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Breaking the alabaster jar

By Dave Henning / August 30, 2014

“When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume.”- Luke 6:37 In Chapter 7 (“Crash the Party”) of All In, author Mark Batterson quips that, if ever there was an oxymoron, it had to be Pharisee […]


Dreams reborn

By Dave Henning / August 24, 2014

In Chapter 5 of All In, author Mark Batterson states that all of us, like Abraham, have our Isaac- what we find our identity and security based upon.  Pastor Batterson stresses that God will test us to make sure that we find our identity and security in the cross of Jesus Christ.  If God’s gift […]


I Sing for Joy!

By Dave Henning / August 19, 2014

“For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.”- Psalm  63:7 “No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”- William Blake During my childhood years in Evergreen Park, IL, our next door neighbors, the Millars, had a large cage in their family room […]


Consecration or boredom?

By Dave Henning / August 18, 2014

“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”- Joshua 3:5 “If you aren’t hungry for God, you are full of yourself.”- Mark Batterson As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 2 of All In, he states that anytime God is ready to do something amazing in our lives, He calls us to consecrate […]


The inverted gospel

By Dave Henning / August 17, 2014

In Chapter 2 (“The Inverted Gospel”) of All In, author Mark Batterson reminds us that, in the sixteenth century, astronomer Nicholas Copernicus challenged the prevailing belief that the earth was the center of the universe.  He turned the scientific world upside down by proclaiming that the earth revolved around the sun. Likewise, Pastor Batterson states, […]


Family ties

By Dave Henning / August 15, 2014

In his Introduction to Part 2 (“Identity: Who We Are”) of Transformed, Caesar Kalinowski asks us to imagine performing as a one-person trapeze act.  Obviously, it doesn’t work- we’d need a partner to catch us.  Similarly, our new identity in Christ is lived both individually and collectively (as the church).  Pastor Kalinowski states that the […]


One Way Love

By Dave Henning / August 11, 2014

One Way Love (David C. Cook, 2013) The full title of Tullian Tchividjian’s latest book is One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World.  Pastor Tchividjian emphasizes that in our performance-oriented society, the need for God’s inexhaustible grace has never been more urgent.  Real life is long on law and short on grace.  While […]


A bundle of paradoxes

By Dave Henning / August 9, 2014

“The Gospel is not a command to hang on to Jesus.  It’s a promise that no matter how weak your faith and how unsuccessful your efforts may be, God is always holding on to you.”- Tullian Tchividjian In Chapter 10 (“The End of To-Do Lists”) of One Way Love, author Tullian Tchividjian notes the paradoxical […]

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