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True forgiveness of those who wrong us

By Dave Henning / September 5, 2017

“True forgiveness of those who wrong us demonstrates more than anything else whether or not you are serious about walking with God on a deeper level.”- Os Hillman As Os Hillman continues Chapter 11 of The Joseph Calling, he underscores that times exist when people must do things out of pure obedience.  In other words, […]

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When life seems overwhelming

By Dave Henning / June 4, 2017

“Isn’t this our first reaction when life seems overwhelming — we start lightening the load, dumping cargo overboard so we don’t drown?  The problem is, we can dump the wrong things overboard.  We think nothing of tossing over joy while hanging on to the very things that overwhelm us.”- John Eldredge John Eldredge concludes the […]

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Complaining – the rival of grace

By Dave Henning / May 6, 2017

“Whining is the opposite of worship, and complaining is the rival of grace.”- Kyle Idleman “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In Chapter 8 (“More Peaceful Than Your Disappointments”) of Grace Is Greater, Kyle Idleman asserts that 1 Thessalonians 5:18 reflects more than […]

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The other side of lament- life

By Dave Henning / April 16, 2017

“On the other side of lament, there is life.”- Esther Fleece The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel.  I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.”- Luke 1:19 In Chapter 11 (“Hope Beyond Lament”), the concluding chapter of No […]

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When we lose lament- losing the depth and goodness of the gospel

By Dave Henning / April 5, 2017

“As Christians, when we lose lament we lose more than the journey of a full human experience . . . we lose the depth and goodness of the gospel.”- Walter Brueggeman, Psalmist’s Cry: Scripts for Embracing Laments Esther Fleece concludes Chapter 6 of No More Faking Fine with a reminder.  God welcomes, honors, and hears our […]

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God, being rich in mercy

By Dave Henning / January 25, 2017

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together in Christ.”- Ephesians 2:4-5 Judah Smith concludes Chapter 8 of How’s Your Soul? as he discusses the third and fourth emphases of Ephesians that dramatically shape the […]

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Incarnate the gospel

By Dave Henning / December 27, 2016

“It’s relatively easy to pontificate on how to live the gospel; it’s infinitely harder to incarnate the gospel in your life.”- Ann Voskamp “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd.”- Mark 6:34 (ESV) As Ann Voskamp continues Chapter 17 […]

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A new creation

By Dave Henning / May 27, 2016

“You are a new creation, but sometimes it takes time for your new nature to become second nature.”- Mark Batterson As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 3 of If, he offers encouragement that it is never too late for you to be what you might have been.  God still can roll away your if only regrets.  […]

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The historian’s favorite question

By Dave Henning / May 22, 2016

“It’s been said that what if is the historian’s favorite question.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 1 of If by observing that history, as well as Scripture, if full of what ifs.  In fact, there is a branch of history, counterfactual theory, that asks what if questions.  Mark believes counterfactual theory and thinking is […]

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The deadly peril of familiarity

By Dave Henning / December 30, 2014

In Chapter 8 of Prayer, Timothy Keller embarks on a detailed discussion of the Lord’s Prayer.  That discussion covers the address, the seven petitions, and the ascription.  The address and first petition are presented today. Pastor Keller prefaces his discussion with the assertion that the Lord’s Prayer is an untapped resource, partially because it is […]

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The rule of grace

By Dave Henning / December 28, 2014

Timothy Keller concludes his discussion of Calvin’s rules of prayer in Chapter 7 of Prayer with a fifth “rule” that actually is a major qualification of the word rule. 5.  The rule of grace.  Calvin urges us not to conclude that any set of rules could make our prayers worthy to be heard.  Only grace […]

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The cost of prayer

By Dave Henning / December 19, 2014

“To see the law by Christ fulfilled And hear his pard’ning voice Transforms a slave into a child And duty into choice.”- William Cowper, Olney Hymns Timothy Keller concludes Chapter 5 of Prayer by discussing the ground motive 0f Spirit-directed, Christ-mediated prayer: to simply know Him better and enjoy His presence.  Pastor Keller notes this […]

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