoke from his sleep and thought, ‘I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.’  But he did not […]


                  Worship language – or the living God?

                  By Dave Henning / May 30, 2017

                  “We do not worship language; we worship the living God, who assures us that his word to us is life (emphasis author’s).”- John Eldredge “The words I [Jesus] have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”- John 6:63 As John Eldredge continues the Winter section of Walking with God, he advises that he […]


                    The grace effect we experience

                    By Dave Henning / May 4, 2017

                    “God’s unconditional love is so transformative that the grace effect we experience will lead us to forgive even the worst of our worst enemies.”- Kyle Idleman In Chapter 7 (“More Reconciling Than Your Resentment”) of Grace Is Greater, Kyle Idleman reminds us the Bile says it’s possible to rid ourselves of bitterness, rage, and anger.  […]


                      Pray for those who mistreat you

                      By Dave Henning / May 3, 2017

                      “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who mistreat you.”- Luke 6:27-28 “I wasn’t talking to them [the protestors], I was praying for them.”- Ruby Bridges Today, Pastor Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 6 of Grace Is Greater with the final two steps on the journey of grace. 3.  Pray […]


                        When we live in grace – releasing

                        By Dave Henning / April 30, 2017

                        “When we live in grace, releasing doesn’t mean giving up, it means giving it up to God. . . . You loosen your grip from the pain of what was done to you and you place it in God’s hands.”- Kyle Idleman As Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 5 of Grace Is Greater, he presents the […]


                          The grace you have received

                          By Dave Henning / April 28, 2017

                          “The grace you have received is greater than the grace you are being asked to give.”- Kyle Idleman Then the master called the servant in.  ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.  Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had […]

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