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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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