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Holy instructions versus hurt feelings

By Dave Henning / February 26, 2021

“Hurt feelings sometimes don’t want to cooperate with holy instructions.  That’s why I have to add some of what Jesus did on the cross into this process. . . .  It only makes sense that I include Jesus’ shed blood into my act of forgiveness when accomplishing it on my own feels so hard . […]

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To see beyond this current darkness

By Dave Henning / February 25, 2021

“For me to move forward, for me to see beyond this current darkness, is between me and the Lord.  I don’t need to wait on others to do anything. . . .  I simply must obey whatever God is asking of me right now.  God has given me a new way to walk.  And God […]

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Hopeless pursuits vs. hope-filled possibilities

By Dave Henning / February 24, 2021

Hopeless pursuits are where so many get stuck, stay angry, and void peace right out of their lives.  But hope-filled possibilities?  That’s where the process of seeing that healing is possible begins.  What we look for is what we will see.  What we see determines our perspective.  And our perspective  becomes our reality.”- Lysa TerKeurst […]

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Spiritual theory or cruel command?

By Dave Henning / February 22, 2021

“I know what it feels like to have been hurt so deeply that forgiveness feels like a command too cruel for you to consider.  Or, it’s a spiritual theory you might think about one day after a lot more time has passed.  Or, it’s a topic you’ve been avoiding and don’t care to discuss.”- Lysa […]

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Deep woundedness – forgiveness seems offensive

By Dave Henning / February 20, 2021

“Left to my own deep, deep woundedness, forgiveness can seem offensive, impossible, and one of the quickest ways to compound the unfairness of being wronged. . . .  And it’s that exact spot where I like to park, stew, and focus on everyone else’s wrongs, and rally those who agree with me to join in […]

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Love well: a place of self-respect

By Dave Henning / June 29, 2020

“It’s very hard to love well if you don’t believe that your love means anything.  It has to come from a place of self-respect — a place of awareness that you are a creation of God with a unique God-given purpose.  It has to have its roots in knowing your life matters. . . .  […]

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Entry points for God – our limitations

By Dave Henning / April 28, 2020

“Our limitations are not weaknesses that leave us unworthy to be loved; they are entry points for God to do His work.  God is an ever-present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1), and when we know His names, we get a better glimpse of who we are and how we are provided for. . […]

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An everlasting covenant of love and forgiveness

By Dave Henning / April 9, 2020

“God has an everlasting covenant of love, forgiveness of sins, and eternal inheritance for those who have a new covenant name in Him.  This might not look like a physical name change, but it will always be a spiritual one, as we show evidence of a changed lifestyle and devotion to God.”- Esther Fleece Allen […]

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Agape love forgives, offers patience

By Dave Henning / March 19, 2020

“Agape love writes the check when the balance is low, forgives the mistake when the offense is high, offers patience when stress is abundant, and extends kindness when kindness is rare.  Agape love gives.”- Max Lucado “This is love: not that we loved God, but the He loved us and sent his Son as an […]

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Buster – we all have one, or two or ten

By Dave Henning / March 15, 2020

“We all have a Buster.  Or two or ten. . . .  Maybe you’ve moved on.  If not, a question needs to be raised regarding your happiness.  Resentment sucks satisfaction from the soul.  Bitterness consumes it.  Revenge is a monster with a monstrous appetite. . . .  Left unchecked, grudges send us on a downward […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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